Dodgers earn CIC honors

A trio of Fort Dodge baseball players were named to the all-CIC North first team, while four more earned second team honors.

JC Hatcher, Andrew Stover and Austin Halligan were tabbed to the first unit, while Kole Kampen, Cory Alexander, Drew Hansen and Sam Kolacia made the second. Thomas Hartley, Cainen Hiracheta and Sam Cook earned honorable mention status.

Hatcher also made the all-CIC first team, while Halligan was on the second. Selections were made by the league’s coaches.

“Those guys had the respect of the coaches in the CIC,” FDSH head coach Blake Utley said. “You are talking about one of the most competitive leagues in the state of Iowa, and that showed at the state tournament.”

Hatcher batted .346 in league play, driving in 14 runs and collecting 18 hits overall. He also went 2-1 on the mound, striking out 20 batters in just under 22 innings with a 0.65 earned run average.

Stover hit .382 with nine RBI and a pair of steals, racking up 21 hits and two doubles. He also started five games on the mound, going 2-3 with 21 strikeouts.

Both Hatcher and Stover will play at Iowa Central this fall after helping the Dodgers go 24-19 overall and 8-9 in the league.

Halligan, a junior, hit .404 with an on-base just under .500. He had two steals, six RBI, five doubles and 14 runs scored.

“Austin really wanted that first team all-CIC honor, but it will only motivate him to work even harder next year,” Utley said. “We might not have finished where we wanted to in the league, but with all the honors we received, it showed that the coaches respected our players.”

Alexander, Hansen and Kampen all hit over .300 in conference play, while Kolacia scored eight runs and drove in eight more. Kampen, Hansen and Alexander each one a conference game, as well.