By Kevin Eickman
The good news was that both the softball and baseball teams had wins last week. The bad news is that they both suffered losses to a team that many viewed as a measuring stick. On Tuesday, Milford traveled to Dover to face the Senators.
The Lady Bucs made quick work of the home team, scoring a run in the second and three more in the third inning. They forced the Senators to play from behind almost from the start as Dover had six errors in the game. Milford was paced on the offensive side by the duo of Kate Richard and Kasey Fry. Richard had two hits and two runs scored, while Fry scored a run and had 3 RBIs on the afternoon. Milford’s senior Lindsay Siok took the mound for Milford, allowing 5 hits and providing 7 innings of shutout ball as Milford cruised to a 5-0 victory.
Thursday however was a different story for Milford. The Lady Bucs faced a powerhouse Polytech team, still sore from last season’s early tournament exit at the hands of Milford. In that game last season, Milford won a 1-0 nail biter, as Haylee Scruggs shut down the panthers. This game looked to be headed in the same direction, as both teams stymied the other’s offense. There was however a difference between the teams that was becoming obvious as the game progressed. While Scruggs was her usual solid self, sophomore Shaina Reed was incredible for Poly.
Reed, who already had pitched a no-hitter earlier in the season against DelCastle, was on her way to doing it again against Milford. Batter after batter tried, but nobody could get a hit. Reed was superb, using a change of speed and great location in striking out 11 batters in the game. While Milford was keeping Polytech off the board, the panthers where hitting the ball well. Finally, in the top of the fifth inning Polytech broke through. Scoring four runs in the inning and another four in the sixth and then taking on one more in the seventh. While Milford was able to get a run across in the sixth, it would be all they could muster on their way to the 9-1 defeat.
Milford baseball also enjoyed their trip to Dover on Tuesday. Senior Philip Berry was solid against Dover, striking out eight in his complete game victory and his second victory of the season. While Berry gave up eight hits on the day, he was constantly able to get the big out when he needed it. Junior Johnathan Valdez, who is quickly turning into a force at the plate and is a great deal of fun to watch., had two RBI in the game.
With Polytech visiting Milford on Thursday, Milford turned to Garrett Coverdale to provide the pitching. The sophomore was looking for his third victory of the year but looked to be struggling from the start. Giving up one run in the first and two in the third, Milford tried to battle back. The Buccaneers cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the third inning as Coverdale appeared to settle down. Milford finally was able to tie it up at three each as Valdez collected an RBI, this time driving in sophomore Jason Parker, who went 2-4 on the day.
Unfortunately for the Buccaneers, that would be all the offense they could assemble. With Poly scoring two runs in the sixth, they settled the issue once and for all, as Milford was handed a 5-3 defeat.