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MHS Softball Breaks Out Big Bats

Before the season began, Milford High softball coach Steve DiVitto said his team's offense would be a strong suit this spring. Four games in, the Scarlet Hawks are not making a liar of their head coach. Milford has put together a 3-1 start to the year and scored 34 runs on 45 hits in the three victories. After a season-opening loss to Mansfield, MHS bounced back to beat Foxboro 13-3, Canton 14-0, and Hopedale 7-1.
"We have had good quality at bats, the girls are all going to the plate with a purpose," DiVitto said. "Everyone in our lineup has been productive. Whether it's moving a girl over, laying down a bunt, whatever they have needed to do, they have done."
As expected, senior Allie Piergustavo has lead the way offensively. The St. Bonnaventure commit went 8-for-16 through her first four games with a home run and eight RBIs. "She is one of the best hitters in the state," DiVitto said. "When she swings the bat the ball just explodes off of it. She works very had at it and is continuing to get better, that's what has made her into the player she has been at the high school level and it will serve her well at the D1 college level."
Piergustavo helped break open a scoreless game against Hopedale with a three-run home run. Taylor LeBrun followed with a solo shot, and the Hawks were out in front to stay. Though they are not power bats, Sydney Pounds and Maggie Farrell have also hit close to .500 through the early part of the year.
"Sydney and Maggie are similar, instinctive players in all facets of the game," DiVitto said. "They do the little things that make a big difference in helping your team win. They get in base, play great defense, and are very good all around players."
Freshman Emily Piergustavo has been a welcomed addition to the Milford lineup. She posted a batting average just north of .500 through the first four games, including a home run. "I had heard some rumblings about how good she can be and had seen her play a few times, but so far she has shown herself to be a very good player," DiVitto said of the younger Piergustavo.
The weather has been an obstacle for many teams this spring, but DiVitto feels the time indoors is part of the reason why his team has come out on fire at the plate. "Being inside has its advantages and this is one of them, we were able to get swings in the cage every day until we were blue in the face," he said. "What else can you really do in a gym or in a batting cage? They worked at it and it has helped get some of the rust off."
In the circle, sophomore Ali Atherton and freshman Kelley Reichert have handled the workload effectively. Atherton has just a 1.94 ERA and Reichert has yet to surrender a run in seven innings of work. "Ali has been awesome, she has great velocity and has been able to scatter hits," DiVitto said. "Kelley got her shot against Canton and held them to two hits."
In addition to the offensive prowess, the Scarlet Hawks have also been very strong defensively, committing just two errors through the first four games. DiVitto is hoping both trends continue. "I am happy with their energy and happy with their performance and how they have worked," he said. "They play together as a team and that's something we want to see more of as the season goes on."




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