The Tabor College baseball team recorded a 6-1 start the season after playing seven games in four days in Texas last week. The Bluejays outscored opponents, 64-29, batting a collective .376 and posting a team ERA of 4.50.
Southwestern Christian—Tabor concluded its season-opening outing in Texas with a 13-4 win Saturday.
In the opening inning, pitcher Jordan Harris helped his own cause by hitting a three-run home run. Tabor scored four more runs off five hits—all singles—in the second.
The Bluejays blew the game open with four runs off four hits in the top of the sixth. Flax keyed the frame with a three-run home run. Southwestern Christian added a final run in the seventh.
Harris was 4-for-4 at-bat and had five RBIs. Mahe-Liessmann was 3-for-3. Flax was 2-for-4 and had five RBIs.
Harris (1-0) earned the pitching win. In five innings, he gave up eight hits and three runs (two earned). He walked no one and struck out one.
Midland—Tabor kicked off the day Saturday with an 8-5 win over Midland.
Tabor took a 5-1 lead by scoring three runs in the fourth inning, keyed by Haydon Mahe-Liessmann’s RBI double.
Midland score a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings to make it 5-3 before Tabor added three runs off three hits and an error in the bottom of the sixth. Braxon Byfield hit an RBI double in the frame.
A two-run home run by Midland in the top of the seventh concluded scoring for the game.
Starter Nathan Arruda (1-0) earned the pitching win. In 4 2⁄3 innings, he gave up seven hits and two earned runs. He walked two batters and struck out five.
Mahe-Liessmann was 3-for-3 at-bat and had two RBIs.
LSU-Shreveport—In its second game Friday, Tabor earned an 8-5 win, scoring all eight runs before Shreveport broke the shutout in the sixth.
Tabor scored twice off bases-loaded walks in the fourth inning, then added three runs in the fifth, keyed by Jordan Harris’ solo home run, an RBI double by Colton Flax and an RBI single by Jaxson Hooge.
Harris launched a sixth-inning, two-run home run on the first pitch he saw to conclude Tabor’s scoring for the game.
Harris was 2-for-4 at-bat and had three RBIs. Flax was 2-for-3 and had one RBI.
Jagger Hargo (1-0) earned the pitching win. In 5 1⁄3 innings of work, he scattered six hits and two earned runs. He walked one batter and struck out four.
Dallas Christian—Tabor knocked out 17 hits in a 15-0 seven-inning shutout Friday. Jahaziel Cantu tossed a no-hitter, scattering one walk and six strikeouts in the outing. He faced 22 batters.
Offensively, Tabor batted a collective .531. The Bluejays scored twice off three hits in the opening inning.
Holding a 2-0 lead, the Bluejays blew the game open with a nine-run bottom of the second. Tabor blasted seven hits in the half-inning.
Tabor scored two more in the bottom of the third when Graham Wiebe hit an RBI double and Jones an RBI single.
Joel Frias hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and Jones hit a solo home run in the fifth to conclude scoring for the game.
Jones was 3-for-3 at-bat and had five RBIs. James was 2-for-4 and had four RBIs.
Jarvis Christian—Tabor lost Game 1 Thursday, 9-7.
The Bluejays committed four errors in the game, two in the bottom of the third inning. The Bulldogs scored six runs off four hits in the frame.
Tabor scored twice in the fourth inning off four hits—including an RBI single by Blake Standiford—and an error. Through five, Tabor trailed, 7-3, having added a run when Braxon Byfield hit a fifth-inning sacrifice fly to score Abdiel Alicea from third.
The Bluejays tied the game by scoring four runs in the top of the sixth. Two Bulldog runs off two hits in the bottom half of the inning broke the tie. Tabor left two on base in the top of the seventh.
Harris and Flax were each 3-for-3 at-bat.
Tommy Sleva (0-1) sustained the pitching loss. In 1⁄3 inning of relief work, he gave up one hit and one earned run. He walked one batter and struck out one.
The Bluejays won Game 2, 6-3. Tabor tallied all six runs before Jarvis Christian got on the board.
The Bulldogs scored once in the bottom of the fourth and twice in the seventh.
Harris and Jones were 2-for-3 at-bat. McClure was 2-for-4. Byfield had three RBIs.
Colton Moore (1-0) earned the pitching win.
Wiley—Tabor kicked off the 2017 season with a 7-3 victory Wednesday.
The Bluejays took a 2-1 lead after one inning when Jordan Harris launched a two-run home run over the left field fence. The Wildcats scored via a solo shot in the bottom half of the inning.
The Bluejays benefitted from three Wildcat errors in the sixth, using two hits to score three runs to take the lead for good.
Tabor scored twice in the seventh, highlighted by Colton Flax’s RBI double.
Braxon Byfield was 2-for-4 at bat. Harris had two RBIs. Cohn (1-0) earned the pitching win. He threw 2 2⁄3 shutout innings without giving up a hit.
Coming—Tabor will host Dakota Wesleyan in its home-opener this weekend. The teams will play a four-game series, with two seven-inning games Saturday and Sunday. First pitch is set for noon both days.