ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIC CLARK
In their hunt for the KCAC regular season championship the Bluejays took a step forward and then a step back Monday night against Friends University.
The Bluejays won the first game 5-2 and in the second game fell 8-1.
Had Tabor won the second game, they would have moved into a two-way tie with Sterling College.
Unfortunately for the Bluejays, the second-game loss erased a shot at the conference title-at least for now, according to coach Donovan Nelson.
“We felt so much pressure to sweep Friends after the first win,” Nelson said. “If we stay close with a couple of wins over Kansas Wesleyan, we have a shot. The pressure is really on Sterling now.”
Nelson said his team played a solid first game, behind ace pitcher Jennie Ewert, who went the distance for the Jays.
Ewert held the Falcons to just four hits and two runs.
In the second game, Nelson credited the loss to a lack of offensive output and a tough pitching night for Pricilla Mace.
“We tried so hard offensively,” Nelson said. “We couldn’t get anything going in the second game. You can’t fault the girls’ effort. We played two great games despite the loss.
“Pricilla had been throwing the ball pretty well,” Nelson said. “We got down 5-1 and she started to get stronger. Our offense just never came around.”
Bethany College-The Tabor softball team swept the Bethany College Swedes last Wednesday 4-2 and 10-0 in games one and two.
In the first game, Misty Collins had a double to pace the Bluejay offensive attack.
Jennie Ewert picked up the win, allowing seven hits and two runs.
In game two, Tabor’s Pricilla Mace threw a shut-out and almost a no-hitter, allowing two hits on the night.
Coming-The Jays are 14-23 overall and 7-3 in the KCAC.
Tabor is scheduled to travel to Salina to face Kansas Wesleyan University today at 5 p.m.