Strong Start for Baseball
by Josh Ellis on Friday, May 4th, 2012
Coming out on the field on Saturday April 28th to face a tough Lawrence Academy squad, the Mustangs Baseball team enjoyed a 9-0 start to their season. Six wins in the Independent School League (ISL), highlighted by a 5-0 victory over Belmont Hill, placed the ‘Stangs on top of the ISL. With ace Mike Davis (III) getting the nod to start the game, the ‘Stangs hoped to continue this hot winning streak. Unfortunately, Davis’ powerful start became diluted with a few unlucky bounces and some very questionable calls from the umpires. The Mustangs lost their first game of the season, leaving their record at 9-1 as they exited Nash Field.
Before this tough loss, the ‘Stangs powered through their opponents’ pitching, remaining virtually flawless defensively. Thus far, Milton’s powerful offense has been led by its “classic” three- and five-hitters, Captain Tyler Starks (I) and Captain Brooks English (I) respectively. Both hitters have said, “we are the best hitters in the ISL; forget about the D1 commits and potential first round draft picks.” Although some may view this as cocky, the ‘Stangs love the confidence, trusting those two to get the ball over the fence. Starks will take his talents to the NESCAC powerhouse that is Colby College, and English will take his talents to Vassar College.
Captain Jared Friedberg (I), attending Hamilton College next year, emerges as one of the best outfielders in Milton Academy history. His ability to read fly balls and communicate with other outfielders shows his expertise, an expertise that allows him to take his game to the next level. Furthermore, Milton Academy’s Head Monitor, Thomas Schnoor (I) has officially committed to Georgetown University, a school with a Division I baseball program. As well, Otis Handy (I), a football recruit to Saint Lawrence University, hopes of “using [his] signature left-handed swing to walk onto the baseball team.” Finally, Jesse Francese (I) will take his talents to the Berklee College of Music.
Amidst all these commits, the ‘Stangs have been able to keep their heads in the game. Hopefully the ‘Stangs can finish up the year in strong fashion, with an ISL championship to claim their own.
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