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Baseball Opens Tourney Play Tuesday Against Withrow

Posted on: May 13, 2019

A LOOK AT THE EAGLES: A capsule look at the 2019 team:

  • 2019 Record: 15-9, 9-5 ECC
  • Head Coach: Tom Kilgore (21st year at Milford)
  • Top Hitter: Senior Calvin Hunter (.393 BA/8 2B/2 3B/25 RBI/3 SB)
  • Top Pitcher: Senior Jake Becker (5-1/1.32 ERA/37.0 IP/30 SO)


THE UPCOMING DOCKET: A look at Milford’s schedule for the upcoming week:

  • Monday, May 13 at Ross, 5:00 p.m. (completion of suspended game from May 4; game is tied 2-2 in the top of the eighth inning)
  • Tuesday, May 14 vs. Withrow, 5:00 p.m. (OHSAA Tournament)
    • 2019 Record: 2-19, 0-14 ECC
    • Top Hitter: Sophomore Kejuan Watts-McDaniel (.300/1 XBH/10 RBI/8 SB)
    • Top Pitcher: Junior Winston Combs (2-5 record/6.65 ERA/20.0 IP/35 SO)
    • Last Meeting: 2019; Milford 22, Withrow 0 & Milford 15, Withrow 0


TOURNEY TALK: The Eagles have earned the No. 10 seed in the Cincinnati sectionals of the OHSAA Tournament, as voted on by the area coaches. The Eagles will open the tournament at home on Tuesday, May 14, hosting No. 32 Withrow. Click here for the sectional brackets.


The schedule for ECC teams in the tournament includes: No. 5 Kings vs. winner of No. 10 Milford-No. 32 Withrow (May 16, 5:00 p.m. at Kings), No. 7 Anderson vs. winner of No. 13 Colerain-No. 16 West Clermont (May 16, 5:00 p.m. at Anderson), No. 9 Turpin vs. No. 15 Walnut Hills (May 14, 5:00 p.m. at Turpin), No. 10 Milford vs. No. 32 Withrow (May 14, 5:00 p.m. at Milford), No. 16 West Clermont vs. No. 13 Colerain (May 14, 5:00 p.m. at Colerain) and No. 20 Loveland vs. No. 18 Hamilton (May 14, 5:00 p.m. at Hamilton).


A LOOK BACK: May 6 at Milford: Milford 1, Turpin 0



Zach Byron spun another gem on the mound, tossing a seven-hit shutout as the Eagles topped Turpin by a 1-0 score. For the third straight outing, Byron surpassed double-digit strikeouts, fanning 13 Spartans to give him 50 K’s over his last 18 innings.


At the plate, Milford was limited to only three hits, but Max Ward’s second inning RBI double was all the run support Byron would need.



Milford: 13-7, 7-5 ECC; Turpin: 12-8, 8-5 ECC

WP: Zach Byron; LP: William Henkel; Save: None




Zach Byron 7 IP, 0 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 13 SO

Max Ward 2B



Justin Silverstein 3-3, 2B

William Henkel 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 SO


May 7 at Walnut Hills: Milford 16, Walnut Hills 6



Milford scored in every inning as they raced past Walnut Hills by a 16-6 final score. The game began on May 1 and was suspended in the top of the fifth inning with Milford leading 7-4.


MHS got three hits each from Calvin Hunter and Brady Sluder, while Grant Whitaker drew four walks. Hunter Frank drove in three runs and the top-three in the batting order Anthony Bassano (3), Sam Greenwell (4) and Hunter (3) combined to score 10 of the 16 runs. Hunter also earned the victory with three solid innings of pitching.



Milford: 14-7, 8-5 ECC; Walnut Hills: 15-9, 6-7 ECC

WP: Calvin Hunter; LP: Justin Boggs; Save: None




Anthony Bassano 2B, 3 R

Sam Greenwell 4 R

Calvin Hunter 3-4, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI

Hunter Frank 3 RBI

Brady Sluder 3-6, 2 RBI

Grant Whitaker 2 RBI, 4 BB

Braden Pickett 2B


Walnut Hills

Max Davenport 2-4, 2B, 2 R

Tyler Heinecke 2-4

Garrett Longeway 2B, 3 RBI

Cole Francis 2B

Nick Presley 2B


May 8 at Turpin: Milford 15, Turpin 6



A close game turned into a wild one in the final inning as Milford earned a 15-6 victory over Turpin. The Eagles scored first with a single run in the third and created breathing room with three runs each in the fourth and sixth innings. Things got crazy in the seventh as Milford scored eight times and the Spartans answered with six in their half of the frame.


The victory clinched a second place finish in the ECC for the Eagles.


Jake Becker continued his outstanding senior season on the hill, tossing six shutout innings and allowing just five hits. Anthony Bassano had a huge day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBI. Calvin Hunter also had three hits and drove in four on the day. Brady Sluder knocked in three for the game as well.



Milford: 15-7, 9-5 ECC; Turpin: 12-9, 8-6 ECC

WP: Calvin Hunter; LP: Justin Boggs; Save: None




Jake Becker 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 2 SO

Anthony Bassano 3-4, 3 R, 3 RBI

Max Ward 3-4

Calvin Hunter 3-4, 4 RBI

Grant Whitaker 3-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI

Brady Sluder 3 RBI

Cameron Hemmert 3-5, 3 R



Nick McLaughlin 2-4, 2B

Justin Silverstein 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Connor Stout 2B

Garrett Manaster 2-2


May 10 at Springboro: Springboro 5, Milford 0



Springboro pitcher Tyler Kean, committed to Ohio State for next season, held Milford to just four hits over five shutout innings as the Eagles fell to the Panthers by a 5-0 score. Springboro struck early against Calvin Hunter for all the runs it would need with three in the first and two more in the third. The big hit of the game came in the first on Logan Zier’s two-run home run.


Milford had chances against Kean, who also walked five, ultimately leaving seven on base for the game. The Eagles had their best scoring chance in the third when Braden Pickett singled with two men on. But Adam Yoh was gunned down at the plate trying to score from second. The Eagles also had a golden chance in the fifth with two runners on and just one out. Kean, though struck out Jonathan Baker and Hunter back-to-back to kill the rally.



Milford: 15-8; Springboro: 19-6

WP: Tyler Kean; LP: Calvin Hunter; Save: None




Anthony Bassano 2-4

Hunter Frank 2B



Tyler Kean 5 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 5 BB, 3 SO

Logan Zier HR, 2 RBI


May 11 at Milford: Elder 10, Milford 2



Elder parlayed an eight-run first inning into a victory, streaking past Milford by a 10-2 score. Zach Byron, so strong over his last three starts, was charged with seven of the eight first inning runs, in his shortest outing of the season.


Brady Sluder provided the offense for the Eagles with a two-run single in the third inning. But the Eagles, who had just three total hits, were held to just one base runner for the rest of the afternoon.



Milford: 15-9; Elder: 16-7

WP: Luke Masminster; LP: Zach Byron; Save: None




Brady Sluder 2 RBI



Kory Kligenbeck 2B

Sean O’Conner 2-4

Mike Bush 2B, 2 R

Tommy Thamann 2B

Ryan Marr 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI

Zack Williams 2 RBI

Ben Burke 2B, 3 RBI


INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A look at Milford’s statistical leaders:

Batting Average: Calvin Hunter (.393), Anthony Bassano (.375), Max Ward (.368)

Slugging Percentage: Calvin Hunter (.560), Anthony Bassano (.538), Braden Pickett (.474)

On Base Percentage: Max Ward (.528), Calvin Hunter (.463), Anthony Bassano (.457)

Runs Scored: Anthony Bassano (25), Calvin Hunter (20), Sam Greenwell/Grant Whitaker (19)

Hits: Calvin Hunter (33), Anthony Bassano (30), Brady Sluder (20)

RBI: Calvin Hunter (25), Brady Sluder (23), Grant Whitaker (16)

Doubles: Anthony/Bassano/Calvin Hunter/Braden Pickett (8)

Triples: Calvin Hunter (3), Anthony Bassano/Cameron Hemmert/Tyler Rawlins (1)

Home Runs: Anthony Bassano (1)

Walks: Grant Whitaker (13), Four tied (10)

Stolen Bases: Cameron Hemmert (6), Grant Whitaker (5), Anthony Bassano/Calvin Hunter (3)

Wins: Jake Becker (5), Zach Byron/Calvin Hunter (3)

Saves: Sam Roth (3), Anthony Bassano (2)

ERA: Jake Becker (1.32), Sam Roth (2.85), Calvin Hunter (3.65)

Innings: Jake Becker (37.0), Zach Byron (33.2), Sam Roth (27.0)

Opponents Batting Average: Jake Becker (.184), Braden Pickett (.191), Anthony Bassano (.208)

Strikeouts: Zach Byron (59), Sam Roth (33), Jake Becker (30)


COLLEGE BOUND EAGLES: Calvin Hunter was the first member of the 2019 Milford Baseball senior class to announce his plans for next season. Hunter has signed a national letter of intent to continue his academic and athletic career at Marshall University beginning in the fall.