Hutchinson, Kan. – A dominating pitching performance and timely hitting helped the Tabor College baseball team advance to the finals of the Opening Round of the NAIA National Baseball Tournament-Hutchinson bracket.
The top seeded Bluejays reached the finals of the double elimination tournament after shutting out 3rd seeded the University of Jamestown by the score of 4-0, Tuesday afternoon at Hobart-Detter Field, in Hutchinson, Kan.
Tabor is now just one win away from qualifying for the NAIA College World Series is Lewiston, Idaho for the first time in school history.
KCAC Co-pitcher of the year sophomore Jacob Webb was masterful in a complete game shutout performance. Webb gave up just four hits and needed just 100 pitches to make it through all nine innings of play. He also struck out six and walked two earning his 11th win of the season.
Senior Keenan Chanin broke open a scoreless game in the top of the sixth on a two out, RBI triple down the right field line, that scored seniors Kevin Seeger, and Kirk Rocha. Junior Pete Lelich would follow with an RBI single that scored Chanin from third giving Tabor a 3-0 lead.
Tabor would take advantage of a Jamestown error in the top of the ninth as junior Gadiel Baez scored the final run of the game for the Bluejays.
Senior Troy Torres was the only Bluejay to have a multi-hit game going 2-5 at the plate. Tabor did total eight hits on the afternoon while playing nine innings of error free baseball.
Great Plains Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year Tanner Dahl got the start for the Jimmies and went seven innings allowing three earned runs, on seven hits, while striking out three, and walking four.
Jamestown will now await the winner between 5th seeded Viterbo University and 4th seeded Mayville State University. The first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m on Wednesday with the winner advancing to take on the Bluejays in the championship game on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.