For the first time in Panther history the Chapman University baseball team won the SCIAC Championship game against Redlands in a winner take all game.
The championship game started on Friday, May 4th and ended on Sunday.
The Chapman team made an improbable win in the championship, first losing to Redlands 12 to 5 on Friday.
“Every game was do or die,” said Austin Merrill, sophomore pitcher.
Redlands was undefeated and the tournament was double elimination, we had to beat Redlands two out of three times to win the championship, Merrill said. “The second game (on Saturday) we ended up shutting them down and beating them and that set the scene for it all.”
During the final game against Redlands, the Chapman team was losing 10-1 going into the 7th inning.
“Coming back from being down 10-1 in the 7th inning and scoring 19 runs between the 7th, 8th, and 9th inning is pretty unheard of,” said Joel Brown, sophomore outfielder.
“We managed to put up 16 runs in 2 innings behind our captains Jared Love and Gavin Blodgett,” Merrill said. “If I had to put it all down to one play, Gavin hit a no doubt bases loaded home run and there was no looking back from there.”
The team is now going on to play in the West Regional in Spokane, Washington. If they win the six team regional, they move onto to the world series in Appleton, Wisconsin for a chance at the National Championship.
According to Merrill every player on the team stepped up and did their part in the SCIAC Championship.
“Trevor Marrs, a freshman stepped up to play in place of one of our most valuable players that got hurt and did a hell of a job.” Merrill said.
Merrill also complimented Cody Turner and Jonathan Hernandez for their performance on the field.
“They gave their best effort on the mound and really kept us in a spot to come back.” said Merrill.
Joel Brown said he believes it was a team effort to win the game.
“It’s like the saying in baseball, ‘the batting order is a living and breathing thing; It has to work together to be successful,’” Brown said.
He said his favorite part of the season had to be winning the SCIAC.
“There is no other feeling like it,” Brown said.