Tabor defeats Concordia in walk-off fashion

The Tabor College baseball team gutted out a walk-off victory over Concordia Tuesday, 12-11.

Tabor held a 10-5 lead after six innings of play, but trailed, 11-10 heading into the ninth inning. In their final batting opportunity, the Bluejays used four hits to score two runs, with Jake Jones recording the walk-off RBI single.

Tabor recorded 22 hits in the game. Jones was 5-for-6 at-bat and had one RBI. Colton Flax drove in three runs.

Nathan Arruda earned the pitching win. He threw one inning of scoreless relief.

Jamestown—Tabor stayed alive in the tournament with a 9-5 win over Jamestown Tuesday.

Edwin Suarez, who got the start for the Bluejays, settled in after being touched for a first-inning, two-run home run. Having given up two hits in the first inning, Suarez did not surrender another hit until the bottom of the fifth inning, although the Jimmies used an error to scratch across one run in the third inning.

By that point, however, Tabor had taken the lead with a five-hit, four-run top of the second inning. Kyle James keyed the frame with a two-run single that ended Jamestown’s starter’s day after 1-1/3 innings of work. Colton Flax and Haydon Mahe-Liessmann each hit RBI singles.

Leading, 4-3, through three innings, Tabor scratched another run across in the fourth inning when Brent McClure drove in a run with a base hit. The Bluejays plated three more runs in the fifth inning off three hits and an error. Mahe-Liessmann highlighted the half-inning with an RBI triple, then scored on a wild throw. Flax also drove in a run with a single.

The Jimmies recorded their first hit since the opening frame in the bottom of the fifth inning and scored one run on a passed ball. Colton Moore entered in relief and secured all three outs in the frame.

A sixth-inning solo home run by Jamestown narrowed the gap to 8-5, but that was the Jimmies’ final run.

AJ Shaw hit a solo home run in the eighth inning to conclude scoring.

Four Bluejays recorded two hits: Jake Jones, Flax, John Izquierdo and Mahe-Liessmann. Flax, Mahe-Liessmann and Kyle James each had two RBIs.

Suarez earned the pitching win. In four innings, he gave up three hits and four runs (two earned). He walked six batters and struck out two.

Coming—Tabor will face No. 1 Clarke (Iowa) Wednesday at noon. The winner will take on Missouri Baptist later that afternoon.

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