Milford will send two teams to the Little League state championships as the Senior League softball and Junior League baseball teams won district titles earlier in the week.
The softball team, led by Coach Ron Fry, captured the district crown on July 13 with a 6-4 victory against Dover.
Haylee Scruggs and Brea MacFarland each pitched in all four games as the girls only allowed four runs on their way to the championship.
For a team formed more than six years ago, the players know their roles and what to expect from one another every time out.
“They’ve been playing together year-round for awhile so that’s given them a lot of experience,” Coach Fry said. “They all want to make it back to Regionals.”
Fry believes the pitching duo of Scruggs and MacFarland sets the team up well for states, where pitching depth is often required thanks to multiple doubleheaders.
“When you go to Regionals, you have to have a lot of pitching,” Fry added.
With the Senior League softball World Series being held in Roxanna, Del. this year, the team has one more motivation to win a state championship.
“We’d love to win Regionals to come back and play here for the World Series,” Fry said.
The squad begins their state tournament on July 21 against Fountain-Newport.
On the boys side, the Junior League baseball team earned its district trophy on July 12 thanks to two wins over MOT.
Dustin Reeder and Tyler Benton led the way on the mound. Reeder pitched a complete game in the semifinal against MOT, while Benton went 6 1/3 innings in the final to lead Milford to a 7-2 victory.
According to Coach Kevin Mitchell, the group really started to gel after a three-week training session leading up to the district tournament.
“We’re just bringing them together for a common goal,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell’s squad belted their way into the state tournament as the team combined for 40 runs in three district games with every player recording a hit.
As the team awaits their opponent as other district tournaments continue, the players work to fine-tune the basics, from bunt coverage to steal signs.
“We’re playing station to station at this point,” Mitchell said. “We’ve got a one in three chance [at winning the state title].”
The Junior League baseball state tournament begins on July 25 in Laurel.