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Dodgers lose a pair

DES MOINES — The Fort Dodge baseball team dropped a doubleheader with Des Moines Roosevelt on Thursday.

The Dodgers (9-16 overall) lost the first contest 12-2. The Roughriders (16-10) edged Fort Dodge 5-4.

In the nightcap, the Dodgers had runners on second and third with one out. Dalton Rosalez hit a sacrifice fly to center field, as the Dodgers apparently scored the game tying run.

Roosevelt then flipped the ball to second and the Dodgers were called for leaving the base early.

“Dalton hit a deep fly and we scored what I thought was the tying run,” said Fort Dodge head coach Blake Utley. “I don’t usually say anything about officiating, but I truly thought that he tagged up.”

Alex Underwood suffered the loss, going six innings, allowing eight hits, while striking out three.

“I thought Alex pitched really well,” Utley said. “They scored four in the first inning and then he had control and was missing their bats.

“We had opportunities to score and just didn’t capitalize.”

Drake Callon had two hits, including a triple and drove in two runs. Jace Ulrich had two hits and Carson Peterson drove in a run.

Callon and Christian Davidson had two hits each in the opener. Callon had a solo home run. Tristin Bockoven drove in a run.

“We were extremely flat in the first game,” Utley said. “They were swinging the bats extremely well.

“We just have to learn to weather the storm and show some fight. We have to get to the next pitch and stay in the present moment and win the next pitch.”

The Dodgers are back in action on Monday at Ames.

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