Baseball’s Strong Start
by Chris Karlson on Friday, April 26th, 2013
Milton Varsity Baseball is off to another strong start this season, posting a 4-3 record through 7 games. The team lost its first game of the year to Dexter, and in its second game against Rivers, they were down early in the game but steadily climbed back until the score was 5-4. The Mustangs could not quite complete the comeback in the late innings, but they then rattled off three straight wins behind the strong pitching of Mike Davis (II) and Erik Mohl (III). The team is loaded with returners from last year’s near ISL champion squad, and this talented group of upperclassmen is hoping to finally break through and win the league. “I think if we all play to our capabilities and work as a team, we will be very successful this season,” says Davis, the team’s number one starter. He emphasized playing as a team, as they have a really tight knit group of guys who get along well and know how to work well together. Their camaraderie on and off the field should be key to their success going forward this year.
After graduating three college baseball bound players last spring, the team remains confident because of its experienced core. The set of upperclassmen, along with new addition Drew Blake (II), has powered the team towards victories over St. Georges, Brooks, and Middlesex so far this season. Erik Mohl has pitched almost flawlessly, and the team’s well-balanced hitting attack has produced enough runs for victories in three straight games. “Erik has really stepped up so far this year, and our seniors have been great,” says Jared Turner (III), a new member of the squad this year. He added, “We are all optimistic about this season after having a great Florida trip, and despite our opening day loss, we should contend in the ISL.” Blake, Davis, and veteran catcher Josh Ellis (I) have been instrumental thus far in the three victories. The outfield consisting of Ryan Rizzo (I), Anthony Scurto (II), and Drew Jacobs (II) has stepped up and played tremendous defense, combining speed with baseball I.Q. to make run saving plays in almost every game. Austin Johnson (II) has handled the hot corner at third admirably thus far, and seniors Andrew Haser and Jake Farabee have contributed their fair share as well. All in all, despite a tough loss to an inferior opponent to kick off the year, the baseball team is looking forward to a successful season, and hopes to build on past years’ successes and finally break through and bring home the championship.
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