Milford softball team goes out on top

MILFORD – Goals aren’t always achieved though winning.

Many times teams enter a season with less traditional but equally important things they want to achieve. And if they do so, the season was a success.

Such was the case for this season’s Milford softball team.

“The true gift of this season was the ride,” head coach Sean Brennan said following the Lady Bucs’ 12-5 win over Dover in their season finale. “The ride that we took from March 1 to where we are today and the character it took to take that ride. We started March 1 and we’ve ended a much different team. We talked about getting 1 percent better every day. I love those kids. They’ve gotten a gazillion times better.”

The Milford softball team went from 2-7 halfway through its season to 10-8 at the end. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

The Milford softball team went from 2-7 halfway through its season to 10-8 at the end. (The Chronicle/Jeff Mitchell)

That improvement showed in the win column.

Slow out of the gate, Milford dropped its first four games of the season before defeating Seaford 17-0 and Laurel 13-10. The struggles, however, continued after those two victories and the Bucs saw their record fall to 2-7 midway through the season.

Then things started to click. Victories over Delmar, Christiana and highly-seeded playoff teams Padua and Concord followed. Padua’s loss to Milford, in fact, was its first of the season and the game was played May 5.

Only a loss to Indian River marred Milford’s second half of the season record, as the Bucs would go onto win eight of their last nine to finish with a 10-8 mark.

“They grew together as a family,” Brennan said of the reason the team showed the second half improvement. “You talk about the journey. When you go through some negative times, you just focus on the next game. Or the next practice, the next pitch or the next play. Those are the things you focus on and the wins and losses will take care of themselves. It’s great to see those things come true.”

Though the season just recently reached its conclusion, it’s hard for Brennan and his staff not to be excited about the future. Milford’s roster was entirely made of underclassmen this season, which means everyone should be back next year.

“When you build a house you start with the foundation, and we feel like we laid a good foundation for Milford softball,” Brennan said. “It’s the first time we’ve won 10 games since 2014. We’re moving in the right direction.”

One of the many players who will be part of the next step for the Milford softball program is pitcher Mo Abbott. After some early struggles, the sophomore allowed three runs or fewer in six of the Bucs’ final nine games of the season.

“We definitely recalibrated and turned things around as a team,” Abbott said. “The second half of the season we became a family. We take everybody for who they are. It makes it so much fun. It makes us want to come out and play.”

Abbott added that over the next two seasons, the sky is the limit for Milford.

“Absolutely I’m excited,” she said. “We have a state championship in us. We’re going to get one under our belt.”

From the Milford Chronicle Sports Desk

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