Dordt College News

Two Doubleheader Loom For Dordt Baseball

April 4, 2014

GAMETIME… The Dordt College baseball team will play pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Monday, April 5 and 7.  The Saturday game will start at 1:00 in Seward, Nebraska against Concordia.  That game was originally scheduled to be played in Sioux Center but was moved due to poor field conditions. The Defenders will host Nebraska Wesleyan on Monday.  That doubleheader will start at 4:00 and was originally scheduled for Friday, April 4.  The Dordt-Nebraska Wesleyan doubleheader can be heard via a webcast at

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

SCOUTING REPORT… Concordia is 2-2 in the GPAC and 12-16 overall and they most recently scored a doubleheader sweep of Daktoa Wesleyan on March 30.  The two losses for the Bulldogs were in a sweep at home against Briar Cliff.  Concordia won six games in a row at one point this season and also lost nine games in a row at one point.

The Bulldogs are topped at the plate by Andrew Yerrell who boasts a .352 batting average through 28 games and has 32 hits and five doubles with 23 runs batted in and 23 runs scored.  Ryan Fesmire has a .349 batting average in 14 games played and Taylor Dudly boasts a .343 batting average with six doubles and 18 runs batted in.  Daniel Wilkerson leads the team in hits with 33; in doubles with 11 and homeruns with three.  Wilkerson also has a team high 27 runs batted in for a team that has been outscored 183-180 this year.

Jordan Stirtz, Will Holbrook and Josh Prater all have two wins on the mound with Stirtz and Holbrook each boasting  seven starts and 3.26 and 4.09 earned run averages respectively.  Holbrook has a team high 44 innings pitched and 38 strikeouts against seven bases on balls.

Nebraska Wesleyan is 1-3 this season and 2-16 overall.  The win for Wesleyan in conference play is over Dakota Wesleyan and their other two losses are to Briar Cliff in a sweep on March 30.

The Prairie Wolves are batting .229 as a team and have been outscored 126-46.  Pete Sitorius has a .375 batting average with 21 hits and five doubles. Colby McPike is batting .323 with ten hits and two doubles.  Chris Johnson has 16 hits and is second on the team in that category.

James McKain has a 2-0 pitching record in eight innings of work.  All seven of his pitching efforts have been in relief.  Jordyn Johnson is 0-2 in 24 innings pitched with a 4.12 earned run average while Matt Schommer and Justin Van Dyke have each started five games as well with Schommer holding a 4.39 earned run average.

DEFENDER NOTES… The Defenders are 8-12 overall and 1-3 in GPAC play.  The Defenders lost a pair of one run games on Wednesday in non-conference play to Presention.  Dordt split with Hastings and was swept by Doane last weekend.

Jake Thayer has the highest batting average of the regulars with a .346 mark and has 18 hits and nine runs batted in.  Cameron Gingerich, another freshman, has a .329 batting average and has a team high 24 hits with three doubles and nine runs batted in.  Dane Le Platt and Andy Kollbaum are batting .305 and .328 respectively.  Le Platt has 11 runs batted in.  Jason Wapnick has a team high 20 runs batted in and has two doubles and two triples. 

Ben Van Kekerix is 3-0 this season in five appearances and has a 4.91 earned run average with 30 strikeouts in 29 innings.  Five other players have one win each.  Dordt’s team earned run average is 5.18.  Josh Van Kekerix has been involved in four decision and has 20 innings pithced in five apearances while Michael Grady has a 3.93 earned run average in 18 innings and Lucas Carls has pitched 16 innings and has a 3.38 earned run average.

THE SERIES…Dordt is 9-25 against Concordia and 6-19 against Nebraska Wesleyan.

Ben Van Kekerix scattered six hits and got four early runs to work with and the Dordt Defenders won a 4-3 decision over Concordia in Seward, Nebraska on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

The Defenders got a run in the first inning when Nathan Fraley doubled to lead off the game and eventually came in to score on a Dustin Brisel double. Concordia got one run in the bottom of the first to tie the game.

Josh Peterson knocked a run in with a sacrifice fly and Jason Wapnick singled in Jon Holwerda for the third run of the game.

Dordt tacked on a fourth run in the third inning when Aaron Parks and Brisel had back to back doubles with one out.

Meantime, Ben Van Kekerix was stringing together five scoreless innings and retired 11 batters in a row from the end of the first frame into the fifth inning. Concordia did make it exciting with a two run homerun in the bottom of the seventh but Van Kekerix got the final out on a strikeout with the bases empty and took his third win of the season.

Brisel had two doubles and two runs batted in for the Defenders and Holwerda had two hits as Dordt outhit the hosts 8-6.

Van Kekerix struck out seven and didn't issue a walk.

The Dordt College Defender baseball team got out to a 5-0 lead after an inning and a half but the Concordia Bulldogs scored the next six runs to take a 6-5 decision and force a split of the doubleheader in Seward, Nebraska.

Dordt got a run in the first with Nate Fraley singling and he stole a base. Jon Holwerda then knocked him in with a single for a 1-0 lead.

Dordt scored four runs in the second inning with two outs. Dane Le Platt led the inning off with a single and the next two batters were retired. A Bryan Wallman single scored Le Platt and Jason Wapnick doubled Wallman in. Fraley followed with a triple for another run and scored when Jon Holwerda singled.

Concordia started chipping away at the lead with a run in the second and then came up with three in the third frame on five hits and they got two more in the fourth to take the lead.

Dordt had the tying run at second in the sixth inning but couldn't mount a serious threat.

Dordt outhit the hosts 10-9 and got a 3-4 day at the plate from Fraley with two runs scored and one run batted in. Holwerda as 3-4 with two runs batted in and Bryan Wallman was 2-3.

Lucas Carls took the loss for Dordt after working three and a third innings and was charged with six runs--five of them earned. He walked one and struck out two. Josh Van Kekerix pitched two and two-third innings and allowed one hit and struck out one.

Joe Brandenburg was the winning pitcher for Concordia and struck out six over five innings of play.

The Dordt College Defenders surrendered a run in the bottom of the ninth inning with Nebraska Wesleyan in baseball in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 15, 2013 and fell by a final of 2-1 in game one of the doubleheader.

The two teams played the game as evenly as could be with both getting ten hits and one error. The three pitchers combined for just three bases on balls issued and two wild pitches.

The hosts got on the board with a run on two hits in the fourth inning when JJ Thaut knocked in a run with a single. Wesleyan had stranded two runners in the previous inning.

Dordt got the equalizer in the sixth when Nathan Fraley doubled and scored when Jon Holwerda put down a bunt and reached with Fraley scoring on the ensuing throwing error.

Mark Nyhoff worked into the eighth inning before leaving with runners on first and third and one out. Josh Van Kekerix came on in relief and got the first batter he faced to line out into a double play at first base.

In the ninth the Defenders mounted a threat with Dustin Brisel singling to lead off the inning. A sacrifice bunt later the Defenders had a runner at second and Mark Lyzenga singled up the middle. Sam De Nooy, running for Brisel, was thrown out at the plate for the second out of the inning. A single later the Defenders had runners at first and second but a strikeout concluded the frame.

A bases loaded single with one out in the bottom of the ninth won the game for the Prairie Wolves.

Dordt's Josh Van Kekerix took the loss while Nyhoff went seven and a third innings and allowed one run on seven hits and struck out nine while walking two. Van Dyke got the win for Nebraska Wesleyan with 10 hits and six strikeouts and he went the distance.

Fraley, Brisel, Lyzenga and Andy Kollbaum accounted for two hits each and Holwerda and Aaron Parks had one. Fraley's double was the lone extra base hits of the game for either team.

Wesleyan scored two runs in the first inning of game two on the way to the 8-0 win. Dordt allowed three runs in the fourth inning, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth.

Dordt was outhit 9-3 and got a single each from Aaron Parks, Andy Kollbaum and Bryan Wallman.

Jake Slings took the loss while working four runs and allowed five runs with a walk and three strikeouts and he allowed six hits. Jeremy Engbers gave up three runs in two innings and and struck out two with two walks and was charged with three hits.

LAST TIME… Nebraska Wesleyan was swept by Briar Cliff on March 30 by scores of 16-1 and 6-1 while Concordia swept Dakota Wesleyan 14-13 and 10-8 on that same day in Seward, Nebraska.

Dordt College lost an extra inning decision to Presentation on Wednesday afternoon, April 2, by a 5-4 score in nine innings. A pitcher's duel through eight innings, the two teams combined for seven runs in the ninth inning with the Saints prevailing.

The visitors scored a run in the fourth inning when they loaded the bases against John Drenten but the junior hurler managed to record three outs while allowing just one run in the frame.

Dordt answered with a run in the fifth inning when Nathan Forseth hit a two-out single to start the rally. Alex Schoonhoven, running for Forseth, stole second base and scored on a Jason Wapnick single to tie the game.

Dordt nearly won the game with a run in the bottom of the sixth but Sam De Nooy was thrown out at the plate trying to score fro second base on an error that got away from the Presentation third basemen.

Presentation scored four runs on three hits in the ninth inning. Dordt responded with a three run ninth inning with John Holwerda walking with the bases loaded and Jake Thayer knocked in two with a single that was misplayed into an error. Dordt ended up stranding the tying run at third with a grounder to the pitcher and a strikeout ending the contest.

Jake Thayer and Jason Wapnick each had two hits and Thayer had two runs batted in.

John Drenten pitched six innings and allowed six hits and two runs. Josh Van Kekerix absorbed the loss with two earned runs allowed out of four total and struck out one.

Dordt College lost a 4-3 decision in game two of the doubleheader to Presentation.

Presentation scored two each in the first and second innings on three hits and they took advantage of a Dordt error.
Dordt got one run in the fifth inning with Sam De Nooy and Alex Schoonhoven reaching on walks and De Nooy eventually scored on an error.

A Rick Schmidt double in the seventh inning started the frame and Jason Wapnick clubbed a homerun that got Dordt to within 4-3. Jake Thayer singled and Schoonhoven sacrificed him to second. Nathan Fraley reached on an error to advance Thayer to third. After a Fraley stolen base Cameron Gingerich lined out and Aaron Parks was walked to load the bases. A grounder to first base ended the game with the tying run at third base.

Dordt was outhit 6-5 with five different Defenders each getting a hit. Wapnick and Schmidt's homerun and double were the extra base hits for the Defenders.

Michael Grady took the loss with five innings pitched, four runs allowed and two earned runs given up with two walks and one strikeout. Nathan Forseth and Josh Peterson each pitched a scoreless inning and each allowed one hit.

GPAC STANDINGS…(Friday, April 4)

School GPAC/ Overall    
Doane 4-0/  25-7     
Midland 4-0/  25-10     
Briar Cliff 4-0/  11-17     
Northwestern 2-2/  20-7     
Morningside 2-2/  13-16     
Concordia 2-2/  12-16     
Dakota Wesleyan 1-3/  15-11     
Dordt 1-3/  8-12     
Hastings 1-3/  7-15     
Nebraska Wesleyan 1-3/  2-16     
Mount Marty 0-4/  14-10     

NEXT UP… Concordia is scheduled to host Mount Marty on April 6 in GPAC play.

Nebraska Wesleyan will face Morningside in Lincoln, Nebraska on April 12 and will travel to Mount Marty on April 13.

The Defenders are scheduled to travel to Waldorf on April 8 in Forest City, Iowa and will go to Briar Cliff on Friday, April 11.

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