TC softball struggles through tough 1-6 week

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY JIM PAULUS
Tabor?s softball faced off against conference opponents in the KCAC Round Robin Tournament in Lindsborg over the weekend. They managed to walk away with only one win in five games during the two-day event.



On Friday, the Bluejays opened against Friends and lost a heartbreaker 9-7. After falling behind 7-0 early, Tabor came back with two runs in the fifth and sixth innings and three more in the seventh.



The game ended with the bases loaded with Bluejays. Shelby Griffith hit a fly ball to right field that appeared to be over the head of the fielder. But the fielder made a leaping catch that ended the Bluejay rally.



In the second game, Tabor matched up with Kansas Wesleyan, one of the league leading teams.



The Coyotes won a run-ruled game that saw them hit three home runs out of the park.



The Bluejays, meanwhile, could not get the bats going, managing only three hits in the game. Iva Werth had two of them.



?KW really hit the ball well,? said coach Matt Krebs.



On Saturday, Tabor fell to Ottawa 13-0. The Bluejays again struggled at the plate, managing no hits and only two base runners. None reached scoring position.



In the fourth inning, Ottawa sent 12 batters to the plate and scored eight runs to seal the victory. The game ended in a run rule in the fifth.



Tabor responded in the second game by defeating Sterling College to claim their second conference win of the season.



?We started the game with the longest and best inning of the year,? said Krebs. ?Our first six batters all scored.?



Griffith led Tabor, going 2-for-2 and three runs scored. Others with two hits included Holly Ross, Lisa Wall, Iva Werth and Jennie Ewertt.



?Our defense was also solid,? Krebs said. ?We were able to turn two double plays.?



In the last game of the tournament Tabor was over matched in a 21-7 loss to Bethany College.



The Bluejays stayed close until the fourth inning. With the score 5-5, Bethany piled on 16 runs in the last three innings.



The Bluejays? week began last Wednesday doubleheader loss to Friends University.



The first game was tight throughout. In the sixth inning Tabor trailed only 1-0. Friends added to their lead and held down the bats of the Bluejays, winning 5-0.



The Tabor offense tailed only three hits and struck out 13 times.



?Friends is one of the best teams in the conference and that was one the best pitchers we will face all year,? Krebs said.



In the nightcap, Friends scored in all but one inning as they outlasted the Bluejays 11-7.



Tabor held a 7-3 advantage after four innings, but could not score again the rest of the way.



Krebs said the team had some highs and lows through the week.



?We struggled against some of the better schools in conference, but at times showed we could play with them,? he said. ?Our win against Sterling should move us to at least a five seed in the conference tournament.?



The Bluejays have a busy week ahead as they face Kansas Wesleyan away today and travel to Hesston tomorrow. On Saturday they host Central at 1 p.m. and then travel to Hesston on Monday.

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