Trailing 5-4, Milford scored the go-ahead runs in the fourth inning. Lawson walked and then took second and third on a bunt single by Waters. Covering first, O’Donnell’s throw to third went wide, and Lawson scored on the error. Waters then scored on Paffenroth’s ground rule double to center field.
The Rockets took the lead in the top of the fourth. Lizzy Davis and Cristina Chiarappa drew walks. Shannon then singled to right field, and Maddy Zenir misplayed the ball, allowing both runners to score.
Milford’s other four runs came in the second inning, when Kendal hit Marina Steele and then walked three straight batters to score pinch runner Amanda Fish. Lawson then doubled to score all three runners.
Roxbury scored three runs in the top of the second when Van Loan and O’Donnell scored on Chiarappa’s triple. Chiarappa then scored on a fielder’s choice.
Van Winkler struck out five and got the win for Milford. Kendal struck out 12 but also walked seven and hit two batters in the loss.
Milford opened the tournament on Saturday with a 25-0 five-inning win over Hunter-Tannersville. Paffenroth had four hits including a grand slam in the second inning. Lawson had three hits including a triple and Waters had two hits. Kaley also had a triple. Serena got the win in relief of Van Winkler.
Roxbury beat Laurens 11-1 in the other opening round game. Laurens held off H-T 14-13 for the consolation game victory.
The All-Tournament team was: Lisa Arangio and Sarah Murin from H-T; Jess Hadlock and Claire Fraser from Laurens; Kendal, Shannon, Van Loan and Chiarappa from Roxbury; Lawson, Kaley, Paffenroth and Van Winkler from Milford.
On Tuesday, Milford (12-0) won 22-0 at Cherry Valley-Springfield. Zenir hit a grand slam in the second inning and Natasha Skillen had a two-run homer in the sixth inning.
Van Winkler pitched a two-hitter, striking out eight.
The Wildcats host Richfield Springs today. A win against the Indians would give Milford the Tri-Valley East title with two games left to play.