By TJ Millman
After the previous victory over Cape Henlopen improved their record to 6-4, Milford Softball Head Coach Sean Brennan stated that his team plays good softball, and that their main goal was to get 1% percent better every day. After that, Milford Softball won every remaining game in their regular season and was given an 11 seed going into the state tournament.
Milford’s first game was against 6-seeded Smyrna, and the Bucs jumped out to an early 2-1 lead after a 2 out, 2 RBI single from sophomore Morgan Petty. In the top of the 3rd, Milford came out swinging and hit back-to-back-to-back home runs from junior Darby Brennan, senior Megan Fry, and senior Nia Bowe respectively. Milford ended the game with an incredible six home runs, and won by a final score of 14-8. Darby Brennan had two home runs, and Megan Fry, Nia Bowe, CJ Kohel, and Macey Myers each added one.
Milford’s next game was a quarterfinal matchup against the number 3 seed, Appoquinimink. Milford trailed by one in the top of the 7th until Petty hit a single up the middle to tie the game at 5, and a diving catch by junior Kalaysia Reynolds in the bottom of the 7th sent the game into extra innings. In the top of the 8th, freshman Macey Myers hit her second home run of the day, and this one proved to be the game winner. Milford won 6-5 and had two home runs from Myers, as well as a home run from CJ Kohel.
Now in the semi-finals, Milford had to face an Indian River team that was coming off of a 7-4 win over Henlopen Conference Champion Lake Forest. Milford jumped out to an early lead after Nia Bowe hit a 3 run home run in both the first and second innings, and the Bucs never looked back from there. Milford applied pressure all game, getting two more home runs from senior Genesis Chamberlayne and freshman Macey Myers. The Bucs exploded offensively and ended the game with an 18-5 victory, advancing them to the state championship game.
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Even though Milford has been crushing the ball in this tournament, hitting 13 home runs over their 3 games, a lot of the weight is also on the shoulders of junior pitcher Morgan Abbott. Abbott has pitched every game for the Bucs this year, and is an integral part of her team’s success. She locates the ball well and lets her defense do the work behind her. “It can be a little nerve-wracking, but my coaches do a good job of helping me to stay calm. I also trust in my defense behind me to help me out of any situation. They are amazing, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world,” Abbott said.
Both IR and Smyrna had beaten the Bucs earlier this year, but Head Coach Sean Brennan said that this was all part of his team’s journey. “A full season of softball is a grind. Who we were back then, is not who we are now. Our team has taken every victory and every loss as a lesson. We never looked at the outcome of a game, we looked at how we could improve. I believe in these girls whole-heartedly, and I can’t wait to see how we finish things out,” Brennan said.
Milford plays in the championship game against Delmar this Tuesday, May 30 at the Pyle Center. The game is set for 7 PM. Come out and support your Lady Bucs as they go for it all.
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