KINGSTON, Mass. – Coming into the game, Milford knew the challenge that it would face against top seed Silver Lake. The Lakers were undefeated and boasted the top player in the state in senior pitcher Maddy Barone. They had also beaten the Hawks in the regular season and in last year’s tournament.
Knowing what is coming does not always prevent it from happening.
Barone was stellar in the circle, striking out six and limiting the Hawks to just two hits and three base runners, and also went 3-for-4 at the plate with the game-winning RBI in a 5-0 victory that sends the Lakers into the Div. 1 South semifinal.
“She’s the Gatorade Player of the Year for a reason,” said Milford coach Steve DiVitto. “She’s an outstanding pitcher and outstanding player and I thought we put the bat on the ball a couple times but not in the right spots.
“You have to tip your cap to a pitcher and player like that.”
Silver Lake coach Tony Pina admitted that Barone and her battery mate, catcher Emily Critch, learned from the team’s meeting in May (the Lakers won 5-2).
He explained, “It definitely helped us in terms of knowing what to expect. Because we know their approach at the plate and have seen them before, it allows Maddy and Emily to call the game they need.”
Megan Jacques had Milford’s first hit in the second inning, but pinch runner Antonia Bonina was caught stealing to end the inning. Barone retired the next 11 hitters before allowing a two-out single to Shannon Cormier in the sixth.
Pina said, “Maddy did what we expected her to do – hit her spots and get us ground balls, fly balls. I thought her ball was moving pretty good. I thought she did a good job keeping them off-balance today.”
Milford starter Ali Atherton, who will join Barone at Southern New Hampshire in 2017, got through the first inning unscathed with help from third baseman Kaitlyn DeCapua who made a pair of excellent plays on two hard hit balls.
The second time through the lineup the Lakers did not hit it quite as hard but seemed to find some holes. With one out, three straight singles loaded the bases for Barone, who lined a two-run single into right center to get the Lakers on the board.
“The way that this turned out today was a lot like the first time we played them – a lot of dink and dunk hits there in the middle and Barone with that big two-run single,” said DiVitto. “That’s the way it goes.”
A sacrifice fly and an RBI single made it 4-0 after four innings, which was plenty for Barone but in the fifth Silver Lake added an insurance run on a fielder’s choice with runners at second and third. After a walk loaded the bases again with no outs, DiVitto made a change and brought in sophomore Kelley Reichert.
Reichert escaped the difficult situation without allowing another run. She induced a comebacker to get the lead runner and a grounder to DeCapua at third to again force the runner at the plate and then a line drive to Emily Piergustavo at short to end the inning.
Milford finally put together something at the plate in the top of the seventh. Piergutavo led off with an infield single and Jess Tomaso drew a walk to get the Hawks a runner in scoring position for the only time in the game.
Barone bore down and struck out Maggie Farrell, got a line drive from DeCapua and then a grounder from Jacques that shortstop Caroline Videtto fielded in the hole and managed to scoop to third to force Piergustavo and end the game.
“I know our girls came out today and put forth a great effort,” said DiVitto. “I’m really proud of what they accomplished this season.
“I’m never satisfied and I know they feel the same way. I told them that remember that taste in your mouth and that feeling in your gut and let it fuel you moving forward.”
There is plenty of optimism around the program, as the Hawks will bring back 14 of 16 players from this year’s roster and will be one of the few top teams in Div. 1 South that will bring back two starting pitchers.
“But you can’t overestimate the seniors (Jill Powers and Megan Jacques) that we’re going to lose,” said DiVitto. “I know it’s only two but sometimes it’s quality not quantity. Those are going to be two very tough seniors to replace.”
He added, “We’re going to try and reload and come back even stronger next year.”
Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.
MILFORD, Mass. – In the middle of the season, Milford went through a rough patch, what head coach Steve DiVitto labeled a “lull.” The Hawks followed up a big win against defending state champion St. Peter Marian with a loss to North Attleboro. They beat Sharon but then were beaten 12-0 by King Philip. A win against Foxboro was was followed by a loss to Franklin.
At the beginning of last week, DiVitto spoke to his team and told them it was time to get past the “Dog Days” of the schedule and start ramping up to be ready to go in the tournament.
In front of a huge crowd and with an intensity that felt more like June than the middle of May the Hawks responded on Sunday afternoon with a 7-3 victory over previously undefeated Taunton in a battle of Hockomock League champions.
“We wanted to play a complete game and we knew it would take a complete game to beat them,” said DiVitto. “We wanted to come out and play our brand of softball and compete…and we were fortunate enough to come out on top.
“We said today was a great test to come out and see where we are at and we’re happy with the result.”
Taunton took the lead in its first at-bat. Jordan Wade reached on a fielder’s choice with one out and moved up to second on a groundout. Fellow five-year starter Meghan Navarro provided the big hit with a single to center that brought home the opening run.
While Milford entered the game having scored 171 runs, the Tigers had only allowed nine all season. So, an early one-run deficit felt like a lot more to the Hawks.
In the bottom of the second, they received a jolt of life from one of their seniors. Kaitlyn DeCapua opened the inning with a single to left off Aimee Kistner. Megan Jacques was up next and the catcher blasted a two-run homer over the left field fence (her first home run of the season) to put Milford in front.
“We needed something. Something needed to be ignited,” said Jacques. “Once that happened, I think it trickled down among the team and everyone had a fire lit in them.”
DiVitto added, “That was a big boost for us and it proved to the girls that we can compete and we can come out on top if we play our game.”
Kelley Reichert started the game for the Hawks, who were playing their fourth game in six days, but after Wade led-off the third with a single, DiVitto made the change and brought in Ali Atherton. She would allow only three hits in five innings of relief.
One of those hits tied the game in the third, as Kya Enos lined a double that Maggie Farrell laid out for but missed by inches in left center. Wade came around to score her second run of the game.
It stayed tied 2-2 heading into the bottom of the fifth and the game was being played at a tempo and at a competitive level befitting two teams that have the potential to add to their Kelley-Rex and Davenport division titles.
Enos made a sliding grab of a sinking liner to end the third, after Kistner, Wade and Katie Van Zandt turned a 1-6-3 double play. Navarro was also excellent in the field, creating all three outs in a perfect fourth inning and making a nice pick of a liner to start the sixth. Jill Powers and Emily Piergustavo made similar plays in the field for the Hawks.
The wheels fell off for Taunton in the fifth. With one out, Wade made a rare throwing error to allow Shannon Cormier to reach. Kate Irwin was next and she bunted past the charging Jaime Brown at third for an infield single. Cormier would come in to score on a second Taunton error and an inning that should have already been over continued for the Hawks offense.
Milford made the Tigers pay. Jess Tomaso singled to center and that scored Irwin and two batters later DeCapua cleared the bases with a single that plated a pair of runs and pushed the Milford lead to 6-2.
“We’ve played a lot of great teams and it’s just that; its the team that can capitalize on the mistakes that’s going to win,” said DiVitto.
Taunton coach Dave Lewry remarked, “We haven’t had an inning like that all year, especially where the snowball goes down the hill and it just gets bigger and bigger and it did that.
“Maybe it’s good to get it out of our system and not in tournament time, but they’re a real good team, they hit the ball, and if you give them five, six outs in an inning you’re going to have a tough time.”
With two outs in the sixth, Cormier again provided Milford with punch at the bottom of the order with a triple that landed just inside the line in left. She scored on Irwin’s second infield single in as many innings.
DiVitto explained, “There are no easy outs in our lineup one through nine. Shannon Cormier is a great bat in the nine-hole and turning the lineup over.”
Navarro picked up her second RBI of the game with a single to score Liana Duarte in the seventh, but that was as close as Taunton would get, as Atherton finished the game with her third strikeout.
“This is one of the better teams that we’ve seen this year and even losing I think it’s good for us because we had to play with more intensity,” said Lewry. “Maybe, we just lost a little bit of that edge and this can help us get it back.”
Jacques said, “This is a really great win. Everyone did their job and they did it well and I think that was the ultimate deciding factor between who won and lost.
“I think this gave us a little belief that we can beat anybody. This whole week we’ve been having a playoff mindset and this was the topping to the cake that we’re ready.”
Taunton (18-1, 14-1) can clinch its first outright Hockomock title with a win at Mansfield on Monday. Milford (15-4,12-3) will wrap up the regular season against Stoughton on Tuesday.
Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.
Today’s games are listed below.
Attleboro, 13 @ Dartmouth, 7 – Final – Sophomore Dakota Kirby knocked in a team-high four runs on three hits to lead the Bombardiers. Nate Tellier went 2-3 with a pair of RBI, pair of runs and pair of stolen bases while Robbie Araujo went 3-5 with an RBI.
Canton, 7 vs. Cohasset, 0 – Final – Canton senior Kevin Powers allowed just three hits in a complete game shutout effort, striking out six on 73 pitches for the win. Jim Jenkins was a perfect 3-3 at the plate with a pair of singles and a double, Matt Casamento went 2-2 with a stolen base and two runs scored and Jimmy Hamrock scored a run.
Franklin, 6 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final – Click here for a recap of this game.
Sharon, 5 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – The Eagles scored three runs in the third and added two more in the fifth to build the lead. Sharon freshman left handed pitcher Noah Kamens made his varsity debut, tossing 5.2 innings for his first career win. Jordan Chabot went 2-4 with a double and a triple and knocked in three runs for Sharon.
Stoughton, 1 @ Brockton, 0 – Final – Stoughton’s Justin Hutchinson tossed a one-hit complete game shutout, striking out five to lead the Black Knights to a win at Campanelli Stadium. Stoughton’s lone run came in the top of the second when Ryan Sullivan reached on a fielder’s choice. Joe Piana’s two out RBI single plated Sullivan for the lone run of the game.
Attleboro vs. Dartmouth, 4:00
Franklin, 3 vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 2 – Final – After Bridgewater-Raynham opened the scoring in the top of the first inning with a run, Franklin replied right away in the bottom half. Allie Shea led off with a single and Clara DeCarlvalho reached on an error. Alexx Niss then smashed a three run home run over the fence in centerfield. Caroline D’Aprile struck out five to get the win for Franklin. DeCarvalho also threw out two runners trying to steal with freshman Tara Hartnett applying the tags.
Mansfield, 3 @ Milford, 8 – Final – Maggie Farrell launched a three run home run to center field in the fifth inning, turning a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead and the Scarlet Hawks never looked back. Farrell went 2-4 with four RBI, also having a triple. Kate Irwin went 3-4 with a double, Jess Tomaso was 1-3 with a double, Megan Jacques went 1-2 with an RBI, a double and a walk and Emily Piergustavo went 2-3 with an RBI and three runs scored. Ali Atherton struck out a career-high 14 batters, allowing just one earned run. Mansfield’s Maddie Letendre struck out five while allowing 10 hits.
Stoughton, 2 @ North Attleboro, 13 – Final – Click here for a recap of this game.
Oliver Ames, 2 @ Weymouth, 3 – Final – OA’s Victoria Ziner was 2-3 with a double and a solo home run, Katie Pursley was 2-3 with a double, Jordyn Leite was 1-1 with a nice shot to center, and Dalene Gomes knocked in Sarah Tetrault on a suicide squeeze in the 7th. Kayla Georgeu pitched six innings for the Tigers striking out 5 and allowing only one earned run.
Sharon, 2 vs. Milton, 10 – Final – Senior catcher Rachel Usen went 3-for-4 (a double and two singles) with an RBI for the Eagles in the loss. Freshman Jody Goldenberg had an RBI double and sophomore Sam Marglous added a double and a run scored for Sharon.
Taunton, 24 @ Durfee, 0 – Final (5 inn.) – Jordan Wade hit a pair of home runs, knocking in four runs to lead Taunton’s offensive outburst. Courtney Fisher improved to 6-0 in the circle, allowing just one hit and striking out seven. Amber Wainwright had three hits, including a triple and two RBI, Bailey Clapp had three hits and two RBI, Sarah Bagge reached base five times, with two hits and five RBI and Aimee Kistner had two hits and an RBI.
Attleboro vs. Dartmouth, 4:00
North Attleboro vs. Bishop Feehan, 3:30
Sharon @ Taunton, 3:45
Foxboro, 14 @ Braintree, 2 – Final
North Attleboro @ Bishop Feehan, 7:00
Taunton, 3 @ Sharon, 16 – Final
King Philip, 5 @ Milford, 0 – Final – King Philip put on a dominant performance on the road. Cole Ginter won 6-0, 6-2 at first singles, Garrett Schneider won 6-2, 6-0 at second singles and Blake Ginter won 6-0, 6-1 at third singles. Ryan Colella and Ryan Gemelli won 6-1, 6-2 at first doubles and Justin Rohan and Marco DiStefano won 6-0, 6-1 at second doubles.
Taunton, 2 vs. Durfee, 3 – Final
Franklin, 2 @ Canton, 3 – Final
Taunton, 5 @ Durfee, 0 – Final
Milford, 1 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – The teams split the first two games but Taunton followed up with two straight wins to get the victory with a 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-19 decision. David Perry stepped up on senior night for Taunton with 12 kills and 14 digs. Lance law added 18 kills, an ace and 14 digs and Lens Esquil had 12 kills and a block.
Today’s games are listed below.
Attleboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final – Click here for a recap.
Stoughton, 8 @ Canton, 5 – Final – Stoughton’s Nico Parmeggiani improved to 5-0 on the season, tossing 5.1 innings with just three earned runs allowed. Pat Hagerty paced Stoughton’s offense from the lead off spot, going 3-4 with an RBI and a stolen base and Ryan Sullivan also added three hits, a stolen base and a run scored for the Black Knights. Joe Piana broke up a 2-2 game in the fifth inning with a two run single, Justin Hutchinson had a pair of hits and Doug Seaman (2-4, two RBI) helped cement the win with a home run in the top of the seventh.
Foxboro, 1 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Aaron Wentling dazzled on the mound, striking out seven in a complete game two-hit shutout effort for the Warriors. Foxboro’s lone run came via junior Cam Feldman with an RBI fielder’s choice.
North Attleboro, 5 @ Franklin, 6 – Final – North Attleboro plated four runs in the first inning but Franklin’s bullpen limited the Rocketeers to just three hits over the final 6.2 innings and the Panthers offense chipped away to get the win and qualify for the state tournament. Bryan Woelfel came in with one out and the bases loaded in the first and was able to limit the damage for Franklin. Woelfel went five innings, allowing two hits and one earned run while striking out three. Ryan Morse got the win, allowing just a hit in 1.2 innings. Franklin scored a run in the first, two more in the third and two more in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead. North tied the game in the top of the sixth but sophomore Steven Luttazi scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth for the Panthers. Sophomore Jason Ulrickson went 2-3 and knocked in a pair of runs, Mike Skaza was 1-1 with a pair of walks, an RBI and a run scored and Tyler Gomes went 1-3 with an RBI and a double. Ryan Hodgkins (2-4) scored twice for Franklin and Cam Benham scored once. Andy Katch went 2-3 for North while Zach DeMattio had two RBI for Big Red.
King Philip, 1 @ Taunton, 2 – Final (8 inn.) – Click here for a recap.
Oliver Ames, 10 @ Milford, 4 – Final – Senior Kevin Geary notched his first career win on the mound as the Tigers rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take the lead. Sophomore Matt Muir cleared the bases with a three run triple, giving the Tigers the lead. Chris Romero, Josh Minuskin and Ryan Adams each had three hits on the day for OA while Muir, Matt Mancini and Chris Pearsons each had two.
Mansfield, 6 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Mansfield senior Maddie Letendre tossed her first no-hitter of the season, striking out seven in the win. The Hornets took a 1-0 lead in the fifth and then tacked on five more runs in the sixth. Consecutive singles from Bri Homer, Jocelyn Reardon and Marissa Staffier resulted in the first run. In the sixth inning, Kara Bendanillo singled, Mady Bendanillo walked, Maddie Letendre had an RBI single, Rachel Carafa had a two RBI single, Reardon knocked in a pair with a double, Marissa Staffier knocked in another run and Megan Letendre singled.
Canton, 3 @ Stoughton, 7 – Final – Karly Estremera and Sam Tullis set the pace for Stoughton’s offense, each scoring two runs each. Estremera hit a triple and stole two bases including a delayed steal of home while Sam Tullis added a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the fifth. Gina Carafa pitched seven innings, striking out five while giving up one earned run.
Sharon, 1 @ Foxboro, 9 – Final – Foxboro celebrated its seniors with a hit parade, totaling 12 as a team. Emma Rohan struck out 10 while allowing just three base runners (two hits and a walk). Offensively, Kelli McCarthy went 2-4 with two RBI, Hannah Davis was 3-4 with a home run, a pair of doubles and three RBI, Kelly Fisher and Kayley Tran each went 2-4 while Chelsea Gibbons was 2-3 on the day for the Warriors.
North Attleboro, 4 @ Franklin, 5 – Final – The Panthers used a suicide squeeze to score the winning run in bottom of the seventh for the win. Olivia DiGiacomo laid down a bunt with one out to score courtesy runner Kerry Blaney for the win. Maddie Connelly got things started in the final inning with a lead off double and moved to third on a single from Clara DeCarvalho (2-4, RBI double), who moved to second on the throw. A passed ball gave Franklin a shot to score the run but North was able to get the runner at home. After a walk to Alexx Niss (2-3, RBI double), DiGiacomo squeezed in the run. Before the winning run, Franklin rallied from a 4-2 deficit to tie the game in the sixth. Olivia Haba (2-3) led off with a single and pinch hitter Kim Moulton blasted a two-run home run to the game. Caroline D’Aprile got the win for Franklin, striking out five. Meg Barlow had three hits for the Rocketeers and Mycala Moody and Kaylea Sherman each had two.
Taunton, 2 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – Strong defense helped anchor Taunton’s season sweep over the Warriors. Taunton head coach Dave Lewry said Jordan Wade played great at shortstop and Meghan Navarro did the same at second base. Lewry also pointed to Bailey Clapp’s outfield assist in the fifth, throwing out a runner with Sarah Bagge applying the tag at home. Aimee Kistner struck out four, allowing three hits in a complete game shutout. Liana Duarte went 2-4 with a run scored and a stolen base, Jaime Brown was 1-3 with a double and Bagge went 2-3.
Milford, 15 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final (5 inn.) – Milford clinched at least a share of its fourth straight Davenport title, winning at least a share of the division ever since joining the Hockomock. Jess Tomaso was a perfect 4-4 at the plate, including a two run home run, and finished with five RBI. Kaitlyn DeCapua knocked in four runs on three hits, including a double, while Megan Jacques went 2-4 with an RBI. Kelley Reichert struck out four while scattering three hits for Milford. Jamie Gottwald went 2-2 with an RBI and a double for OA.
Attleboro @ Milford, 3:45
Sharon, 13 @ Canton, 10 – Final
Foxboro, 6 @ Mansfield, 10 – Final – Mansfield built a 9-1 lead in the fourth quarter and held off a late push by the Warriors. Ryan Smith had two goals and two assists to lead the Hornets while Connor Finerty also found the back of the net twice. Josh Schafer, Sam O’Connell, Hunter Ferreira (two assists), Joe Cox, Billy Grant and Jon Reed each scored once for Mansfield. Sean Powers made 13 saves in net for the Hornets.
Franklin, 13 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final
North Attleboro, 6 @ King Philip, 8 – Final – King Philip built a 4-1 lead by the end of the first quarter and never trailed in a battle against North Attleboro. Senior Sam Agricola led the way offensively with three goals and an assist and junior Tim Watson potted two goals and had one assist. Harry Fallon had two helpers for KP while Anthony Truini, John DeLuca and Zach D’Amico (six ground balls) each scored once. Steven Eaton led the Warriors with 10 ground balls and KP head coach Jacob Kravitz praised the work of sophomore midfielder Nate Minkwitz (five ground balls) for his excellent defense.
Taunton, 2 vs. Norton, 14 – Final
Milford, 8 @ Attleboro, 17 – Final
Canton, 13 @ Sharon, 16 – Final
Mansfield, 8 @ Foxboro, 18 – Final
Oliver Ames, 2 @ Franklin, 16 – Final – Franklin senior Abby Egan netted a hat trick, Julia Jette also scored a hat trick and had two assists and freshman Hailey Toolin scored her first career goal for the Panthers. Oliver Ames’ Erin Fitzgerald netted her 100th career goal for the Tigers in the game while Kendall Clifford also scored and Abby Duvall and Olivia Piazza each had an assist. OA’s Ariana Waldorf had 21 saves in net.
King Philip, 11 @ North Attleboro, 19 – Final
Taunton, 6 vs. Norton, 7 – Final
Attleboro, 0 @ Mansfield, 5 – Final
Stoughton, 0 @ Canton, 5 – Final
Foxboro, 0 @ Sharon, 5 – Final – Sharon won all five matches in straight sets to pick up the sweep. Junior Griffin Fein won 6-0, 6-3 at first singles, senior Han Cui won 6-0, 6-0 at second singles and sophomore Andre Olivei won 7-5, 6-1 at third singles. Senior Adam Dobbin and junior Alex Romantz won 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles and senior Tilah Mehta and freshman Danujan Thirumavalavan won 6-1, 6-0 at second doubles.
Franklin, 4 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – The Panthers clinched at least a share of the Kelley-Rex crown for the second straight year with the win. Junior Rahul Herur won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, at first singles and freshman Dan Barrow battled to a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win at third singles. Franklin swept doubles play with Tom Mancini and James Johnston winning 6-1, 6-4 at first doubles and Cam Piana and Jeremy Gan winning 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 at second doubles. North Attleboro’s Zack Pfeffer won 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 at second singles for Big Red.
King Philip, 4 @ Taunton, 1 – Final
Oliver Ames, 4 @ Milford, 1 – Final
Mansfield, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Mansfield kept its postseason hopes alive with a win on the road. Paulina Martin won 6-0, 6-2 at first singles, Kathleen Giffels won 6-1, 6-1 at second singles and Sarah Doyle picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win at third singles. Cathryn Heavey and Chloe Peters won 6-1, 6-0 at first doubles for Mansfield and freshmen Tessa Garufi and Elizabeth Elsner won 6-0, 6-1 at second doubles.
Canton, 4 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – The Bulldogs got a clean sweep in singles play and earned another win at doubles to beat Stoughton. Carly Scanlon won 6-2, 6-1 at first singles, Skyler Jabbour won 6-1, 6-0 at second singles and Jude Aboukhater won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. Canton’s Tiffany Ha and Sarah MacQuarrie won 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles. Stoughton’s Kathleen Lapommeray and Amanda Galant won 6-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7) at second doubles.
Sharon, 3 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final – Sharon clinched the Davenport division title for the second straight year, this time winning it outright. The Eagles swept doubles play while freshman Nupur Shulka rallied from a 1-5 deficit in the second set at second singles to secure the win for Sharon.
North Attleboro, 5 @ Franklin, 0 – Final – North Attleboro and Franklin battled under the lights at the new courts at FHS. North Attleboro’s Julia Mark won 6-4, 6-4 at first singles, Jordan Willis won 6-0, 6-2 at second singles and Allie Grinavic swept 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. The team of Jhanavi Kapadia and Emily Chiasson won 7-5, 6-3 at first doubles and Gabby Duva and Katie Demontigny secured a 6-3, 6-2 win at second doubles for the Rocketeers.
Milford, 2 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final – The Tigers swept singles play to secure a win over the visiting Scarlet Hawks. Riley Spillane won 6-0, 2-6, 6-0 at first singles, Valeria Tueme won 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 at second singles and Sarah Leger took a 6-4, 6-3 decision at third singles. Milford’s Julie Rabinowitcz and Megan Cafarella won 6-0, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5 win at first doubles and Kate Rosenblatt and Victoria Beyer won 6-4, 6-2 at second doubles.
Taunton, 2 @ King Philip, 3 – Final
Today’s games are listed below.
Attleboro, 3 @ Franklin, 4 – Final – Franklin rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh, the second scored by Jake Lyons (1-3, BB) on a wild pitch as the Panthers walked off with the win. Junior Tyler Gomes went 2-3 with a pair of RBI and Mike Skaza also added two hits for Franklin. Nick Santucci added a double, a walk and two runs scored. Ryan Morse earned the win after pitching a scoreless top half of the seventh. Bryan Woelful pitched a scoreless sixth in relief while sophomore Jake Noviello got a no decision after five innings of work, striking out seven with four walks. Attleboro’s Nate Tellier pitched six innings, striking out eight and scattering six hits. Jon Dunn went 3-3 with a walk for the Bombardiers, James Weir went 2-4 with two RBI and Patrick Collins had two hits, including a double.
Canton, 12 @ Foxboro, 5 – Final – Kevin Powers knocked in four runs and Mike McMahon had four hits as Canton’s offense tied its highest output of the season. McMahon was 4-5 with three runs scored and a stolen base while Powers had two hits, including a triple and a run scored. Joe Peccia added three RBI, connecting for a home run and three runs scored, Joe Bires knocked in a pair of runs and Jim Jenkins also had an RBI. Daniel Harnett went 1-2 with an RBI sacrifice fly and sophomore Matthew Casamento was 3-4 with two runs scored. Powers got the win on the mound, throwing four innings with seven strikeouts and two earned runs allowed. Steve Gorham pitched the final three innings with four strikeouts.
Mansfield, 6 @ King Philip, 7 – Final – Senior Jake Cavanagh took the mound in the seventh inning with the Warriors clinging to a one run lead, inheriting runners at second and third with just one out. But Cavanagh got out the jam, inducing a grounder to short and a fly ball to center to notch his first save of the year. Will Weir, Kyle Guenthner, Jake Lannigan and Jon Rolfe each had two hits for the Warriors. Rolfe got the win on the mound for KP, going 5.2 innings.
Sharon, 0 @ Milford, 8 – Final – Milford junior Blake Hill needed just 81 pitches in a three-hit complete game effort, striking out eight on the mound to earn the shutout win. Hill helped his cause at the plate, going 2-4 with two RBI and a triple. Sophomore Aidan Wilde also had two hits for the Scarlet Hawks, going 2-3 with a double and three RBI.
Taunton, 5 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final
Oliver Ames, 12 @ Stoughton, 2 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Josh Minuskin led the way with four hits for the Tigers while Chris Romero recorded three hits in the game.
Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 12 – Final (5 inn.) – Clara DeCarvalho belted a three run home run and Julia Arms, Olivia DiGiacomo and Maddie Connelly all knocked in a pair of runs in Franklin’s big win. DeCarvalho went 2-4 with four RBI on the day while Connelly was 2-4, Arms went 2-2 with a walk and DiGiacomo was 1-3. Alex Niss added two hits at the plate for the Panthers. Kim Moulton and Amanda Mandall connected for a 6-3-2 double play, halting a threat from the Bombardiers. Caroline D’Aprile tossed three shutout innings with four strikeouts while Emily Sawyer pitched a scoreless final two innings.
Foxboro @ Canton, 3:45
King Philip, 6 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final – King Philip scored a pair of runs in each the fourth and fifth innings and capped it with another run in the seventh inning. Kali Magane pitched five innings, allowing just two hits and one unearned run while Jenn Hutynan pitched the final two innings, allowing just one hit. Magane helped her cause by knocking in a pair of runs in the top of the fourth and then Hailey McCasland knocked in Christa Wagner and Elise Pereira knocked in McCasland. Sydney Phillips knocked in a run with a triple in the seventh. Liz Mackin, Rachel Carafa and Megan Letendre each had a hit for the Hornets, who received a strong pitching performance from Maddie Letendre. Letendre struck out seven while scattering six hits.
Milford, 12 @ Sharon, 0 – Final (6 inn.) – Milford’s Kelley Reichert took a no hitter into the sixth inning, eventually finishing with a one-hit complete game shutout effort, striking out six for the Scarlet Hawks. Megan Jacques went 2-3 with a double and two RBI, Emily Hartman had a triple and an RBI, Jess Tomaso had a triple and two RBI and Kate Irwin was 2-3 with two stolen bases for Milford.
North Attleboro, 2 @ Taunton, 7 – Final – North Attleboro became the first team to score an earned run on the Tigers, plating a pair in the fourth inning. But Taunton pitcher Aimee Kistner only allowed five hits in the game with five strikeouts and the Tigers played “outstanding team defense” according to head coach Dave Lewry. Meghan Navarro was a perfect 4-4 at the plate with an RBI and Jaime Brown went 3-3 with three RBI. Katie Van Zandt was 2-3 with an RBI and Becka Lajoie added a base hit RBI for Taunton. North Attleboro’s Jordan Sharpe (single) and Liz Morehouse (double) were both knocked in by a Kaylea Sherman double for North Attleboro’s runs.
Oliver Ames, 10 @ Stoughton, 4 – Final – Victoria Ziner and Jamie Gottwald combined for 12 put outs in the field, backing up a complete game effort from pitcher Kayla Georgeu. The Tigers had 11 hits spread out through the lineup. Ziner was 2-3 with three runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI, Gottwald was 2-2 with two walks, a triple, an RBI and three runs scored, Missy Krim went 2-4 with a double and a run scored, Katie Pursley had two hits, two RBI and two runs scored for OA. Emma Papargiris and Jordyn Leite each knocked in two runs for the OA, Caroline Mahoney had an RBI and Rachel Han scored a run.
Canton, 5 @ Norwell, 15 – Final
Foxboro, 6 @ Cohasset, 13 – Final
Franklin, 7 @ Grafton, 10 – Final
Taunton, 7 @ Milford, 5 – Final – Taunton rallied three times from deficits (2-0, 4-2, 5-4) to earn the program’s first varsity win and it’s first Hockomock League win. Freshman Ryan Williams played his best game according to head coach Kris Metea, limiting the Scarlet Hawks to just one early goal in the second half. Williams made 14 saves, with six of his nine second half saves coming in the final quarter. Senior Jason Stern recorded a hat trick to pace Taunton’s offense while sophomore Cam Welby scored twice and had one assist. Eighth grader Tommy Joyce recorded two points with a goal and an assist, junior Lee Gobin scored once and senior Kyle Hebert had an assist.
Franklin, 4 vs. Notre Dame Academy, 15 – Final
King Philip, 14 @ Holliston, 8 – Final
Mansfield vs. Hingham, 4:00
Milford, 21 @ Taunton, 13 – Final – Abbey Kingman led Taunton’s offense with four goals while Lindsay Sneyd scored a hat trick, Kayla Philips and Bre Conlon each found the back of the net twice and Layne Kingman and Tatum Speicher each scored once.
Sharon, 20 vs. Norton, 3 – Final
Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final – Franklin freshman Dan Barrow didn’t drop a single game at third singles, winning 6-0, 6-0 to spark the Panthers. Junior Rahul Herur won 6-1, 6-0 at first singles and classmate Eli Brooks battled back for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win at second singles. James Johnston and Tom Mancini won 6-1, 6-0 at first doubles and Tyler DiPalma and Derek Wu won 6-1, 6-2 at second doubles for Franklin.
Canton, 1 @ Foxboro, 4 – Final
Mansfield, 2 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip took care of business in doubles play and secured the victory with one win at singles to beat Mansfield. Sam Colella and Ryan Gemelli continued their strong season with a 6-2, 6-2 win at first doubles and Justin Rohan and Marco DiStefano won 6-1, 6-0 at second doubles. Garrett Schneider clinched the win with a convincing 6-0, 6-2 win at second singles. Mansfield’s Benny Lin notched a 6-4, 6-4 win at first singles and Gus Daganhardt picked up a 7-5, 6-2 win at third singles.
Sharon, 5 @ Milford, 0 – Final
Taunton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 5 – Final – North Attleboro won all five matches in straight sets to beat Taunton. Senior Mitchell Dyer won 6-0, 6-1 at first singles, junior Zack Pfeffer won 6-0, 6-3 at second singles and junior Barsomo Nuay won 6-0, 6-1 at third singles. The team of seniors Jeff Yao and Nick Lockavitch won 6-0, 6-3 at first doubles and senior Jake Fontes and junior Daniel Zhang won 6-3, 6-1 at second doubles for Big Red.
Stoughton, 1 @ Oliver Ames, 4 – Final – Oliver Ames was paced by three seniors in singles play to pick up the win. Thomas O’Leary won 6-1, 6-2 at first singles, Greg Weinstein won 6-1, 6-1 at second singles and Jared Hedlund won 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 at third singles.
Franklin, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – The Panthers didn’t drop a game at first singles or doubles on their way to the sweep. Hannah Sweeney won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles and the team of Anja Deric and Katelyn Davenport won 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles. Steph Schiavo won 6-4, 6-1 at second singles and Madison Derby won 6-4, 6-4 at third singles. Franklin’s Hailey Strier and Kristina Stoyanova won 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 at second doubles.
Foxboro, 4 @ Canton, 1 – Final – Foxboro only dropped one game in all three singles matches combined to get the win. Diana Prinos and Lexi Nelson both won 6-0, 6-0 at first and third singles respectively while Sophia Prinos won 6-0, 6-1 at second singles. Diana Hickox and Michaela McCarthy added another win for the Warriors, winning 6-3, 6-4 at second doubles. Canton’s Tiffany Ha and Sarah MacQuarrie rallied for a 2-7, 7-6, 6-1 win at first doubles for the Bulldogs.
King Philip, 3 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final – King Philip took a pair of wins from doubles and won at third singles to edge out the Hornets. Juniors Corinne Palumbo and Megan Davenport won 7-5, 6-4 at first doubles and junior Carly Adams and senior Kelly Masse won 6-2, 6-0 at second doubles. Sophomore Meghan Sepich helped clinch the win with a 6-3, 6-2 win at third singles. Mansfield junior Paulina Martin won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles and senior Kathleen Giffels won 6-3, 7-5 at second singles for the Hornets.
Milford, 1 @ Sharon, 4 – Final
North Attleboro, 5 @ Taunton, 0 – Final
Oliver Ames, 5 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames senior captain Jackie Sulkala earned the Tigers first win, winning 6-0, 6-2 at second singles and OA rolled. Riley Spillane won 6-3, 6-0 at first singles and Olivia Groebe won 6-4, 6-4 at third singles. The team of Lark Warner and Valeria Tueme won 6-2, 6-3 at first doubles and Rachel Stryke and Claudia Ferrara teamed up for a 6-3, 6-3 win at second doubles for OA.
Milford, 3 vs. Taunton, 1 – Final – After losing a close first game, Milford responded with a dominant second game scored a 23-25, 25-9, 25-22, 25-20 win over the Tigers. Senior Ryan White had 11 aces for the Scarlet Hawks along with 19 assists, six digs, six kills and six service receptions while senior Mike Haver had eight kills, four service receptions, a pair of digs and a block. Senior Juan Ruelas added six kills, five assists, a pair of digs and service receptions and a block for Milford and classmate Nick Roy had six kills, three digs and two aces. Junior Danny Zwonik also had two kills and two aces, along with a block, a dig and a service reception for Milford.
MILFORD, Mass. – It was not a banner day for the Hawks at the plate. Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Milford had only three hits of Hopkinton pitcher Bri Mirabile and none of them had traveled more than 10 feet from home plate.
With the home team finding itself down by a run with just six outs remaining, the Hawks needed a response. Jess Tomaso, a sophomore transfer from Hopedale, has proven to be a clutch hitter for Milford during its opening four games of the season and she came through again on Thursday afternoon with the big hit that the Hawks needed.
Tomaso lined a two-run homer to left to provide Milford with the go-ahead runs in the sixth inning and the Hawks threw out the tying run at the plate in the seventh to walk away with a 3-2 victory over Hopkinton and stay unbeaten through the first five games.
“She’s a great hitter,” said Milford coach Steve DiVitto about Tomaso. “She’s worked really, really hard and it pays off in games like this. You’re battling, you’re grinding, and she got a 2-0 pitch and found one she’d like to drive and she did just that.”
Hopkinton took the lead in the top of the sixth against sophomore pitcher Kelley Reichert, who had limited the Hillers to just one hit and two base runners through the first five innings. Kate Welzel drove a one-out double to right center that plated a pair of runs and made it 2-1.
Reichert managed to get the next hitter to line to Kate Irwin in left for the second out, but then gave up a single to her opposite number, Mirabile. Sydney Pounds throw to the plate was blocked by catcher Megan Jacques, forcing Welzel to hold at third.
“She’s been a rock all year,” said DiVitto of his catcher. “She calls a great game, the girls, like throwing to her, she’s a senior and a leader, and she’s doing a great job back there.”
A grounder to second ended the inning for Reichert, who finished with four strikeouts in six innings and showed that Milford has depth in the circle behind junior Ali Atherton.
DiVitto said of Reichert, “She threw great. She kept them off-balance early; towards the later innings she maybe got a little tired, but overall i thought she battled for us.”
He added, “We view the two of them (Atherton and Reichert) as our two pitchers. In order for this team to go somewhere we need them both to pitch effectively and they have so far.”
Mirabile had only allowed two infield singles and a bunt single through the first five innings, as Milford struggled to make significant contact, but Maggie Farrell started the sixth by lining a shot nearly to the fence in center that the Hopkinton player tracked but could not haul in. The error proved costly.
The next hitter was Tomaso, who had walked and flied out to right. She got hold of a 2-0 pitch and drove it well past the fence in left to instantly put Milford back on top, 3-2.
“It’s definitely not the best game we played this year but tip your cap to their pitcher, Mirabile, she kept us off-balance all day, threw strikes, and I just don’t think it was our best day with the sticks,” said DiVitto.
“You’re going to have those days; you’re not always going to score a bunch of runs. You have to find a way to win and we did that today.”
Atherton came in to close the game out in the seventh, but got a little help from her defense to shut the door. Katey Holly, the No. 7 hitter, led-off with a single to center and, after a strikeout, was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Lead-off hitter Emily Whelan lined a two-out single to left and Hopkinton coach Kiely Murray elected to send the runner.
Irwin scooped the ball cleanly and hit third baseman Kaitlyn DeCapua who then relayed the ball to Jacques at home. Jacques blocked the plate, applied the tag, and Milford had the victory.
DiVitto explained, “We work on those things all the time. The girls may think it’s tedious work but it comes up big in those situations where you know what to do. They knew exactly what to do and they executed it.”
Milford’s only other run came in the third inning. With two outs, following Mirabile’s fourth straight strikeout, Irwin bunted down the third base line. She would have been safe at first anyway, but the throw was wild and she advanced to second.
Emily Piergustavo drew a walk and then drew a throw from the catcher, which sailed into right field. The rightfielder’s throw back to the infield was errant allowing Irwin to score an unearned run for the Hawks.
Milford (5-0) will look for its third non-league win of the week when it travels to take on Silver Lake (widely considered the No. 1 team in the state) on Saturday.
Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.
Today’s games are listed below.
Foxboro, 7 @ Carver, 4 – Final
Franklin, 5 vs. Catholic Memorial, 12 – Final – Josh Macchi drove in three runs with a double but the Panthers were unable to limit the Knights’ offense. Jake Lyons had a pair of hits and two runs scored, Nick Santucci scored twice and had one hit and Tyler Gomes drove in a pair of runs and scored once himself.
King Philip, 7 @ Milford, 3 – Final – Stephen Murray cleared the bases with a three RBI triple in the fourth inning to give the Warriors the separation they needed. After scoring the game’s first run in the second inning, Murray’s triple put KP up 4-0. The Warriors added a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Jack DiCenso had a pair of hits for the Warriors as well. Jon Wolfe got the win, tossing a complete game with four strike outs and no walks issued.
Oliver Ames, 2 @ Falmouth, 10 – Final
Attleboro @ Foxboro, 3:45
Milford, 3 vs. Hopkinton, 2 – Final – Jess Tomaso hit a two-run homer to left to give the Hawks the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Milford threw out the tying run at the plate in the seventh on a relay from Kate Irwin to Kaitlyn DeCapua to catcher Megan Jacques. Kelley Reichert pitched six innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out four to pick up the win and Ali Atherton closed the game in the seventh.
Stoughton, 1 @ Brockton, 14 – Final – Stoughton fell behind early to the Boxers and could not recover. Jenny D’Andrea, Shannon Flaherty, Bri Ferrandiz, and Jordan Lyons each had hits for the Black Knights. Gina Carafa gave up five earned runs in 2-2/3 innings with four strikeouts and Flaherty allowed five earned in two innings of relief while striking our three.
Taunton, 16 vs. Durfee, 1 – Final (5 inn.) – Taunton’s shutout streak to start the season came to an end at 34 innings but the Tigers put up their second highest number of runs to get the win. Jordan Wade continued her torrid start to the season with a single and double and two RBI in three at bats. Aimee Kistner was 3-3 with two doubles and four RBI, Meghan Navarro had a pair of hits and two RBI, Sarah Bagge had two hits and an RBI and Bailey Clapp had two hits and two RBI. Courtney Fisher won her third game of the year with a one hit, six strikeout performance. Fisher retired the last 12 batters after allowing a walk, hit, and error in the first which produced the Durfee run.
Mansfield, 13 vs. Needham, 1 – Final (6 inn.) – Maddie Letendre struck out 10 batters, allowing just one hit to get the win in the circle. Freshman Kara Bendanillo had a pair of hits and two strong plays defensively at third. Mady Bendanillo, Marissa Staffer and Maddie Letendre each had one hit for the Hornets.
Canton, 9 vs. Norwood, 7 – Final – Canton jumped out to a first quarter led but faced a 5-4 deficit at halftime. The Bulldogs ended up winning the second half 5-2 to get the win. Head coach Bill Bendell said Shaun Kirby played an all-around great game and finished with five goals and one assist. Norwood focused their defense on Ben O’Neill but Bendell noted he “played unselfishly the entire time” and finished with a goal and an assist. Ryan Lodge finished with two goals and freshman Mike Shaw added one goal. Bendell said freshman Brendan Albert and sophomore Brian Ghostlaw stepped up and played well at LSM.
Foxboro, 10 vs. Sandwich, 11 – Final – Austin Ryan led Foxboro’s defense with four goals while Trey Guerrini and Louis Piccolo eached scored twice and Pete COnley
Franklin, 5 vs. Beverly, 9 – Final – Sophomore Eric Civetti scored a hat trick and had one assist but the Panthers fell in a hole by halftime and couldn’t climb out. Freshman Jacob Alexander dominated at the faceoff X, winning 15/19 draws. Packie Watson and Sam Arsenault each added a goal and an assist for Franklin.
King Philip, 13 vs. Dartmouth, 2 – Final – Junior Tim Watson set the tone very early for the Warriors, who raced out to a 7-1 lead at the end of the first quarter and then didn’t allow a goal in the entire second half. Watson played a role in each of the Warriors’ first five goals, scoring four of them an assisting on another. Watson finished with five goals and two assists. Harry Fallon scored twice and had one assist. Sam Agricola, John DeLuca, Zach D’Amico, Ben Palmer, Steven Eaton (nine groundballs) and freshman Chris Longobardi each scored once for KP.
Mansfield, 19 vs. Braintree, 9 – Final – Mansfield trailed 7-6 at halftime but dominated the second half (13-2) to pull out the win.
Taunton, 2 @ Sharon, 20 – Final – Andrew Wellington and Leon Bizinha scored for the Tigers.
Canton, 11 vs. Norwood, 4 – Final – Lindsey Nolte and Olivia Devoe each scored a hat trick to lead the Bulldogs to a win. Nolte also had an assist while Casey Bradley had five points with a pair of goals and three assists. Leah McClellan and Becca Eckler each scored a goal while Mary Nee scored once and had three assists.
Milford, 14 @ Hudson, 16 – Final
North Attleboro, 16 @ Oliver Ames, 8 – Final
Sharon, 17 @ Taunton, 6 – Final – Abbey Kingman scored four goals for the Tigers while Tatum Speicher found the back of the net twice.
Foxboro @ Attleboro, 10:00AM
King Philip @ Milford, 10:00AM
Attleboro, 0 @ Foxboro, 5 – Final
North Attleboro, 5 vs. Bishop Feehan, 0 – Final
Milford, 0 @ Lawrence, 3 – Final
Below are today’s games.
King Philip, 4 @ Milford, 2 – Final – King Philip’s Caitlin Donahue scored a pair of goals and Casie Curtin and Sedona and Claypoole each scored once. Mary O’Connor and Christina Hathaway each had an assist. For Milford, Jessica Palmer and Nicole Fokas scored goals while Megan Jacques had an assist on each goal.
Attleboro @ Sharon – Postponed to 9/11
Mansfield @ Canton – Postponed to 9/11
North Attleboro @ Stoughton – Postponed to 9/11
Milford @ Mansfield – Postponed to TBA
Oliver Ames @ Foxboro – Postponed to 9/21
King Philip @ Taunton – Postponed to 10/13
North Attleboro @ Franklin- Postponed to TBA