By Kevin Eickman
This past Friday Milford hosted Woodbridge in their home opener. In a game that saw multiple lead changes, it was the Buccaneers who prevailed in thrilling fashion. Milford handed the visiting Blue Raiders an early 2-0 lead on a pair of walks and an error in the top of the second inning. It was not the start that Milford was looking for and they appeared to be struggling at the plate early.
“Falling behind like that wasn’t the plan but we didn’t panic,” stated coach Nick Brannan.
Milford finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth closing the gap to 2-1 before taking the lead in the fifth inning 3-2. That lead was short lived however as Woodbridge answered in the top of the sixth with a pair of their own to edge ahead 4-3.
The Buccaneers hit the ball well however and managed to load the bases in the bottom of the frame. With two out it in the inning, junior Chad Reichold stepped to the plate and the game on the line. “It’s great to have a confident guy like Chad in a situation like that. He is the type of player who seems to improve when the game is on the line,” Brannan said. Reichold stayed within himself and stroked a line drive single to right with the Woodbridge defense playing him just a bit to pull. “I was real confident in that spot and just went with the pitch. It was something I could see and it was just a matter of executing,” said Reichold.
The Bucs plated two more in the inning and Reichold came on to get the final three outs in relief for the win. The 7-4 victory moved Milford to 2-0 on the season.
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