Tabor sweeps series with Swedes

AJ Shaw slides home during the sixth inning of Saturday’s first game with Bethany. Shaw hit a leadoff double in the frame and scored on Jordan Harris’ sacrifice fly, extending Tabor’s lead over the Swedes to 7-5. Tabor won the game, 10-7.
AJ Shaw slides home during the sixth inning of Saturday’s first game with Bethany. Shaw hit a leadoff double in the frame and scored on Jordan Harris’ sacrifice fly, extending Tabor’s lead over the Swedes to 7-5. Tabor won the game, 10-7.
The Tabor College baseball team earned a series sweep of Bethany last week, improving to 14-7 in KCAC play, 31-11 overall.

Having been on the receiving end of a run-rule decision twice versus York, Tabor flipped the script with a run-rule victory in Game 1 Thursday, 13-3.

After scoring a single tally in the opening inning, Tabor blew the game open with a six-run bottom of the second inning. Jordan Harris keyed the six-hit frame with a two-run home run.

Kyle James hit a fourth-inning RBI single to increase Tabor’s lead to 8-0.

The Swedes touched starter Nathan Arruda for three runs off two hits in the top of the fifth inning. After that, Colton Moore threw 22⁄3 scoreless innings of relief, giving up one hit.

Jake Jones’ sacrifice fly scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it 9-3, and the Bluejays nailed down the run-rule win by scoring four runs off two home runs and an error in the bottom of the sixth.

After Colton Flax worked a leadoff walk, Haydon Mahe-Liessmann hit a two-run home run. With two outs, Braxon Byfield reached base via a wild throw, then AJ Shaw hit a two-run home run. The Swedes stranded two base-runners in the top of the seventh.

Shaw was 3-for-4 at-bat and had three RBIs. Harris also drove in three runs.

Arruda (3-0) earned the pitching win. In 41⁄3 innings, he gave up two hits and three earned runs. He walked one batter and struck out five.

Tabor won Game 2, 10-7, Saturday.

The Bluejays erased a 2-0 Bethany lead through three innings by putting up five in the bottom of the fourth inning. Tabor knocked out six hits in the frame, highlighted by Jaxson Hooge’s two-RBI single.

Bethany tied the game with a three-hit, three-run top of the fifth, but Tabor took the lead for good, putting up single tallies in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to build an 8-5 margin.

John Izquierdo hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning, Jordan Harris hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth, and Joel Frias hit an RBI single in the seventh.

Bethany scored two runs off three hits in the eighth inning, but Tabor plated two more in the bottom half of the inning. Colton Flax led off with a home run, and Kyle James later drove in a run with a single.

James was 3-for-4 at-bat and was one of three Bluejays with two RBIs. Harris and Hooge also drove in two runs.

Jagger Harjo (8-1) was the winning pitcher. In five innings, he gave up seven hits and five runs, all earned. He walked five batters and struck out six. Tommy Sleva (1-2-4) was credited with the save. He threw one scoreless inning of relief.

Tabor completed the sweep by winning Game 3 in walk-off fashion, 6-5.

The Bluejays held a 5-3 lead going into the seventh inning, but Bethany tied the game in the top of the final inning, scoring two runs off two hits and benefitting from a pair of walks.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Kyle James worked a leadoff walk, then AJ Shaw hit a single. Jordan Harris hit a one-out single to load the bases, then Colton Flax was hit by a pitch to give the Bluejays the walk-off win.

Earlier in the game, Bethany took the first lead by scoring one run off one hit in the first inning, but Tabor answered by scoring two runs off two hits and an error in the bottom half of the inning. Abdiel Alicea highlighted the effort with an RBI triple.

Bethany scored its second run without a hit in the third inning to tie the game, then Harris hit a two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning.

The Swedes scored one run in the fourth inning, and Tabor extended its lead to 5-3 in the sixth inning when John Izquierdo drove in a run with a single. That set up the final inning.

Shaw was 3-for-4 at-bat. Harris and Flax each had two RBIs.

Manuel Reyes (1-0) earned the pitching win. He threw 1⁄3 inning of relief, securing the final out in the top of the seventh inning, giving up no hits or runs. Starter Jordan Harris went 62⁄3 innings but had a no decision.

Coming—Tabor will play at McPherson this weekend. Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday’s nine-inning game is set for 1 p.m.