Coming into the 2018 season as the defending DIAA Softball State Champions, the Milford Lady Bucs wanted to start the new season hot.
While having only played two games, Milford remains undefeated heading into this week where they’ll play two important early season games against Delaware Military Academy and Cape Henlopen.
The Lady Bucs opened the season with a character win over Caesar Rodney, knocking off the Lady Riders in the seventh inning, 11-10.
Down 10-9 in the seventh and final inning, Darby Brennan led off the inning with a game-tying homerun. Morgan Petty followed up Brennan’s long-ball with a double, before Kalaysia Reynolds singled her home for the game-winning run.
Milford made things a little easier on themselves in their second game of the season, defeating Woodbridge in impressive fashion, 12-1.
Morgan Abbott was tough in the circle, pitching five strong innings allowing one run on just four hits while striking out four in the win.
Reynolds, Petty, Macey Myers and CJ Kohel all added multiple hits for the Lady Bucs in the win over Woodbridge; Reynolds led the way going 3-for-4 at the plate.
After playing in just two games and winning both in very different fashions, the Lady Bucs will trek on, keeping the same mentality that led them to a state title last year.
“This is 2018 and our focus of getting one percent better everyday while constantly looking to fundamentally improve our game is the foundation of our program and what we work on everyday,” said Milford Head Coach Sean Brennan. “Our focus is always on our approach to the game, no matter who we play or the circumstance.”
Next up for Milford are matchups this week against DMA and Cape Henlopen.
First, the Lady Bucs will travel north to the Midway Softball Complex in Wilmington to take on Delaware Military Academy on Wednesday afternoon in what should be a nice early season test for Milford.
DMA went 13-5 last season, advancing to the DIAA Softball State Tournament Semifinals. So far this season they sit at 1-0 after an 8-0 win over Conrad in their opener.
They have two very capable pitchers taking the circle in Delani Sheehan and Olivia Farris who combined to pitch a three-hit shutout in their season opener. Meanwhile, at the plate, Samantha Freeland stands out. She went 2-for-2 in their season opener, reaching base four times in their win.
After taking on a talented out-of-conference opponent in DMA, the Lady Bucs will close out their week with another away matchup Friday at Cape Henlopen.
The Lady Vikings have struggled, losing two of their first three games this season, but boast a talented pitcher in Savannah Reed who pitched a two-hitter in an 8-1 win over Laurel last week. Also, Reagan Jackson and Kaeli O’Neill-Willey provide some offense at the plate for Cape who look to turn things around after slumping early.