St. Francis (Illinois) def. Dordt 6-5
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dordt Defender softball team lost a 6-5 decision to St. Francis on Thursday, March 12 in Tucson, Arizona.
The Defenders overcame a 2-1 deficit to lead 5-3 going into the seventh inning but were unable to hold off St. Francis.
The Defenders scored a run in the first inning but allowed two in the bottom of the second inning to trail 2-1.
Dordt loaded the bases in the fifth inning but came away empty but was able to break through in the sixth inning when Hailey Heeringa doubled to lead off the inning. Erin Bredemus singled to get a run in and Natalie Fopma singled to put runners at the corners. With two outs Jessica Oules singled and Fopma also scored on fielder’s obstruction. Oules would eventually score on a Jessica Flaherty single for a 5-2 lead.
St. Francis got a solo homerun in the sixth inning to cut into the Dordt lead at 5-3.
After Dordt went scoreless in the seventh inning St. Francis started their threat with a walk in the home half of the seventh inning. A single followed to put the pressure on. A single scored a run to cut the gap to 5-4 and a single with one out scored two runs and ended the game for St. Francis.
Both teams had eight hits.
Hailey Heeringa and Chandler Schemper both had doubles for Dordt.
Natalie Fopma and Jessica Flaherty both had two hits.
Fopma took the pitching loss with six and a third innings of work with one walk and three strikeouts.
Dordt’s second game on Thursday was canceled due to rain. The Defenders are scheduled to conclude their Arizona trip with games on Friday against Dakota State and Aquinas.