Over the past week the Milford baseball team has had much success defeating every opponent they have faced in the DIAA State Tournament. On Tuesday, May 22 Milford baseball defeated Caesar Rodney, 11-1, in the first round of the DIAA State Tournament to advance to the second round of the State Tournament. Georgie Micheal pitched a 2 hitter to lead Milford to the victory. Chris Huk had a home run in the 7th inning. Cesar Vasquez was 3 for 4 for the Bucs. Phillip Berry added 2 hits and 3 RBIs.
The Bucs had a late start that game, not doing much offensive play until the 3rd inning when Jason Parker dropped a bunt and, due to an error by the Riders’ third baseman, ended up on third base.
“That was a real confidence builder,” commented Head Coach Nick Brannan. “We were hitting the ball hard all day but weren’t coming up with anything. I kept reminding the guys that when you hit consistently your luck is going to change.”
On Thursday, May 24 Milford defeated Red Lion Christian Academy, 17-6, in the second round of the DIAA State Tournament to advance to the Semi-Finals. Nick Grant struck out 5 batters in 4 innings of work and added 3 hits and 2 RBIs. Johnny Valdez had 3 hits including a double and 3 RBIS. Chris Huk added 3 RBIs for the Bucs.
On Saturday, May 26 The Bucs traveled to Frawley stadium to play in the semi-final round of the DIAA State Tournament against Caravel Academy. In a close matchup the Bucs defeated Caravel 3-1 to advance to the the DIAA State Championship game.
“They played very loose, very confident, pressure free baseball,” commented Coach Brannan referring to Saturday’s semi-final game. “The guys allowed themselves to enjoy the experience and played Milford baseball.”
Milford will play St. Mark’s High School in the DIAA State Championship on Tuesday, May 29 at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington at 7pm. Coach Brannan will continue to encourage his players to play as they have played as a ball club this season.
“For Tuesday’s game they need to keep doing what they have been doing the entire season,” commented Coach Brannan. “Be patient at bat, have a positive attitude and each guy must remember to take care of his job.”
Milford baseball fans are encouraged to come watch the Bucs attempt to take the final step in their historic playoff march. The 2012 Bucs have advanced farther than any Milford baseball team in the 43-year history of the Delaware State Baseball Tournament, and aim to cap a magiacal run with the school’s first-ever victory in the tourney.