Offensive struggles continue for FDSH

AMES – Offensive production proved hard to come by once again for the ninth-ranked (Class 4A) Fort Dodge baseball team here Monday.

The Dodgers (13-7 overall, 2-3 CIC Northern Division) dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Ames by the same 3-0 final.

“We’re kind of in a funk right now offensively,” said FDSH head coach Blake Utley. “This is four straight games where we haven’t scored. I don’t know if we’re trying too hard or what, but we’ll come out of it. As coaches, we will not give up on our guys.”

Austin Halligan collected a pair of hits in the opener for Fort Dodge, which committed six errors.

JC Hatcher went the distance in the loss, allowing just two hits and one earned run. The Iowa Central recruit walked three and fanned nine.

“JC deserves a lot of credit for keeping us in the game,” Utley said. “Our infield defense wasn’t good in the first game.”

Erik Dempsey helped his own cause with a homer for the Little Cyclones (13-5, 5-0), while Chris Sorrentino added a double.

In the second contest, Cory Alexander, Hatcher and Sam Kolacia each recorded singles for the Dodgers.

Kolacia pitched six innings, scattering seven hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

Dating back to the 2012 season, Ames has now won six of the last seven meetings against FDSH.

Fort Dodge returns to action today, hosting Sioux City North. First varsity pitch is set for 6 p.m. The Dodgers prevailed over the Stars earlier this season at the Mason City Invitational, 7-4.