Bluejays lose series to Panthers

Jordan Harris crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run in the third inning of Game 3 with York Sunday. Harris had two hits in Tabor’s 20-5 loss. The Bluejays lost the series two games to one.
Jordan Harris crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run in the third inning of Game 3 with York Sunday. Harris had two hits in Tabor’s 20-5 loss. The Bluejays lost the series two games to one.
The Tabor College baseball team lost a three-game series to York, 2-1, last week to move to 11-7 in KCAC play, 28-11 overall.

Both squads entered the series with 10-5 records, one game back of KCAC-leading Oklahoma Wesleyan.

Pitching became a storyline early, when Tabor shuffled through seven arms in a 19-2, seven-inning loss in Game 1. The 10-run mercy rule went into effect after the seventh inning.

The Panthers hit five home runs in the game, including two grand slams. The first grand slam keyed the seven-run third inning, and the second one came in the nine-run top of the sixth.

York outhit Tabor, 16-7.

Offensively, Joel Frias highlighted Tabor’s outing with a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning after Jaxson Hooge had led off with a single.

The Bluejays committed four errors in the game.

Seven Bluejays had one hit: Brent McClure, Blake Standiford, Braxon Byfield, Raulier Martinez, Hooge, Frias and Abdiel Alicea.

Jagger Harjo (7-1) sustained his first pitching loss of the season. In three innings of work, he gave up six hits and seven earned runs. He walked two batters and struck out one.

Tabor avoided a sweep by winning Game 2, 9-8.

Trailing 8-4, the Bluejays scored five runs off six hits in the bottom of the seventh inning to walk off with the win. In that frame, Alicea led off with a double, then Jake Jones hit a two-run home run. Jordan Harris singled, then Colton Flax worked a walk. Braxon Byfield’s sacrifice bunt advanced the base-runners, and Hooge’s ground out allowed one run to score. Tabor plated a fourth run on a passed ball, then John Izquierdo and Kyle James hit back-to-back singles. AJ Shaw followed with a walk-off RBI single.

Earlier in the game, Harris keyed the two-run bottom of the first inning with an RBI double. Tabor benefited from two errors in that half-inning. Later, Frias hit an RBI double to highlight the two-run bottom of the sixth.

York scored all eight of its runs in the final three innings.

Five Bluejays had two hits: Alicea, Jones, Harris, Izquierdo and Shaw. Jones and Shaw each had two RBIs.

Tommy Sleva (1-2) earned the pitching win. In 2⁄3 inning of relief, he gave up one hit and one earned run. He walked no one and struck out one batter.

Tabor lost Game 3, 20-5, in a second mercy-rule game. The Panthers outhit the Bluejays, 18-9, and forced Tabor to go to the bullpen after just one inning of play. The Bluejays used five pitchers, none throwing more than 22⁄3 innings.

Nine of York’s 18 hits were home runs. In the third inning, the Panthers hit a solo home run and two three-run home runs to key the six-hit, eight-run frame. Through three innings, York built a 14-2 lead.

Tabor put up single tallies in each of the first, third and fourth innings, then scored two runs in the sixth.

Three Bluejays had two hits: Harris, including a solo home run in the third inning; Kyle James and AJ Shaw. Abdiel Alicea had two RBIs.

Colton Moore (1-2) sustained the pitching loss. In one inning of work, he gave up five hits and five earned runs. He neither walked nor struck out any batters.

Sterling—In a game postponed because of rain, Tabor lost Game 3 of the series Monday, 5-4, in 11 innings. The Bluejays and Warriors split the series’ first two games on March 31, with Tabor winning Game 1, 7-5, and Sterling winning Game 2, 9-7.

Tabor scored its first three runs via the long ball. Colton Flax keyed the two-hit, two-run top of the first inning with a two-run home run, then Sterling scored its first run off three hits in the bottom of the frame.

After that, Jaxson Hooge led off the second inning with a solo home run, giving Tabor a 3-1 lead, which held through five innings. After recording three hits in the first two innings, the Bluejays knocked out just one hit in the next three innings.

Each team scored one run in the sixth inning. Hooge drove in a run for Tabor with an RBI single. Sterling scored one run off a hit and an error in the bottom half of the inning, making the score 4-2 in favor of Tabor.

The Warriors scored one run in the eighth inning, benefiting from a hit by pitch, a walk and one hit, and Sterling tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, using a leadoff walk, a sacrifice bunt squeeze, an error and one hit.

Tabor left one man on base in both the 10th and 11th innings. But Sterling benefitted from two Bluejay errors in the bottom of the 11th and loaded the bases after an intentional walk. A walk-off RBI single scored the game-winning run.

Hooge was 3-for-4 at-bat and had two RBIs. Flax also had two RBIs.

Colton Moore (1-1) sustained the pitching loss. In two innings of relief, he gave up four hits and two runs (both earned). He walked two batters and struck out one.

Coming—Tabor will host Bethany (5-12, 19-22) Thursday and Saturday. Thursday’s nine-inning game is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday’s doubleheader is set to begin at 1 p.m.