Saturday, April 3, Northwestern hosted a double header against Dakota Wesleyan, pulling out a win- loss split for the day. The Raiders swept the first game with a win although they fought hard, they lost momentum in the second game ending in a loss only lasting eight innings.
In game one, DWU was the first to score an unearned run in the top of the first on a single play which was after a sacrifice fly was hit by DWU Luke LeMay. In return, senior outfielder, Colton Harold tied the game with a solo home run on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the bottom of the first.
After the start to the second inning, the Tigers scored their second run, reaching base on a double. The Raiders went on for good with a five-run. In the third inning, Harold hit a grand slam and freshman Sam Stanford followed with a solo shot. The Raiders padded their lead with a run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Sophomore Jaden Snyder hit a triple home leading runner senior Hunter Rynders home in the fourth. Freshman Mason Porepp hit a two-out, solo home run in the fifth. Standford drove in the final run with a single in the sixth, scoring Snyder.
Some great performances: freshman Dylan Kirkeby pitched the final five innings, giving up three hit to go with a career-best eight strikeouts. Harold went two for three, two homeruns, and five runners batted in; the senior has hit eight home runs this season so far.
Ending the first game with a 9-2 win for the Raiders before their next and final game of the day.
In game two the Raiders lost their momentum and lost the game 14-4 against the Tigers. DWU came back game two swinging hard against NW, only having the game last eight innings.
DWU started out with two unearned runs in the first. After the first two innings, the Tigers were suddenly up 6-0 over the Raiders. After DWU got up 8-0 over NW, senior Sutton Derr gave NW its first run on an RBI ground out, scoring in Stanford. Senior J.D. Wonder added a pinch-hit, RBI double to make the score 8-2 after the fourth inning.
NW looked as if they were fighting to come back, however, that was not enough to catch up to DWU’s strong lead to the game. Senior Noa Vogel scored the last two homeruns for the Raiders bringing the score to 9-4 before the Tigers ended the game with five runs in the eight innings, 10 running the Raiders.
Northwestern totaled 10 hits, four Raiders having two hits each. The Raiders continue their season at Dordt University, April 9 – 10 for four games against the Defenders.