The Milford Senior League Softball team was crowned District I Champions on Wednesday night after a 19 to 1 victory over M.O.T. Winning three games in the four team bracket, Milford outscored their opponents 51-2 by dominating the plate and defensive side of the ball.
Last year, the Milford Senior League Softball team came within one game of the Eastern Regional Championship Title as they had their most successful season yet. Making Milford history, the girls may have just missed the title but played as champions, outscoring their opponents in the regional tournament 31-16. During their tournament run they defeated State Championship teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Connecticut and made a name for the state of Delaware in the Eastern Regional Conference.
Last week, the Milford Senior League Softball team displayed the same level of athleticism as they defeated all of their opponents and qualified for the State Tournament. If the Milford girls win the State Tournament this upcoming week they will be headed to play for the Regional Title for the second consecutive year.
During the first round of the District Tournament last week, Milford shutout Smyrna on Sunday, July 7 with a score of 21-0 in 5 innings. Milford’s offensive powerhouse included Jasmine Passengers with a triple and 3 runs; Haylee Scruggs hitting a double, 3 runs and 1 RBI; Megan Fry scoring 3 runs and hitting 3 RBIs; Kasey Fry with 1 hit, 2 RBIs and 2 runs; and Harley Rickards hitting a double and scoring twice. Milford pitched all four pitchers, Haylee Scruggs, Brea MacFarland, Emily Messick & Megan Fry, during the game with 5 strikeouts combined.
Playing M.O.T. on Monday, July 8 Milford won 11-1 in the 5th inning as Brea MacFarland pitched the entire game striking out five batters. Megan Fry homered and brought in 2 runs and Haylee Scruggs had 2 hits and a pair of RBIs. Bri Cahall, Harley Rickards, Savannah Case and MacFarland all added one hit and an RBI.
On Wednesday, July 10 Milford played M.O.T. in the first game of the championship round. M.O.T. beat Camden-Wyoming the night before to place them in the championship game with Milford. Milford scored first in the 1st inning as Kayla Brennan, who was walked, was hit home on a RBI by Megan Fry. M.O.T. would score their only run in the game in the 2nd inning on a double by Brianna Reed, who scored Rachel DiMarcello. Milford and M.O.T. remained 1-1 going into the top of the 5th until Jasmine Passwaters tripled. Following that play, both Fry sisters hit bunts to load the bases. Emily Messick sent a line drive out past center field to give her a double and clear the bases.
Top of the 6th inning, Scruggs, Bri Cahall, Kasey Fry and Jenna Campbell all had hits while Emily Messick sent one over center left fence for the first home run of the night, scoring Harley Rickards. In the top of 7th inning, Milford brought in 2 more home runs by third baseman Harley Rickards & Catcher Jenna Campbell. Scruggs, Passwaters, Cahall, Kasey & Megan Fry all scored again in the 7th inning, winning 20-1 over M.O.T.. Haylee Scruggs & Brea MacFarland both pitched for Milford with 7 strikeouts combined.
Milford will advance to the State Tournament where they will take on District II Champs Stanton-Newport on Saturday, July 20 at 3:00pm for a double header at Canal Little League; Sunday if game 3 is needed. Haylee Scruggs, Harley Rickards & Kasey Fry were honored with flowers from Milford Little League at the championship game signifying their last Little league game, each player will age out after this season is over with.