By Kevin Eickman
Having yet to earn a victory heading into this past Thursday’s game, fans could expect the Lady Bucs to be despondent. Milford was anything but that however as they hosted Seaford on a breezy afternoon. While a 0-4 record may not have been what the Bucs had been looking for to start the season, coach Sean Brennan said the team had remained upbeat heading into the game.
“The girls have been working at getting one percent better every day,” Brennan stated. “Their attitude has been great, with the exception of Lake Forest we have been in every game this season.”
Milford wasted little time getting ahead early as freshman catcher Courtney Kohel connected on a first inning homer, with the bases loaded. The grand slam got Milford off to a quick start and set the table for what would be an offensive display for the Buccaneers.
Taking their 4-0 lead into the bottom of the second inning, Milford got to work on extending their lead. Milford would score seven runs in the frame and another five in the bottom of the third inning as well. It would be a game that would see juniors Nia Bowe and Megan Fry jolt home runs, enabling the Buccaneers to earn a 17-0 victory.
“Our girls played very well today, they did what they needed to do to get the job done,” Brennan stated.
Gaining her first win of the season was sophomore pitcher Mo Abbott, who scattered just two hits over five innings for the win. Abbott looked strong from the outset and stayed ahead in the count, keeping control.
“My fastball was working really well and because of that I was able to use the change as well, I felt very comfortable out there today,” Abbott stated. When asked about the team getting the first win, Abbott gave the credit to the togetherness of the team. “It’s real easy to point fingers when things aren’t going your way,” Abbott said. “We have stuck together through all of this and now we have a win to show for it.”
While the win was important, there was a lot more happening on the field than just a softball game. While it may have been clear that Seaford was outmatched athletically, there was little doubt that they had given it their all. First and foremost, before any win or loss, Brennan made it clear that he was proud of everyone on the field Thursday.
“My hats off to Seaford, they bring a lot of girls to the ballpark and play hard,” Brennan said. “Today was about two teams that respected each other and respected the game of softball. Seaford showed what it is to hang in there despite things not going easily for them. There is a lot of class on that team”
Looking back at the games Milford lost, Brennan believes with the exception of being blown out by Lake, they have been competitive. “We were winning 2-1 going into the sixth over a good CR Team and they were able to come back on us,” Brennan said. “We got down at Cape early, but after a pitching change we played them even. We hit well against Poly, they just hit better.”
Milford will travel to Sussex Central on Tuesday, before hosting Sussex Tech on Friday. First pitch for both games is 4:15pm.