The Tabor Bluejays swept a three-game series at Sterling College last week amid an up-and-down weather week.
The Bluejays won both games of Thursday;s doubleheader, 18-8 and 5-0, then came back Saturday for a 7-2 victory.
The victories improved Tabor’s KCAC mark to 15-5 and 24-13 overall, and pulled them within a half game of co-leaders Oklahoma Wesleyan and Friends University.
In the Thursday doubleheader Tabor’s Dominic Visentin went 4-for-7 with seven RBIs and three home runs. Jaxson Hooge went 5-for-10 with six RBIs and a home run.
Nathan Arruda pitched six innings of four-hit, shutout baseball in the second game.
In a wild Game 1, the Bluejays scored six runs in two separate innings—the second and sixth—to outpace the Warriors 18-8.
Along with the home runs from Visentin and Hooge, Cameron Pope and Graham Wiebe banged out doubles, as the Bluejays accumulated 13 hits in the game.
Tabor’s Hayden Wheeler came on in relief and threw three innings of one-run baseball to secure the win.
Game 2 turned into a pitchers’ duel between Arruda and Ulysses Ramos for the Warriors. Fortunately for Tabor, Ramos blinked first.
Carrying a slim 1-0 lead into the sixth inning, Tabor erupted for four runs on five hits.
Meanwhile, Tommy Sleva came on in relief of Arruda in the seventh, and pitched a 1-2-3 inning with a fly out and two strike outs to preserve the win for Arruda.
In Tabor’s win on Saturday, Abdiel Diaz hit a home run in the first inning to stake the Bluejays to 1-0 lead that grew to 2-0 in the third inning when Freddy Walker scored on a batted ball.
After Sterling rallied for two runs to tie the game in the bottom of the third, William Clark scored in the fourth inning to give Tabor a 3-2 edge.
Neither team scored again until Tabor pushed across four runs in the top of the eighth. Bluejays crossing the plate were Clark, Seth Lloyd, Jaden Alsop and Diaz.
Pitcher Mitchell McIntyre pitched all nine innings for Tabor, surrendering only two runs on four hits. He struck out nine batters and walked one.
Coming—The Bluejays were scheduled to play one nine-inning game at Oklahoma City University April 10, then will face off with McPherson College at Hillsboro with a doubleheader on Saturday and a nine-inning game on Sunday.