By Kevin Eickman
The Milford Little League Senior Girls softball team, had a very tough time in the just completed World Series held in Roxanna. After falling in the opener to host team Laurel 4-1, Milford was faced with the difficult task of facing Victorville California just 24 hours later.
The difficultly started for Milford as Victorville put up 3 runs in the first inning, forcing Milford to play from behind. Milford closed the gap in the top of the second inning, as Harley Rickards was driven in an a Kasey Fry single. Victorville put up 3 runs in the third, and 2 more in the fourth to open up a 8-1 lead.
Milford refused to quit however as they battled their way back into the game, putting up 2 runs in the top of the fifth and closing the gap to 8-3. After Victorville scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, Milford had their best inning of the tournament in the top of the sixth. Milford managed to put 4 runs across the plate, and closed the gap to 9-7. Milford could get no closer however, as Victorville responded by adding 2 more in the bottom of the inning, producing the 11-7 final score.
On Tuesday, the girls got their lone win of the tournament, winning a 1-0 extra inning thriller against the Asia-Pacific team. In that game Bri MacFarland and Haylee Scruggs surrendered just 3 hits. Milford finally settled the issue in the bottom of the eighth, as Jenna Campbell drove in Megan Fry with the game winning run.
As Milford concluded pool play Wednesday evening, they faced a Puerto Rico team battling for the possibility of a semi-final birth. In the game Milford jumped out early, scoring in each of the first three innings, they gained a 7-1 advantage. In the top of the fourth however, Puerto Rico showed that they would not go quietly, as they produced a four run rally to close the gape to 7-5. As the game continued, Milford squandered several scoring chances, that would come back to haunt them. In the top of the seventh, Puerto Rico tied up the game. While Milford would once again threaten in the bottom of the inning, they failed to score and the game went into extra innings. Puerto Rico would score 2 in the eighth inning as they took their first lead of the game at 9-7. Emily Messick provided a highlight moment, with a monster home run to left field as Milford closed the game to within a run. That would be all for Milford however, as the next three batters went down in order.
Milford closed pool play with a 1-3 record, and would fall to Canada 7-0 in Friday’s consolation game. While the tournament may not have gone the way Milford wanted it to, talking to coach Ronny Fry before the tournament, it was obvious he was proud of his team, regardless of the outcome. “These girls give it their best effort every game, they put all they have into it,” commented Fry. “This team doesn’t know how to quit, it’s a great strength that they have.”