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Softball Team Opens Tourney With West Clermont Rubber Match Wednesday

Posted on: May 9, 2018

SETTING THE SCENE: The seventh-seeded Milford High School softball team will open the 2018 OHSAA Tournament against a familiar foe as the Eagles will take to their home field against Eastern Cincinnati Conference rival West Clermont on Wednesday. First pitch is at 5 p.m. The match-up between the Eagles and Wolves will be the rubber match of the season for the squads that shared this year’s ECC Championship. Milford brings a 17-8 record in to the game, while WC is 18-6. Click here for Milford’s sectional bracket.

 

THE UPCOMING DOCKET: A look at Milford’s upcoming OHSAA Tournament opponent:

  • Wednesday, May 9 vs. West Clermont, 5:00 p.m.
    • 2018 Record: 18-6, 11-3 ECC (10th Division I area coaches’ weekly poll)
    • Top Hitter: Sophomore Kinsey Ventura (.512/18 XBH/22 RBI/1 SB)
    • Top Pitcher: Freshman Reece Hampton (1.79 ERA/6-2 record)
    • Last Meeting: 2018; Milford 12, West Clermont 8 & West Clermont 11, Milford 1

 

A LOOK BACK: April 25 at Kings: Kings 6, Milford 4

 

GAME REWIND

Milford scored the first two and the final two runs of the game, but Kings scored six in between as the Knights handed the Eagles a 6-4 defeat. Leading 2-0 after three and a half innings, Kings scored three in the fourth and three more in the fifth to take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Milford got a pair in the top of the seventh on consecutive RBI doubles by Lynn Varner and Katelyn Reynolds with two outs, but couldn’t score any further.

 

RECORDS & PITCHING DECISIONS

Milford: 12-7, 6-2 ECC; Kings: 9-4, 7-1 ECC

WP: Josie Adams; LP: Hannah Huffer

 

KEY PLAYERS

Milford

Lynn Varner 2B

Katelyn Reynolds 2B

Emily Allphin 2-3

 

Kings

Kelsey Schmidt 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

 

April 30 at Withrow: Milford 19, Withrow 0

 

GAME REWIND

Milford went to work early and often, scoring 10 runs in the first inning as the Eagles pounded Withrow by a 19-0 score. For the game, the Eagles picked up 21 hits, including five by Morgan Whitaker and four by Olivia Craycraft. In the circle, Hillary Huffer and Emily Allphin combined on a four-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts.

 

RECORDS & PITCHING DECISIONS

Milford: 13-7, 7-2 ECC; Withrow: 0-13, 0-11 ECC

WP: Emily Allphin; LP: Samaria Moore

 

KEY PLAYERS

Milford

Sydnee Harris 3-5, 2 RBI

Olivia Craycraft 4-5, 4 R, 3 RBI

Katelyn Reynolds 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI

Morgan Whitaker 5-5, 3 2B, 4 RBI

Kyrsten Brown 2-3, 2 RBI

Lilly Copp 2B

Katie Hall 2-3, 3 R, 2 RBI

Emily Allphin 3 IP, 3 H, 7 SO

 

Withrow

Naijeh Price 2-2

 

May 1 at Milford (Game 1): Milford 11, Walnut Hills 0

 

GAME REWIND

Sophomore Hillary Huffer hurled a one-hit shutout and got plenty of run support offensively as Milford picked up a doubleheader game one 11-0 victory over Walnut Hills. Walnut recorded just a second inning single, with Huffer fanning seven for her sixth win of the year. The offense did its part with five in the first, four in the second and two more in the third.

 

RECORDS & PITCHING DECISIONS

Milford: 14-7, 8-2 ECC; Walnut Hills: 3-15, 2-9 ECC

WP: Hillary Huffer; LP: MacKienzee Rasheed

 

KEY PLAYERS

Milford

Katelyn Reynolds 3-4, 2 2B, 3 R

Morgan Whitaker 3 R, 2 RBI

Kyrsten Brown 2 RBI

Katie Hall 3 RBI

Hillary Huffer 5 IP, 1 H, 7 SO

 

Walnut Hills

None

 

May 1 at Milford (Game 2): Milford 14, Walnut Hills 3

 

GAME REWIND

Milford blew open a three-all game with 11 unanswered runs as the Eagles completed a doubleheader sweep of Walnut Hills with a 14-3 triumph. MHS finished with at least 20 hits for the fourth time this season as the hit parade was led by Katelyn Reynolds and Katie Hall with four hits each.

 

RECORDS & PITCHING DECISIONS

Milford: 15-7, 9-2 ECC; Walnut Hills: 3-16, 2-10 ECC

WP: Emily Allphin; LP: Jaiden Smith

 

KEY PLAYERS

Milford

Sydnee Harris 2-4, 2B

Katelyn Reynolds 4-5, 2 2B

Emily Allphin 2-5, 2B; 6 IP, 8 SO

Morgan Whitaker 2-4

Kyrsten Brown 3-4, 2B

Lilly Copp 2-4

Katie Hall 4-4, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI

 

Walnut Hills

Jaylin Cook 3-4

Sam Pogue 3-3

Karri Evans HR, 2 RBI

 

May 2 at Milford: Milford 11, Withrow 0

 

GAME REWIND

Milford’s four seniors combined for nine hits and Hillary Huffer pitched her second one-hit shutout of the week as the Eagles celebrated Senior Day with an 11-0 win over Withrow. Sydnee Harris and Lynn Varner finished with four and three hits, respectively, while classmates Kyrsten Brown and Katie Hall each had one. Huffer allowed only a third inning double and finished with a season-high 12 strikeouts.

 

RECORDS & PITCHING DECISIONS

Milford: 16-7, 10-2 ECC; Withrow: 0-16, 0-14 ECC

WP: Hillary Huffer; LP: Samaria Moore

 

KEY PLAYERS

Milford

Sydnee Harris 4-4, 2B

Lynn Varner 3-4

Katelyn Reynolds 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI

Emily Allphin 3-3

Hillary Huffer 2-2, 2B, 3 RBI; 5 IP, 1 H, 12 SO

Morgan Whitaker 2B

Megan Stulz 3-3

Lilly Copp 2B

Katie Hall 2B, 2 RBI

 

Withrow

Samaria Moore 2B

 

May 3 at Anderson: Anderson 6, Milford 3

 

GAME REWIND

Anderson overcame a 2-0 deficit with a four-run fourth inning, spoiling Milford’s chances of an outright ECC Championship as the Redskins handed the Eagles a 6-3 setback. After scoring on a third inning Katelyn Reynolds sacrifice fly and a fourth inning lead-off homer by Morgan Whitaker, Milford was held off the scoreboard again until the seventh on a second Reynolds sac fly. Meanwhile, Anderson scored four times in the fourth and added two more in the sixth.

 

RECORDS & PITCHING DECISIONS

Milford: 16-8, 10-3 ECC; Anderson: 16-5, 10-3 ECC

WP: Stella Wulker; LP: Hillary Huffer

 

KEY PLAYERS

Milford

Lynn Varner 2-4

Katelyn Reynolds 2 RBI

Morgan Whitaker 2-3, HR

Olivia Craycraft 2-3

 

Anderson

Ellie Caldwell 3-4, 2 RBI

Tori Madden 2-2, 2B

Peyton Murray 2-2

 

May 4 at Milford: Milford 6, Kings 0

 

GAME REWIND

Hillary Huffer crafted her third shutout of the week and Milford used a four-run fifth inning to pull away from Kings, 6-0 and claim its fifth consecutive Eastern Cincinnati Conference Championship. Senior Kyrsten Brown got the Eagles rolling with a second inning RBI single and a fourth inning run-scoring double as the Eagles avenged a loss from two weeks prior to the Knights.

 

RECORDS & PITCHING DECISIONS

Milford: 17-8, 11-3 ECC; Kings: 14-7, 10-4 ECC

WP: Hillary Huffer; LP: Josie Adams

 

KEY PLAYERS

Milford

Emily Allphin 2-3

Kyrsten Brown 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Hillary Huffer 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H

 

Kings

None

 

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

Batting Average: Lynn Varner (.487), Sydnee Harris (.476), Emily Allphin (.451)

Slugging Percentage: Katelyn Reynolds (.701), Morgan Whitaker (.649), Emily Allphin (.646)

On Base Percentage: Sydnee Harris (.589), Lynn Varner (.560), Morgan Whitaker (.511)

Runs Scored: Sydnee Harris (38), Lynn Varner (32), Morgan Whitaker (31)

Hits: Sydnee Harris (40), Katelyn Reynolds (38), Emily Allphin/Lynn Varner (37)

RBI: Katelyn Reynolds (44), Lynn Varner (28), Morgan Whitaker (27)

Doubles: Katelyn Reynolds (18), Emily Allphin (13), Morgan Whitaker (11)

Triples: Olivia Craycraft/Katelyn Reynolds (1)

Home Runs: Olivia Craycraft/Morgan Whitaker (2), Three Tied (1)

Walks: Sydnee Harris (22), Oliva Craycraft (11), Lynn Varner/Morgan Whitaker (9)

Stolen Bases: Lynn Varner (10), Olivia Craycraft (7), Sydnee Harris (6)

Wins: Emily Allphin (9), Hillary Huffer (8)

Saves: None

ERA: Hillary Huffer (3.74), Emily Allphin (4.51), Sam Boothby (6.00)

Innings: Hillary Huffer (91.2), Emily Allphin (54.1), Sam Boothby (4.2)

Opponents Batting Average: Hillary Huffer (.312), Emily Allphin (.330), Sam Boothby (.370)

Strikeouts: Hillary Huffer (65), Emily Allphin (40), Sam Boothby (3)

 

INSIDE THE ECC: A wild final week that began with four teams in contention for the league title ended with Milford hoisting the hardware for the fifth straight year, but this time sharing the title with West Clermont. With just one day of games to play, the Eagles and Wolves, along with Anderson and Kings all were in play for a chance to win the league. After Anderson knocked off Milford, the Redskins were upset by Loveland, but the Eagles bested Kings to set-up the shared title with West Clermont.

 

The schedule for ECC teams still alive in the tournament includes: No. 7 Milford vs. No. 9 West Clermont (May 9, 5:00 p.m. at Milford), No. 11 Kings vs. No. 25 Wilmington (May 9, 5:00 p.m. at Kings) and No. 18 Anderson vs. No. 17 Hamilton (May 9, 5:00 p.m. at Hamilton).

 

POLL WATCH: Milford came in tied for eighth in the final Cincinnati Enquirer area Division I coaches’ poll, sharing the position with Kings. Mason was crowned the poll champion with five place votes. Lebanon took second despite earning eight top nods. Lakota West, Lakota East and Ursuline completed the top-five. The ECC was also represented by West Clermont in 10th and Anderson among others receiving votes. The final coaches’ poll can be viewed at preps.cincinnati.com/coachespolls.

 

COLLEGE BOUND EAGLE: Milford Class of 2018 member Sydnee Harris recently announced that she has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete next season at Division I Youngstown State University.