The small errors or negative habits that Fort Dodge has been capable to get away with by way of the initially week and a half of the baseball season had nowhere to hide for the duration of Friday’s game at McNeil Field against Waukee.
Dodgers head coach Blake Utley admits it was by style.
Immediately after winning six of its initially seven games to get started the 2023 campaign, Fort Dodge held the Warriors in verify final evening as the guests have been outscored ten-three and eight-1.
Utley wanted to make certain his side had a really feel for the deep finish ahead of Monday’s Iowa State Division North opener at house against Mason City. Immediately after taking care of organization against Des Moines Hoover, Hampton-Dumont/CAL, Des Moines North and a split with Waterloo East, the difficulty level changed in a hurry against Waukee.
“We had to make certain we have been going to see a seriously strong opponent prior to (this week, beginning with the Riverhawks),” Utley mentioned. “No disrespect to the teams we’ve faced so far, but when we have been creating the schedule, we knew we also had to face (a system) that was going to inform us exactly where we necessary to be much better.”
“Sometimes when you get away with items and nonetheless get major wins, you get a false sense of exactly where you seriously are as a football club. It is an essential reminder of exactly where we seriously are and the locations we want to operate on. At the starting (in the season) you get continual feedback from your opponents. It provides a much better general image of exactly where you seriously stand.”
The Warriors (five-four general) plated 4 runs to take early handle of the opener in the top rated of the third inning. The Dodgers (six-three) responded with a two-run single by senior Dalton Rosales in the bottom half of the frame, but Waukee opened the door with a fifth-run fourth.
4 runs by FDSH pitchers Landen Grandors and Nathan Beekman went unearned on errors, and the duo drew 4 walks, had 3 wild pitches and hit a hit.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers gave themselves a lot of possibilities at the plate — with 5 hits and seven walks — but stranded nine players, such as seven in a combined scoreless fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
The nightcap was much more of the identical. Waukee jumped ahead five- early, but Fort Dodge was on the verge of seizing the momentum various occasions. Alternatively, the Dodgers left the bases loaded in each the third and fifth with the tying run at the plate.
“It was type of the story of our evening,” Utley mentioned. “I know individuals will see the benefits and believe we weren’t in it, but we could have been.” We had a lot of runners, but you have to give credit to the (Warriors) pitchers for placing out the fires.”
Rosalez had two hits in the second contest. Sophomore Rylan Kingray doubled, as did sophomore Jase Nequinda.
Nequinda and juniors Jace Johnson and Karch Smith played doubles in the opener.
Freshman Jackson Denklau was impressive in relief, going 3• innings prior to Waukee ultimately got to him with 3 runs in the seventh.
“Jackson did a terrific job.” “Actually, all of our pitchers had their moments (of results),” Utley mentioned. “We got fired up simply because of some errors on the field, some errors on the run (errors) and occasions exactly where we just did not execute at a higher sufficient level to count on to beat a group like (the Warriors). When you give a great club added outs, it tends to catch you with balls.
“This is exactly where you lean on your older and much more skilled guys and make certain you discover from (physical or mental errors). Even (in defeat), it is an chance for us to get much better from it.”
Fort Dodge was without having the solutions of sophomore Royce Pederson and junior Drew Moritz, who each suffered injuries.
The Dodgers take on Mason City for a Memorial Day doubleheader at McNeil Field. The initially pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m
WAUKEE ten, FORT DODGE three
Waukee 003 501 — ten ten 1
Fort Dodge 002 000 1 — three five three
VP–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 Nequinda, Karch Smith. 3B–W: Grant Sorensen. SB–V: Carter Johnson, Connor McAlpine, Hunter Reid.
WAUKEE eight, FORT DODGE 1
Waukee 311 000 three — eight 9 two
Fort Dodge 001 000 — 1 five two
VP–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 Nequinda, Rylan Kingray In: Grant Sorensen, Colin Driscoll. 3B–W: Conner MacAlpine. HR–V: Brady Eklund. SB–V: Grant Sorensen two, Carter Johnson, Conner Macalpine.
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