Milford softball celebrates season for the record books

Milford softball celebrates season for the record books

MILFORD, OH (FOX19) - Milford High School's varsity softball Senior Night was especially festive Friday evening.

The Lady Eagles defeated the Harrison Wildcats 3-0, but the celebration wasn't just for the one win over a non-conference opponent.

Milford became the first softball team in Eastern Cincinnati Conference history to run the conference slate undefeated.

The 14-0 conference mark is impressive. But, what is more impressive is the way the Lady Eagles went about taking care of business. Milford outscored opponents 133-9 combined in ECC play.

"Preseason this was going to be the best team I've had in a long time," 15-year coach Christy Gregory said. "However, we had a couple roster changes preseason and we started to overcome obstacles one at a time. Clearly we had kids answer right away."

The obstacles were hurdled to an 19-2 regular season record and a third straight ECC title. Leadership from the older players proved vital for the Lady Eagles as they ushered in inexperienced players.

"Our core kids are great," Gregory said. "We just had to quickly season some players that didn't have any experience at all."

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Milford's two seniors, Kelly Noll and Hannah White, fittingly showcased leadership in their last regular season home game. Noll was hit by an errant ball while warming up at shortstop. Noll battled through, going 2-3 with a double and a run scored.

"I was really excited once I got my first hit," Knoll said. "I knew I wanted to get at least one on Senior Night because I knew if I looked back and didn't get one I would be upset."

White also hit a double on her Senior Night. Pitcher Valerie Thompson pitched seven shutout innings in the win.

Up next for the Lady Eagles is a Saturday morning contest at Northmont at 10 a.m.

Milford earned a number 2 seed in the sectional tournament. They will play the winner of Princeton and Colerain on Wednesday.

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