Jays drop three games at KWU tourney in Salina

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIC CLARK
The Tabor College softball team dropped five games in the past week, but is showing signs of improvement, according to coach Donovan Nelson.

“I’m a little bit frustrated, but yet last year we were 0-10 before we got our first win,” Nelson said. “I’m also a little bit pleased. I’m pleased with the way we’re playing for the most part.”

The Bluejays suffered their fifth loss and were victimized by their first shutout of the season in an 8-0 loss to Dana College at the Kansas Wesleyan University Tournament.

Tabor gave up 11 hits and had one error in the loss.

“They took full advantage of our lack of speed on the corners,” Nelson said. “Somebody once said ‘Hit em where they ain’t,’ and that’s what they did.”

Tabor finished their tournament appearance with a loss to the Valley City Vikings, N.D., 4-0 in their second shutout of the year.

The Bluejays gave up seven hits, four runs and two errors to the Vikings.

“There are no moral victories in a sense,” Nelson said. “A victory is a victory and a loss is a loss.”

Jamestown College-Tabor fell to Jamestown College, N.D., 7-2 Friday at the Kansas Wesleyan University Tournament.

Tabor capitalized on their two hits, scoring two runs. Bluejay Shelby Griffith had a triple in the loss.

The Jays had five errors.

Benedictine-The Bluejays lost to Benedictine College in a double-header, 8-4 and 14-6, last Wednesday.

Tabor recorded three errors, but had 11 hits and four runs in their first loss of the year.

Tabor’s Erin Loewen had a double in the first game.

In the second game, the Jays gave up 17 hits and committed two errors.

Loewen paced the Bluejay offensive attack with a double and triple.

“We gave up a lot of runs,” Nelson said. “Consistent defense is the key to our lack of success. You can’t make every play, but you have to make the little plays. Not all plays are great. We make great plays once in awhile, but great plays don’t win a ball game-consistent plays do.”

Coming-The Bluejays are 2-5 overall.

Yesterday, Tabor traveled to Emporia State University to battle the NCAA Division II Hornets.

The Jays begin their KCAC season Saturday morning at McPherson against the McPherson College Bulldogs.

“Realistically, we could be 3-1 this next week, maybe 4-0 with a little help and a little luck,” Nelson said.

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