Mar 27th, 2003 @ 8:49 am | Author: Reprinted from The Forum
By Heath Hotzler
Viking-Cobber Box Score
The Forum - 03/27/2003
The wind was bitter cold, blowing just hard enough to send spectators’ teeth into perpetual chatter.
A steady rain trickled down, forcing some to take cover in nearby cars.
It was a typical early spring day in northwestern Minnesota to those watching at the Jake Christiansen Athletic Complex baseball field.
On the field, however, it was summer.
Jeremy Hinderks endured the elements, allowing just four hits in eight innings Wednesday to lead Concordia to a 5-0 non-conference victory against Valley City State in front of about 65 hearty fans.
The junior right-hander’s third win of the season halted the Cobbers’ six-game losing streak.
"It took me a while to get warmed up," Hinderks said. "But it was nice to be out here. I think it’s the earliest we’ve been playing a game since I’ve been here."
The game, not originally on either team’s schedule, was a way for both teams to get some much-needed work before the start of the conference season.
The Cobbers were struggling at the plate, batting just .173 during six-consecutive losses last week in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
The Vikings (6-2) were denied four games earlier this season due to inclement weather.
Cobbers coach Bucky Burgau invited coach Cory Anderson and the Vikings to play one nine-inning game during a telephone call Friday.
Anderson jumped at the opportunity despite the possibility of cold weather and rain.
"This is huge for us," Anderson said. "Just to get outside and play. "The weather is never a crutch when you play in the Midwest."
The Cobbers (8-8-1) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth.
Nick Esala and Derek Dormanen each had singles and scored a run during the inning. Ben Kvidt added an RBI single.
The Cobbers used doubles from Jim Johnson and Dormanen to score a pair of runs in the sixth.
Johnson connected for an RBI double in the seventh.
Dormanen pitched a perfect ninth to close out the game.
"We had some timely hits today," Hinderks said. "It was a big win for us because we didn’t want to come into MIAC play on a bad foot."
Five pitchers took the mound for the Vikings and Anderson used each of his top three starters.
Aren Nelson didn’t allow a hit during the first three innings, but he said the game came down to defense.
The Vikings committed two costly errors, while Concordia played flawlessly in the field.
"I expected us to be better (in the field)," Anderson said. "We have to earn everything. We’re not the type of team that can rely on flat out talent.
"We’ve got to earn it."
Dormanen, Johnson and Luther Kangas each had two hits to lead the Cobbers.
VCSU 000 000 000-- 0 4 2
Concordia 000 022 10x-- 5 9 0
Nelson, McLean (4), Wandy (5), Bear (6), Klapp (7) and Huntsinger. Hinderks, Dormanen (9) and Kvidt. W--Hinderks
(3-1). L--Wandy (1-1). WP-- Wandy 2.