Returning nearly all of their players from a playoff season in 2008 and looking to get even farther this time, the Bucs started the year with a 27-7 demolition of Cape Henlopen.


The Milford High School varsity softball team opened its 2009 season with a bang.

Returning nearly all of their players from a playoff season in 2008 and looking to get even farther this time, the Bucs started the year with a 27-7 demolition of Cape Henlopen.

“It’s a great way to open the season,” Head Coach Charles Darling said. “We haven’t beaten (Cape) in forever.”

In the early innings it looked like it might be close. Cape took an early lead, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning, but that advantage didn’t last past Milford’s first turn at bat.

Nikki Parsley led off the bottom of the first with a hit, Emma Campbell was hit by a pitch and Morgan Culver singled to load the bases. Marcy McKee drove Parsley and Campbell home with a  two-run double, and the Bucs were on the board.

Morgan McKenzie and Savannah Becker both walked to load the bases, and after Alyssa Sanders hit into a fielder’s choice, Nikki Parsley walked to force in a run, and Campbell lofted a double into the outfield, driving in three more runs and giving the Bucs a lead they would never give up.

“We hit very well,” Darling said.

They kept it up over the next three innings. The onslaught included a three-run home run from Parsley in the game-clinching fourth, two more doubles from McKee, a double and a triple from Becker, a double and two singles for Sanders.

McKee ended up a perfect 4-for-4 on the day, with Parsley 4-for-5 and Sanders, Becker and McKenzie all going 3-for-4.

Janée Williams, making her first start at the top of the pitching rotation, threw four innings, giving up seven total runs.

“It’s a nice feeling,” she said. “Definitely a good way to start.”

After the first, she clamped down on the Cape batters. Their only big inning after that was the top of the fourth, where they scored three runs with two outs, starting with an RBI single.

The inning should have ended with no further damage, but McKee bobbled a grounder to first and couldn’t throw the Cape runner out, leading to another run scored and runners on first and third bases. Finally, a passed ball allowed the runner at third to score, making it an 18-7 game before Williams could get the next batter to ground out.

“We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be on defense,” Darling said. “I’d like to say you keep focus when you have a big lead, but it isn’t always the case.”

The bottom of the fourth proved that the Bucs hadn’t lost focus on offense, at least, as they added nine more runs, including Parsley’s homer.

Britney Thomspon pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning, closing out the game as the mercy rule took effect.