Roster

2017 Men's Varsity Baseball

# Name Position(s) Year Hometown
1 Travis Waara Infield FR Ripon, California

Before Dordt…played middle infield positions for Ripon(California)and batted .333 while committing just three errors on defense…earned second-team all-league honors as a junior and senior and helped Ripon to an undefeated league season in 2016….attended and played for Central Catholic as a junior with a .373 batting average.

2 Cole Vande Vegte Pitcher FR Orange City, Iowa

Before Dordt…had 90 strikeouts during the 2015 season for Unity Christian (Iowa) and 99 during 2016..he had a 0.84 earned run average in 2016 and opponents batted .142 against him..was named first-team all-conference, first-team all-district, and second-team All-Northwest Iowa Review…batted .319 as a senior and had a team high 29 hits with three doubles, three triples and 17 runs batted in with 24 runs scored…recorded over 300 career strikeouts

3 Andrew Randall Infield JR Elkhorn, Nebraska

2016…had nine hits and scored eight runs in 34 games played.

4 Taylor Neuroth Outfield JR Sioux City, Iowa

2016…batted .260 in 36 games played…had 19 hits and stole eight bases.

2015…pitched in two games…had five hits in 18 at-bats for a .278 batting average…scored 12 runs.

5 Josh VanEps Catcher JR Denver, Colorado

2016…had 19 hits and a .247 batting average in 24 games played.

2015…had a .212 batting average in 34 games played…threw out 15 would be basestealers.

Pre-Dordt…Graduated Denver Christian High School (Colorado)…had a career .355 batting average with 42 runs batted in and a .440 on base percentage with 52 hits…helped Denver Christian to a state title in 2013 and was a first-team all-Mile High League pick in helping Denver Christian to a league title…claimed second team all-conference honors in 2012. 

8 Jason Holwerda Outfield SO Newton, Iowa

2016…played in seven games.

Before Dordt…graduated from Pella Christian High School (Iowa)…batted .345 last season with 15 stolen bases and 24 runs scored…in 2013 Holwerda batted .314 with eight doubles and 13 stolen bases and scored 20 runs…earned Little Hawkeye All-Conference honors during his high school career.

9 Drew Wilber Outfield FR Boone, Iowa

Before Dordt…three-time baseball letter-winner batted .412 as a sophomore and had 25 hits and 10 runs batted in as a junior at Boone (Iowa)…batted .396 as a senior and knocked in a team high 30 runs and had four homeruns…earned all-conference honors and batted over .320 during his career…was a part of a 2015 team that qualified for the Iowa High School State Baseball Tournament and advanced to the semifinal round.

10 Dillon Branderhorst Outfield SO Oskaloosa, Iowa

Before Dordt… played baseball for Pella Christian High School…had a career .327 batting average and earned second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore when he batted .352….stole 15 bases in 2013….batted .400 in 2015 with 40 hits, nine doubles and 16 runs batted in with 30 runs scored…led his team with a .540 slugging percentage….had a 2.88 earned run average in 48 2/3 innings of work…struck out 29 batters and posted a 3-5 record.

11 Jake Thayer Outfield SR Littleton, Colorado

2016…batted .393 for the season and had a school record 64 hits with 11 doubles and a team high 34 runs batted in…stole a team high 11 bases and earned all-GPAC 2nd team honors.

2015…batted .384 for the season…banged out team high 53 hits which was three shy of the school record…scored a school record 49 runs and had a team high 13 doubles…stole eight bases…earned all-GPAC 2nd team honors.

2014…batted a team high .357 and scored 22 runs with two doubles, a triple and a homerun and knocked in 16 runs…led the team in hits with 46…earned all-GPAC honorable mention and played in 36 games.

Pre-Dordt...named first team all-conference...batted .426 with 23 hits and nine runs batted in...was 2-1 on the mound and had 14 strikeouts in 12 innings of work.

13 Jordan Van Maanen Catcher SR Doon, Iowa

2016…played in eight games.

2015…played in seven games…had two hits and scored four runs.

14 Michael Grady Pitcher SR Granville, Iowa

2016…earned all-GPAC honorable mention honors while posting a 4-5 record…struck out 37 batters and had a team high 63 2/3 innings pitched.

2015…earned all-GPAC honorable mention honors…was 4-2 on the mound and pitched 46 2/3 innings…had a 4.08 earned run average…struck out 26 batters.

2014…made 15 pitching appearances—13 of them in relief…pitched 30 innings and struck out 16 batters…had a 4.15 earned run average.

Pre-Dordt….earned first-team all-conference and all-district honors in 2013 while playing for Spalding Catholic (Iowa)…had a 3-5 record with a 1.92 earned run average…struck out 50 batters in 51 innings and issued 11 bases on balls. 

15 Jacob Monsma Outfield SR Denver, Colorado

2016…had six hits and a .400 batting average….scored 11 runs while being used mostly as a pinch runner.

2015…appeared in 26 games…scored 16 runs and batted .226…was used as a pinch runner much of the season.

2014…played 13 games for the Defenders.

16 Cameron Gingerich Infield SR Riverside, Iowa

2016…started all 44 games for the Defenders and had a .349 batting average with 61 hits and scored 36 runs…earned all-GPAC honorable mention…second highest single season hits total in the program’s history.

2015…had 51 hits and batted .357…earned all-GPAC honorable mention honors…started all 40 games for the Defenders…51 hits in a season ranks 6th all-time.

2014…played in 39 games and had 42 hits…scored 24 runs and had five doubles while knocking in 18 runs…earned all-GPAC honorable mention after batting .292.

Pre-Dordt….batted .506 for Iowa Mennonite high school with 13 doubles…had 26 runs batted in and scored 38 runs and stole 14 bases…had a 4-5 pitching record in 61 2/3 innings of work and struck out 71 batters…earned first-team all-conference and all-district honors at shortstop.

17 Jayson Curtis Pitcher FR Fountain Hills, Arizona

Before Dordt… had a .452 batting average with 15 doubles, three triples, 17 runs batted in and a .790 slugging percentage for Desert Mountain High School (Arizona)…had a 4-1 record with a 2.07 earned run average in 27 innings pitched…was selected as an Arizona Senior Classic All-Academic player.

18 Tyler Wiedner Pitcher SR Granger, Iowa

2016…didn’t have a decision in six appearances…struck out 14 batters in 17 innings.

2015…pitched in three games and had nine innings pitched.

2014…made seven pitching appearances and had 22 innings pitched.

Pre-Dordt…posted a 9-1 pitching record for Woodward-Granger (Iowa) and helped them to a berth in the district final game…pitched 61 innings and posted a 1.26 earned run average…struck out 60 batters…earned second-team all-state honors in Class 1A and was a first-team all-district pick.

20 Trent Roose Pitcher JR Pella, Iowa

2016…posted a 3-5 pitching record in nine starts…struck out 29 batters in 40 1/3 innings…earned all-GPAC honorable mention honors…batted .308 with 35 hits and six doubles and a team high 24 bases on balls.

Before Dordt… played at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC)…played his high school baseball at North Mahaska (Iowa)…led the state in 2014 with a .588 batting average and posted an 11-2 record with a 0.78 earned run average with 125 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings of work…had a team high 17 doubles and three homeruns with 29 runs batted in and scored a team high 44 runs…was a two-time first-team all-state selection and a three-time first-team all-conference pitcher…earned second-team all-state honors once and was a three-time all-district pick…at NIACC  Roose pitched in ten games and had a 3-0 record with 15 strikeouts…helped NIACC advanced to the Junior College World Series in Enid, Oklahoma in 2015 season.

22 Luke Drooger Pitcher FR Edgerton, Minnesota

Before Dordt… had a 0.54 earned run average with 104 strikeouts and 13 walks in 64 innings pitched during his junior season for Edgerton (Minnesota)…was named Edgerton’s Pitcher of the Year in 2015 and was named to the Red Rock All-Conference team…posted four shut outs and pitched 41 1/3 innings without allowing a run. 

23 Alex Schoonhoven Infield SR Ireton, Iowa

2016…missed the season with injury.

2015…played in 16 games and had seven hits…missed part of the season with injury…had a .292 batting average.

2014…played in 26 games…used regularly as a pinch runner…scored 19 runs…had five hits and four runs batted in.

Pre-Dordt…batted .330 in 2013 for Unity Christian (Iowa) with 29 hits and 27 runs scored…stole 21 bases and had 14 bases on balls…pitched 35 1/3 innings with 43 strikeouts and a 3.96 earned run average…earned all-conference and all-district honors.

24 Brandon Fokkema Pitcher JR Maple Valley, Washington

2016…pitched 38 1/3 innings and posted a 1-3 record with 27 strikeouts.

2015…had  pair of wins in 11 appearances and six starts…struck out 28 batters in 34 1/3 innings.

Pre-Dordt…Graduated Tahoma High School (Washington)…pitched three seasons of varsity baseball and has thrown 107 innings and has a 3.59 earned run average with ten career wins and 90 career strikeouts…batted .358 with 21 runs batted in and batted .454 with runners in scoring position…earned second-team SPSL North honors as a junior and honorable mention accolades as a senior. 

25 Parker Schutt Infield SO Granger, Iowa

2016…had nine hits with a .290 batting average.

Before Dordt…played for Dallas Center-Grimes (Iowa)…batted .286 with 21 runs batted in in 2015…posted a .258 batting average in 2014 and a .257 batting average in 2013…was a part of a state tournament runner-up team in 2014 and also helped Dallas Center-Grimes to a Little Hawkeye Conference championship that summer…earned three letters in baseball and two in football and was a National Honor Society member.

28 Colton Van Otterloo Outfield JR Rock Rapids, Iowa

2016…played in 42 games…batted .308 with 37 hits, eight doubles and four homeruns with 26 runs batted in…earned all-GPAC honorable mention honors.

2015…played in 34 games…had 13 hits and scored 13 runs and was used as a pinch runner and second baseman.

Pre-Dordt…Played for Western Christian High School (Iowa)…earned second-team honors both in the district and in the Lakes Conference…batted .312 last season with an on base percentage of .448…had seven doubles; knocked in 14 runs and was issued 18 bases on balls…was a regular on back to back district champions in 2012 and 2013.

30 Zach Zylstra Pitcher SR Sioux Center, Iowa

2016…recovered from an early season injury to post a 3-2 record with a 4.40 earned run average and pitched in 28 2/3 innings…earned all-GPAC honorable mention.

2015…pitched in 11 games and 20 innings…had 11 strikeouts.

32 Cole Samuelson Pitcher SR Gretna, Nebraska

2016…was 1-2 in 17 appearances and pitched 18 1/3 innings…struck out 18 batters.

2015…was 1-1 in five games pitched…pitched 14 innings and started three games.

2014…made eight pitching appearances…threw 12 innings.

33 Glen Thompson First Base SR Colorado Springs, Colorado

2016…batted .283 with 17 hits and had six doubles with and 12 runs batted in…played in 25 games.

34 Connor Hopkins Pitcher SR Menifee, California

2016…transitioned out of the bullpen and had a 4-5 record with a school record 70 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings pitched….earned all-GPAC honorable mention honors.

2015…pitched in 16 games…was 2-2 with three saves in 24 1/3 innings…made one start and had an earned run average of 3.33…had a team high 32 strikeouts…earned honorable mention honors from the GPAC.

Pre-Dordt…Prepped at Paloma Valley High School (California)…earned four wins on the mound and secured three saves last season with a 2.54 earned run average and struck out 31 batters.

35 Austin Fokkema Pitcher SO Maple Valley, Washington

2016…was 0-1 on the mound in limited action…pitched 12 2/3 innings.

Before Dordt…attended Tahoma High School (Washington)….was 5-1 on the mound with a 2.91 earned run average in the 18U Seattle Elite League.

36 Andrew Vander Hart Pitcher JR Pella, Iowa

2016…played in seven games.

37 Chris O'Connor Outfield JR Sunnyvale, Colorado

2016…played in 28 games and had eight hits in 39 at bats and was issued 13 walks.

Before Dordt…earned all-league honors playing for Homestead (California) High School and started the last eight games of the season at De Anza College in 2015.

40 Zach Fowler Infield JR Vacaville, California
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41 Alex Terpstra Pitcher SR Highlands Ranch, Colorado

2016…missed the season with injury.

2015…made seven relief pitching appearances…had a 5.65 earned run average in 14 1/3 innigns of work.

2014…made three pitching appearances.

42 Chris Schrieber Catcher SO Dundee, Oregon

2016…was 1-1 on the mound in 20 2/3 innings pitched…struck out eight batters.

Before Dordt…. prepped at  Newberg High School (Oregon)...career .406 batting average...threw out 34 out of 64 base runners attempting to steal on him at catcher...pitched 121 innings and had a 2.23 earned run average with 126 strikeouts...served as his team’s captain and was named his team’s defensive player of the year. 

45 Jamison Wyatt Infield SO Gainesville, Florida
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