Dodgers withstand Marshalltown’s best offense yet
FORT DODGE — The Marshalltown High School baseball team fought back to a 2-all tie before Fort Dodge erupted for an 8-2 victory in the first game of Wednesday’s CIML Iowa Conference doubleheader.
The Dodgers (3-3) carried the momentum of their late surge in Game 1 into a 13-3, five-inning triumph over the Bobcats in the nightcap for the sweep.
Marshalltown (0-10) had a season-high of 10 hits in the opening game and a season-best of three runs in the second contest, but neither amounted to the first win of the summer.
Fort Dodge fought off the Bobcats in the first game thanks to a six-run explosion in the bottom of the sixth, keyed by a grand slam for Easton Cone.
The Dodgers had held a 2-0 lead until the Bobcats scratched out single runs in the fourth and fifth frames. Jacob Van Pelt led off the fourth with a double, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Patrick Landeros and scored on Tyler Dunham’s subsequent single.
Three-straight singles by Nick Rebik, Joseph Harris and Bennett Hageman scored the tying run for Marshalltown in the top of the fifth.
Two innings later, Cone came through with the big blow for the Dodgers.
Hageman pitched all six innings for the loss, allowing six earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. Rebik and Harris each had three hits for the Bobcats. Tyne Weeden also singled.
In Game 2, the Dodgers eliminated the drama with a five-run at-bat in the bottom of the first, eventually finishing off the Bobcats in five innings.
Landeros and Hageman both went 2-for-2 at the plate, including a double for Hageman. He also drove in a run and scored twice. Landeros also scored a run as the duo accounted for all four MHS hits.
Carson Johnson took the loss as the starting pitcher, surrendering those five runs in his only inning of work. Van Pelt and Dunham combined to pitch the last four innings.
Brycen Bell and Sawyer Springer both had two of Fort Dodge’s nine hits. Carson Peterson pitched 4 2/3 innings for the win for the Dodgers, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks, striking out three.
Marshalltown returns home for Friday’s 5 p.m. doubleheader against Ottumwa.