A three-hit pitching performance by Kacy Oberfoell helped the Dordt College Defender softball team to a 6-1 win over the College of Saint Mary Flames on Friday afternoon in Sioux Center, Iowa. It was the first win in what would turn out to be a doubleheader sweep.
Dordt College banged out ten hits in the win, scoring two in the third on three hits with Ashton Beaird knocking in Shantelle Gritters from third with a ground out and Oberfoell scored Kaitlyn Lockhorst with a single.
In the nightcap Dordt overcame two deficits in winning an 10-7 decision. Dordt gave up three runs in the first inning on a Shelbi Hatfield three-run homerun. Dordt responded immediately with Kaitlyn Lockhorst reaching on a bunt single and Paige Fynaardt followed with a single after Lockhorst stole second. Lockhorst scored on the play and Fynaardt advanced all the way to third on the throw. An Ashton Beaird fly ball to centerfield got a second run across and back to back hits by Kacy Oberfoell and Megan Huizenga got the Defenders to tied 3-3. A dropped fly ball in the outfield allowed Huizenga to reach for a 4-3 lead as they went on to the win 10-7 and the sweep of the double header.
The win gave Dordt four victories this season over the Omaha, Nebraska based school and got the Defenders within two games of the .500 mark heading into the heart of the GPAC season. The Defender Softball Team will be at Hastings for a doubleheader starting at 1pm Saturday.
In other GPAC action on Friday Northwestern went 2-1 at the Morningside Tournament. The Red Raiders opened with a 10-0 loss to Dickinson State followed by a 2-1 win over Jamestown. In their final game of the day Northwestern scored 3 runs in the top of the 7th inning to post a 4-3 win over Valley City State. Northwestern wraps up play at the Morningside tournament at 11 this morning.
In GPAC baseball Friday Northwestern dropped a doubleheader at Doane on scores of 2-1 and 5-1. Northwestern will go against Hastings with a doubleheader starting at noon.
Dordt was on the road to Hastings where they fell 4-0 and 4-3. The Defenders are in action at Doane with a doubleheader at 1pm.
Morningside swept a home doubleheader against Mount Marty on scores of 6-3 and 3-2 in 8 innings.