It took extra innings Tuesday before the Tabor College baseball team concluded its game with Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Tied 9-9 with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the 10th inning, the Bluejays had an opportunity to end the game. Unfortunately, a pop-fly and subsequent double play kept Bluejay runners from scoring.
The inning would haunt Tabor, as the Eagles won in walkoff fashion with two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning. Tabor ended their season with a 51-13 record.
The Bluejays still made history last week, winning its first NAIA World Series games ever. Their 1-0 win against Southern Polytechnic State University also was the first World Series win by a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference team.
In the game, starting pitcher Junior Mustain went 7 1/3 innings scoreless, striking out five and allowing five hits and three walks. Tabor scored its only run on a fielder’s choice at shortstop when junior Pete Lelich scored Kevin Seeger from third.
A complete game for Jacob Webb in the next game would not help the Bluejays Saturday against the tournament’s top seed, Oklahoma Baptist University. Webb only gave up one earned run, but the team lost 3-1.
Facing elimination Monday morning against Georgia Gwinnett College, Tabor pulled off a ninth-inning rally to keep their championship hopes alive. Tied at four in the sixth inning, the Grizzlies hit a home run, taking a 5-4 lead to the final inning.
A double hit by Grant Silva was mishandled by a Gwinnett outfielder, scoring pinch-runner Ryan Neufeld. Silva stole third on the next pitch.
With only one out, the Grizzlies chose to intentionally walk Gadiel Baez and Kirk Rocha, loading the bases. Seeger hit a sacrifice fly in the next at-bat, securing a 6-5 win for the Bluejays.