Dodgers pull away to win at Carroll
CARROLL — It took a while for the Fort Dodge baseball team to get revved up on Friday.
Once they did, the Dodgers never looked back.
FDSH broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the sixth inning to post a 5-1 victory over Carroll at Merchants Park.
Senior Triston Bockoven’s bases-clearing, three-run double was a key hit for the Dodgers, who are off to a 3-0 start heading into Monday’s CIML Iowa Conference opener against Mason City at McNeil Field.
“We were a little shaky early on, but once we tied things up (in the fifth) and we were back to even, you could feel the weight lifted and we started putting the pressure back on them,” FDSH head coach Blake Utley said. “This was a good win over a quality program. The wind was blowing really hard, and they threw a sophomore lefty who did a nice job to keep us off balance.”
No. 9 hitter Jace Johnson, a sophomore, led off the top of the fifth with a single. Bockoven then knotted the score at 1 with a sacrifice fly.
In the sixth, Eli Elsbecker walked, Grant Williams reached on a fielder’s choice, and Drew Moritz was hit by a pitch. After a Drake Callon walk, Bockoven delivered his two-bagger into the left-centerfield gap.
Callon went the first four innings, with junior Dalton Rosalez working the final three for the victory. Callon struck out three; Rosalez whiffed six.
“Our pitchers did well for the most part,” Utley said. “We had a few too many free passes, but made the plays behind them and had nine strikeouts.
“It’s great to be 3-0 heading into Mason City and getting to play our home opener on Monday. We’re hoping the fans come out and support these kids.”
The Tigers are now 0-2.
The Dodgers and Mohawks (2-0) meet in a varsity twinbill beginning at 5 p.m.