It was an emotional end to an up and down season this past Monday, when the Milford Softball team lost 11-1 to Caravel in the opening round of the state tournament. It was an interesting matchup, the 2016 State Champion taking on the 2017 State Champion, but this year the two teams came into the tournament on completely opposite ends of the standings. Milford, the 2017 State Champs, were the final team in the tournament and had to travel up to face the top-seeded Caravel squad.
“This was really an up and down year for us. We had some youth in spots, and as they grew, we grew. We finished the season with a 6-2 finish after a 3-7 start, and we got here into the tournament when people were doubting that we could even make it. I’m really proud of our girls. Hats off to Caravel today. They are a team that you have to play perfectly to beat. They punish you with every mistake that you make. That’s what makes them so successful. (Caravel pitcher) Sheats did a great job of keeping the ball down in the zone, and she really worked the zone on us today,” Milford Softball Head Coach Sean Brennan said.
Milford only managed two hits on the day, but still managed to put runners in scoring position off of walks and passed balls. The Bucs had multiple innings to put runs on the board but never managed to sustain a full inning’s worth of offense.
“You look at your record, and you can see what happened. We have flashes of greatness, and we have times where we just make mistakes. To beat a team like Caravel you have to keep your innings going, and we were just never able to string things together. We left too many runners on base today to get a win. It falls on us all. We need to be more consistent, and I need to do better coaching. I’ll take the blame for this loss, and I’ll come back next year and do a better job. We all will,” Brennan said.
The three players who will not be re-joining the Bucs for redemption will be seniors Darby Brennan, Morgan Abbott, and Kalaysia Reynolds. This was the last game for these three, and their head coach was emotional when talking about his final time coaching the girls.
“Mo (Abbott) was a 4-year starter here, and she grinded every game of her career. She has been in that circle every game, and she has worked hard since she got here. Kalaysia is just a tremendous young lady. She’s an emotional leader for this team, and she got it done at the plate this year. Seeing her grow from last year to this year has just been amazing. Darby Brennan is the toughest kid that I know. For me to call her my player has been an honor, but to be her dad is an even bigger honor, and I’m just so proud of her. I just feel bad for these three because I know how bad they wanted this,” Brennan said.
Brennan also lamented the impending loss of his Director of Softball Operations, manager Trevell Palmer.
“Trevell does everything for us. When we travel, he packs the bus. He helps us coach the outfielders. He sets up practice every day. I haven’t had to set up a practice in three years. He’s just a tremendous individual. I love that kid. Honestly, he does everything for this team so that all I have to do is show up and coach. He’s even kept the book for me if another coach is busy handling something else. I can ask him to do anything, and I know that it will get done right,” Brennan said.
The Lady Bucs finish their season with a 9-10 record.
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