The Tabor College baseball team hammered Central Christian in a 2-game tune-up for Monday?s make-up games against Ottawa. The Bluejays took both ends of the double-header with the Braves, bouncing back from four games under .500 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference standings.
Tabor beat the Braves 13-9 in the opener and 7-4 in the late game.
The Bluejays trounced Central Christian by a combined score of 22-4 April 14. Tabor took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning and did not look back en route 9-1 win.
After they chased Central starter Ryan Kibler in the bottom of the fourth, the Bluejays added a total of seven insurance runs?but needed none of them. With only 83 pitches, Wes Stancher booked 21 outs?three via strikeout?while allowing one run on four hits and two walks to earn the complete game win in seven innings.
Leadoff batter Dustin Dick singled twice, walked and scored three runs in the opener.
Dick went 4-for-4 in the second game, scoring twice and driving in four runs from the leadoff spot. His productivity helped key a 9-run fourth inning that effectively sealed victory for starting pitcher Tyler Fenton. The final score was 13-3.
Fenton allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in five innings, striking out five.
Building on Dick?s offense, three Bluejays scored multiple runs: Ryan Boucher (3), Andrew Cook (2) and CJ Henrichsen (2). Mike Chaput and Tanner Stevenson each accounted for two RBI.
Coming?Tabor (9-11, 21-23) visited Fort Hays State University Tuesday and will wrap up regular season conference play with a home-and-home series against Kansas Wesleyan. The Coyotes stop in Hillsboro Thursday, and the Bluejays travel to Salina Saturday. The conference post-season tournament is slated to begin May 1.
Wichita State, Tabor?s final non-conference opponent of the season, will host the Bluejays at 7 p.m. April 28.