It was nearly a year ago that the newly-refurbished German American Field at Braun Stadium debuted to rave reviews, christened with a thrilling upset of Indiana.
However the joy was short-lived, as the very next day Coronavirus put an end to the University of Evansville baseball team's season.
But Aces baseball is back. This past weekend they the season with another rousing upset, knocking off #12 Georgia last Friday in Athens. And while they ended up dropping the next three to the nationally-ranked Bulldogs, they were all close competitive games.
For veteran players like junior first baseman Tanner Craig and senior third baseman Craig Shepherd, who had a season stolen from them by Covid-19, they're more determined than ever to make the most of this year on the diamond.
"It's just motivation to make the most of what we have left in baseball," said Shepherd. "Some of us only have a year left. Some of us only have a couple months left.
It's just one of those things where you've got to know your time is limited."
We were taking it for granted before and now that it was taken away," said Craig, "we have a new appreciation for what we have and we're all just trying to make the most of every opportunity we get."
"Just so fortunate for our seniors to have another year to write their own final chapter to their careers," said Aces head coach Wes Carroll. "To be able to get back onto the field and get some normalcy back in everyone's life."
The Aces will have a re-opening of their new ballpark of sorts this coming Friday afternoon, when they host the first of three games against Northern Illinois.