MASON CITY - For a second time this season, the Fort Dodge softball team had to settle for a split against Mason City Monday night.
After escaping with a 10-9 victory in the opener, the Dodgers (22-13, 7-3) dropped a 10-2 decision in the nightcap.
Mallory Kilian was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, triple and four RBI for FDSH in the first game. She also went the distance in the circle, scattering nine hits with six strikeouts.
Photo by Arian Schuessler, for The Messenger
Fort Dodge’s Madi Bennett (8)?is greeted by her teammates after hitting a home run in Mason City on Monday.
Freshman Madi Bennett chipped in two hits, including her first career longball - a two-run shot to left field in the third inning. Bre Ulrich drove in the go-ahead score with a two-run single in the seventh.
"The first game was very emotional, and I loved the fact that we fought back," said Dodger head coach Andi Adams. "We did a great job of fighting through three errors and getting the job done."
Lani Van Zyl and Maddie Egli tallied singles for the lone Fort Dodge hits in the second contest. The Mohawks (18-10, 6-4) registered 11 hits, while plating at least three runs in three different frames.
FORT DODGE 10, MASON CITY 9
Fort Dodge 303 000 4-10 11 3
Mason City 320 040 0-9 6 2
Mallory Kilian and Taylor Messerly; Lexi Pederson and Ryanna Bales.
2B-FD: Kilian, Riley Hartman. 3B-FD: Kilian; MC: Kendall Cornick. HR-FD: Madi Bennett; MC: Annika Angell.
MASON CITY 10, FORT DODGE 2
Fort Dodge 110 000 0-2 2 1
Mason City 300 043 x-10 11 2
Meagan Hartman, Cassie Tjebben (6) and Messerly; Olivia Pederson and Bales.
2B-MC: Cortni Rush, Tricia Notermann. 3B-MC: Cornick. HR-MC: Angell.
"Mason City was absolutely on fire offensively (last night)," Adams said. "It was just a real dogfight."
Fort Dodge returns to action Wednesday at Johnston (23-11).