By Thomas Sellers Jr.
On a field full of Trojans, one stood tallest Friday night at Miles Park in Millington.
Millington Trojan senior Lucas Van Emelen helped his team defeat the Northpoint Christian Trojans 14-1 hitting for the cycle driving in 6 RBIs.
The historic moment of completing the cycle came in the fourth inning with two runners on base. Van Emelen crushed a Northpoint offering 375 feet over the left-centerfield wall to add to his single, double and triple that already drove in three runs.
“It was amazing,” Van Emelen said. “I don’t know how to explain it honestly. I felt amazing when I hit that home run. Coach (Zane Adams) said it’s probably one of the hardest things to do in baseball. People play their whole lives and are never able to do it.”
The Trojans jumped out 3-0 after one inning and added a run in the second inning. Then Millington exploded for 6 runs in the third inning with several players contributing.
“We’ve been playing better than what we started,” Millington ace Peyton Wiginton said. “We started 0-6 which is not very good to Coach’s standards. But it has been pretty good lately, hitting the ball and attacking good pitches.
“We’ve been putting the ball in the zone pitching wise and making the routine plays, not trying to be fancy,” the senior added. “We’ve been playing as a team. This is one of the first years we’ve really been like a team. Everybody loves everybody.”
The younger Peyton, Peyton Cochran attacked the zone against the Trojans from Southaven, Miss., keeping them scoreless for four innings.
“All together we played pretty good,” Van Emelen said. “Peyton pitched well on the mound and overall we made the plays we needed to make.”
The Trojans from Flag City Millington used a combination of patience and aggression at the plate to build a 14-0 lead. An example of the patience was the older Peyton. Wiginton drove in runs with a hit but his main objective was reaching first.
“My goal right now is get on base,” he said. “I had three walks tonight. That’s my goal get a walk and Lucas will drive me in.”
Van Emelen did just that against Northpoint. The Millington senior center fielder came into the Trojans vs. Trojans game hot hitting a home run the previous night against Haywood.
Against Northpoint he started the evening with a single, double and triple driving in multiple runs.
“I feel like I’m in the zone,” he said. “I’m hitting pretty well now. I wasn’t in the beginning, but at the end is where it is needed.”
Ahead 11-0 in the fourth inning, Van Emelen came to the plate for the final time in the game a home run away from the cycle. With two runners on base, Van Emelen took a swing for history.
“I knew it was gone,” he said. “I felt it come off the bat.”
The crush-job made the score 14-0 and gave Van Emelen a piece of baseball history.
“I can’t even explain how amazing it is,” he said.
The Trojans hope as May approaches the amazing feelings continue. Wiginton said under the guidance of Head Coach Zane Adams and staff, Millington might be making more history soon.
“We’re still learning and coaching has been a really big different,” he said. “We might not have the talent we used to have, but we’re playing better than we usually do. We’re being a team.
“I think we have a great chance of winning this year,” Wiginton concluded. “We’ve just have to play strong every game.”