Morningside defeats Dordt 15-8
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College was unable to hold a early lead and fell to the Morningside Mustangs in game two of their doubleheader in Sioux Center on Friday night.
Dordt scored four in the first inning with Cam Gingerich delivering a run scoring single and Colton Van Otterloo smacked a two-run homerun and Josh Van Eps had a single that scored a fourth run.
Morningside chipped away at the lead with two runs on two hits in the second inning to cut the lead to 4-3 but Dordt answered with a run on a double by Zach Fowler in the second inning and a Taylor Neuroth single pushed Jake Thayer in during the third frame.
Dordt was up 6-4 when Morningside scored one in the sixth inning to cut it to 6-5. A double play ball finished the inning and got Dordt out of the inning with no more damage being done. The Defenders were unable avert that trouble in the seventh inning when the visitors broke through for seven runs on six hits for an 11-6 lead.
Dordt did get a pair of runs in the seventh on two hits but the Mustangs kept the Defenders at arm’s length and held on to win 15-8 after Dordt loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth but came up empty.
Michael Grady started the game and allowed nine runs on 11 hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.
Andrew Vander Hart and Alex Terpstra pitched the final two and two-third inning.
Josh Van Eps had three hits and a run batted in.
Jake Thayer, Taylor Neuroth, Cameron Gingerich and Colton Van Otterloo all had two hits with Neuroth and Van Otterloo each knocking in two runs.
Thayer, Trent Roose and Zach Fowler all had a double each.
The two teams combined for 34 hits one game after they were limited to four hits each in game one of the doubleheader.
Dordt is 3-7 in the GPAC and 10-22 overall while Morningside is 6-6 and 21-15.
COACH SCHOUTEN SAID
“We’re disappointed with the outcomes of the games tonight. We missed opportunities in game one to generate more offense behind Connor and then had a bad inning in game two that put us behind after a strong start. It was good to see Jake get a couple hits in game two. Every play is important from here on out. We have to be sharp in every aspect of the game when we play tomorrow at Sioux City.”