Dordt defeats McPherson 5-2
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt used a pair of two run innings in the second and sixth to take a 4-2 lead over McPherson on Friday, February 12 in game one of their doubleheader and then tacked on a run for insurance in claiming a 5-2 season opening victory over the Bulldogs in Hutchinson, Kansas.
The Defenders got the win after surrendering two runs in the first inning but averted further trouble by forcing McPherson to strand two in the bottom of the inning.
The Defenders got two in the top of the second with Colton Van Otterloo getting a one-out single and Taylor Neuroth reached on an error. After a strikeout Jake Thayer did the damage with a two-run double to tie the game.
Connor Hopkins proceeded to throw no-hit baseball in the second, third and fourth innings with McPherson breaking through for a bunt single in the fifth but a pickoff took the runner off the bases and the next two outs were recorded without incident.
Dordt broke the tie with Bryan Wallman doubling in the sixth with one out. Teddy Steffel singled to put runners at the corners and Josh Van Eps got the runner in with a fielder’s choice. A stolen base by pinch runner Dillon Branderhorst put another runner in scoring position for the Defenders and Colton Van Otterloo singled him in with two outs for a 4-2 lead. Dordt got a run for insurance in the top of the seventh with Thayer again knocking a run in with a double and Hopkins completed the game on the mound with a one hit seventh inning.
-Hopkins allowed two hits after the first inning and got the win while allowing four hits, two walks and two runs—both of them unearned. The junior struck out nine.
-Dordt had a 9-4 hits advantage and both teams had two errors.
-Jake Thayer was 2-3 at the plate with two doubles and three runs batted in.
-Dordt’s Bryan Wallman hd two hits—a single and a double and Colton Van Otterloo had two hits and a run batted in.
-McPherson’s Dylan Klava took the loss in 5 1/3 innings and struck out five with five hits allowed and three runs given up.
-Dordt is 1-0 and McPherson falls to 2-3.