MA Baseball’s Strong Season
by Charlie Blasberg on Friday, June 8th, 2012In its most successful year in recent history, Milton baseball finished second in the ISL with an overall record of 15-4 and a league record of 11-4. Just one game behind league champions Belmont Hill, this year’s Mustangs have much to be proud of.
Milton’s potent offense powered them to five games in which they scored over ten runs. Led by captains Jared Friedberg (I), Tyler Starks (I), and Brooks English (I), the Mustangs’ run production was generated by a combination of speed and power. Each player was a threat in the batter’s box as well as on the base path. The Mustangs’ stellar pitching and stifling defense shut out opponents in six games. Mike Davis (III), Jake Farabee (II), and Jesse Francese (I) constantly shut down opposing batters. The Mustangs’ defense was clean, and they rarely made errors. Stolen bases were especially difficult to come by against Milton with catcher Josh Ellis (II) behind the plate. Ellis made gunning down base runners a routine play.
The season culminated in a victory versus Nobles at home. Davis pitched lights out, once again shutting out the Bulldogs. When the Mustangs came up to bat in the bottom of the sixth, the score was 0-0. Milton began rallying, however, and Brooks English’s two-run single broke the game open. By the time Nobles could record their third out, the damage was done: the Mustangs led 4-0. Davis shut down the Bulldogs in the top of the seventh, with help from Josh Ellis’s throw to catch a runner stealing. Davis struck out the last batter with a fastball, and the rest of the game belonged to Milton.
The game that this year’s baseball team played was scrappy and gritty. Players made a habit of grinding out tough wins and breaking open big games. The mustangs’ pitching was unstoppable and kept the opposing offense unsettled and off-balance. Although they will lose many important seniors, next year’s team has a bright future with the development of strong underclassmen such as Drew Jacobs (III), Austin Johnson (III), and John Fadule (III), and will again be contending for the ISL title.
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