Bluejay softball has 3-2 outing

Brianna Quiroz fires a pitch during Game 2 with Peru State Tuesday. Quiroz earned the pitching win in Tabor’s 9-8, 11-inning victory. The Tabor College softball team went 3-2 last week to move to 11-10 on the season.

McPherson Round Robin—Tabor went 1-2 in Friday’s outing.

The Bluejays lost a 13-5 game in six innings to ninth-ranked Morningside to start the day. Tabor never led in the game, after the Mustangs scored six runs off five hits and an error in the top of the third.

The Bluejays scored in the frame when Madison Byrd hit a two-run home run over the left field fence.

Tabor scored its final three runs off four hits and an error in the fifth inning. Kerrigan Travens, Stephanie Vejar and Araselly Vargas each hit RBI singles.

Byrd and Fisk-Aguilar were each 2-for-3 at-bat. Byrd had two RBIs.

Byrd (7-3) absorbed the pitching loss. In 21⁄3 innings, she gave up six hits and six earned runs. She walked one batter and struck out five.

Tabor then lost to Briar Cliff, 4-0. The Bluejays recorded five hits in the game—one each by Devon Fisk-Aguilar, Stephanie Vejar, Sierra Becerra, Kerrigan Travens and Kelsey Jones—and stranded eight base runners, leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh. Tabor committed two errors.

Vejar (2-5) absorbed the pitching loss. In 51⁄3 innings, she gave up nine hits and four runs, all earned. She walked one batter and struck out two.

Tabor concluded the outing with a 7-0 win over Hastings. Additional information was unavailable at press time.

Peru State—Tabor swept the Bobcats Tuesday.

The Bluejays won Game 1, 2-0. Madison Byrd (7-2) pitched a seven-inning, two-hit shutout to earn the pitching win. She walked no one and struck out 15 batters.

Offensively, Tabor scored its first run in the opening inning when Brianna Quiroz worked a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a passed ball. Byrd hit a single to advance the base-runner, and Kerrigan Travens’ ground out scored Quiroz from third.

The Bluejays scored once more off two hits and three errors in the second inning.

Devon Fisk-Aguilar was 3-for-3 at-bat. Travens had one RBI.

Tabor won Game 2, 9-8, in 11 innings.

Tabor scored the game’s first run in the second inning when Sierra Becerra led off with a triple, and Kelsey Jones drove in a run with a double.

But the Bobcats took the lead with a two-run top of the third, adding a third run in the fourth inning and four more in the fifth before Tabor answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning when Kaylie Felix hit a three-run double to left.

Over the next two innings, Tabor worked to tie the game, scoring two runs in the sixth inning when Raegan Ternes hit a two-run double, then evening the score at 7 in the bottom of the seventh when Kerrigan Travens hit a solo home run to force extra innings.

Two scoreless innings followed, then each team scored once in the 10th. Tabor brok the tie for good in the bottom of the 11th when Hannah Jones hit a walk-off sacrifice fly.

Becerra was 2-for-5 at-bat. Felix had three RBIs.

Brianna Quiroz (1-2) earned the pitching win. In 61⁄3 innings of relief, she surrendered three hits and one unearned run while walking two batters and striking out five.

Coming—Tabor will host Mid-America Christian in a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. before starting KCAC play next week when Ottawa travels to Hillsboro next Wednesday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.

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