From deep in the heart of Nebraska. It’s Saturday morning, I’m in Crete. The volleyball team plays Doane a little later this afternoon in what has become a terribly important early season GPAC match–I guess we can’t call it early anymore, we’re almost to the midpoint of the conference season.
First, last night. Dordt was clicking on all cylinders in game one against Nebraska Wesleyan and took a relatively easy win in game one. The rest of the night didn’t go as well. Wesleyan hung around and a pair of tight wins in game two and three gave the Prairie Wolves the advantage. Dordt’s passing wasn’t as sharp in games two and three andit looked likeit was tougher for them to get into their”system” or offense. Defenders had chances in all three game–games two, three and four but couldn’t close.Everything just looked like hard work last night in the final three games. It won’t be easy today but the Defenders will be in Crete and they will get after it. In the six-plus years I’ve been following Dordt volleyball the Defenders usually bounce back pretty well.
Soccer is at home this afternoon against Nebraska Wesleyan. Sounds like it will be a wet track this afternoon in Sioux Center. Don’t know what the weather is like in Madison for the runners. Pretty safe to say it’s probably windy.
Golf was in Orange City yesterday….have yet to receive the full results from NW. Dordt’s Jared Rempel shot a 76, Brad Evenson and Jared Janz both shot 79′s. Dordt had a 314 as a team. Golf in Sioux Falls this week.
Baseball is in the middle of their intra-squad World Series. The Gold team leads the series 2-1. Resume the best of five series on Monday.
The Gold team consists of Bryan Diemer, Kyle Dieleman, Patrick Sinnema, Chris Liebhart, Josh Bowers, Joseph Dirksen, Bobby Lutke, Ben Fife, Brady Goslinga, Daryl Visser and Travis Feekes.
The Black is Alex Jansen, Craig Horstman, Keith Kooistra, Shad Sikkink, Derek Peters, Josh Ewing, Evan Phenegar, Dustin Vander Zwaag, Travis De Jong, Dillon Naumann, Leland Kootstra, Jed Bennett and Dillon Peters.
Gold won game one 5-3 with two runs in the eighth inning when Daryl Visser clubbed a two run homerun in to score Chris Liebhart. Travis Feekes was 2-4 with two runs scored and Patrick Sinnema got the win, pitching an inning and a third, allowing one hit with no runs and Kyle Dieleman got the save. Jed Bennett was 2-4 along with Dillon Peters.
Black came back to win game two 4-3 with a run in the top of the eighth when Jed Bennett singled and was pushed around Derek Peters lifted a sacrifice fly to the outfield after Dillon Peters and Travis De Jong singled and walked to load the bases. Shad Sikkink was the winner, working the final three innings, facing ten batters and issuing one walk with two strikeouts. Six other Black players had base knocks. Travis Feekes was 2-4 with two singles and a run scored. Bryan Diemer pitched four innings and faced 14 batters in the loss while allowing one run and two hits.
The Gold team came back for a 6-5 win in game three on Thursday. Chris Liebhart was 3-4 at the plate with three singles and a run scored and Brady Goslinga had two singles and a run scored. Josh Bowers was 1-4 with two runs scored. Kyle Deileman was sharp, working three innings and allowing one run on one hit. The Black team got three his from Travis De Jong with two runs scored–the senior had a double and two singles. Dillon Peters was 2-4 with a run scored and Phenegar was 2-4. Peters is having an unbelievable fall…save some hits for the Spring Dill.
How do I pass the time on the road? Well, I save some work and do that when I get back to the motel room so I’m tired when I go to bed and don’t have trouble getting to sleep. I take workout clothes along and try to get a walk in–outside if possible–get to see some things that you don’t normally when you stay on the beaten path. Have ESPN on and do some blogging. Will probably head to the gym 2-3 hours before varsity match or gametime and do some prep work. I’ve got a book in my bag as well if need be.
Cell phone and e mail help me stay in touch and there’s always statwork for our athletic teams that needs to be done. When I was a student at DordtDr. James Schaap said you’ve got to do the chores when you write–meaning, there are certain tasks you have to do, every day, like them or not, otherwise they pile up and you’re fighting from behind. That statement applies to this job in many regards. So I’ve got to do the chores….time to go…………..