Dodgers rough up ESC
Fort Dodge was a force to be reckoned with on the softball diamond here Thursday night.
Pushing this week’s winning streak to three straight games, the Dodgers (8-2 overall) defeated East Sac County by a 12-0 final in three innings at Rogers Sports Complex.
Sophomore hurler Mallory Kilian (5-1) fired her first career no-hitter for FDSH. Kilian walked none and fanned four, throwing 23 of her 36 pitches for strikes.
Jenna Peters was the lone Raider to reach base after being hit by a pitch with one out in the top of the first.
“Mallory almost had a perfect game and threw the ball very well,” Fort Dodge head coach Andi Adams said. “Our defense also stepped up again and made all the plays behind her.
“East Sac County was ranked 11th (in 3A) earlier this season, so we knew anything could happen. I respect (the Raiders) coaches a lot for wanting to come to Rogers Park and experience what it’s like to play on Diamond 1. I know there are times where we take playing our home games on a state field for granted.”
Lani Van Zyl and Maddie Egli each collected three hits for the Dodgers out of the fifth and sixth spots in the order, respectively. Kilian and Taylor Messerly added two hits a piece.
Egli also drove in four and scored once, and Messerly tallied three RBI. Egli actually ended the game on a walk-off RBI double to left-center field, bringing home Van Zyl.
FDSH, which plated four tallies in every frame, managed 10 of its runs with two outs in an inning.
“We’ve been talking about the importance of getting some clutch hits, and I was very proud of my girls that did that,” said Adams. “I think our passion for the game is infectious. We truly respect every opponent, but we don’t fear anyone.”
Van Zyl recorded two runs, two RBI and two stolen bases. Toryn Pederson crossed the dish three times, while Lexi Astor and Riley Hartman each scored twice.
With the loss, East Sac County fell to 4-2 on the season.
Fort Dodge returns to action this evening, hosting Cedar Falls for White Out Night. First pitch for the doubleheader is set for 6:15 p.m.