By Kevin Eickman
It all seemed to be going according to script this past Tuesday as the Milford Buccaneers softball team entered the top of the seventh inning with a 4-2 lead against visiting Laurel. Milford scored three in the bottom of the sixth frame. What looked like another victory for a hot softball team, turned into a loss that will burn for quite a while.
In the top of the seventh inning the Lady Bulldogs bats came alive with a vengeance. By the time the dust settled Milford found themselves on the wrong end of a 9-4 score. They were left to wonder what could have been.
“Tuesday was one of those strange games that just happen sometimes. Your think you’ve done enough to win but things don’t quite go the way you thought they would,” coach Sean Brennan stated “You have to remember the quality of teams that we have down here in the Henlopen Conference, this can be like the SEC of Delaware softball.”
On Thursday, Milford traveled to Sussex Tech to take on a 4-1 Ravens squad. On the mound for Sussex Tech was senior Taylor Wroten who was nothing short of spectacular. Wroten went the distance in what was a 5-1 Tech victory. Along the way Wroten struck out 14 Buccaneers who looked over-matched against the savvy senior.
“When your going up against a pitcher like that you have to be ready to hit and she was really on her game today,” said Brennan. “I think we are a better hitting team than what we showed today and we just have to get back to work and get back to our winning ways.”
Perhaps one of the more worrisome elements has been the fielding. In their two losses last week Milford surrendered a combined 11 errors, a number that is much too high for a team that hopes to make it to the post season and compete.
“There is no doubt about it, we have been a little loose on defense. However, there is nothing that we can’t fix if we put in the effort,” commented Brennan.“This is a group that is not afraid to put in the hard work so I have no doubt we will be able to clean up our mistakes and get to where we want to be.”
The pair of losses dropped Milford to 5-3 on the season with some stiff competition headed in their direction. After hosting Polytech on Monday the Lady Bucs will host a top rated Smyrna team that currently posses an 8-0 record.
“We know that we have some tough competition coming up, we just have to be ready for it,” Brennan said.
Both games start at 4:15.
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