The 12th-ranked Tabor College baseball team swept a four-game series with Bethany Friday and Saturday. The Bluejays improved to 21-7 in KCAC play—one game behind conference-leading York—and 34-13 overall.
“Bethany’s got some talent,” coach Mark Standiford said. “I knew they were going to be tough coming in, so I’m very happy to get out of here with four wins, there’s no doubt. Every game now matters.”
Tabor began the series with a 3-2 win in Game 1 Friday.
Thomas Longworth pitched a complete game to earn the win, needing 128 pitches to do so. He scattered seven hits and two runs (both earned) over nine innings of work, while walking three batters and striking out nine.
“(Thomas) was able to command three pitches for a strike,” Standiford said. “Anytime you can do that, you’re going to have success.
“Anytime you can (throw a complete game) in the first game of the series, it saves your bullpen dramatically.”
The Bluejays plated run support for Longworth early. Joel Frias hit an RBI single in the opening inning to put Tabor on the board, and the Bluejays scored two more in the second inning, thanks in part to AJ Shaw’s RBI single and a bases-loaded walk by Michael Baca. Tabor stranded three on base in the frame, and was shut out the rest of the game.
Longworth gave up single runs in the fourth and eighth innings but the Bluejays held on for the win.
Shaw and Colton Flax were both 2-for-4 at-bat.
Tabor came from behind to win Game 2, 6-4.
After scoring once in each of the first, third and sixth innings, Tabor trailed Bethany, 4-3. A three-run seventh inning gave the Bluejays the win. Tabor recorded four hits in the frame. Michael Baca hit a one-out single, then Alex Couch singled. Baca scored when Manny DeLeon reached base on the fielder’s choice, then Joel Frias and Colton Flax hit back-to-back RBI doubles to conclude scoring in the frame.
Jesus Brito secured a 1-2-3 bottom half of the inning to solidify the win. He gave up two hits and one run (earned) in 22⁄3 innings of relief to earn the win. He walked no one and struck out four batters.
Baca and Frias were each 2-for-4 at-bat. Frias had two RBIs.
Saturday began with a 13-3 Bluejay victory in Game 1.
Tabor scored in every inning but the sixth and benefited from 10 Swede errors. The Bluejays built a 4-0 lead through three innings, and increased it to 7-1 after five.
Following a scoreless sixth inning, Tabor scored once in the seventh, then scored three runs to Bethany’s one in the eighth. Kaden Cline hit a two-run double in that inning to key the three-hit, three-run frame.
Tabor polished the victory with a three-hit, two-run top of the ninth. Bethany added its final run in the bottom half of the inning.
Alex Couch was 2-for-4 at-bat and had two RBIs.
Dylan Algra earned the pitching win. He gave up 10 hits and two runs (both earned) in eight innings of work. He walked one batter and struck out 13.
Tabor completed the sweep by winning Game 2, 5-1.
The Bluejays plated all five runs before Bethany scored in the bottom of the fifth.
Tabor scored twice in the opening frame. In that inning, AJ Shaw was hit by a pitch and scored on a wild pitch, and Colton Flax later drove in a run with a single.
Following two scoreless innings, Cline drove in a run with a base hit in the fourth. Tabor concluded scoring in the fifth when Alex Couch hit an RBI single and later scored on an error.
Joel Frias was 2-for-2 at-bat.
Cedric Rodriguez earned the pitching win, scattering four hits and one earned run over six innings of work. He walked four batters and struck out three.
Coming—Tabor will host McPherson (9-19, 19-28) in a four-game series Friday and Sunday. Game 1 of each doubleheader is set to begin at 1 p.m.