TC softball concludes post-season play



The No. 4 seeded Tabor softball team ended its season with an 18-25 overall record after going 1-2 in the KCAC?Softball Tournament this past weekend.

The Bluejays lost to Ottawa in the opening round, then defeated McPherson before being eliminated with a loss to Kansas Wesleyan.

?Obviously, it didn?t go as we hoped,? coach Suzanne Unruh said. ?We made some defensive mistakes in the first game that we haven?t made since the first half of the season. We also couldn?t string any hits together to get us on a roll on the offense.?

Kansas Wesleyan?Tabor ended its season with a 17-3 lost Friday night to No. 3 Kansas Wesleyan in five innings.

The Bluejays trailed the Coyotes, 2-0, after the first inning, but KWU blew the game open with a 13-run second inning.

Tabor scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the third.

Kyleen Condon, an All-KCAC honorable mention pick, went 3-for-3 at the plate. Kayla Johnston was 1-for-2 with one RBI and first-team All-KCAC selection Sarah Massey went 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Karen Harris, a second-team All-KCAC pick, absorbed the loss for Tabor. In 11?3 innings, she gave up six hits and eight runs (five earned). Tracie Kithcart, Kyleen Condon and Kylie Williams pitched in relief.

McPherson?Following the opening loss Ottawa, Tabor defeated No. 8 McPherson, 4-3.

The game was tied at 1-1 after four innings, but the Bluejays outscored McPherson 3-2 in the fifth inning thanks to a Katie Henning three-run homer.

Henning, a second-team All-KCAC selection, had four RBIs on 1-for-3 hitting. Brooke Tomten went 2-for-3 at the plate. Cortnie Killen?a second-team All-KCAC selection, Kyleen Condon, Kayla Johnston and Chelsea Nutt each went 1-for-3.

Tracie Kithcart was Tabor?s winning pitcher, but Karen Harris earned the save by throwing one scoreless inning.

Ottawa?Tabor lost its first-round game Friday to No. 5 Ottawa, 9-3.

Tabor scored its first run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Annie King hit a double that brought Kyleen Condon home. Ottawa still led, 3-1.

Tabor scored an additional run in the fifth and sixth innings, but the Braves took control of the game with four runs in the top of the seventh inning.

For Tabor, Katie Henning?s sacrifice fly scored Chelsea Nutt, an All-KCAC honorable mention selection, in the bottom of the fifth. Kayla Johnston?s single scored Annie King in the bottom of the sixth for the Bluejays? final run.

King and Johnston each went 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI apiece. Nutt also went 2-for-3.

Karen Harris absorbed the loss. In four innings, she gave up seven hits and three runs (all earned) with no walks or strikeouts.

Unruh is already anticipating next season.

?Overall, the last half of the season was great and gave me high hopes for next year to get us back to the top of the pack in the conference,? she said. ?I feel like with what we have coming back, and players we have signed, we could be a top-three KCAC team.?





















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