By Kevin Eickman
Milford is off to a quick start this baseball season as they posted a 5-0 record this week. This past Thursday was one their biggest challenges as they traveled to Harrington to battle Lake Forest. The Buccaneers fell to the Spartans last season 11-5 at home, giving up six runs in the first inning.
“Last year was on everyone’s mind and there is no doubt we wanted this one bad,” Coach Nick Brannan stated. “They are our biggest rival and anytime you have a chance to beat them you want to be on the right end of the score.”
While the Buccaneers started out a little shaky, their bats began to heat up in the third inning. With the game tied at one, Chad Reichold stroked a double to right, scoring senior’ Dylan Layton and Caden Stanley. The Buccaneers never trailed again on their way to a 10-2 victory.
Milford also had another score to settle with a key defeat they suffered last year to Hodgeson. The Buccaneers hosted the Silver Eagles on Monday and emerged with an 8-5 victory. Dylan Layton went five innings for Milford, allowing 2 earned runs in the fourth inning before giving way to sophomore Alex Merger, who pitched out of a sixth inning jam before giving way to Reichold.
While the Buccaneers were hot at the start from the plate, it was freshman catcher Mason Morris who shined brightest. Morris went 3 for 4 at the plate and gathered three RBIs in the game.
“I really haven’t been off to the hottest of starts this season, so it was really nice to be in the groove today,” Morris said. When asked about Layton’s performance on the hill, Morris offered praise for the senior. “He really battled today, he gave it everything he had for as long as he could.”
Milford will host Laurel Tuesday at 4:15.