The Milford Senior League Softball team was crowned Delaware State Champions on Saturday, July 20 after defeating Stanton Newport 16-1. In the State Tournament the girls outscored their opponent 31-9 and are now headed to Regionals in Massachusetts for the third consecutive year.
“We were all glad to repeat again and now we are focused on winning the Eastern Regionals,” commented Milford Manager Ron Fry. “This is the last year for several of our players and we want to win Regionals and head to the World Series.”
The Milford Senior League Softball team came within one game of the Eastern Regional Championship Title last year as they had their most successful season yet. Making Milford history, the girls may have just missed the title last year but played as champions, outscoring their opponents in the regional tournament, 31-16. This weekend they will look to continue their success and go further than ever, winning the Eastern Regional Championship.
During their first game of a double header against Stanton Newport on Saturday, all four Milford pitchers, Haylee Scruggs, Brea MacFarland, Megan Fry & Emily Messick, pitched in what would become their longest game ever played in their all-star history. The game lasted three hours as the girls dealt with heat, umpire and pitching changes and field conditions. Playing on a raised mound and grass infield allowed for errors on both teams and all pitchers struggled pitching off the raised mound.
“It was a little strange playing on a baseball diamond with the raised mound but it was the same disadvantage for both teams,” commented Fry on the field conditions. “I just told our team to make sure we score plenty of runs and throw strikes.”
Milford won the first game 15-8 with six strikeouts combined. Brea MacFarland had a double, single, 1RBI and scored twice; Kasey Fry had a double with 3 RBIs. Harley Rickards had a double, 3 RBIs and scored once; Kayla Brennan, Jasmine Passwaters & Haylee Scruggs all added additional runs for Milford. Milford’s excitement on offense comes from their focus between games as the have three batting practices to every one fielding practice.
At the start of the second game on Saturday Milford came out with a desire to clinch the State Title. Pitchers Haylee Scruggs and Emily Messick both pitched this game until the weather conditions stopped play and Stanton Newport decided to concede to Milford in the 4th inning, rather then return the next day after the score reflected Milford’s 16-1 lead. The decision was approved by the Little League officials in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Jasmine Passwaters went 2 for 3 with 2 runs; Haylee Scruggs batted 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs and 2 runs; Megan Fry went 2 for 4 with a single, triple and 4 RBIs; Kasey Fry batted 2 for 3 with 1 run; Savannah Case had 1 hit, 2 runs; and Jenna Campbell hit 3 run home runs, 3 RBIs and 3 runs.
Milford advances to the Eastern Regionals beginning on Friday, July 26 as play begins on Saturday, July 27.
“We will need to stay sharp as far as hitting, score on teams early and keep the momentum going,” stated Fry when asked about what it will take for the girls to win Regionals. “We have to play one inning at a time.”