The Milford High School Baseball team has been performing well this season. With a record of 11-4, and only three games remaining, the team hopes to clinch a spot in the Henlopen North Conference Tournament. With each of the remaining teams still fighting to win a spot in the Conference Tournament, it will not be a simple task.
“None of these games are going to be easy,” said Head Coach Nick Brannon. “Each of the remaining teams are all fighting to be in the conference.”
Last year the Bucs had a close to perfect season. Losing only two games last season, against Dover and Sussex Central, the Bucs won the Henlopen North Conference and defeated Archmere Academy 11-2 in the first round of the tournament. After advancing to the second round, however, the Bucs struggled to score a run during the first half of their game against Caesar Rodney and lost 8-16.
“Last season was an important highlight in my career,” said Brannon. “Everyone gave it their all and played to the best of their abilities.”
Some of the retuning players this year include Nick Grant, Nathan Poore, and George Michael. All three players have a lot of experience and knowledge of the game, helping them fulfill their leadership rolls on the team.
The baseball team has overcome a lot of obstacles including the new required batted ball coefficient of restitution (BBCOR) batting rule change, which was set in place this season. The team also overcame the change in coaching, as Nick Brannon stepped forward for his first season as Head Coach. Under his leadership, the team has had an extraordinary season and hopes to continue their success.
Last week the Bucs competed against Sussex Tech and lost a much needed victory in order to seize the Henlopen North Conference. The loss now has both Sussex Tech and Milford High tied 9-2 for the Henlopen Conference.
“We’ve made a few errors, but we’re still adjusting,” said Shortstop George Michael.
Despite the teams set back with Sussex Tech, the Buccaneers continued to move forward by defeating Casear Rodney 4-0 just two days later.
“It was an important victory for us,” said Brannon. “We managed to beat a tough opponent.”
This week the Buccaneers will compete against Woodbridge and Delmar who are both competing for the Henlopen South title.
“We just need to maintain the approach and focus on what’s ahead,” commented Coach Brannon.
The Buccaneers next game will be played on Tuesday, May 8, at Woodbridge High School (8-1). The game is scheduled to begin at 4:15p.m.