Eagles just miss out on playoffs after split games
Neither part of that equation happened and so came the end of the Eagles’ baseball season.
Milano finishes the year at 10-7 and 5-5 in District 26A play under first year head coach Jayce Rasberry.
They will end up fourth in league standings behind district champion Thorndale, runner up Granger and third place Thrall.
Had the Eagles defeated Granger, they needed a Thrall loss to make the playoffs because they would have had identical 5-5 records and Thrall had beaten Milano twice head-to-head, having the advantage.
Thrall defeated Holland Monday 10-0.
On the road Monday in Granger, the Eagles found themselves down 1-0 at the top of the fourth when they got the bats rolling. Milano put up four runs that inning take a three point lead.
Granger answered back with one run in the bottom of the fifth, but it was the bottom of the sixth where they had a surge of their own. The Lions would plate three runs in that at bat, taking the 5-4 lead.
Thomas Sanders (3-1) took the loss for Milano, his only loss of the season on the mound, striking out four and walking four. He gave up 12 hits.
Hinistroza was the top Eagle hitter, going two for four. The Jentsch brothers, Matthew and John, were each one for three on the night.
Milano finished its last home game of the year on a high note with a 10-6 win over Holland on Friday.
Jordan Hinistroza (5-2) pitched the win for the Eagles, striking out eight Hornet batters and walking four.
The Eagle bats were on fire as well. Both Matthew Jentsch and Toby Sanders were four for four on the night. Jentsch, a senior, hit a home run in the final home game of his career.
Sanders had two runs batted in while ripping a triple and a double. Jaxson Robinson was two for four at the plate.