Dodgers take two from East
DES MOINES — On paper, the top-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge softball team looked like a dominant force during Friday’s doubleheader sweep at Des Moines East.
And the Dodgers were, for the most part. Head coach Andi Adams still sees minor missteps, though, that could be the difference between winning and losing a tight game in a big spot down the road.
“The energy level was high. The effort was great. The defense was phenomenal. The pitching was outstanding,” Adams said. “There are just some things here and there, though, that we still need to clean up. And the girls know it. They see it, too.
“We just have to keep reminding ourselves that we’re not even two full weeks into the season. The execution will come. It’s going to keep getting better.”
In the meantime, FDSH appears to be clicking on all cylinders. The Dodgers (13-2 overall) posted 10-0 and 8-0 victories over the Scarlets, pounding out 29 more hits and riding the right-handed arms of Jalen Adams and Haley Wills to consecutive shutout victories for the second time in three days.
Adams’ squad plated four runs right out of the gate in the opener. Junior catcher Tristin Doster went deep twice and drove in five runs, with Adams and Tory Bennett recording three hits each. Bennett and Doster scored twice, and Adams doubled two more times.
“TK (Doster) was in a zone (at the plate),” Adams said. “She only got out once all night, and that was on a frozen-rope line drive.
“We did a really good job of keeping (East) on its heels. When they played back, we forced them up. When they played up, we hit it hard. We always want to keep (opposing defenses) guessing, regardless of who we’re playing.”
Adams (8-1) continued her torrid early pace in the pitcher’s circle. The sophomore fired a one-hit shutout with seven more strikeouts in six innings of work.
Adams has now whiffed 76 batters in just 46 innings. Her earned run average is down to 0.76.
In the nightcap, Adams contributed three more hits to increase her season average to .627. Adams, Tristin Doster and Malia Lowrey all drove in a pair.
Bennett had two hits and scored three times. Loghen Schnetzer, Chloe Wertz, Lowrey, Doster and Bennett contributed two hits a piece.
Fort Dodge plated at least one run in each of the first five innings. Meanwhile, Wills (5-1) scattered five hits and didn’t walk a batter.
“Malia did a great job at second base, and Maia (Davis) played well in right field,” Adams said. “We got everyone (on the roster) into (the twinbill), and I thought our intensity and competitive edge was there. We’re getting closer.”
East fell to 2-8 on the season.
The Dodgers return to action on Saturday, traveling to No. 5 (4A) Dallas Center-Grimes (9-2) for a varsity twinbill beginning at 11:45 a.m.
FORT DODGE 10, DM EAST 0 (6)
Fort Dodge 402 013 — 10 12 0
DM East 000 000 — 0 1 0
WP–Jalen Adams (8-1; 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K). LP–Camryn Aswegan (6 IP, 12 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 3 BB, 0 K). 2B–FD: Jalen Adams 2, Tristin Doster. 3B–DME: Alysha Claude. HR–FD: Tristin Doster 2. SB–FD: Sophia Klinger, Tory Bennett.
FORT DODGE 8, DM EAST 0
Fort Dodge 311 210 0 — 8 17 0
DM East 000 000 0 — 0 5 1
WP–Haley Wills (5-1; 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K). LP–Abby Estrada (7 IP, 17 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 1 K). 2B–FD: Haley Wills, Tory Bennett, Chloe Wertz, Loghen Schnetzer, Jalen Adams; DME: Mo Purdy, Caitlyn McFadden. SB–FD: Tory Bennett 2, Haley Wills, Maia Davis.