With a 5-0 week, the Tabor College softball team has lengthened its consecutive win streak to 13 games and a two-game lead in the KCAC chase.
The Bluejays capped the week by celebrating Senior Day on Friday with a doubleheader sweep of Sterling College at Hillsboro, 9-6 and 4-1.
Seniors Emily Ingalls, Tristen Hall, Kelsey Jones, Raegan Ternes, Devon Fisk-Aguilar, Kerrigan Travens and Kaylie Felix were honored in a ceremony between games.
When play began, Tabor took honors with 9-6 win over the Bulldogs. The Bluejay’s Madison Byrd led off the game with a solo homer to left field.
The Bluejays added a second run in the inning and another in the second and for a moment it looked like it would be an easy day for Tabor.
But Sterling had other ideas, using a grand-slam and a two-run homer in the top of the fifth to take the lead and chase Byrd from the mound.
In the bottom of the fifth, Kerrigan Travens led off with a single and was lifted for pinch runner Chelsey Knight, who promptly stole second. Josie Mora singled Knight to third and she scored on a sacrifice fly by Brittany Vankonynenburg.
A Madison Primrose singled moved pinch runner Sierra Becerra to second. Becerra and Primrose advanced to second and third on a heads-up baserunning play when Raegan Ternes flied out to left.
Kelsey Jones followed with a two-run pinch-hit single to tie the game at six.
Vankonynenburg went 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Byrd was 2-4 with a pair of runs.
Byrd led off the seventh with a triple that nearly left the field for her second home run. She scored on a single by Arizona Schraeder. With two outs and runners on second and third, Primrose crushed a triple into the right-centerfield gap that capped the Bluejay scoring.
Primrose finished 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBIs.
Emily Ingalls, pitching in her first KCAC game, earned the win in relief, pitching 2.1 innings allowing no runs and only one hit.
The sun set and temperatures dropped during the Bluejays’ 4-1 victory.
Tabor scored four runs in the second inning fueled by a lead-off triple by Madison Primrose and an RBI double by Dani Calder. It would be all the Bluejays needed as the pitching staff came through again.
Hannah Jones pitched five innings, allowing one (unearned), four hits and no walks with six strikeouts.. The highlight was her 1-2-3 top of the fourth, all strikeouts. Emily Ingalls pitched the final two innings of shutout ball to pick up her first save.
Coming—Tabor (22-15, 14-2 in the KCAC) carries its 13-game win streak into a big week. The Bluejays will travel to No. 24 Ottawa on April 18 and Oklahoma Wesleyan University on April 21. Ottawa and OKWU sit 2-3 in the current KCAC standings. —Tabor College