Valley beats FDSH twice
Wrapping up a busy week of action, the ninth-ranked (Class 4A) Fort Dodge baseball team was unable to contain West Des Moines Valley here Friday.
In a doubleheader at Ed McNeil Field, the Dodgers (21-15 overall) were swept by scores of 7-3 and 16-0.
“It came down to us giving (the Tigers) extra opportunities and outs,” FDSH head coach Blake Utley said. “You just can’t afford to do that against anyone, especially a team like West Des Moines Valley.
“They definitely took advantage of all our mistakes (Friday). We counted 10 runs that scored after either two outs or plays that should’ve been made.”
Sophomore Sam Kolacia went 2-for-4 offensively with a RBI in the opener for the Dodgers, who were unable to avenge an earlier 8-0 setback to the Tigers. JC Hatcher also contributed a single and two RBI, while Austin Halligan reached base on a hit-by-pitch four times with two runs scored.
Kole Kampen (double), Cory Alexander (single) and Drew Hansen (single) managed the other Fort Dodge hits.
Up 3-2 in the fifth, the Dodgers saw the Tigers (19-14) rally back with a two-spot of their own. Keller Prien later delivered the big blow for the visitors with a two-out, three-run longball in the seventh.
Prien finished 3-for-4 with six RBI, including his first and second round-trippers of the year. Noah Reddig and Jacob Rojohn each added a pair of hits.
“I’ve been worried about their lineup all three games we’ve played them,” said Utley of Valley. “They can swing the bats and have a lot of speed, too, which makes for a pretty scary offense.”
Kampen finished a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate in the five-inning nightcap, including a double. Halligan also recorded a two-bagger.
Fort Dodge actually loaded the bases with one out in the fourth, but Tiger hurler Sam Wiese escaped trouble by inducing a 1-2-3 double play.
Valley, which was ranked third in the preseason 4A poll, erupted for five scores in the first, seven in the second, one in the fourth and three more in the fifth. No. 7 batter Sam Hartman was 2-for-2 with a walk, two three-run homers and three runs scored.
Blake Salsbury knocked in the last Tiger scores with a three-run shot in the fifth.
Connor Sorge notched three hits and two runs, and Jay Hrdlicka chipped in two hits, a walk, two RBI and two runs.
Defensively, the Dodgers turned a 1-5-3 twin killing from Thomas Lang to Kolacia to Thomas Hartley in the fourth inning of Game 2. FDSH committed five errors on the night compared to one for Valley.
Hatcher (6-2) and Kolacia (4-3) each suffered losses on the mound for Fort Dodge, which fell to 6-8 at home this year.
Looking to rebound, the Dodgers welcome the Little Cyclones (19-10) in CIC Northern Division play on Monday. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.