Tabor baseball concludes busy week

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
Tabor split a pair of baseball games with Si Tanka University of Huron, S.D., Monday afternoon, losing the opener, 6-2, but rallying to win the second game, 13-3.

In the opener, starter Scott Wolf (0-5) allowed eight hits and four earned runs in 41/3 innings to take the loss.

Brian Kimsey homered for one of Tabor’s runs. He scored the other one after being hit by a pitch, moving to second on Josh Craig’s double and scoring on Jeremy Ball’s sacrifice fly.

“We’re having problems getting going in the first game,” coach John Sparks said. “The guys realize we really should have won both of these games, but it all comes down to making plays and getting timely hits and we did neither in the opener.”

In the second game, Tyler McKim (2-3) picked up the win for Tabor, allowing seven hits and three earned runs in five innings.

The Bluejays crossed home plate 13 times courtesy of eight hits. Kimsey and Craig picked up two apiece.

Tabor got two runs batted in each from Grant Brubacher, Chance Miles, Kimsey, Craig and Ball.

“We hit the ball really well and didn’t make any fielding errors in the second game,” Sparks said. “I hope the guys are as ready and excited about conference play as I am.

“I talked to the players about playing up to their potential and how now would be a great time for us to begin doing that.”

With the split, Tabor’s record stands at 12-10.

Central Christian-Tabor split a pair of games against Central Christian College, Saturday, in McPherson. Tabor dropped the first game,a 7-4 loss and won the second one, 8-1.

In the opener, Tabor ace Casey Hillman lasted 41/3 innings, allowing eight hits and three earned runs.

Central scored a single run in the first inning on three hits.

Tabor battled back in the top of the fourth when Kevin Peterson singled and eventually scored on a single by Josh Craig.

Tabor bounced on top 3-1 in the fifth when Nick Green was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a Casey Cooper sacrifice and scored on an error on a ball hit by Hillman, who then scored on a single by Chance Miles.

Central answered with four in the bottom of the inning on four hits and a Bluejay error.

Josh Letourneau came on in relief of Hillman (4-1) and allowed two hits and no earned runs in 11/3 innings.

Tabor got one run back in the sixth on a leadoff double from Green, who scored on a Hillman double. But Central scored twice in the bottom of the sixth for the 7-4 win.

“It could have been a game we won by four or five if we’d have taken care of things,” coach John Sparks said. “We left 13 runners on base and committed two errors that led to four runs.”

In the second game, starter Andy Womack (5-2) got the win, allowing four hits and only one earned run in six innings.

Tabor got a leadoff walk from Green, who scored on Miles’ single.

The Bluejays added two runs in the fourth on three hits, including doubles by Tyson Bauerle and Green to lead 3-0.

The score ballooned to 5-0 in the fifth inning when Cooper led off with a double and scored on a Hillman single. Hillman later scored in the inning.

After Central got its run in the home half of the fifth, Tabor put the game away with three runs in the sixth on three base hits.

Five players recorded two hits in the 13-hit attack. Hillman led the Bluejays with three runs batted in.

“The second game we came back and did the little things and won,” Sparks said. “When we make the routine play, we have a great chance to win.”

William Jewell-Tabor was swept by 16th-ranked William Jewell on Wednesday in Liberty, Mo., 14-4 and 13-6.

In the opener, Tyler McKim (1-3) took the loss, lasting just two innings while giving up eight hits and seven earned runs.

McKim was relieved in the third inning by Kyal Johnston, who allowed six hits and five earned runs in two innings.

Tabor managed five hits in the game, two off the bat of Josh Craig, who homered and drove in two runs.

Nick Green and Casey Hillman also drove in a run each.

“Whenever we lose this year, we’ve given up more stuff than the Salvation Army,” coach John Sparks said. “We’re pretty easy to figure out. When we make routine plays, get timely hitting and play smart, typically we’re competitive.

“When we give stuff away to a team like William Jewell, they’re very quick to take advantage of us because we’re not good enough to overcome that.”

In the second game, starter Scott Wolf (0-4) took the loss for Tabor although the game was more competitive than the opener.

Tabor pounded out nine hits, including three by shortstop Casey Hillman, including a home run, and six runs batted in.

Tabor grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first, but William Jewell answered with three runs in the first and four in the second.

Layne Frick threw the sixth inning, allowing three hits and four earned runs.

“We had a chance to win this game,” Sparks said. “We were down 9-7 in the sixth inning and we had some momentum built up but we just didn’t get it done.

“We hit the ball really well in the second game, so I wasn’t disappointed at all.”

Coming- Tabor was scheduled to open conference play today (Wednesday) in Ottawa to tangle with the Braves at 1:00 p.m.

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