Heart-breaking loss for baseball Bulldogs

By Steve Sell
April 16, 2018
McPherson College Sports Information

HILLSBORO — Tabor College’s baseball team completed a three-game sweep of McPherson College on Sunday, but just barely.

The Jays won the single, nine-inning game when they stunned the Bulldogs by scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for the walk-off win.

That kept Tabor in the running for the KCAC championship as it’s now 19-5 in the conference, while Mac fell to 6-16, but still is 27-19 overall.

The Bulldogs had taken a 3-1 lead by scoring two runs in the top of the ninth. But they couldn’t hold it as the never-say-die Bluejays won it as Jackson Hooge’s two-run double tied the game and Cameron Pope hit a sac fly for the winner.

“That would have been a nice win to hang your hat on — one to look back to down the road — but we weren't able to get it done," Mac coach Bryan Moses said.

Lane Fleming had three hits to lead the Bulldogs and Reily Martin added two.

Javier Saenz was making his first start on the mound for the Bulldogs and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He wound up going 8 1/3 innings.

"We're proud of what Saenz did today," Moses said. "He faced one of the top lineups in the conference and he threw three pitches for strikes whenever he wanted to. He wasn't scared, he attacked hitters, he worked inside and he did everything a starting pitcher needs to do. I thought he was fantastic today."

The Bulldogs host Central Christian College on Tuesday at the new Bulldog Park. It’s the finale of the McPherson City Series and Mac is going for the sweep as it has won the first three games. First pitch is 4 p.m.