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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



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.



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

WP: Josie Adams; LP: Hannah Huffer




Lynn Varner 2B

Katelyn Reynolds 2B

Emily Allphin 2-3



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


April 30 at Withrow: Milford 19, Withrow 0



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.



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

WP: Emily Allphin; LP: Samaria Moore




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



Naijeh Price 2-2


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



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.



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

WP: Hillary Huffer; LP: MacKienzee Rasheed




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



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



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.



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

WP: Emily Allphin; LP: Jaiden Smith




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



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.



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

WP: Hillary Huffer; LP: Samaria Moore




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



Samaria Moore 2B


May 3 at Anderson: Anderson 6, Milford 3



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.



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

WP: Stella Wulker; LP: Hillary Huffer




Lynn Varner 2-4

Katelyn Reynolds 2 RBI

Morgan Whitaker 2-3, HR

Olivia Craycraft 2-3



Ellie Caldwell 3-4, 2 RBI

Tori Madden 2-2, 2B

Peyton Murray 2-2


May 4 at Milford: Milford 6, Kings 0



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.



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

WP: Hillary Huffer; LP: Josie Adams




Emily Allphin 2-3

Kyrsten Brown 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Hillary Huffer 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H





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


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.