JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Milton’s 10-8 win over Chattahoochee (7-4, 0-0) last Thursday certainly won’t go down as either teams’ most fundamentally sound game of this season. The teams combined for seven errors and 16 walks, and nine of the 18 total runs scored were earned runs. Pretty it wasn’t, but it certainly was exciting.
Milton (8-3, 0-0) trailed 8-3 after five innings and was on its fifth pitcher. But with Trevor Iannone taking over on the mound, Milton finally found someone consistently throwing strikes, and was able to mount a comeback, thanks in part to crucial errors by Hooch.
Milton scored four runs in the top of the sixth, two the result of a Chattahoochee error, and scored three in the top of the seventh to secure the comeback win over the Cougars.
It was a promising start for Milton after the first inning as Milton scored two runs and starting pitcher Cole Stupp forced three up and three down in the bottom of the inning.
Milton built its lead to 3-0 in the top of the second before things began to unravel for the Eagles.
Hooch’s Ryan Zweber led the half-inning with a double, Zach Solomon was hit by a pitch, and Brock Marsho loaded the bases with a single with one out.
Milton shortstop Drew Hamrock fumbled a potential double-play ball hit by Hooch’s Jack Shevlin, scoring a run and allowing Shevlin to reach. A sacrifice bunt and RBI single drove in two more runs for Hooch to tie the game at 3-3. Milton’s Stupp was replaced by Josh Germany on the mound, but Germany struggled to settle in, throwing eight balls in nine pitches to walk in two more runs for the Cougars.
Chattahoochee would extend its lead to 8-3 in the third and fifth inning, two of the three runs coming off Milton errors.
Though Milton didn’t have a single hit for three innings, its offense woke up in the top of the sixth. Garrett Cook, who went 2-4 with two RBIs, hit an RBI single to score Hamrock from third, who had reached third after a single and an error on attempted pickoff.
Harrison Hall replaced Cohen on the mound, and after Danny Grillo had his second hit of the game, Hall forced two fly outs.
With two runners on, a high throw to first by Hooch third baseman Carson Wilkinson allowed two runs to cross the plate. Milton then cut Hooch’s lead to 8-7 with an RBI single from Mitch Landon before Hooch got out of the inning.
Milton’s Iannone, the fifth Eagles pitcher of the game, struck out two in the bottom of the sixth to give the Eagles one more at bat.
After a walk from Hall to start the top of the seventh, Hooch’s Sean Zweber replaced Hall on the mound.
The potential tying run was tagged out at the plate on a bunt by Hamrock, but the Eagles’ next batter, Cook, doubled to tie the game.
Zweber hit a batter and gave up a walk to load the bases. Milton then scored on a fielder’s choice and a bases loaded walk to take its first lead, 10-8, since the top of the first.
Hooch put a runner on in the bottom of the seventh, but the Cougars were unable to muster any runs, giving Milton the thrilling comeback win.
Milton begins region play this week, a home-and-home series against West Forsyth and Friday against North Forsyth.
Chattahoochee faces three region opponents this week in Centennial, Cambridge and Alpharetta.