Tabor second in KCAC standings

Jake Jones rounds third base after hitting a grand slam during Game 1 with Ottawa Friday. In Tabor’s 17-4 victory, Jones was 4-for-5 at-bat and drove in six runs. Over five games last week, Jones was 13-for-19 at-bat (.684), including one double, one triple and three home runs, two of which were grand slams. He drove in 15 runs.
Jake Jones rounds third base after hitting a grand slam during Game 1 with Ottawa Friday. In Tabor’s 17-4 victory, Jones was 4-for-5 at-bat and drove in six runs. Over five games last week, Jones was 13-for-19 at-bat (.684), including one double, one triple and three home runs, two of which were grand slams. He drove in 15 runs.
Despite not playing its final regular-season game because of weather, the 12th-ranked Tabor College baseball team finished second in the conference with an 18-8 KCAC record, 38-13 overall behind No. 3 Oklahoma Wesleyan (20-6, 44-9).

Ottawa—Tabor played two of three games with the Braves when rain caused Sunday’s series finale to be cancelled.

The Bluejays won two games Friday, 17-4, and 7-4.

Tabor knocked out 21 hits in Game 1, but trailed briefly when Ottawa scored two runs in the opening half-inning. The Bluejays took the lead by scoring three runs in the bottom half of the frame, which was highlighted by Haydon Mahe-Liessmann’s two-run triple. Tabor added a fourth run when Joel Frias hit an RBI single in the third inning.

Ottawa tied the game at 4-4 by plating two runs in the fourth inning, but Tabor took the lead for good with an eight-hit, six-run bottom of the fourth. AJ Shaw hit a two-run home run in the frame, Jordan Harris and Colton Flax hit RBI doubles, and Jaxson Hooge hit an RBI single.

Jake Jones hit a grand slam to key the six-hit, five-run bottom of the fifth inning, and Jones drove in Tabor’s final runs with a two-RBI single in the sixth inning.

Jones was 4-for-5 at-bat and had six RBIs.

Skyler Cohn (6-1) earned the pitching win. In 32⁄3 innings of relief, he gave up three hits and no runs. He neither walked nor struck out any batters.

In Game 2, Ottawa plated three runs in the top of the first inning, but Tabor scored four runs off four hits in the second inning. John Izquierdo keyed the frame with a two-run double.

Each team plated one run in the fourth inning. For Tabor, Abdiel Alicea hit an RBI single.

The Bluejays scored their final two runs off two hits and an error in the fifth inning. Kyle James hit an RBI double.

Ottawa out-hit Tabor, 11-10. The Braves made the game’s only error.

James was 2-for-3 at-bat and had two RBIs. Jordan Harris was 2-for-4. Izquierdo had three RBIs.

Harris (6-1) was the winning pitcher. In four innings, he gave up eight hits and four runs (all earned). He walked no one and struck out two batters. Tommy Sleva was credited with the save. He threw one inning of scoreless relief without surrendering a hit.

Peru State—Tabor split a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday.

The Bluejays won Game 1, 15-2.

After scoring three runs in the second inning, Tabor plated seven runs off five hits in the third inning. Tabor loaded the bases and kept the line moving. Jordan Harris drove in two runs with a single, while Jake Jones hit an RBI triple. AJ Shaw and Abdiel Alicea hit RBI singles in the frame.

Haydon Mahe-Liessmann keyed the two-run fifth inning with an RBI double, and Tabor used one hit to score three more runs in the sixth inning.

The Bobcats scored their two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Four Bluejays had two hits: Shaw, Alicea, Jones and Kyle James. Harris drove in three runs.

Michael Box (3-0) earned the pitching win. In four innings, he gave up three hits and no runs. He walked one batter and struck out no one.

Tabor lost Game 2, 4-3.

The Bobcats scored three runs in the second inning and scored one more in the third to build a 4-0 lead.

Tabor responded by scratching across two runs off four hits in the fourth inning. AJ Shaw hit an RBI single.

The Bluejays scored their final run in the sixth inning when Raulier Martinez hit an RBI double.

Tabor stranded the tying run at second base in the top of the seventh inning.

Jahaziel Cantu (4-4) sustained the pitching loss. In 11⁄3 innings, he gave up three runs (all earned) without surrendering a hit. He walked two batters and struck out one.

McPherson—Tabor secured a 2-1 series win over the Bulldogs with a 25-7 victory in Game 3 Monday. The Bluejays split two games the day before, first losing 6-5, then winning 12-1.

Already leading 10-3 after four innings, Tabor blew the game open with a 12-run fifth inning. Tabor brought 15 batters to the plate and knocked out eight hits. Jake Jones highlighted the effort by driving in seven runs, first hitting a three-run home run then blasting a grand slam over the center field fence later in the half-inning. Joel Frias hit a solo home run in the frame, and Kyle James, a two-run home run.

In all, seven of Tabor’s 24 hits were home runs. Jordan Harris keyed the five-hit, eight-run fourth inning with a grand slam, and Haydon Mahe-Liessmann hit a three-run home run in the frame. Raulier Martinez hit a solo home run to drive in Tabor’s only run in the sixth inning.

Jones was 5-for-6 at-bat and had eight RBIs. Harris was 4-for-5 and drove in six runs.

Nathan Arruda (4-0) earned the pitching win. In five innings, he gave up eight hits and four runs (two earned). He walked one batter and struck out two. For all its offense, Tabor’s defense made five errors.

Coming—Tabor will compete in the KCAC double-elimination tournament in Great Bend. Tabor (18-8, 38-13) is the No. 2 seed and will face No. 5 York (16-10, 28-23) today at 3 p.m.

With a win, Tabor would face the winner of No. 3 Sterling (17-10, 35-16) and No. 4 Friends (16-10, 31-18) Thursday at 7 p.m. A loss would pit Tabor versus the loser of No. 1 Oklahoma Wesleyan (20-6, 44-9) and No. 6 McPherson (12-14, 24-28) Thursday at 11 a.m. The tournament will conclude Saturday.

Tabor lost a three-game series to York in early April, 2-1.