Softball seniors leading the way

By Ann Raubuch  

The 2018 Softball season is here and brings a lot of excitement and energy with it. The Big Reds are coming off their second consecutive trip to the Regional Championship and are hungry to make a deeper run this season.  This year’s  Varsity squad rosters fourteen, eleven of which are returning Varsity players including eight seniors who are eager to improve on last years success.
    Coach Ashley Beal returns for her second season as the Varsity Head Coach. She sees some exciting things in this year’s schedule. “I think Ida joining our district is exciting,” she said. “The Huron League is going to be tough with a lot of teams returning players.” Milan has added some new non conference teams to the schedule as well as two tournaments including the Michigan Challenge in May. 
    This year’s team will draw upon the experience and leadership of it’s eight seniors. It’s a role Sam Maurer has been working towards and looking forward to this season. She is focused on leading the team back to the Regional Championship and wants more. “I have been to the Regional finals game twice and lost. This year I want to win it,” Maurer said. “With the fact that have solid leadership in our eight returning seniors, three of us who are returning for our fourth year on varsity, we have the potential to make a deep run into States this year. I’m confident that our pitchers will keep us in every game because they put in a lot of hard work this winter. We just need to put runs on the board and play solid defense behind them.”
    The bats were alive in their March 23rd home opener. The Big Reds hosted Ann Arbor Pioneer for a double header. The girls came out of the gate strong. They combined for 14 hits and 15 runs and held Pioneer scoreless to win it in four innings by a score of 15-0. Senior Catcher Hailey Ritchie hit her first home run of the season, a three run shot over the center field fence. “It was a great way to start off my senior season,” Hailely said. “I can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store.” Milan won game two 5-2. Both games were a team effort as there were contributions from everyone. The pitching staff including sophomore Emily Raubuch, junior  Mikayla Maurer and senior Heather Engel combined for 12 strikeouts. The team held Pioneer to just two runs. Coach Beal was pleased with how well they played as a team. “It was a good team win with contributions from all of the girls, “said second-year coach Ashley Beal.  
Milan is back in action April 3rd for a scrimmage at Saline and a double header at Lincoln on the 4th.

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