The Tabor College Bluejays took two of three games from the University of Saint Mary Spires over the weekend to secure second place in the KCAC regular season by finishing two games behind Oklahoma Wesleyan.
Tabor took Game 1 Saturday, 9-7, lost the nightcap, 3-2, and then took the Sunday single game, 9-0, behind the stellar pitching performance of freshman Bryson Casmir.
Tabor ended the regular season 32-17 overall, 23-7 in the KCAC, one game ahead of Friends University.
Game 1 was a back-and forth-affair until the Bluejays were able to put two runs on the board in both the seventh and eighth innings, providing some needed cushion.
Dominic Visentin led the offense with a 3-for-4 performance with a double and home run. Abdiel Alicea Diaz and Will Clark contributed three RBIs each to help the cause.
The second game of the day was the polar opposite for Tabor, as the Jays went hitless through 4.1 innings. Wyatt Nowack broke up the no-hitter with a one-out single in the fifth.
That would be the only hit for Tabor until two home runs in the seventh threatened to make things interesting. Trailing 3-0 entering the bottom of the seventh, Graham Wiebe and Clark hit solo shots to make it 3-2, but the Bluejays couldn’t produce any more runs.
Sunday’s game looked to be another pitchers’ duel for the early innings as both Casmir and Mike Amado for the Spires were posting zeroes on the scoreboard.
The Bluejays finally broke through with four runs in the fourth on run-scoring singles from Wiebe and Kyle James, and a two-RBI double from Wyatt Nowak.
Meanwhile, Casmir didn’t budge an inch, holding USM to five hits through seven innings. He struck out nine while walking only two in easily his best outing of the season.
Both Visentin and Pope went 2-for-4 on the day, and Sammy Silva delivered a big pinch-hit three-run home run to pace the attack for Tabor.
Coming—Tabor will head to the KCAC tournament at the Great Bend Sports Complex. They will face York College in a two-five matchup May 2. Game time to be announced.