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First Week, Six Game Slate Welcomes Baseball To 2019 Season

Posted on: March 24, 2019

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

  • 2018 Record: 19-8, 11-3 ECC
  • Head Coach: Tom Kilgore (21st year at Milford)
  • Top Returning Hitter: Senior Calvin Hunter (.394 BA/8 2B/1 3B/1 HR/18 RBI/4 SB)
  • Top Returning Pitcher: Junior Zach Byron (5-1/1.87 ERA/30.0 IP/34 SO)

 

A LOOK AT THE EAGLES: The Eagles will look to extend on its tradition of winning excellence as the 2019 season gets underway. Milford has won or shared five of the six Eastern Cincinnati Conference Championships since the league’s exception and will be out to challenge for the crown again this spring. Veteran head coach Tom Kilgore welcomes back four 2018 All-ECC selections, headlined by Marshall University commit Calvin Hunter.

 

Hunter was the Eagles top hitter last spring, batting .394 with 10 extra-base hits and 18 RBI on his way to all-conference first team honors. He also proved to be one of Milford’s top hurlers, posting a 4-0 record, a 1.08 ERA and a miniscule .118 opponents’ batting average against.

 

Junior Zach Byron was one of the top pitchers in the league in 2018, finishing with a 5-1 mark, a 1.87 ERA and a team-high 34 strikeouts. His efforts also garnered him first team All-ECC accolades.

 

Seniors Anthony Bassano and Brady Sluder were second team All-ECC choices last season and will be instrumental pieces for the Eagles again this year. Bassano led Milford with 23 RBI, while hitting .301 and adding five extra-base hits and tossing 7.1 innings on the mound. Sluder hit .303 as a junior with a team-best five triples, four doubles and 21 RBI to his credit.

 

Other Eagles back in the mix after earning significant experience last year include senior OF Sam Greenwell, junior OF Cameron Hemmert, junior INF/RHP Hunter Johnson and junior INF Grant Whitaker.

 

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

  • Tuesday, March 26 at Little Miami, 5:00 p.m.
    • 2018 Record: 11-13, 5-7 SWOC
    • Top Returning Hitter: Junior Brody Reder (.397/8 XBH/23 RBI/5 SB)
    • Top Returning Pitcher: Senior Zach Smoot (3.41 ERA/1-4 record)
    • Last Meeting: 2012; Milford 15, Little Miami 1 & Milford 3, Little Miami 0
  • Wednesday, March 27 at St. Xavier, 5:00 p.m.
    • 2018 Record: 17-10, 6-3 GCL
    • Top Returning Hitter: Junior Tucker Hundley (.321/10 XBH/21 RBI/4 SB)
    • Top Returning Pitcher: Senior Joe Auberger (1.50 ERA/1-1 record)
    • Last Meeting: 2018; St. Xavier 2, Milford 1 & St. Xavier 9, Milford 1
  • Thursday, March 28 vs. LaSalle, 5:00 p.m.
    • 2018 Record: 10-15, 3-6 GCL
    • Top Returning Hitter: Senior Drew Nieman (.381/6 XBH/17 RBI/1 SB)
    • Top Returning Pitcher: Senior Josh Wessler (0.63 ERA/2-1 record/1 SV)
    • Last Meeting: 2017; LaSalle 8, Milford 5
  • Friday, March 29 vs. Conner, 5:00 p.m.
    • 2018 Record: N/A
    • Top Returning Hitter: N/A
    • Top Returning Pitcher: N/A
    • Last Meeting: 2016; Milford 6, Conner 0
  • Saturday, March 30 vs. Clio (MI), CANCELLED
    • 2018 Record: N/A
    • Top Returning Hitter: N/A
    • Top Returning Pitcher: N/A
    • Last Meeting: 2017; Milford 10, Clio 0 & Milford 12, Clio 0

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A look at Milford’s returning statistical leaders from last season:

Batting Average: Calvin Hunter (.394), Brady Sluder (.303), Anthony Bassano (.301)

Slugging Percentage: Calvin Hunter (.577), Brady Sluder (.487), Anthony Bassano (.411)

On Base Percentage: Calvin Hunter (.451), Brady Sluder (.421), Anthony Bassano (.372)

Runs Scored: Brady Sluder (25), Anthony Bassano (22), Calvin Hunter (17)

Hits: Calvin Hunter (28), Brady Sluder (23), Anthony Bassano (22)

RBI: Anthony Bassano (23), Brady Sluder (21), Calvin Hunter (18)

Doubles: Calvin Hunter (8), Brady Sluder (4), Anthony Bassano (3)

Triples: Brady Sluder (5), Anthony Bassano/Calvin Hunter (1)

Home Runs: Anthony Bassano/Calvin Hunter/Hunter Johnson (1)

Walks: Brady Sluder (13), Cameron Hemmert (10), Anthony Bassano/Calvin Hunter (8)

Stolen Bases: Cameron Hemmert/Brady Sluder (5), Anthony Bassano/Calvin Hunter (4)

Wins: Zach Byron (5), Calvin Hunter (4), Hunter Johnson (2)

Saves: None

ERA: Calvin Hunter (1.08), Zach Byron (1.87), Hunter Johnson (3.27)

Innings: Zach Byron (30.0), Calvin Hunter (26.0), Hunter Johnson (15.0)

Opponents Batting Average: Calvin Hunter (.118), Zach Byron (.224), Hunter Johnson (.233)

Strikeouts: Zach Byron (34), Calvin Hunter (30), Hunter Johnson (18)

 

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.