The Tabor baseball team remained one game behind KCAC leader Sterling after splitting two doubleheaders with the Warriors last week.
“It was an outstanding series,” coach Mark Standiford said. “Sterling is a very good team, and both teams played well. I am disappointed in the split; we were hoping to take three of four. So now we do not control our destiny.”
Sterling—After weather caused the first doubleheader at Sterling to be rescheduled later in the week, Tabor hosted the Warriors Saturday. The Bluejays (20-4, 30-12) defeated the Sterling (21-3, 39-11), 8-7, in Game 1.
A three-run homer in the top of the second inning gave the Warriors an early lead.
But Tabor answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning when Kevin Seeger singled and later scored on a Wes Moody double, and pinch runner Jake Landers scored on a Troy Torres single.
Tabor built a 6-3 lead after four innings, but Sterling outscored the Bluejays 4-2 in the fifth inning to draw within 8-7. But those were the last runs either team scored.
Seeger had two hits in as many at-bats, while Kirk Rocha, Moody and Keenan Chanin each contributed two RBIs.
Josh Stone (6-1) was Tabor’s winning pitcher. In five innings, he gave up nine hits and seven runs (six earned). He walked one hitter and struck out five. Alex Mann (4-0) earned the save with two no-hit innings.
The Bluejays lost Game 2, 6-4. Tabor held a 1-0 lead after the first inning, but Sterling tied it in the second.
Tabor built a 4-2 lead after fourth innings, but Sterling scored four unanswered runs in the final three innings.
Rocha knocked out three hits in four at-bats and contributed two RBIs. Four Bluejays hit doubles: Art Corona, Moody, Rocha and Chanin.
Starter Matt Lambert (6-4) was tagged with the loss. In 51⁄3 innings, he gave up eight hits and five runs (four earned) with one walk and one strike out.
Dawson Newman and Jacob Webb each pitched in relief.
Tabor traveled to Sterling Sunday for a second doubleheader.
The Bluejays lost Game 1, 9-8. Tabor never led, but tied the game at 8-8 when Kozlowski scored on a Paul Sciacca single in the top of the seventh inning.
But Sterling answered with one final run to seal the victory.
Seeger had two hits, including a double, in four at-bats with two RBIs. Silva went 2-for-4 with one RBI. Jeremiah Lauts hit a double and had two RBIs.
Brian Kowal was Tabor’s starting pitcher, but relief-pitcher Jacob Webb (2-2) absorbed the loss. In 42⁄3 innings, Webb gave up six hits and four runs (all earned) while walking one hitter and striking out four.
In Game 2, the Bluejays led from start to finish with a 9-3 victory.
Rocha and Seeger each had two hits in four at-bats. Seven Bluejays had one RBI: Corona, Silva, Rocha, Kozlowski, Landers, Moody and Sciacca.
Anthony Mendoza (7-0) was Tabor’s winning pitcher. In six innings, he gave up six hits and three runs (all earned). He walked three Warriors and struck out five.
Coming—Tabor was scheduled to host Manhattan Christian Tuesday, then will travel to Central Christian Wednesday for a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m.
Tabor will host Bethany (13-11, 23-22) Friday at 1 p.m. on Senior Day, then will travel Saturday to Lindsborg to complete the series with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
“We are playing a very good Bethany team this weekend, and we will need to sweep them to have a chance at winning the conference,” Standiford said.