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Photo by ZACK WATERS/sports@intranix.com

The Milford Little League baseball team sponsored by Kunce Sales pose with their medals after winning the ACBA World Series. Bottom row, left to right: Coach Jon Onnen, Coy Lucht, Breckin Jensen, Trey Patlan, Caleb Clutteur, Aiden Frerichs, Ayden Allen, River Luce, Coach Adam Clutteur. Back row, left to right: Coach Brandon Ponton, Carter Ponton, Jacob Onnen, Gage Vogel, Tyler Runner, Colt Halpin, Talon Brandenburg, Preston Dewitt, Coach Steven Frerichs.

With a record of 15-3 on the season, Milford’s Little League team sponsored by Kunce Sales are the victors of the All City Baseball Association (ACBA) Bronco World Series tournament.

The team was led by head coach Steve Frerichs and assisted by Brandon Ponton, Adam Clutteur and John Onnen.

The team ended up facing off against Herscher Gold in a double header where they won with a score of 9-8 in game one and 6-1 in game two.

Towards the start of the season, the team faced some adversity due to weather and schedule changes but Frerichs was proud of his young team and their ability to roll with the punches.

“At the beginning of the season we struggled a bit just because of how the weather was. We had to cope with making up re-scheduled games and there ended up being a lot of games stacked up on each other. It was really tough on the pitching due to the pitch count rule,” said Frerichs.

The coaches said good pitching and strong defense is what allowed them to succeed this season.

“We only had about 75 runs scored on us in 18 total games. The next team closest to that had 130 scored on them in 18 games. So our defense is what really won it for us I think,” said Clutteur.

This season has made the coaches hopeful about the future of baseball in Milford.

“The past season has made me optimistic about what’s to come. We are going to lose about half of our kids due to age but our boys did great. They kept positive attitudes and are all good kids. And when you’ve got good kids, coaching is easy,” Frerichs said.

Frerichs also thanked his sponsor, Kunce Sales in Milford for their support all season long.

“If it wasn’t for businesses like them, Milford and Sheldon Little League would struggle financially so thank you to them.”

This was Milford’s first year participating in the ACBA World Series tournament.