Hastings defeats Dordt 7-2
HOW IT HAPPENED
Hastings scored three runs in the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and went on to defeat Dordt 7-2 in conference baseball on Saturday afternoon in game two of their doubleheader. The two teams split their twinbill played under near ideal conditions for early April in Sioux Center.
Hastings scored one in first and one third for a 2-0 lead off Dordt starter Michael Grady. Dordt got two in the fourth inning with Cam Gingerich singling and Colton Van Otterloo was walked. Gingerich eventually scored on a ground out and the Defenders executed a double steal with runners at the corners to get Van Otterloo in.
Neither team was able to mount a threat until Hastings got a homerun to start the seventh and added another two runs for a 5-2 lead and then added two more in the top of the ninth after Dordt stranded two in the bottom of the eight.
Dordt was held at bay with six hits allowed while Hastings had 13 in the nine inning contest.
Cameron Gingerich had four hits—all of them singles for the Defenders.
Jake Thayer had a double to get into a tie with Travis Dekkers for second all-time.
Zach Fowler had Dordt’s other hit.
Michael Grady absorbed the loss after allowing five runs in six and a third innings and struck out five with one walk.
Brandon Fokkema, Cole Samuelson and Trent Roose all pitched in relief for the Defenders.
Dordt is 3-5 this season in the GPAC and 10-15 overall. Hastings is 4-4 in the GPAC and 15-13 overall.
Dordt is off until April 7 and 8 when the Defenders play a pair of doubleheaders against Morningside.