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The tiny slip-ups or terrible habits Fort Dodge was in a position to get away with through the 1st week and a half of the baseball season had nowhere to hide through Friday’s doubleheader at McNeil Field against Waukee.

Dodger head coach Blake Utley admits that was by style.

Just after winning six of their 1st seven games to begin the 2023 campaign, Fort Dodge was held in verify by the Warriors yesterday evening as the guests swept by scores of ten-three and eight-1.

Utley wanted to make positive his squad got a really feel for the deep finish ahead of Monday’s Iowa Alliance Conference Northern Division opener at household against Mason City. Just after taking care of small business against Des Moines Hoover, Hampton-Dumont/CAL, Des Moines North and splitting with Waterloo East, the degree of difficulty changed in a hurry versus Waukee.

“We necessary to make positive we’d see a seriously strong opponent just before (this coming week, beginning with the Riverhawks),” Utley stated. “No disrespect to the teams we’d faced so far, but when we had been generating the schedule, we knew we had to also face (a system) that would inform us exactly where we necessary to get far better.

“Sometimes, when you get away with issues and nevertheless win large, you get a false sense of exactly where you are basically at as a ballclub. It is an vital reminder of exactly where we actually are and the locations we will need to operate on. Early on (in a season), you are receiving continuous feedback from an opponent. It permits for a far better general image of exactly where you actually stand.”

The Warriors (five-four general) plated 4 runs to take early manage of the opener in the leading of the third inning. The Dodgers (six-three) responded with a two-run single by senior Dalton Rosalez in the bottom half of the frame, but Waukee opened the floodgates with a 5-run fourth.

4 of the runs FDSH pitchers Landen Grandors and Nathan Beekman surrendered had been unearned following errors, and the duo issued 4 walks, had 3 wild pitches and hit a batter.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers gave themselves lots of possibilities at the plate — with 5 hits and seven walks — but they stranded nine runners, which includes seven in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings combined without the need of scoring.

The nightcap was much more of the identical. Waukee jumped ahead five- early, but Fort Dodge was on the cusp of seizing momentum several instances. Rather, the Dodgers left the bases loaded in each the third and the fifth with the tying run at the plate.

“It was type of the story of our evening,” Utley stated. “I know folks will see the scores and consider we weren’t seriously in it, but we could have been. We had lots of runners on, but credit the (Warrior) pitchers for placing out the fires.”

Rosalez had two hits in the second contest. Sophomore Rylan Kingrey doubled, as did sophomore Jase Nekvinda.

Nekvinda and juniors Jace Johnson and Karch Smith roped doubles in the opener.

Freshman Jaxson Dencklau was impressive in relief, operating 3• innings just before Waukee lastly got to him with 3 runs in the seventh.

“Jaxson did a wonderful job. Actually, all of our pitchers had their moments (of accomplishment),” Utley stated. “We got burned by some blunders in the field, some baserunning (miscues), and instances exactly where we just didn’t execute at a higher sufficient level to anticipate to beat a group like (the Warriors). When you give a fantastic ballclub additional outs, it tends to snowball on you.

“This is exactly where you lean on your seniors and much more seasoned guys, and make positive you understand from (the physical or mental errors). Even (in defeat), it is an chance for us to get far better from it.”

Fort Dodge was without the need of the solutions of sophomore Royce Pederson and junior Drew Moritz, who are each nursing injuries.

The Dodgers square off with Mason City for a Memorial Day doubleheader back at McNeil Field. Initially pitch is set for 1 p.m.


Waukee 003 501 — ten ten 1

Fort Dodge 002 000 1 — three five three

WP–Colin Driscoll (four IP, four H, two R, two ER, two BB, five K) LP–Landen Grandors (four IP, 9 R, six ER, three BB, three K). 2B–FD: Jase Nekvinda, Karch Smith. 3B–W: Grant Sorensen. SB–W: Carter Johnson, Connor Macalpine, Hunter Reed.


Waukee 311 000 three — eight 9 two

Fort Dodge 001 000 — 1 five two

WP–Nate Danielson (four IP, three H, 1 R, 1 ER, two BB, eight K) LP–Landen Hout (two.two IP, five H, five R, four ER, 1 BB, three K). 2B–FD: Jase Nekvinda, Rylan Kingrey W: Grant Sorensen, Colin Driscoll. 3B–W: Conner Macalpine. HR–W: Brady Eklund. SB–W: Grant Sorensen two, Carter Johnson, Conner Macalpine.

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