Madison, South Dakota — Dakota State beat Dordt College 16-5 in game one of a non-conference baseball doubleheader in Madison, South Dakota on Tuesday night.
The Trojans banged out 14 hits on the way to multiple runs in each of their first five turns on offense while Dordt got two runs in the second inning. Dordt was outhit 21-10.
Dordt College lost a 15-6 decision in game two of the doubleheader with Dakota. The Trojans scored two in the first and five in the second before Dordt got on the board.
Dordt was outhit 14-6 with Aaron Parks getting two of the hits. Dekkers had the only other extra base hit for the Defenders other than Parks’ double.
Mark Nyhoff took the loss in the start for Dordt and Ryan De Wit and John Drenten each appeared in relief.
With the pair of losses, Dordt falls to 13-27 overall, and 4-12 in GPAC Conference Play. Dakota State runs their season record to 25-24 with the pair of wins.
Keely Bracelin threw a complete game in leading the Northwestern Red Raider Softball team to a 2-0 win over Briar Cliff Wednesday in Orange City. Jill Kleinhesselink, Kami Kuhlmann, Shelby Johnson and Lindsey Remien each got a hit for the Raiders in the contest.
The Raiders swept the double-header over Briar Cliff, by taking the nightcap 3-2. Katie VandeVoort picked up the win for Northwestern, taggin Briar Cliff’s Bailey Hendrix with the loss.
Northwestern now stands at 30-11 overall, and 14-2 in the GPAC, while Briar Cliff falls to 10-18 for the season and 3-13 in the conference.
The Red Raiders have an off-day today before hosting Nebraska Wesleyan on Thursday.
Dordt College softball moved to three games above .500 in the GPAC season with a 4-0 win in game one of its doubleheader on the road against Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, South Dakota.
Dordt outhit the Tigers 6-5 with Kacy Obeforell getting the win on the mound while striking out three and walking three. Wesleyan stranded two runners in the first, fourth and sixth innings.
Bethany Dykstra and Megan Huizenga accounted for four of Dordt’s six hits with Huizenga’s homerun accounting for the lone extra base hit of the game.
Dakota Wesleyan forged a split with Dordt College in game two of their doubleheader in Mitchell, South Dakota, taking a 3-1 winner over the visitors.
Sidney Larsen took the loss while going the complete game, allowing one earned run and had two strikeouts and two walks.
Ashton Beaird and Paige Fynaardt each had two hits with Fynaardt and Haley Huisman each batting doubles.
Dordt is now 10-8 in the league and 20-20 overall. Wesleyan is 17-24 overall and 10-6 in the conference. Dordt is scheduled to face Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday, April 28 in the regular season finale for the Defenders.
Sioux Center, Iowa — Heath Bonestroo, a senior at Western Christian has announced his intention to attend Dordt College and join the Defender football program.
Bonestroo played punter, safety and linebacker for the Wolfpack this season and earned all-district honors as a punter after 33 yards per attempt. He also had 23 solo and 42 assisted tackles and recorded two interceptions and had three fumble recoveries in 2011.
Heath is the son of Doug and Judy Bonestroo of Hull, Iowa.
Sheldon, Iowa — With much better weather conditions, the Sheldon Invitational coed track meet was held Monday, a make-up from last week.
Le Mars was the top girls team earning 184 points followed by host-team Sheldon with 169. Central Lyon was third with 99, George-Little Rock fourth with 64 and River Valley 54.
The Western Christian boys took top honors with 150 points. Sheldon was second with 113 followed by Le Mars at 89.5, George-Little Rock fourth with 72 points. Central Lyon earned the fifth spot with 49 points. River Valley at 41 and Akron Westfield at 37 rounded out the scoring.
Below are the individual results for both the girls and boys in PDF form:
Individual Girls Results
Individual Boys Results
Forest City, Iowa — The Northwestern Red Raider Softball team earned a double-header non-conference sweep over Waldorf college at Forest City, Iowa Monday. In game one Keeley Bracelin pitched seven strong innings allowing one run on three hits as the Red Raiders downed Waldorf 2-1. In game two, the bats woke up and the pitching stayed hot as Northwestern worked to an 8-1 final and a sweep of the Warriors.
Northwestern improves to 28-11 overall and is home tonight to host Briar Cliff.