Sheldon Grad Van Kekerix Goes Six Strong As Dordt Sweeps North Central

Date posted - March 24, 2012

The Dordt College Defender baseball team took advantage of six errors by the North Central (Minnesota) Rams in game one of their doubleheader in Sioux Center Friday afternoon for a 10-3 win.

Dordt got on the board with three runs in the first and one more in the third to take a a 4-0 lead.

Dordt out hit the visitors 13-7 with Travis Dekkers and Dustin Brisel each getting three hits. Brisel had two runs batted in and Dekkers scored three runs. Eric Anderson and Eric Torgerson each got credit for two runs batted in as well.

Lucas Carls went six innings on the mound and allowed three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Jake Slings worked a scoreless seventh inning and struck out one with no hits allowed.


In the second game Dordt’s Zach Staudt delivered a game tying hit in the sixth inning and a game winning hit in the eighth inning to trigger a 4-3 win for the Defenders in game two of the doubleheader.

The Defenders got two runs on three hits in the third inning while capitalizing on two North Central errors

Sheldon graduate Ben Van Kekerix gave way to Mark Nyhoff after six innings on the mound. Nyhoff struck out three of the four batters he faced in the seventh. In the eighth North Central’s lead off batter singled but was thrown out by Eric Torgerson trying to steal second and the next two batters were retired without incident.

Dordt outhit the visitors 8-6 with Brisel and Staudt each registering two hits and Staudt had two runs batted in.

Van Kekerix went six innings and allowed five hits with seven strikeouts and walked none. Nyhoff got the win working two innings of relief and struck out four and allowed one hit.

Dordt is now 7-8 while North Central is 2-13. The two teams will play again on Saturday starting at noon.


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