DANVILLE — There is never a good time to get swept in a four-game series, but for the Danville Area Community College Jaguars, this was the worst-case scenario.
The Jaguars entered this weekend with hopes of claiming a Mid-West Athletic Conference baseball title. DACC needed just two wins in the four-game series with Illinois Central College to get the conference title and the No. 1 seed in the Region 24 Tournament.
Even after getting swept by the Cougars on Friday in East Peoria, 10-9 in 12 innings and 7-6, the Jaguars still had a chance to achieve the ultimate regular-season goal.
Illinois Central, who was playing to gain the No. 2 seed in the postseason tournament, swept Saturday's doubleheader at Danville Stadium, winning 6-1 and 9-0.
"It's disappointing, because you know what you had coming into the series, it was all in front of you,'' Danville Area Community College coach Tim Bunton said. "We just didn't do it.''
DACC, which falls to 33-19 overall and 21-11 in the M-WAC, has fallen from being the possible No. 1 seed and getting a bye in next week's Region 24 Tournament to now being either the No. 4 or 5 seed and facing Parkland College, who is scheduled to play Lincoln College this afternoon.
"We don't have a choice right now. We have to move on and prepare for the tournament,'' Bunton said. "We will get Parkland in round 1. We just have to go play and see what happens.
"It's not a good time to play the way that we did.''
And Bunton's concerns were basically directed at Saturday's twinbill at Danville Stadium.
"In the first game over there on Friday, we are one strike away from winning, but they come back with a double and another hit. Then we get a run in the 12th, but we gave up two,'' he said of opening game loss. "The second game was basically the same thing. We were leading and they came back to get a win.