GREAT BEND – Bethany College’s baseball team gave top-seeded Tabor a good test Thursday before losing a 6-3 verdict in the second round of the KCAC Tournament.
The Swedes play at 3 p.m. today against Saint Mary in the loser’s bracket. Bethany already owns a 5-1 win over the Spires in this tournament.
The Swedes were in business early as they capitalized on a Bluejays error to score the game's first run. Aaron Huerta doubled to deep right field. Daniel Hordo benefitted from a throwing error and reached safely. Huerta scored on the play and the Swedes led 1-0 after the first half of the inning.
Tabor answered right back in the bottom half of the inning against Swede pitcher Victor De Anda. The Blue Jays used a double, single, double, and sacrifice fly to score three runs to make it 3-1
Andrew Gomez replaced De Anda in the second inning after the first batter hit a line shot for a single. After getting one out, Gomez gave up a home run over the centerfield fence, stretching the early lead to 5-1.
After Bethany went quietly in the third and fourth innings, Tabor again extended its lead. The Blue Jays used two hits to add another run taking a 6-1 lead into the fifth inning. Bethany closed the gap in the top of the fifth inning. James Compomizzi led off the inning with a single to left-center. Sammuel Ramirez followed with a single to center field. After Huerta flew out to center, Compomizzi advanced to third. Pablo Contreras then lifted a ball to deep right field. Compomizzi tagged and scored, cutting the Tabor lead to 6-2.
After two defensive stops, the Swedes went back to work cutting into the Bluejays lead again. In the seventh inning, Nicholas Ceccarelli started the inning with a single to second. Ramirez singled through the left side of infield. Ceccarelli advanced to third on the hit, and Ramirez advanced to second on the throw in. Huerta grounded out to third. The hit, however, scored Ceccarelli cutting the lead to 6-3.
Bethany would put runners on in the eighth and ninth innings but were unable to chip away at Tabor's lead any further.
Offensively for the Swedes, Ceccarelli and Ramirez each had two hits. Huerta, Compomizzi, and Ceccarelli all scored a run for Bethany. De Anda pitched one complete inning and gave up four earned runs on four hits. Gomez pitched seven complete innings giving up two earned runs on seven hits. He did allow the two-run home run but he also struck out five. The Swedes collected eight hits compared to 11 hits by Tabor. Bethany capitalized on four Tabor errors, while committing none.