Maddie Egli and the Fort Dodge softball squad proved to be well worth the wait.
Egli drove in six runs for the Dodgers as her team delivered a 10-6 victory in their home debut over Waterloo West on a wet evening at Rogers Park here Friday.
A 90-minute rain delay pushed the first pitch of the varsity doubleheader back to 8 p.m. The nightcap was still being played at press time.
Egli, a junior who led FDSH in triples and home runs a year ago, had one of each for Fort Dodge (1-0 overall) against the Wahawks (1-2). She lofted a two-run shot over the left-centerfield fence to highlight a four-run Dodger first inning, then added a bases-loaded triple to right in the bottom of the fifth to provide some needed insurance after West had pulled within 6-4.
Egli also had an RBI groundout in the third.
Sophomore shortstop Lani Van Zyl broke the scoring ice with a two-run single in the opening frame, which was promptly followed by Egli’s longball. Fort Dodge had trailed 1-0 after surrendering an early Wahawk run.
Senior catcher Taylor Messerly reached base three times, as did Van Zyl. Sophomore pitcher Mallory Kilian helped her own cause with a pair of singles at the plate.
The four-run first and five-run fifth backed Kilian, who allowed five earned runs and five hits in the complete-game triumph. Kilian struggled against freshman Jaclyn Spencer, who went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and three RBI from the No. 3 spot in the Wahawks’ order.
Spencer, the younger sister of former West star and current University of Alabama softball player Jadyn Spencer, didn’t fare as well in the pitcher’s circle. The Dodgers rocked the left-hander for eight earned runs and seven hits in six innings of work.
Spencer had no-hit Marion Linn-Mar in the Wahawks’ season opener on Tuesday.
West is coached by former Davenport West standout Sarah Saladino. Iowa softball legend Larry Niemeyer – the nation’s all-time leader in victories – had accepted the head coaching position with the Wahawks last fall, but was forced to resign due to health issues earlier this month.
Fort Dodge had its debut cut short on Monday at Des Moines North. The Dodgers led the Polar Bears, 9-0, when rain washed out the game.
FDSH next action is Wednesday at home against Carroll Kuemper. The single varsity contest begins at 7:45 p.m.