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Game 11: Playoffs - Milton at Norfolk
Game 11: July 25, 2011

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.  After a nice catch by Kristin R. at second base, 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.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F
Milton 0 1 0 1 3 0 2 7
Norfolk 0 2 1 0 4 0 1 8

 
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Game 10: Walpole at Milton
Game 10: July 21, 2011

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 by 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 2011 playoffs!

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F
Walpole 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Milton 1 5 5 1 1 0 - 13

 
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Game 9: Franklin at Milton
Game 9: July 20, 2011

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.  

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F
Franklin 2 0 1 0 1 2 0 6
Milton 2 0 0 4 1 0 - 7

 
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Game 8: Milton at Plainville
Game 8: July 13, 2011

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.  

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F
Milton 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 7
Plainville 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2

 
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Game 7: Milton at Norfolk
Game 7: July 11, 2011

The U12-FitzGerald team traveled to Norfolk to take on the Norfolk West team on a hot summer night.  

Norfolk controlled every facet of the game in a 15-0 win. Milton pitched will with Sarah G. and Maggie W. battling but it was not enough.  Offensively, Sarah D. had a solid hit and Allyson B. had a great bunt for a hit.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F
Milton 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0
Norfolk 5 4 2 3 1 - - 15

 
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Game 6: Stoughton at Milton
Game 6: July 7, 2011

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.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F
Stoughton 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 4
Milton 5 0 0 2 0 0 - 7

 
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Game 5: Foxboro at Milton
Game 5: July 6, 2011

The U12-FitzGerald team hosted Foxboro at Kelly on a hot, humid night at Kelly Field.

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.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F
Foxboro 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 4
Milton 1 2 3 0 5 1 - 12

 
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Game 4: Mansfield at Milton
Game 4: June 29, 2011

The U12-FitzGerald team hosted Mansfield at Kelly Field for their first home opener 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. at first for the forced out, Kristin R. catching a pop fly at 2nd base, Ashley V. and Jess 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, a 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. jumped up from her slide and raced home for the winning run and Milton's first walk-off win of the season.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F
Mansfield 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3
Milton 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 4

 
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Game 3: Milton at Easton
Game 3: June 28, 2011

The U12-FitzGerald team 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.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F
Milton 0 0 4 4 5 0 5 18
Easton 0 0 1 1 2 1 3 8

 
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Game 2: Milton at Norwood
Game 2: June 27, 2011

The U12-FitzGerald team traveled to Norwood to take on 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.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 F
Milton 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 4
Norwood 1 0 1 5 2 3 - 12

 
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Game 1: Milton at Wrentham
Game 1: June 20, 2011

The U12-FitzGerald team 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.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 F
Milton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wrentham 1 0 0 2 1 - 4

 
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Contacts
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Richard FitzGerald 
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Kevin Olivieri 
 
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