McPherson defeats Dordt 8-6
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt surrendered a 6-0 lead in the sixth inning and lost an 8-6, scheduled nine inning contest to McPherson in Hutchinson, Kansas to cap the season opening weekend for the Defenders.
Dordt got one in the second on a Josh Van Eps single that scored Teddy Steffel. Dordt left two runners stranded in the frame. Dordt capitalized on three McPherson errors in the third inning for two more runs and then banged out three hits in the fourth for a run when Connor Leppink singled in Cameron Gingerich. Dordt added two more in the fifth inning with Trent Roose getting a triple to score Steffel and Josh Van Eps knocked him in with a single.
Trailing 6-0, the hosts got one run on one hit in the sixth inning to break the ice.
The seventh was trouble for Dordt. The Defenders recorded the first two outs of the game without incident but a hit batsman started the rally. A wild pitch, a passed ball and a base on balls followed. An error got a run in and another hit batsman kept the inning going for the Bulldogs. By the time the damage was assessed the Bulldogs scored six unearned runs on three hits and two errors.
Dordt left one stranded in the top of the eighth trailing 7-6 and McPherson got a run for breathing room in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead 8-6. Dordt was retired in order in the ninth to end the game.
-Dordt had an 11-10 hit advantage
-Both teams had four errors.
-Cameron Gingerich had three hits and Teddy Steffel had two. Both Gingerich and Steffel had two runs scored.
-Josh Van Eps had two single and two runs batted in.
-Jake Thayer and Trent Roose had a double and triple respectively for Dordt’s lone extra base hits.
-Zach Zylstra takes the loss for Dordt and was charged with five unearned runs in the sixth inning.
-Michael Grady was Dordt’s starting pitcher and wasn’t involved in the decision after allowing one run on five hits with a walk.
-Dordt is 2-1 this season and will be off until its Spring Break trip to Arizona in early March. McPherson is 3-4.