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Baseball All-ECC Awards Announced; Kirk Earns All-Ohio Honors

Posted on: May 29, 2017

Six members of the Milford High School baseball team, including a quartet of first team selections are the headliners on the 2017 All-Eastern Cincinnati Conference teams. One of the Eagles’ first team selections, senior Matt Kirk, was also tabbed as a first team All-Ohio selection by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches’ Association as he closes out an outstanding prep career.

 

The Eagles, who posted a fifth consecutive 20-win season, saw Kirk joined on the All-ECC first team by senior Wes Reid, along with juniors Evan Baugh and Kyle Music. Milford’s second team all-conference selections for this year were juniors Mitch Mierke and Dylan Stewart, while senior George Lucas picked up honorable mention accolades.

 

Kirk had a phenomenal conclusion to his high school career as he led the ECC in hits (45), triples (7) and RBI (34). His .459 batting average was the third-best in the league. He also scored 28 runs, danged out seven doubles and a pair of home runs, while stealing five bases. Kirk was also a first team All-ECC choice last season. He will continue his playing career next season at Morehead State University.

 

Baugh was a stellar two-way performer for the Eagles, doing some of his best work on the mound. For the year, the junior posted a 5-1 record in nine appearances, while collecting 36 strikeouts in 44 innings and posting a 1.91 ERA. At the plate, Baugh was a .330 hitter with three extra-base hits, 13 RBI and three stolen bases. The first team honor marked the first time in his career Baugh was honored by the ECC.

 

A second team All-ECC choice last season, Music moved to the league’s list of top honorees this season with a strong hitting campaign for the Eagles. As a regular at first base, Music ranked second on the team with a .397 batting average, while his 11 doubles were a team-best. He also added 14 RBI. Music was also a contributor on the mound for Milford, posting a 2-3 record and a 3.53 ERA, while picking up a pair of key saves out of the bullpen.

 

Reid earned his second consecutive All-ECC first team honor with another strong hitting performance during 2017. For the year, Reid was a .368 hitter, leading the Eagles with 31 runs scored, knocking home 20 more and stealing five bases. At the dish, Reid totaled 10 doubles, one triple and one home run.

 

Mierke was perhaps the biggest breakthrough player on the Milford roster as he led the Eagles’ pitching staff with six victories, while tallying a 2.14 ERA and striking out 32. One of Mierke’s two shutouts and six wins was a no-hitter against Clio (Mich.). Mierke was also a solid contributor at the plate hitting .339 and driving in 19.

 

Like Mierke, another first-year varsity player Stewart, also earned second team All-ECC honors. After starting the year at third base, Stewart made the transition to catcher, finishing the campaign with a .273 batting average, four doubles and 12 RBI.

 

Lucas made 11 appearances out of the bullpen for the Eagles, earning one victory and posting a 2.19 ERA. In 16 innings, Lucas struck out 17. He will compete next season at Wilmington College.

 

The Eagles concluded 2017 with a 20-11 record and a runner-up district finish after upsetting top-seeded Moeller in the sectional finals.