By MyFM's Jake Archer - The Milford High School softball team took down Newton North on Tuesday by a score of 3-0 and will now move on to the state championship game. The Scarlet Hawks weren’t at their best, but they grinded out a win over a tough opponent to go back to their first state title game since they won it four years ago.
The Tigers were threatening for most of the game as they put runners on base and in scoring position in five of the seven innings. Milford’s pitcher, Ali Atherton, was able to bear down and work out of jams on the mound despite not having her best stuff.
Milford got on the board early in the first as Jess Tomaso smacked an RBI single to right field. Newton North would limit the damage in the inning however, before having more trouble in the second. The Hawks scored again in the second as Kate Irwin singled to center to double their lead.
In the third inning, Atherton would settle in on the mound and she’d go on to hold the Tigers to one hit over the next three innings. Newton North held the Hawks down in the third and fourth but Milford would strike for one more run in the fifth. After Irwin reached base on an error, she stole second base. Emily Piergustavo would then pop out in foul territory before the first baseman tried to pick off Irwin at second.
The throw sailed away and Irwin was able to race home to make it 3-0 Milford. The Tigers would not go quietly however, as they fought hard in the seventh inning to keep their season alive. Newton North got the go-ahead run to the plate with only one out before Atherton induced a ground ball to kill the rally.
Milford is 24-1 and has not lost since their opening game of the season. They will face Wachusett on Saturday at Worcester State University as they look to win it all.