By Kevin Eickman
This was not the way any of them wanted it to end. On a grey and windy day this past Wednesday, Milford softball took to the home field for their final time this season. With their playoff hopes bordering on slim, a defeat sealed their fate. While a storybook ending would have seen the Lady Bucs emerge with a victory, the truth was harshly different.
Polytech senior Kate Burawski demonstrated complete control of the strike zone as 15 Buccaneers went down swinging in an 11-2 dominating performance. After scoring four runs in the top of the first to take the lead, Burawski cruised until the Bucs scored two in the bottom of the third inning, closing the deficit to 4-2.
“We hung in their early with them but when you face pitching like they have it’s always going to be tough to score runs,” Milford coach Sean Brennan said.
After Milford edged closer, the visitors erased any doubt as they promptly scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning on their way to an 11-2 Polytech victory.
While the defeat was disheartening, it only slightly dampened the celebration that Senior Recognition Day brought with it. Following the game, there was silly string sprayed about and hugs exchanged as Milford’s four seniors celebrated one last time on their home field.
Julia Reed, Courtney Kohel, Morgan Petty and Khya Reynolds all played a part in the miracle run in 2017 which saw the Buccaneers earn the State Championship. Each and every one of them stated that the 2017 title was their most prized accomplishment. However, it was not just about winning and losing for this group.
“From the very start these girls came in here and contributed, they gave it their all,” Coach Brennan said. “It has been a pleasure to coach each of these young ladies who have done the Milford program proud.”
Speaking with the seniors following the game, they each held their head high “Even though today didn’t go the way we wanted it to, we still had fun as a family,” Reynolds added “Playing together as seniors we really did enjoy every minute that we spent together.”
Morgan Petty, who will go on to continue her softball career at the University of Albany next year was reflective as well. “It’s bittersweet knowing that this is the last home game we got to play here. While we didn’t win, to be able to be out here one last time with my teammates was fantastic,” She stated.
Reed also shared how much she enjoyed taking the diamond at Milford one final time. “I know it’s a loss but we have so much fun together as a team you are able to look past the scoreboard,” she commented. Reed has been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, fought long and hard to get back on the field. “I went to see a lot of doctors and had a stress test and was finally given the green light to play, so today is just another wonderful memory for me.”
Kohel may have summed up the season best by simply stating. “This may not have been the best season we had, but we definitely had a huge amount of fun. The scores will fade from your memory but the friendships we made will last a lifetime,” she said.
Milford completed the season with a record of 7-11.
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