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This week in baseball

• Milford beat Walnut Hills 11-0 in five innings, May 14, in Division I Sectionals. Milford’s Frank Sullivan pitched seven strikeouts, and Nick Hittner was 2-2 with three RBI. • Bethel-Tate beat Goshen 10-0 in Division II Sectionals, May 14. • Clermont Northeastern beat Indian Hill 4-2, May 15, in Division II Sectionals. CNE’s Seth Varner was the winning pitcher, and Ryan Krebs hit a homerun and had three RBI. • Fairfield beat Milford 1110, May 20, in Division I sectional finals. Milford’s Wes Minton was 2-3 with a double. • McNicholas beat Clermont Northeastern 8-7 in Division II sectionals, May 20. McNick’s Chris Linneman pitched six strikeouts, and Tommy Fraiz was 3-5 with two RBI. CNE’s Troy Miller was 23 with three RBI.

This week in softball

• New Richmond beat Goshen 1-0, May 14, in Division II Sectionals. • Mercy beat McNicholas 9-0, May 14, in Division II Sectionals. • Fairfield beat Milford 1-0, May 18, in Division II Sectional finals. • Clermont Northeastern beat Deer Park 10-0 in the Division III sectional final, May 19. CNE’s Emily Anderson pitched nine strikeouts, and was 2-3 with a double and two RBI.

SAY soccer signups

Milford SAY Soccer is currently accepting applications for the fall season. Teams are forming for players ranging from 4 to 19 years old. Our instructional teams are for 4-, 5- and 6-year-old players with birthdays between Aug. 4, 2004, and July 31, 2007. Teams are also forming for older players in all other ages groups. Register by May 31 and receive an early bird discount and be guaranteed placement on a team. Find out more and register online at, or mail in an application to Milford Soccer, P.O .Box 67, Milford, OH 451500067.

This week in track

• Goshen boys placed first in the Division II District Meet, May 18. Goshen’s J. Allen won the long jump at 20 feet, 4 inches.

Milford grad heads to open

Michael Auterson (Milford Class of 2003) qualified to compete in the Sectional portion of the U.S. Golfers Association’s (USGA) U.S. Open Golf tournament at Pebble Beach, Calif., in June. Auterson’s caddie, Marc Rahall, is also an alumnus of Milford High School (2003). Auterson birdied the first playoff hole beating seven other players at Maketewah Country Club to advance. Sectional qualifying, which is played more than 36 holes, will be held at two international sites on May 24 and 13 sites in the United States June 7. Auterson will compete at a Florida site near his current residence. Auterson played four years of varsity golf at Milford High School during the 19992002 seasons.

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CNE softball, baseball teams bow out

Rockets post record-breaking seasons By Adam Turer

Even record-breaking seasons have to come to an end. For the softball and baseball programs at Clermont Northeastern High School, the 2010 season will live on in the record books. Each team set a singleseason record for most wins in program history. Each earned the top seed in its respective sectional tournament bracket. Each team lost a heartbreaking one-run game to end its tournament run. It took two days and 15 innings before the softball team was ousted from the tournament. CNE and Middletown Madison played two scoreless innings on Friday, May 21, before the game was postponed due to weather. The teams resumed play the next day and played 13 more innings. The game ended without an earned run scored by either team. Middletown Madison prevailed 1-0 on an unearned run in the 15th inning. “It was crushing,” head coach Bill Goldfuss said. “It is devastating to lose a game like that.” Each team had opportunities to score earlier in the game, but pitching and defense ruled the day. An errant throw to third base during a rundown allowed the winning run to score. “It was a great game, back and forth the whole time,” said Goldfuss. “We knew it would be a pitchers’ duel and we knew one bounce would decide the game. We can’t hold our heads.” The Rockets entered the game on a 13-game winning streak including shutouts of their first two postseason opponents. After earning a first-round bye, the Rockets defeated two opponents by a combined 15-0 to easily win a sectional title. CNE finished the season 24-4, 12-2 in Southern Buckeye Academic Athletic Conference play. “I don’t think there’s any question that this is the best


Clermont Northeastern’s Hunter Voshell runs between second and third base Thursday, May 20, with Ryan Curran of McNicholas lunging for the ball during CNE’s loss to McNick, 8-7, in the Division II Sectional Championship finals.


Clermont Northeastern freshman shortstop Chelsae Osborn comes up throwing during a Lady Rocket win Thursday, May 6, over Amelia, 2-1. season I’ve had here as a coach,” Goldfuss said. “Especially when you consider that we basically had a whole new group of girls this year.” Only four seniors graduate from this team. Goldfuss will need to replace his entire outfield, but the infield and pitching staff will return intact. “Our seniors will be missed, but we have laid a nice foundation for the next three to four years,” Goldfuss said. “We have a lot to build on for next year.” It will be hard to top a 24win season, but the Rockets have the pitching and experience to make another deep run in 2011. The pressure will be even greater next season, but Goldfuss in confi-

dent that his team will respond well. “The girls know that next year we’ll be the hunted, not the hunters,” he said. “We had close games all year, so we’re used to the pressure. The kids responded well to it. They played their hearts out.” In head coach Mike Kirk’s second year at the helm, the baseball team posted a school record 21 wins. The Rockets also set a school record for most league wins, posting a 12-1 mark in Southern Buckeye Academic Athletic Conference play. The Rockets secured the top seed in the Division II sectional tournament and earned a first round bye. The long break between games

may have been more of a detriment than a benefit to the red-hot Rockets. “It was hard to stay fresh with the layoff,” Kirk said. “It was difficult to keep the kids fresh and focused in practice. We felt we had a lot to prove.” Their momentum slowed, the Rockets were upset by McNicholas High School, 87, May 20 in the sectional final. It was only the second loss of the season for CNE ace Seth Varner. The senior pitcher set a school singleseason record with 99 strikeouts. As a team, the Rockets posted a 0.81 ERA in conference games. “Seth was able to throw a lot of big games for us,” said Kirk. “We also had good pitching behind him.” The Rockets dominated league play, outscoring opponents by a total of 120-21. “Our goal going into the season was to win the conference,” Kirk said.

It was the first outright league title for the baseball program since 2000. The Rockets will graduate five seniors, all starters. There is a deep class of juniors and most of the 10 seniors-to-be saw varsity action this year. “We will have kids step in to those positions next year,” Kirk said. “We are excited about the future here. We don’t want this to be our only league title for the next 10 years.” For those returning players, this season raised expectations for the program and gave the players a boost of confidence. They know that they will likely be the favorite to win the SBAAC crown next season and will get each opponent’s best shot each game. “I think confidence will be a huge thing for us next year, knowing we can beat anybody and win big games,” Kirk said. “We want to win the league again and win a sectional title.”

Eagle baseball, softball fall to Fairfield

It’s a miracle


Milford High School graduate Adam Miracle, on left, celebrates with his Mt. Olive College volleyball teammate Alex Hoekstra, a Lakota East graduate, after winning the Conference Carolina Championships. Miracle was also named Freshman of the Year in the Top Conference Men’s Volleyball Awards.

Fairfield High School got the best of Milford’s baseball and softball teams last week as the Eagles suffered a pair of season-ending losses on the diamond. Milford’s baseball team fell during the Division I Sectional Championship finals Thursday, May 20, with its loss to Fairfield, 11-10. The Lady Eagles’ softball team was dispatched by Fairfield, 1-0, during the Divison I Sectional Championship finals Tuesday, May 18. The Eagle boys finished at 17-11 overall while taking first place in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference

Buckeye Division with an 82 conference record. Wes Minton led the Milford boys with 44 hits, 12 doubles, eight triples, 39 runs and a .489 batting average in 2010. Minton also contributed 35 RBI and six stolen bases. A.J. Wilson batted .329 while finishing with a teamhigh 36 RBI. Finishing with a team batting average of .341, Milford’s boys had eight players with 20 hits or more this spring. Milford’s softball team finished at 18-9 overall while taking third place in the FAVC Buckeye Division

at 7-3 in the conference. Sarah Alley led the Lady Eagles both at the plate and from the mound in 2010. Alley finished at 18-9 overall while throwing 169 innings for Milford with 230 strikeouts, seven shutouts and a 0.83 ERA. Offensively, Alley led Milford in numerous categories with 44 hits, 29 runs, 14 doubles, a .468 average and a .528 on-base percentage. Kara Atwell (.368 average with 28 hits and 22 RBI) and Brittany Norman (.321 average with 25 hits and team-high 25 RBI) also hit above the .300 mark for the Lady Eagles this spring.


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