By Kevin Eickman
Last week was going to be a tough one for the Milford Buccaneer softball team. The week included three games, as opposed to the normal two. It also included back to back games on Thursday and Friday that would test their pitching severely. Mission accomplished; that is all that can be said after both teams finished the week 3-0.
The softball team started the week with an 18-0 thrashing of Seaford, on the road. The win would be the only thing to come easy to the Lady Bucs, all week. Following the victory on Tuesday, Milford hosted the previously undefeated Sussex Central Golden Knights on Thursday.
With Haylee Scruggs on the mound for Milford, facing Mykala Steele of Central, the stage was set for a pitchers dual. Those in attendance were not disappointed as both teams struggled to put anything on the board. Finally Central broke through in the top of the sixth, as Steele scored a run to give them a 1-0 lead. Milford responded quickly, with Lindsay Siok scoring the tying run in the bottom of the inning. From that point on, Scruggs and the Milford defense kept Central off the board, waiting for their chance. Finally in the bottom of the ninth, Scruggs led off the inning with a double. Harley Rickards settled the matter, driving in the game winner with a walk-off single.
Friday Milford hosted North Caroline less than 24 hours later, with Lindsay Siok taking the hill for the Buccaneers. After falling behind in the first inning 1-0, Milford responded with 2 in the bottom of the inning. While North Caroline would tie it up again, Milford settled the issue once and for all with two runs in the the third inning, and three more in the fourth to give them a 7-2 lead. North Caroline would score two in the sixth, but Siok shut them down the rest of the way to earn the victory. Talking with Siok after the game, it was easy to know where she thought the credit for the victory belonged. “Having a solid defense like this behind me, made it real easy,” stated Siok. “I just had to make sure to stay ahead of the hitters and they would take care of the rest.”
Talking with Coach Christina Beach, she was thrilled with the big week for Milford. “To beat a team like Sussex Central, and then come back the next day and get a victory like this is great,” commented Beach. “Haylee was great on Thursday and to have Lindsay be able and pitch the next day is a blessing.” With the victory, Milford now moves to 7-2 on the season and will host Smyrna on Tuesday, April 23.