FREMONT, Neb. – Midland University (18-13, 6-4 GPAC) and Dordt College (6-14, 3-7 GPAC) combined for 45 runs in their doubleheader at Moller Field on Thursday. Game one saw the Warriors battle back to force extra innings as they took the opener 13-9 in 12 innings. The Defenders would take the second game, 14-9, as they kept the Warriors at arm’s length after the first inning. First pitch of game one came at 4:00 p.m. and then final out of game two was recorded just after 11 p.m.
The two teams struck early and often in the first game as Midland put up four runs in the first three innings only to be outdone by Dordt who plated nine runs. In the fourth though, the Warriors were able to halt the Defenders offense as they began their comeback. They would plate two in the top of the fourth and then added one more in the fifth and sixth.
Then, with one out already in the top of the seventh, Bailey Bliss came to the plate and blistered a ball over the left field fence to tie the game and send the game to extra innings. Both teams would be held in check until the 12th, when the Warriors were able to get on the board again.
Midland scored four in the inning after working the bases full with no outs. Justin Trevino drove in the eventual game-winner with a sacrifice fly. Tanner Bos, James Kaiser and Buddy Balsino would all register an RBI as well to provide cushion.
Billy Brand picked up the win in game one as he pitched 3.0 innings in relief after starting the game at shortstop. He had seven strikeouts including a pair to end the 11th with the bases loaded.
Game two saw more firepower from the get go as Midland put up three runs in the first only to be matched by Dordt. The Defenders however never slowed up as they scored four in the second, three in the fourth and four more in the fifth in route to a 14-9 victory.
They were led by Colton Van Otterloo who was a perfect 3-3 with 9 RBI and a walk. He hit a grand slam in the 2nd, a three-run homer in the 4th and then drove in a pair with a bases loaded double in the 5th.
Daylon Owens suffered the loss as he went 3.0 innings with six strikeouts for Midland.
Up next for Midland will be a pair of rescheduled games at Mount Marty (20-12, 6-6 GPAC). The Warriors and Defenders were slated to play a doubleheader on Saturday, April 7th but with nearly 8” of snow already on the ground from earlier in the week, the games have been moved to Tuesday, April 10th. First pitch is set for 4:00 p.m. in Yankton, South Dakota.