The Northwestern Red Raiders swept #19 Avila University in a non-conference baseball doubleheader in Kansas City, Missouri. In game one, Northwestern rode a solid pitching performance from senior Jared Kirkeby and took the pitcher’s dual 2-1. In game two, a five run seventh inning put the Red Raiders ahead for good over the Avila University Eagles 6-2.
Northwestern has won five straight and is 20-16 overall.
Up next for the Red Raiders will be a GPAC home doubleheader against Dakota Wesleyan on Friday.
With a single to leftfield in game two of a doubleheader with Mount Marty on Saturday afternoon, April 7, Travis Dekkers became Dordt College’s all-time baseball hits leader. The senior from Hawarden, Iowa now has 156 hits over his three-plus seasons at Dordt and passed former teammate Dillon Peters for the record.
Dekkers started the season in sixth all-time and has 33 base hits through 29 games this season. Dekkers already held the all-time doubles record at Dordt with 39 and ranks second in total bases with 217. All totaled Dekkers ranks in the top-five in six different offensive categories and he also ranks first in put-outs on defense with 975.
Dekkers has played in 143 out of 145 games during his career and has played in 127 straight games for the Defenders. The last time Dekkers was not in the Dordt lineup was March 20, 2009, a doubleheader against Doane College.
Where Dekkers ranks:
Hits: 1st with 156
At-Bats: 3rd with 473
Runs: 13th with 69
Runs Batted In: 4th with 84
Singles: 3rd with 108
Doubles: 1st with 39
Total Bases: 2nd with 217
Put Outs: 1st with 975
Fielding percentage: 6th with .973
Dordt College all-time hits leaders:
Travis Dekkers 2009-present 156
Dillon Peters 2006-2009 155
Beau Bosma 1999-2002 152
Tim De Jong 1996-1999 143
Travis Feekes 2007-2010 141
Craig Broek 1997-2000 141
Steve Vermeer 1985-1988 120
Travis De Jong 2005-2008 120
Jeff Schouten 1993-1996 119
Stacey Kooiman 1989-1992 113
Scott Van Andel 1999-2002 110
Troy Vander Molen 1991-1994 107
Doug Miedema 1981-1984 107
Dennis Van Zanten 1978-1981 101
The Special Olympics, Northwest Iowa Track and Field Spring Games will be held Saturday, April 21st at the Sioux Center Athletic Field. In the event of inclement weather the games will go indoors to the Dordt College Gym and Rec Center.
Opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 9:30 am. The track and field events begin at 9:35 and the last relay is scheduled for 1:15 pm. There are 446 athletes registered to participate from the ages of 8 to 70 years old.
Athletes are expected from Lyon and Osceola counties down to Monona and Crawford as part of the Northwest District area. Athletes may participate in 2 events and run with a relay team. There are over 125 volunteers who help to make the day a great success. First place winners will compete in Ames on May 17th through the 19th at the Special Olympics State Summer Games.
The Siouxland Conference opens boys and girls golf play this afternoon. The Sheldon Orabs are hosting the boys meet at the Sheldon Golf and Country Club.
Due to the great spring weather the Orabs along with the other teams in the conference have spent the last two weeks on the course. Sheldon coach Gene Bomgaars feels that’s been a great benefit as the Orab boys get their collective games locked in: