Last season the Milford softball team found heart-wrenching ways to lose softball games for a large portion of the year. The Lady Buccaneers found themselves on the wrong side of one run games three times. While nobody likes to lose, coach Sean Brennan believes it will pay dividends this year. For evidence you need to look no further than this year’s Battle of the Bat against Lake Forest. It was a game that had more twists and turns than a John Grisham thriller. At the end there would be a hero and she would be from Milford.
In the sixth inning Milford found themselves trailing 6-2 with two outs. The Buccaneers looked inside and decided they were not going to go quietly. Batter by batter Milford began to find a rhythm and by the time the dust settled, six runs were scored and the Buccaneers found themselves in the lead 8-6. Lake Forest, with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame, took the lead right back.
“You really have to tip your cap to both teams for this game,” Coach Brennan said. “It was a real battle and neither team wanted to lose it.”
Even after Milford regained the lead 10-9 in the top of the seventh inning, the Lady Spartans responded to send the game to extra innings by pushing across a run to tie the game.
In the top of the eighth inning, senior Morgan Petty blasted a home run to provide Milford with the final run and 11-10 victory. Petty recorded three hits in the game including a triple, playing a solid game at the plate.
“It was probably the best pitch I saw all game. I really wasn’t trying to do too much but I really got a hold of it and it just kept going,” commented Petty. “It’s always great to win but it was even sweeter that it was against Lake for The Bat. They really pushed us to the edge today but we managed to come through in the end.”
Milford sits at 5-1 for the season and will host Laurel this Tuesday at 4:15.
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