2012 Iowa Conference champions
DUBUQUE— After losing its last three games, the Central College baseball team is back on top with doubleheader wins against Luther College Saturday, 4-2 and 11-7.
“The team really came out to play today,” said coach Adam Stevens. “This was the best we have played in back-to-back games this season.”
The Dutch started tallying runs early, scoring two in the second inning. After being walked, Michael Jontz (right fielder, senior, West Des Moines, Valley HS) advanced to second on a Seth Carson (first base, senior, Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) single to left field. Jontz stole third and then scored on a sacrifice fly out to center field. Carson scored on a wild pitch. Luther answered with two runs in the fourth inning to tie the game.
The Dutch scored another run in the sixth and seventh innings. Central only had five hits while the Norse had nine. Pitcher Dirk Lindaman (senior, Ankeny) pitched six innings and struck out three hitters.
“Dirk did a great job,” said Stevens. “He really was key to the game early on. Luther had a couple players on base and he really got us out of a jam and pitched well.”
In the nightcap, Central took another early lead, scoring three runs total in the third and fourth innings. In the third, Carson singled to right field and Trent Smith (catcher, junior, Polk City, North Polk HS) doubled to left field. Carson scored a run in the third.
The fourth inning started with a Robbie Rushing (designated hitter, junior, Wes Des Moines, Valley HS) home run and finished with an Adam Ariola (third base, junior, Bloomington, Ill., Normal HS) unearned run. Luther erupted with four runs in the fifth inning and Central battled back and scored eight runs in the final four innings.
Ariola scored three runs and had one hit. Rushing and Carson had two runs and two hits each. Jace Ahrendsen (catcher, junior, Clarence, North Cedar HS) contributed four RBIs and one run. Ryan Dusil (junior, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy HS) pitched 4.2 innings with one strikeout. Andy Carr (sophomore, Rockford, Ill., Rockford Lutheran HS) pitched 1.1 innings and earned the win.
“Seth and Jace both had big days offensively,” said Stevens. “They have been working really hard so it was nice to see that hard work get rewarded.”
The Dutch (19-16 overall, 11-13 conference) face off against Luther (13-21 overall, 9-17 conference) in another doubleheader Sunday. The first game starts at 1 p.m.
“Hopefully we use today’s momentum for tomorrow’s games,” Stevens said. “We are playing for seeds in the conference tournament so it will be an important day.”