Waukee boys done in by Fort Dodge

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Waukee's Mick Price (18) gets high five from coach Dave Dirkx after hitting a two run home run against Ames during 3rd inning in the class 4A substate quarterfinal at Waukee on July 19. Nirmalnedu Majumdar/Ames Tribune

The Waukee baseball team was 2-0 this season against Fort Dodge, with a pair of tidy victories against the Dodgers at home on June 19.

But Fort Dodge enacted its revenge on Monday, beating Waukee 5-3 in the substate semifinal and ending the Warriors’ season.

The Dodgers scored three runs in the second inning and led 5-0 through four. Waukee got two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth, but couldn’t pull any closer.

Matt Hoeg tripled and scored, one of six hits for the Warriors on the night. Andy Rushenberg drew three walks.

Addison Meyers was tagged with the loss, lasting 3 1/3 innings and surrendering seven hits. Only two of the five runs he allowed were earned. Austin Battaglia struck out four over 3 2/3 innings of relief.

Malik Moore struck out eight to lead Waukee past Ames 6-1 on July 19 in the first round of postseason play.

Moore, a sophomore, limited Ames to five hits and one walk in the complete-game victory.

Battglia and Mick Price hit home runs, and they, along with Jordan Niehaus, each drove in two runs apiece. Niehaus, Battaglia and Kyle Kubiak all had two hits.

Waukee finished the season with a 27-14 record, their second 20-win season under second-year coach Dave Dirkx.

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