Dodgers load all-CIC team

Coming off its best regular season since 2005, Fort Dodge recently landed eight players on the all-CIC Northern Division softball teams.

Junior Mallory Kilian (P), freshman Meagan Hartman (P), senior Maddie Bodholdt (INF), junior Lani Van Zyl (INF), senior Lexi Astor (OF) and senior Maddie Egli (OF) were each named to the top squad for the Dodgers, while sophomore Madi Bennett (INF) and junior Bre Ulrich (OF) both made the second team.

In addition, juniors Molly Matthes and McKinna Teske received honorable mention status.

Kilian compiled a 17-5 mark in 129 2/3 innings of work, allowing 96 hits with 116 strikeouts. The University of Northern Iowa recruit also paced FDSH in nearly every major statistical category, including batting average (.500), slugging percentage (.975), on-base percentage (.546), hits (59), home runs (13), RBI (56) and triples (5). Kilian actually tied for first among all 4A players in longballs and was third in RBI. Her 13 round-trippers this summer are a new single-season program mark.

“Mallory’s numbers speak for themselves,” Fort Dodge head coach Andi Adams said. “She’s just an all-around excellent player. People know about her bat and fielding expertise as well.”

Hartman went 11-3 in 17 appearances, covering 87 1/3 frames. Offensively, Hartman held a .354 average with 23 hits and 15 RBI.

“Both Mallory and Meagan were undefeated in the conference,” said Adams. “Meagan gave a great effort us. Her future looks very bright.”

Bodholdt managed a .286 average at the plate, along with 32 hits, 20 RBI and a team-high 15 sacrifices in 41 games. At first base, Bodholdt committed four errors and registered 248 putouts.

“Maddie helped scoop a lot of throws from our infielders,” Adams said. “She’ll be tough to replace at first. Maddie really worked hard and was a consistent .300 hitter for most of the year.”

Van Zyl batted .397 with 46 hits, team-bests in runs (45) and walks (27), 21 RBI, five triples and 23 stolen bases in 25 attempts. She posted only four errors in 172 chances at shortstop for a .977 fielding percentage.

“Lani’s fielding was just crazy ridiculous when you consider how many times she handled the ball,” said Adams. “She did a nice job in the leadoff spot as well. Just her overall leadership was huge.”

Astor, a left fielder, delivered 59 hits, 35 runs, 16 RBI, five triples and a team-high 30 stolen bases. She was second on the team in batting average (.468).

“Lexi and Mallory were both leaders in many areas,” Adams said. “Lexi was obviously known for her speed and ability to get on base.”

Egli notched a .322 average with 37 hits, 34 runs and 30 RBI, while leading FDSH with nine doubles. After moving over to center field from left prior to the season, Egli was charged with only one error in 49 opportunities.

“Maddie’s goal was to be first-team all-division,” said Adams. “She actually got our team Gold Glove award for all her outstanding catches. I would put our outfielders up against anyone in the state.”

Bennett, a second baseman, tallied 31 hits, 23 RBI and 20 runs in 41 starts.

“Madi was definitely scrappy and plays defense at second like no other,” Adams said. “She was a part of 12 double plays for us. Madi was injured for most of the spring and early on, so she wasn’t able to work on batting like she wanted to.”

Ulrich, a right fielder, registered 20 runs, 20 hits, 17 stolen bases and a team-best six hit-by-pitches.

“Bre made some really nice catches in the outfield,” said Adams. “I think she just did a great job of reading the ball. I’m expecting her to continue to improve even more next year.”

In 40 starts at catcher, Matthes had no errors in 184 chances. Teske, a third baseman, also saw action in 24 games.

Kilian, Hartman, Bodholdt, Van Zyl and Astor were each unanimous all-CIC Northern Division selections.

For a second consecutive year, Kilian (INF) and Astor (OF) were also picked to the all-CIC Super Conference top squad, while Van Zyl (INF) was tabbed to the second team.

Fort Dodge finished its 2014 campaign at 33-8 overall, including a perfect 12-0 in the league en route to its second straight outright CIC Northern Division championship. The Dodgers, who fell just one step short of their first state bid since 2011, were ranked second in the last 4A poll of the season.

“We’re not going to let one game define the success of the season because of an off night,” Adams said. “One of our 15 goals was obviously to make the state tournament, but we still had an incredible year.”