Shutouts for FD’s Davidson, Peterson
Dodger baseball team sweeps Ames
Christian Davidson and Carson Peterson sent the Ames baseball squad home with a pair of goose eggs on Wednesday, as both Fort Dodge pitchers fired shutouts in a sweep of the Little Cyclones at McNeil Field.
Scores were 7-0 and 2-0 in favor of the Dodgers, who evened their record at 7-7 on the season with the CIML Iowa Conference victories over AHS (9-6).
Davidson, a senior transfer from Pocahontas Area, struck out 12 in his two-hitter. He helped himself at the plate as well, going 2-for-4 with a double and a pair driven in.
A five-run third inning was more than enough support for Davidson.
Peterson was every bit as effective, completing the program’s first twinbill shutout in five seasons. The junior right-hander tossed a three-hitter with eight strikeouts.
“It was great to see both Christian and Carson come out and get ahead of the hitters,” FDSH head coach Blake Utley said. “It’s so much easier when you’re working from favorable counts. And for as dominant as they were, the defense was every bit as good behind them. Sometimes, defenses tend to fall asleep if a guy is striking out a lot or in control of a game. Ours was ready to go throughout.
“From the minute we arrived (on Wednesday), the guys were ready to go. The energy level was where it needed to be, and everything went the way we planned. It was a great day at the ballpark.”
Davidson, also a shortstop, was 3-for-3 with two doubles, a triple and a run scored in the nightcap. Junior Jace Ulrich drove in a pair.
“Christian had a big night at the plate, too,” Utley said. “Jace did some things to move guys around and drive guys in that maybe don’t look as impressive in the box score, but were essential to the situation. And Triston Bockoven keeps getting better and more comfortable at the plate.”
Utley also lauded the play of freshman catcher Grant Williams, who was behind the plate in both contests.
“Dylan (Zimmermann) is out with a concussion (suffered on Monday at Ankeny), and Connor (Carver) is hurt. Grant Williams really stepped up and did an outstanding job,” Utley said. “Super impressive. He handled things well, given the lack of (varsity experience). I’m really proud of him.
“Jace and Eli (Elsbecker) made some nice plays in the field. Tyler (Schreier) had a really nice catch in right (field). It was great to see us backing our pitchers up the way we did defensively.”
The Dodgers return to action on Friday in a single varsity game against Algona at 7:30 p.m.
FORT DODGE 7, AMES 0
Ames 000 000 0 — 0 2 2
Fort Dodge 105 010 x — 7 4 0
WP–Christian Davidson (7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 12 K). 2B–FD: Christian Davidson.
FORT DODGE 2, AMES 0
Ames 000 000 0 — 0 3 0
Fort Dodge 101 000 0 — 2 6 0
WP–Carson Peterson (7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K). 2B–FD: Christian Davidson 2, Triston Bockoven. 3B–FD: Christian Davidson.