Bluejays lose two games to Friends

The Tabor College baseball team lost a three-game series to Friends, two games to one Friday and Saturday. Tabor moves to 6-3 in KCAC play, 20-7 overall.

The Bluejays won Friday’s nine-inning game, 3-0.

Jagger Harjo (5-0) went the distance on the mound, throwing a four-hit shutout to earn the pitching win. He walked two batters and struck out three.

The Bluejays scored three runs off 10 hits in the game, the first in the top of the second inning when Colton Flax and Haydon Mahe-Liessmann hit back-to-back doubles to open the inning.

Tabor scored again in the fifth off two hits—including Jordan Harris’ RBI single—and an error.

Harris’ RBI single in the top of the seventh concluded scoring for the game.

Harris was 3-for-4 at-bat and had two RBIs.

Tabor began Saturday with a nine-inning, 5-3, loss in Game 1.

After three scoreless innings, Tabor scored first in the top of the fourth. Colton Flax hit a two-out double, and Haydon Mahe-Liessmann drove in a run with a double.

But Friends answered in the bottom half of the inning, using a hit and an error to tie the game.

From there, the Falcons scored one run off two hits in the fifth, and added a third run off one hit in the seventh before taking a 5-1 lead by scoring two more runs off a pair of hits in the bottom of the eighth.

Tabor made some noise in the top of the ninth. Joel Frias hit a one-out single, then John Izquierdo recorded a base hit. AJ Shaw drove in a run with an RBI double, then Abdiel Alicea’s ground out scored Izquierdo. Jacob Jones was hit by a pitch after that, but those were the final runs the Bluejays could muster. Tabor left two runners on base in the frame.

Izquierdo was 2-for-4 at-bat. Alicea, Mahe-Liessmann and Shaw each had one RBI.

Jahaziel Cantu (2-2) absorbed the pitching loss. In 32⁄3 innings, he gave up two hits and one run (unearned). He walked four batters and struck out three.

Tabor lost Game 2 Saturday, 5-2.

Things started well when Tabor plated two runs in the opening inning, using two hits—RBI singles by Colton Flax and Haydon Mahe-Liessmann—an error, a hit by pitch and a walk.

But after that, the Bluejay offense managed just two hits the duration of the game—a second-inning single by Abdiel Alicea and a fifth-inning single by Jordan Harris.

Friends, meanwhile, scored all five of its runs in the second inning, roughing up Bluejay starter Skyler Cohn for seven hits in the frame.

Flax and Liessmann each had one RBI.

Cohn (4-1) absorbed the pitching loss. In 12⁄3 innings, he surrendered nine hits and five earned runs. He walked no one and struck out one batter. Colton Moore pitched 41⁄3 innings of scoreless relief while giving up one hit.

Coming—Tabor (6-3, 20-7) was scheduled to host Dallas Christian Monday and Tuesday.

The Bluejays will return to KCAC play by hosting Kansas Wesleyan (2-6, 17-14) Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday’s game is slated to start at 2 p.m.