The Milford Senior League Softball team came within one game of the Eastern Regional Championship Title last week as they had their most successful season yet. Making Milford history, the girls may have just missed the title but played as champions, outscoring their opponents in the regional tournament, 31-16. During their tournament run they defeated State Championship teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Connecticut and made a name for the state of Delaware in the Eastern Regional Conference.
In the opening round, on Saturday, July 28, the Milford girls defeated Pennsylvania 7-4 with a combined pitching force of Haylee Scruggs and Brea MacFarland. Scruggs had 4 strikeouts, 2 runs, a single,a triple and 2 RBIs. Megan Fry, Kasey Fry Brea MacFarland and Emily Messick scored during Milford’s first game. As one of the youngest teams in the tournament Milford showed that their commitment to each other as a team was more important than age.
“The competition was a lot more experienced at the Regional level than we had played earlier in the year,” commented catcher Jenna Campbell. “You couldn’t count on them making any errors so we had to play at our best. We played hard because we did not want all the hard work from the season to go to waste.”
On Sunday, July 29, the Milford Senior girls played New York and lost a close game 0-2; seeing their first lost of the entire All-Star Tournament play. Haylee Scruggs & Brea MacFarland combined for pitching once again and had an outstanding game. Scruggs struck out 3 batters while allowing only 1 hit during her 4 innings of pitching, keeping the game tied 0-0. New York scored their two runs in the bottom of the 6th inning on a sacrifice bunt and a Milford error.
“One thing we could have worked on was getting ahead early and staying ahead when we had the lead,” commented Harley Rickards. “We just couldn’t seem to come back after we were behind.”
Getting back on their feet the next day, Milford won three games in a row defeating New Jersey 4-1, Maryland 7-5 and Connecticut 13-1. In the semi-final round,
on Thursday, August 2, the Milford Senior League Softball Team played Connecticut to advance to the Eastern Regional Championship game. Combined pitching from Brea MacFarland, Haylee Scruggs and Megan Fry, with 4 strikeouts between them, held second seeded Connecticut to allow only 1 run on Milford ending the game in 6 innings. Milford went on to seed first in their bracket over New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania & Maryland.
During the Regional Championship game on Thursday, August 2, Milford was defeated by New Jersey 3-0; a team they had beat earlier in the week 4-1. Milford left 5 runners in scoring positions, unable to bring them in to score.
“We are all very proud of the girls and how they played,” commented Head Coach Ronnie Fry. “The pitching was excellent, they hit the ball and had great defense, we just didn’t get the hits we needed. New Jersey was a great team and I feel that if we played them ten times, Milford would win five games and New Jersey would win five games.”
With two Delaware District 1 titles and two Delaware State Championships, between 2011 and 2012, the girls can hold their heads high as they prepare for next year. All but one of the girls from this year’s team will be eligible to play in the Senior League Softball Tournament again next year as they look to repeat the success they have built. For now the girls will continue to play ball and get ready for next season as they look to make the World Series Tournament held in Roxanna , Delaware.
“Their success came from them sticking together and playing the game as a team,” commented Head Coach Ronnie Fry. “We want to win regionals next year and make it to the World Series. The girls will be ready.”