Sterling def. Dordt 9-4
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sterling picked up the day one sweep of a four-game series with the Defenders on Friday, sending Dordt to 0-2 in the early season.
Dordt was first on the board, moving up 2-0 in the top of the 1st inning. Leading off, Logan Cline advanced to first on a hit by pitch. In the following appearance, Nolan Christianson singled to the left side of the infield to reach base. With one out and runners at the corners, Luke November hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring Cline across the plate. Anthony Rodriguez Klinzing followed with a single to center field that allowed Christianson to score.
Batters were set down in order in the next two frames when Sterling erupted for three runs on four hits in the bottom of the 2nd. A walk and a double to center put two runners in scoring position for Kekahi Reiny-Aloy, who came through with a 2-RBI single. Reiny-Aloy later came around to score on a wild pitch to give the Warriors a 3-2 lead.
The Defenders answered in the top of the 3rd as Cline singled, stole a base, and scored on an error to tie the game at three runs apiece.
Sterling went on to score six unanswered between the 3rd and the 6th, using only six hits to do so.
Dordt gained one run back in the top of the 7th on an RBI single for Cline that allowed David Laurenti to score, but Sterling followed up with a flyout and a double-play to finish the game.
Logan Cline finished 2-3 with an RBI and a stolen base
Anthony Rodriguez Klinzing, Luke November, and Chase Edwards each had one RBI
Nolan Christianson scored a run in a 1-3 outing
Gyeongju Kim had eight strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched
The Defenders will rematch with Sterling tomorrow in a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 PM.