ORIGINALLY WRITTEN STAFF
The Tabor Bluejays almost let a dramatic comeback slip through their fingers, but hung on to beat Bethany, 12-11, and earn a split of their doubleheader Saturday at Tabor field.
Bethany won the opener, 15-3.
In the nightcap, the Bluejays trailed 7-5 heading into the bottom of the sixth. But Tabor managed seven runs on only two hits to take a 12-7 lead heading into the final inning.
Helped by a home run and a triple, the Swedes came back with four runs before Bluejay pitcher Austin Frantz got the final out to preserve the win.
Mike Feltman started the game for Tabor and gave up five runs, three of them earned, in four and two-thirds inning. Frantz pitched the final two and one-third innings to get the win, despite giving up five runs, all earned.
Chris Stucky went 4-for-4 with three runs scored and a run batted in, and Jerrod Ryherd went 2-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and three RBIs to pace the Bluejay’s 15-hit attack.
In the opener, the Swedes scored four runs in the first and were never really threatened. Bethany hitters blasted three home runs in the contest and pounded 18 hits in all.
Stucky drove in all three Bluejay runs with a home run in the fifth.
Kyle Thomas pitched five innings and gave up nine runs, five earned, to take the loss.
On Wednesday, Friends swept a doubleheader from Tabor in Wichita, 11-5 and 9-3.
Tabor managed only six hits in the opener. Ryherd had two of them, including a double, and drove in two runs.
The Bluejays led 4-1 after two innings, but the Falcons broke loose for seven runs in the fourth to take control of the game.
Gerald Goodale gave up seven runs, only one of them earned, in three and two-thirds innings of work to take the loss. He gave up five hits and walked five batters.
In the nightcap, the Bluejays managed 10 hits, but struggled to score. Meanwhile, Friends tallied nine runs on their 10 hits. Todd Trullinger went the distance for Tabor and took the loss.
The Bluejays ended their regular season Monday with a doubleheader against Ottawa.