Bluejays win four of five outings

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
It was a busy but successful week for the Tabor College baseball team, as the Bluejays won four of five games.

On Tuesday, Tabor swept a pair from Mid-America Nazarene, 4-2 and 7-6.

In the opener, freshman Scott Wolf got the victory while Layne Frick earned another save.

Tabor trailed 1-0 going into the home half of the sixth inning, but exploded for all four of its runs.

Tabor finished with six hits and committed two errors.

Mid-America Nazarene managed just three hits while committing one error.

In the day’s second game, freshman Tyson Bauerle got the start and the victory.

Tabor connected for 10 hits in the contest and committed only two errors.

Mid-America had nine hits and six runs, but committed four errors.

Tabor jumped on top 5-0 after two innings and maintained a 7-2 lead heading into the seventh inning before Mid-America put a scare into the Bluejays by scoring four runs.

Chance Miles led Tabor’s offense, going 2-for-4 with four RBIs, while Bauerle was 3-for-4 and scored two runs and JR Mendoza was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

On Wednesday, Tabor traveled to Lawrence and lost to Kansas University, 15-1.

“They thumped us pretty good,” coach John Sparks said. “I was really impressed with the improvement Kansas has made since last season.”

On the hill for Tabor was Zavien Rivers.

After working a scoreless first inning, Rivers allowed five runs in the second followed and then seven in the fourth.

Tabor broke the shutout in the fifth when Keenan Morris scored Tabor’s only run on an RBI single by Brian Kimsey.

Morris was 1-for-4 to lead Tabor hitters, who managed just five hits while Kansas knocked out 20 hits.

Tabor committed two errors while Kansas had just one.

On Saturday, Tabor swept a 3-2, 7-5 doubleheader from Oklahoma Wesleyan before the cold rains moved in.

“We got two ugly wins,” Sparks said. “But the good news is last year we were losing a lot of one-run games and we’re starting to win some of those now.”

In the opener, freshman Aaron Smith got the start and picked up his first win of the season with a save by Frick.

“Aaron had some arm problems early in the season, but it’s nice to have him back,” Sparks said.

Tabor fell behind 2-0 in the second inning when Wesleyan scored two unearned runs.

But the Bluejays took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Mike Fouquet went 2-for-3 with an RBI while Miles and Kimsey both belted doubles.

Tabor finished the game with eight hits and one error while Wesleyan had just three hits and committed one error.

In Game 2, Tabor fell behind 2-0 after one-half inning but tied the game with a single run in both the first and second innings before scoring four in the third and one more in the fourth to take a 7-2 lead.

Gerald Goodale got the start and the win and Grant Huck earned the save.

Tabor pounded out 12 hits and Wesleyan had six hits and committed three errors.

Fouquet led the offense by going 3-for-4 with an RBI, Mendoza was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Kimsey went 2-for-2 with and RBI, and Bauerle and Grant Brubacher both went 2-for-4.

“Our pitching was pretty decent Saturday but we just need to hit better,” Sparks said. “I would like to think we’re getting a little better each week-which is what you want from a young team.

“We start conference play this week and hopefully we can continue to improve throughout the conference season and make the conference tournament.”

Tabor now sports a 7-8 record for the season with conference games at Ottawa and Friends this week before the team heads to Texas to battle Texas Wesleyan and Southwest Assemblies of God over spring break.

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