Dordt College Baseball vs. Midland (NE)
April 18, 2008
(Sioux Center, Iowa) The Dordt College Defender baseball team held on for a 3-2 win over Midland Lutheran in game one of their doubleheader on Friday, April 18.
Played in windy, cool conditions, the pitchers got help from their defenses in the early innings with Dordt finally breaking through with an unearned run in the third inning when Travis De Jong singled with two outs and Bobby Lutke followed with a base hit. A balk advanced the runners and Evan Pheneger walked to load the bases. Chris Liebhart put the ball in play and the shortstop mishandled the grounder, allowing Pheneger to reach second before the force-out throw and Morgan Halpert, running for De Jong, scored the first run of the game.
Dordt got another unearned run in the fourth when Josh Bowers doubled to lead off the inning and was sacrificed over by Leland Kootstra. A Travis Feekes dribbler died in front of the plate and Midland Lutheran's catcher threw the ball up the right field line, allowing the run to score from third and Feekes went to second. Dillon Peters followed with a double to score the runner and give Dordt a 3-0 lead.
The Warriors got one run back in the fifth and after a scoreless sixth, Midland Lutheran gathered one more threat, getting one run in and putting the tying run at third with one out before Alex Jansen struck out the last two batters of the game to seal the complete game pitching win.
Dordt outhit the visitors 7-6 and took advantage of a pair of Midland Lutheran errors while playing error free baseball themselves. Dordt was led by Josh Bowers and Dillon Peters each with a single and a double. Bowers had a run scored and Peters an RBI. Travis DeJong, Bobby Lutke and Chris Liebhart, a trio of seniors, each accounted for a single for Dordt.
Alex Jansen earned his second win of the season by scattering six hits and allowing just two runs while walking one and striking out four. Matt Trejo takes the loss for Midland Lutheran, going six innings, allowing seven hits, one earned run and struck out one with one walk.
Dordt's Current Record: 10-19 (6-11)
Opponent's Current Record: 17-18 (8-9)
Winning Pitcher: Alex Jansen (Dordt College)
Losing Pitcher: Matt Trejo (Midland (NE))
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