Dodgers split with Jaguars
Senior Night resulted in a split for the Fort Dodge baseball team in its regular-season finale against Ankeny Centennial here Tuesday.
After snapping a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory in their opener, the Dodgers (22-18 overall) dropped a 14-9 decision in the nightcap at Ed McNeil Field.
Kole Kampen (2-3) went the distance on the mound in the first game for FDSH. The sophomore southpaw allowed just two hits and one earned run with three walks and 10 strikeouts. Kampen retired the side in order in the first, third and seventh frames.
“We came out ready to go in Game 1, which was good to see after (getting swept by Ames on Monday),” Fort Dodge head coach Blake Utley said. “It was obviously nice to get back on the winning side of things.
“I thought Kole pitched excellent for us.”
No. 2 batter Cory Alexander went 2-for-3 offensively for the Dodgers, including a two-run double in the third. Sophomore Cainen Hiracheta plated Andrew Stover with the other FDSH run on a sacrifice fly to left field.
Austin Halligan, Stover, Thomas Hartley and Drew Hansen all contributed singles for the Dodgers, who finished 7-11 at home this year.
For the Jaguars (20-19), Collin Shultice and Brent Jones managed the lone hits. Shultice also crossed the dish on a Collin Olson sacrifice fly to deep left in the sixth.
In the second contest, Fort Dodge briefly rallied from an early deficit to gain an 8-4 lead in the fourth. The Dodgers batted 11 during that inning, erupting for six scores on five hits.
Centennial immediately responded, however, with a six-spot of its own to jump back in front.
“It all came down to our lack of pitching depth again,” said Utley. “We just left too many balls up in the zone, and we paid the price for our mistakes.”
JC Hatcher, a senior, was 3-for-4 with a double, three stolen bases and two runs scored for FDSH. Both Alexander and Sam Kolacia delivered two RBI a piece. Halligan swiped a pair of bags as well.
Jones and Drew Prange recorded three hits each for the Jaguars, who halted a seven-game slide. Joseph Monosmith and Dominic DeAngelo notched three RBI apiece, while Shultice, Jones, Prange, Nathan Meador and Josh Chambers all scored twice.
Kolacia (4-4) suffered the loss in relief for Fort Dodge.
Defensively, the Dodgers turned three twin killings in the doubleheader. Centennial also pulled off a rare 9-6-2 triple play in Game 1.
Stover, Hatcher, Alexander, Brandon Archibald, Tristan Shaw, Brandon Dencklau and Gunnar Conrad were recognized on the field between games.
All seven seniors started the second contest.
“Our seniors have put in a lot of effort, hard work and dedication into this program,” Utley said. “They deserved this opportunity to play together as a group.”
Fort Dodge will face Sioux City North in a Class 4A, Substate 1 opener on Friday. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Lewis and Clark Park in Sioux City.
During the regular season, the Dodgers and Stars split their two meetings.