By Kevin Eickman
Buccaneer baseball had a thrilling week as clutch hitting allowed the Bucs three straight wins in just four days. With an easy 21-2 road victory at Seaford, Milford baseball hosted Sussex Central on Thursday. The stakes where high, as the Buccaneers battled ace Garrett Hudson. While the Central senior was solid, Milford made him work for every out, working him deep into the count. As the teams battled back and forth Milford entered the sixth inning trailing 7-5. Milford came within a run and had the bases loaded with Johnny Valdez facing reliever Tyler Aiken. The Milford junior hit a grand slam home run, and the Bucs never looked back. Talking to Valdez a day after his big moment, he was pretty happy with his at bat. “I was looking for a fastball, and was able to drive it,” commented Valdez.
Friday Milford hosted a solid North Caroline team, in a game that revealed the character that this Milford team is starting to display. All day long the Bucs battled from behind, after trailing 3-0, Milford battled back to tie it in the third, only to give the lead away in the fifth. Milford entered the seventh inning trailing 7-5. Milford applied pressure getting runners to second and third, with two outs as senior Dylan Sammons stepped to the plate with a chance to extend the game. Falling behind in the count 0-2, Sammons was in a bit of trouble. “I thought the second pitch might have been a ball, but I just had to get ready and try and hit the next pitch,” said Sammons. He was ready all right, Sammons drove the ball to the fence and Milford tied the game on what turned out to be a triple.
Johnny Valdez, the hero of the previous game was on the mound now for Milford. While North Caroline would threaten, the Buccaneers would always find a way to keep them off the board. Finally, in the bottom of the ninth inning Sammons ended the game, driving in the game winning run and setting off a Milford celebration.
Coach Nick Brannan was happy with how Milford handled the week. “It was a long tough week and we needed everyone to do their part, and that’s exactly what happened,” stated Brannan. “This team is starting to develop a never give up attitude, that’s great to see.” Milford now has a record of 7-3 and will host 8-2 Smyrna on Tuesday, April 23.