Senior power

Mallory Kilian made Senior Night one to remember for the second-ranked (Class 4A) Fort Dodge softball team.

Kilian, just a junior, launched a pair of home runs to set a new single-season school record in a CIC North sweep of Mason City.

Scores were 14-1 in three innings and 9-2 at Rogers Park.

The University of Northern Iowa-recruit launched a solo home run in the second inning of the opener, adding a two-run shot in the sixth of the nightcap. She now has 12 homers on the year, breaking Megan Risetter’s previous school mark.

As Dodger (29-7 overall, 10-0 in league) head coach Andi Adams stopped to think about the future of FDSH softball with Kilian and company next year, she made sure to reflect on those leaving her squad Monday night.

“I’m not sad to see this senior class move on,” Adams said. “Because I am excited to see what kind of women they become going forward. This is truly a one-of-a-kind group and these younger players should feel so special having received the chance to play alongside them and learn from them.”

Lexi Astor, Maddie Bodholdt, Maddie Egli, Jami Haden and Allison Birnbaum were all honored between games.

“I don’t know what more I could say about them that I haven’t already said,” Adams stated. “They have all meant so much to our program and the team this year that we owe it to them to send them out the right way.”

Astor had a career-night in the second contest, going 4-for-4 at the plate, including a triple, three run scored and an RBI. Egli added two RBI and a triple of her own, while Lani Van Zyl was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

In the opener, Egli had two hits, including a double, while Kilian improved to 14-4 inside the circle by striking out four.

Freshman Meagan Hartman moved to 10-3 by tossing a six-hitter with one strikeout.

“We’re just in a groove right now, and this is the perfect time to be in it,” Adams said. “We are swinging the bats well, our pitching is on point and our defense continues to be flawless.

“We’ve just got to keep moving forward and preparing for the postseason.”

Kilian now has 23 homers in her career, having hit seven last year, one as a freshman and three as an eighth-grader.

Fort Dodge returns to the diamond tonight against former CIML Iowa Conference rival and No. 3 (5A) West Des Moines Valley.