If the defense and pitching the Milford High School baseball team had on display in its season opener March 24 is going to be the standard for the year, they’ve got nothing to worry about. Looking to follow the winningest season in school history, the Bucs shut down Cape Henlopen at home. The defense and pitcher Shane Sapp allowed just two hits in five innings of a mercy-shortened game as Milford's own hitters exploded for a 12-0 win.


Graduating three star pitchers and a standout catcher might make a team worry about its pitching going into the next season.

Well, if the defense and pitching the Milford High School baseball team had on display in its season opener March 24 is going to be the standard for the year, they’ve got nothing to worry about.

Looking to follow the winningest season in school history, the Bucs shut down Cape Henlopen at home. The defense allowed just two hits in five innings of a mercy-shortened game as their own hitters exploded for a 12-0 win.

“That’s a great way to start the year,” Head Coach John Nichols said. “I knew we had some pretty good hitters on the roster, and they delivered.”

Shane Sapp pitched a five-inning, two-hit complete game, with Johnny Michael catching. He struck out seven and didn’t issue a single walk in the game.

“Shane really stepped up,” Nichols said. He pitched outstanding.”

The defense in general was solid, with just one charged error.

On offense, nearly everyone had a contribution to the win. Devon Reed went 3-for-4 for the day with an RBI, and Jerell Allen, Hunter Whalen and Sapp each had two hits.

Allen and Sapp had an RBI apiece, while Whalen had three, all coming on a fourth-inning triple that sealed the mercy-rule finish.

“It was good to see the bats come alive,” outfielder Josh James said. “I knew our defense could pull it off.”

Designated hitter Morgan Lewis only had one hit in the game, but it was a memorable one – a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning that went well over 300 feet. The ball was eventually recovered from another field where a Little League team was practicing.

“That was a huge hit,” Nichols said. “Absolutely amazing.”

The boys will continue their season with a game at Woodbridge on Friday, March 27. The starting pitcher for the day has not been announced yet.