Lady Bucs bounce back with three consecutive wins to cap 2018 season

MILFORD – Last Tuesday afternoon’s 11-0 loss to Indian River pushed the Milford High softball program back against the wall.

It was a big game for the Indian River squad, who were looking to avenge last season’s 18-5 state semifinals loss to the eventual state champion Lady Bucs.

Head coach Sean Brennan and his squad were fully aware of the importance of this match-up for IR.

“We knew the importance of this game for that ball club,” coach Brennan said following the May 8 loss. “It’s a rivalry game to begin with and then to have them try to avenge their semifinal loss, I understood, and our girls understood how important it was.”

Indian River starting pitcher Abigail O’Shields pitched a complete game one-hitter, striking out five Milford batters in the process.

“I can’t remember the last time we got shutout, so my hat’s off to O’Shields,” said coach Brennan. “She did a great job pitching today and we struggled making adjustments. They’re a good team. They’re going to make the tournament and really put it on some people.”

The loss dropped Milford to 6-9 on the year with three games left to play.

In order to qualify for the 2018 DIAA state tournament, the Lady Bucs would need to win out. Three straight wins would put Milford at 9-9 and provide them an opportunity to sneak into the tourney.

The Bucs would spend the next two days getting back into the win column, pulling off an 8-5 win over Middletown Wednesday, May 9 and a 14-12 win over Dover Thursday, May 10.

A Tuesday, May 15 season-finale showdown against Henlopen South opponent Seaford High would be a pivotal one for the Bucs. Win, and the Lady Bucs would have a chance at making a tournament appearance. Lose, and the season would be coming to an end.

On Senior Night at Milford High Tuesday afternoon, the Lady Bucs shut down the Blue Jays to the tune of 13-1 in five innings.

Seaford got the scoring started with a run in the top of the first, but it was all Milford the rest of the game.

Senior Morgan Abbott allowed just two hits and one run while striking out five batters in her five innings in the pitcher’s circle, while also contributing four RBIs on two hits in the batter’s box.

Senior Darby Brennan went 3-for-4 with three runs at the plate; junior C.J. Kohel went 2-for-4 with one RBI and three runs; junior Khya Reynolds went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

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The Bucs also closed out the 2018 regular season on a high note, shutting down Seaford 10-0 in five innings.

Sophomore Chad Reichhold Sophomore Chad Reichhold surrendered just two hits and struck out six batters in his 5.0 innings pitched. Reichhold also went 3-for-3 with 5 RBI at the plate.

Dominic Robles (2), Zachary Winckoski (2) and Caden Oplinger drove in the remaining Buccaneer runs in the 10-run shutout.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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