Winning a championship isn’t easy, and staying on top is more difficult, especially in high school sports.

Perhaps going through a bit of a championship hangover, the defending state champion Milford softball team has struggled out of the gates so far.

Since winning their first two games of the year, against Caesar Rodney and Woodbridge, the Lady Bucs went on to drop six of their next seven games. 

Head coach Sean Brennan and his team were well aware of the challenges ahead.

“Every high school team in the state has their sights set on making the DIAA tournament or what we call the dance - we’re no different,” Brennan said. “Our team knows that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication in order to punch that ticket to the dance."

Every team they’ll face this year will give their best game in an effort to take down the defending champs.

With experience on the field, there’s no doubt Milford can turn things around. Brennan praised his team’s mentality throughout their rough patch, putting much of the blame on himself.

“The softball season is a grind and we are working to get one percent better every day,” Brennan said. “It’s true that we have been faced with some adversity so far and I’ve got to do a better job of coaching.”

If the Lady Bucs are going to turn things around, it will start on the road. Next up for Milford is a conference matchup against Smyrna on Tuesday before another away game Thursday against St. Elizabeth. 

“Our team has responded positively and just need to be laser focused for seven innings,” Brennan said. “Right now, we just aren’t doing that consistently.”