On May 7, the Elmhurst men’s baseball team finished their season with a doubleheader split against North Park University. The Bluejays took the first game with a score of 13-8 and an 11-5 loss in the nightcap. Elmhurst finished the season with a 21-19 record and a 9-12 finish in CCIW Championship play.
Game One: Elmhurst 13, North Park 8
Off to a slow start, Elmhurst rallied in the fifth inning by placing 10 batters on the plate, scoring five runs, and taking a 5-4 lead in the game. Senior Chris Eberhart scored with a RBI double.
Junior Brandon Kressner had a run scoring double, which made the score 4-2. Junior Ben Havel grounded out and drove in a run to push the score to 4-3 while junior A.J. Compton’s RBI double tied the game. After a fielding error on North Park, sophomore Austin MacMillan scored and put the Bluejays in the lead with a score of 5-4.
The Bluejays had a strong inning in the eighth by scoring six straight runs with eight at bats that put eight Bluejays on base. With two walks and a hit batter, the bases were loaded when sophomore Reagan McReynolds singled to cut a North Park lead to 7-6. Kressner scored on a bases loaded walk and tied the game at 7-7. Havel hit a two-run double that put the Bluejays in front while MacMillan and Compton added RBI singles. Eberhart drew a bases loaded walk to force a run. An error on North Park allowed the Bluejays to score the final run.
McReynolds lead the Bluejays at the plate, finishing 3-5 with two runs and one run driven in. MacMillan, Havel, and Compton each had two hits. Havel drove in three runs and MacMillan and Compton drove in two runs a piece.
At the mound, Havel worked 5.2 innings while allowing 11 hits and 7 runs, walked four and fanned four, which led to a no-decision. Senior Ben Modesitt picked up the win in the relief position. He allowed three hits, one run, walked two, and struck out two.
Game Two-North Park 11, Elmhurst 5
North Park outscored Elmhurst in the final innings to win the second game with a score of 9-2.
North Park took a quick lead in the opening innings. Elmhurst scored two runs in the fourth.
Eberhart drove in Compton with a double to cut a North Park lead. Freshman Matt Wilson scored on a wild pitch to tie the score at 2-2.
North Park scored five runs in the sixth inning to take a 7-2 lead. In the bottom of the ninth, the Bluejays scored three runs to end the game with a final score of 11-5.
Kressner led Elmhurst at the plate, finishing 3-4 and an RBI. Eberhart had two hits in the loss for the Bluejays.
On the mound, senior Ryan Millan took the loss while working 5.2 innings. He allowed 12 hits, seven runs, walked two, and struck out two.
Women’s Track and Field
On May 7, the women’s track and filed team finished in eighth place at the CCIW Championships at Augustana College. The lady Bluejays were unable to score a point in the team standings. With 222 points, Illinois Wesleyan won the championship and took the team title.
Junior Kaila Konecki finished in 19th place in the 5,000 meters with a time of 20:30.35 and was the top finisher for the Bluejays. Hannah Davis competed in four events for the Bluejays. She placed 29th in the 200 meters with a time of 32.25 and 22nd in the 400 meters with a time of 1:10.21. She also placed 21st in the 800 meters with a time of 2:45.18 and 19th in the discus.
Completing the team placement was freshman Zakisha Hudson, who placed 20th in the 200 meters in 28.21 seconds and 21st in the 100 meters with a time of 13.66 seconds. Junior Liesel Metz finished 26th in the 1,500 meters with a time of 5:50.82.
The men’s lacrosse team’s season ended in a crushing 11-10 loss to Carthage College on May 4. Trailing in the fourth quarter, freshman Mac Harden and senior Mal Euson each scored goals, with an assist by senior Tyler Daily, and pulled the Bluejays within one point to tie the game.
After a Carthage penalty, junior Matt Westhaver scored the goal that would tie the game at 10-10. With 2:12 on the clock, Carthage regained possession and scored the winning goal, which sent Carthage to the CCIW Championship.
In the first half, Carthage led 3-1 after 15 minutes. Harden pulled Elmhurst within one and Dailey scored his 15th goal of the season. With five seconds remaining in the half, sophomore Dan Curley scored an additional goal.
During the second half, with a score of 9-4, Carthage took a commanding lead. Daily and freshman David Fracassa each scored a goal and brought the Bluejays within three. Late in the half, Harden scored his second goal of the game and with three unanswered goals, the Bluejays tied the game. In the end, Carthage scored the winning goal to move to the CCIW Championships.
Offensively, Harden led the Bluejays with a hat trick and Dailey scored two goals and an assist.
Junior Nick Bonastia had 13 saves in the net. Elmhurst was 33 and Carthage was 34 for shots on goal.
The Bluejays finished their 2016 season 6-11 and 2-3 in CCIW championship play.