Right off the Bat: Milton Baseball
by Charlie Blasberg on Friday, April 20th, 2012
This year’s varsity baseball team is off to a perfect 5-0 start, boasting victories in important ISL matchups, such as Rivers, Portsmouth Abbey, St. George’s and Brooks. The Mustangs have thoroughly annihilated each of their opponents, outscoring them 50-5 thus far.
Milton has had no shortage on offense, averaging 10 runs a game, highlighted by a 17-run effort against St. George’s. The big bats on the team include co-captains Brooks English (I) and Tyler Starks (I), whose consistent discipline and power have proved invaluable to the offense. Other threats in the batter’s box include leadoff hitter Jared Friedberg (I), catcher Josh Ellis (II), and pitcher Michael Davis (III). Throughout the batting order, the team has batted solidly, making few mistakes and missing no opportunities to capitalize.
Pitching and defense have been impeccable so far this season, as well. In five games, the Mustangs have only allowed on average one run per game. They have posted two shutouts and the way things are looking, they very well may put up a lot more. In addition to his stellar hitting, Michael Davis (III) has been lights out on the mound as well. Center fielder Drew Jacobs (III) says, “The whole team feels very comfortable when Michael takes the mound. His control and velocity get the opposing hitters off-balance and makes our job as fielders very easy.” The pitching rotation also includes Jake Farabee (II), Andrew Haser (II), and Jesse Francese (I), all of who have been consistently dominant this season.
While the team enjoys its undefeated record, they are also preparing for tough matchups against perennial ISL powerhouses such as Belmont Hill, St. Sebastian’s, and Roxbury Latin in the coming weeks. Drew Jacobs (III) concludes, “I think we have the potential to do very well this year. If we keep our focus and positive energy, I don’t see anything that will stop us.”
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