Milano baseball falls in title game of Burton tourney

Team returns six starters off 2010 squad
By MARIE BAKKEN
Reporter Staff Writer


Sophomore Toby Sanders absorbed Milano’s loss in the title game of the Burton Tournament on Saturday. 
Reporter/Holly Jentsch Sophomore Toby Sanders absorbed Milano’s loss in the title game of the Burton Tournament on Saturday. Reporter/Holly Jentsch After just a week of practice, the Milano Eagles (3-2) baseball team made it all the way to the championship game of the Burton tournament over the weekend.

Although they fell to Fayetteville in the title game, the Eagles are coming along under second year head coach Jayce Rasberry.

Milano lost its season opener to Bryan-St. Joseph on March 8, but have bounced back with three wins in their last four outings.

The Eagles finished just out of the playoffs, ending up fourth in district play behind Thorndale (who went on to the state semifinals), Granger and Thrall. Milano was 5-5 in league play and 10-7 on the season.

The team returns six starters to its roster in 2011, led by seniors Thomas Sanders, Jaxson Robinson and Jordan Hinistroza, juniors Shawn Mullinnix and John Jentsch and sophomore Toby Sanders.


Thomas Sanders is one of six returning starters for the Eagles. 
Reporter/Holly Jentsch Thomas Sanders is one of six returning starters for the Eagles. Reporter/Holly Jentsch Both Sanders brothers and Mullinnix were first team alldistrict picks last year. Jentsch was a second team selection and Hinistroza was earned an honorable mention.

Lost to graduation was first team all-district catcher Matthew Jentsch, second team third baseman Sam Walker and outfielder Michael Griffin.

The Eagles are also looking for big things from seniors Terry Gel- ner and Mayson Gibbons, junior Chris Juhl, sophomore Jacob Willingham and freshmen Kody Love, David Jentsch, Chance Pack and Chris Rowan.

TOUR NEY TIME–Milano took care of business on Thursday as they swept their first two opponents at the Burton tournament.

The Eagles beat the host team 8-2, then followed up with a 12-8 win over the Brenham JV squad.

Hinistroza and Thomas Sanders tossed the win, respectively. Hinistroza fanned eight batters and gave up no hits. Sanders struck out one.

On Saturday, Milano faced Fayetteville in the championship game on Saturday, falling 6-5. Toby Sanders took the loss, striking out four batters and giving up 13 hits.

Hinistroza went three for three at the plate with three RBIs. Thomas Sanders went two for four with a home run and double.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Eagles pounded Somerville 26- 5 at Eagle Field in just three innings . Terry Gelner pitched the win for Milano, striking out three batters and giving up four hits.

Hinistroza went five for five with five RBIs and two doubles.

David Jentsch hit a home run and had five RBIs, while Chance Pack tagged a double and two RBIs in the win.

UP NEXT–Milano will get their final tune up game on Friday, March 18 when they travel to Somerville for a game. They will start up District 27-A action on March 25 went they host Holland.


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