Dakota State defeats Dordt 7-6
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt battled from behind on Wednesday night but was never able to overcome the Dakota State Trojans in non-conference baseball played in Tucson, Arizona.
The Trojans scored one run each in the first and second innings and stranded three runners along the way. The Defenders got on the board with Parker Schutt coming in to score on an error after reaching initially with a single in the third inning.
Dakota State wasted no time with answering getting a run on two hits and an error but the Trojans again missed on the big inning when they left the bases loaded, leading 3-1 after three and a half innings.
Dordt managed to tie the game with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the inning. Bryan Wallman led off the inning with a double and Colton Van Otterloo walked. Josh Van Eps doubled to score both runners but was caught off of second base for the first out of the inning and the Defenders got no more runs across.
After a scoreless fifth the Trojans scored three runs on two hits to lead 6-3. Dordt answered with two runs on a hit and Jake Thayer had a sacrifice fly and Taylor Neuroth also had a single that scored a run. Leading 6-5, the Trojans tacked on another run in the eighth inning to lead 7-5.
Dordt rallied with a run in the ninth inning as Josh Van Eps delivered a single that plated Cameron Gingerich. Dordt had runners at first and second when the final out was recorded.
-the Defenders had an 11-8 hits advantage but committed four errors to three for Dakota State.
-Cameron Gingerich, Colton Van Otterloos and Josh Van Eps all had two hits with Van Eps knocking in three runs.
-Brandon Fokkema took the loss after giving up six run on six hits with five strikeouts and seven walks.
-Austin Fokkema pitched five innings in relief and was charged with one run and struck out two.
-Dordt is now 7-5.