After coming within a few runs of the state title last season the Lady Buccaneers Softball team look to take their game a step further in hope of winning the title in 2011.
Coming so close last season, the coaches and players reflected on what it will take to go all the way this year.
“Last year we learned things like never giving up, teamwork, being there for one another no matter what, and letting your light shine when faced with adversity where some of the things we learned last season.” Head Coach Sean Brennan said. “But I think the most important lesson learned was that our success begins in the mind. “
Having a positive mental attitude is only part of what will hope to make Milford a success. More of that success comes straight from one of the most important positions in sports, the pitcher’s mound.
Lead by senior Janee Williams and sophomore Lindsey Siok, Brennan feels that one-two punch gives them the chance to win every game.
“Janee’s leadership along with her pitching is invaluable,” Brennan said. “She has won a State Championship and pitched in pressure packed environments time and time again.”
Sophomore Siok has impressed in preseason this year and only looks to add to her success from the tournament win last season.
Along with stellar pitching the Buccaneers have talent on both offense and defense.
Junior Savanah Becker, who earned a second team all state for centerfield in 2010, will be moving to short stop. But don’t look for her work ethic and leadership roles to change as her leading by example will be important for the team’s younger players.
In Fellow junior Alyssa “Lou” Sanders, Milford has both an offense and defensive weapon. “She had some key hits for us last season and was stellar defensively,” Brennan said.
Despite playing in one of the tougher conferences, Coach Brennan believes his team will flourish. With teams to watch like Sussex Tech, Sussex Central and last season’s final opponent, Smyrna. As well as teams on the rise Lake Forrest and Cape Henlopen. The Buccaneers will take what they have learned from last season success and carry over in hope to lift this year’s title.
“Last year’s group of seniors have taken the Milford softball tradition, which was a successful one to begin with, to a whole other level. Brennan said. “Our goal is to keep that tradition alive and hold ourselves accountable to the standards that have been established. This year’s team is up for the challenge.”