The lights went out on the home careers of seven Trinity Baptist College players as the Eagles hosted their first Baseball Senior Night on Friday. Seniors A.J. Alexio, Matt Carter, Michael Cohick, David Hall, Jordan Keys, Dan Richard, and Jon Shiver took to the home field for the final time in the regular season as Trinity hosted Jacksonville’s Edward Waters College. All seven seniors had highlights in the game, although NAIA Edward Waters won it 11-6.
Shiver was 2 for 5 and scored a run in his final home game and just missed a home run in the bottom of the third. Carter, Alexio, and Keys all scored in a three-run sixth that put the Eagles ahead 5-4. Jean Rivera drove home Hall with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Alexio had a double, a walk, and two vicious line drives caught. Keys finished 2 for 5 with one run scored and another driven in. Carter was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Richard hit the ball very hard all four times up, including a diving catch that robbed him of at least two bases. Hall singled, doubled, and reached base three times in four trips to the plate. Cohick started and pitched 6 1/3 innings. He allowed three earned runs on five hits, no walks, and three strikeouts.
Trailing 4-2 in the fifth, the Eagles rallied for three by taking advantage of some EWC miscues. Carter singled and advanced to second on Kelvin George‘s sacrifice bunt. Later in the inning, Carter scored on a wild pitch, and Alexio walked and eventually scored on a base hit from Keys, who later crossed the plate on a wild pitch.
The game was interrupted as Hall came up to lead off the bottom of the ninth. The lights went out, literally, causing a wait time of approximately 20 minutes. Hall then led off with a double off the fence, just missing a home run. Nick Mackedon (2 for 4, BB, 2 RBI overall) singled him to third, and Hall scored on Rivera’s sac fly.
Earlier, Mackedon tied the score at 2-2 on a base hit up the middle that brought home Shiver (double) and David Quevedo (hit by pitch). That was the first of two comeback rallies for the Eagles.
Edward Waters, though, pulled away with two late rallies of their own, fueled by Trinity Christian Academy graduate Kelin Washington, who homered, doubled, tripled, drove in three runs, and fell only a single short of the cycle. The Tigers got consecutive two-out doubles from Tyler Rich, Jonathan Jaime, and Bryan Rodriguez to take a 2-0 lead in the second. Mackedon’s hit tied it at 2-2, and the Tigers took a 4-2 lead in the fourth with help from Washington’s solo home run.
NOTE: The win was #200 in the career of EWC head coach Reginald Johnson II.
The two teams will finish their season series with a double-header at J.P. Small Memorial Park in Downtown Jacksonville. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. EDT, and these are the final regular-season games for both the Eagles and the Tigers.
Trinity will host the NCCAA South Region tournament from May 8-11.
–Raymond Bureau, TBC
PHOTOS: Alexis Catapane, TBC