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Dordt Faces Mount Marty In Non-Conference Test

April 14, 2014

GAMETIME… Dordt will travel to Mount Marty to play the Lancers in non-conference baseball on Tuesday, April 15.  The single nine-inning contest will start at 5:30.

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

SCOUTING REPORT… Mount Marty is 1-9 in GPAC play and 16-17 overall and has gone 1-4 in its last five games and 2-11 since March 30.  Mount Marty’s conference win is over Concordia and their other win in April is a 10-5 decision over Dakota State.

The Lancers are batting .297 this season and have outscored teams 163-161.  The Yankton, South Dakota based team has been outhit 293-274.  Jared Miller has a team high 51 hits this season and Derrik Nelson has 34.  Miller is batting a scorching .477 this season with nine doubles and three homeruns to go with 36 runs batted in and 17 runs scored.  Nelson has a .378 batting average and has five doubles and shares team honors with Miller in homeruns with three.  Nelson has 26 runs scored and 24 runs batted in.  Zac Hollenback has scored a team high 27 runs and has 29 hits and has 12 runs batted in.

Alex Mogensen is 4-3 with a 3.86 earned run average and has 21 strikeouts in 35 innings.  Brandon Nickolite has a 3.29 earned run average and is 3-1 in 38 innings pitched.  AJ Griffith leads the team with 42 innings pitched and strikeouts with 29.  Dominic Wieseler is 3-5 and has pitched 33 innings.  Teams are batting .302 against Andy Bernatow’s team.

DEFENDER NOTES… Dordt is 3-9 in the GPAC and 10-20 overall.

The Defenders are batting .276 this season and have scored 163 runs while allowing 186.  Dordt has totaled 246 hits and is led in hits by Cameron Gingerich with 33 and Andy Kollbaum has 32 and Jake Thayer 31.  Kollbaum has the highest batting average of the regulars with a .352 average to go with 13 runs batted in.  Thayer has a .348 batting average while Dane Le Platt has 29 hits with 19 runs scored.  Jason Wapnick leads the team with 25 runs batted in.  Nathan Fraley has scored a team high 21 runs with 23 hits and has stolen 14 bases.

Ben Van Kekerix is 3-0 this season with a 5.18 earned run average in seven starts and 40 innings pitched.  Cole Samuelson has a 2-1 record and Josh Van Kekerix is second on the team with 31 innings pitched and has struck out 21 batters to 35 for Ben Van Kekerix.  Lucas Carls has pitched 28 1/3 innings and has 18 strikeouts.

THE SERIES… Mount Marty leads the series 65-23 and the two teams met once in post-season play in the series.
Mount Marty came from behind to defeat Dordt College in game one of their doubleheader on Tuesday night, April 16, 2013, in non-conference baseball action. Dordt led on two occasions but three runs in the top of the seventh won it for Mount Marty 5-3.

Dordt's first run came across when Jason Wapnick singled in Jon Holwerda but the Defenders left the bases loaded, stranding their seventh runner of the first three frames in the process.

Mount Marty struck for two runs on three hits in the fifth inning but the Defenders had an answer when Wapnick delivered a double that scored Anthony Maule who was running for Dustin Brisel. Alex Bluhm followed with a base hit that scored Wapnick from second and the Defenders were up 3-2.

Dordt was poised to win the game when they got two outs on Mount Marty in the top of the seventh but the Lancers had Zach Hollenback at third base. Down to their final strike, the Lancers got a bloop single down the right field line that stayed fair off the bat of Bryton Carlson to tie the game. Mount Marty added two more runs and retired the Defenders in order in the bottom of the seventh inning to preserve the win.

Dordt was outhit 10-8 and Ryan De Wit took the loss after going six and two-third innings with two walks and 10 hits allowed. Brian Bartlett got the win while working the final two and two-third innings and struck out one and walked one.

Dustin Brisel and Jason Wapnick had two hits each and Wapnick had pair of runs batted in with a run scored.

A rally fell just short for the Dordt Defenders in game two of their doubleheader with the Mount Marty Lancers in non-conference play. The Defenders plated two runs in the bottom of the seventh but stranded two runners at second and third at the end of the game and lost 5-4.

Dordt got its first run of the game on a throwing error that allowed Davis Fenchel to score and Jon Holwerda followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Nate Fraley from third base.

Mount Marty countered with two runs in the fourth and took the lead in the fifth. The damage could have been greater in the fifth as the Lancers had the bases loaded with one out but John Drenten, working in relief of Aaron Parks, was able to get the final two outs before Mount Marty could score again.

The Lancers did get two runs on three hits in the top of the sixth for a 5-2 lead. Dordt mounted a rally with Caleb Bohler singling and Nathan Fraley followed with an rbi double. Jon Holwerda singled in Fraley to make it 5-4 and Dustin Brisel was able to reach on an error to put runners at first and second. Dordt went to pinch runners with Jason Wapnick running for Holwerda and Alex Bluhm ran for Brisel. Dordt executed a double steal to get runners to second and third but a Nick Serrato ground out finished the game.

Fraley had two hits-- a single and a double and the Defenders were outhit 8-6. Aaron Parks took the loss and worked four and a third innings and struck out two and walked one. John Drenten pitched two and two -third innings and allowed two runs on three hits with one strikeout.

Mount Marty's Brandon Bainbridge took the win after going six innings and struck out five and walked five with three hits allowed. Bryton Carlson got the save in recording the final two outs.

LAST TIME… The last action for Mount Marty was a 10-5, 5-3 sweep at the hands of Hastings on Saturday, April 12.  The Lancers were scheduled to face Nebraska Wesleyan on Sunday but those games were pushed back to Monday, April 14.

The Midland Warriors got a dominant performance from lefthander Josh Johnson and clubbed 12 hits on their way to an 8-0 win over Dordt College in GPAC action on Saturday, April 12 in Sioux Center.

Johnson struck out two and allowed six Dordt hits in his complete-game shutout. The Defenders never got a runner past second base against the southpaw, who did not walk a man.

The Warriors struck early against Dordt’s starting pitcher Josh Van Kekerix. Catcher Jordyn Van Atta delivered a two-run double during a four-run second inning that staked Midland to a 4-0 lead. Van Atta would finish the contest 3 for 3 with three doubles and an intentional walk.

Grant Giesselman and Cole Gray had RBIs in the second inning as well.

Dylan Steyer added an RBI single in the fifth inning before shortstop Vinnie Orsi broke the game wide open in the sixth. Orsi clubbed a three-run homer with two outs in the frame, his third home run of the year. Orsi’s blast made it 8-0, which would be the final score.

Van Kekerix left the game after five and two-thirds innings. The right-hander struck out one and allowed eight earned runs.

The Warriors of Midland overpowered Dordt College late and notched an important sweep with an 8-4 victory on a sunny Sioux Center afternoon.

Midland scored in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings to break up a 4-4 tie. Garrett Mills delivered three RBIs in the game, and the Warrior bullpen allowed just one run in five innings to solidify the win.

Midland jumped out in front 2-0 on a Mills two-RBI single in the second inning. However, Dordt answered back with three runs in the third.

Cameron Gingerich drove across a run with an opposite-field RBI double to plate Jake Thayer, then Dane LePlatt tied the game three batters later with an RBI single of his own. That set up Nate Fraley, who beat out a ground ball to short after shortstop Vinnie Orsi bobbled the ball, allowing runner Andy Kollbaum to score, making it 3-2 Defenders.

Midland manufactured two runs to retake the lead in the fifth. The damage came when clean-up hitter Jake Kinsella drove an RBI single to bring in Jordyn Van Atta, and Jake Loftus knocked in another run with an RBI groundout to third.

The Defenders quickly tied the game at four when LePlatt cracked a long home run to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning, his second of the season. That would be the final tally of the game for Dordt, however.

Midland took advantage of a throwing error by Dordt pitcher Nathan Forseth to take a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning when Forseth’s throw to first base traveled down the right field line after the pitcher fielded a bunt. Cole Gray’s sacrifice fly one batter later made it 6-4.

The Warriors made it 7-4 on a Garrett Mills RBI single in the seventh inning, then made it 8-4 on a run-scoring walk by Jake Loftus in the eighth.

Relievers Rob Wheeler and Cody Pollack kept the Defenders at bay in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.

NEXT UP… Dordt is scheduled to face Morningside on April 17 in Sioux City and will host Mount Marty on Saturday, April 19 in Sioux Center.

GPAC…   (Monday, April 14)

School GPAC/ Overall    
Doane 10-0/  32-7     
Midland 10-2/  31-13     
Northwestern 9-3/  28-8     
Briar Cliff 7-3/  15-22     
Morningside 5-5/  16-19     
Nebraska Wesleyan 4-6/  5-19     
Hastings 4-7/  10-19     
Concordia 3-7/  13-21     
Dakota Wesleyan 3-8/  17-18     
Dordt 3-9/  10-20     
Mount Marty 1-9/  16-17     

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