ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor Bluejays lost their final regular-season games at Ottawa last Tuesday by scores of 9-2 and 9-3.
Zavien Rivers pitched the first game, allowing just four earned runs, but it wasn’t enough.
Grant Brubacher led the way offensively with four hits in the two games.
Losing five of their last six games, Tabor missed the final berth in the post-season tournament. The Jays ended their season with a record of 6-12 in the KCAC and 13-31 overall.
“It would have been nice to have finished stronger than we did,” coach Brady Marsh said. “It kind of left a sour taste in our mouth.”
Although the final record wasn’t what the Bluejays hoped for as a team, several players attained individual success.
Senior Tyler Marsh was a first-team all-KCAC selection. The Elk City, Okla., native led Tabor in hitting (.486 average), hits (71), doubles (12), home runs (6) and runs batted in (30).
Earning second team all-KCAC honors were Zavien Rivers and Grant Brubacher.
Rivers, a junior from Milwaukee, Wis., complied a 5-2 record on the mound and led the Bluejay staff in earned-run average (3.20). Opponents hit just .273 against him.
“Zavien did a good job, especially down the stretch,” Marsh said.
Brubacher, a Hillsboro native, was third on the team in batting (.327), hits (37) and home runs (3).
Danny Douglass and Sean Bechtold rounded out the all-KCAC selections. The two right-handed pitchers were honorable-mention selections.
Douglass, a senior from Wichita, compiled a 5.41 ERA while leading the team in innings pitched with 67.
Bechtold, a senior from Newkirk, Okla., was second on the team in ERA (4.11) and in innings pitched with 58.
“Sometimes, when those guys threw, they kept us in the ball games,” Marsh said. “They did a good job for us all year.”
“Douglass pitched better than his record,” he added. “We just didn’t seem to score many runs for him, and that’s why his record is a little out of whack.”
Marsh said he and the rest of the coaching staff were proud of the team’s effort this year.
“We had a lot of freshman, and a lot of seniors,” he said. “We need to recruit some good players. We’ll lose a lot of pitching, so we need to replace them.”