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Defending Champ Softball Wins Season Opener

The Milford High School softball team rattled off 25 straight victories last season
to capture the state championship following a season opening loss to Taunton. The Scarlet Hawks began the season on the road against the same foe this spring, but held off a late charge to earn an 8-7 win.
"The moral of the story is to survive and advance," head coach Steve DiVitto
said. "The bats came alive in the fifth. You don't make or break a season in game one, you can learn a lot in game one about weaknesses and strengths. The hope is we can continue to ride the streak with our bats."
Milford put together a six run fifth inning to jump in front to stay against the Tigers on Monday. The rally began with
a quality at bat by number nine hitter Antonia Bonina, who fouled off six straight
because it gave us some life," DiVitto said. "The girls got energized, you could tell the difference in our bench."
The at bat was also reminiscent of what the Scarlet Hawks were able to do last season, get production from the bottom
of the order. Last year, Shannon Cormier was a consistent presence in the bottom of the lineup. With two middle-of-the-order hitters lost to graduation, Cormier has been moved up to fifth in the lineup and responded with two hits and three RBIs on opening day.
"It makes a big difference when you can turn the lineup over and get ball to the top," DiVitto said. "People think getting
through the eight, nine, and one (hitters) will be easy, but our eight, nine, and one are as good as the one, two, three for a lot of teams."
Kelley Reichert also delivered for MHS with a bases-clearing double in the fifth that helped pad the MHS lead. The pitcher worked seven innings on the mound as well to pick up her first victory of the season.
"Getting the win on the road is huge," DiVitto said. "Taunton is a tough place to play. They are an exceptionally well coached team and have a ton of talent one through nine. So this was a good win and a good team win."




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