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July 7, 2014

American Legion Baseball: Milton downs Mifflinburg 11-0

MIFFLINBURG — With the West Branch League playoffs approaching at the end of the week, Milton manager Tim Preisch wanted to see his team start to put things together.

If Monday night’s game with Mifflinburg was any indication, then Preisch’s team is rounding into playoff form.

Milton scored 11 runs and four different pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout as Milton downed Mifflinburg 11-0 in a game stopped via the 10-run rule after five innings.

“Some of (Mifflinburg’s) better players are at the beach, we get that. I still want to focus on the fundamentals,” Preisch said. “The playoffs start Wednesday, so we have to hit the ball, pitch well and run the bases. There are always things to work on, but we played pretty well.”

Milton improves to 9-5 on the season and will be home tonight against Jersey Shore at 5:45 p.m. The game was moved to Milton from Jersey Shore.

Milton jumped out to a 6-0 lead with two runs in the first and four runs in the second inning. With two outs in the first, Brady Chappell tripled to the center-field fence and scored on Brandon Stokes’ single. An outfield error put runners on the corners before Stokes stole home on the back end of a double steal.

A Jeff Levitan single, an error and a walk loaded the bases to start the Milton second inning. A walk to Cole Wirt forced in a run before a wild pitch scored the second run of the inning. Daniel Bridge added an RBI single, while Chappell wrapped up the scoring with a sacrifice fly.

That would be all the runs the Milton pitching staff would need on Monday night. Levitan worked the first two innings, allowing both hits while striking out five. The relief triumvirate of Stokes, David Showers and Hunter Snyder combined to allow just two base runners (a walk and an error), while retiring the Mifflinburg hitters on a combined 33 pitches.

“The other good thing is we used four pitchers in five innings and everybody threw well,” Preisch said. “Everyone threw strikes.”

Milton added five more runs in the fourth inning to make the score 11-0. Taylor Porter was hit by a pitch, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. After a walk, an errant pickoff throw scored Porter. Mark Artley followed with an RBI double down the left-field line. After an out and an error scored another run, Stokes and Showers each singled before Levitan doubled home two runs for the final scoring of the game.

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