2012 Iowa Conference champions
MOUNT VERNON—The offense heated up for the Central College baseball team Tuesday as the Dutch overcame Cornell College 12-11.
The game was called after seven complete innings because of a light failure on a bank of lights between home and first base. It’s counted as an official game and will not be picked up at a later date.
Senior first baseman Seth Carson (Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS), Central’s No. 2 hitter, keyed the Dutch attack, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
“Seth had a really good day and is one of those players we need in there,” coach Adam Stevens said. “He didn’t have the best day yesterday – he’ll be the first to admit it – so hopefully this gives him some confidence.”
After two scoreless innings, Central (8-5) erupted for seven runs in the third frame. Shortstop Jordan Judkins (junior, Marshalltown) and catcher Jace Ahrendsen (junior, Clarence, North Cedar HS) each had two-run shots to left field.
“We moved things around in the order and had some good at bats,” Stevens said. “We hit the ball hard and were really aggressive on the bases, which is how we like to play.”
Cornell (2-9) posted two runs in the inning before the Dutch added a tally in the fourth and two in the fifth to go up 10-2. But the Rams came alive with an eight-run fifth and plated another run in the sixth for an 11-10 advantage.
“Cornell had a big inning to come back and it wasn’t pretty from our standpoint but give our players credit for playing the game and not giving up,” Stevens said. “We talk about playing the game and not playing the score and we managed to push a couple of runs across in the next inning.”
At the top of the seventh, center fielder Sam Stetzel (senior, Perry) walked, advanced on a Carson single and scored on a fielder’s choice from left fielder Michael Jontz (senior, West Des Moines, Valley HS) to even the score at 11-11. Jontz stole second and crossed the plate for what eventually became the game-winning run on a Cornell throwing error.
Mark Schroeder (freshman, Chariton), Central’s third pitcher of the day, entered the game in the sixth inning and got the win to improve to 2-0. He gave up one run on one hit, struck out a pair and walked two in 2.0 innings.
Matt Schissel (freshman, Rock Island, Ill., Alleman HS) was the Dutch starter, allowing six hits and five earned runs over four innings with two walks and one strikeout.
“Matt did good things early,” Stevens said. “He’s going to be a good pitcher for us and we’ll need him as the year goes on.”
Central outhit the Rams 13-10 and committed one error while capitalizing on four Cornell errors. Both teams had three stolen bases.
The Dutch return to the Iowa Conference schedule this weekend, hosting the University of Dubuque (3-9 overall, 1-3 conference) at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex field in Pella. The four-game series begins at 1 p.m. Friday. A video webcast and live stats of the games will be available through the Central athletics website at www.central.edu/athletics.