The Milford High School Buccaneers varsity Softball team has had an incredible season. With a record of 10-5, the team has shattered last season’s record of 7-11. The Bucs have defeated many tough competitors this season including Cape Henlopen, Dover, and Laurel High School. Their winning streak, however, was cut short after losing two games last week.
“We’ve had a good season,” said Savannah Becker who plays center field. “We hit a few bumps along the road last week, but we’re still adjusting.”
Last week the team played against Sussex Tech on their home turf. By the third inning, Milford was up 2-1. Lindsay Siok, was 4-4 and had two RBIs, while Kylie Nelson was 3-3 and scored two runs for Milford. Despite much determination by Milford, Sussex Tech came ahead and scored 6 runs in the seventh inning, bringing the game to a 3-8 loss. Just two days later, the lady Bucs struggled to score a run against Caesar Rodney (7-7) last week. In the end, the Bucs lost 0-5.
“The last two games have been a struggle,” said Head Coach Christine Beach. “I want the team to stay focused and to take it one game at a time.”
Christine Beach stepped up to replace former head coach Sean Brennan, who recently resigned earlier this season after the Bucs lost 2-11 to Polytech High School. This is her first year as the Bucs Head Coach. So far, the team has won seven games under her leadership.
“The team has really come together and worked hard,” said Head Coach Christine Beach. “We’re working to get better each day.”
Some of the returning players this year are Alyssa Sanders and Savannah Becker. Both girls have taken a critical leadership role this season. Earlier in the season, Sanders hit a double and scored one run in the fifth inning of the Easton game to seal the win. Becker had two hits and scored three runs against St. Elizabeth High School, leading the Bucs to victory with a final score of 16-1.
“Every girl on this team is a leader,” said Beach. “A lot of the freshmen and sophomores are stepping up and elevating their game.”
The softball team has come a long way and still continues to overcome their challenges. However, with the season coming to an end and only three games left, the competition is harder than ever. This week the Bucs have three tough games against Woodbridge (7-6), Delmar (11-2) and Red Lion High School (4-5).
“Our strategy is to stay focused and take it one game at a time,” said Beach.
Last year the Buccaneers defeated Woodbridge with a 10-1 victory. They also managed to defeat Red Lion 10-0. However, their greatest opponent appears to the Delmar Wildcats who’ve had an incredible season as well, with a season record of 11-2.
“I think we’re ready for them,” said pitcher Alyssa Sanders. “We have the ability, we just need to stay focused and maintain our confidence.”
The Buccaneers will head to Woodbridge High School on Tuesday, May 8, where they will face off against the Warriors. The game is scheduled to begin at 4:15p.m.