The spring sports season wrapped up earlier this month as the final champions of the 2017/2018 school season were crowned. Now, before the approaching summer begins, high school postseason honors are being released, including all-state teams.
For the Milford Buccaneers softball team, Darby Brennan, Morgan Petty and Courtney Kohel all earned all-state softball honors after helping lead the team to a playoff berth this season after winning the state championship a season ago.
Brennan, a senior, was named to the all-state second team at second base, while juniors Petty and Kohel received honorable mention honors at outfield and catcher respectively.
Darby led the entire state in walks this past season, while also boasting an on-base percentage of over .500 in 2018. She also tallied the team’s only two hits in their playoff loss to Caravel Academy in the opening round of DIAA Softball State Tournament back in late May.
“It has truly been an honor to be Darby’s coach these last three seasons, but it has been a great honor being her dad and watching her grow into an inspiring young lady,” said Milford Head Coach Sean Brennan. “She’s a leader on and off the field and in the classroom and an extremely hard worker. Her spiritual leadership has inspired us all to want to be a better coach, teammate and person.”
After spending all four of her high school years playing for the varsity team, Brennan’s impact on the program won’t soon be forgotten.
“Darby truly loves Milford High School, Milford Athletics and the Milford community,” Coach Brennan said. “Her dedication to being the best she can be even when no one is looking, her caring spirit and a tenacity on the field will be hard to replace.”
Brennan’s journey to this point in her athletic career has helped earn her way into Liberty University where she’ll compete at the collegiate level in field hockey.
“I’m saddened to see her go, but I can’t wait to see the successes she has at Liberty University this fall,” Coach Brennan said. “She’s put in countless hours perfecting her craft and has traveled from California to Spain and as far south as Florida to make this dream come true. Big things are in store for Darby at the next level, I’m sure.”
Brennan’s fellow all-state teammates, Petty and Kohel also produced impressive seasons on the field this year and look to do more in their senior campaign next season.
Petty batted over .400 this past season and led the team in home runs, while also finishing tied for the team lead in extra base hits.
“Morgan has delivered for this team consistently in some of the biggest moments over the past two seasons,” Coach Brennan said. “She has earned the respect of her peers, teammates, coaches and administrators, as well as other coaches from around the state.”
“When she was out for part of this past season, there was a huge hole in our lineup that was impossible to fill. She has been inspiring to so many and her desire to work hard to be the best she can be is an example for all of us who want to be great.”
Meanwhile, Kohel also batted over .400 on the year, finishing second on the team in extra base hits.
“Courtney is the anchor of our team. Her grit and desire to win are second to none,” Coach Brennan said. “Courtney’s play behind the plate has kept us in so many games these past three seasons, that without her I’m not sure where we would be. She’s a leader on our team and in our school. There is no one else in this state I would ever want behind the dish for this team.”