Just days after ending a very successful basketball season, Milford coach Jim Weir and many of his two-sport athletes, jump right back into the gym to start preparing for the softball field.
“I get a couple of days off and then I’m good to go,” Weir sair. “I do pretty much the same things and since most of them have done it before, it’s pretty easy for them too.”
Weir has every reason to enjoy getting back to work. The Milford girls have won the Tri-Valley West in three straight sports season dating back to the 2013 softball team. The soccer team won the cross over title and Section Four Class D title too.
Now to complete a season sweep of the West, the Wildcats will have to start by replacing their pitcher. But pitcher Kaitlin VanWinkler isn’t the only graduate, that Milford will have to replace.
VanWinkler won 14 games for the Wildcats last season.
“Our pitching will be very different this year and that is key,” said Weir who said freshmen Serena Chase is the top candidate to be in the circle this season.
“She mostly played second base for us last year,” Weir said. “She was stellar in the field and now with another year of maturity, she will be that much better for us.”
Weir is also preparing for the possibility of not having all-conference shortstop Addy Lawson on the field. Lawson suffered a foot injury in the Tri-Valley basketball championship game less than two weeks ago and played on it in the final two games of the season.
“She’s currently in a boot and we don’t know her status at this point,” Weir said. “If we have Addy or not is going to make a big difference. She’s a phenomenal athlete. She hit .500 for us last year and when she was at shortstop, you knew that anything hit to the left side was going to be stopped by her.