By TJ Millman
It hardly seems like 10 months ago that the Milford Softball team made an improbable, 11-seed run to a state championship, but here we are. It’s back to the diamond with some new faces, having lost 4 seniors to graduation, and a new championship banner on the back of the home team dugout. The one thing that remains the same however, is Milford Head Coach Sean Brennan’s mantra, “Let’s get 1% better each day.”
“This year we are the hunted instead of the hunters, but we’ve preached to the girls that this is 2018. That 2017 banner is really nice to look at, but it has nothing to do with this season. Everyone is 0-0, and we’re just trying to get 1% better each day so that we can be ready when it’s time to get back to the state tournament. You can ask any softball coach right now, and the ultimate goal is that state championship. We showed last year, as an 11-seed, that any team can win the title once you get in the dance, and right now we are just doing our best to make sure that we get there,” Brennan said.
Though Milford lost 4 starters from last year’s team, Brennan is not worried that his team will have to rebuild.
“It’s tough to lose any seniors, especially the 4 girls that we had last year. Nia, Rajene, and Megan were all 4-year starters here at Milford, and Genesis was a huge part of our championship last year as well. Still, we have some young athletic kids out here this year that we feel can go out here and help reload our team. That’s the nice part…we don’t have to rebuild from winning a championship. Milford softball has had a history of success, which we are still improving on, and we are trying to get to that point where we just reload every year, rather than having to rebuild,” Brennan said.
While it would be easy to think that a defending champion would have the pressure of defending their title, Brennan says that so far his team is just having fun and working on the things that they can control.
“The atmosphere out here has been great. It’s been a lot of fun. Over the past 3 years we’ve established these ideas of getting 1% better, bringing excitement, understanding that your attitude is catchable, and just having fun. Nobody said that hard work had to be boring. We have fun, we work hard, and it’s just enjoyable to come out here. Even when it’s cold like this, our girls are cheering each other on and committing to being the best that we can each and every day,” Brennan said.
The Bucs Softball team’s last loss was on April 27, before ending last season on a 14 game winning streak. Milford will look for win number 15 when they start their season on Thursday, March 22 against DE Military Academy. The game is on the road and starts at 4 PM.
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