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May 10, 2013

Milford baseball clinches T-V East

Staff Report

Kevin Musser did a little bit of everything for the Milford baseball team Thursday.

Make that the Tri-Valley League East Division champion Milford baseball team.

Musser doubled, singled, drove in three runs and scored three more for the Wildcats, who clinched their first division title since 1997 with a 16-12 defeat of visiting Richfield Springs.

“It was a hard-fought game,” said Milford coach Andrew Griffiths, whose team scored seven times in the sixth for the final margin. “Both teams played really hard.”

Musser hit a two-run double in the sixth, which also featured RBI singles by Wyatt Waters and Jacob Tabor. Musser also got the pitching victory in relief of Stephen Banks, who failed to get an out in the sixth after taking over for starter Peyton Griffiths.

The Indians (8-5, 8-4) scored five times in the top of the sixth to take a 12-9 lead before Milford (10-1, 10-1) rallied back against RS reliever Ben Smith.

Paul VanWarner went 3-for-5 with a run for the Wildcats, who received two hits and an RBI apiece from Waters (run) and Blake Elliott (two runs).

Milford clinched the division outright with the victory over second-place Richfield Springs as the Wildcats have two games left and can finish the regular season with no worse than three losses. Milford visits RS on Monday before hosting Worcester on Tuesday. The Wildcats will then play in the T-V championship game May 17 at Oneonta State.

Keegan Wheelock-Tanner (RBI, run) and Chris Young (two RBIs, run) each went 2-for-4 for the Indians.

Cooperstown 6, Westmoreland 4

Winning pitcher Ethan Bliss struck out 10 and walked two in a five-hitter, leading host Cooperstown to a Center State Conference Division III victory.

Bliss also doubled and drove in two runs for Cooperstown (6-5, 5-4), which received 2-for-3 efforts from Jack Donnelly and Ray Cabrera.

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