Milan sweeps Edsel Ford in doubleheader

Photo by Joel Dotson Zach Allen pitched 6 strong innings in game 1 of the Big Reds’ doubleheader against Edsel Ford on Tuesday, April 22.

Photo by Joel Dotson
Zach Allen pitched 6 strong innings in game 1 of the Big Reds’ doubleheader against Edsel Ford on Tuesday, April 22.

By Joel Dotson

The Milan Big Reds battled the cool and windy weather on Tuesday, but swept the Dearborn Edsel Ford Thunderbirds despite it. The Big Reds won 11-1 in game one and 4-3 in game two. With the sweep, Milan extended their win streak to 12 games.

The Thunderbirds struck first in the opening game. After a leadoff double by starting pitcher Austin Atwood, and a single by centerfielder Donald Mosley advanced Atwood to third, leftfielder Marco Marchaletta hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield that put Edsel Ford up 1-0.

From there, the Big Reds took over. Milan scored seven runs in the first four innings, with the majority of hits by the Big Red offense coming by way of singles and doubles. Zach Allen pitched a strong outing, going six innings, allowing just two hits, one run, and notching four strikeouts. Allen retired the last 15 batters he faced in order.

Milan scored four runs in the bottom half of the 6th, and won by the 10-run mercy rule.

The Big Reds took the early lead in game two. After Kyle Schrader singled, he stole second base and scored following two wild pitches while Zach Allen was batting. Milan added another run in the 4th, when Isaac Grubke hit an RBI single that scored Zach Alliston to give the Big Reds a 2-0 advantage.

Edsel Ford responded in the top half of the 5th. After the Thunderbirds loaded the bases, Marchaletta hit a 1-out RBI single to narrow Milan’s lead to 2-1. Following Marchaletta’s at-bat, starting pitcher Jake Hendricks was pulled and relieved by Thomas Lindeman. Lindeman retired the next two batters in the inning, keeping the Big Red lead intact.

Milan added two runs in their half of the inning. Hendricks bunted Schrader home from 3rd base for the team’s first run. With Jake Friese batting, Hendricks stole 2nd and scored when Friese hit a single. With those runs, the Big Reds extended their lead to 4-1.

Eight batters came to the plate for Edsel Ford in the top of the 6th. The first 7 batters reached base by way of a single, walk or fielder’s choice. Two runs scored for the Thunderbirds, narrowing Milan’s lead to 4-3. Edsel Ford left the bases loaded when third baseman Austin Ramos lined out to first to end the inning.

Six Big Reds came to bat in the home half of the inning, and two crossed the plate to get the lead to 6-3. Zach Alliston led off the frame with a walk. After Alliston stole second base and advanced to third on a Tommy Vinnay sacrifice bunt, he would score on a Lindeman RBI double. Lindeman scored when Zach Allen hit a single to the outfield.

On the mound, Lindeman faced four batters in the top of the 7th. He struck out two and picked off a runner, giving Milan the victory.

Big Reds coach Adam Gilles was proud of his team battling the elements to win the two games. “We got two good wins against a Class A school today,” he said. “You’ve got to be happy sitting at 12-1.”

Milan returned to the diamond April 23 with a doubleheader against Whitmore Lake. First pitch of the opening game is set for 4 p.m.



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