Milford High spring sports teams set to return from break

Rajene Bowe and the Lady Bucs softball team get back on the field this week. (Milford Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

Rajene Bowe and the Lady Bucs softball team get back on the field this week. (Milford Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

MILFORD — Playoffs. We’re talking playoffs?

For Milford High’s spring sports teams, the postseason looks like it could definitely be in the future given their respective current treks.

Others, however, have work remaining.

And, of course, there are those teams that will qualify for the postseason regardless of records, either as a whole or individually.

Leading the way so far at Milford is both its boys’ lacrosse and baseball teams.

Each entered spring break undefeated, boys’ lacrosse with five wins and baseball with four.

Buccaneers boys’ lacrosse began the season March 23 with a commanding 17-1 victory over Red Lion Christian and followed it up two days later by beating rival Lake Forest 17-4.

From there games got a little closer, with Milford besting Henlopen North foe Smyrna 7-5 on March 27 and then following that with a 12-9 win against Polytech.

Most recently the Bucs picked up an 11-5 Southern Division win over Indian River.

Senior Mathew Viramontes has tallied 20 goals through Milford’s five games so far. He has netted at least a hat trick in every contest.

Next up for the team following a two-week hiatus is Wednesday’s away bout against defending Henlopen South champion Delmar, which beat Milford 14-1 last season. That game is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Like the lacrosse squad, Bucs baseball began the season with its widest margin of victory to date.

Behind senior Cole Davis’ four innings of one-hit ball and Shawn Snowden’s grand slam, Milford beat Seaford 17-0 in five innings in its March 24 season opener.

The win was one of three for the Bucs that was ended by mercy rule this season. Milford also had a shortened 11-1 victory over Delmar and mercy ruled North Caroline (Md.) 12-0.

Tower Hill has come the closest to beating Milford so far. The Buccaneers bested the nonconference Hillers 5-2 on March 28.

“We’re getting some timely hitting, which didn’t always come (last season) when we needed it,” head coach Nick Brannan said. “And I think we’re riding the momentum of some good luck, but we’ve put ourselves in position to take advantage of that luck.”

From here, however, the schedule gets more difficult. After taking 11 days off from games, Milford is scheduled to host Smyrna Monday and be at Caesar Rodney Tuesday.

The Bucs will then play South rival Indian River on the road Friday and host Northern Division squad Sussex Central at 3 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s a pivotal part of the year for us,” Brannan said. “We’ve got to make sure we keep rolling through.”

Lady Buccaneers softball hasn’t been quite as fortunate so far this season.

Still, Milford’s girls were 2-2 entering Monday’s game against Smyrna.

After beginning the season with a 23-1 mercy rule-shortened win at Seaford on March 24, the Bucs lost by nine to Henlopen South leader Delmar.

Following that loss, Milford dropped another conference game, this time to Northern Division representative Sussex Central 6-5.

Prior to taking an extended spring break rest, however, the Bucs were able to get back to .500 with a 12-2 win over North Caroline. In that game, Milford pounded out 14 hits and took advantage of two North Caroline errors.

Like the baseball team, Milford is also scheduled to play a softball contest at CR Tuesday. The Bucs are at Indian River on Friday.

This season has been a good one so far for Milford’s tennis teams.

Entering spring break, the girls were an undefeated 2-0 with wins over Lake Forest and Seaford. The boys’ team also bested those two Southern Division schools after dropping its season opener 4-1 versus nonconference St. Thomas More.

Both teams are scheduled to play Cape Henlopen Tuesday. On Thursday, 4 p.m., the girls will be at Smyrna and the boys will host the Eagles.

Girls’ soccer coach Allie Ford saw her Lady Buccaneers lose a close one, 2-1, to Cape Henlopen in their March 26 season opener. The squad also has losses to Lake Forest and Indian River and is scheduled to host Sussex Central on Tuesday.

Sussex Tech and Newark await Milford the rest of this week, with both matches on the road. Tech is slated for Thursday and Newark on Saturday.

Milford’s boys’ and girls’ track and field teams each entered the break with 1-1 records and both suffered season-opening losses to Smyrna before rebounding with wins over Seaford.

Tuesday the teams are scheduled to host Cape Henlopen and Sussex Tech in a tri-meet and then be at Woodbridge, 3:30 p.m., on Thursday.

Lastly, Milford’s golf team sits at 2-2 so far this year.

The Bucs won their first two matches of the season over Indian River and Lake Forest but dropped a pair versus Sussex Tech and Polytech.

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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