By Kevin Eickman
Prior to the season, coach Nick Brannan felt that one key for Milford this season would be hitting with runners in scoring position. So far this season Milford has had a hard time finding that big hit. The result has been a poor start for the Buccaneers.
Milford entered their home game this past Thursday with a 1-4 (0-1) record, not exactly the start they had been hoping for. “We have young guys that don’t have a lot of varsity experience,” Brannan said. “The are going to take some licks as the season goes on, but I think that in the end they will be better for it.”
Following a 6-1 loss to Caesar Rodney on Wednesday, Milford hosted Seaford the following day. The Bucs got off to a quick start, scoring two in the bottom of the first. The lead would be short lived however, as junior starting pitcher Cole Davis made his one mistake of the game. In the top of the second inning, Davis allowed a two run homer to the Blue Jays freshman Justin Gray.
With the game tied, it looked as if Milford might be in for a battle. After Milford was held scoreless in the second, they answered the call in the bottom of the third by scoring four runs. It was breathing room that Milford had not enjoyed since the season opener at North Caroline. With the lead Davis was solid if not spectacular the rest of the way. Recording 11 strikeouts on the day and allowing just five hits, it was a pitching performance that Milford needed.
“Cole did a good job throwing strikes and was able to get a ground ball when we needed one,” commented Brannan .“He might have made a few mistakes but other than that, it’s the kind of effort we need from him.”
At the plate Milford was paced junior Jake Adams. The third baseman had three hits and three RBI in the game which ended as Milford scored six in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving the Buccaneers a 13-3 five inning victory. It was a win Milford needed to have for several reasons, obviously to stop the bleeding of a four game losing streak and also to earn their first Southern Division win of the season.
“Think this is a good win for us and a confidence builder,” Adams stated.
The bottom line at this point in the season is the Milford’s path to the State tournament will probably have to go through the Henlopen South, a task that will be difficult. “When you take a look at the teams in the South, we are all capable of beating each other,” Brannan stated. “If you look at the schedule, there’s no way to see who can beat who.”
After falling to highly recorded Tower Hill 6-2 this past Saturday, Milford saw their record drop to 2-5 (1-1). They will host Dover this Wednesday at 4:15.