MILTON, Ga. — Milton’s overall record took a hit over spring break as the Eagles fell to Hillgrove and Sequoyah in a doubleheader last Friday. Hillgrove lit up four Eagles’ pitchers in the first game, handing Milton the 11-0 loss.
Sequoyah used a four-run fifth inning to propel the Chiefs past Milton, going on to win 6-4. Milton (14-8, 6-3) was 7-3 against non-region opponents entering the doubleheader.
Hillgrove batters were locked in against Milton in the first game, connecting for 17 hits, four for extra bases.
Milton’s Luc Scudellari got the start for Milton, striking out three in two innings. Perhaps to save Scudelli’s arm for the upcoming region games, he was pulled after giving up two runs in the bottom of the second.
Joshua Germany replaced Scudellari in the third, but he was pulled after surrendering three singles, a walk and hitting a batter. Carson Davenport was then called on and pitched for three innings, striking out four and allowing three hits. Milan Sutaria pitched the final two innings.
Milton stranded nine runners in the lopsided loss. The Eagles loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the first, but Hillgrove escaped with a fly out and a double play.
The second game was much closer but it resulted in another loss.
Milton had eight hits, and though they were able to get four runners across the plate, the Eagles stranded six runners.
Jack Rhodes went 2-3 with two RBIs. Russell Megenity was 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.
With the game tied 1-1, Sequoyah broke the stalemate with an RBI double in the top of the fourth, but Milton responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to reclaim the lead.
In the top of the fifth, Sequoyah hit four straight singles and scored off a Milton error and a wild pitch. The Chiefs then hit a two-run double to open a 6-3 lead.
Ryan Murphy scored on a John Morgan sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning, but it would be the last run of the game for either team.
With its last non-region games of the regular season behind them, Milton now turns its attention back to its Region 5-AAAAAAA opponents. Milton sits second in the standings behind Lambert which holds a one-game lead over the Eagles.
Milton will face Forsyth Central twice this week before the final game of its three-game series against Lambert on Friday.
Milton won the first game of the series in dramatic fashion with a 12-inning marathon. Lambert took the second game, 2-0.