Boot Camp has Dodgers ready

The Fort Dodge softball team is preparing for the postseason, but first, they had to go to boot camp.

Andi Adams, who is in her 13th season at the helm, is known for her motiviational techniques.

This time, she called on the National Guard.

On Tuesday, the National Guard came to Rogers Park and put the players through a physically taxing session.

“I put them through boot camp on Tuesday and they responded well,” Adams. said “I’m very proud of these girls. They’ve worked so hard to get where they’re at.

“They’ve put a lot of time and effort into this and they’re a great group to work with.”

The Dodgers (25-15) will begin their postseason trek tonight as they host Sioux City East (15-23) at Rogers Park. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

The Black Raiders advanced with a 6-4 victory over Sioux City North on Thursday.

“It’s great to be at home,” Adams said. “We obviously like being here with the tradition, the fans, the field and the atmosphere.

“We want to see everyone that wants to watch softball and this team, coming out to support the Dodgers in Red and Black.”

Fort Dodge already owns an 8-2 victory over the Black Raiders. Mallory Kilian drove in four runs and the Dodgers had five hits.

Cassie Tjebben earned the victory, while striking out one and allowing one earned run.

Kilian (.437) and Lexi Astor (.432) are the Dodgers leading hitters. Kilian has driven in 37 runs and Maddie Egli leads the squad with 38.

Kilian is the home run leader with six and Astor has 37 stolen bases.

For Sioux City East Allison Lester leads the Black Raiders in hitting with a .504 average. Sarah Sponder has driven in 33 runs.

The Dodgers, who won the CIC title, their first league title since 2005, are looking to get back to state for the first time since 2011.

The winner of the contest will play the winner of Ames and No. 1 Ankeny. The contest will be in Ankeny on Tuesday at 7 p.m.