Roxbury threatened to give the Wildcats their first loss of the season Saturday and take the Milford Booster Club Tournament softball title, but Milford made strong defensive plays in each of the final three innings to preserve a 6-5 win.
“That’s been our trademark all season,” Milford coach Jim Weir said. “We are playing very good defense. These girls give it everything they have got. You saw (Addy) Lawson diving for a foul ball on one side, and then Kaley (Chase) diving for a foul ball on the other side. I told them, I will stay out here with them all day long if they are going to give me that kind of effort.”
“This is a really special team, and this was a great game to be a part of,” he continued. “This is the kind of game you want to see.”
Roxbury, the defending Delaware League champion, started the seventh inning by getting two runners on base. Kendal Sprague singled to right field to lead off. Kennedy Farraci then bunted down the third base line and reached first safely when Peggy Paffenroth’s throw pulled Chase off the base.
Marissa Green lined a shot toward the outfield, but Serena Chase made a leaping catch at second base. Wildcat pitcher Kaitlin Van Winkler then got both Kaelie Van Loan and Bailey O’Donnell to ground out to Kaley at first to end the game.
In the sixth inning, left fielder Mataiah Waters made a running catch on Shannon Sprague’s fly ball. In the fifth inning, Kendal hit a lead-off double to deep center field. She tried to stretch it into a triple but Lawson took the cut off from Dawn Pickwick and made a long throw to Paffenroth at third for the tag out. After a ground out by Farraci, Green and Van Loan both singled. But O’Donnell lined out to Kaley at first to end the inning.