The Milford baseball team lost its first game of the season on Monday to fall into a first place tie in the Tri-Valley East with Cherry Valley- Springfield as the season winds down.
Milford, 8-1 overall, will play at CV-S on Tuesday, May 11 in a game that could go a long way in deciding the East division. The Patriots have won the East for six straight years.
The Wildcats lost a 4-0 home decision to Gilbertsville- Mt. Upton on Monday. G-MU’s Anthony Delmar was nearly unhittable, never allowing a Milford player to reach second base and facing the minimum 21 batters in a complete game two-hitter.
``He was in control the whole game,’’ said Milford head coach Andrew Griffiths.
``Their defense played a great game behind him too.’’
Milford’s Gideon Powers was the tough luck loser, allowing just four hits in a complete game.
The Wildcats made five errors in the game, including three in the top of the fifth inning when the Raiders scored all of their runs Griffiths said. Powers stuck out eight and didn’t walk a batter, though he hit three batters.
Milford had been the top ranked team in the state before Monday’s loss, and Griffiths said he told the team after the game that it was a nice accomplishment but it didn’t mean a lot.
``Our goal all along was to win the East and maybe a Tri- Valley title,’’ he said. ``We’ve still got a chance to do that.’’
The Patriots outscored league foes Laurens and Worcester 34-1 in a pair of games last week, before losing a non-league game to Cooperstown, 11-1 on Tuesday.
Sophomore Brett Adams threw a no-hitter against Worcester, striking out 12 and walking four in a 15-0 victory.
CV-S head coach Ed Dubben said Worcester never hit the ball out of the infield. Sam Dubben had five hits and seven runs batted in in the two games, which also included a 19-1 rout of Laurens, while Adams had four hits in the two games.
CV-S, 3-1 in league play, played at G-MU on Wednesday and travel to Morris on Monday before hosting Milford on Tuesday.