Dordt College News

Softball Hosts Two Twinbills

April 14, 2014

GAMETIME… Dordt College will host Concordia and Briar Cliff on Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16 in a pair of GPAC doubleheaders.  Both doubleheaders start at 5:00.  The Tuesday games can be heard on a webcast at and the Wednesday games with Briar Cliff can be heard via a webcast and on KDCR 88.5 FM.

Results of the games can be found at  and at at the conclusion of play.

SCOUTING REPORT… Concordia is 7-3 in the GPAC and 22-7 overall and is receiving votes in the NAIACoaches’ Poll.  The Bulldogs are coming off a sweep loss at the hands of Morningside 1-0 ad 10-2 on Sunday, April 12.  The other loss for Concordia in GPAC play is a 3-2 loss at the hands of Northwestern on March 29.

Brittany Hudler leads the Bulldogs with a .367 batting average and she has 22 hits and 13 runs batted in with 14 runs scored and six stolen bases.  Rebecca Walker is batting .366 with 30 hits and 21 runs scored and Julia Tyree has a .359 batting average with 33 hits, ten doubles and two triples and a team high 24 runs batted in.  Molly Madsen has 21 runs batted in and Amber Topil 19.  Concordia has a team batting average of .319 and has outscored teams 173-121 this season.

Amanda Beeson has a 10-4 record this season with a 2.26 earned run average and 109 2/3 innings pitched with 108 strikeouts against just 19 walks.  Julia Tyree is 9-1 with 65 2/3 innings pitched and she has a 3.73 earned run average.

The Briar Cliff Chargers are 4-6 in the GPAC and 15-14 overall.  The Chargers swept Doane and split with Dakota Wesleyan and Mount Marty.  Most recently the Chargers were swept by Hastings and in identical 5-2 counts on Saturday, April 12.

Kylie Romero leads the Chargers with 32 hits and a .352 batting average with ten homeruns and 33 runs batted in and ten doubles.  Elizabeth Bye bats .351 and Emma Verge has a .330 batting average to go with 30 hits and six doubles.  Laura Sosa is batting .320 and has 31 hits and has scored 25 runs, sharing team honors with Romero. 

Bailey Hendrix is 8-10 this season with 103 2/3 innings pitched and she has 50 strikeouts with a 3.51 earned run average.  Elizabeth Bye is 4-3 in 47 1/3 innings and has pitched in 12 games.

DEFENDER NOTES… The Defenders are 7-23 overall and 3-9 in GPAC play with eight games to go in league action.  The Defenders earned a split of their games with Midland on Saturday to stop a five game losing skid. 

Dordt is batting .266 as a team and has scored 109 runs and they have 207 hits.  Dordt is led by Ashton Beaird’s .367 batting average and she has 18 runs scored with a team high 33 hits and she shares team honors with Erica White in homeruns with six.  Beaird has knocked in 21 runs which is second to White’s 28.  White has 31 hits and has a .323 batting average.  Sidney Larsen and Michal Hoogland are batting .304 and .303 respectively. 

Samantha Dunn is 3-3 this season with a 2.48 earned run average and has 20 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings pitched.  Larsen is 4-10 in 73 1/3 innings and has a 4.39 earned run average and has struck out 37 batters.

LAST TIME… The Dordt College Defender softball team lost a 7-6 decision to Midland on Saturday, April 12 in Fremont, Nebraska. The Warriors won it by tying it in the bottom of the seventh and winning it with a run in eighth.

Dordt’s first run came in the top of the first when Ashton Beaird singled in Kassidy Van Voorst who led off the inning with a walk.

Both teams were scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Warriors scored two runs on four hits and left the bases loaded.

The Defenders got those runs back when they plated three in the top of the fifth inning. Ashton Beaird singled in a run and Jayden Smolders walked with the bases loaded. Andrea Pierce also scored on a passed ball for a 4-2 lead.

Midland answered again in the bottom of the sixth with a pair of runs on three hits.

Dordt retook the lead with two runs in the top of the seventh inning on a pair of wild pitches.

Clinging to a two run lead the Defenders allowed two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to force extra frames.

Dordt was retired in the seventh with Kassidy Van Voorst getting thrown out trying to steal second base.

Midland won it with a walk, a single and a sacrifice advanced the runners to second and third and back to back walks forced the winning run in.

Dordt was outhit 11-8 with all of their hits being accounted for with singles. Kassidy Van Voorst and Ashton Beaird both had two hits and two runs scored and Beaird had a pair of runs batted in.

Haley Fligge went the first seven innings and allowed six runs on 10 hits with ten strikeouts and three walks. Beaird came on in relief and was charged with the loss while surrendering the winning run in the eighth inning.

Defenders and Midland went to extra innings in game two but this time the Defenders were able to salvage a split of the twinbill with a 3-2 win eight inning decision.

An Erica White single in the eighth inning proved to be the game winner as it pushed Kassidy Van Voorst across. Midland went down in order in the home half of the eighth in dropping the decision.

Midland got a run in the second inning but left two runners stranded. Dordt got the equalizer with a run in the fifth when Samantha Dunn scored on an error. The Defenders then took the lead with a run in the sixth when Ashton Beaird singled in Bethany Dykstra.

As they did in the first game, Midland tied it in the home half of the seventh inning. Midland left the winning run stranded at second as the inning came to an end setting up Erica White’s game winner in the Dordt half of the eighth.

Dordt was outhit 8-7 with Ashton Beaird providing the only multiple hit game.

Samantha Dunn was the winning pitcher with two runs allowed on eight hits and three strikeouts.

THE SERIES… Concordia leads the overall series 26-15.

Dordt scored the first run but the host school Concordia scored the next nine on the way to a 9-1, five inning win on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Seward, Nebraska.

Ashton Beaird clubbed a double that scored Selena Rinehart in the first frame and Concordia went scoreless in the home half of the first frame.

The Bulldogs got the offense going with one run in the second inning without the benefit of a hit and they left the bases loaded as Dordt's Brittany Kooiker worked out of trouble.

After a scoreless third inning the Bulldogs got three in the fourth on two hits and they finished the game with five runs in the fifth inning on two hits and two errors.

Both teams had four hits but Dordt committed a pair of errors that helped lead to three unearned runs.

Dordt's Kassidy Van Voorst, Selena Rinehart and Ashley Van Kooten all had singles and Beaird had a double to account for Dordt's hits. Kooiker took the loss while allowing six earned runs on four hits and walked six.

Concordia's Amanda Beeson struck out five and walked one in getting the win.

Dordt College erupted for 13 hits and rolled to an 8-3 win over the Concordia Bulldogs in game two of their doubleheader in Seward, Nebraska on Tuesday, April 2.

Dordt scored in every inning but the second frame. Dordt got two in the first Ashley Van Kooten had a run scoring double and Ashton Beaird had a single that got a run in as well.

Concordia tied the score with a run in the first and another in the second that made it 2-2. The two teams exchanged runs in the third with Sidney Larsen singling and eventually scoring on an error.

Dordt unlocked a 3-3 tie with a run in the fourth as Shantelle Gritters tripled and Haley Huisman singled her in. Beaird had a solo homerun in the fifth inning. Sidney Larsen had a double that scored a run and Kassidy Van Voorst delivered a single that put the Defenders up 7-3 with two runs in the sixth. Dordt got a run for insurance in the seventh with Gritters knocking in Ashton Beaird from third.

Larsen got the win while scattering eight hits and allowed just one hit over the final four innings. Concordia had four hits in the third inning. Larsen walked three and struck out six.

Beaird was 3-4 at the plate with two runs scored and two runs batted with a homerun and a pair of singles. Van Voorst and Larsen each had two basehits.

The Chargers lead the softball series 51-29.

Briar Cliff banged out 15 hits and took a 9-3 win over Dordt on Tuesday night, April 16, 2013 in Sioux City, Iowa. The Defenders got two runs in the fourth to cut the gap to 3-2 but a run in the fourth and four more in the fifth put the Chargers in the driver's seat on the way to the win.

Dordt got two runs in the fourth when Haley Huisman slammed a homerun that got Ashton Beaird in after she had doubled to lead off the inning. Beaird also homered in the sixth for Dordt's other offense.

Sidney Larsen took the loss and allowed seven earned runs and walked one with two strikeouts. Lizzy Bye got the win while striking out five.

Bethany Dykstra was 3-3 at the plate with three singles and Beaird had had her double and homerun. Ashley Van Kooten also had a double and Huisman had her two run homerun.

Dordt scored a run in the top of the first but the offense was hard to come by after that as they lost a 7-1 decision to Briar Cliff in game two of the doubleheader.

Dordt's run came after Ashley Van Kooten singled and stole second. An Ashton Beaird fielder's choice scored Van Kooten from third for a 1-0 lead.

Briar Cliff struck for two runs in the first and added single runs in the fourth and fifth frames and three in the sixth to finish the game 7-1.

Dordt was outhit 9-5 and Beaird took the loss while allowing six earned runs and walked four with two strikeouts.
Van Kooten was the lone Dordt batter to get two hits with a pair of singles.

NEXT… Dordt will face Dakota State on Monday, April 21 in non-conference play before traveling to Mitchell, South Dakota to face Dakota Wesleyan on Tuesday, April 22.

Concordia is scheduled to face Nebraska Wesleyan on Wednesday, April 16.

Briar Cliff is scheduled to travel to Bellevue on Thursday, April 17.

GPAC STANDINGS… Monday, April 14

Show standings for
School GPAC Overall    
Morningside 10-0/  20-6     
Concordia 7-3/  22-7     
Northwestern 11-5/  24-15     
Hastings 6-4/  15-16     
Midland 7-5/  16-13     
Dakota Wesleyan 6-6/  15-11     
Doane 5-7/  23-12     
Briar Cliff 4-6/  15-14     
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-8/  13-15     
Dordt 3-9/  7-23     
Mount Marty 1-11/  4-20     

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