The Fort Dodge baseball team recently played a split series against Iowa Alliance Conference rival Marshalltown. In the first game, the Bobcats took an early 2-0 lead, but Fort Dodge came back with a 3-spot in the third inning to take the lead. The Dodgers continued to hit well, with 13 hits in total, and won the game 11-2. Dalton Rosales pitched five batters, allowing four strikeouts, one walk and one earned run. The seniors have 15 strikeouts in 22 or more innings to go 2-1 this year.
The second game was a tougher match-up for Fort Dodge, with Marshalltown’s Keylor Blue pitching a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Curch Smith broke the no-hitter with a leadoff double, and the Dodgers managed to score one point but ultimately lost the game 2-1. Although disappointed with the loss, FDSH head coach Blake Utley was impressed with the team’s effort and fighting spirit. “It’s not because we’re not trying hard enough. They keep fighting, scratching and smashing, we just need to get more experience,” he said.
Looking ahead, the Dodgers will play Sioux City North at Ed McNeill Field on Saturday noon. Fort Dodge has won each of their last four meetings and will hope to continue their winning streak. Despite the loss, the team remains confident and focused on improving their skills and strategies on the field.