Bucs One Run Short Of State Title

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Milford Boys Varsity Baseball had a strong season this year, advancing to the State Championship game against St. Marks High School last week. With a regular season record of 12-6, the 2012 Bucs also made school history by advancing farther than any Milford baseball team in the 43-year history of the Delaware State Baseball Tournament. Although they fell one run short of becoming 2012 State Champions, they had an incredible year and an unprecedented run in the State Tournament.

Tuesday’s State Championship game against St. Marks High School was a david and Goliath matchup. St Marks has been to the State Championship game several years, winning the title 11 times. The Milford crowd showed up in record numbers to cheer on their Bucs at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington.

Chris Huk went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, Georgie Michael went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Jonathan Valdez went 2-for-4 for Milford. Michael’s RBI single in the second inning and Huk’s RBI single in the third inning gave Milford an early 2-0 lead.

St. Mark’s Nick Trimarco drilled an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning and the Spartans sealed the victory with a three-run rally in the fifth inning . Huk’s RBI single in the sixth got Milford within a run but with runners on first and second, Spartan’s Billy Phillips got out of the inning on a a groundout. Phillips issued a two-out walk in the seventh but got the final out on a fly ball.

“It was good to end on a note where we knew we left everything out on the field,” stated Head Coach Nick Brannan referring to the State Championship game. “We played great and did not commit errors; we just ran out of time.”

Looking forward to next year, the Milford baseball team will have to replace 5 seniors that helped the Bucs make the historic run this year. The seniors of this baseball team have seen a lot of success over their four years of play, making the State Tournament each year. Those senoirs are now preparing to play at the next level. Nick Grant will play college ball at Liberty University, Chris Huk and David Michael will play for Delaware State University and Jacob Richard will play at Delaware Valley next year. Coach Brannan will be looking for leadership from the remaining 4 starters that were awarded with All-Conference honors.

“Pitching will be a major focus next year,” commented Coach Brannan. “You cannot replace Grant, Michael and Richards.”

With a regular season 12-6 record and a historical run at the State Championship, the Milford baseball team had an unprecedented year that will not be soon forgotten by the athletes, coaches or the Milford community.

“It was remarkable to be a part of it,” stated Coach Brannan. “We finally gelled as a team right before the State Tournament. The team had the opportunity to really enjoy that last week and a half of baseball together.”