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Baseball Seeks Wins In Busy Final Week of Regular Season

Posted on: May 1, 2017

Baseball Seeks Wins In Busy Final Week of Regular Season

SETTING THE SCENE: The final week of the regular season has arrived for the Milford High School baseball team and five games will await the Eagles if the weather cooperates. The Eagles enter this week 13-8 overall and 6-6 in league play and will look to move up in the final conference standings if they can secure a pair of wins against Withrow. Other games on the docket this week include match-ups with Clinton-Massie and Hillsboro.

 

TOURNEY TALK: The Eagles have earned the No. 13 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 9, hosting No. 31 Winton Woods. Should the Eagles advance, they will take on the winner of No. 11 Anderson and No. 17 Hamilton. Click here for Milford’s sectional bracket.

 

A LOOK BACK: April 24 vs. Walnut Hills: Milford 13, Walnut Hills 4

Milford scored the game’s final nine runs to snap a 4-4 tie and knock off Walnut Hills by a 13-4 final. The win was retribution for a 2-1 defeat to the ECC’s other Eagles just three days prior.

 

THE BATS

Wes Reid, Keith Carter and Mitch Mierke combined for 10 hits, eight RBI and five runs scored to pace a 15-hit offensive attack. Reid had a huge day, doing 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, while driving in three. Carter and Mierke each picked up three hits, with Carter scoring twice and driving in two, while Mierke tallied three RBI and a pair of runs.

 

THE ARMS

Junior Tyler Barter retired the only hitter he faced in the fourth inning, entering with two on and two out to pick up his second victory of the season. Kyle Minton and George Lucas followed with three shutout innings, all in relief of starter Kyle Music. Music struck out five in 3.2 innings, but allowed all four Walnut runs.

 

April 25 vs. Colerain: Milford 4, Colerain 3 (extra innings)

Milford answered two runs by Colerain in the top of the eighth with three in the bottom half to walk-off with the 4-3 win over the Cardinals. Senior Sam Dobrowolski delivered the game-winner with a two-run single that plated Keith Carter and Kyle Minton with the winning tallies.

 

THE BATS

The Eagles were limited to just five hits on the day with no player recording more than one. In addition to Dobrowolski’s game-winner, Milford’s other runs came when Witte was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth and in the fifth on Dylan Stewart’s sacrifice fly.

 

THE ARMS

Despite allowing two runs in the top of the eighth, Joey Ciraci picked up his second win of the season for the Eagles. Freshman Zach Byron made his first-ever varsity appearance as the starter, leaving after two shutout innings. Carter also turned in four sparkling relief innings in the win.

 

April 26 at Kings: Kings 1, Milford 0 (extra innings)

Kings scored the game’s only run with a walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning to hand Milford a gut-wrenching 1-0 loss.

 

THE BATS

Junior Kyle Music recorded two of the Eagles’ five hits on the day.

 

THE ARMS

Junior Evan Baugh was outstanding over seven innings, allowing just three hits and three walks, while striking out five, but ended with a no-decision. Mitch Mierke absorbed the loss of the campaign after the Knights scored the winner in the eighth.

 

April 28 vs. Kings: Milford 3, Kings 0

Mitch Mierke turned in a brilliant pitching performance as Milford found revenge for the loss earlier in the week to Kings, leading the Eagles to a 3-0 triumph. More details on this game will be available later.

 

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

  • Monday, May 1 at Withrow, 4:30 p.m. & Wednesday, May 3 vs. Withrow, 4:30 p.m.
    • 2017 Record: 3-15, 0-11 ECC (NR Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Hitter: Senior Aaron Herring (.424/3 XBH/7 RBI/16 SB)
    • Top Pitcher: Senior Keyandre Davis (0.93 ERA/3-3 record/0 SV)
    • Last Meeting: 2016; Milford 29, Withrow 1 & Milford 11, Withrow 1
  • Tuesday, May 2 at Clinton Massie, 4:30 p.m.
    • 2017 Record: 12-4
    • Top Hitter: N/A
    • Top Pitcher: N/A
    • Last Meeting: 2016; Milford 8, Clinton Massie 5
  • Thursday, May 4 vs. Hillsboro, 5:00 p.m.
    • 2017 Record: N/A
    • Top Hitter: N/A
    • Top Pitcher: N/A
    • Last Meeting: 2015; Milford 10, Hillsboro 2

 

THANK YOU SENIORS: Senior Day is scheduled in conjunction with the Eagles’ May 3 home game against Withrow. That day, the 2017 Senior Class consisting of Keith Carter, Joey Ciraci, Sam Dobrowolski, Matt Kirk, George Lucas, Wes Reid and Chase Witte will be honored for their contributions to Milford Baseball.

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A look at Milford’s statistical leaders through 20 games:

Batting Average: Kyle Music (.452), Matt Kirk (.446), Wes Reid (.366)

Slugging Percentage: Matt Kirk (.692), Kyle Music (.571), Wes Reid (.549)

On Base Percentage: Matt Kirk (.532), Kyle Music (.511), Wes Reid (.432)

Runs Scored: Evan Baugh/Wes Reid (20), Matt Kirk (19)

Hits: Matt Kirk (29), Wes Reid (26), Evan Baugh (22)

RBI: Matt Kirk (22), Wes Reid/Brady Sluder (16)

Doubles: Wes Reid (8), Matt Kirk/Kyle Music (5)

Triples: Matt Kirk (4), Sam Dobrowolski/Wes Reid (1)

Home Runs: Matt Kirk/Wes Reid (1)

Walks: Matt Kirk (12), Sam Dobrowolski (11), Wes Reid (9)

Stolen Bases: Matt Kirk (4), Wes Reid/Dylan Stewart (3)

Wins: Mitch Mierke (4), Evan Baugh/Tyler Barter/Joey Ciraci (2)

Saves: Jared Dettmer (1)

ERA: Evan Baugh (2.12), Mitch Mierke (2.29), Kyle Music (4.94)

Innings: Evan Baugh (33.0), Kyle Music (22.2), Mitch Mierke (18.1)

Opponents Batting Average: Evan Baugh (.225), Mitch Mierke/Kyle Music (.261)

Strikeouts: Kyle Music (26), Evan Baugh (25), Mitch Mierke (15)

 

POLL WATCH: Milford continued to receive votes in the final edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s area Division I coaches’ poll, released on May 1. Moeller won the poll championship, securing 12 of the 20 first place votes cast. The balance of the top-five showed Fairfield (two votes), Lakota West (four votes), St. Xavier (two votes) and Loveland from the ECC. The league is also represented by Kings, Anderson and Walnut Hills all joining the Eagles in others receiving votes. The final coaches’ poll can be viewed at preps.cincinnati.com/coachespolls.

 

COLLEGE BOUND EAGLES: A trio of seniors on the 2017 Eagles’ roster have already announced their intention to continue their athletic and academic careers on the collegiate level. Joey Ciraci will attend will attend Bluffton University, while Matt Kirk has signed a National Letter of Intent at Morehead State University. George Lucas is on his way to Wilmington College.