Marion, Ill. - The Patriot baseball team is still seeking their first win after a tough three-game sweep against the Royals of Ecclesia College. Despite a breakout performance for one Patriot in the final game, the Patriots couldn't keep up with the Royals offense as they drop all three games by scores of 15-1, 16-10 and 3-0.
In game one, Sam Carmichiel took the mound for the Patriots and was strong through four innings where he allowed only two earned runs on two walks and six hits. The fifth inning came around and rang the final bell for Carmichiel as he quickly surrendered two base runners to start the inning.
In Dalton Utley's one inning of work, he allowed four hits, four earned runs, and walked four batters. By the end of the fifth, the Patriots were trailing 7-1 after scoring their lone run on an RBI by Christian Blankenship to bring in Chase Vasquez.
Matt Woods then took the bump for Morthland in the sixth, and the pitching woes continued. Hale quickly relieved Woods, and the game was seemingly out of reach for the Patriots as the sixth inning came to a close. The boys in green had given the Royals an eight run inning, drawing the score up to 15-1 in the favor of Ecclesia, which would go on to be the final in game one.
The Patriots were held to just seven hits off of Royal's starter Mason Alexander. Alex Brooks, the Patriot designated hitter, had the only multi-hit night as he went 3-for-3. Blankenship drove in the only run, and Alexander didn't surrender a single walk to MC.
Saturday brought better weather, but the Patriots started off on a bad note yet again as Alex Walker took the bump.
Walker, a junior in his second year at Morthland, surrendered eight runs, two unearned, in just two innings of work. Once again, Cure was forced to go to his bullpen early as Vasquez made his first appearance on the hill this season.
The freshman out of Texas worked for two innings and allowed only two hits and two earned runs. By the time Vasquez's outing was complete, the boys were down 10-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
MC was able to spark some momentum by plating three runs in their half of the inning, bringing them back to 10-4. In response though, Hale returned to the bump and allowed four runs to cross the plate in the top of the fifth, putting Ecclesia back ahead 14-4.
The Patriots fought back one last time by crossing five runs in the fifth, but they couldn't close the gap as the final score came up reading 16-10 after seven innings of play.
Game three took a turn for the better as MC's freshman starter, Tyler Daugherty, tossed a gem on the bump. The righty finished a complete game after allowing three runs to cross in the first three innings.
Daugherty surrendered only eight hits to the Royals hot offense while striking out three and walking a pair.
The kicker was that the Patriot offense was also brought to a halt as Ecclesia's starter, Madison Bates, threw a three hitter, forcing six ground outs to his thrid baseman, Trevor Caldwell.
O'Neal recorded two of the Patriots three hits in the third game. Jon Marc Girardeau place the only other hit on the box score and Utley was the only other runner to reach base as Bates surrendered only one walk.
Daugherty's efforts couldn't bring the boys to their first win as the final score of 3-0 read on the board as the seventh inning came to a close.
"I'm incredibly proud of Tyler Daugherty's efforts today," said Cure. "It was a big spark for us to turn the page on some tough games we've had. Although we still have a lot of improve, this was a big showing to us that we can play with anyone we face."
The Patriots look forward to hosting Brescia University on Tuesday, March 7, in a nine inning ball game starting at 1:00.