Doane Shares GPAC Title After Losses
Doane's first regular-season conference championship in 22 years became bitter-sweet after Saturday's doubleheader with Hastings College. The Broncos swept the Tigers to force a three-way tie for the conference crown between Doane, Hastings and Northwestern. Hastings wins the tie-breaker and will be the No. 1 seed in the GPAC Tournament with Doane the No. 2 seed.
Game One (L 2-4)
The Tigers took the lead into the final inning but an error led to three unearned runs as the Broncos rallied for the victory.
Doane jumped out to the lead in the second on a solo home run by Anthony Dunn, his second of the season. The Tigers added a run in the fifth as Dunn drew a bases loaded walk for a 2-0 lead.
Hastings came back with a run in the sixth on two hits and then took the lead in the seventh with three runs on one hit.
The Tigers lost a scoring opportunity in the sixth as Dylan Flott was at second base to open the inning and on a fly ball, he tagged up to move to third but the base umpire ruled that he left early and was out on the play. Anthony Hincy then tripled which would have led to another Tiger run.
Chance Brull took the loss, his first of the season, as he allowed four runs, one earned, over 6.2 innings. He allowed six hits and six walks while striking out six. Mitch VandenBerge threw 0.1 innings, striking out the only batter he faced with the bases loaded.
Doane totaled five hits against three Bronco pitchers. Dunn had the top day at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a run and two RBIs.
Game Two (L 2-3)
Doane rallied twice but was unable to keep the Bronco bats quite long enough as Hastings won the game in the seventh inning once again.
Hastings took the lead in the fourth with a run on a hit and a Doane error.
The Tigers came back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game on a single by Flott to plate Tyler Lohr.
Hastings took the lead back in the fifth with a run on a hit and a Doane error. The Tigers almost ended the inning on a double play but it was broken up at second base by the on-coming base runner.
In the sixth, Doane tied the game on a two-out single by Thomas Albert to score Jason West from second base.
Hastings answered in the seventh with a solo home run that nearly carried to the street beyond left field.
Nathan Roth took a no-decision as he went 4.1 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks. Miles Arehart took the loss, allowing one run on two hits, in two innings. VandenBerge threw 0.2 innings, striking out both batters he faced.
At the plate, Doane had seven hits by seven different players.
The Tigers will head to Sioux City as the No. 2 seed and face Mount Marty College at 9:00 AM on May 5.