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Dodgers split ranked twinbill

DALLAS CENTER — The top-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge softball team finished another busy week by splitting with third-ranked (4A) Dallas Center-Grimes on Saturday.

The Dodgers (14-3 overall) won the opener of the doubleheader, 10-0, before falling 10-7 in the nightcap to the Mustangs (10-3).

“There is no doubt it has been a busy first two weeks. We’ve played 17 games,” said Fort Dodge head coach Andi Adams. “It has clearly affected us. We’ve played six of our last eight games on the road. I’m tired and I can’t even imagine what are players are feeling.

“We are just trying to put the pieces to the puzzle together.”

In the first contest, the ranked teams went scoreless through three innings. The Dodgers broke the game open with six runs in the fourth inning.

Tristin Doster, Tory Bennett and Haley Wills had two hits each for the Dodgers. Wills drove in two runs, while Doster and Bennett had an RBI each.

Loghen Schnetzer, Malia Lowrey and Sophia Klinger all drove in a run each.

Adams (9-1) allowed only two hits, striking out four batters and walking only one.

In the nightcap, the Dodgers out-hit the Mustangs, 11-10. DC-G built an early lead, though, and never looked back.

Fort Dodge committed five errors. The Mustangs led 8-4 through three innings before the Dodgers got back within 8-7.

“The errors we made were ones that we shouldn’t make,” Adams said. “We’re going to have that once in a while. We’ve been finding out who can do what on a consistent basis.”

Schnetzer, Bennett and Malia Lowrey had two hits each in the nightcap. Lowrey had a double and drove in three, while Bennett had three RBI as well. Aeva Alstott also drove in a run.

The Dodgers are back in action on Monday when they host Des Moines Roosevelt in a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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