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THE RIGHT TRACK

Dodgers defeat Algona, move over .500 for year

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla: Fort Dodge's Christian Davidson connects for a home run against Algona on Friday night at McNeil Field. For more photos, please visit CU.messengernews.net

Christian Davidson and Eli Elsbecker hit two-run homers, Drake Callon allowed just three hits and the Fort Dodge baseball team capped off another winning week with a 14-3 victory here Friday night over Algona.

Davidson cleared the wall in the second inning and Elsbecker went deep in the fourth for the Dodgers (8-7 overall). Callon struck out three, walked three and scattered just the three hits.

“It was good to see us jump out there in the first,” FDSH head coach Blake Utley said. “We were patient and smart at the plate. We stayed back and waited for the right pitches to attack.”

For the Bulldogs, Wyatt Streit had a two-run homer in the fourth.

Callon started the first inning off with a double followed by three consecutive walks from Davidson, Jace Ulrich and Carson Peterson. Triston Bockoven made it 3-0 with a double and Tyler Schreier followed with a two-run single.

Sawyer Springer drove in the ninth run of the frame.

“It was nice to see Drake pitch with a lead,” Utley said. “It pitched a smart game and worked ahead in the count.”

Davidson’s blast followed in the second, the Dodgers added three more in the third and Elsbecker connected in the fourth as Fort Dodge improved to 4-0 all-time vs. Algona.

Elsbecker finished 2-for-2 with a double, homer, two RBI, two runs, a stolen base and was hit by a pitch. Schreier had two hits, scored twice, stole two bases and drove in a pair, and Peterson reached base three times.

“Algona is a strong program year in and year out,” Utley said. “It was just good to see us have production throughout our lineup. And I was really pleased with the performance again out of our freshman catcher, Grant Williams.

“He’s really stepped in and taken advantage of the playing time given to him.”

Algona’s Cameren Rindone reached base three times and had a steal.

After dropping a doubleheader to Ankeny to begin the week, the Dodgers have reeled off three consecutive wins, allowing just three runs. They return to the field on Monday at Mason City.

“It was a good way to cap the week,” Utley said. “Obviously, 3-2 isn’t what we were going for, but after dropping the first two, I’m happy with how the guys came back and finished it off strong.”

The Bulldogs head to Clear Lake on Monday and return to Fort Dodge on June 21 to face St. Edmond.

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