By Kevin Eickman
The 2013 Buccaneers have gotten off to a 3-2 start, as the Milford team has been finding their identity in the new season. After getting off to a 2-0 start, the Bucs suffered their first defeat of the season, an 8-0 road loss at the hands of a very strong Saint Elizabeth’s team.
On Thursday Milford hosted the Laurel Bulldogs. In a game that provided little drama the Bucs made quick work of the visitors, posting seven runs in the first inning and then two more in the next three innings after that. Thanks to solid pitching and defense, Milford found themselves with a 13-0 advantage as Laurel tried to avoid a mercy rule defeat. While they did manage to push across a run, the Bulldogs ended up losing 13-1 after just four and a half innings.
On the mound Thursday for the Buccaneers was Garrett Coverdale. With the victory, Coverdale pushed his record to 2-0 to start the season. Coverdale says he and his teammates are happy with their performance. “We have a great deal of team chemistry, everyone on this team cares about each other and that’s fantastic,” commented Coverdale. As for his own 2-0 start, Coverdale thinks that his teammates have had a great deal to do with that as well “It’s nice to go out and pitch with a solid defense behind me, the guys in the field have been playing great.” he said. Coverdale is not unaware of the recent history of Milford pitching and hopes he can make some history of his own. “Looking back at how Nick Grant and Georgie Michael did here, those are some big shoes to try and fill.” Coverdale said.
Talking with Manager Nick Brannan after Thursday’s game, he was happy that Milford was able to rebound from the tough loss at Saint Elizabeth’s. “We where not happy with how we performed up north and we knew that there was some work we had to do,” commented Brannan. “To the guys credit, after working really hard at practice, they came out and got the job done today.”
Coming into the season, pitching was a big question for the Bucs. When asked what he had thought about the pitching to this point, Brannan said “As long as we can avoid walks by keeping the ball in the strike zone, and play good defense behind them we can be very solid on the mound.”
Talking about the offense, Brannan believes that while the offense has been productive, it isn’t quite yet where it needs to be.“We have had two or three guys carrying the load up to this point, and that’s not what we are looking for,” Brannan said. “With a day like today, and everyone getting involved you hope that it helps moving forward.” One player that Brannan was happy with offensively on Thursday was Coverdale. “Garrett got his first two varsity at bats, he got a single and a double with two RBI.”
Other players that have been providing offensive output are Johnny Valdez and Tom Saxon. “Those guys have been solid, and it’s great to see that,” commented Brannan.“Everyone in this lineup has great potential, we just need to work out all the kinks,.”
With a 15-5 loss to Easton on Saturday, Milford once again will try to get back to their winning ways when they travel to Dover on Tuesday, April 9 for a 4:15 start.