Bluejay softball wins one of six games

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor softball team won one game in six tries last week.

First up was Haskell Indian Nations University, who defeated the Bluejays 6-2. Haskell scored in the first on a single, bunt, and consecutive Tabor errors. Haskell added one run in the fourth and four more in the fifth.

Tabor got its first run in the fourth inning when Lacy Vogt singled and scored on a Holly Lindsay triple.

Tabor added another run in the sixth when Erin Loewen was hit by a pitch and later scored on a Lindsay single.

In the second game, Tabor fell to KCAC rival McPherson 2-1.

McPherson took an early lead when Laura Reed led off the bottom of the first with a walk, stole second and came around to score on a Blase Christ single.

Tabor came back to tie the game in the fifth inning when Porsche Davis socked a double and scored one batter later on a Hillary Driffil single.

But McPherson regained the lead when Reed singled and scored on a Collette Tappy single.

Tabor was matched with Central Christian in the next game and the Bluejays walked away with an 9-3 victory.

Central jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as two Bluejay errors led to both runs.

Tabor crept within a run in the third when Julie Wall reached on an error and scored on another error.

Tabor got the bats going in the fifth inning. Jackie Schnell doubled to start the inning and moved to third on a single by Holly Dechant. After Dechant stole second base and Loewen walked to load the bases, Jo Love belted a two-run single to push Tabor on top, 3-2.

Following a fielder’s choice on a ball hit by Lacy Vogt, Lindsay lofted a sacrifice fly to center to score Loewen, Driffil bunted Love home, and Wall singled Vogt home to give Tabor a 6-2 advantage.

Central added another run in its half of the fifth, but Tabor put the game away with three more in the sixth.

Schnell singled and scored on a Love RBI single. Following a single by Vogt, Lindsay stroked a two-run single, driving both Love and Vogt home to provide the final margin of victory.

Tabor then faced conference rival Sterling and dropped a hard fought 8-5 decision.

Tabor jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.With two outs, Loewen singled and came home on a Love blast over the wall for a two-run home run.

But Sterling answered with three runs in their half of the inning. The Warriors added two more in the second to lead 5-2, then put three more runs on the board in the fourth.

But Tabor refused to roll over, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Lindsay led off with a double and move to third on a Driffil single.

Following a Driffil stolen base, both scored on an error by the Sterling first baseman on a ball hit by Davis. Davis came around to score on another error, but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors won 8-5.

Tabor dropped a 6-1 decision to Graceland University on Saturday.

Tabor’s lone run came in the second inning when Love reached on an error, stole second base, moved to third on a sacrifice by Lindsay, and scored on a groundout by Driffil.

Tabor’s final game was a 6-3 loss against Bethany. The Bluejays got off to a quick start in the top of the first when Dechant reached on an error followed by a Loewen single.

Both runners scored on a triple off the bat of Davis.

Bethany scored two in the third and took the lead with three in the fourth.

Tabor’s final run came when Lindsay reached on an error, stole a base, and scored on a passed ball.

Bethany added an insurance run in the fifth.

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