Baseball Steps Up to the Plate
by Anthony Scurto on Friday, June 7th, 2013
The Milton Academy baseball team, also known as “The Program,” led by Coach Petherick, finished up their season on the wrong side of a heartbreaking, extra-inning marathon versus Nobles, which ended with a walk-off hit that gave Nobles the win at Nash Field.
The Mustangs came into the season with a veteran-filled team and high expectations that they most definitely lived up to. The pitching staff had some great surprises this season. Left-handed pitcher Erik Mohl (III) transitioned from being the first lefty shortstop ever in the history of freshman baseball the year before to a key arm in this year’s rotation. Mohl’s shining moment was a complete game victory versus BB&N. Also, freshman Ryan Allen provided some quality outings including a 4-3 win versus a talented Worchester Academy ball club. Senior captain Jake Farabee picked up where he left off last year and proved to be the ace of the staff this year. Farabee battled with unmatchable intensity every game and gave Milton an emotional edge this season.
On the field, captain Josh Ellis (I) once again was behind the plate where he has been stationed for the past four years. Ellis led by example on and off the field throughout the whole season and had a strong showing at the plate once again. Newcomer Drew Blake (II) managed third base this year, and the sweet swinging lefty provided the lineup with some much-needed power, which was displayed in a 9-1 rout of BB&N on May 18. Ryan Rizzo (I) showed off his speed and athleticism patrolling the outfield throughout the season. In one especially impressive game, he made a clutch, acrobatic catch at St Sebastian’s that helped the Mustangs seal the win. Milton Academy baseball is continuing to improve under the guidance of Coach Petherick and should remain one of the top teams in the ISL for seasons to come.
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