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Dordt defeats Mount Marty 5-4
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dordt College got a strong pitching performance from Michael Grady in game two of its doubleheader but needed a walkoff homerun by Colton Van Otterloo to win a 5-4 decision with Mount Marty and took the game to force a split of the twinbill.
Dordt’s first run came when Zach Fowler delivered a single that scored Taylor Neuroth from third in the first inning.
Mount Marty responded with a run on two hits in the second inning but Dordt broke the tie with Chris Schrieber singling in Cam Gingerich after Gingerich had knocked in Taylor Neuroth with a double.
Grady got out of a jam in the fourth inning when Mount Marty stranded two runners and Dordt added another run with Jake Thayer reaching on a triple and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Neuroth.
The 4-1 lead held until the top of the seventh inning when the Defenders allowed three runs on a pair of throwing errors to send the game to the bottom of the seventh inning tied 4-4.
Colton Van Otterloo took the suspense out of the game with a homerun on the second pitch of his leadoff at bat to secure Dordt’s 14th conference win of the season.
Dordt had a 10-6 hits advantage.
Cole Samuelson was the winning pitcher in relief and pitched two-thirds of an inning.
Michael Grady was the starter and went six and a third innings. He didn’t get a decision and allowed six hits with five walks and five strikeouts.
Taylor Neuroth, Cam Gingerich, Zach Fowler and Chris Schrieber all had two hits.
Five different Defenders had one run batted in each.
Gingerich had a double and Van Otterloo’s homerun were the only extra base hits of the game for Dordt.
Van Otterloo has a team high nine homeruns and this was his second walkoff homerun of the season.
The Defenders are 21-22 overall and 14-12 in the league and have secured a spot in the post-season playoffs heading into the regular season finale tomorrow against Mount Marty in Sioux Center at 4:00.
Mount Marty is 18-26 overall and 12-14 in the GPAC.