Late charge pushes Milan past Carleton Airport

The Milan Big Reds had prepared themselves to face the Carleton Airport Jets on Friday afternoon, hoping for a smooth victory before their home opener on Saturday. The Big Reds were in for a wild ride, as it took them 10 innings to defeat the Jets. Thanks to a pinch-hit double by Cody Brierley that sparked a five-run 10th, Milan defeated Airport 10-5.

Konrad Jeppesen earned his first varsity victory on Friday afternoon against Carleton Airport. Jeppesen threw four innings in the Big Reds' 10-inning 10-5 win. (File photo/J, Dotson)

Konrad Jeppesen earned his first varsity victory on Friday afternoon against Carleton Airport. Jeppesen threw four innings in the Big Reds’ 10-inning 10-5 win. (File photo / J. Dotson)

Milan head coach Adam Gilles had plenty of praise for his players following the victory. “I tell you, even if we had lost, you can’t be too unhappy with the way the guys played,” he said. “We made some mistakes, but we’re hitting the ball like crazy. To be in this intimidating environment and come away with the victory is a good feeling.”

The Big Reds and Jets had a back-and-forth game during the regulation innings. Milan held a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the 6th when the tide turned in the home team’s favor. A leadoff single by Bryce Cole and triple by Tyler Page tied the game at 4. The following batter, Jared Pingitore, reached base on an error, allowing Page to score and the Jets to take their first lead of the game.

Not to be outdone, Milan rallied to take the game to extra innings when Chase Riling hit a two-out single that scored Beau Hotz in the top of the 7th.

Each team squandered chances to score afterward, as the Jets hit into a double play with two runners on base in the bottom of the 8th and the Big Reds hit into a similar double play in the top half of the 9th.

The Big Reds had 17 of the game’s 27 hits, while Konrad Jeppesen – who gave the lead away in the 6th – threw four total innings and earned his first-ever varsity victory.

Milan (12-1) will take a 10-game win streak into their home doubleheader against the Plymouth Wildcats (6-3) tomorrow morning. The series is set to begin at 11 a.m.

“It will be fun to be in the friendly confines,” Gilles said. “Hopefully we can keep rolling.”

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Game stats

Hit leaders: Hotz 4; Lindeman & C. Riling 3 each; Ferenczy & I. Grubke 2 each

RBI leaders: Three players with 2 RBIs each (I. Grubke, Allen, C. Riling)

Run leaders: Lindeman 3; Reed 2

Winning pitcher: Jeppesen (1-0) – 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 K – 19 batters faced

Losing pitcher: Page – 4.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R (6 ER), K – 24 batters faced

Milan sweeps Riverview

The Milan Big Reds looked to play well against the Riverview Pirates on Wednesday afternoon. The Big Reds got exactly what they bargained for, defeating the Pirates in both contests. Milan took down Riverview 13-1 and 10-1.

Isaac Grubke pitched a strong outing against Riverview on Wednesday, leading his team to a 13-1 victory in game one. Grubke threw all 5 innings in the contest. (File photo by Scott Dotson)

Isaac Grubke pitched a strong outing against Riverview on Wednesday, leading his team to a 13-1 victory in game one. Grubke threw all 5 innings in the contest. (File photo by Scott Dotson)

The Big Reds struck early and often in game one, scoring 10 runs in the game’s first 2 innings. Six Big Reds combined for 13 hits in the contest, while seven Milan players accrued at least one run batted in. On the mound, Isaac Grubke pitched five dominant innings, allowing two hits and one run while striking out six.

Beau Hotz put on a show against Riverview, going 3-for-4 with a team-leading three RBIs in the first contest, while pitching six strong innings in the finale.

A seven-run 4th inning propelled the Big Reds in the later contest.

“Both (Isaac and Beau) stepped up, and that’s what they had to do,” Milan head coach Adam Gilles said. “We’re going to need them to step up, and they did. Beau looked a lot sharper than he did last week, and Isaac did a good job throwing strikes.”

Beau Hotz had a stellar day for Milan on Wednesday, leading the team with 3 hits in game one and pitching 6 strong innings in game two. (File photo by Scott Dotson)

Beau Hotz had a stellar day for Milan on Wednesday, leading the team with 3 hits in game one and pitching 6 strong innings in game two. (File photo by Scott Dotson)

Thomas Lindeman, dealing with a sore shoulder, did not play in the field on Wednesday. He played in the two games as the designated hitter in each, going a combined 2-for-5 with five walks. It is not known how long Lindeman’s shoulder injury will sideline him from pitching or playing in the field.

Jordan Sparks made his varsity pitching debut in game two, throwing a scoreless 7th inning. In his turn, Sparks allowed a leadoff hit before retiring the next three batters to end the game.

The Big Reds (11-1, 2-0 Huron League) will complete their road trip with a game against Carleton Airport on Friday. Zach Allen (3-0, 0.87 ERA) is slated to start for Milan.

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Game 1 stats

Hit leaders: Hotz 3; I. Grubke, Norzaimi, C. Riling 2 each

RBI leaders: Hotz 3; C. Riling 2; three players with 1 RBI each (Lindeman, Allen, Ferenczy)

Run leaders: Hotz 3; Lindeman, Norzaimi, Cal Reed 2 each

Winning pitcher: Isaac Grubke (3-1) – CG (5 IP), 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), BB, 6 K — 23 batters faced

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Game 2 stats

Hit leaders: Allen 3; Norzaimi, Eric Price 2 each

RBI leaders: Norzaimi, Allen 2 each

Run leaders: Lindeman, Sparks 2 each (six players with 1 run each)

Winning pitcher: Beau Hotz (2-0) – 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 7 K — 31 batters faced

 

Allen, Hendricks, Hotz guide Big Reds to victory over New Boston Huron

The Milan Big Reds opened up their Huron League conference play on a positive note Monday afternoon, defeating the New Boston Huron Chiefs 4-2.

Zach Allen picked up his team-leading 3rd win of the season on Monday, leading the Big Reds to a 4-2 win over New Boston Huron. (File photo by Scott Dotson)

Zach Allen picked up his team-leading 3rd win of the season on Monday, leading the Big Reds to a 4-2 win over New Boston Huron. (File photo by Scott Dotson)

Strong pitching by Zach Allen and offensive support from Jordan Hendricks and Beau Hotz were the keys to the Milan victory. Allen threw all seven innings of the contest, allowing two runs on four hits while striking out five. Hendricks and Hotz each had two hits, and combined for all of the Big Reds’ three runs batted in.

Allen struggled early, allowing the first 2 runs of the ballgame in the 2nd inning, but found his groove after a controversial play in the top of the 4th.

With runners on 1st and 3rd with two outs and the Chiefs still holding a 2-0 lead, Brendon Ferenczy hit a ground ball to Huron shortstop Zack Williams. Williams’ throw was short of first baseman Jake Simmers’ glove. As Chase Riling rounded third on the hit and was heading home on the error, Simmers threw the ball offline to catcher Noah Gamble. Gamble tagged Riling on the back as the Milan catcher attempted to reach for home plate, and the home plate umpire ruled Riling out. Despite protests from Big Red supporters and arguments by Milan coaches, there was one bright spot; Hendricks – the runner on 3rd – scored on the play, narrowing the New Boston lead to 2-1.

Chiefs starting pitcher Mark Cash and Allen were locked in a pitcher’s duel until the top of the 5th. With runners on the corners and one out, Hotz lined a single past the shortstop Williams to tie the game at 2. Hendricks, the next batter, scored Thomas Lindeman on a groundout to Williams – giving Big Reds had their first lead of the ballgame.

Jordan Hendricks had two hits and an RBI on Monday.

Jordan Hendricks had two hits and an RBI on Monday. (File photo)

Hotz added an insurance run in the top of the 7th, stretching Milan’s lead to 4-2.

New Boston loaded the bases in the bottom half, by way of a single and two walks. Despite danger looming with two outs, Allen induced Cash – who threw seven innings for his team – into a game-winning groundout to short.

“Zach pitched outstanding today,” said Big Reds head coach Adam Gilles. “We got some big hits. Early on, things weren’t going our way, but we battled and found a way.

“(Huron) is going to beat a lot of teams. All we can do is handle our business and let the chips fall where they may.”

Milan (9-1) returns to action on Wednesday with a road doubleheader against Riverview. First pitch of game one is set for 4:30 p.m.

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Game stats

Hit leaders: Lindeman 3; Allen, Hotz, Hendricks 2 each

RBI leaders: Hotz 2, Hendricks 1

Run leaders: Four players with 1 run each (Lindeman, Hendricks, Jordan Sparks, Cal Reed)

Winning pitcher: Zach Allen (Milan; 3-0) – CG (7 IP), 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 K – 38 batters faced

Losing pitcher: Mark Cash (Huron) – CG (7 IP), 4 H, 4 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 2 K – 35 batters faced

 

2015 baseball walk-up songs

Organized by jersey number:

Cal Reed (No. 1) – “No Type” / Rae Sremmurd

Kyle Hosein (No. 2) – “Bacchanalist” / Kerwin Du Bois

Eric Price (No. 3) – “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” / Kanye West

Chase Riling (No. 5) – “Blur My Hands” / Lupe Fiasco

Isaac Grubke (No. 6) –  “Fireman” / Lil Wayne

Dan Armstrong (No. 7) – “Dum Dee Dum” / Keys N Krates

Jared Grubke (No. 8) – “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” / Big & Rich

Thomas Lindeman (No. 10) – “Rocky Top” / Osborne Bros.

Jackson Pahle (No. 11) – “December 31st” / Ace Hood

Aaron Taylor (No. 12) – “The Joker” / Caleb Mak

Jaden Riling (No. 13) – “GDFR” (Going Down for Real) / Flo Rida

Beau Hotz (No. 14) – “Get Back” / Ludacris

Brendan Ferenczy (No. 15) – “What Up Gangsta” / 50 Cent

Zach Allen (No. 16) – “Down & Out” / Tantric

Daniel Norzaimi (No. 17) – “In Da Club” / 50 Cent

Cody Brierley (No. 20) – “Clique” / Kanye West

Jordan Hendricks (No. 21) – “P.I.M.P” / 50 Cent

Jordan Sparks (No. 23) – “Earned It” / The Weeknd

Konrad Jeppesen (No. 28) – “Danza Kuduro” / Don Omar

 

 

Milan wins in extra innings over Ann Arbor Huron

The Milan Big Reds played their third game in two days on Saturday morning, facing off against the Ann Arbor Huron River Rats. While they were expecting a challenge from their opponent, the Big Reds hadn’t thought of going to extra innings. Milan, however, came away with the victory, taking down Huron 6-3 in 8 innings.

Thomas Lindeman threw 7 innings in Milan's 6-3 win over Ann Arbor Huron on Saturday. (File photo by Scott Dotson)

Thomas Lindeman threw 7 innings in Milan’s 6-3 win over Ann Arbor Huron on Saturday. (File photo by Scott Dotson)

The contest featured two starting pitchers who threw over 100 pitches in their respective outings, each lasting the full seven innings. Milan’s Thomas Lindeman, who was scheduled to throw on a pitch count of 60 to 70 pitches, ended up throwing an even 100 in the contest. The River Rats’ starter, Brandon Cooper, threw 113 pitches.

Milan scored the contest’s first run in the opening at-bats. Zach Allen singled home Lindeman to give the Big Reds a 1-0 advantage.

Huron tied the game in the bottom of the 4th inning, on a one-out single by Taylor Erdhart that scored Matt Psychas.

Both sides squandered possible scoring chances in the later innings – the Big Reds with a bases-loaded opportunity in the top of the 6th, and the River Rats mis-executing in the bottom half of the 7th.

With runners on 1st and 3rd with one out, River Rat first baseman Gus DiGiovine – standing on 3rd base – attempted to score but was thrown out from right field. The batter at the plate, Robert Hurley, advanced to second base on the play, but was later picked off by Lindeman.

Daniel Norzaimi scored the run that gave Milan a 2-1 lead in the top of the 8th on Saturday. Milan would score four more runs in the inning. (File photo by Scott Dotson)

Daniel Norzaimi scored the run that gave Milan a 2-1 lead in the top of the 8th on Saturday. (File photo by Scott Dotson)

The Big Reds loaded the bases again in the top of the 8th, but this time, took advantage of the opportunity. Milan took a 2-1 lead after Daniel Norzaimi scored on a bases-loaded walk. Over the course of the inning, four more runs would cross the plate for the visitors, giving the Big Reds a 6-1 advantage heading into the bottom half.

Huron tried to battle back, scoring two runs off of Isaac Grubke, but the game ended with a groundout, stranding one runner.

“We played a team today whose pitcher was throwing in the mid-80s, and the best hitting team we’ve seen all year,” Big Reds head coach Adam Gilles said.

Milan (8-1) enters Huron League play with a five-game win streak. The Big Reds open conference play with a game against New Boston Huron on Monday.

Gilles feels confident heading into the contest. “We’re extremely confident heading (into) Monday,” he said. “We’re finding a way to win, and hopefully we can continue that.”

Monday’s tilt, which was initially supposed to be played in Milan, has been moved to New Boston due to poor field conditions.

First pitch of the match is set for 4:30 p.m.

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Game stats

Hit leaders: Five players with 1 hit each (Lindeman, I. Grubke, Allen, C. Riling, Ferenczy)

Run leaders: Six players with 1 run each (Lindeman, Hosein, Hendricks, Taylor, J. Riling, Sparks)

RBI leaders: Three players with 1 RBI each (Allen, Norzaimi, Ferenczy)

Winning pitcher: Lindeman (2-0) – 7 IP, 9 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 K – 36 batters faced

Losing pitcher: Brandon Cooper (Huron) – 7.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R (2 ER), 4 BB, 2 K – 50 batters faced

 

 

Milan Baseball Roster

No. Name Year Positions
1 Cal Reed Sr. OF
2 Kyle Hosein Jr. UTIL
3 Eric Price Sr. P-OF
5 Chase Riling So. C
7 Dan Armstrong Jr. UTIL
8 Jared Grubke So. P-IF
10 Thomas Lindeman Sr. P-SS
11 Jackson Pahle Jr. P-1B-OF
12 Aaron Taylor Jr. UTIL
13 Jaden Riling Fr. P-IF
14 Beau Hotz Sr. P-1B-3B
15 Brendan Ferenczy Jr. UTIL
16 Zach Allen Jr. P-2B-3B-SS
17 Daniel Norzaimi Jr. C-3B
20 Cody Brierley Jr. P-1B
23 Jordan Sparks
28 Konrad Jeppesen Jr. P-OF

Big Reds take two from Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard

On a breezy Friday afternoon, the Milan Big Reds took on the Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard Fighting Irish at Eastern Michigan University’s Oestrike Stadium. The Big Reds won both contests against the Fighting Irish, 10-0 and 9-5.

Thomas Lindeman became the Big Reds' all-time hit leader on Friday afternoon. His two hits gave him 142 for his career.

Thomas Lindeman became the Big Reds’ all-time hit leader on Friday afternoon. His two hits gave him 142 for his career.

A historic moment occurred in the contest’s opening at-bat. Thomas Lindeman lined a base hit in the left-field gap, becoming the school’s all-time career hit leader.

Milan opened the scoring in the game with two runs in the 1st inning, which was all starting pitcher Zach Allen would need. The Big Reds added another run in the 2nd and six runs in the 6th, giving him a cushion to work with. The game ended after the 6th due to the 10-run mercy rule. Allen allowed four hits and struck out five batters in his outing.

Beau Hotz throws a warmup pitch to catcher Daniel Norzaimi in game two of Friday's doubleheader against Gabriel Richard. Hotz threw 5 innings in his season debut.

Beau Hotz throws a warmup pitch to catcher Daniel Norzaimi in game two of Friday’s doubleheader against Gabriel Richard. Hotz threw 5 innings in his season debut.

Beau Hotz made his pitching debut in the second contest, and his turn on the mound got off to a rough start. Hotz allowed three runs on four hits in the bottom half of the 1st.

Milan responded in the top of the 2nd, scoring three runs to tie the game.

Hotz allowed another run in the bottom half, giving Richard a 4-3 lead, but that would be the last time the Fighting Irish would have it. The Big Reds outscored the Fighting Irish 4-1 over the fourth and fifth innings, and, as good measure, scored their ninth run of the contest in the top half of the 7th.

Konrad Jeppesen threw a combined three innings in relief in the two games, throwing the final inning of game one and the 6th and 7th innings in game two. He did not allow a run in either appearance.

Team head coach Adam Gilles, who picked up his 300th and 301st career victories with the sweep, had good things to say about his ballclub. “We hit well and pitched well,” he said. “You couldn’t ask for much more than that.”

Regarding the historic feats that occurred, Gilles had high praise. “It feels good to see Thomas get the hit record and to get (No. 300),” he said. “We wanted to get (the records) last year, and we were disappointed that we didn’t get them. Thomas played outstanding today. I’m happy for him.”

The Big Reds (7-1) face Ann Arbor Huron on the road tomorrow morning. Milan will play a game against Huron at 11 a.m., with a scrimmage following the conclusion of the official contest. Lindeman will take the mound in the opener, with a pitch count of 60-70 pitches.

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Game 1 stats

Hit leaders: Lindeman, Isaac Grubke 2 each

RBI leaders: I. Grubke 2, Jared Grubke & Hotz 1 each

Run leaders: I. Grubke, J. Grubke, Lindeman 2 each

Winning pitcher: Zach Allen (2-0) – 5 IP, 4 H, 5 K (21 batters faced)

Game 2 stats

Hit leaders: Five players with 1 hit each (I. Grubke, Allen, Hotz, Norzaimi, Armstrong)

RBI leader: Armstrong 2

Run leaders: Three players with 1 run each

Winning pitcher: Beau Hotz (1-0) – 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R (5 ER), K, BB (23 batters faced)