ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College softball team lost all five games it played Friday and Saturday at the McPherson College Tournament. Even so, coach Tina King said the weekend wasn’t a total loss.
“We learned a lot at McPherson,” she said. “We learned what we need to work on and where we’re at. That was really helpful.
“We saw glimpses of really good things, but glimpses of kind of getting frustrated,” she said. “Our bats are a lot further along than I expected them to be. We’re still struggling, but we’re ahead of where they were last year.”
Tabor is 0-7 for the season.
Doane College-The Bluejays lost their final game of the tournament to Doane College, 11-3.
Doane scored three runs off Johannah Love in the third inning and broke the game open in the fourth with seven more.
Tabor scored twice in the fourth on a single by Stephanie Regrut ahead of a Love home run. Tabor’s third run came in the fifth inning when Sara Thiessen and Kalie George pieced together singles to manufacture the run.
Avila College-The Bluejays opened play Saturday with a 14-0 shellacking by Avila College. Cassie Borg took the loss.
Tabor’s only hit was a fifth- inning single by Danielle Goossen.
Haskell Indian Nations-The Bluejays lost their third game played on Friday to Haskell. 5-4.
Tabor jumped on top 3-0 in the first inning when Jacqueline Schnell singled, Stephanie Regrut was hit by a pitch and Johanna Love singled. Jessica Appelhanz then walked and April Funk and Danielle Goossen singled.
After Haskell tied the score in the bottom of the inning off Johannah Love, Tabor regained the lead in the second inning when Schnell singled with one out and scored on a Love single.
But Haskell scored twice in the third inning, which proved to be the difference.
Tabor had 10 hits.
“We can play with them,” King said. “But we have to get to the point where we get ahead and stay ahead.”
Mid-America Christian-The Bluejays lost a close game to Mid-America Christian on Friday. Cassie Borg was the pitcher of record.
Tabor took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Kalie George singled and eventually scored.
After falling behind 3-1 in the bottom of the inning, Tabor answered with a pair of runs in the fifth. Danielle Goossen, Johannah Love and Jessica Appelhanz led off with consecutive singles to spark the rally.
MAC regained the lead in the fifth with three runs before Tabor rallied with a pair of runs in the sixth on singles by Stephanie Regrut, Goossen, Love and Appelhanz.
Mid-America Nazarene-The Bluejays opened the McPherson Tournament on Friday with a 9-1 loss to Mid-America.
Johannah Love served up five home-run balls while the Bluejays managed five hits. Jessica Appelhanz and Sara Thiessen collected two each while Love picked up the fifth.
Haskell Indian Nations University-Tabor opened the 2006 season at Lawrence Feb. 28 with a pair of losses to Haskell Indian Nations, 4-0 and 7-6.
“I was very satisfied with our play, given we have such a young team,” coach Tina King said. “I feel really good about what I saw on the field.”
In the opener, the Bluejays picked up only three hits-a pair from Johannah Love and one from Jessica Appelhanz.
Haskell scored its first run in the third inning off starter and loser Love on three errors, a hit batter and a walk.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Haskell added a pair of runs on a Tabor error, a walk, a single and a sacrifice to make the score 3-0. Haskell rounded out the scoring in the sixth.
Love allowed five hits in six innings of work.
In the second game, the Bluejays wasted no time scoring their first runs of the season. In the top of the first, Appelhanz doubled with one out and scored on a triple by Love, who then scored on a fielding error.
After Haskell tied the score against pitcher Cassie Borg, Tabor regained the lead 3-2 on singles by Borg and Porsche Davis.
Haskell added a pair of runs in the third and fourth innings to grab a 6-3 lead. But the Bluejays answered with a run in the top of the sixth on April Funk’s home run.
Tabor tied the game in the seventh after Jacqueline Schnell reached on an error, Love walked and Danielle Goossen singled to make the score 6-6.
But Haskell took advantage of its last at bat, scoring after a one-out double and a Tabor error to win 7-6. Tabor wound up with eight hits in the loss.
Coming-The Bluejays host Friends University at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesday, then travel to Salina on Friday to tangle with Kansas Wesleyan. Game times will be announced.