This past Wednesday the Milford Lady Bucs softball team had a pre-season contest at home, against Cape Henlopen. The sunshine was plentiful, and so were the early season miscues you might expect.
“We really never have been the type of team that starts quick out of the gate,” Coach Sean Brennan stated. “Our philosophy has always been to improve incrementally as the season progresses and be at our peak when tournament time rolls around.”
While Milford has often been a formidable team come playoff time, the roller coaster season, which was last year, is something that Brennan hopes to avoid. After getting off to a 3-2 start to the season, Milford found themselves entering dangerous waters, as they dropped their next five consecutive contests. The losing record put the Bucs playoff aspirations on life support, they did however respond.
“When we lost all those games in a row, it was up to the girls to respond and they did,” said Brennan. Milford would go on to win six of their final eight games before falling to eventual State Champions, Caravel in the opening round.
“Last year we were able to get a lot of innings out of Mo and she leaves some big shoes to fill. With Darby you had an All-State player who had a knack for the big play, whether it was at the plate or in the field,” said Brennan.
This year’s squad boasts of senior leadership who have been to battle before including CJ Kohel, Morgan Petty and Khya Reynolds. “These are players that have produced in the past and we expect that to continue,” Brennan stated.
On the mound are some younger players as well; who Brennan believes can shine as well. Two player who have impressed so far are freshman pitcher Bianca Salisbury and Ashley Bullock who have been impressive on the mound considering their lack of experience. “Any time you have younger pitchers you need to bring them along smoothly and make sure you don’t rush them. Both these players should see their pitch count grow as the season progresses,” Brennan commented. “We also have experienced pitchers like Petty who give us depth as well. Really think pitching will be a strength for us this season.”
At the bat Petty, Kohel along with sophomore Macy Myers are hitters that can go deep at any moment. Along with those three, Brennan believes there is potential in the lineup from top to bottom that should make this team formidable at the plate.
“We have a bunch of solid hitters on this team and what has been most impressive is all the work each and every one of them is putting in,” said Brennan. “I believe in all my heart that each and every one of them will contribute to the team this season.”
Milford will start the season with two games on the road before their home opener against Delaware Military Academy on March 28. First pitch is set for 4:15.
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