The Tabor College softball team went 0 for 4 in its first week of conference play, losing doubleheaders to Kansas Wesleyan and Bethany for a 5-17 season record.
Kansas Wesleyan—The Bluejays, playing at home, lost to the Coyotes (4-0, 21-4) Saturday, 9-1 and 10-3.
In Game 1, Kansas Wesleyan jumped to a 5-0 lead after two innings. By the time Tabor’s Kyleen Condon hit a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Coyotes had already accumulated nine runs.
Five Bluejays recorded hits: Brittney Dymnioski, Chelsea Nutt, Katie Henning, Condon and Sarah Massey.
On the mound, starter Karen Harris pitched 3.1 innings and allowed six hits and eight runs (four earned) with no strikeouts and five walks.
In Game 2, the Bluejays trailed 4-3 after six innings, but Kansas Wesleyan scored six unanswered runs in the top of the seventh inning to win by seven.
Condon had two hits—including a home run and two RBIs.
Brooke Tomten, Henning and Massey also recorded hits for the Bluejays.
Tracie Kithcart pitched all seven innings, allowing 10 hits and 10 runs (nine earned), while striking out one batter and walking seven.
Bethany—Tabor traveled to Lindsborg Wednesday, dropping both games of the doubleheader to the 2-2, 15-11 Swedes.
In Game 1 Bethany led 2-1 after three innings, but the Swedes scored seven unanswered runs in the next three innings to claim a 9-1 victory.
Tabor managed only two hits in 22 at-bats. Cortnie Killen had one hit and drove in Chelsea Nutt for Tabor’s lone run in the top of the third inning.
On the mound, starter Karen Harris pitched four innings, allowing six hits and three runs (all earned) while striking out two batters and walking one.
In Game 2, Tabor held a slim, 2-1, lead after three innings, but the Swedes scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth and went on to win, 5-3.
Killen had three hits in as many at-bats with one RBI. Nutt recorded two hits for the Bluejays in four trips to the plate.
Katie Henning and Brooke Tomten each had one hit and one RBI, while Sarah Massey also managed one hit.
Tracie Kithcart pitched all six innings for the Bluejays, allowing 12 hits and five runs (all earned) while striking out two hitters and walking one.
Coach Suzanne Unruh said she would like to see her team improve its mental toughness and effort this week.
Coming—Tabor was scheduled to host MidAmerica Nazarene University Monday and will host conference rival Friends Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The Bluejays travel to Sterling for a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m.