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Softball Puts Eight-Game Win Streak On Line, Chasing ECC Title In Final Week

Posted on: April 29, 2019

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

  • 2019 Record: 15-5, 7-2 ECC
  • Head Coach: Christy Gregory (18th year at Milford)
  • Top Hitter: Sophomore Olivia Craycraft (.522 BA/8 2B/4 3B/16 RBI/16 SB)
  • Top Pitcher: Sophomore Sam Boothby (10-1/2.32 ERA/60.1 IP/41 SO)


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

  • Monday, April 29 at Turpin, 5:00 p.m. & Wednesday, May 1 vs. Turpin, 5:00 p.m.
    • 2019 Record: 5-13, 4-5 ECC
    • Top Hitter: Freshman Kylie Goetz (.474 BA/6 2B/2 3B/11 RBI/1 SB)
    • Top Pitcher: Freshman Kylie Goetz (1-4 record/8.19 ERA/33.1 IP/21 SO)
    • Last Meeting: 2018; Milford 10, Turpin 0 & Milford 18, Turpin 6
  • Friday, May 3 at Withrow, 5:00 p.m.
    • 2019 Record: 0-13, 0-10 ECC
    • Top Hitter: Freshman Jasia Bonner (.150 BA/0 2B/0 3B/0 RBI/0 SB)
    • Top Pitcher: Freshman Zoriah Dyer (0-2 record/14.00 ERA/11.0 IP/1 SO)
    • Last Meeting: 2019; Milford 11, Withrow 0


TOURNEY TALK: The Eagles have earned the No. 6 seed in the Cincinnati sectionals of the OHSAA Tournament, as voted on by the area coaches. The Eagles will open the tournament at home on Wednesday, May 8, hosting the winner of No. 9 Mercy McAuley and No. 25 Mount Healthy. Click here for the sectional brackets.


The schedule for ECC teams in the tournament includes: No. 6 Milford vs. winner of No. 9 Mercy McAuley-No. 25 Mount Healthy (May 8, 5:00 p.m. at Milford), No. 7 West Clermont vs. No. 30 Princeton (May 6, 5:00 p.m. at West Clermont), No. 11 Kings vs. No. 23 Seton (May 6, 5:00 p.m. at Kings), No. 12 Anderson vs. No. 20 Talawanda (May 6, 5:00 p.m. at Anderson), No. 21 Turpin vs. No. 22 St. Ursula (May 6, 5:00 p.m. at Turpin), No. 24 Loveland vs. No. 16 Edgewood (May 6, 5:00 p.m. at Edgewood), No. 29 Walnut Hills vs. No. 8 Harrison (May 6, 5:00 p.m. at Harrison) and No. 31 Withrow vs. No. 1 Lakota East (May 6, 5:00 p.m. at Lakota East).


A LOOK BACK: April 22 at Loveland: Milford 19, Loveland 5



Milford jumped on Loveland early and never let up, storming the Tigers by a 19-5 score. The Eagles went to work out of the gate, scoring eight times in the first, before adding four more in the second and six more in the third. All told, Milford tallied 26 hits on the day, the most by an Eagles team since a 26-hit outburst against Withrow on April 29, 2016.


The top two in the Milford line-up, sophomore Olivia Craycraft and freshman Taylor Stemmerding, combined to drive in 10 runs, score six and bang out seven hits. Emily Allphin also had four hits and four RBI, while Lilly Copp had four hits and Sam Boothby and Brooklyn Stewart had three each.



Milford: 13-5, 7-2 ECC; Loveland: 3-13, 2-7 ECC

WP: Sam Boothby; LP: Coley Christian




Olivia Craycraft 3-4, 2B, 3 R, 5 RBI

Taylor Stemmerding 4-4, 2 2B, 3 R, 5 RBI

Emily Allphin 4-5, 2 R, 4 RBI

Sam Boothby 3-3

Lilly Copp 4-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI

Brooklyn Stewart 3-4, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI



Mya Jordan 2B, 2 RBI

Lindsay Smith 2B

Katlyn Kramer 2-3

Taylor Owens 2B


April 24 at Milford: Milford 13, Walnut Hills 0 (Game 1)



After scoring seven runs through the first three innings, Milford pulled away from Walnut Hills with a six-run fourth inning to finish off a 13-0 victory. Milford took advantage of 14 walks, with Olivia Craycraft leading the offense with two hits, three runs and three RBI.


MHS got the scoring started with a first inning sac fly by Sam Boothby. A passed ball, an RBI single by Emily Allphin and another Boothby RBI made it 4-0 after two. Katelyn Reynolds had the big hit of the third inning with a two-RBI single.


In the fourth, a two-run single by Molly Bloom and a two-RBI triple by Craycraft were the big hits of the six-run inning. In the circle, Boothby allowed just one hit, while striking out six Walnut hitters.



Milford: 14-5, 8-2 ECC; Walnut Hills: 3-15, 1-10 ECC

WP: Sam Boothby; LP: Mackienzee Rasheed




Olivia Craycraft 2-3, 3B, 3 R, 3 RBI

Katelyn Reynolds 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB

Emily Allphin 2-4

Sam Boothby 2-4, 2B; 5 IP, 1 H, 6 SO

Molly Bloom 2 RBI

Kaitlyn Bibb 3 R, 3 BB


Walnut Hills



April 24 at Milford: Milford 14, Walnut Hills 2 (Game 2)



Milford kept the offensive fireworks going, as the Eagles won their eighth straight contest, a 14-2 victory over Walnut Hills. MHS again went to work early and often, scoring five runs in the first, seven more in the second and the final two in the third.


Sophomore Brooke Stansell had a big day, driving in four, while Katelyn Reynolds and Lilly Copp scored three runs each. In the circle, sophomore Emily Allphin made her first start of the season a winning one, allowing just four hits and striking out eight in five innings of work.



Milford: 15-5, 9-2 ECC; Walnut Hills: 3-16, 1-11 ECC

WP: Emily Allphin; LP: Brianna Hoover




Katelyn Reynolds 2-3, 2B, 3 R

Emily Allphin 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI; 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 8 SO

Lilly Copp 3 R

Megan Stulz 2-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI

Brooklyn Stewart 2B

Reagan Findlay 2-2

Brooke Stansell 2-3, 4 RBI


Walnut Hills

Ermony Simmons 2-2

Ella Schultian 2B


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

Batting Average: Olivia Craycraft (.522), Sam Boothby (.500), Katelyn Reynolds (.473)

Slugging Percentage: Emily Allphin (.794), Olivia Craycraft (.761), Taylor Stemmerding (.691)

On Base Percentage: Katelyn Reynolds (.595), Olivia Craycraft (.579), Sam Boothby (.516)

Runs Scored: Olivia Crafycraft (29), Katelyn Reynolds/Taylor Stemmerding (20)

Hits: Olivia Craycraft (35), Emily Allphin (30), Sam Boothby (28)

RBI: Emily Allphin (30), Taylor Stemmerding (17), Sam Boothby/Olivia Craycraft (16)

Doubles: Emily Allphin/Taylor Stemmerding (10), Olivia Craycraft (8)

Triples: Olivia Craycraft (4), Kaitlyn Bibb (2), Emily Allphin/Katelyn Reynolds (1)

Home Runs: Emily Allphin (4), Katelyn Reynolds/Taylor Stemmerding/Morgan Whitaker (1)

Walks: Katelyn Reynolds (16), Taylor Stemmerding (10), Kaitlyn Bibb (9)

Stolen Bases: Olivia Craycraft (16), Katelyn Reynolds/Brooke Stansell (2)

Wins: Sam Boothby (10), Hillary Huffer (4), Emily Allphin (1)

Saves: Hillary Huffer (1)

ERA: Hillary Huffer (2.28), Sam Boothby (2.32)

Innings: Sam Boothby (60.1), Hillary Huffer (58.1), Emily Allphin (7.0)

Opponents Batting Average: Sam Boothby (.234), Hillary Huffer (.254)

Strikeouts: Hillary Huffer (50), Sam Boothby (41), Emily Allphin (8)


COLLEGE BOUND EAGLE: The only senior on the Milford roster this spring has already announced her plans to continue playing softball on the collegiate level next year. Katelyn Reynolds signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and athletic career at the University of Akron beginning this fall.