Bluejay baseball sweeps Friends

Raulier Martinez prepares to lay the tag on Friends? Troy Owen at home plate Saturday during the sixth inning of Game 1 against the Falcons. Tabor won the game, 12-1, and went on to sweep the four-game series.The Tabor College baseball team won all six of its games last week to improve to 10-2 in KCAC play, 21-8 overall.

Friends?Tabor swept a four-game series with the Falcons Saturday and Sunday.

Tabor swept Saturday?s doubleheader, beginning with a 12-1 victory in Game 1.

Tabor plated its first two runs in the second inning when Kaden Cline hit a two-run home run, and the Bluejays added another in the fourth on a solo shot by Cline.

The Bluejays increased their lead to 5-0 by scoring two runs off three hits in the bottom of the fifth, and added a sixth run in the seventh when Ryan Neufeld worked a bases-loaded walk.

Friends scored in the top of the eighth, then Tabor solidified its win with six more runs in the bottom half of the inning. After Jerrik Sigg was hit by a pitch and Alex Couch worked a walk, Manny DeLeon hit a three-run home run to bring them home. Neufeld later hit a two-run triple, followed by an RBI double by Michael Baca to conclude scoring in the frame.

DeLeon was 3-for-4 at-bat and was one of three Bluejays with three RBIs. Cline (2-for-2) and Neufeld (2-for-4) also drove in three runs in the outing.

Thomas Longworth (4-3) earned the pitching win. He scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings of work. He walked no one and struck out seven batters.

Tabor won Game 2, 14-1.

The Bluejays plated run support early with a four-run first inning. Michael Baca hit a two-run home run to score AJ Shaw, who had reached base with a leadoff single. DeLeon hit a one-out double, then Sigg drove in a run with a double. Raulier Martinez drove in Tabor?s fourth run with a two-out single.

The Bluejays continued to add runs to the board, adding two in the second off Baca?s double and one in the third to stake a 7-0 lead through three innings.

Shaw keyed a three-run fourth inning with a leadoff home run. By the end of the inning, Tabor led, 10-0.

The Falcons scored once in the sixth, but Tabor countered with four runs off two hits in the frame. Neufeld highlighted the half-inning with a three-run home run to conclude scoring for the game.

Baca was 3-for-4 at-bat and had four RBIs. Neufeld (2-for-4) had three RBIs.

Greg Turner (5-2) earned the pitching win. He scattered five hits and one run (earned) over six innings of work. He walked one batter and struck out four.

Sunday began with a 5-4 extra-inning victory in Game 1.

Tabor worked from behind for most of the game, scoring the tying run in the bottom of the eighth when Manny DeLeon hit an RBI single to even the count, 4-4.

After a scoreless ninth inning, Tommy Sleva worked around a one-out single to hold the Falcons scoreless in the 10th, then Tabor scored the winning run in walkoff fashion in that frame. AJ Shaw hit a leadoff single, then Michael Baca bunted and reached base on an error. Friends intentionally walked Alex Couch to load the bases, but hit DeLeon with a pitch to score the winning run.

Friends took the lead with one run in the third inning and added two more in the fourth. Tabor made it 3-1 when Baca scored on Couch?s sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the inning, but the Falcons extended their lead by scoring their fourth run in the sixth.

The Bluejays plated a pair of runs in that inning, which was highlighted by Couch?s RBI double. Tabor trailed 4-3 heading into a scoreless seventh inning, setting up the final three innings.

DeLeon was 2-for-4 and had three RBIs. Couch was 2-for-3 and drove in two runs.

Sleva (1-0) earned the pitching win. He scattered three hits over three scoreless innings of relief. He walked no one and struck out three batters.

Tabor completed the sweep with a 10-3 win in Game 2.

After two scoreless innings, the Bluejays scored three runs in the third inning, which was highlighted by an RBI triple by Baca and later, an RBI double by Kaden Cline.

Tabor added three more in the fourth inning. Baca drove in a pair of runs with a double to key the frame. Thomas Longworth fires a pitch during Game 1 against Friends Saturday. Longworth (4-3) earned the pitching win, throwing seven scoreless innings in Tabor?s 12-1 victory.

The Bluejays extended their lead 8-0 with a two-run fifth inning before Friends got on the board with a run in the sixth.

Tabor added two more in the sixth on Manny DeLeon?s two-run home run.

The Falcons managed two runs off three hits in the seventh to bring it to the final margin.

Baca (four RBIs) and DeLeon (two RBIs) were both 3-for-4 at-bat.

Jahaziel Cantu (2-1) earned the pitching win. He scattered six hits and one run (unearned) over six innings of work. He walked one batter and struck out five.

?Friends battled,? coach Mark Standiford said. ?They didn?t lay down at all today, so they made it tough. They?re a good team. They took two from Sterling last weekend.

?I was really proud this weekend. To take four is big for us there?s no doubt.?

Concordia?Tabor swept a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday.

The Bluejays won Game 1, 15-3.

Tabor built a 5-1 lead through three innings of play but solidified its advantage by outscoring Concordia 7-1 in the fourth inning. In that frame, Kaden Cline hit a three-run home run, and Raulier Martinez followed with a solo shot.

Tabor added three runs to Concordia?s one in the sixth inning to conclude scoring for the game.

Flax also hit a home run in the game, driving in a pair of runs in the second inning.

Baca was 4-for-5 at-bat and had one RBI. Cline had four RBIs on 3-for-5 hitting.

Tabor completed the sweep with a 4-2 win in Game 2.

The Bluejays scored first when Dalton Iveans hit a second-inning home run, but Concordia took the lead with two runs in the top of the third. The Bluejays jumped in front for good thanks to Michael Baca?s two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning.

Tabor scored again in the fourth off Joel Frias? RBI single.

Iveans (one RBI) and Ryan Neufeld were both 2-for-2 at-bat.

Reagan McCloud (1-0) earned the pitching win. He scattered four hits and two runs (none earned) over five innings of work. He walked two batters and struck out one. Tommy Sleva pitched one inning of scoreless relief and was credited with the save.

Coming?Tabor was scheduled to play at Concordia Tuesday and will resume conference play with a four-game series at Kansas Wesleyan Saturday and Monday. Game 1 Saturday is scheduled for 1 p.m. The first pitch Monday is set for 4 p.m.

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