2012 Iowa Conference champions
TUCSON, ARIZ.—The Central College baseball team continued its winning ways at the Tucson Invitational Games with a 15-10 win over Macalester (Minn.) Saturday at the Kino Sports Complex.
It was an offensive exhibit, as the Dutch (4-2) collected 17 hits and scored the most runs of the young season to dispatch the Scots (1-2). Central scored seven runs combined in the fourth and fifth innings before dotting the exclamation point with four more in the eighth, all while playing error-free ball.
“It was an offensive night,” coach Adam Stevens said. “The wind was howling and the field was hard. It was just one of those games. We played solid defense again, too. That’s becoming a trend for us, which is encouraging.”
Three Dutch batters had at least three hits apiece, led by senior shortstop Jordan Judkins (Marshalltown), who was 4-for-6 with three runs batted in and one run scored. Sophomore outfielder Dakotah Wolken (Dillon, East Marshall HS) and senior first baseman Grant Seuferer (Milo, Southeast Warren HS) tallied identical stat lines, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
“We swung the bats really well,” said Stevens. “We feel we can be a really good offensive team. The thing I liked most was it was a back-and-forth game. We continued to compete. We came up with some huge hits in the middle of the game to break it open.”
Senior pitcher Robbie Rushing (West Des Moines, Valley HS) allowed six runs over 5.0 innings, but left the game with an 8-6 lead and picked up the win. Sophomore pitcher Mark Schroeder (Chariton) notched a three-inning save.
“We talk about playing 27 outs as hard as we can and I felt we did that tonight,” Stevens said. “It was a good win for us.”
The Dutch return to the diamond Sunday at 10 a.m. (Pacific Time) against yet another Minnesota opponent in Augsburg. The Auggies (1-2) opened the invitational with a doubleheader against Wis.-La Crosse Saturday evening.
“We have a quick turnaround against a quality team in Augsburg tomorrow,” said Stevens. “They’ll be a good challenge for us.”