By Kevin Eickman
One of the hardest transitions for an athlete to make is from middle school to high school. More often than not, a player making that jump will spend the majority of their time on the Junior Varsity squad in order to hone their skills. In the case of soon to be second year Milford student athlete Ashley Bullock however, things have been a little accelerated.
Bullock found Varsity playing time and lots of it, in both field hockey and softball. Her skill in softball was enough to warrant a Carpenter Cup selection. The Carpenter Cup is a regional event with high-level talent from surrounding states New Jersey and Pennsylvania. While Bullock may not have received as much playing time as she had hoped for, just being selected was quite an honor.
“There were some really great players on that team and it was fantastic just to be a part of it,” Bullock stated. “I really enjoyed getting to know girls from other teams and made some friends along the way. So it was a lot of fun.”
This year for Milford she was primarily used as a second baseman and shortstop, although she Bullock more comfortable playing third base. “I really enjoy playing third the most, but playing other infield positions has also helped to make me a more well rounded player,” Bullock said.
While athletics may come easy, excelling in a sport is not just a matter of showing up. Speaking with Bullock she attested to how much work it takes to improve. “The time and effort you spend practicing and in the batting cage really translates onto the field.”
From the perspective of her softball coach Sean Brennan, he thinks that her freshman season is an indication of bigger things to come. “Ashley has a tremendous future in front of her. She brings a championship work ethic to the ballpark every day,” Brennan said. “She really improved as this past season went on, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Ashley.”
Softball is not Bullock’s only sport as she played Varsity field hockey for Milford last season. Coach Andrea McPike believes there is a big upside for Bullock as well. “”Ashley is a very versatile player. She has solid skill sets both on offense and defense. I love her feistiness and determination,” commented McPike. “She has that competitive edge that all coaches look for in their players.”
One of the joys for Bullock is the camaraderie that she has developed with her Milford teammates. “On both teams the players and coaches make it fun to be there. We always have a good time when we are together, so that makes it really enjoyable.”
Nobody does it alone and Ashley is grateful for all the support her parents Scott and Kathy have provided her. “It’s not just sports, it’s everything. No matter what it is they are always there to support me and I can’t begin to tell you how important it is to have them in my corner,” she said.
Bullock’s favorite subject is math and her long-term ambition is to become either an elementary or middle school teacher in the future.
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