The return of the Fort Dodge-St. Edmond baseball recreation was a welcome sight on a near-perfect afternoon right here Monday at Rogers Park.
Assembly for the primary time since 2014, the Dodgers picked up a 10-0 victory in 5 innings over the Gaels within the St. Edmond Memorial Day Match.
Jace Ulrich threw a two-hitter — placing out 9 — whereas Dylan Zimmermann belted a two-run homer for Fort Dodge.
Drake Callon reached twice and stole two bases, Christian Davidson had an RBI-triple, and Eli Elsbecker was 2-for-3 to steer the Dodgers.
“I’m glad we had been capable of get again on this event,” FDSH head coach Blake Utley stated. “It was good for the fellows to get some confidence again and it was an effective way to have a good time Memorial Day. We’ve acquired a number of baseball gamers on this city, and we had an ideal crowd right here. It was thrilling to be taking part in St. Edmond once more.”
For the Gaels (1-1), John Nemmers and Devon Wirtz every had a success, whereas Grant Heldorfer reached on a stroll.
“We knew it was going to be a tricky matchup,” SEHS head coach Mike Szalat stated. “However I felt like our guys battled. It’s robust to see enchancment while you play a workforce like Fort Dodge, however we gave it all the pieces.”
Batting as the house workforce within the first, the Dodgers plated a run on the Davidson triple, which scored Callon. Davidson got here round to attain, making it 2-0.
That may be all of the run help Ulrich wanted, because the junior left-hander retired seven of the primary eight he confronted earlier than permitting a single to Wirtz. Ulrich struck out six of the primary 10 batters, and had two strikeouts within the first, second, third and fourth innings.
“Jace seemed good,” Utley stated. “And the large factor was he went the gap and saved his pitch depend down. He was throwing strikes and dealing rapidly.”
Fort Dodge took benefit of its velocity within the second inning, stealing three bases to select up one other run. They added three extra within the third, two within the fourth off Zimmermann’s blast and completed it off with two extra within the fifth off RBI singles by Dalton Rosalez and Alex Underwood.
“It was a optimistic to see us get our bats going,” Utley stated. “We’ve had a busy begin to the season right here and hopefully this will get us going transferring ahead.”
St. Edmond, coming off a season-opening victory over Emmetsburg, had runners on second within the second and third innings, however did not get runs house.
Emanuel Perry struck out three batters in his first begin of the yr for the Gaels.
Szalat, a historical past instructor at St. Edmond, additionally famous the significance of continuous to have this occasion on a vacation weekend.
“It ought to imply loads to those children with the ability to play baseball,” Szalat stated. “Years in the past, children near their age had been going off to conflict, so I hope the importance of them with the ability to compete and the liberty to do that is acknowledged.”
The Dodgers (2-3 general) completed off the event title by besting No. 10 (Class 1A) Newell-Fonda, 15-5. Ulrich hit a two-run homer with Elsbecker incomes the win on the mound.
Callon was 3-for-4 with three runs scored, Davidson had two hits and drove in three, Ulrich was 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs, and Elsbecker, Grant Williams and Tyler Schreier every drove in a run.
Mason Dicks and Ryan Greenfield every drove in two runs for the Mustangs, who earlier within the day posted a 4-3 victory over West Marshall.
The Gaels (1-2) fell 17-5 to West Marshall within the third-place recreation. Wirtz was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI. Nemmers and Tyler McDowell each added two hits every.
All three doubled.
“We swung the bats higher, however there’s nonetheless loads we have to clear up,” Szalat stated. “Devon, Tyler and John had been aggressive and had good approaches. Devon is simply type of getting again into the swing of issues with baseball after (taking part in) golf (by way of state final week), however he’s been a optimistic affect straight away on the youthful guys.
“It wasn’t an excellent day general. I instructed the fellows we have to study from it, flush it and transfer on. You may’t give groups additional outs or at-bats and anticipate a optimistic consequence. We have to work on rising our baseball accumen. However it’s simply laborious to simulate a number of the issues we noticed in the present day in follow. We’ll bounce again and transfer ahead.”
Fort Dodge heads to Ankeny Centennial on Tuesday evening. St. Edmond faces Southeast Valley at Rogers Park on Tuesday.