- Dordt def. Hastings, 3-1 (11 innings)
HOW IT HAPPENED:
A record-breaking pitching performance by Defenders ace, Gyeongju Kim, led Dordt to a 3-1, extra-inning win in game one of a conference doubleheader against Hastings.
Dordt improves to 2-3 in the GPAC, 6-15 overall, heading into the second game against the host Broncos.
Kim (4-2) pitched the full 11 innings in earning in earning his team-leading fourth win of the season. The senior allowed three hits, one earned run and struck out a program record 21 Broncos hitters. Kim breaks one of the oldest records, set back in 1972, by Guy DeHaan when he recorded 15 strikeouts against Covenant.
Down 1-0 and heading into the top of the seventh, the Defenders sent the game into extra innings when Logan Cline was hit by pitch, stole second and came around to score on an RBI single by Chase Edwards.
Both teams went scoreless over the next three innings and until the top of the 11th, when Dordt pushed two runs across to go up 3-1. Cline led off the inning with a walk, stole second and scored the winning run after a double from Kaden Davis. A single by Luke November advanced Davis to third and he scored on a Dylan Stanley groundout.
Hastings scored its lone run in the third off an RBI groundout by Lane Harris that scored James Velasquez.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Kim retired the side in order in seven of the 11 innings
Kim retired the final 10 Broncos hitters of the game; Hastings last base-runner was on a walk in the eighth inning
Dordt's offense totaled a season-high 16 hits, 14 singles and doubles by Davis and Anthony Rodriguez-Klinzing.
Luke November led the Defenders with four hits; Rodriguez-Klinzing added three and Aaron Eshelman went 2-for-5
Cline extended his current hit streak to 11 games and reached base three times