By Kevin Eickman
With the weather having played havoc on the practice schedule, the Milford baseball team was happy to get the season underway as they traveled this past Saturday to North Caroline. The result was a solid 12-1 triumph that saw the Buccaneers play well in most areas, but leave room for improvement in others.
Taking the mound for the first time this season, senior Garrett Coverdale provided a solid start for the Bucs. Providing five scoreless innings before giving way to junior Cole Davis who finished on the hill for Milford. “Garrett was very strong for his first time out today, he kept the hitters off balance and made things easy for the defense,” coach Nick Brannan stated.
Coverdale provided a punch at the plate as well, hitting a two run homer as the Milford offense hit the ball hard all day long. Also providing an offensive spark for the Buccaneers was senior Johnny Valdez who had three RBIs on the afternoon. Junior Jake Adams and sophomore first basemen Shawn Snowden chipped in with two hits as well. “We really hit the ball hard today, it was the kind of start we were hoping to get off to this year,” Brannan stated.
In all Milford had 11 hits in the game, but did leave some room for improvement on the offensive side of the ball. “While I was generally happy with how we hit the ball today, we did leave 19 runners on base. That is something we will look to improve on as the season goes forward,” said Brannan. “If you continue to leave runners on base it will eventually come back to bite you.”
The game featured defense as well, with senior Jason Parker providing a highlight film catch in the games final inning. On the play, Parker chased down a well hit ball in the gap before making a diving grab of the North Caroline line drive. “That was one of the better catches that you will ever see,” commented Brannan. “He really went after it and showed what hustle can do.”
The games final play featured another defensive gem as Valdez threw a strike from right field to nail the runner at home plate to settle the issue. “I loved the fact that we played hard right to the very last out today, that’s the kind of work we are looking for the guys to do this season,” said Brannan.
Milford is scheduled to host Seaford this Tuesday at 4:15 pm.