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Dodgers will open No. 1 in softball

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Tristin Doster of Fort Dodge tags Ballard's Abby Husak out at Rogers Park last season.

For the first time in school history, the Fort Dodge softball team will start the season ranked No. 1 in Class 5A.

The Dodgers return all but two starters from a team that finished 35-7 overall and was a state qualifier. The Dodgers went 1-1 in the 5A bracket last season, losing to West Des Moines Valley in the quarterfinals.

Senior Loghen Schnetzer was fourth in Class with 14 home runs in 2019. Sophomore Jalen Adams was second in Class 5A with 24 wins from the pitching circle.

Junior Tristin Doster was third in the state with 19 doubles and six triples a year ago.

The Dodgers will open the season on Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m. against Sioux City Heelan at home.

The Dodgers were No. 1 to start the 2015 campaign in Class 4A.

Humboldt, who went 28-3 a year ago and just missed the state tournament, is rated second in Class 3A.

Newell-Fonda is ranked second in Class 1A after winning 38 games last summer. Bishop Garrigan is fifth in Class 1A.

Emmetsburg is 11th in Class 2A. Algona is 12th in 3A, and Webster City is 14th in Class 4A.

The other No. 1 teams are Carlisle (4A), Davenport Assumption (3A), North Linn (2A) and Collins-Maxwell (1A).

PRESEASON IGHSAU SOFTBALL RANKINGS

CLASS 5A

1. Fort Dodge 35-7; 2. Iowa City High 36-8; 3. Johnston 35-10; 4. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 37-4; 5. Ottumwa 33-9; 6. Waukee 40-4; 7. West Des Moines Valley 32-10; 8. Pleasant Valley 27-13; 9. Indianola 34-5; 10. Dubuque Hempstead 32-8; 11. Ankeny Centennial 26-12; 12. Muscatine 31-8; 13. Cedar Rapids Prairie 29-12; 14. Southeast Polk 24-17; 15. Bettendorf 22-15.

CLASS 4A

1. Carlisle 38-3; 2. North Scott 28-15; 3. Ballard 26-10; 4. Oskaloosa 25-16; 5. ADM 28-7; 6. Charles City 37-4; 7. Dallas Center-Grimes 25-15; 8. Sergeant Bluff-Luton 27-7; 9. West Delaware 31-12; 10. Decorah 18-12; 11. Fairfield 22-19; 12. Washingotn 22-15; 13. Winterset 19-15; 14. Webster City 21-7; 15. Central DeWitt 18-5.

CLASS 3A

1. Davenport Assumption 41-2; 2. Humboldt 28-3; 3. Williamsburg 31-12; 4. Anamosa 31-5; 5. Mount Vernon 27-13; 6. Albia 27-6; 7. Spirit Lake 22-7; 8. West Liberty 30-6; 9. North Polk 22-11; 10. Algona 18-11; 11. Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 24-11; 12. Atlantic 27-9; 13. West Burlington 25-12; 14. Boyden Hull-Rock Valley 22-9; 15. Bishop Heelan 16-14.

CLASS 2A

1. North Linn 42-4; 2. Louisa-Muscatine 35-5; 3. Mount Ayr 27-3; 4. Ogden 26-8; 5. West Sioux 24-8; 6. Jesup 30-10; 7. Central Springs 28-9; 8. West Monona 30-6; 9. Earlham 29-9; 10. Beckman 30-14; 11. Emmetsburg 23-10; 12. Interstate 35 18-11; 13. Northeast 20-14; 14. Pleasantville 25-12; 15. West Lyon 20-8.

CLASS 1A

1. Collins-Maxwell 28-1; 2. Newell-Fonda 38-7; 3. Clarksville 33-2; 4. Wayne 24-9; 5. Bishop Garrigan 29-8; 6. Lynnville-Sully 27-9; 7. Mason City Newman 21-14; 8. North Mahaska 18-10; 9. AGWSR 20-7; 10. Central City 31-11; 11. LeMars Gehlen 21-13; 12. Akron-Westfield 21-13; 13. Grand View Christian 20-10; 14. Lisbon 34-7; 15. Lenox 26-7.

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