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Week of July 25th
The U12-FitzGerald team completed a successful regular season and were poised to make a lot of noise in the playoffs.  As a #5 seed, the Wildcats were set to face off against the #4 seed Norfolk - a team that had it's way with Milton a few weeks earlier.  U12-FitzGerald knew it was a new day and came ready to play.  With the rain ending minutes before game time, it was the perfect setting for playoff softball: night game under the lights, great field conditions in Plainville and lots of fans making the trip to cheer on Milton.    Ace pitcher Shannon F. (7IP, 8R, 12K) set the tone early by striking out two in the first.  In the top of the 2nd, Milton rallied for a run when Shannon F. (2 hits) singled and advanced home when Ashley V. attempted to take second base on a walk.  Despite a single by Allyson B., Milton could not continue the rally.  After Norfolk rallied for three runs, Milton entered the top of the 4th trailing 3-1.  Sarah D. (2 hits) led off with a single, took second on a wild pitch and came home on a clutch base hit by Shannon F. to cut the deficit to 3-2.  The scored remained 3-2 Norfolk through four innings and set the stage for a wild 5th inning.  With one out, Kristin R. reach base with a single.  After a ground out, Maggie W. (2 hits) had an infield hit on a great hustle play.  After both runners advanced on a wild pitch, Jess O. (3 hits including two doubles) took a 3-2 pitch and crushed it over the centerfielder giving Milton the 4-3 lead.  Sarah D. followed with a key single, scoring Jess O. and giving Milton a 5-3 lead.  In the bottom half of the 5th, Norfolk rallied for four runs giving them a 7-5 lead.  The score remained 7-5 and set the stage for a dramatic seventh inning. Milton needed two runs to keep their season alive.  Kate M. started the rally with an infield hit down the third base line.  Kristin R. crushed a ball to deep left that was caught for the first out of the inning.  With two outs, Maggie W. got an infield hit to keep the season alive.  With the tying runs on base and the count 0-2, Jess O. smacked a double to left-center field tying the game at 7.  Sarah D. followed with a hard ground ball to short, but was out at first by a step.  If Milton could keep Norfolk off the scoreboard, the game would go to extra innings.  Norfolk rallied with a walk and two stolen bases.  With the winning run on third base, Norfolk was able to get a sacrifice fly to score the winning run.  Despite the loss, Milton battled all night long and gave Norfolk quite a scare.  The game featured 5 lead changes and some great defensive plays by Kristin R. (two pop-fly catches and one sinking line drive catch at 2nd base), Jess O. (fielding two grounds balls at shortstop and firing to first for the outs), Allyson B. (great catch in right field), and Ashley V. (catching a foul popup behind the plate).  U12-FitzGerald finished the season with a record of 7-4.

U12-Conroy traveled to Sharon to take on Norwood as the fourth seed versus five. It rained all game but the
rain seemed to fall harder on Milton as the Wildcats could not get their game going losing 18 to 3. Tough end to a good summer season.  U12-Conroy finished the season with a record of 6-4-1.





Week of July 18th
U12-Carroll faced off against Rockland and won in exciting fashion by a score of 17-15.  Jess B. tagged out a runner trying to score from third to end the game.  Maggie C. doubled in the tying run and ended up scoring the winning run.  Morgan C. hit everything that came her way and ran the bases like Jess Owens.  It was a great game. 

U12-Conroy entered their last two games of the season needing one win to secure a playoff spot and took care of business last night at Gile Field defeating Norwood 13-10.  Kate F went the distance backstopped by the solid catching of Grace O and Hannah O. Offensively they were led by Jenna C, two bases loaded 2 out  hits, Kate F , single and double, Emily L, Grace O . Amy T and Caitlin l.  Great fielding plays by Alia S at second base, Emma K at shortstop  and Grace O and Amy T at first stopped rallies by Norwood.  Caitlin L fired a strike from right field to first to end the game and send Milton to the playoffs.

On Thursday, U12-Conroy traveled to Walpole.  With a playoff spot in hand, Milton fell to Walpole by score of 13-2.

The U12-FitzGerald team hosted Franklin on a hot, summer night at Kelly Field.  Franklin came into the contest a perfect 8-0 and in sole possession of first place.  Milton was very much in the playoff hunt, but needed wins in each of their two games to guarantee themselves a spot in the playoffs.  The pitching was lead by Shannon F. (7IP, 6R, 6K) who battled all night against a strong hitting team.  Milton's ace was supported by some great defensive efforts including: Maggie W. fielding a tough groundball at second and stepping on 2nd base for the forceout; Elizabeth M. catching a hard hit ball in left; Elizabeth M. relaying a throw from left-center to Jess O., who fired to Shea R. at third to get the hitter trying to stretch a double into a triple; Ashley V. making a nice catch of a foul pop-up; Sarah D. doing the same at first base and Jess O. fielding a ground ball at short, faking the throw to first and throwing to third to get the runner trying to advance.  Offensively, the team combined great bunting, solid baserunning and some clutch hits to keep Franklin on their toes.  The effort was led by Jess O. (2 hits), Shannon F. (2 hits), Sarah D., Shea R., Ashley V., Kate M., Allyson B., and Sarah G.  Milton edges Franklin by a score of 7-6.

On Thursday, the U12-FitzGerald team hosted Walpole on a humid night at Kelly Field.  It was the last regular season game for both teams and with Milton needing a win to assure themselves a playoff spot, Walpole was intent to play the role of spoiler.  Milton started off strong and jumped out to 11-0 lead after 3 innings.  The team would never look back as Shannon F. (6IP, 2R, 10K) took a no-hitter into the 6th and kept the Walpole bats in-check throughout the game.  Maggie W. (1IP, 0R) closed out the game with a 1-2-3 7th inning  The pitching was supported by some solid defense: Shea R. fielding a groundball at shortstop and firing to first for the out; Kristin R. fielding two ground balls at 2B base and firing to first for the out; Sara G. showing range at 2B tracking down a hard ground ball up the middle and firing to first for the out; Jess O. fielding two grounders at shortstop (including one that deflected off the pitcher) and firing to first for outs as well as an over the shoulder pop-fly catch.  The team combined aggressive baserunning and solid hitting to keep the offense going.  The effort was led by Shannon F., Sarah D., Shea R. (2 hits), Ashley V. (2 hits), Kate M., Allyson B. (2 hits), Maggie W. and Sarah G.  Milton cruised to a 13-2 win and a spot in the playoffs.





Week of July 11th

U12-Conroy hosted Canton at Cunningham Park Monday night.  
Milton squeaked by Canton 10-9 to raise their record to 5-1-1.  Canton turned 3 double plays to keep the game close before the Wildcats defense clamped down for the victory. 

U12-Conroy Wildcats made the long trek to Norton Tuesday and fell 20 -7 to the still unbeaten Norton team.  Facing their toughest opponent to date, the Wildcats were not sharp enough defensively to stay in the game early.  Milton made Norton earn their outs with nice hitting and pitch selection by Amy T., Caitlin L., Kate F., Grace O. and Jenna C.  Hard base running by Reilly H., Emma K. and Hannah O. kept Norton on their toes all night.

U12-Fitzgerald traveled to Norfolk on a hot, summer night.  It was all Norfolk as Milton lost by a score of 15-0.  On Wednesday, 
The U12-FitzGerald team traveled south to take on Plainville in a game that seemed to be threatened by showers.  The pitching was lead by Shannon F. (7IP, 2R, 7K) who kept Plainville off balance all night.  Milton's ace was supported by some great defensive efforts including: Kristin R. catching a slap hit for an out; Jess O. going back to deep short to get a flyball; Ashley V. fielding a bunt and firing to first for the out (Sara D. covering); Kailey A. fielding a tricky ground ball and tossing to first for the out and Shea R. fielding a hard ground ball and firing to first for the out. Offensively, Milton jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first and added to it with another run in the 2nd, two in the 3rd, one in the 4th and two in the 5th to win 7-2.

U12-Carroll fell to Hanover Monday night by a score of 12-11.  Milton was down 11-3 before staging a huge comeback and tying the game at 11.  Hanover won it by scoring one run in the last inning.  Caroline M. pitched great in relief and Bella S. made some great plays in the field. 


U14-Kelly traveled to Wrentham to play King Philip on a rain soaked, thunderstorm Wednesday afternoon when leaving Milton, only to arrive to a sunny Wrentham.  The commute ended up being more of a challenge than the game, with only 6 players being able to make it in time before a potential forfeit, then Helene J.(U10) saved (along with some quick thinking by Mr Concannon) Milton Impact being the 8th player for the roster.
 
Milton got right down to business on offense, with Molly C.(3 for 3) leading off with a great bunt, followed by Mary A.2 for 4) with perfect execution of a bunt.  Bringing up the hot bat of Krissy M. (2 for 3) keeping her hitting streak alive, setting the table for Julia M. for a couple of RBI's (1 for 2, with 2 walks).  Timely hitting by Jacqueline L. Caroline J. Andrea J. and Julie H. all accounted for the rest of the RBI's for the night.  The star of the game was Helene J. (U10 player) helping Milton at the plate and in the field.  All 3 plate appearance making solid contact, with the last at bat being a RBI single.
 
Milton's defense was tight from the beginning.  Molly C. had another putout at second catching King Philip stealing.  Julie H. (4I, 4H, 5W) was on the mound for her 6th straight appearance, holding KP to 4 hits, and making 3 great plays of the mound for outs.  The defensive play of the game was by Olivia F. with bases loaded, two outs, and KP clean up hitter at the plate, drove a deep fly to center field, and Olivia F. tracked it down for the rally killer!  Milton wins 12-5!, looking forward to traveling to Mansfield next.
 
U14-Kelly noticed early if they played their type of game, they could win the 8th game of the season, and bring the teams record to 5-3.  Out on top early gave way to experimenting with the Defense, as Krissy M. gave Julie H. a couple of innings relief.  Krissy M.  threw mostly strikes, as the defense fell into that type of inning you need to not have, allowing Mansfield back into the game in the 5th, now trailing only 11-9.  Julie (Papelbon)H. came in the last two innings to close the door for the win, 12-9.
 




Week of July 4th

U10-Rundlett pulled out another win - this time against Easton. Bridget had a great double to drive in two runs, and all the girls were hitting and fielding like super stars.

The
U12-Conroy team faced of against a strong Sharon team Tuesday at Cunningham and never could get anything going against Sharon's strong pitching, falling 20-2.  Too many mental errors after the holiday layoff gave Sharon too much momentum for Milton to overcome.  Emma K. scored both Milton runs. 

U12-Conroy returned to action Wednesday for the second of three straight games by traveling down 95 to North Attleboro.  Timely hitting, strong pitching and solid defense gave U12-Conroy a 20-16 win.

The U12-Conroy Wildcats wrapped up a week of 3 straight games with a 19-8 win at Easton. The bats came alive with Amy T, Emma K, Hannah O and Grace O leading the way.  Kate F, one out short of pitching 3 strong  innings, had a ball lined back to the mound that forced her out of the game. One pitch by Caitlin L was all that was needed to end the inning and preserve an 11-2 lead.  Caitlin L and Jenna C  took over the pitching duties before handing the ball to Grace O to close out the game. A great snare of a hard line drive by Thalia B, and solid play all around by Reilly H and Emily L added up to a total team effort to end a good week for the Wildcats. 

U12-Carroll supplied lots of offense in a 30-11 win over Weymouth.

U12-Carroll were back on the diamond on Thursday night facing off against a strong Marshfield team.  Jess B. pitched well but U12-Carroll's solid hitting could not overcome their mental mistakes.  As a result, U12-Carroll lost by a score of 22-13.

U12-FitzGerald hosted Foxboro at Kelly Field on a hot, humid night.  In a game that saw several lead changes over the first 3 innings, U12-FitzGerald broke it open and rallied for the 12-4 win.  The temperature wasn't the only thing that was hot as Milton came ready to play and continued with the hot bats.  The pitching was lead by Shannon F. (6IP, 4R, 8K) and Sarah G. (1IP, 0R).  Shannon F. took a no-hitter into the 7th before giving up 2 hits.  Behind the Milton aces, several strong defensive plays were made by Allyson B. catching a flyball down the right field line; Kristin R. snagging a tough ground ball at second and throwing to first for the out; Shea R. making a nice catch at third; Jess O. fielding a hard ground ball deflected by the pitcher and firing to first for the out; Sarah G. moving on the crack of the bat and tracking down a flyball in right; Elizabeth M. running into foul territory and making a nice catch at first and Jess O. never giving up on the play by tagging out a runner who walked off the base thinking she was out.  The offense was led by Sarah D.Shannon F. (double), Jess O.Elizabeth M.Ashley V.Kristin R.Kate M. (single, double), and Sarah G. who had a clutch 2-out, two-run single to give Milton the lead for good.


The U12-FitzGerald team hosted undefeated Stoughton in a rare night game at Gile Field.  Milton entered the game riding a three game winning streak while Stoughton was looking to remain perfect on the season by going 5-0 on the season.  The pitching was lead by Shannon F. (7IP, 4R, 11K).  Milton's ace was supported by some great defensive efforts including: Allyson B. catching a flyball down the right field line;  Kristin R. snagging a ground ball at second and tossing to first for the out; Sarah D. going back to catch a flyball behind first base; Ashley V. fielding a bunt and firing to first for the out (Kristin R. covering) and Shea R. fielding a hard hit ball at third and firing to first for the out.  Offensively, Milton jumped out early by exploding for 5 runs in the first.  The hit brigade was led by Jess O. (3 hits), Sarah D. (single, double),Shannon F.Elizabeth M. (single, double), and Ashley V. (triple).  With Stoughton chipping away at the lead, Pitcher Shannon F. buckled down and finished strong striking out the last 4 batters to seal the deal for Milton.

U14-Kelly got into the win column on a muggy Tuesday night after the long holiday weekend.  Stoughton did not know Milton was coming into the game very determined after the start of the season the prior week did not go as planned.  Julie H. dominated her first 4 innings, with 5 K's, allowing only one run, and only one hit through 4!!  Anne N. took the mound in the 5th, to give an inning relief because of the hot weather, and blasted a 1,2,3 inning on 9 pitches!!  Julie H. finished strong to capture the 16-5 WIN!  The Coaches were very proud of how the girls played their type of game, instead of looking to the other team for the tempo.  From the start, it was all business with Molly C. throwing out 2 runners in one inning, assisted by Krissy M. with outstanding tags both at 3rd base! It was Milton's defense setting the tone, Caroline J. stayed with a tough fly in Left to make a great catch, along with catching an inning to give Molly C. a break from the heat.  The outfielders Meg K. and Jacqueline L. tracking down fly balls, with Jacqueline L. gunning a deep fly from right to home for a strike to keep the runner at bay at 3rd, and receiving the game ball.  The versatile Julia M. played 4 different positions on the field leading by example.  The offense was led by the hot bat of Olivia F. with 6 RBI's, getting clutch hits with runners in scoring position 4 out of the 7 innings! Mary A. was on base for Olivia most of the time, with good bunting and making hard contact at the plate.  Anne N. had the eagle eye and patience to get a critical walk in top of the last with bases loaded.
 




Week of June 27th

U12-Conroy hosted Attleboro at Cunningham Park in their home opener.  After getting down early, Conroy-U12 dug deep and capped a great comeback win by scoring 9 runs in the bottom of the last inning to beat a surprised Attleboro team by a score of 15-14. Everyone on the team contributed including Alia S. who ended the game with a walk-off triple to steal the victory.

On Wednesday, U12-Conroy traveled to Mansfield.  The game was a wild one with the lead going back and forth.  The teams ended the game with a 17-17 tie.

U12-Carroll hosted Kingston at Gile Field on Wednesday.  The game was tight throughout and Milton played will but Kingston made a few extra plays and pulled away with the 11-7 victory.
 
The U12-FitzGerald team traveled to Norwood.  Norwood was coming off a season opening win where they blew out their opponent.  The team was led on the mound by Shannon F. (5IP, 9R, 4K) and Maggie W. (1IP, 3R).  Both battled a pesky lineup all night long.  Defensively, Sarah G. made a nice over the head catch at second.  Allyson B. made a nice catch of a flyball in right and Jess O. and Kristin R. fielded some hard ground balls at shortstop and second base respectively and threw out runners at first (Sarah D. covering).  Jess O. and Kristin R. teamed up to throw out a runner at 3rd trying to steal.  The offense got the bats working with hits from Elizabeth M., Jess O.Shea R., and Kailey A. but it was not enough as Norwood beat Milton by a final score of 12-4.

On Tuesday, U12-FitzGerald traveled down Route 24 to take on Easton.  Milton was hungry and came ready to play.  The pitching and the defense keep the game scoreless through two innings of play.  Over the next three innings, Milton erupted for 13 runs.  The offensive attack was led by Sarah D.,Shannon F. (3 hits), Elizabeth M. (single, double), Ashley V.Kristin R.Shea R.Kate M.Sara G., and Kailey A.  On the mound, Shannon F. (5IP, 4R, 8K) and Maggie W. (2IP, 4R) held the Easton bats in check.  And defensively, Kate M. made a nice flyball catch in centerfield, Ashley V. caught a pop-up behind the plate, Sarah D.called off everyone and caught a flyball at first, Shea R. made a nice catch at 3rd and Sarah G. followed with a great catch at shortstop. Shea R.fielded a tough grounder at short and threw to first for the out (Sarah D. covering) and Kristin R. ended the game by charging a ground ball at third and firing to first to end the game. Milton 18, Mansfield 8.

On Wednesday, the U12-FitzGerald team hosted Mansfield at Kelly Field for their first home page of the summer season.  With their third game in three days, Milton was hungry and eager to get back to .500.  After scoring a first inning run, Milton shut down the Mansfield offense for the next 5 innings and hung on to a 1-0 lead.  Milton scored an insurance run in the bottom half of the 5th and entered the 6th clinging to a 2-0 lead.  The pitching was lead by Shannon F. (7IP, 3R, 10K) and strong defensive plays were made by: Ashley V. catching a foul pop-up behind the plate,Jess O. starting a double play at shortstop and firing to Elizabeth M. for the forced out, Kristin R. catching a pop fly at 2nd base, Ashley V. andJess O. teaming up to throw out a runner at 3rd trying to steal. and Elizabeth M. making a great catch in left ending a rally.  With the game entering the top of the 6th, Mansfield rallied for 2 runs to tie the game and added the go-ahead run in the top of the 7th.  But Milton did not give up.  After fouling off two bunt attempts, Jess O. hit a base hit into right field.  Jess O. immediately stole second.  Sarah D. tied the game by crushing a ball to left-center for a double.  With Shannon F. at the plate, the pitch bounced away from the catcher and Sarah D. took off for third.  The throw to third was wide sending the ball into left field.  Sarah D. stood up and raced home for the winning run and Milton's first walk-off win of the season.  Milton 4, Mansfield 3.
 




Week of June 20th

The 2011 summer travel season kicked off this week with all seven teams in action.

U12-FitzGerald kicked off the 2011 Summer Season with a road game in Wrentham.  The team was coming into the game with a single practice under their belt but felt ready to compete.  The team was led on the mound by Maggie W. (5IP, 4R, 1BB) who pitched fantastic - only allowing 4 runs over 5 innings.  The defense supported her with plenty of leather:  Jess O. (4 grounders at short and one pop fly catch), Shea R. (2 grounders at 3B, 2 flyball catches and one tag out from a throw from Kate M. in center field).  Elizabeth M.Kailey A.Sarah D. and Sarah G. all made nice fielding plays on ground balls for outs.  But the Milton pitching and defense could only do so much as the offense could not get it going.  Milton managed only six baserunners as they fell to Wrentham by a score of 4-0.

U12-Conroy beat a tough Franklin team 11-10 behind the solid pitching of Kate F. and timely hitting by Amy T, Jenna C. and Emily L.  Great defense by Hannah O. and  Catlin L. along with great base running by Grace O., Emma K., Reilly H., and  Alia S.  Milton jumped out to early leads of 5-1 and 11-3 before holding off Franklin in the 6th for the victory. Great start of the summer season. 

U10-Rundlett hosted the North Attleboro Rockets at Kelly Field on Tuesday and after several lead changes, Milton was able to close the door and hold on for the 11-10 win.

U10-Kinsella faced off against Dedham and came away with the 12-2 win.  The game featured great defense by the entire team and superb pitching from Samantha J. who pitched a no-hitter.