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Hot Hitting Softball Eagles Look To Build On Win Streak

Posted on: April 11, 2017

SETTING THE SCENE: The Milford High School softball team, riding a six-game win streak since an early season trip to Florida have a full slate the rest of this week with five games over the next four days. The Eagles (7-1, 3-0 ECC) have been on fire at the plate, averaging 12.6 runs per game since their return from The Sunshine State.

 

A LOOK BACK: April 2 vs. Ursuline: Milford 9, Ursuline 1

After falling behind 1-0 early, the Eagles scored four runs in the third, one in the fourth and four more in the sixth to pull away from Ursuline Academy in a match-up in the Skyline Chili Cincinnati Reds Futures Showcase. Milford rapped out 11 hits on the afternoon, including seven by the trio of Katelyn Rheude, Sydnee Harris and Kelsey Seitz.

 

THE BATS

Rhedue finished her afternoon with a pair of doubles among three hits, while also driving in two. Seitz finished with a trio of RBI and was 2-for-4 for the game. Harris added a pairs of hits and runs as well.

 

THE ARMS

Senior Valerie Thompson was outstanding yielding one unearned run on three hits in picking up her third win of the season. The lefty struck out six on the afternoon.

 

April 3 vs. Anderson: Milford 10, Anderson 1

Kelsey Seitz drove in five runs and Milford benefited from eight walks issued by Anderson as the Eagles rolled to a 10-1 win over Anderson to improve to 4-1 on the year. After again falling behind early, the Eagles ripped off 10 straight runs, including five in the fifth inning to seal the victory.

 

THE BATS

Seitz had the biggest hit of the day as her bases clearing triple in fifth inning put the game out of reach for the Redskins. Seitz, Hannah Meenach and Katelyn Reynolds all went 2-for-3 at the dish, with Reynolds picking up a double. Katie Hall also scored three runs in the triumph.

 

THE ARMS

After allowing a first inning run that included half of the four hits she yielded, Valerie Thompson found her groove, keeping the Redskins scoreless for the last five frames. The senior finished with five strikeouts against zero walks.

 

April 5 at Anderson: Milford 18, Anderson 3

The Milford offensive machine kicked into high gear as the Eagles stormed past Anderson by an 18-3 score. After leading by just a 4-3 count after two frames, MHS exploded for six in the third and eight more in the fourth to race past the Redskins. Milford also showed their patience by working 12 walks.

 

THE BATS

Katelyn Reynolds and Valerie Thompson led the charge with each player tallying three RBI. Reynolds also nabbed three stolen bases. Despite the 18 runs, Milford finished with just nine hits, with Kelsey Seitz and Hillary Huffer each collecting two. Lexi Richmond and Katie Hall each scored three runs for the victors.

 

THE ARMS

Thompson grabbed win number five on the year, allowing five runs and four walks in five innings. She also struck out five for the game.

 

April 7 vs. Greenville: Milford 6, Greenville 3

Playing against a solid Greenville team in its annual appearance at Friday Night Lights in Lebanon, Milford picked up a 6-3 win over the Lady Wave. The Eagles went to work early, scoring the game’s first five runs and never looking back.

 

THE BATS

Katelyn Reynolds delivered the game’s biggest hit with a two-run second inning triple, one of two three baggers on the day for the sophomore backstop. Junior Sydnee Harris finished with a game-high three hits, including a double, while scoring twice and nabbing a pair of stolen bases. Classmate Kyrsten Brown finished 2-for-4 with a double.

 

THE ARMS

It was business as usual for senior Valerie Thompson as she shut down the Lady Wave over seven solid innings. Thompson struck out just one, but walked only one in picking up win number six.

 

April 10 at Loveland: Milford 20, Loveland 3

Milford’s offense was relentless, scoring eight runs in the third and nine more in the fourth as they crushed rival Loveland by a 20-3 score. Every Eagle that stepped to the plate had at least one hit and scored or drove in run in the onslaught. The Eagles’ run count was the highest since a 20-0 win over Withrow last season.

 

THE BATS

With 24 hits and 20 runs, the Eagles had offensive leaders up and down the line-up. Sydnee Harris and Kelsey Seitz each had four hits, with the latter notching a pair of triples. Junior Kyrsten Brown picked up three hits, as did freshman Hillary Huffer with one of her hits coming as her first career home run. Huffer drove in five for the game.

 

THE ARMS

Valerie Thompson was nearly untouchable, allowing just two baserunners in four hitless innings. Huffer made her second appearance of the young campaign to close out five-inning contest.

 

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

  • Wednesday, April 12 at Glen Este, 4:30 p.m. & Thursday, April 13 vs. Glen Este, 4:30 p.m.
    • 2017 Record: 2-2, 1-1 ECC (NR Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Hitter: Freshman Riley Hampton (.500/2 XBH/7 RBI/5 SB)
    • Top Pitcher: Sophomore Peyton Mullins (1.45 ERA/2-0 record)
    • Last Meeting: 2016; Milford 12, Glen Este 1 & Milford 13, Glen Este 1
  • Friday, April 14 vs. Loveland, Noon
    • 2017 Record: 2-5, 0-3 ECC (RV Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Hitter: Freshman Katlyn Kramer (.429/4 XBH/8 RBI/0 SB)
    • Top Pitcher: Freshman Livia McClellan (7.61 ERA/2-2 record)
    • Last Meeting: 2017; Milford 20, Loveland 3
  • Saturday, April 15 vs. Carlisle (Wayne High School), 1:00 p.m.
    • 2017 Record: 3-4, 2-0 SWBL
    • Top Hitter: Sophomore Sierra Bolen (.579/4 XBH/4 RBI/0 SB)
    • Top Pitcher: Senior Ashley Brown (2.68 ERA/2-3 record)
    • Last Meeting: N/A
  • Saturday, April 15 at Wayne, 2:30 p.m.
    • 2017 Record: 4-5, 1-2 GWOC
    • Top Hitter: Junior Marissa Philpott (.500/2 XBH/10 RBI/2 SB)
    • Top Pitcher: Junior Marissa Norgrove (4.50 ERA/3-2 record)
    • Last Meeting: N/A

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A look at Milford’s statistical leaders through 8 games:

Batting Average: Kelsey Seitz (.600), Katelyn Reynolds (.593), Sydnee Harris (.571)

Slugging Percentage: Kelsey Seitz (1.067), Katelyn Reynolds (.963), Sydnee Harris (.667)

On Base Percentage: Sydnee Harris (.690), Katelyn Reynolds/Kelsey Seitez (.618)

Runs Scored: Syndee Harris (14), Kelsey Seitz (12), Hannah Meenach (11)

Hits: Kelsey Seitz (18), Katelyn Reynolds (16), Sydnee Harris (12)

RBI: Kelsey Seitz (18), Katelyn Reynolds (15), Katelyn Rheude (10)

Doubles: Katelyn Reynolds (6), Katelyn Rheude (5), Kelsey Seitz (4)

Triples: Kelsey Seitz (5), Katelyn Reynolds (2)

Home Runs: Hillary Huffer (1)

Walks: Syndee Harris (7), Katie Hall/Katelyn Rheude (6)

Stolen Bases: Sydnee Harris (7), Katelyn Reynolds/Katelyn Rheude (4)

Wins: Valerie Thompson (7)

Saves: None

ERA: Valerie Thompson (1.64), Hillary Huffer (9.33)

Innings: Valerie Thompson (47.0), Hillary Huffer (3.0)

Opponents Batting Average: Valerie Thompson (.192), Hillary Huffer (.333)

Strikeouts: Valerie Thompson (34)

 

POLL WATCH: Milford is ranked fifth with one No. 1 vote in the latest edition of the area Cincinnati Enquirer Division I coaches’ poll, released on April 10. Lebanon is the heavy favorite of the 18 voting coaches, picking up 11 first place votes. The Greater Miami Conference makes up spots two through four with Mason (three votes), Lakota West (one vote) and Lakota East (one vote) just ahead of the Eagles. The ECC is also represented by Turpin, Kings and Loveland all earning votes. The coaches’ poll is released every Monday at Noon at preps.cincinnati.com/coachespolls.

 

COLLEGE BOUND EAGLES: A pair of seniors on the 2017 Eagles’ roster have already announced their intention to continue their athletic and academic careers on the collegiate level. Kelsey Seitz will attend will attend Trevecca Nazarene University, while Valerie Thompson has signed a National Letter of Intent at Tennessee State University.