For the first time since 2008, the Milgram Mustangs are the Ban Johnson League Champions after defeating defending champion Seaboard 12-4 on Thursday in the fifth game of the best-of-five series at Mid-America Sports Complex.
After Milgram took a 2-0 lead in the series, Seaboard stormed back and tied the series, winning the first game Thursday night 6-4.
The Mustangs’ bats woke up early in game two. They scored one run in the first inning and added four runs in the second. Milgram tacked on another five runs in the fourth inning and added two more in the fifth.
Milgram outfielder Sam Morman, a senior-to-be at William Jewell, was chosen the MVP. Morman, whose father, Russ Morman, played for the Royals in 1990-91, batted .381 in the series. He was eight for 21 with a double and seven RBIs.
“It was a great season, I couldn’t do it on my own,” Morman said after being presented with the MVP award. “It was a fun team to be around and I had a lot of good times with you guys.”
Seaboard survived game one on Thursday, forcing a double header after a wild first inning in which it scored four runs.
Mustangs pitcher Dakota Graham gave up two runs and hit two batters in the first inning. He threw 14 pitches before retiring a hitter and was pulled after one out and replaced by Andrew Blackwell.
The Mustangs answered with a four-run inning of their own in the bottom of the second and tied the game. But Seaboard tacked on two more runs in the final inning of the seven-inning game and Milgram couldn’t come up with an answer.
Milgram didn’t waste much time closing out the final game, though.
“When we look back at the season, we finished 21-7, and out of those 21 wins, 15 of them were come-from-behind wins,” Milgram manager Kevin Shaw said.
“We never felt like anytime during the season we were ever not in the game. We always had a chance to be in the game, and many times it was a different person who would come through each time to deliver the game-winning hit. It was always a team effort.”