Morningside shelled the Dordt pitching staff for 16 hits when it routed the Defenders 16-8 in the second game of Friday’s GPAC baseball doubleheader in Sioux City to gain a split with the Defenders.
Dordt held off a Morningside rally to edge the Mustangs 4-3 in the opener.
The split left the Mustangs with a record of 14-21-1, including an 8-10 mark in the GPAC.
The teams will square off in another league twinbill on Saturday at 1 p.m. Sioux Center, Iowa.
A four-hit second inning helped the Mustangs grab an early 3-0 lead in the nightcap. Sam Huska led off the inning with a single and scored the first run of the game when Andrew Kasperbauer doubled down the right field line. Kasperbauer eventually scored when Dylan Mersola bounced into a fielder’s choice. Jordan Pierce drove in the final run of the inning with a two-out single that scored Derek Johnson, who had walked earlier in the inning.
Dordt trimmed the Mustangs lead to 3-1 when Zach Fowler slugged a solo home run in the third before the Mustangs added two more runs in the fourth on back-to-back RBI doubles by Pierce and Nathan DeChaine to go up 5-1.
The Mustangs increased their lead to 8-2 in the sixth inning when a pair of Dordt errors paved the way to three unearned runs. Joe Genoways delivered a two-out, two-run single for the big hit of the inning.
Morningside had some fielding miscues of its own when the Defenders scored five runs in the top of the seventh, three of them unearned thanks to a pair of Mustang errors, to close within 8-7. Bases loaded walks forced home two of the Dordt runs, while Cody Veach and Chris O’Connor supplied RBI singles for the Defenders’ biggest hits of the inning.
The Mustangs broke the game open when they sent 12 batters to the plate in an eight-run eighth inning to put the game out of reach at 16-7. Morningside had six hits in the uprising, including two-run singles by Mersola and Genoways and run scoring singles by Pierce and Shea Patterson.
Morningside banged out 16 hits in the victory. Pierce and Huska each had a double and two singles to lead the Mustangs’ hit parade. The Mustangs had two-hit performances from DeChaine with a double and single, Kasperbauer with a double and single, and Mersola and Genoways, each with two singles.
Mustang starting pitcher Cameron Wagner allowed seven runs, only three earned, on nine hits over the first six innings to get the win. He walked three and struck out four.
A Morningside last inning rally finished one run short in the opener. The Mustangs, who trailed 4-2 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, closed within 4-3 and had the bases loaded with one out before Dordt reliever Trent Roose wiggled his way out of the jam to record his third save of the season.
Mitch Kellogg walked to start the Mustangs’ seventh inning comeback bid. Courtesy runner Carter Kratz advanced to second base on an Isaac Buteyn wild pitch before a Mersola single put runners at the corners with one out to end Buteyn’s outing. Nate Psyck took over in relief and promptly walked Pierce to load the bases and prompt the Defenders to go to Roose. The Defenders’ relief ace walked DeChaine to force in a run before he got Genoways to line out to second baseman Andrew Randall and Huska to bounce out to Randall to end the game.
The game began as a pitcher’s duel between Buteyn and the Mustangs’ Aaron Homme. The Mustangs didn’t solve Buteyn for their first hit until Derek Clayton singled with one out in the third inning, while Homme took a no-hitter into the fourth before O’Connor stroked a one-out single to left field.
The Mustangs finally broke through against Buteyn to take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Clayton hit a leadoff single and scored on a single to center field by Genoways.
Dordt broke Homme’s shutout bid in the top of the fifth inning when Justin Silva led off with a single and came home on a two-out single by Taylor Neuroth to tie the score.
The Mustangs came right back with a run in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead at 2-1. Kellogg ignited the action with a leadoff single. A bunt single by Clayton followed by a sacrifice bunt by Mersola put runners at second and third before Buteyn uncorked a wild pitch that scored courtesy runner Kratz with the Mustangs’ go-ahead run. Morningside threatened to do even more damage with Clayton on third base and only out, but Buteyn worked his way out of the jam by retiring Pierce on a pop up and DeChaine on a line out to the right fielder.
Morningside’s undoing came in the top of the sixth when the Defenders, aided by the Mustangs’ only error of the game, scored three runs to take the lead for good at 4-2. The Defenders scored the tying run on the error before a sacrifice fly by Silva and a two-out RBI single by Roose put them ahead to stay.
Buteyn allowed three runs on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts over the first 6.1 innings to get the win.
Homme suffered the loss after he allowed four runs, three of them earned, on five hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in his 5.1-inning stint. Mustang reliever Spencer Wyant struck out three of the six batters he faced and allowed one hit over 1.2 innings.
Clayton went two-for-three to lead the Mustangs at the plate. Pierce had the game’s only extra base hit with a double, while Mersola, Genoways, Kellogg and Kasperbauer had singles.