Thanks to great resilience shown in the seventh and eighth innings, the EC Bluejays came back to defeat the Carthage College Redmen in game one of a doubleheader by the score of 7-6 on April 25 at Butterfield Park.
Carthage got out to an early 3-0 after they scored two runs in the first and then another in the third. Then the Bluejays started to rally when junior infielder Trey Compton got an RBI single, followed by an RBI double by Jacob McMillian to make the score 3-2.
McMillan continued his big day by getting an RBI single in the fifth to tie the game at 3. That was followed by two walks with the bases loaded to give the Bluejays their first lead of the game 5-3.
Carthage would take back the lead in the eighth off of a sac fly but then Jacob McMillan drove in what ended up being the game winning run in the bottom half of the inning. He went 3 for 5 with two RBI’s.
Coach Joel Southern commented after the game about McMillan and his production at the plate by stating the following.
“McMillan has been swinging the bat extremely well, getting big hits for us. He is a guy we want up there in that spot,” said Southern.
Southern went to talk about the momentum this comeback win gave them heading into game two later in the day.
“We never gave up, fell behind early, fell behind late. This team has been resilient all year. We went through a rough patch a couple of weeks ago where we lost close games and I think we learned from that and we got some big hits,” said Southern.
Senior first baseman Austin MacMillan spoke after the game about the team’s will to comeback and win this important game.
“It does not tell us anything we already know. We have had that will all season long, we have had close games all season long. It has not always turned out our way but we always battle, we always fight and we give ourselves a chance to win,” said MacMillan.
Once again this was game one of a doubleheader and this season has been ravaged and riddled with cancellations due to inclement weather. MacMillan went on to talk about what doubleheaders do to a player’s endurance.
“Luckily we are still quote unquote young and our bodies are still fresh and everything and we are used to playing doubleheaders because we do it in preseason and spring trips. Most of our conference games come in the form of doubleheaders. It sucks that our schedule has to get moved around because of the weather but we do with it what we can,” said MacMillan.
Not only did they win game one, but they also won game two by the score of 2-1 in 10 innings to sweep the doubleheader of Carthage. Their final home game of the season will take place at Butterfield Park on May 5 against Wheaton College.