By Kevin Eickman
Halfway through last year’s season, the Milford softball team was floundering. With just a 2-7 start, the season was on the verge of having a season to forget. Instead, the Lady Bucs stayed with it and as a result, they just missing the State tournament with a 10-8 record.
“We had a few real tough losses to start the year last season and we had a bit of a hard time catching a break,” coach Sean “Gator” Brennan stated. “However, the girls really stuck with it, they really showed themselves what they were capable of doing.”
The goal last year always remained the same, just as it is this year. “Just keep getting better, every practice, every game,” Brennan said. “After the way we finished up last season, they know that will translate into more wins.”
Last season was a learning one for all the Buccaneers, a team without any seniors on last year’s squad. With four leading the charge this year, Milford looks to be well positioned to continue to make strides. In center field is Rajene Bowe, who will continue her softball at Division II Dominican following her Milford career. “Rajene is one of those special athletes who comes around very rarely, she can do it all and is a natural leader,” Brennan stated.
Another senior to keep an eye out for is third baseman Nia Bowe, Rajene’s cousin who is also college bound. Nia is slated to play at Division I Coppin State next year. “Nia is our glue out there, she is the type that leads by example,” Brennan commented. “We are talking about our returning team MVP, who is only getting better.”
Alongside Nia Bowe, will be senior Megan Fry at shortstop. Fry has been looking solid early in camp and Brennan is hoping that she can get off to a hot start this year. “She has been having an amazing spring up to this point and we really want her to keep that going when the games start to count,” said Brennan. “She has been hitting the ball well, tearing the cover off of it. On top of that she has looked very solid defensibly.”
Senior Genesis Chamberlayne will be playing first base and has been a fantastic influence on the entire team. “Genesis always has something positive to say after practice, she always talks about what we did right and how we can use that going forward,” commented Brennan. “When you take a look at the work she has put in, just with her own game, you can’t help but know that the effort will rub off on the other players.”
Milford looks to be solid on the mound as well, with junior Morgan “Moe” Abbott leading the way. Abbott really seemed to come into her own last year and Brennan believes she is ready to take the next step. “We call it riding the Mo train. We believe in her and know she has what it takes to get it done when it comes down to it,” he stated. Milford also looks to get pitching from sophomore Julia Reed, as well as Megan Fry. “We feel that we have other pitchers that we can count on, we just aren’t one pitcher deep,” Brennan said.
Obviously Milford will be looking to get off to a better start this season. Brennan believes Milford will need to improve on defense to accomplish that goal. “We have been working on having the perfect practice, getting right all the time,” said Brennan. “We can’t beat ourselves, we have to play up to the level we are capable of, right from the start.”
Milford will open at Caesar Rodney March 23, before hosting Christiana the following day. Both games are set to start at 4:15.
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