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Dordt-Northwestern Baseball Concludes Regular Season

April 25, 2014

GAMETIME… Dordt College will host Northwestern in Great Plains Athletic Conference play on Saturday, April 26 starting at 1:00.  The games can be heard on KDCR 88.5 FM and on the internet at

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

SCOUTING REPORT… Northwestern is 14-4 in the GPAC and 36-9 overall and has won five games in a row and 11 of its last 12 games.  Mount Marty and Midlad have the lone wins over Northwestern since March 29.  Northwestern’s other losses in the GPAC are to Doane.

The Raiders bat.320 as a team and have outhit teams 427-334 through 45 games.  Cody Grokreutz bats .375 with a team high 57 hits and also has 13 doubles, eight triples and 44 runs batted in.  Mitch Peschon bats .372 and has a team high 12 homeruns with 37 runs batted in and a slugging percentage of .730.  Skyler Wheeler has 54 hits with 50 runs batted in and a team high 15 doubles.  Davis Bloemendaal bats .309 with 36 runs batted in.

Isaac Horigan is 6-1 for the Raiders with a 2.21 earned run average and 57 innings pitched and he has 53 strikeouts.  Ryan Brasser is  5-1 with a 2.28 earned run average and has 55 innings pitched with 40 strikeouts.  Josh Turner is 5-0 with a team high 56 strikeouts and has a 3.10 earned run average.

DEFENDER NOTES… Dordt is 11-27 this season with a 4-14 GPAC record. 

Dordt is batting .263 as a team and Jake Thayer leads the Defenders with a .328 batting average.  He has 19 runs scored and 39 hits.  Andy Kollbaum bats .314 with 37 hits, seven doubles and a homerun with 18 runs batted in.  Cameron Gingerich bats .293 with 39 hits and 15 runs batted in.  Jason Wapnick leads the team with 26 runs batted in and Dane LePlatt has 16 runs batted in and Jon Holwerda 18.  Nathan Fraley has 16 stolen bases and ranks third all-time in that category with 48 career  swipes.

Lucas Carls is 2-2 this season with a 4.58 earned run average and has 37 1/3 innings pitched with 21 strikeouts.  Ben Van Kekerix is 3-2 with a 5.73 earned run average and Cole Samuelson has a pair of wins as well.  John Drenten and Josh Peterson have appeared in 11 and 12 games respectively and have earned run averages of 3.60 and 3.94.  Michael Grady has appeared in 14 games on the mound and has a 4.78 earned run average.

THE SERIES… Northwestern leads the series between these two teams 98-43. 

Dordt College was unable to hold off the Northwestern Red Raiders in Great Plains Athletic Conference baseball as they fell 5-4 in 10 innings to the eventual GPAC Champion on April 27, 2013.

Northwestern scored one run each in the second and third innings to lead 2-0 before Dordt struck for three runs in the fourth. Jon Holwerda walked and Aaron Parks reached on an error with one out in the inning and Dustin Brisel delivered a double that scored both runners. Moments later Nick Serrato singled and a throwing error allowed Brisel to score from second for a 3-2 lead.

Both teams went scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings with Dordt getting a runner thrown out at home plate in the fifth inning on an attempted double steal with runners at first and third.

Northwestern manufactured a run in the bottom of the seventh when their lead off batter walked and was sacrificed over. A single with one out tied the game and the contest went to extra frames.

Dordt got a run in the top of the inning with Jon Holwerda singling to lead off the inning. Anthony Maule ran for Holwerda and made it as far as third base when Alex Bluhm singled down the leftfield line to give Dordt a 4-3 lead.

The Red Raiders responded by getting runners at the corners with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Erik Widener hit a grounder to the middle that Aaron Parks, Dordt's shorstop was able to glove. Parks stepped on second for an out and fired to first for a double play to end the game but Widener's dive was ruled ahead of the throw and the run scored for from third to tie the game.

Dordt stranded runners at first and second in the top of the ninth and Northwestern left the bases loaded in the home half of the ninth after getting them full with one out.

Dordt was retired in order in the tenth. Northwestern got runners at second and third with one out and after an intentional walk to get a double play in order, Josh Van Kekerix hit Corey Van Gorp with a pitch that forced the run in to end the game.

Both teams had eight hits with Serrato getting two singles and an rbi. Brisel's double was Dordt's lone extra base hit and he knocked in two runs.

Van Kekerix took the loss as he worked in relief of Lucas Carls and allowed two runs on two hits with six walks. Carls went seven innings and struck out one and walked one with six hits.

Northwestern got two hits each from Mitch Peschon and Taylor Morris. Tyler Stuhrman pitched eight innings and gave up four runs--one of them earned and walked two with five strikeouts. Josh Turner came on in relief and got the win working a scoreless ninth and tenth innings.

Northwestern jumped in front early and rolled to an 18-2 win in game two of their doubleheader in Orange City, Iowa.

Dordt scored a run in the first when Dustin Brisel singled with Nate Fraley on third base. Fraley had walked and stole two bases to get to third base. Dordt ended up leaving the bases full in the first inning. Northwestern scored three in the first on three hits and Dordt cut the gap to 3-2 with a run in the second when Dane Le Platt scored on a passed ball.

Four more runs in the second and four in the third opened an 11-2 advantage and Northwestern erupted for seven runs in the fourth on seven hits for the final of 18-2.

Northwestern outhit Dordt 19-7. The Defenders got two hits each from Brisel, Le Platt and Serrato. Aaron Parks started the game for Dordt and took the loss in an inning and a third of work. Chase Rozeboom got the win for Northwestern. Corey Van Gorp had four hits, four runs scored and four runs batted in for Northwestern.

LAST TIME… Dordt was swept by Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, South Dakota on Thursday, April 24 by scores of 12-6 and 8-3.

Northwestern turned away Morningside 9-0 and 6-2 on Thursday in Orange City, Iowa.

NEXT UP… Northwestern has secured a spot in the GPAC post-season tournament next week in Mitchell, South Dakota while the Defenders need a pair of wins and some other help to vault into the top-eight of the league.

The other games of impact for Dordt in the standings include Mount Marty at Briar Cliff and Concordia at Hastings—both of those doubleheaders are on Friday, April 25.  Dakota Wesleyan plays at Mount Marty on Saturday while Nebraska Wesleyan is at Concordia.

GPAC…   (Friday, April 25)
Doane 18-0/  40-7     
Midland 16-2/  37-14     
Northwestern 14-4/  36-9     
Dakota Wesleyan 9-9/  23-21     
Morningside 9-9/  23-23     
Briar Cliff 7-9/  15-28     
Hastings 6-12/  12-24     
Nebraska Wesleyan 5-13/  6-27     
Mount Marty 4-12/  20-20     
Concordia 4-12/  14-28     
Dordt 4-14/  11-27     

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