By Kevin Eickman
Last week the Buccaneers baseball team saw their six game winning streak snapped. Last Thursday Milford suffered a 4-3 road loss at the hands of Sussex Tech. The loss has been like many of the games the Bucs have played lately. Milford fell behind, only to battle back to take the lead in the sixth inning. Milford was unable to hold the lead for the first time, as the Ravens tied it up in the sixth, before scoring the game winner in the seventh.
Even with the loss, Milford has a solid 10-4 overall record and 8-2 Henlopen North record. Coach Nick Brannan has been happy with how his team has been working together over the last month. “When you go six games without losing one, your team is obviously working well together,” commented Brannan.
While attending practice this Saturday, it is easy to see why this team is having success. On a glorious sunny May day, there was work going on. The Buccaneers competed against each other, all the while laughing and having a good time. It’s that kind of work, that Brannan believes has helped Milford get to where they are, and where they want to be. “These guys are not afraid of doing the work it takes to win, and they really have a good time doing it.” Brannan said.
Milford will travel to Camden on Tuesday to face an 8-6 Caesar Rodney team, before hosting Woodbridge on Friday. With victories in both those games, Milford would secure the Henlopen North Division championship. While it’s important to secure that seat, Brannan looks at it as two games the Bucs want to win one at a time. “We don’t look ahead, we have a great opportunity against a very good CR team on Tuesday, and then we have to be ready for Woodbridge,” Brannan commented. “We play it game to game, we don’t look ahead, we just focus on the game at hand.”
Focusing on the next game has been the focus of the Milford softball team as well. The Lady Bucs had a six game winning streak, snapped by Sussex Tech as well. Much like the baseball team, softball has an overall 10-3 record an a 7-2 Conference record, putting them in first place in the Henlopen North. The girls also will be facing a pivotal week as well. After hosting 10-1 Laurel on Monday, they will play at CR Tuesday, and host Woodbridge on Friday.
Milford has there eyes on a tournament birth, and have been playing solid ball of late. “We have been playing very well lately, it’s something we would like to keep going,” said coach Christina Beach.
This will be the next to last week of the regular season for both teams, and it will go a long way in determining tournament seeding. Solid performances by both teams, could be an indication of big things to follow.