Dordt College News

Two Doubleheaders Ahead For Dordt Baseball

April 10, 2014

GAMETIME… Dordt College will play a pair of doubleheaders on April 11 and 12.  The Friday contests will be played in Sioux City, Iowa against Briar Cliff starting at 1:30 and the Saturday twinbill will begin at 1:00 against Midland in Sioux Center, Iowa.  The Midland doubleheader can be heard via a webcast at

Results of the games can be found at when complete and also at

SCOUTING REPORT… The Briar Cliff Chargers are 5-3 in the GPAC and 12-21 overall.  The Chargers’ last win in GPAC play was over Hastings on April 6 by an 8-1 score to avert the sweep.  Midland swept the Chargers on April 5 and Briar Cliff has sweep wins over Concordia and Nebraska Wesleyan.

The Chargers are batting .281 this season and have been outscored 201-139.  Matt Boswell tops the team with 39 hits and has scored 14 runs with 20 runs batted in and bats .368.  Branden Amenta is batting .323 with 20 hits and Jake Erichsen has a .321 average with 10 doubles, six homeruns and 27 runs batted in which leads the team.  Matt Fiechtner is batting .316 and is one of four players to have started all 33 games for the Chargers this season.  Fiechtner also has a team high ten stolen bases.

Adam Alexander has a 3-0 record in 11 appearances and all his wins have come in relief and he has 16 innings pitched to his credit with ten strikeouts.  Dylan Romo leads the team with 43 1/3 innings pitched and he has a 3.12 earned run average with 29 strikeouts and a 2-3 record.  Gary Davis is 3-4 with a 3.43 earned run average and he has pitched 39 1/3 innings with 26 strikeouts.

Midland is 7-1 in the GPAC and 28-12 overall.  The Warriors split with Dakota Wesleyan in their most recent conference play, dropping a 4-3 contest before salvaging a split with a 10-4 win on April 6.  Midland has sweeps of Briar Cliff, Mount Marty and Morningside to its credit this conference season and the Warriors won 11 games in a row at one point from March 19-March 30.  Midland will open weekend play against Northwestern at home on April 11.

Midland is batting .322 this season and has outscored teams 311-133.  Jordyn van Atta leads a team that has 398 hits this year with 46 base hits and a .430 batting average to go with 15 doubles and 29 runs batted in.  Jon Needels is batting .378 with 28 hits and nine doubles with 25 runs batted in.  Jake Loftus and Zach Kinsella have 35 and 31 hits each.  Dylan Steyer tops the team in base hits with 53 and he has knocked in 36 runs.  Vinnie Orsi tops the team with 40 runs batted in and has 47 hits with 11 doubles and two triples and two homeruns.

Dillon Cotner has a 1.41 earned run average and has pitched 51 innings with 33 strikeouts and he has limited opponents to a .237 batting average while building a 7-2 record in ten appearances and four complete games.  Tyler Brungardt is 6-3 with 48 2/3 innings pitched and he has a 2.96 earned run average.  Brungardt has a team high 40 strikeouts.  Josh Johnson is good for a 4-3 record in 44 innings pitched and has a 2.86 earned run average.

DEFENDER NOTES… Dordt is 3-5 in the GPAC and 10-16 overall.  The Defenders have lost four games in a row since a sweep of Concordia with two of those losses coming by a run each.

The Defenders are batting .272 as a team and have 208 hits through 26 games.  The Defenders top hit getter is Cameron Gingerich with 28 and Andy Kollbaum has 26. Jake Thayer and Dane LePlatt each have 24 hits and Jason Wapnick is good for 21 hits.  Kollbaum (.338), Thayer (.329), LePlatt (.312) and Gingerich (.304) all have batting averages over .300.  Wapnick leads the team with 24 runs batted in and John Holwerda has 13.  Nathan Fraley leads the team with 20 runs scored while Wapnick has 16 and Fraley has 12 walks with 12 stolen bases. 

Ben Van Kekerix is 3-0 with a 4.75 earned run average and he has struck out 34 batters in 36 innings of work.  Cole Samuelson is 2-1  in five appearances.  Josh Van Kekerix is 1-3 in 25 1/3 innings with 20 strikeouts.  Michael Grady and John Drenten have appeared in nine and eight games respectively and Drentn has a 2.76 earned run average in 16/13 innings worked.

THE SERIES… Dordt trails the series with Briar Cliff 74-17. 

Dordt College came from behind to win a 7-6 decision over Briar Cliff in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game played in Carroll, Iowa, Wednesday afternoon, April 24, 2013. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Sioux Center but was moved due to wet field conditions.

Briar Cliff jumped on Dordt with six runs on six hits in the fourth inning, chasing Dordt starter Lucas Carls from the game at the conclusion of the inning.

Dordt started its comeback with two runs in the bottom of the fourth as Nick Serrato and Mark Lyzenga getting back to back singles with two outs in the frame. Andy Kollbaum reached on an error and loaded the bases and Bryan Wallman knocked a single to score two runs.

After a scoreless top of the fifth, the Defenders scored five in the home half of the inning. Wallman doubled in two runs while Lyzenga and Kollbaum each singled in a run. Dordt's other run came in on an Aaron Parks fielder's choice.

John Drenten worked a perfect sixth inning and gave way to Josh Van Kekerix who got the save in retiring the side in the seventh.

Wallman, Serrato and Lyzenga all had multiple hits and Wallman had four runs batted in.

Drenten got the win while working two innings and allowed no hits and struck out one. Van Kekerix got credit for the save. Carls went the first four innings and gave up six runs on six hits with two strikeouts.

Briar Cliff's Adam Alexander took the loss in relief.

Dordt lost a 2-1 decision to Briar Cliff in game two of their doubleheader.  Dordt outhit the Chargers 10-5 and squandered a complete game effort by Jake Slings in absorbing the loss.

Dordt's run came in the second when Nate Fraley delivered a two-out double that plated Dane LePlatt who reached initially on an error.

Dordt threatened with three hits in the fifth inning but stranded two runners and scored none. Briar Cliff scored two runs on three hits in the top of the sixth and then retired the Defenders in the sixth and seventh. Dordt got the tying run as far as second in the seventh with one out but couldn't get Nate Fraley in.

Slings went the distance with five strikeouts and two runs allowed with no walks. Nate Fraley was 3-4 at the plate with a double and two singles. Jon Holwerda, Aaron Parks and Andy Kollbaum all had two hits and Parks had a double.

Zach Watts took the win for Briar Cliff and struck out eight and walked none.

The Defenders trail the series with Midland 21-9.

A Ben Van Kekerix two-hitter on the mound wasn't enough in game one of the doubleheader between Dordt and Midland in Fremont, Nebraska on Saturday afternoon. The Defenders surrendered a fifth inning run in losing 1-0 in a game where the two teams had a total of seven baserunners.

Dordt stranded two runners in the third and one in the fifth, getting a runner as far as second once.

Midland's run came in the bottom of the fifth when a sacrifice fly scored the runner that initially reached after being hit by a pitch.

Jason Wapnick, Aaron Parks and Andy Kollbaum each had singles for the Defenders. Van Kekerix took the loss after allowing two hits with one hit batsmen. He struck out five and walked none.

Midland mirrored their 1-0 win for a second one run win in game two of their twinbill with Dordt College, sweeping the Defenders in a pair of games played in Fremont, Nebraska on Saturday afternoon, April 20.

Dordt gave up a run in the second when they allowed three errors with two outs, and Midland had their final margin of victory.

Dordt's best chances came in the fifth, sixth and seventh when they had baserunners. The fifth and sixth frames ended on doubleplays and the seventh ended with Dordt putting runners on first and second by virtue of walks. The game ended on a ground out by Andy Kollbaum.

Dordt got singles from Nathan Fraley, Dane Le Platt, Mark Lyzenga and Nick Serrato. Mark Nyhoff went the distance and gave up five hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

LAST TIME… The Briar Cliff Chargers lost to York in Sioux City by a 7-4 score on Monday, April 7 whiel the Midland Warriors were tripped by by Grace (Nebraska) 3-0 on Tuesday night.

The Dordt College baseball team lost an 8-7 decision on Tuesday afternoon in game one of their doubleheader with Waldorf in Forest City, Iowa.

Dordt had a 7-2 lead after four innings but a Waldorf comeback resulted in the come from behind win, scoring the final two runs of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Dordt got on the board with two runs in the first inning. The first run came when Jake Thayer scored on an error off the bat of Cameron Gingerich and Andy Kollbaum pushed the second run across with a ground out that scored Jason Wapnick.

Waldorf answered with a run in the bottom of the first on two hits but Dordt had a three run answer in the second inning. Three straight singles started the inning and after a ground out retired a runner at home, Jason Wapnick and Cameron Gingerich each delivered run scoring singles. An Andrew Kollbaum sacrifice fly made the score 5-1.

Waldorf answered with a run in the third but Dordt got two more unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning.

Waldorf started its comeback with one run on three hits in the fifth inning and the Warriors closed the gap to 7-6 with three runs on three hits in the sixth inning. Waldorf tied the game with a one out single in the seventh and then won it with a two out single to make the final 8-7.

Dordt was outhit 13-7 with seven different players recording singles. Jake Thayer and Jason Wapnick had three and two runs respectively and Kollbaum knocked in two runs. Wapnick drew three walks to go along with his single.

Tyler Wiedner started the game and went five innings and allowed three runs on seven hits and waled two with one strikeout. Josh Peterson pitched the sixth inning and gave up three runs on three hits . Michael Grady took the loss and went two-thirds of an inning and gave up two runs on three hits and walked one.

The Waldorf Warriors led from the start and won a 14-1 decision of the Dordt Defenders in game two of their doubleheader in Forest City, Iowa.

Dordt got their run in the top of the second to tie the game when John Holwerda doubled and avaced to third on a ground out. Nathan Forseth knocked Holwerda in to tie the game at 1-1.

Waldorf broke the game open with ten runs on 12 hits in the second inning for what proved to be an insurmountable lead of 11-1. The hosts tacked on three more in the sixth inning for the 14-1 final.

Dordt was outhit 17-5 with Nathan Forseth getting a pair of singles and a run batted in. Holwerda and Sam De Nooy each had a double.

Alex Terpstra went an inning and two-thirds and struck out one and walked one while allowing 11 hits and nine runs. Jake Thayer went an inning and two-thirds and gave up two runs on four hits and Alex Schoonhoven had three innings pitched with two hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

NEXT UP… The Chargers will host Doane on Sunday, April 13 in its next play.

Midland will face Hastings on the road April 17  in GPAC play.   

Dordt is scheduled to travel to Mount Marty for a single non-conference game on Tuesday, April 15 and will play a conference doubleheader against Morningside on Thursday, April 17.

GPAC…   (Wednesday, April 9)

School GPAC/ Overall    
Doane 8-0/  30-7     
Midland 7-1/  28-12     
Northwestern 6-2/  25-7     
Briar Cliff 5-3/  12-21     
Morningside 4-4/  15-18     
Concordia 3-5/  13-19     
Dordt 3-5/  10-16     
Nebraska Wesleyan 3-5/  4-18     
Dakota Wesleyan 2-6/  16-14     
Hastings 2-6/  8-18     
Mount Marty 1-7/  15-14    

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