Bluejays sweep Bethany

Having started the week with a 0-4 conference record, the Tabor College baseball team played Friday's doubleheader against Bethany with a sense of urgency, snapping a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the seventh with a single, a sacrifice bunt, a walk, and a gamewinning single to right field. The Swedes stole back the momentum with a 2-out 3-run homer in the first inning of the second game, and took a 6-2 lead with a second 2-out 3-run jack in the top of the fourth.

But the Bluejays, fresh off a 9-5 come-from-behind win over Dordt, the Bluejays dialed up a third straight comeback. Tabor used a pair of seeing-eye grounders to score twice in the bottom of the fourth, then turned a 6-4-3 double play in support of starting pitcher Andrew Cook in the top of the fifth. The Bluejays smashed two hard-hit singles and a 2-run double in the bottom of the fifth, and Cook worked a 1-2-3 sixth. The Bluejays notched two soft hits against a Bethany reliever in the bottom of the sixth, and took a 7-6 lead on Tyson Kendrick's single. The Bluejays tacked on an insurance run with another single, and relief pitcher Quinton Smith closed out the game in the seventh.

Against Dordt, Tabor scored eight runs in the ninth, half of which came on one swing by Tanner Stephenson?a walk-off grand slam home run.

The Bluejays conclude a 4-game set with Bethany Saturday at Lindsborg. Double-header action begins at 1 p.m.

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