Bluejay softball starts KCAC at 3-1

Third baseman Araselly Vargas makes the throw to first during Game 1 against Southwestern Tuesday. Vargas later hit a walk-off RBI single to give Tabor the come-from-behind, 6-5 victory.  Janae Rempel / Free Press
Third baseman Araselly Vargas makes the throw to first during Game 1 against Southwestern Tuesday. Vargas later hit a walk-off RBI single to give Tabor the come-from-behind, 6-5 victory. Janae Rempel / Free Press

The Tabor College softball team swept Southwestern before splitting a doubleheader with Bethany to open KCAC play with a 3-1 record. The Bluejays improved to 14-17 on the season.

Bethany?Tabor split two games Saturday. The Bluejays earned a convincing, 17-5, victory in Game 1.

The game was tied at 1 after the first inning, but Tabor took the lead for good in the top of the second, thanks to a three-run inside-the-park home run by Holt.

Bethany added a run in the bottom half of the inning, but Tabor extended its lead by plating four more runs in the top of the third. In that inning, the Bluejays scored on a wild pitch, Yasnaya Susoeff hit a two-RBI single, and Brittany Castaneda drove in a run with a single.

Bethany scored once in the third and twice in the fourth to narrow the gap to 8-5, but Tabor blew the game open with nine runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Bush led off the inning with a double and scored on Susoeff?s bunt. Kellyn Holt hit an RBI single, followed by an RBI double by Jordan Haney and a two-RBI single by Araselly Vargas. Lauren Massey singled, and Madison Tracy reached on a walk to load the bases. Sara Vela hit a grand slam on a 1-0 count to polish scoring for the inning and give Tabor the run-rule win in five innings.

Holt, Massey and Bush were each 3-for-4 at-bat. Holt and Vela each had four RBIs.

Marilee Burge went the distance to earn the pitching win. Over five innings, she gave up 10 hits and five runs (all earned). She walked no one and struck out three batters.

Tabor lost Game 2, 9-2.

Bethany built a 9-0 lead before Tabor scored twice in the top of the fourth inning.

Holt managed Tabor?s only hit of the game, going 1-for-3 at-bat.

Jaycie Morris absorbed the pitching loss. In 2?3 of an inning, she gave up five hits and three runs (all earned). She neither walked nor struck out any batters.

Southwestern?The Bluejays opened conference play with a doubleheader sweep Tuesday. Tabor won Game 1, 6-5, in walk-off fashion.Trailing 5-3 heading into the final inning, Tabor battled back to win the game by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Vargas hit the walk-off RBI single.

Castaneda was 2-for-3 and had one RBI. Tristen Hall picked up the win pitching one inning in relief of starter Marilee Burge. Hall gave up one hit and no runs while walking no one and striking out one batter.

Tabor completed the sweep with an 11-7 win in Game 2. The Bluejays scored first with two runs in the bottom of the third when Araselly Vargas hit a two-run home run.

But Southwestern took the lead with six runs in the fourth inning. Tabor added two runs in the bottom of the fourth, then took the lead for good with a seven-run fifth inning. The Moundbuilders scored one final run in the top of the seventh. Haney and Vela were each 3-for-4. Vargas led with three RBIs.

Hall earned the pitching win. She scattered nine hits and four runs (one earned) over three innings. Haney was credited with the save.

Coming?Tabor will host a doubleheader with Friends (4-0, 19-13) today beginning at 5 p.m. The Bluejays will travel to McPherson (0-4, 3-22) Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.