Sussex Central baseball suffers fourth loss in five games

MILFORD – Milford’s baseball team has matched its win total for last season.

And the 2015 Buccaneers have done so in just seven games.

Senior Dustin Reynolds gets some instruction from coach Todd Brock. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Senior Dustin Reynolds gets some instruction from coach Todd Brock. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

Thanks to a six-run fifth inning with the bats and a gutsy start on the mound from senior Dustin Reeder, the Bucs last Saturday defeated Henlopen North opponent Sussex Central 8-3. It was Milford’s sixth victory of the season.

“This team right now has as many wins this year as we did last year, and these boys have earned every one of them,” said Buccaneers head coach Nick Brannan. “And I tell you, there’s more to come.”

Leading the Golden Knights 1-0 entering the bottom of the fifth – two innings earlier, Milford had a run erased from the board in controversial fashion – the Bucs sent 10 to the plate and broke the game open.

Reeder’s two-RBI triple to center, which made the score 4-0, highlighted a six-hit Milford effort during the frame, which ended with the Bucs leading 7-0. Junior Daniel Burgos also doubled and scored in the rally, while senior Tommy Jordan and junior Shawn Snowden each collected RBI base hits.

“Guys on my team stepped up and started the rally, so I figured I got to go up there and do something too,” said Reeder, whose triple plated Jordan and freshman Bryce Greenly.

The six-run burst afforded Reeder some leeway on the mound, as the senior was allowed to finish the sixth inning despite Sussex Central scoring all three of its total runs in the frame. He had worked his way out of potential jams in both the second and fifth innings.

Jordan provided some insurance for Milford in the bottom of the sixth when he reached on a single and later scored on senior Tom Saxon’s RBI base hit.

Saxon finished the day 3-for-3 and scored twice.

The Knights' bats didn't strike until it was too late against Milford. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

The Knights’ bats didn’t strike until it was too late against Milford. (Sussex County Post/Jeff Mitchell)

His first time crossing the dish came in the second inning, courtesy of senior Gunner Stanley’s RBI single, and gave the Bucs a 1-0 lead they would hold until the outburst in the fifth. An inning later, Saxon appeared to have given Milford a 2-0 advantage with a two-out single that allowed Greenly to score.

However, Saxon’s turn around first was too wide and although he was initially ruled to have safely returned to the bag, the umpires reversed the call after conferencing. They also ruled that Greenly had not crossed the plate prior to Saxon being tagged for the third out and the run was disallowed.

With the win, Milford moved to 6-1 overall for the season and 3-1 in Henlopen Conference play. More challenges await the Bucs this week, as they are scheduled to play Polytech at home Tuesday, at nonconference St. Georges Thursday and then versus Dover Saturday at Frawley Stadium.

After defeating Central (4-4, 3-2), though, the Bucs are confident moving forward.

“This was a real baseball game for us as far as a challenge and we came out and showed what kind of team we can be this year,” Jordan said. “I believe, without any question, more success is going to come.”

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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