FORT DODGE - Jess Howard scheduled Fort Dodge Senior High to open the softball season because she wanted her squad to be tested right out of the gate before the Lynx faced North Central Conference rival St. Edmond on Friday.
The coach got her wish.
Tenth-ranked (Class 5A) Fort Dodge - coached by WCHS Hall of Fame member Andi Adams - rattled Lynx pitcher Kaitlyn Biere for 11 hits, including four extra-base knocks, and the Dodgers forced the visitors into six errors in an 8-0 victory last night at Harlan Rogers Park.
Biere, a four-year starter in the circle for WCHS (0-1), fanned one and walked none, but she got little support from her young defense. All eight of the Dodgers' runs were unearned.
"(Fort Dodge) is very tough. They're aggressive runners on the bases and at the plate, and they put the ball in play," Howard said. "The good thing is we have errors that are fixable errors. We got put into situations that now we know how to deal with."
Emily Grell, Taylor Messerly and Maddie Egli all laced triples for the Dodgers, who scored two runs in the second inning, two more in the fourth and four in the sixth.
|Webster City||000 000 0—0 3 6|
|Fort Dodge||020 204 x—8 11 0|
|Kaitlyn Biere and Kaylee Schnathorst. Mallory Kilian and Taylor Messerly. W — Kilian. L — Biere. 2B — WCHS: Tiffany Constable. 3B — WCHS: Constable; FDSH: Messerly, Emily Grell, Maddie Egli.|
Tiffany Constable supplied WCHS with two of its three hits. The junior second baseman drilled a triple into the gap in right-center field in the top-half of the fourth, and Howard sent her home trying to stretch it into an inside-the-park home run, but Constable was thrown out at the plate.
"It was only 2-0 when I sent her, and if she's safe or that doesn't happen, maybe it's a different game," Howard said.
Constable also had a double, and Hannah Myers collected a single off FDSH freshman pitcher Mallory Kilian.
WCHS will head right back to Fort Dodge on Friday for its league opener against the Gaels at 7:30 p.m.