Tabor, Dodge City Community College both eliminated

Despite loading the bases four times, Tabor fell to top-seeded Oklahoma Baptist 5-1 and was eliminated from the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho, on Monday.

Tabor finished 1-2 in the tourney and 54-12 for the season and placed seventh.

The Bluejays stranded 12 baserunners, finally breaking through in the top of the ninth.

Gadiel Baez singled in pinch-runner Dakota Vaughn for Tabor’s only run. With the bases loaded, Matthew Molbury grounded back to the Oklahoma Baptist pitcher to end the game.

Jean Acevedo took the loss, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing 13 hits, walking three and striking out 5. Gregory Turner went 1 2/3 innings in relief and didn’t allow a walk or a hit.

Tabor finishes 54-12, giving coach Mark Standiford a seven-year record of 289-119 (.708). In KCAC games, he is 136-53 (.720).

It marks Tabor’s second straight trip to the NAIA World Series.

Tabor had five batters finish .342 or better: Alex Couch (.411), Manny DeLeon (.405), Jerrik Sigg (.342), Michael Baca (.342) and Colton Flax (.342).

Despite two home runs by Jordan Fields, Dodge City dropped a 9-7 decision to San Jacinto North and was eliminated in the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

Fields finished 4 for 5, and Frankie Valle went 4 for 6 for Dodge City, which finished 42-20.

Dodge City dropped its tourney opener 7-1 to Northwestern (Fla.) State then beat South Carolina-Sumter 23-11.

Valle hit .563 for the tourney, going 9 for 16. Besides Valle, Dodge City had four players at .400 or above (with 10 at-bats): Josh Williams .500 (5-10), Ricky Trammell .429 (6-14), Leno Ramirez .429 (6-14) and Fields .400 (4-10).