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Important Stretch Awaits Softball Squad

Posted on: April 23, 2017

UPDATE: In the latest state rankings as voted on by the Ohio High School Softball Coaches’ Association, Milford is ranked No. 5 in the state! Read more about it below.

SETTING THE SCENE: Riding a 15-game winning streak and having won 27 consecutive games inside the Eastern Cincinnati Conference, the Milford High School softball team faces an important stretch as the regular season hits its latter stages. In its quest for a fourth straight ECC Championship, the Eagles will face their toughest challenge to date on Wednesday and Friday, as they will take on Kings, who also enters the week unbeaten in league play. This week also features challenging non-conference contests against local powers Lakota West and Boone County. In addition, the Eagles will learn their post-season fate as the OHSAA Sectional Tournament brackets will be revealed on Sunday (April 30) afternoon.

 

A LOOK BACK: April 17 vs. Turpin: Milford 7, Turpin 4

Milford fell behind 4-0 after two and a half innings but never blinked, responding with seven straight runs to pull out a 7-4 win over Turpin. The victory pushed the Eagles’ win streak to 12.

 

THE BATS

The Eagles’ offense was in overdrive as six of the team’s 10 hits went for extra bases. Katelyn Reynolds finished with a double and a triple, while Sydnee Harris had a pair of two-baggers. Kelsey Seitz also delivered big with a fifth inning two-run home run. Hannah Meenach and Kyrsten Brown each notched a pair of hits as well.

 

THE ARMS

Valerie Thompson had one of her better strikeout games of the season as she fanned seven in improving to 13-1 on the year.

 

April 19 at Turpin: Milford 3, Turpin 2

The Eagles endured their biggest scare of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference season to date as they held on for a 3-2, extra-inning victory against Turpin. After pushing across the winning run in the top of the eighth inning, senior Hannah Meenach saved the day for the Eagles in the bottom of the inning, leaping over the left-centerfield fence to rob Madison Saylor of a game-tying home run.

 

THE BATS

Junior Katie Hall delivered the game-winning hit as her single in the top of the eighth scored pinch-runner Lily Copp. Just one inning prior, Copp plated the Eagles’ first run of the day, scoring on a wild pitch, while Katelyn Reynolds tied the game with a run-scoring double. In addition to her heroics in the field, Meenach went 3-for-5 at the plate.

 

THE ARMS

Valerie Thompson was hurt by a fifth inning error that allowed Turpin to score a pair of unearned runs, but the senior lefty bounced back to earn win number 14 of the year. Thompson allowed just five hits and two walks, while striking out six.

 

April 20 vs. Mount Notre Dame: Milford 12, Mount Notre Dame 0

Kelsey Seitz was the story of the day as the senior clubbed three home runs and drove in nine runs as the Eagles crushed Mount Notre Dame in a 12-0, six-inning victory. The match-up featured two of the area’s top-10 ranked teams with the Eagles dominating from start to finish.

 

THE BATS

Seitz finished her monster day with four hits, three runs and nine RBI. Hannah Meenach also had a big day, going 3-for-4 with a double, scoring three runs and driving in two. Valerie Thompson helped herself at the plate with three hits.

 

THE ARMS

Thompson was nearly unhittable, allowing just two hits over six innings, while striking our six.

 

April 21 vs. Walnut Hills: Milford 20, Walnut Hills 3

Milford won its 27th consecutive Eastern Cincinnati Conference contest, dominating Walnut Hills by a 20-3 score. MHS had no trouble with the rival Eagles, scoring 11 runs in the second and pouring on eight more in the third to run away with the win.

 

THE BATS

Milford’s 20 hits were the team’s second-highest mark of the year as six players finished with at least two. Katelyn Rheude continued her excellent senior year, going 4-for-4 with two runs and four RBI to lead the way. Krysten Brown, Katelyn Reynolds and Valerie Thompson each had three hits, while Thompson and Sydnee Harris each drove in three.

 

THE ARMS

Freshman Hillary Huffer picked up her first career victory, pitching the final three innings and allowing just one run. Thompson struck out four in two innings before departing.

 

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

  • Monday, April 24 vs. Walnut Hills, 4:30 p.m.
    • 2017 Record: 4-10, 3-4 ECC (NR Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Hitter: Junior Isabella Leisgang (.462/3 XBH/13 RBI/9 SB)
    • Top Pitcher: Junior Isabella Leisgang (5.22 ERA/3-8 record)
    • Last Meeting: 2017; Milford 20, Walnut Hills 3
  • Tuesday, April 25 at Lakota West, 5:00 p.m.
    • 2017 Record: 10-9, 8-4 GMC (5th Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Hitter: Junior Allie Cummins (.474/12 XBH/25 RBI/10 SB)
    • Top Pitcher: Senior Megan Brankamp (3.18 ERA/7-8 record)
    • Last Meeting: 2013; Lakota West 3, Milford 0
  • Wednesday, April 26 at Kings, 4:30 p.m. & Friday, April 28 vs. Kings, 4:30 p.m.
    • 2017 Record: 11-5, 8-0 ECC (RV Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Hitter: Sophomore Natalie Corradini (.444/8 XBH/17 RBI/8 SB)
    • Top Pitcher: Senior Laurel Smithson (1.12 ERA/10-1 record)
    • Last Meeting: 2016; Milford 7, Kings 0 & Milford 4, Kings 1
  • Saturday, April 29 vs. Boone County (at Dixie Heights), 5:30 p.m.
    • 2017 Record: 13-3-1 (1st Northern Kentucky area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Hitter: Shelby Wright (.450/4 XBH/13 RBI/3 SB)
    • Top Pitcher: Olivia Jackson (2.83 ERA/11-2 record)
    • Last Meeting: 2015; Milford 11, Boone County 1

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A look at Milford’s statistical leaders through 17 games:

Batting Average: Kelsey Seitz (.590), Katelyn Reynolds (.556), Sydnee Harris (.500)

Slugging Percentage: Kelsey Seitz (1.246), Katelyn Reynolds (.944), Katelyn Rheude (.673)

On Base Percentage: Sydnee Harris (.618), Kelsey Seitz (.609), Katelyn Reynolds (.600)

Runs Scored: Syndee Harris (30), Kelsey Seitz (27), Hannah Meenach (22)

Hits: Kelsey Seitz (36), Katelyn Reynolds (30), Katelyn Rheude (27)

RBI: Kelsey Seitz (41), Katelyn Reynolds (31), Katelyn Rheude (20)

Doubles: Katelyn Reynolds/Katelyn Rheude (10), Kelsey Seitz (8)

Triples: Kelsey Seitz (7), Katelyn Reynolds (4), Four Tied (1)

Home Runs: Kelsey Seitz (6), Hillary Huffer/Katelyn Reynolds (1)

Walks: Katie Hall (18), Sydnee Harris/Katelyn Reynolds (12)

Stolen Bases: Sydnee Harris (10), Hannah Meenach (6), Lilly Copp/Katelyn Rheude (5)

Wins: Valerie Thompson (15), Hillary Huffer (1)

Saves: None

ERA: Valerie Thompson (1.28), Hillary Huffer (2.92)

Innings: Valerie Thompson (93.0), Hillary Huffer (12.0)

Opponents Batting Average: Valerie Thompson (.185), Hillary Huffer (.283)

Strikeouts: Valerie Thompson (58), Hillary Huffer (2)

 

POLL WATCH: Milford is holding strong at No. 4 in the April 24 edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Division I area coaches’ poll, again receiving a pair of first place votes. Lebanon, also the No. 1 team in the state, earned 11 of the 17 first place votes and leads Mason (two votes), Lakota East (two votes), the Eagles and Lakota West rounding out the top-five. The ECC is also represented by Kings in ninth and Turpin is the others receiving votes section. The coaches’ poll is released every Monday at Noon at preps.cincinnati.com/coachespolls.

 

In the second Division I State Poll as voted on by the Ohio Softball Coaches Association, the Eagles are the fifth-ranked squad in the state. The Greater Cincinnati area is well represented with Lebanon ranked No. 1 and Lakota East just one spot back of Milford. The full rankings can be viewed here.

 

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. Kelsey Seitz will attend will attend Trevecca Nazarene University, while Valerie Thompson has signed a National Letter of Intent at Tennessee State University. Most recently, Katelyn Rheude sannounced her intention to attend Notre Dame College