Jays take first two from Coyotes

Joel Frias lays the tag at second to secure the third out of the fifth inning of Game 1 with Kansas Wesleyan Saturday. Tabor won, 21-8.After recording a non-conference sweep of Concordia earlier in the week, the 12th-ranked Tabor College baseball team resumed KCAC play by facing Kansas Wesleyan Saturday and Monday.

The Bluejays began the series with a doubleheader sweep Saturday in a pair of games moved to Hillsboro because of field conditions.

Tabor won Game 1, 21-8.

After Kansas Wesleyan roughed up Bluejay starter Thomas Longworth with a three-run home run in the opening inning, Tabor plated its first run in the second inning. The Bluejays took the lead with a three-run third inning keyed by AJ Shaw?s home run. The Coyotes, however, scored twice in the bottom half of the inning to regain the advantage, 5-4.

Joel Frias and Shaw each drove in a run with a double in the fourth inning, and Tabor never trailed again.

Manny DeLeon homered to key a two-run fifth inning, and after six innings, Tabor?s lead stood at 9-6.

Kaden Cline hit a home run to highlight a three-run seventh inning, then Raulier Martinez launched a three-run bomb over the right-field fence to key the eighth inning. Heading into the ninth, Tabor led, 15-7.

The Bluejays piled on the runs, scoring six in the final half inning, thanks largely to the long ball. Jerrik Sigg drove in a pair of runs with a home run, and Frias homered to score three more. By the time the dust settled, Tabor?s lead had grown to 21-7. Kansas Wesleyan scored once in the bottom half of the inning.

Three Bluejays were 4-for-6 at-bat: DeLeon (two RBIs), Cline (one RBI) and Frias (four RBIs). Martinez drove in five runs.

Longworth earned the pitching win, giving up eight hits and six runs (five earned) in six innings of work. He walked one batter and struck out four. Jesus Brito was credited with the save.

Tabor won Game 2, 13-10 in extra innings.

The Coyotes launched five first-inning hits off Bluejay starter Greg Turner and scored five runs in the frame.

Tabor countered by scoring six runs off four hits and a pair of errors in the second inning. Martinez highlighted the frame with a two-run home run.

Kansas Wesleyan scored twice in the second, but Tabor regained the lead, 9-7, thanks to Frias? three-run home run in the third. The Coyotes tied the game by scoring once in both the four and fifth innings.

Tabor scored in the seventh off Colton Flax?s solo shot, but Kansas Wesleyan scored once in the frame to send the game to extra innings.

After a scoreless eighth inning, Tabor broke the tie with three runs in the ninth. DeLeon hit a two-run home run in the frame.

Shaw and Flax were each 3-for-5 at-bat. DeLeon and Frias each had three RBIs.

Jahaziel Cantu earned the pitching win, scattering one hit over two scoreless innings of relief. He walked no one and struck out two batters.

Concordia?Tabor swept a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday.

The Bluejays won Game 1, 12-6.

Tabor plated run support early with a four-run first inning and never trailed, although Concordia narrowed the gap to one by scoring three runs in the frame.

Tabor led, 6-4 after three innings, then scored one run in each of the fifth and sixth innings. The Bluejays outscored Concordia 4-2 in the seventh to polish the victory.

Dalton Iveans was 2-for-4 at-bat and had four RBIs. Three Bluejays hit home runs: Michael Baca, Iveans and Jerrik Sigg.

Colton Connolly earned the pitching win. He scattered six hits and two runs (both earned) over 42?3 innings of work. He walked no one and struck out one batter.

Tabor completed the sweep with a 16-5 victory in Game 2.

Concordia led, 4-1, after the first inning, but Tabor began to gain speed, scoring four runs in the second, three in the third, two in the fourth and six in the fifth, all while holding Concordia scoreless to built a 16-4 lead. Concordia scored once in the sixth.

Ryan Neufeld was 4-for-4 at-bat and had two RBIs. Alex Couch and Joel Frias each drove in three runs.

Cedric Rodriguez was the winning pitcher. He scattered one hit over 41/3 scoreless innings of work. He walked one batter and struck out four.

Coming?Tabor will host 21st-ranked Sterling (9-5, 23-8) Friday and Saturday. The first game each day is set for 1 p.m.

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