With mother nature wreaking havoc on last weeks schedule, we took a look at the early season results of the just started spring season.
The Milford softball team played just one game this past week as they traveled up to Smyrna on Thursday to face the Eagles. On the heels of their opening day 11-3 victory of North Caroline, the Bucs once again impressed the crowd. This time the result was a 14-0 victory. The game featured the second strong pitching performance of junior Haylee Scruggs. In the game Scruggs allowed only three hits on four strikeouts to gain her second victory of the season. “Haylee was solid for us again on Thursday,” coach Drew Holleger stated.
When your score 13 runs there is usually some excitement at the plate as well. One Milford player who stood out was senior Kate Richard, the Milford third baseman hit three home runs in the game with four RBI. Joining Richard in the offensive explosion were freshman Rajene Bowe, who had two hits, and Megan Fry, who had four hits on the day. Prior to the season coach Holleger was expecting some of his younger players to step up and it looks as if they are doing just that. The Bucs travel to Delmar for a 4:15pm start this Tuesday.
Following their opening day victory at North Caroline, the Milford Baseball traveled to Smyrna as well on Thursday. Unfortunately for the Bucs all they had done right in the opener escaped them on this day. With senior Garrett Coverdale making his second start, Milford got out a quick start early in the game scoring two runs in the first inning, while adding one more in the second. It all fell apart from their however, as Milford committed six errors in the game. The result was a disheartening 13-4 loss that saw them get just three hits against Smyrna junior Justin Bowens, who also struck out eight Buccaneers on the day. Prior to the season, coach Nick Brannan knew that this team needed to do a lot of things right to win ballgames. With six errors in the game it looks as if they have some work ahead of them if they are to get where they want to be. The Bucs travel to Delmar for a 4:15pm start this Tuesday.
There is one thing the Milford had not done in the coach Joe Vavala era, that can go a long way to building confidence and that is get off to a quick start. This year is different, the Buccaneers found themselves sitting at 2-0 for the first time as they defeated Red Lion Christian Academy 14-0 in their home opener. They followed that with a 6-4 victory at Smyrna last Friday, as this team looks to take the next step in their evolution. Junior Matt Viramontes has tallied six goals this young season, with senior Evan Becker close on his heals, finding the twine five times to date. While it is still early in the year, there is definitely cause for optimism. While the Bucs fell to Saint Georges Monday 6-5 in overtime, Milford will attempt to get back on track as they host Indian River this Wednesday at 7:30 pm.
The boys tennis team has gotten off to a 3-0 start, with sophomore Colton Williamson leading the way in first singles. So far this season Williamson has lost just two games in three matches and early indications are he could be something special.
The girls have not fared as well as their counterparts, after winning their first match of the season, Milford lost their next two to fall to 1-2. Senior Rachel Lurwick has posted a 2-1 record in first singles.
In their lone game of the season Milford was blanked at Cape Henlopen 5-0. This is a young squad that should improve as the season progresses. Milford will host Lake Forest in their home opener this Tuesday at 5:30 pm.