Dodgers, Gaels set to square off
Ed McNeil Field is the place to be tonight for local baseball fans.
Intra-city rivals Fort Dodge and St. Edmond clash at 5:30 p.m. This season’s meeting will be 32nd all-time in the head-to-head series, with the Dodgers holding a decisive 25-6 advantage.
A year ago, FDSH blanked the Gaels by a 4-0 count. SEHS’s last victory was a 3-0 shutout in 2009.
Fort Dodge has prevailed in 12 of the past 14 games between the two schools.
Looking to rebound after being swept by No. 1 (Class 4A) Ankeny in a rematch of the 2012 state championship on Wednesday, the third-ranked (4A) Dodgers (16-8 overall) are powered offensively by senior Tommy Halligan (.413 BA, 26 H, 16 RBI, 13 R), sophomore Austin Halligan (.403, 31 H, 28 R, 14 RBI, 14 SB), senior Keegan Gormally (.394, 26 H, 21 R, 16 RBI) and junior JC Hatcher (.350, 28 H, 19 RBI, 15 R).
As a team, Fort Dodge owns a .334 batting average, which is the seventh best mark in 4A. On the mound, the Dodgers sport a 3.39 combined ERA.
FDSH, which is just 5-6 at home this season, is also fifth in 4A in fielding percentage (.961).
St. Edmond (10-10), which its seven game winning streak halted Wednesday in a 5-4 eight-inning loss at Webster City, is anchored by junior Hank Crimmins (.438, 28 H, 23 RBI, 17 R), senior David Flattery (.339, 19 H, 15 RBI), senior Tommy Setterdahl (.333, 17 H, 13 R, 11 RBI) and senior Aaron Chalstrom (.256, 17 R, 11 H).
The Gaels are hitting .270 as a unit, while notching a 3.00 ERA and .931 fielding percentage.
Prior to this evening’s contest, several Fort Dodge Baseball Association teams will also be recognized.