By TJ Millman
The first inning was shaky for the Milford High School Softball Team, allowing 5 runs to Delmar on multiple errors in the field. Senior Rajene Bowe said that even though the start was not the best, it was something that the Bucs are used to. “We have been in worse situations this year. Against [Sussex] Central we were down by 7 at one point, and even though we didn’t win we played our way back into the game. We knew that if we played seven strong innings, we could come back,” Bowe said.
The Bucs started that comeback off in the bottom of the first, and it was Bowe leading the charge. Bowe led off the inning with a triple and then stole home on a passed ball. Junior Darby Brennan drew a walk and eventually scored on an RBI single from senior Nia Bowe. Milford blanked Delmar in the second, third, and fourth innings, with sophomore Courtney Kohel shutting down an attempted steal with an absolute bullet to second base.
Delmar picked up two more runs in the top of the fifth, and Milford went into the bottom of the sixth inning down 7-5. With runners on second and third, junior Darby Brennan hit a shot to the fence that drove in both runs and tying the game at 7. The next batter, senior Megan Fry, stepped up to the plate and crushed the ball out of the park, hitting what would eventually be the game winning homerun.
Milford escaped the top of the 7th in an odd but exciting fashion, getting the last out of the game on a runner who had missed touching home plate. The run would have tied the game, but smart coaching from Milford gave Milford the final out and ended the game with Milford up 9-8. “We saw that the umpire never made a call, so we waited until the player went into the dugout, and then threw the ball to home plate. Once the player is in the dugout, they can’t come back out. It was a waiting game, and one that paid off for us,” said Head Coach Sean Brennan.
This win makes 10 straight for Milford, after starting out the season at 4-4. “As a coach I never talk about record. What we talk about is who we are and what we do. We haven’t even talked about our 10 game win streak. We just work on improving each and every day, and we never give up. This team never gives up. They just keep playing,” said Brennan.
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On top of the game being Milford’s 10th straight win, it was also Senior Night. Milford’s seniors are Rajene Bowe, Megan Fry, Nia Bowe, and Genesis Chamberlayne. “I’ve been very blessed to coach this group of seniors. The best thing about this team, is that they love each other. They truly are a family, and they play selflessly for each other. I’ve coached a lot of great teams over the years, and this one ranks right up there with the best of them,” said Brennan.
Milford will play their first state tournament game on Tuesday, May 23 against Smyrna. The game is scheduled for 4 pm and is at Smyrna. Go out and support your Milford Bucs as they look to make it 11 in a row and advance to the second round of the tournament.
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