This year is the 50th consecutive year the Iowa State Softball Tournament has been at Rogers Park in Fort Dodge. However, Fort Dodge Softball will play in the State Finals for the 1st time in program history. Coach Andi Adams is a hall of fame inductee and has the resume to prove it. Her 1st season at the helm was 2001 , since then she has made the State Tournament 11 times, Semifinals twice and now has taken the program to new heights. The assistant coaches are a well oiled machine as a staff along side her, a mix of former players and people who are fully dedicated to the program’s success. The players some of them having been playing together since they were 6-7 years old, they are a family who believes in each other and have fully bought in to the coaching staff. The Dodgers will meet #2 Cedar Rapids- Kennedy in a “heavyweight fight” for the big gold trophy. You can hear every pitch of the State Title game Thursday on “Sunny” 99.7 and here on our website, a 4:50 PM pregame show with a 5 PM 1st pitch.
The Dodgers defeated a good Ankeny Centennial team who made the Dodgers earn everything. The Dodgers are for the 1st time playing for the State Title after winning 5-3 in the Semifinals.
Ankeny Centennial struck 1st scoring one in the top of the 1st. Dodgers would answer in the bootom of the 1st when Catcher T.K. Doster would go deep.
A run homer by Doster put the Dodgers up 2-1 after the 1st. Centennial would get one in the 3rd and the Dodgers would add one in their half of the 3rd to go up 3-2 after 3 innings. Centennial would tie it on an RBI ground out in the 5th. Dodgers again would answer in the 5th when Martyne Lowrey came to the plate.
Lowrey’s 1st home run of the season and she couldn’t have picked a better time to do it. That put the Dodgers up 4-3, they tacked on an insurance run in the 6th when Martyne Lowrey got her 2nd hit of the game an RBI single that scored T.K. Doster. Jalen Adams would sit down Centennial 1,2,3 in the 7th to win it. Adams had another complete game and earned her 20th win in the circle on the season putting her 1st in Iowa in pitching wins.
Can the Dodgers get one more win on Thursday and keep the “Big Gold Trophy” here in town for the 1st time ever? Find out Thursday at 5 Pm on “Sunny” 99.7 and here on our website.