Surging Bluejay softball team sweeps Ottawa

by Eric Clark

The Tabor College Softball team picked up two solid wins over Ottawa University last Wednesday to extend their KCAC record to 3-1.

The Bluejays are tied with Bethany College for second in the conference behind Sterling College, thanks largely to a strong defense, according to Tabor head coach Donovan Nelson.

“Our defense right now is playing terrific softball hands down,” Nelson said. “It’s probably the thing that’s keeping us in most games, if we’re able to score runs we’re going to win.

“But our defense is what’s separating the spread. Our defense made great plays and is consistent.”

Tabor ace pitcher Jennie Ewertt almost pitched a shut-out, allowing only one run in the Bluejays first-game win over the Braves.

Ewertt allowed six hits and one run in the 8-1 victory.

In the second game, pitcher Pricilla Mace picked up the win, allowing just six hits and two runs in a 6-2 win over Ottawa.

According to Nelson, Mace’s pitching was one of the major reasons the Bluejays won the second game.

“We’re not trying to do things we can’t,” Nelson said. “Pricilla is really doing a great job pitching for us when we need her to. “

The Bluejays committed just one error in each game.

Overall, Nelson is excited about how well his team is playing.

“I’m very pleased with the way my kids came out,” Nelson said. “I’m very pleased with their drive and their determination to get the job done, and we came out on top.”

Tabor is 9-12 overall and 3-1 in the KCAC.

The Bluejays traveled to Oklahoma Tuesday and faced Bartelsville Wesleyan.

Today, Tabor is scheduled to face Bacon College in Muskogee, Okla.

This weekend the Bluejays are scheduled to compete in the Oklahoma City University Tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla.

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