15-run inning highlights Dodger sweep

AMES – Staying on a roll, the fourth-ranked (Class 4A) Fort Dodge softball team swept a doubleheader from Ames Monday night.

The Dodgers (19-5 overall, 6-0 CIC Northern Division) topped the Little Cyclones by scores of 7-6 and 19-4.

“I was just overwhelmed with our hitting,” said FDSH head coach Andi Adams. “We did a great job of timing the ball. We’ve been kind of slumping, but I thought 1 through 9 everyone really stepped up (Monday).”

Maddie Bodholdt went 3-for-4 offensively in the opener for Fort Dodge, which rallied back from a 6-2 deficit in the top of the fifth.

Lani Van Zyl, Maddie Egli and Madi Bennett each added two hits for the Dodgers. Egli also scored twice, including the decisive run on a bloop single from Bennett.

Eighth-grader Bre Tjebben (2-0) posted the win in relief. After the Little Cyclones loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, Tjebben worked out of the jam by inducing two pop outs to shortstop.

“Bre was so composed in a very stressful and high intensity game,” Adams said. “She has a great changeup that she moves so well.”

In the nightcap, Fort Dodge erupted for 15 runs in the fifth inning alone after breaking through with a four-spot in the third.

Van Zyl finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while University of Northern Iowa recruit Mallory Kilian, Meagan Hartman, Bodholdt and Tjebben all contributed a pair of hits. Toryn Pederson scored three times, and Van Zyl, Kilian and Bodholdt crossed the dish twice apice. Bodholdt and Tjebben each drove in two.

“We were finding all the gaps,” said Adams. “I’ve never seen an inning like that before. We put our money where our mouth is.”

Hartman (5-2) went the distance in the circle, yielding five hits.

Kate Crow, a Winona State signee, ruined the Dodger shutout bid with a grand slam in the fifth.

Fort Dodge outhit Ames (8-11, 2-3) in the two games, 26-12.

Next action for the Dodgers is Wednesday when they host No. 9 (5A) Waukee (15-10).