By TJ Millman
The Milford Buccaneers traveled to play an undefeated Sussex Tech team this past Saturday, and the upset was on early. Senior Michael Robertson pitched a phenomenal game, allowing only one earned run before junior Bryce Greenly came in to finish out the game. The Bucs won by a final score of 12-2, getting 8 of their runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Milford took an early lead in the top of the second inning when senior Abraham Mow hit a 2 run homerun that barely scraped over the wall in left field. Mow said that he actually missed his mark on his homerun, but the result was the same. “I swung a little low on that ball and popped it up. Luckily I still had enough power for it to get out and that is all that really matters,” he said.
Tech had a chance to tie things up with runners in scoring position in the bottom of the second, but the inning ended off of a line drive to first. Freshman Chad Reichhold gloved the line drive and managed to turn a double play with his awareness, beating the runner on first back to the bag.
Tech scored two runs of their own in the third inning to tie things up, with only one of the runs earned. The other run came off of an error on a hard hit ball to center field. Milford answered back immediately in the top of the fourth inning when junior Caden Oplinger hit a homerun of his own, putting the Bucs up by a score of 3-2. Milford scored again on a passed ball in the top of the fifth, taking a 4-2 lead.
Things got tense in the bottom of the sixth when a ball was crushed to deep center field. Milford’s Jimmy Kucharzyk made an athletic play, catching a ball that was well over his head, and saved the inning.
The wheels fell off of the bus for the Ravens in the seventh inning, when they decided to intentionally walk senior Ethan Hurd, loading the bases for senior Derrick Brooks. With the bases loaded and two outs, Brooks hit a shot to center field that was mishandled by Tech’s center fielder. A few batters later, Abraham Mow hit his second homerun of the game, this time with the bases loaded. Mow’s grand slam gave him 6 RBIs on the day, and put the game out of reach at 12-2.
Even without their breakout inning, the Bucs defense looked strong all game with only one charged error. There was a nice breeze coming from the batter’s box as well when each Tech player tried to get a piece of Robertson’s wicked curveball. “Michael (Robertson) did such a good job of keeping a strong lineup off balance all day. He did a great job and I’m really proud of him,” said Head Coach Nick Brannan. Bryce Greenly also had a strong outing, blowing his fastball by batters before they even had time to swing.
Now at the halfway point of their season, the Bucs are sitting at a strong 6-3 record. Head Coach Nick Brannan is happy with his team, but he still wants more out of them. “I feel that we still haven’t played our best baseball yet. We need to improve our approach at the plate and get more balls in play. I’m proud of our guys and we are only getting better as the season goes on,” Brannan said.
Milford plays their next game on Wednesday, April 19 at St. George’s Tech. The game starts at 4:15.
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