Milan Softball Starts Season Off Right


By Ann Raubuch

The Big Reds kicked off their season with a double header against Ypsilanti on March 21st. Milan  took game one by a 3 inning 17-0 run rule. Milan broke the game open in the first inning with thirteen runs off seven hits. Junior Pitcher, Emily Raubuch got the win in game one with a no hit 8 strikeout day and led the team in hitting going 3 for 3 with 3 RBI. Makayla Maurer went 2 for 2 with an RBI and Sarah Rea with a 2 RBI double in the game.  
     Senior Makayla Maurer got the win in game two, pitching 3 innings surrendering 2 hits 1 run with 2 strike outs. Ypsilanti struck first with a right field double then scoring on a ground ball. Milan answered with 2 runs to take the lead. Freshman Vanessa White and Junior Brooke Spradlin got on base, White scored on a sacrifice fly by Maurer and Spradlin later scored on a double by Sophomore Lauren Chrysler. The Big Reds put the game away in the second inning scoring 14 runs. Spradlin and Chrysler led the team in hitting. Spradlin went 2 for 2 and hit a two run homer over the left field fence. Chrysler went  3 for 3 and hit a two run in the park home run. Spradlin was excited to get her first career home run. “I thought it was really cool to be able to start off my season with a home run. I feel like it’s a good start to a great season.” Several other players registered hits in the home opener as well. The Big Reds won game two by 16-1. 
    First Year Head Coach Courtney Brothers liked what she saw from her team. “It was great to see the girls all together which gave us the chance to play around with different situations and positions. I was also very happy with the hitting. From the top to the bottom, the girls showed up ready to play and hit the ball very well. After seeing how well the team can hit, I want to continue to play with the lineup so that we utilize the girls to their greatest potential.”
    The JV team has did not play. Tryout numbers  for this season were down. It was initially decided there were not enough to not field a team which was met with resistance from many parents and community members. Parents were given an opportunity to express their concerns to Coaches, Athletic Department and school officials. The tryouts for JV were extended allowing additional girls to come out. The Milan JV team is expected to have 11 players and will be coached by new Coach, Julie Meray. The decision to not field a team was a difficult one for Coach Brothers who was happy to see it all work out. “I am so glad that everyone came together to make this JV team happen.” Both teams will be in action following the Spring break on April 1st. 

Ann Raubuch is a Freelance Writer for the Milan Eagle

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