By TJ Millman
Milford Softball beat Cape Henlopen this past Monday by a score of 10-2. Junior Morgan Abbott got the win, pitching a complete game. Junior Darby Brennan led the Bucs offensively, hitting two home runs as well as recording 5 RBIs.
The Bucs started the game aggressively with senior Rajene Bowe bunting her way to first and then immediately stealing second base. Brennan followed up with another bunt, and smart base running by Bowe gave Milford a 1-0 lead. Senior Genesis Chamberlayne hit in Brennan with a single of her own, and the inning ended with Milford up 2-0.
Cape put some runners on base in the second inning, but Milford was bailed out by a beautiful diving catch by junior Kalaysia Reynolds. This was the story for most of the day as Milford’s defense tightened up whenever runners got on base. Cape had runners on third in multiple innings, but they were never able to score them.
Junior Morgan Abbott pitched a great game, with her only mistake coming in the third inning when Cape hit a two-run homerun giving them their only runs of the day. Outside of that, Abbott showed great command and worked the zone well. She kept the ball low, trusting her fielders to make plays behind her. On a day where the wind was blowing out, Abbott’s command proved essential to inducing several ground ball outs.
With the game tied at 2 in the bottom of the third inning, junior Darby Brennan stepped to the plate and delivered a shot to left-center field. “I was really just trying to get a base hit. I knew when I hit it that it was hit hard, and as I watched the ball just kept carrying,” Brennan said. Brennan hit another homerun in the bottom of the fourth inning, this time with two runners on base as well. This put Milford up 6-2 and from there the Bucs took control.
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Milford added four more runs before the game finished, and the difference maker was Milford’s aggressive approach at the plate. Milford has been an offensive powerhouse all year, averaging ten runs a game, and head coach Sean Brennan loves how his team has been playing. “We’ve played really, really good softball. Even the games that we lost, we were in until the finish. We know that we have been playing well, and now sitting at 6-4 we are looking to get just a little better every single game,” he said.
The Bucs were also aggressive on the defensive side of the ball. With the bases loaded, Abbott found herself pitching against the very same girl who had hit a homerun off of her in her previous at-bat. Rather than back down, Abbott threw strike after strike, eventually striking out the batter without even throwing a ball. “Our kids don’t panic when there are runners on base. We focus in, dig down deep, and trust our defense to get us out of the jam. Our girls have confidence in each other, and they build each other up in those tight moments,” Brennan said.
Milford finishes their season playing 8 games in the next 15 days, and looks to make some noise in the state tournament. For now, the Bucs are taking each game one at a time and are looking to improve each and every day. Their next game is Tuesday, May 2 at Dover High School. The opening pitch is set for 4:15 pm.
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