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Dodgers fall in semifinals

—Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Fort Dodge's Easton Cone

SIOUX CITY — The Fort Dodge baseball team suffered a 10-0 loss to Sioux City East in a Class 4A substate semifinal on Monday night.

The Dodgers (13-10 overall) had only one hit.

“Sioux City East beat us in every aspect of the game,” said Fort Dodge head coach Blake Utley. “We had a couple of opportunities early on. If we poke one through we could of scored.

“We went out on defense and made some uncharacteristic mistakes.”

Sioux City East (17-5) jumped out early on the Dodgers, scoring four runs in the first inning.

The Black Raiders added three in each the third and fourth inning.

Nelson Cone had the lone hit for the Dodgers.

“They jumped on us early — there is a reason they’re ranked No. 5,” Utley said. “(Alec) Patino is as good of a pitcher that we’ve seen.”

Fort Dodge advanced to the semifinals with a 4-0 win over Ames. In that game senior Mason Bockoven pitched a complete game with seven strikeouts. Dylan Zimmermann hit a home run.

Seniors Nelson Cone, Easton Cone, Mason Bockoven, Nick Bice, Shane Halligan, Brycen Bell, and Jordan Mills played their last games as Dodgers.

“The biggest thing as we look back is that we had seven awesome seniors,” Utley said. “They got the most out of themselves and did it the Dodger way.

“These kids never quit and got beat by a better team (tonight).”

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