By TJ Millman
The Milford Buccaneers lost a grueling 3 hour game yesterday, falling to Smyrna by a score of 7-4. Milford had 7 hits and played a majority of the game from behind, constantly playing catch up. Freshman Chad Reichhold had one of Milford’s RBIs, and the other came off of a triple from senior Abraham Mow. Senior Michael Robertson started for the Bucs, pitching two and two thirds innings. He was followed by pitchers Abraham Mow and junior Bryce Greenly. Senior William Kimmel scored two runs for the Bucs as well as having two hits of his own, one of which came off of a well-executed bunt.
After falling behind by 2 in the first inning, Milford went in to the bottom of the 2nd with their bats swinging. William Kimmel led off the inning with a base hit, and only a few pitches later was driven in off of a deep shot by Abraham Mow. Mow managed to leg his hit into a triple, providing a spark for the rest of his team. Chad Reichhold then poked a ball through the infield, getting a hit for himself and driving in Mow. The Bucs would stall out from there and finish the inning at 2-2.
Milford gave up another run in the third, going down 3-2, and decided to bring in Mow as the new pitcher. Head Coach Nick Brannan said, “Michael has been our guy this year. He was 3-0 on the season, and he has been great for us. He was a little off today, so we decided to bring in Abraham. Michael is a junk baller, and Abraham is more of a hard thrower, so we hoped to keep the hitters off balance.” Mow did just that, throwing three solid innings for the Bucs, in which only one run was scored.
Milford tied the game up at 3 in the 5th inning off of an RBI from Bryce Greenly. The run was scored by senior James Kucharzyk after he singled into shallow right field. This seemed to be a theme from the Bucs, who never managed to take a lead but consistently played their way back in to the game.
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It was in the 7th inning when Smyrna put the final nail in the coffin, scoring three runs. Bryce Greenly was in for the close with the game tied at 4, when he gave up the game winning hit to a batter who had been bailed out on a strike three called ball one. The Bucs eventually fell in the bottom of the 7th, losing by a final score of 7-4.
Throughout the game, Milford had to deal with a lot of base runners. The bases were constantly loaded, and it was a bit of a miracle that Milford held the Eagles to only 7 runs. This was a credit to Milford’s pitching staff who went after batters aggressively, even with the bases loaded. “I’d rather my guys have that tough skin than to be afraid to make a play with bases loaded or throw a curve ball with a runner on third,” Brannan said.
Milford also showcased some young talent on the field. Their starting infield was composed of freshman Chad Reichhold at third, senior Abraham Mow at short, sophomore Caden Stanley at second, and sophomore Brock Hilligoss at first. “The young guys bring some fresh energy to the team, and they learn from our older players. Milford has a history of a strong baseball program because we always have a group of older players that help to develop the newer talent,” Brannan said.
Milford is on a two game losing streak, but they have a chance to right the ship on Wednesday, April 12 against Sussex Central. The game is at home and the opening pitch is scheduled for 4:15.
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