Tabor softball done in KCAC third round

The Tabor softball team ended its season with a loss to Kansas Wesleyan in the third round of the conference tournament.

An opening loss to Ottawa put Tabor in the loser?s bracket May 4. But a win over the University of Saint Mary later in the day saved them from elimination.

Their record is 27-24.

?I was really proud of them and they worked really hard all year,? coach Suzanne Unruh said. ?Ending the way we did was on a pretty high note, so I think that will bring the excitement in for next season.

?The excitement is there and the girls are ready to come back next year.?

Tabor?s Taylor Funk has been named KCAC All-Conference first-team pitcher and Kyleen Condon earned second-team honors as a designated player.

Margaret Cornish, Ashly Hernandez, Madie Simpson and Amanda Howe each received honorable mention.

Kansas Wesleyan?The Bluejays fell to the No. 6-seeded Coyotes, 13-5, in the third round.

?We just couldn?t ever put it together,? coach Suzanne Unruh said. ?We couldn?t get it going, and unfortunately that ended our season. We fought back there for a while and had a chance to win, but they scored way too many early on that we couldn?t catch up.?

Tabor scored in every inning but the first, but KWU scored multiple runs in the first three innings to establish a firm lead.

Amanda Howe led Tabor with a home run and a run batted in.

Ashly Hernandez pitched 22?3 innings, allowing 13 hits, 11 runs and striking out none. Kyleen Condon pitched two innings, allowing three hits, two runs and striking out one.

Saint Mary?Tabor beat Saint Mary, 7-2, thanks to consistent scoring and pitching that kept the Spires scoreless for six out of the seven innings.

Brittany Shaklee led Tabor with a home run and three runs batted in.Teammate Jordan Yost drove in two runs.

Ashly Hernandez pitched all seven innings, allowing seven hits, two runs and striking out five.

Ottawa?The Bluejays were shut out, 8-0, due in large part to a five-run scoring burst from Ottawa in the second inning.

Ashly Hernandez pitched 42?3 innings, allowing 15 hits and eight runs with one strikeout.

?We started with a ton of energy, but when they took us out of that first inning….

?If we could have won that inning and scored some runs, that would have made a big difference,? coach Suzanne Unruh said.

Ottawa snagged two outs with runners on first and third in the first inning

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