By Kevin Eickman
The Milford girls softball team has high expectations this season, and with two victories to start the year they are on the way. Following an opening season road victory that saw a 9-4 road victory at Padua, a win that included home runs from Kylie Nelson, Haylee Scruggs and Harley Rickards. Milford hosted Cape Henlopen last Thursday, in a game that turned from a sure thing to a nail-biter in the final inning.
Milford jumped on the Vikings early scoring four runs in the first inning and adding another four runs in the third. Haylee Scruggs gave up two runs in the second, as Milford jumped out to an 8-2 lead after just three innings. Milford added to the run total in the fourth, scoring another four runs to make it 12-4
“Our offense has started out the season very strong, we have been hitting the ball as well as we expected ourselves to,” said Coach Christina Beach.
Scruggs gave up single runs in the fifth and sixth inning as Milford added one final run to make the score 13-6 with Milford three outs away from the victory. In the seventh inning however, things simply didn’t go well for Milford. Scruggs struggled with her control and Cape began to make good contact with the ball. With each plate appearance, Cape began to work their way back into the game. Batter after batter, Milford looked like a team in trouble.
There is however a deep rooted faith in the players that Coach Beach has out on the field. She also has a deep belief in Scruggs and kept her in to try to finish the game. “Haylee doesn’t get rattled, we had a few chances to finish it out, but she never let it bother her,” said Beach.
Finally Cape had worked the score to 13-11, with two runners in scoring position and two out. With the outcome now seriously in jeapordy, it was amazing to see that not one single player on the Milford team looked worried, least of all Scruggs. The sophomore looked poised and relaxed even as the game remained on the line. Finally Milford got the out they wanted, a ground ball back to Scruggs who tossed the ball to first base giving Milford the victory.
While it was a victory Beach was happy with, she did wish that it had come a little easier. “It didn’t need to be as close as it was, we probably had to work a little too much for this,” she said. “We have to make sure that when we have a team down, we keep them down.
Milford will travel north to face Saint Elizabeth’s on Tuesday, April 2 before hosting Easton next Saturday, April 6 at 11 am.