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Six Eagles Honored By ECC Baseball Coaches

Posted on: June 3, 2019

The Milford High School baseball team placed six players on the 2019 All-Eastern Cincinnati Conference, as voted on by the league coaches. Three Eagles, seniors Anthony Bassano and Calvin Hunter, along with junior teammate Zach Byron earned first team honors for their play this spring. The trio were also recognized with All-City honors. Hunter was chosen for the first team, while the Bassano-Byron duo were tabbed second team.

 

Varsity newcomer Jake Becker, along with junior Grant Whitaker were picked for second team accolades, while Sam Greenwell was Milford’s honorable mention choice.

 

Bassano held down the top spot in the Milford batting line-up as well as the shortstop position. He finished up his prep career hitting .359 this year, driving in 13 and scoring a team-best 27 runs. The senior added eight doubles, a triple, the Eagles’ only homerun of the year and three stolen bases. He also made nine appearances on the mound, notching a pair of saves and a 1.58 ERA. Over 13.1 innings, he fanned 16 hitters.

 

Byron is now a two-time first team All-ECC choice. The lefty posted a 3-3 record this spring with a 3.62 ERA. Over 38.2 innings, Byron struck out a league-best 63 hitters and limited hitters to a .248 batting average. In a three start stretch in April, Byron recorded double digit strikeouts in all three outings, fanning 50 over 18 innings of work.

 

Like Byron, Hunter also earned first team All-ECC for a second consecutive campaign. Bound for Marshall University in the fall, Hunter led the Eagles in several offensive categories including average (.389), hits (37), doubles (11), triples (3), RBI (54) and slugging percentage (.568). Hunter was also a regular in the starting pitching rotation, appearing in eight games with six starts. He finished with a 3-2 record, a 3.36 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 25 innings.

 

Becker burst onto the varsity scene this year, topping Milford’s pitchers with a sparkling 1.26 ERA. Over 13 appearances, including seven starts, Becker tossed one complete game shutout and combined on a second clean sheet. For the year, Becker tallied a 5-2 record, struck out 38 and held hitters to a .202 average over a team-high 44.1 innings.

 

Whitaker had a solid junior campaign, ably manning second base for the Eagles. At the dish, Whitaker hit .306 with 21 RBI and six doubles. He was also a threat on the basepaths, nabbing a team-high eight stolen bases.

 

Greenwell was a solid defensive outfielder for Milford, starting 21 games. He batted .242 for the campaign, notching four doubles and five RBI.