Milligan breaks out broom to sweep King

By Ivan Sanders

   The temperature outside the last few days has been a bit on the brisk side, but at Anglin Field, on the campus of Milligan College, there was plenty of heat being generated by the Buffs bats on Friday.
   The Milligan baseball team swept a pair of Appalachian Athletic Conference games from the visiting King College Tornadoes by the score of 7-6 in game one and 5-3 in the nightcap.
   In game one, Matt Simmons pitched a gem by scattering five hits over six and one-third innings to keep the Buffs close with Brad Zachritz coming on in relief to pick up the victory.
   The game was all knotted at six going into Milligan's frame of the seventh inning. Nathan Meade reached base, and was driven home on a double to left center field by third baseman Dustin Price for the win.
   Chris Archer had a hot stick in the opener, going three for four. Benji Whittemore, a former EHS standout, also had an outstanding outing as he also went three for four.
   Price, the hero in game one, finished with a two for three performance, including the game winner. Catcher Bo Berry of King led the Tornadoes with three hits.
   Game two was also a dandy as Dustin Barrett threw a complete game, giving up only five hits while striking out seven King batters.
   Archer once again proved to be a hot-hitter, picking up two more base knocks in game two. Milligan catcher Jason Torres also got into the hits column with two of his own.
   Center fielder Scott Shealy of the Buffs took one deep, out of the confines of Anglin Field for a round-tripper. King's Zach Kleinmann also got into the homerun act, by tagging one out for the Tornadoes.
   The wins were much needed by Coach Danny Clark's squad. The victories over King improved Milligan's record to 5-11 on the young season.