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Milan 7, Jac-Cen-Del 4

The Milan Indians went on the road in ORVC baseball play Friday evening and defeated Jac-Cen-Del 7-4. Milan picked up a key conference win as they look to keep pace with conference-leading Rising Sun.

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Milan scored first in the opening half of the first when Grayden Taylor’s single brought home Joel Norman. In the bottom of the first inning, JCD got lead-off man Morgan Sutton when he was hit with the pitch. Dustin Herbert was able to bring Sutton in with an RBI single to tie the game.

In the second, the Indians sent nine batters to the plate and scored three runs. Brayden Furr scored the first run on an errant throw, Joel Norman collected an RBI as he drove in A.J. Strassell and Grayden Taylor picked up his second RBI when his single brought Treyton Robbins home. With the bases loaded and two outs, the Eagles brought in Logan Drockelman and he got the home squad out of a jam as Caiden Yorn popped out to the shortstop to end the top half of the inning. JCD quickly responded with back-to-back one-out doubles by Miles McAdams and Nate Scoggins. Scoggins collected an RBI and scored on a wild pitch to cut the Indian lead to 4-3.  

The third inning saw the first 1-2-3 half inning of the game as Drockelman continued to shut down the Milan offense. A ground out and two strikeouts kept the deficit at one run. Drockelman helped his cause with a leadoff walk in the bottom of the third and moved to third base courtesy of a fielder’s choice place and a single from Dustin Herbert. T.J. Menchhofer tied the game at four with his RBI single. With the Eagles threatening to score more, Indian pitcher Joel Norman got a quick ground ball and turned a 1-2-3 double play to get two quick outs. A soft line drive ended the inning with a tie ball game at 4.

Milan got the base paths heated again in the fourth inning as Treyton Robbins and Joel Norman both scored. A single, fielders choice, three walks, and a sacrifice fly helped plate the two runs in the top of fourth. In the home half of the inning, Nate Scoggins collected his second double of the game to open the frame. This would be the last batter for Milan starter Joel Norman. Dakota Sams took over on the mound after starting at third base and gave up a single to Corey Hughes. With no outs and the Eagles looking to plate more runs, Sams struck out the next two batters and got a key ground out to stop any momentum.

In the fifth, the Eagles made their third pitching change as Jacob Jines took to the hill. Jines made quick work of the visitors with a strikeout and two ground outs. From this point, the game was dominated by the two relief pitchers. After surrendering the hit in the bottom of the fourth, Dakota Sams retired ten straight JCD batters until he gave up a walk in the bottom of the seventh. Jines was equally as impressive retiring six straight Indians until Grayden Taylor opened the seventh inning with a single. Adam Norman would drive him in to give Milan an insurance run heading into the bottom of the seventh leading 7-4. With one out and one aboard in the bottom of the seventh, Sams got a comeback grounder and turned the double play to close the game and get the ORVC win for the visiting Indians.  

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