Dodgers open postseason at home
With a 38-game schedule packed with 20-plus ranked teams, the postseason is exactly what the second-ranked Fort Dodge softball team is made for.
The Dodgers (32-6 overall) will host Sioux City East (19-15) tonight at Rogers Park in a Class 5A semifinal contest. The Black Raiders advanced with a 3-0 win over Sioux City West. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. on Diamond 1.
Fort Dodge has won eight games in a row and 14 of their last 15 games and are looking for their 10th state trip under head coach Andi Adams and their 15th overall. The Dodgers have been to the state tournament three of the last four years.
The Dodgers enter postseason play with one of the most prolific offenses in the state. Fort Dodge is second in 5A in runs (323), hits (423), batting average (.406) and on base percentage (.445). They are third in RBI (267) and stolen bases (105).
Dodger freshman Jalen Adams will take the circle with a 21-2 record and a 40-7 career mark. She holds a 2.05 ERA with 142 strikeouts (ninth best in 5A).
Sophomore Tristin Doster is one of the top hitters in Class 5A. She ranks second in triples (six), third in doubles (18) and sixth in RBI (44). She also has seven home runs.
Three Dodgers rank in the Top-10 hit category, led by freshman Tory Bennett at fifth with 60. Adams is seventh (59) and Doster is ninth (57).
Adams is second in 5A in batting average (.518) and third in on base percentage (.580). She has reached based in all 38 games for the Dodgers.
Senior Daphne Alstott is fifth in the Class with 30 stolen bases and junior Loghen Schnetzer is fourth in 5A with 13 home runs.
Schnetzer is seventh in the class with 43 RBI. Alstott (33), Bennett (31) and Adams (31) have all driven in over 30 runs.
Sioux City East is led at the plate by freshman Brylee Hempey (.366). Madi Van Dyke (.361) and Katlynn Tucker (.324) , who are all batting over .300.
Van Dyke is the team leader in RBI (28) and home runs (six). Hempey tops the club in hits (37), runs (31) and stolen bases (22).
Senior Chasity Johnson is the team leader in the circle. She brings a record of 16-9 into the contest with a 3.01 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 169ª innings pitched.