The Wartburg baseball team split its doubleheader with Concordia Chicago this past Sunday.
The Knights fell in the first game 6-10, but were victorious in the final as Samuel Van Fleet had the pinch hit, walk-off single to right field for the 7-6 win.
The Orange and Black will face this same team on Sunday in St. Louis.
Also this past weekend, the team had two hard fought battles in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Saturday, March 11. They played the University of St. Thomas at the U.S. Bank Stadium.
“We lost a tough one in the first game, 0-1, but we battled through,” Ryan Doty, assistant baseball coach, said.
“In game two we played the best full game we’ve had all season. Our pitcher, Taylor Gilson, had another good outing with us.”
“Game one we had the chance to win but didn’t hit when we needed to.”
“Game two was great offensively. We had guys in scoring positions. We pitched well and had good defense.”
“We battled at the plate and took advantage of some of the mistakes they made,” Doty said.
“As a team I thought we competed well. It was different starting at 10 p.m., but I thought our energy was pretty good overall,” Gilson said.
Doty said it is different to start games at 10 p.m. and midnight when they are used to starting in the
Even though it was different to start late at night, the baseball team enjoyed being able to play in an atmosphere they are not used to playing in.
“It was really cool to see the new Vikings stadium, and anytime we can get games in during early March with all the snow we’ve had it’s great,” Gavin Nadermann said.
The team is currently 7-7 against some tough teams. They have played competitive non-conference teams.
“We played a really solid St. Thomas team, and battled all night to get the split. We are definitely taking the right steps to hit our stride as the conference season gets closer,” Nadermann said.
“The game I pitched I have to give credit to the offense. They came out and got on the board early and it’s a lot easier to pitch with an early lead.”
“I felt confident when we were up a couple runs early knowing that our offense could tack on a few more next inning,” Gilson said. Doty thinks the players are on the right path.
It will take time to get into the routine they need to be in.
“Our guys have battled through some rough times with not finding the key hit in the moment.”
“In game two against St. Thomas we had more hits. Hopefully we’ll carry everything into conference play and any chance we get after that,” Doty said.