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Daniel Kuefner

Sower Staff


The Concordia baseball team traveled to Orange City, Iowa, for a double header against Northwestern College in which they lost game one 5-2 and won game two 10-1 on Monday, April 3.

The Bulldogs only managed one hit through the first three innings of game one and trailed the Red Raiders 4-0. Senior Jesse Garcia led off the fourth inning for the Bulldogs with a solo home run. After giving up another run in the bottom of the fifth, the Bulldogs put another run on the board in the sixth thanks to a home run from Junior Alec Blakestad.

The Bulldogs were unable to rally in the seventh inning and fell 5-2 against the Red Raiders. After coming into the game in relief, sophomore Christian Gutierrez worked five innings, allowing six hits but holding Northwestern to two runs. Blakestad finished the game 3-3 with a run score and a run batted in thanks to his solo shot.

In game two, the Bulldogs had a 1-0 lead going into the fourth inning. Concordia exploded offensively in the fourth, scoring seven runs on seven hits. In the sixth inning, the Bulldogs picked up two more runs on three hits. Northwestern’s only run came in the bottom of the seventh, however, and the game ended 10-1 in favor of the Bulldogs.

On the mound, junior Caden Johnson dominated in game two, pitching six innings and holding the Red Raiders to four hits, giving up no runs and striking out four Northwestern hitters. Garcia went 2-4 at the dish and tallied three RBIs with his big three-run homer in the fourth inning. Sophomore Tanner Tompkins had an impressive performance, going 3-3 with a run scored, an RBI and a walk.

The team has a record of 21-11 on the season with a 7-3 record against Great Plains Athletic Conference opponents. The Bulldogs will be back in action on Friday, April 7, as they take on Dordt University in Seward with games starting at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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