FDSH softball hosts 5A regional final

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Daphne Alstott of Fort Dodge steals a base at Rogers Park against Ankeny last week.

The second-ranked Fort Dodge softball team is one win away from a return to the state tournament.

The Dodgers (33-6 overall) will host Ankeny (20-18) in a Class 5A regional final on Tuesday at Rogers Park. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. on Diamond 1.

The Hawks defeated Des Moines East 5-0 to advance. The Dodgers earned a 9-0 victory over Sioux City East.

Fort Dodge, which has won nine straight games and 15 of its last 16 overall, is looking for their 10th state trip under head coach Andi Adams and 15th all-time as a program. The Dodgers have qualified in three of the past four seasons.

This is FDSH’s ninth consecutive appearance in the regional finals.

In their postseason opener, freshman Jalen Adams picked up her 41st career victory, tossing a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts. Adams is 22-2 with 153 strikeouts this season.

The Dodgers pounded out 14 hits, including three doubles. Senior Daphne Alstott had three hits, three runs and an RBI. Freshman Tory Bennett, senior Aubrey Davis, sophomore Tristin Doster and sophomore Chloe Wertz had two hits each. Bennett and Doster drove in two runs.

During the regular season Fort Dodge put together a stout offensive attack. The Dodgers were 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).

Doster has 46 RBI this season. She also has seven home runs. Bennett leads the Dodgers in hits with 62, followed by 60 by Adams and Doster with 59.

Alstott has 31 stolen bases, while Loghen Schnetzer has 13 home runs. Senior Loghen Schnetzer is fourth in 5A with 13 homers.

Schnetzer has 44 RBI, followed by Alstott (34), Bennett (33) and Adams (32).

In Ankeny’s win over East, senior pitcher Paige Jacobsen allowed only three hits with one strikeout and no walks.

Junior Jasmine Rumley led the Hawks at the plate with three hits, two runs and two RBI. Senior Zoe Baker, sophomores Marina Carter and Shelby Romig, along with freshman Eva Fulk all had two hits.

Baker had two doubles and an RBI.

During the regular season, Rumley was Ankeny’s leading hitter at .496. She had team highs in hits (68), runs (56), home runs (10) and stolen bases (38).

Baker has driven in 45 runs with 37 hits and three home runs.

In the pitching circle, Jacobsen is 10-8 in 123• innings of work.

The Class 5A state tournament begins Tuesday, July 23, at Rogers Park.