Dordt College News

Dordt-Morningside Baseball Thursday

April 17, 2014

GAMETIME… Dordt will travel to face Morningside in Great Plains Athletic Conference baseball at 3:00 on Thursday, April 17. 

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

SCOUTING REPORT… Morningside is 17-20 overall and 6-6 in the GPAC.  The Mustangs are 4-2 in their last six games with a sweep of Hastings and splits with Nebraska Wesleyan and Concordia.  Morningside has swept Mount Marty and has been swept by Doane.

Morningside is batting .295 this season and has outscored teams by a slight 203-199 margin.  Nate Clark bats .416 with 52 hits, 12 doubles, four homeruns and 28 runs batted in.  Jacob Lamoreux bats .380 with 52 hits and 36 runs scored and ten stolen bases.  David Foley is batting .366 with 30 hits and 16 runs batted in.  Cole Chapin is good for a .280 average and 35 hits with 20 runs batted in.

Derek Appley is 2-1 on the mound with a 2.61 earned run average with 38 innings pitched and 38 strikeouts.  John Sorenson is 3-0 in 16 appearances and has pitched 23 innings and has a 2.74 earned run average.  Lance Spongberg is 3-3 with a 4.12 earned run average and leads the team with 39 1/3 innings pitched.

DEFENDER NOTES… Dordt is 10-21 this season and 3-9 in the GPAC.  Eleven of Dordt’s losses have been by one run and four of them have been in GPAC play. 

The Defenders are led by Andy Kollbaum’s .337 batting average with 32 hits, six doubles and 13 runs batted in.  Jake Thayer is batting .333 with 31 hits and 12 runs batted in and Dane LePlatt has 29 hits with a .319 batting average, three doubles, three triples and two homeruns with 16 runs batted in.  Cameron Gingerich leads the team with 34 hits and 14 runs batted in.  Jason Wapnick has knocked in a team high 25 runs and has five doubles and two homeruns with a .269 batting average.

Ben Van Kekerix has thrown a team high 40 innings and has a 3-0 record with a 5.18 earned run average and 35 strikeouts.  Josh Van Kekerix has pitched 31 innings with 21 strikeouts and has started five games.  Michael Grady and John Drenten have appeared in 12 and 10 games respectively on the mound.

THE SERIES… The two teams split their games last year.  The doubleheader was played March 29, 2013 in Sioux City.

A Ben Van Kekerix four hitter and a three run batted in night by Nate Fraley translated into a Great Plains Athletic Conference win for the Dordt Defenders over Morningside in game one of a doubleheader played at Lewis and Clark Park. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Sioux Center but was moved due to the field in Sioux Center being unplayable.

Morningside got on the board with a run in the top of the third when a throwing error on an attempted steal of third base resulted in the runner scoring.

Dordt came back with Nate Fraley hit a two run homerun with two outs down the leftfield line in the bottom of the third inning.

Sam De Nooy reached to start the fifth with a double and eventually scored when Fraley had a sacrifice fly that scored De Nooy from third.

After a scoreless sixth the Defenders surrendered a one out homerun in the seventh that cut the lead to 3-2. Morningside eventually got a runner on third but Van Kekerix fanned the batter, his 11th strikeout of the game, for his second win of the season.

Van Kekerix allowed four hits and two walks and one earned run. Fraley, De Nooy and Serrato had one hit each for Dordt's total of three.

Morningside scored a run in the first and three each in the fifth and sixth innings and went on to beat Dordt 7-3 in the nightcap of their twinbill in. The decision forced a split of the first GPAC doubleheader of the season for both teams.

Dordt didn't help their own cause with four fielding errors and they got five unearned runs in the contest.
Dordt got on the board with three in the bottom of the seventh. Sam De Nooy and Mark Lyzenga each had singles with two outs. An error on Lyzenga's hit allowed De Nooy to score and Aaron Parks knocked a run in with his third hit of the game. A Bryan Wallman double got Dordt's third run in and Morningside secured the 7-3 win.

Dordt's Mark Nyhoff took the loss after allowing four runs on five hits in four and a third innings with three walks and a strikeout. Josh Van Kekerix worked an inning and was charge with three runs and John Drenten closed the game on the mound with an inning and two-thirds of work and walked one while giving up no runs and no hits.

Dordt was outhit 8-6 with Parks going 3-3 with three singles. De Nooy and Lyzenga each had singles and Wallman a double.

LAST TIME… Morningside beat Concordia in game on 7-3 on Tuesday night and lost 11-7 in game two.

The Dordt College baseball team lost a 9-4 decision to Mount Marty in non-conference baseball on Tuesday night in Yankton, South Dakota. The Defenders led briefly after a four run fifth inning but the Lancers came back with seven runs over their final four at-bats to win the single nine inning contest 9-4.

The Lancers scored two runs on two hits in the second inning for a 2-0 lead. Dordt finally broke through with four runs in the top of the fifth inning after going without a hit in the first four innings. Nathan Fraley walked to start the inning and stole second. Fraley stole third base with one out and Nathan Forseth was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. Jon Holwerda followed with a single that scored Fraley and Alex Schoonhoven reached on an error. Forseth eventually scored on a passed ball and Cameron Gingerich singled in Holwerda.

Mount Marty struck for two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a hit and an error.

Dordt stranded one in the sixth and Mount Marty took the lead on a hit and an error. Dordt again got a base runner in the seventh but came up empty and another in the eighth but couldn’t push either runner across to tie it. The Lancers put the game away with four runs on four hits in the bottom of the eighth and the Defenders went in order in the ninth to end it.

Dordt was outhit 10-4 with Gingerich, Jason Wapnick, Holwerda and Schoonhoven all getting a hit each. Wapnick’s double was the lone extra base hit.

Dordt’s pitchers allowed four earned runs and walked three and struck out one. Tyler Wiedner started the game and went five innings and allowed four runs on five hits with two walks. Josh Peterson took the loss, working the sixth inning and was charged with a run on one hit. Alex Terpstra pitched an inning and a third with four runs allowed on four hits and allowed one earned run. Michael Grady got the final two outs and allowed a walk.

NEXT UP… Morningside will travel to face Dakota Wesleyan on April 19 before hosting Graceland on April 21.  Dordt hosts Morningside in non-conference play on Tuesday, April 22 in a single nine-inning contest.

Dordt will host Mount Marty on Saturday, April 19 at 1:00.  Dordt’s other remaining GPAC games include a doubleheader at Mitchell, South Dakota on Thursday, April 24 and will host Northwestern on Saturday, April 26.

GPAC…   Thursday, April 17, 2014

School GPAC/ Overall    
Doane 12-0/  34-7     
Midland 10-2/  31-14     
Northwestern 9-3/  30-8     
Briar Cliff 7-5/  15-24     
Morningside 6-6/  17-20     
Nebraska Wesleyan 5-7/  6-20     
Dakota Wesleyan 4-8/  18-18     
Concordia 4-8/  14-23     
Hastings 4-8/  10-20     
Dordt 3-9/  10-21     
Mount Marty 2-10/  18-18    

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