Senior Jake McMillan, captain on the Elmhurst College baseball team, had his eyes set on playing infield his freshman year. However, that changed his sophomore year when head coach Joel Southern put him in the outfield. McMillan has been the starting center/left fielder for the Bluejays for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
“We didn’t really know where he would end up playing, but he is a guy that has self-adjusted with his swing and fielding,” said Coach Southern.
McMillan is currently third on the team in batting posting a .289 avg, second on the team in RBIs with 18, and 6-6 on stolen bases this season.
In the Bluejays 14-12 loss against Carroll University on April 20, McMillan went 2 for 5, had one RBI, and three runs scored.
McMillan delivered again for the Bluejays on May 1 against Augustana University going 1-3 at the plate, had one RBI, and one run scored. Unfortunately, the team took a 15-3 loss against Auggie.
On May 3, McMillan went 1-4 and had two RBIs, helping the Bluejays secure a 5-1 win over North Park University.
“There have been a lot of frustrating moments this season that I could have negatively reacted to, but I have realized keeping my cool and controlling what I can control is the best way to deal with them,” McMillan said about the 2019 season.
McMillan earned first-team All-Conference Honors in the 2018 season, along with being a key defensive and offensive player for the Bluejays this season. However, perhaps his biggest impact has been the leadership he has brought to the team.
“He leads by example, is vocal when he needs to be, and you tell him something once and he does it,” explained Coach Southern.
McMillan and the Bluejays will wrap up the 2019 season at North Park University, Saturday May 4.