Thursday’s game might have looked like an easy victory for the Avon softball team, but it marked a milestone for one of the Panthers. Senior captain Maggie Hoffman recorded her 50th career win in a 14-0 shutout against visiting Bristol County.
“I work hard during the offseason and stay late at practice every day,” Hoffman said, “I knew my 50th career win could come this year, so I’ve been working really hard to reach that, and it feels great.”
Hoffman struck out four and walked none, and contributed a home run and double as Avon improved to 12-1.
“When I met Maggie she was in seventh grade and I thought she’d be good for JV,” said Panthers coach Karen McCarthy. “Then I saw her pitch and said, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ ”
Hoffman said her teammates played well behind her, and made a point to congratulate freshman Morgan Hallissey for her first varsity hit, and sophomore Brittany McDonald, who went 2 for 4.
Hoffman hopes Avon will continue its winning ways next year, when she continues her softball career at Tufts.
“I like to lead by example just by showing up and doing my best,” she said. “Hopefully, the younger girls will see how much comes from hard work and they’ll want to do the same.”
Norton 8, Holliston 1 — Junior Kathy Remick knocked in three runs for the 8-1 Lancers.
East Boston 13, O'Bryant 5 — Sophomore catcher Anamaria D'Argenio drove in three runs and sophomore pitcher Danielle Elliott fanned seven to earn the win.
Sophomore right fielder Francesca Marifote had two RBIs for East Boston (3-6).
Danvers 5, Salem 1 — Kendall Meehan earned her 10th win and Caitlin McBride had two hits and two RBIs as the Falcons (10-0) earned a tournament berth.
Boston English 12, Madison Park 0 — Sophomore Alberto Navarro struck out 10 for the Blue and Blue (8-2).
Norton 7, Hopkinton 2 — Sophomore Andrew Vegals hit three doubles for the Lancers (7-3).
Bridgewater-Raynham 6, Dartmouth 2 — Sophomore Andrew Noviello struck out 10 in a complete game effort for the Trojans (8-2).
Lynn Tech 15, Minuteman 11 — Senior Alejandro Guzman scattered three hits and fanned seven in four innings. Guzman also had a double, a triple, and three RBIs for the Tigers.
St. John’s Prep 4, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 2 — Lefthander P.J. Browne gave up only four hits and struck out nine, and Mike Sullivan hit an RBI double in the seventh inning, but the No. 1 Pioneers (9-2) fell to the Eagles (13-1), the Globe’s top-ranked team.
Medford 8, Arlington Catholic 5 — Senior Owen Healey scored five goals for the Mustangs (6-7).
Waring 11, Brimmer & May 2 — Senior Ted Lyman scored six goals and had three assists for the Wolves (6-2).
Acton-Boxboro 11, Lincoln-Sudbury 9 — The Colonials (8-2-1) were led by sophomore Leah Carderelli, who collected three goals and an assist.
Sandwich 18, Plymouth North 3 — Sophomore attack Molly Kennedy and junior defender Claire Gauthier each scored four goals for the Blue Knights (8-1-1).
Framingham 20, Braintree 12 — Senior Caroline Vonachen scored four goals and had an assist for the Flyers (9-2).
Westford 20, Waltham 8 — Senior attack Bailey Mongillo recorded seven goals and three assists to lift the Grey Ghosts (14-0).
Wayland 15, Bedford 7 — Senior attack Grace Perkins netted four goals to lead the Warriors (8-1-1).
David Brown was named coach at St. Mary’s of Lynn, replacing Kevin Moran, who resigned this week. Brown, who coached Winthrop from 2002-12, is the No. 6 scorer in St. Mary’s history.
Medford hired former Bruin Shawn Bates as its new coach.
Bates, a 1993 Medford graduate, was part of the first public school team to reach the championship round of the Super 8, and is the program’s all-time leading scorer (103 goals, 139 assists).For more highlights, go to Boston.com