Tabor baseball team begins season with sweep of Bartlesville Wesleyan

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY JIM PAULUS
The baseball season started on the right foot for Tabor College with a doubleheader sweep at Bartlesville Wesleyan over the weekend.



The opening game featured the first pitching start of newcomer Sean Bechtold, who held Bartlesville to one run for the first four innings.



Going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bluejays held a 3-1 lead. Bartlesville was then able to put up five runs in their half of the fifth, sending seven batters to the plate.



Tabor responded with four runs in the sixth inning.



Kris Haynes provided a key one-out hit that scored two runners.



The Bluejays continued their offensive surge late in the game with three more runs in the seventh inning.



Freshman Danny Douglas came in and pitched two solid innings to earn the save.



Haynes finished with two hits and four RBIs and Randy Ables went 3-for-3 as the designated hitter.



Head coach Gary Myers was pleased with how the young team responded.



?It was a good start,? he said. ?The kids played well and we really did some good things execution wise. We had a number of sacrifice bunts to move runners into scoring position and guys came through with key base hits to score them.?



In the second game, senior Randy Ables pitched five shutout innings.



Ables gave up two hits and a walk to go along with seven strikeouts.



Ables helped his own cause going 2-for-2 at the plate. Haynes came through with two also. Jerrod Ryherd and Tim Carroll each picked up an RBI in the 2-0 win.



The game was called in the fifth due to darkness.



?We had great pitching performances from all three guys who pitched,? Myers said.

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