By TJ Millman
This past Wednesday was the final chance for Delaware’s top senior softball players to step onto the diamond and play for their respective high schools. The Blue-Gold game is comprised of the top athletes across the state, and this year Milford sent two seniors to play for the Gold Squad. Seniors Darby Brennan and Kalaysia Reynolds were nominated for Milford and helped lead the Gold team to an 8-7 victory over the Blue team. Kalaysia Reynolds put a definitive stamp on the game, crushing two home runs on her way to earning herself the title of MVP.
“I was trying to keep my head down and just keep my eye on the ball. I wasn’t trying to kill it, just to get a hit and get on base so that we had runners in position to score,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds’ home runs came in the second and fourth innings and scored the first 3 runs for the Gold team. Her Head Coach, Sean Brennan, was proud to see Reynolds finish off her career in such a strong way.
“Kalaysia is just a tremendous young lady. She was an emotional leader for our team, and she got it done at the plate this year. Seeing her grow from last year to this year has just been amazing,” Brennan said.
The Gold team scored two more runs in the fifth, and three more in the sixth, and jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the top of the sixth inning. The Blue team woke up in the bottom of the sixth and scored 6 runs during the final 4 innings of the game, but the damage was done. The Gold team finished with the 8-7 victory off of a diving catch from Milford’s Darby Brennan.
“It’s amazing. Honestly, that’s a play that I have been practicing my entire career for softball. Just to finish that way is something that me and my dad were just talking about. I’ve been working on that play for so long, and it’s just awesome,” Brennan said.
Her father, Milford Head Coach and Gold Squad Assistant Coach Sean Brennan, was equally as pumped up over the play.
“It was as exciting as winning a state championship. She has worked really hard on that play for three years, no lie, working on that every day. She would get frustrated, coming up just short on that dive, and for her to end the game that way was truly special,” Brennan said.
For Coach Brennan, this was his final chance to coach his daughter at the high school level, and the moment was not lost on him.
“It was a great honor tonight to be able to close out that chapter. I coached her in her very first game, and now I got to coach her in her last. It’s been a great ride, and I have loved every minute of it. 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,” Brennan said.
Darby Brennan will also be going on to play Division I Field Hockey at Liberty University next year to continue her athletic career.