Dodgers top Mohawks

MASON CITY – The Fort Dodge baseball team made it five in a row with an 8-3 victory over Mason City here Friday afternoon.

The Dodgers (18-10 overall, 3-3 in CIC North) took advantage of nine walks and five hit batters, plating six runs in the first three innings.

“We put pressure on them when we got the chance,” FDSH head coach Blake Utley said. “We just played solid baseball and took advantage of the mistakes presented.”

That was enough support for Andrew Stover, who recorded seven strikeouts and scattered just five hits. The defense turned a pair of double plays to help him out of trouble.

Cory Alexander had a double for the Dodgers, collecting two hits in all. JC Hatcher reached base four times, while Austin Halligan reached twice.

“It’s hard to get into a rhythm with all the walks and hit batters, but our guys did a good job of staying focused,” Utley said. “We talked about the things we can control, which is our hustle, focus and energy. They have bought into that and we are climbing back up the ladder.”

Fort Dodge will see the Mohawks (7-18, 0-6) again on Monday, hosting them in a doubleheader at Ed McNeil Field.