By TJ Millman
All season long, Milford Softball Head Coach Sean Brennan has talked about getting one percent better. This passed Tuesday in Roxana, his team finally hit 100% as they took down the Delmar Wildcats for the Delaware State Championship Title. Milford hit five home runs and won by a final score of 17-9.
One of the major keys to Milford’s success is their hitting. The Bucs have no weak spot in their lineup, and everyone is capable of providing a spark. “We talk about having a spark. It’s the spark that creates the fire, and what’s awesome about these girls is that it’s always a different spark,” Brennan said.
The first spark came when Milford was down 1-0 in the top of the second inning, and sophomore Morgan Petty smacked a two-run home run over the left field fence. “I was just going up there to get something started. A home run was definitely not on my mind, but I knew it was gone when I hit it,” Petty said.
In the next inning, the top of the third, the Bucs’ spark turned into an explosion. After back-to-back doubles from senior Rajene Bowe and junior Darby Brennan, Megan Fry hit a two-run homerun to give the Bucs a 5-1 lead. Three batters later, sophomore CJ Kohel hit a three-run homerun that put the Bucs ahead 8-1.
The Bucs continued to score, adding runs in every inning but the sixth, and junior Morgan Abbott was able to throw strikes and let her defense make plays behind her. Abbott pitched every game for the Bucs this year, and her pitch location was impressive all night. She was able to keep the ball low and force the Wildcats into hitting ground balls all game.
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Milford was the visiting team for all of their tournament games due to them being an 11 seed, but Brennan looked at this as a positive for his team. “Our girls love to hit, and getting the first at bats throughout the tournament…we just loved it,” Brennan said.
This was Milford’s third softball state championship, with the last one coming in 2009. Many of the girls on Milford’s team went to that game in ‘09, and remember hoping that one day they would have a chance to win one as well.
Following the game, Head Coach Sean Brennan had a message that he wanted to be clear. “This does not happen without my administration and their support, without these great fans, and without my amazing coaching staff. Those guys not only know the game, but they know how to teach the game. Finding a staff like that…the good Lord has reached down and blessed me with some amazing people. This is the greatest bunch of kids I’ve ever coached. I love them to death. It’s an honor and a privilege to coach them,” he said.
Milford finished their season with 14 straight wins, a state title, and most importantly, they had fun every step of the way. Whether it was dancing between innings, mobbing their teammates at home after a homerun, or even dabbing in the outfield, these girls played every second with a smile on their face.
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