By Kevin Eickman
After posting a 12-6 record, the best way to describe last year’s Lady Buccaneers softball season was an adventure. With a coaching change half way through the season, the young Buccaneers qualified as a number seven seed in the DIAA tournament. Not expected to be serious contenders, they surprised many people by winning their first two games, before finally falling in the semi-final game to Sussex Tech.
The Bucs graduated only two players last season. While losing Savannah Becker and Alyssa Sanders will be a challenge, Milford should be able to improve off of last season. With coach Christina Beach ready to lead from the start of the season, Milford could be looking for big things again.
Talking with Beach, it is easy to see that she is optimistic about this years squad. “We have a wealth of talent on this team and we have been putting in the effort to make ourselves better,” Beach commented. “We are returning seven starters from last year’s team, that is a great foundation to start with.”
On any softball team, it all starts with the pitching, and Milford should be very solid in that department. Milford will feature sophomore Haylee Scruggs, senior Lindsay Siok and freshman Brea MacFarland. “This is a very talented group and I am really looking forward to watching them pitch this season,” said Coach Beach.
After the players got to know each other last season, the Buccaneers began to really display the team atmosphere that beach thinks will serve the team well this year. “Our greatest strength is how well the girls work together,” said Beach.“You always have talent at the varsity level, but the commitment that the girls have for each other makes all the difference.”
At the plate, Milford will have a lineup that Beach believes to be incredibly deep. “We will be solid one through nine at the plate, we also have players on the bench that can contribute as well.” stated Beach. While Milford looks to be a strong team, there is a growing trend of solid softball throughout southern Delaware.
Talking with Beach about the subject, she attributed it to the year round opportunities that exist for the sport. “Most of the girls play on travel teams and are tournament tested by the time they get to the varsity level,” she said “It is a growing trend in the area and lends itself to some very talented athletes on the field.” Milford opens their season on the road at Padua, Friday, March 22 at 3:45 pm. The home opener will be the following Monday, March 25 at 4:15 pm.