FDSH splits ranked baseball tilt

JOHNSTON – In a showdown of ranked teams, the No. 6 (Class 4A) Fort Dodge baseball team came away with a split against fourth-rated Johnston Wednesday night.

Following a tight 4-3 victory in the opener, the Dodgers (21-10 overall) dropped a 7-3 decision in the second game.

Cory Alexander and JC Hatcher each tallied three hits in the first contest for FDSH, while Tommy Halligan and Devon Harms added two hits a piece. Harms plated the go-ahead run with a RBI single in the fifth inning.

Keegan Gormally (5-2) went the distance in the win, scattering nine hits and one earned run. He walked none and fanned four Dragons (18-8), throwing 80 pitches.

“We came out and looked hungry in Game 1, and for the most part, we were able to make all the plays hit at us,” said Fort Dodge head coach Blake Utley. “Keegan looked sharp and was able to get ahead in the count. This team means a lot to Keegan, and it definitely shows in the way he plays the game.”

Gormally went 2-for-3 in the nightcap, while Austin Halligan and Andrew Stover both drove in a run.

Freshman starter Kole Kampen (2-2) took the loss.

“(The loss) came down to us making three errors in one inning,” Utley said. “Anytime you make three errors against a good team, they will make it hurt.”

Next action for the Dodgers is Monday at Ames. Fort Dodge split with the Little Cyclones in their earlier meeting this season.