By TJ Millman
The returning state champion Milford Softball team started off their season this last week the same way that they finished it last year with back-to-back wins. Milford beat Caesar Rodney by a score of 11-10 and Woodbridge 12-1 with senior pitcher Morgan Abbott picking up the win in both games. Abbott pitched every game for the Bucs a year ago, and is likely to do the same this year as well.
“Mo (Abbott) is going to throw strikes and do what we ask her to do. Our team is going to play solid defense behind her, and when it’s our turn to hit we are going to go up there and put some runs on the board. That’s our philosophy. Everyone does their job, and together we get the job done,” Milford Head Coach Sean Brennan said.
Though Milford started off the season with two wins, they managed to do so in very different fashions. Against Caesar Rodney, Milford found themselves with their backs against the wall in the bottom of the 7th inning trailing CR 10-9. Senior Darby Brennan led the inning off with a homerun to tie the game up, and junior Morgan Petty followed up with a double. A few batters later, senior Kalaysia Reynolds drove Petty in with a walk-off base hit to finish the comeback.
“We had to come from behind a few times last year, and the thing about this team is that they love to compete. When you practice competition in all that you do, and we are always competing either with each other or against an opponent, it becomes part of who you are. If they score one, then we need to score one. Our girls are a scrappy bunch, and they love to go up there and swing the bat,” Brennan said.
Milford continued to swing the bat straight into their Wednesday matchup against Woodbridge, ending the game in only 5 innings with a 12-1 slaughter rule victory. Leadoff hitter Darby Brennan was walked in her first two at-bats, and both times Morgan Petty followed up by crushing the ball into the outfield. Petty started the off the game with a triple and a double, scoring Brennan both times, and she was just one of many Lady Bucs to record an RBI. In the third inning alone Milford had RBIs from Petty, junior CJ Kohel, sophomore Macey Myers, senior Kalaysia Reynolds, and senior Morgan Abbott.
“I’m very blessed to have a full lineup of girls who can just flat out hit the ball. Our first 5 girls hit for power, and our bottom half of the lineup can stroke the ball as well. For other teams, it becomes a game of who do you want to pitch to? You know, Darby didn’t get a pitch to hit in those first two at-bats, and then you have Petty who is going to smack one off the fence. Yes…I’m incredibly blessed with this group of girls,” Brennan said.
While each of the girls has found a way to contribute so far, Kalaysia Reynolds was the walk-off hero against CR, and against Woodbridge managed to make several diving catches in the outfield as well as going 3-4 at the plate with a triple. Reynolds had big shoes to fill, moving from right field to center field to replace all-state graduate Rajene Bowe, and so far has looked great for the Bucs.
Milford returns to action Wednesday, April 4 against DE Military Academy on the road at 3:00 PM.
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