Fifth-rated FDSH blanks Lynx

Fort Dodge softball coach Andi Adams said she wants her to team to concentrate on one game at a time this season.

The fifth-ranked Dodgers had no problem doing that Tuesday night at Rogers Park.

With a big doubleheader against Ankeny Centennial looming, Fort Dodge took care of business against Webster City, beating the Lynx 10-0 in six innings on Diamond 1.

One day after their season opener was cut short by rain, the Dodgers (1-0 overall) rode the two-hit pitching of junior Mallory Kilian to their third straight season-opening win over the Lynx (0-1).

“That was fun,” said Adams. “The kids were so focused. We are just trying to worry about one game at a time. We are focusing on the game we are playing.

“We were very focused (last night). We put the ball in play and ran the baces well and our defense was making plays.”

Kilian, now 41-24 in her career, gave up singles in the first and fourth innings, but was never threatened. At one point, she fanned five batters in a row and finished with 12 strikeouts.

“She’s just very good at hitting her spots and moving the ball around,” Webster City Coach Jess Howard said of Kilian. “She has a lot of pitches in her arsenal. We’ve got a lot of young players and to see that type of competition is good for us.”

Fort Dodge banged out seven hits – three from senior Lexi Astor, including a triple in the fifth inning. Kilian added a single and double and drove in the 10th run in the bottom of the sixth to end the game.

Webster City committed five errors and the Dodgers swiped seven bases.

“Putting the ball in play and running the bases. That’s what we want to do,” said Adams. “Lexi did a great job. If she adds (extra base hits) to her offense, look out.”

Fort Dodge scored four runs in the second inning on just one hit. Astor had an RBI single and Lani Van Zyl pushed across two runs when she bunted and Webster City couldn’t make a play anywhere. A fourth run scored on an error.

In the third, the Dodgers plated three more, helped by two errors.

Fort Dodge added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames. After Astor tripled to right in the sixth, Kilian laced a double to left to end the contest.

Webster City put its lead-off runner Allie Flaws on to start the game, but Fort Dodge turned a nifty double play to end the frame. It went 1-5-4-6-4. The Lynx got a single from Abbey Fuhs in the fourth, but she was stranded at second.

Tonight’s games against Centennial start with a JV contest at 4:45 followed by a varsity doubleheader. The Jaguars are rated fourth in the first Class 5A poll of the year.

Tonight will also be “Big Bat Bash Night.” Kids ages 8-and-under will receive a plastic bat and ball. There will also be a home run derby between the varsity games.

Fort Dodge won last night’s junior varsity game by the same 10-0 count.