Bluejay baseball team wins two of six for the week

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor Bluejays stand at 3-5 for the season after going 2-4 for the week.

The Bluejays began with a sweep of Central Christian of McPherson last Tuesday. Tabor won both games by identical scores of 4-0.

In the opener, Andy Womack got his second win in as many outings as the freshman from Wichita gave up just one hit in seven-plus innings.

Layne Frick did mop-up duty in the seventh for his second save.

Tabor scored its four runs on eight hits, led by Grant Brubacher, who went 3-for-4 and scored two runs. Jeremy Ball (2-for-3), Brian Kimsey (1-for-2, two RBI) and Tony Steiner (1-for-3, one RBI) made key contributions.

In the second game, freshman Scott Wolf evened his season record at 1-1 as he gave up just three hits in five innings, combining with Frick on a four-hit shutout.

“We put together two really solid games,” coach John Sparks said. “Defense, offense and pitching really came together.”

Leading the attack were Mitch Harris (1-for-3, one RBI, one run), Steiner (1-for-3, double), and Tyson Bauerle (1-for-3, one run) as Tabor scored four runs on six hits.

“We had timely hitting and were able to drive guys in when they were in position,” Sparks said.

Another aspect Sparks has been pleased with in the early going is the Bluejays’ defense, which has committed just four errors in four games.

“That’s the kind of defense we need to play to be successful, and we’ve been doing that so far.”

Newman-A week earlier, the Bluejays traveled to Wichita and split doubleheader with Newman. But on Thursday it was a different story as Newman swept a pair from Tabor, 16-1 and 16-5.

Zavien Rivers took the loss in the opener.

Tabor scored its lone run on five hits while Newman collected 13 hits and benefitted from two Bluejay errors.

Grant Brubacher drove in Tabor’s run with a solo home run.

In the second contest, Grant Huck absorbed the loss.

Tabor trailed 4-2 in the third inning but tied the game at 4-4. Then it was all Newman, who scored 16 runs on 17 hits.

Tabor scored five runs on seven hits and committed just one error.

Central Methodist-Tabor wasted no time getting back into action, but the final results were the same as Tabor dropped a doubleheader to Central Methodist, 5-2 and 5-3.

Starter Andy Womack took the loss in the opener.

Central took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first and added two runs in the second before Tabor scored a single run in its half of the second.

Central extended its lead to 4-1 with a run in the fifth.

Tabor got one back in the sixth but Central answered with a single run in the seventh for the 5-2 win.

Tabor had six hits but committed three errors. Central banged out seven hits and committed one error.

Grant Brubacher went 2-for-4 with a double and Mitch Harris was 2-for-3 and scored two runs.

In Game 2, starter Scott Wolf took the loss but pitched well. Central led 3-0 after four innings, but Tabor rallied to score three to tie it in the fifth. In the eight inning, Central manufactured two runs for the victory.

Tabor played error-free ball while collecting four hits. Central scored five runs on six hits and committed one error.

Mitch Harris went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.

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