Dordt defeats Doane 2-0
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt College Defender baseball team got two runs in the fifth inning and that was enough as the Defenders took the first game of an afternoon doubleheader at Crete, Nebraska on Friday, April 21.
Dordt threatened in the first inning but left two runners on base when the frame came to a close. Doane didn’t get a base runner until the third inning when a two out walk was issued and the next batter, Jake Smith, had a single to put runners on the corners but a strikeout ended the threat. Dordt stranded another two in the fourth before getting on the board with two in the fifth inning.
Jake Thayer started the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a sacrifice and wild pitch. Cam Gingerich delivered a single that borke up the scoreless tied and Zach Fowler delivered a double that scored Gingerich with two outs in the fifth.
The two runs proved to be enough as Doane stranded base runners in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings before Dordt starter Connor Hopkins worked a one-two-three seventh inning to finish the game.
Dordt outhit the Tigers 9-4 and left nine on base to five for the Tigers.
Hopkins won his sixth game of the year and struck out five while walking two.
Gingerich had a pair of singles with a run batted in and a run scored.
Taylor Neuroth had three hits with a triple and two singles.
Hopkins now has 167 strikeouts and is the career leader at Dordt, passing Barry Miedema’s 1976-1979 total of 166.