Bonus Baseball For The Home Opener

Junior Nate Leintz glides into third base in the 10th inning of the Cobbers' home opener against Mayville State.
Junior Nate Leintz glides into third base in the 10th inning of the Cobbers' home opener against Mayville State.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (3/28/17) --- The Cobbers have been road warriors for the first six weeks of the season. 

Being a baseball team in northern Minnesota, it just comes with the territory.

Concordia finally got to host their first game at Bucky Burgau Field when Mayville State came to town on Monday. The Cobbers staged a dramatic two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings but then dropped a 4-3 decision to a tough Comets squad in 11 innings.

Mayville State improves to 19-5 overall while Concordia slips back to .500 at 7-7 with the tough loss.

The Cobbers managed to record just five hits through the first eight frames but the bats came alive when CC needed it most.

In the home half of the ninth inning, Austin Ver Steeg and Nate Hoeft started the rally with consecutive singles. Chad Johnson stepped to the dish moments later and ripped an RBI gap single to left field to score Ver Steeg from second base.

Two batters later, Joe Hallock tied the game with a bloop single to center that just got beyond the outstretched glove of the Mayville shortstop to score Hoeft.

It was Hallock's second run batted in of the day as he smoked a liner down the third base line in the third inning to plate the other Concordia run.

With the speedy wheels of Johnson sitting in scoring position after the Hallock blooper, a Concordia batter went down on strikes to send the game to bonus baseball.

Hallock swapped his catcher's mitt out and went to a fielder's glove and took the mound for the extra frames.

The senior from Fargo tossed a scoreless tenth inning, but the Comets did not go down so easily in the visitor's half of the 11th frame.

Nick Gonzales
singled to lead off and then proceeded to steal second. He was then sacrificed over and scored on the next pitch on a deep sac fly to left that was about three feet from leaving the yard.

Concordia went three up, three down in the bottom half of the inning to end the game.

Fletcher Andel started the game for Concordia and went three innings, allowing one earned run on five hits. Hallock (0-1) took the loss for his work in the bonus frames.

Kalten Agnes (2-0) snagged the win in long relief for Mayville. He went five innings and allowed two runs on eight hits with five strikeouts. Matt Swegarden earned his second save of the season in the win.

Four Cobbers had multi-hit days against Mayville pitching. Grant Toivonen, Nate Leintz, Hoeft and Hallock all recorded two hits for Concordia.

As aforementioned, CC had just five hits in the first eight innings, but pounded out six of their 11 base knocks in the last three frames.

EXTRA-INNING ISSUES – Concordia is now 0-1 in extra-inning games this season and 0-3 in extra-inning contests over the past two seasons. The last time the Cobbers won a game with bonus frames was during the MIAC Conference Tournament in the 2015 season when they beat St. John's 9-8 in 11 innings.


NERD STATS – Grant Toivonen recorded his team-leading fifth multi-hit game of the season on Tuesday. Toivonen now has two or more hits in three of his last four games. 

WHAT'S NEXT? It is a quick turnaround for the Cobbers as they host Jamestown on Wednesday, March 29 at 4 p.m. Concordia were swept by the Jimmies in the first two games of the season at U.S. Bank Stadium before embarking on their Florida Trip. Jamestown has won five straight and is currently 21-8.