Winnipeg defeats Dordt 15-11
HOW IT HAPPENED
A four run seventh inning propelled Winnipeg to a 15-11 win over the Defenders Tuesday afternoon in Tucson, Arizona. The win forced a split of the doubleheader.
Dordt scored three in the first on a Colton Van Otterloo homerun only to have Winnipeg put six on the board in the top of the second inning.
Dordt did battle back to score three in the bottom of the second as Andrew Randall homered to lead off the inning and Jake Thayer, Cam Gingerich and Van Otterloo each singled with Thayer scoring on the Van Otterloo base knock. A double steal put Gingerich and Van Otterloo at second and third. A walk loaded the bases and Gingerich eventually scored on a passed ball.
Dordt grabbed a brief lead with a run in the bottom of the third but Winnipeg had an answer with five in the top of the fourth. Dordt did battle back with a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth inning. Jordan Van Maanen and Andrew Randall each had singles in the fourth inning to produce Dordt’s runs. Van Otterloo had a triple to push a run across in the fifth and later scored on Taylor Neuroth’s sacrifice fly.
After a scoreless inning in the sixth with the score tied 11-11, Winnipeg scored four in the top of the seventh inning. Dordt had no counter for the frame in the bottom of the seventh and Winnipeg earned the split of the doubleheader.
-Dordt had ad 15-14 hits advantage.
-Winnipeg stranded nine runners and Dordt eight.
-Gingerich had three hits with three runs scored and two runs batted in on a pair of doubles.
-Van Otterloo hit for the cycle and had two runs scored and four runs batted in. Van Otterloo is the first Defender since 1977 to achieve this feat.
-Andrew Randall and Jake Thayer each had two this and Thayer scored two runs.
-Four different pitchers threw for the Defenders with Andrew Vander Hart taking the loss in relief.