Friday is jammed pack with action for area baseball and softball teams. things will get underway in the afternoon and conclude under the lights.
Fort Dodge Softball will host Ballard in a Friday matinee. The start time for that game originally was for 4:15 but has now been moved up to 1 PM. The game was moved up due to issues booking umpires for the game. All over Iowa there is an umpire shortage, so the game was moved up so that the umpire crew could work the game in Fort Dodge then get to there prior commitment for a Friday night game. Dodgers will look to continue their momentum, as they have won 9 of their last 10. They are coming off a sweep of a doubleheader vs Ames on Wednesday. Jalen Adams threw a no hitter and struck out a school record 17 in the game one win. 8th grade phenom, Mariah Myers homered in the 2nd game and drove in 4 runs in the pair of games. She now has a team high 23 RBI’s on the season , which is in the top 20 in all of Iowa.
Fort Dodge Baseball hosts Algona under the lights at Mcneil Field, for a 7:30 PM 1st pitch. Dodgers took both games from Ames on Wednesday and didn’t allow a run in the two games. It was the first time the Dodgers had shutout wins in both games of a double header since 2016. Christian Davidson and Carson Peterson were both masterful on the hill for Fort Dodge. Davidson had 5 hits in the two games, Jace Ulrich had a pair of RBI’s in the 2nd game. Dodgers face an Algona squad that started hot but has cooled off a little in the last few games. The Bulldogs bring a veteran, battle tested group into face Fort Dodge on Friday, in what should be a competitive match up.
St. Edmond Softball has been sizzling, they’ve won 6 in a row. The Gaels downed Webster City on Wednesday, a big win for the program. Coach Bill Shirbroun will look to keep it going. They travel to take on Clarion-Goldfield-Dows on Friday.
St. Edmond Baseball looks to get off a bit of a snide and get things headed in the right direction. The Gaels have been without returning standout pitcher Cael Kolacia for most of the season. He has started just one game and worked 3 innings in a win over Emmetsburg, he’s had just two at-bats this season. Kolacia left early in the Memorial Day game against Fort Dodge with what appeared to be an injured shoulder.
Other Area Games On Friday
Southeast Valley who started 6-2 , has now dropped two straight. They will look to get back in the win column. Jags are at Alta-Aurelia.
East Sac County is ont he road to take on Storm Lake-St. Mary’s
Humboldt has been rolling they are 10-1 and have won 6 straight. They are on the road at Central Springs.
Eagle Grove is at North Iowa
Emmetsburg is fresh off a win over SE Valley, they are at South Central Calhoun
West Bend-Mallard is at Sioux Central
The ranked Newell-Fonda Mustangs travel for a showdown with Pocahontas Area.
Manson NW Webster at GTRA
Bishop Garrigan at West Hancock
Southeast Valley at Alta-Aurelia
Pocahontas Area at Spirit Lake
Carlisle at Webster City
Humboldt at Algona