Bucs best Lake in baseball, Spartans roll in softball

MILFORD – Trophies are staying put after this year’s Battle of the Bat baseball and softball games between rivals Milford and Lake Forest.

Thursday night at the Milford Little League complex, the Buccaneers baseball team defeated the Spartans 5-1. Lake’s softball team, meanwhile, rolled to a 17-3 victory over Milford in a game that suffered a lengthy delay when the teams had to switch fields following a power outage.

Milford held onto the Battle of the Bat trophy. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Milford held onto the Battle of the Bat trophy. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Milford baseball and Lake softball also won last season’s rivalry games. The victors get a bat that is painted in each school’s colors to display in their respective trophy cases until next season’s contests.

On the big diamond, Milford got a gem from starting pitcher Abraham Mow to pick up the victory. Mow, a junior, tossed six innings of two-hit ball and struck out five Spartans along the way.

The Bucs broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the third when they plated a pair of runs. They then added scores in the fourth and sixth innings while keeping Lake Forest off the board after the first.

Senior Holden Bailey scored the eventual winning run for Milford in the third when he reached on an error and later scored on Mow’s sacrifice fly to center. Tommy Jordan also scored in the frame, as the senior singled and then was moved around the bases before crossing the plate on a passed ball.

Lake Forest struck quickly in the top of the first when senior Eric Berardicelli reached and took second on a Milford error and then used some strong base running to score a batter later. Senior Dylan Martin grounded softly to third and while the Bucs were able to retire him at first thanks to a great pick by Shawn Snowden, Berardicelli came around to score on the play.

The Buccaneers, in the home half of the first, got the run back on senior Phillip Herber’s RBI single and after a scoreless second by both teams they took the lead for good in the third.

Junior Abraham Mow went six innings on the hill for Milford. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Junior Abraham Mow went six innings on the hill for Milford. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Snowden later gave Milford some insurance when he scored from first on a hit-and-run RBI double off junior Ethan Hurd’s bat in the sixth. It proved to not be needed, however, as junior Aaron Thornley worked around a leadoff single to record a scoreless seventh and preserve the victory.

Milford (3-2 overall, 2-1 Henlopen) will be at South foe Laurel on Tuesday.

Still seeking its first win, Lake (0-3, 0-3) hosts Seaford on Tuesday.

Softball

Last year’s softball game between the rivals went down to the very end. This season the Lady Spartans all but ended the game in the second inning when they notched seven runs.

Sophomore Brooke Glanden and junior Kerrigan Simpson each had home runs in the game for Lake, which scored seven times again in the top of the seventh to run away with the victory.

Simpson picked up the win in the circle with a complete game six-hitter.

For Milford, Megan Fry provided a highlight with a triple in the contest.

Undefeated thus far, Lake (3-0, 3-0) hosts Seaford on Tuesday. Milford, meanwhile, will look to get its first victory of the season when it travels to Laurel the same day.

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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