Milford Falls To Laurel 4-1
By Kevin Eickman
When you enter a tournament that features the best teams in the world, you can rest assured that you are going to face some top quality pitching. Milford faced a quality pitcher right off the bat, facing Regan Green. The Laurel pitcher was outstanding on the day, striking out 13 batters and not surrendering her first hit until the fourth inning.
Laurel was productive early on offense as well, scoring a run in each of the first three innings. With Haylee Scruggs on the mound, Laurel capitalized on a few Milford defensive miscues coupled with solid plate appearances at some early crucial moments.
Facing a 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the fourth inning, Milford showed signs of life, as Megan Fry scored the lone run of the game, courtesy of a Harley Rickard’s single. Milford wasn’t done, as they managed to load the bases with just one out. With it becoming apparent that Milford just might make a game of it, Green bore down and ended the threat, striking out the next two Milford batters. Laurel would score their final run off Brea MacFarland in the sixth inning, producing the games final score.
Coach Ronny Fry was happy with how his team competed against a pitcher of Green’s caliber. “We knew going in that this was going to be a tough game,” stated Fry. “We knew that Green was going to be well rested, and that they have a bye tomorrow. So we knew that we had our work cut out for us.”
Fry also knows that there is a lot of softball yet to be played. While the loss hurts Milford, it isn’t the end of them. This is a team that has stared adversity down before and Fry believes his team can do it again.
“Our girls are here to compete, they are a tough and tested team,” Fry said. “I think we can be there at the end, if we play at the level we are capable of.”
The day was a celebration as well, with the opening ceremonies being held prior to the game. The world series features six teams from the United States, five separated by geographic region, plus the host team District III. The international contingent includes teams from Canada, Latin America, Europe and Africa and Asia Pacific.
The fact that there are two teams from Delaware in the tournament is quite an accomplishment, talking with Fry he wasn’t too surprised by it. “Over the last few years the level of softball [in Delaware] has continued to improve,” Fry commented. “For such a small state, the number and quality of players that Delaware produces is fantastic.”
In the spirit of Little League, all the teams are staying in the same compound, at Sports at the Beach. So far Milford has been enjoying their time at the World Series. “The girls have been having a good time, they are really enjoying themselves,” said Fry.“It’s great that they are having a chance to meet people from all over the world, it’s a once in a lifetime experience.”
Milford will complete pool play on Wednesday, a 3-1 record should get them through, and a 2-2 record could, but would require some luck. Stay tuned to the MilfordLIVE.com website and Facebook page for the action on Wednesday, including reactions from players and coaches.