Cavaliers hit 3 homers in defeat
By JASON ORFAO
MILFORD – Keyes Memorial Field had a difficult time containing the power of the Milford and Hollis Brookline on Monday.
The softball teams slugged a combined seven homers, but the Spartans did their damage with runners on base and ran away with a 15-3 victory over the Cavaliers in a five-inning Division II tilt.
Paige Delier belted a pair of home runs and drove in five, while Stephanie Bishop and Cora Rogers each pounded a three-run blast for Milford (9-3), which snapped a three-game win streak for Hollis Brookline (5-7).
"It’s great for our confidence. The last couple of weeks, we’ve been scoring a lot of runs and hitting the ball hard," said Milford coach Jim Rines. "We’re getting ready for the tournament."
The Cavs held a short-lived lead when freshman Skylar Mack delivered a solo home run in the top of the first.
The Spartans countered with a six-run second frame. Delier jump-started the offense with a two-run shot over the left-field fence, before Rodgers drove in Rachel Nelson with an RBI double. Two batters later, Bishop cleared the bases with a three-run bomb to left field for a 6-1 cushion.
Milford kept rolling in the third inning with nine runs on seven hits. Delaney Parker sparked the surge with a leadoff double and Rogers broke it open with a three-run homer to left field. Jen Carson also had a three-RBI hit in the inning and Delier capped the Spartan scoring with her second home run of the game, this time a three-run blast.
"They obviously hit the ball really well," said Hollis Brookline coach Brian Bumpus of Milford. "We’re in a position where we’re trying out different things pitching wise. It’s always tough playing Milford to begin with and obviously playing on their home field makes it difficult."
The Cavaliers were coming off wins of 15-0 and 17-3 over Hanover and John Stark, respectively.
"Saturday we played Hanover and I think we kind of relaxed a little bit coming into this game," said Bumpus.
Stephanie Buchanon and Cassidy Pigott hit solo home runs, but it wasn’t enough to extend the game.
"The good things for us is that we are hitting the ball," said Bumpus. "We needed to string some hits together. Unfortunately for those home runs, we didn’t have anyone on. As long as we can take this as a lesson learned and move forward, then everything should be good heading into the playoffs."
Delaney Parker held the Cavaliers to five hits to pick up the win in the circle. She struck out eight and walked none.
"Delaney has been pitching really, really well. We’ve been playing good defense behind her and we’re getting runs," said Rines. "We try to stay out of the big innings and create them when we’re on offense. She gives up three solo home runs today, but it doesn’t really hurt because nobody is on base."
Rogers was a triple shy of the cycle, Carley Holtshouser doubled and Erin Tyrrell reached base three times. Bishop, Parker and Nelson finished with two hits apiece.
"One through nine, they’re tough outs," said Rines.