By Kevin Eickman
One thing is certain in Milford, there are some solid softball players in the area. This has been demonstrated in all levels of the game, from little league through high school. While last year’s squad struggled to an 11-6 record and first round tournament exit, it should be noted that many of the players on that squad went on to win the Senior League Regional title and with it a spot in the World Series held right here in Delaware.
With those players returning to Milford this season, hopes are high for a successful season. “We have a very talented group of battle tested players, and we expect to win,” first year coach Drew Holleger stated.
Milford did just that this past Saturday as the 2014 season got underway, with the Lady Bucs heading to North Caroline for the opener. The result was a resounding 11-3 victory that saw Milford demonstrate what they are capable of this year . “We played well today, it’s exactly what I expected out of this group,” Holleger commented. “We are a good hitting team with good pitching and defense, today we demonstrated all of that. It was good to get off to a winning start.”
Talking about this year’s squad Holleger believes that there are a number of players that he expects to contribute. One thing that is obvious about softball is that you will go nowhere without good pitching and Holleger things he has some good ones. “Haylee Scruggs is a junior this year and we will be counting on her a lot,” commented Holleger. “ She’s a great pitcher who keeps keeps the ball down and lets her defense do the work for her.” Joining Scruggs in the pitching chores will be sophomore Brie MacFarland “We will be looking for Brie to close out games for us this year, she has real good potential.”
While most teams rely on senior leadership, Holleger believes that all of his players are capable of stepping up to that challenge. “This is a team made up of freshman through seniors and they have all stepped up to make sure things are done the right way.”
Holleger has wanted the job as coach for a while and is happy to finally get his chance. Talking with him about what he likes the most about this group, Holleger was quick to respond. “This is a very dedicated group, they have such a great passion for the game, it’s incredible.”
Milford is scheduled to host Seaford this Tuesday at 4:15 pm.