The New England Baseball Journal and its panel of correspondents and writers is proud to announce Milton's Owen McHugh as its 2023 MIAA Baseball of the Year.
McHugh was chosen out of nine other finalists that were previously announced back on May 31. The senior two-way standout was at the heart of Milton's ability to repeat as Division 2 state champions. McHugh was Milton's ace all season long pitching to the tune of a 6-2 record with two saves, a 1.62 ERA, and 73 strikeouts in 50 innings. At the plate, McHugh batted .395 with 17 RBIs, 29 runs scored, 13 stolen bases, and just five strikeouts.
McHugh always shined in the season's biggest moments. In the Wildcats' 1-0 win in the Division 2 quarterfinals over Plymouth North, McHugh threw a complete game shutout, picking up 11 strikeouts and allowing just a mere three hits. Then, in the Division 2 state title game, McHugh struck out 11 in 5.2 innings to pick up the win.
McHugh was named Most Valuable Player of the Bay State League's Herget Division, becoming the third consecutive Milton player to take home the award. He is set to continue his playing career at Williams College, where he will also be a member of the school's football team.