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Eight Eagles Named To All-ECC Softball Teams

Posted on: June 1, 2018

Eight members of the 2018 Eastern Cincinnati Conference Softball Champions from Milford High School have been recognized for their outstanding play this spring with inclusion on the league’s all-conference teams. Milford placed four players on the All-ECC first team, with three more on the second team and one an honorable mention choice.

 

The first team selections from Milford were senior Sydnee Harris, sophomore Hillary Huffer, junior Katelyn Reynolds and senior Lynn Varner. A trio of outstanding freshmen in Emily Allphin, Olivia Craycraft and Morgan Whitaker earned second team accolades, while senior Kyrsten Brown was the team’s honorable mention choice.

 

Harris has been named all-conference first team for two straight years, this year leading the Eagles in several offensive categories. Batting lead-off throughout the campaign, Harris paced the Eagles in batting average (.464), runs (41), hits (45) and on-base percentage (.567). She also nabbed six stolen bases.

 

Huffer concluded her sophomore season as one of the top pitchers in the ECC. For the year, she ranked third among conference hurlers in both wins (11) and strikeouts (77). She tallied a solid 3.24 ERA, while collecting four shutouts and 15 complete games. Huffer also proved reliable at the plate, hitting an even .300 with four doubles and 18 RBI.

 

For the third straight year, Reynolds was chosen to the All-ECC first team after another outstanding season. Milford’s junior catcher led the league in both doubles (18) and RBI (44) and was tops on the team with a .646 slugging percentage. Reynolds concluded the year with a .414 batting average, one triple and one homer, along with five stolen bases.

 

Varner was perhaps the most pleasant surprise of 2018 in her first season as a Milford student-athlete. Varner hit a stellar .460 in 28 games, while leading all Eagle players with 14 stolen bases. Other numbers for the second sacker included four doubles, one home run and 30 RBI. In the field, Varner committed just six errors for the year.

 

Allphin’s freshman year was one to remember as she was one of the most dangerous hitters in the Milford line-up and a steady performer in the circle as the team’s No. 2 pitcher. From the clean-up spot in the line-up that she occupied much of the year, Allphin was a .448 hitter with 15 doubles, one home run, 30 RBI and a .635 slugging percentage that ranked behind only Reynolds. In the circle, Allphin was a nine game winner with 40 strikeouts and a 4.51 ERA.

 

Craycraft was also stellar as a freshman, hitting .361 in her initial high school season. Rotating between centerfield and third base, Craycraft tied for the team lead with a pair of home runs, while driving in 21 runs, notching two doubles and a triple. She also nabbed seven stolen bases.

 

Milford’s third big freshman performer was Whitaker, a .398 hitter as a varsity rookie. She shared team-high home run honors with a pair, while picking up 27 RBI and 11 doubles. She was third among Milford regulars with a .591 slugging percentage.

 

Brown became a two-time All-ECC performer after being tabbed to the second team following last season. For her senior campaign, Brown batted .324 with six doubles and 14 RBI.