Milan Finds a Bright Spot and Some Offensive Confidence


By Ann Raubuch

The Big Reds were on a three game losing streak coming into the Big Red Clash, which is a tournament they host annually. The girls dropped their first two games to Garden City, 3-2, and Woodhaven, 8-6. They rallied to overcome an early deficit to win the final game of the day against Clinton, 8-6. Freshman Pitcher/Outfielder, Chloe Spradlin got her first win in the circle pitching 7 innings, giving up 9 hits, 6 runs and tallied 4 strike outs. Makaila Cooper went 3-for-3 hitting her first home run of the season, a double and an RBI. She was just focused on getting a hit. “When I was in the box, I had the mindset of focusing on hitting a line drive. The pitch came in, I made perfect contact and drove the ball over the fence. This hit resonates most with me because it was proof that all my hard work is paying off. Every day I put in the work to improve my offensive skills. Whether it be batting lessons, watching instructional hitting videos, or hitting off the tee. I make sure that I do everything I can to benefit myself and my team”. Lauren Chrysler and Emily Raubuch also had multiple hits going three for four, both with doubles.
The win was a lift to a team that despite it’s recent losses did not give up. Coach Courtney Brothers felt the girls stayed engaged. “I was really proud of the girls during the game. They played as a whole and as a team. Each girl had a role in that win whether it was in the dugout or on the field. The energy was high all seven innings, which made the difference. As Co- Captain, Cooper shared her Coaches sentiments. “The win against Clinton was most definitely a good one. It showed that we can come together as a team and rely on each other to do our job. Everyone contributed, whether it was a quality at bat or cheering teammates on. Even though they gained a lead, we didn’t let it get to us. Every one of my teammates put forth their best effort and that allowed us to win. We had recently hit a rough patch in our season, but this game gave us our confidence back. If we allow it, that confidence can make us victorious in our upcoming games. I am truly proud of each and every one of my teammates and their performances.”
There is a lot to be hopeful about going into May. The bats began heating up against Woodhaven but they definitely came alive in the finale. Several girls had great performances Saturday. Emily Raubuch led the team going seven for eleven on the day, with a home run a double and six RBI’s. It was her fourth home run on the season. She said, “I went into the box with a positive attitude. Each pitch I was thinking yes, yes yes”. Lauren Chrysler went five of ten with two doubles and four RBI’s. Makaila Cooper was five of nine with a home run, two doubles and an RBI.

Ann Raubuch is a Freelance Writer for the Milan Eagle

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