Fort Dodge upset by Kuemper in softball

The numbers just didn’t add up for the Fort Dodge softball team Tuesday night against Carroll Kuemper, including the most important ones of all – on the scoreboard.

The No. 8 (Class 5A) Dodgers managed just one hit, committed three errors and left 10 runners on base. The end result was a frustrating 2-1 loss to the Knights at Harlan Rogers Park.

A night after splitting a pair of well-played games with Ames, the Dodgers (15-6 overall) also had pair of big base-running mistakes that allowed Kuemper to escape with the upset win.

Kuemper moved to just 6-14 for the season, but the Knights have won four of their last five contests. The lone loss in that stretch was a 4-3 setback to Harlan on Monday night.

“This one is on me,” said a frustrated Dodger coach Andi Adams. “Obviously our team wasn’t prepared to play.”

After the loss, Adams put her squad through an impromptu practice.

“We are nowhere close to where we need to be that that is all on me,” added Adams.

Kuemper plated the eventual game-winning run in the top of the seventh. Elise Berg reached on an error to start the frame and then took second on a bunt. She scored easily when No. 9 hitter Bailey Nichols stroked a triple to right center.

Fort Dodge got out of the frame when Maddie Bodholdt started a double play by catching a pop foul behind first and firing home to get Nichols, who tried to tag from third.

The Dodgers put two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh, but two fly-ball outs ended the game.

Moriah Bohlmann went the distance for Kuemper, allowing just a single by Madi Bennett in the sixth inning. Mallory Kilian (9-3) took the loss, working into the seventh frame before giving way to Cassie Tjebben.

Fort Dodge had plenty of other chances, but came up short each time. In the second, the Dodgers left the bases loaded while they stranded two runners in each of the final three innings, including leaving a runner at third base in the sixth.

The Dodgers also had a runner caught off third base in the bottom of the fourth and again in the bottom of the fifth. Both ended the innings.

Fort Dodge scored first, using the bunt game to get a 1-0 lead in the third. Lexi Astor reached on an error to start the frame and stole second. Bodholdt bunted her over to third and Kilian dropped down a squeeze bunt to get the run home.

The Knights answered in the fourth. Bohlmann walked to start the frame, was bunted over to second and scored on a two-out single to left from Kierstyn Bauer.

Kuemper also missed a couple chances to score, leaving runners at third base in both the second and fifth innings.

Fort Dodge won the junior varsity contest, 5-0, to run its record to 7-2.

The Dodgers get little time to dwell on the loss, traveling to Waukee tonight for a CIC pair with the Warriors. The JV starts at 4:15 p.m. with the varsity games to follow.