By TJ Millman
Milford Softball followed up a 2-0 start to the season with an 0-2 week last week to move themselves to a 2-2 record in the early part of the season. Milford lost to DE Military Academy 7-1 and then lost a heartbreaker to Cape Henlopen 11-10. Despite losing two games back to back, Milford Head Coach Sean Brennan is far from looking at his team’s record as a measure of success.
“The season is a grind. You can’t look at the big picture…you have to look at the fundamentals and focus on winning each inning, one at a time. Our focus is just to get better. People have talked about us being the hunted now, after winning the championship last year, but that’s not my focus. No good team is only worried about their record. It’s about doing your job, and doing it well. That is where your focus should be, and the rest follows. So 2-2, 2 game skid, it doesn’t matter. That’s softball. We did a lot of good things this week, so we focus on that, and then we work on the things that we need to make better,” Brennan said.
Milford and Cape exchanged blows early, but 3 run innings in the fourth and fifth innings each gave Milford a 9-3 lead going into the bottom of the 5th. In the bottom of the 5th inning, Cape scored 8 runs while batting all the way around the lineup, taking the lead 11-9, and the Bucs lost composure as the runs piled on.
“The biggest problem for us today was our emotions in the 5th inning. That was the big difference in this game. If you noticed, we became so emotional that we didn’t play fundamental softball from that point on. That allowed Cape back into the game, and a good team like that is going to take those opportunities and beat you. Emotion overwhelms you, but passion is connected to purpose and task. When we became it emotional, it overwhelmed us, and we gave up 8 runs. What we needed to do was slow things down, take a deep breath, and just be passionate about what we do. That was the glaring mistake that I saw from us today,” Brennan said.
One of the bigger events that led to Milford’s downward spiral was a missed runner interference call that gave Cape their last two runs of the inning, the final of which was the game winner. Still, Brennan would not allow any excuses for his team’s loss.
“Sometimes you get a call, and sometimes you don’t. That’s just softball. Cape Henlopen is a great team, and they beat us today. Hats off to them,” Brennan said.
One of Milford’s bright spots on the day was junior shortstop Morgan Petty who is making the move back to her natural position of shortstop after spending last season in left field. Petty hit two homeruns, smacking the ball off of the foul pole and scoreboard respectively, and added in plenty of defensive stops as well.
“I was just trying to get things started for the team. We always talk about how hitting is contagious, and I was just trying to make a spark that would start the fire for our team,” Petty said.
Milford gets back to the diamond this week in a rivalry match against Lake Forest on Tuesday, April 10. The game is at home at 4:15 PM.
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