Big Red Clash


By Ann Raubuch

The Milan Varsity softball team held the Big Red Clash Saturday, April 23rd. Milan hosted Garden City, Clinton, New Boston Huron, Bedford and Belleville this year.  The event is a good opportunity for the team to play some additional games and raise money for the program. It is a community effort as they rely on parents to donate food items for the concessions and volunteer time to run it. The JV girls pitched in and manned the admissions table so it is a full program effort. Sophomore Oksana Birchmeier was one of the JV players who worked the admission table but she stayed to cheer on her classmates until the last game was over and took a few photos for the Milan Softball Facebook page.
Milan drew Garden City in the first game. Sam Hill got things started with a single hit to right center field and advanced to second on a passed ball to batter Chelsea Dyer and to third on another passed ball. Senior Haylie Ritchie sent a hard hit ground ball past third base to score Hill. Garden City tied it up in the third inning but Milan’s offense would prove too much as they went on to tally 15 hits and 12 runs to run-rule the Cougars. Emily Raubuch got the win for the Big Reds pitching six innings, giving up five hits, two runs and fanning six.
The Big Reds fell to Bedford in-game two. They fell behind in the first inning 2-0 but came right back and tied the game with runs in the second and third but Bedford scored three in the seventh to seal the win.
The girls capped off their tournament with a 4-1 win against Belleville. Senior Heather Engle got the win in the circle throwing five and two-thirds innings, allowing no earned runs and striking out 2.
The team has suffered losses to Riverview and Flat Rock since the tournament but they have some great things going for them including a very potent offense which has produced four home runs already this season with Senior Right Fielder, Haylie Ritchie leading the way hitting her second home run of the season in a game against New Boston Huron.  “It was an adrenaline rush and a great way to the start the game. Drive and determination can do a lot on the ball field.” Hailey said. Sophomore Center Fielder, Jules Markham hit a 3 run shot against Riverview and Senior Left Fielder, Chelsea Dyer sent one out in the game against Flat Rock.  
Milan’s JV team is 4-2 and looking to improve as they have five players hitting .300 or better. They continue to work hard and hope to and make their mark this season.

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