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    School roundup: Milford baseball topples King Philip

    Nick Cordopatri pitched in relief to earn the win in Walpole’s dramatic tournament victory over Barnstable.
    Robert E. Klein for the Globe
    Nick Cordopatri pitched in relief to earn the win in Walpole’s dramatic tournament victory over Barnstable.

     Milford senior Rachel Levine has spent a lot of practice time hitting offspeed pitches. It paid off in Tuesday’s exciting Division 1 South softball quarterfinal between and Hockomock rivals King Philip and host Milford.

     With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, King Philip pitcher Anna O’Neill threw Levine a change-up outside and Levine launched it into left center to give the No. 2-ranked Scarlet Hawks a 1-0 win and secure a spot in the semifinals held at Taunton High School.

     “We had practiced hitting slower pitches on the outside yesterday at practice,” said Levine. “I got up there and I was ready to go. I knew she was coming with the change-up.”


     After being held hitless from the second inning on, Lauren Hannah dropped down a bunt between O’Neill and first baseman Rene Poirier and beat the throw. Pitcher Shannon Smith followed with a single up the middle. Caroline Fairbanks then came to the plate. After a passed ball that allowed the runners to advance, Fairbanks was intentionally walked to load the bases. Then came Levine’s walk-off hit.

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     “That was the biggest hit of her career by far,” said Milford coach Brian Macchi. “And being a senior and being the last game on this field, it’s going to be a memory that sticks with her. She’s put a lot of heart and soul into this program the past four years and to cap it this way is something special.”

     Both Smith and O’Neill were fantastic on the mound. Smith allowed two hits and struck out 15, while O’Neill allowed six hits and fanned eight.

     The Kentucky-bound Smith holds the career strikeout record in the state.

     The sixth-ranked Warriors had opportunities to score in the second, third, fourth, and fifth innings, but could not execute smallball plays and left runners stranded in scoring positions.


     “I think you can bunt on this team but you got to get the ball down,” said King Philip coach Norm Beauchemin. “We had opportunity after opportunity and didn’t get the job done. It’s all about hitting at the right time. It’s not how many hits you have in the game but when you get the hits.”

    Silver Lake 7, Notre Dame (Hingham) 0 — Freshman Maddie Barone tossed a two-hitter to lead the Lakers (20-2) in her 10th shutout of the season.

    Division 2 South

    Coyle & Cassidy 4, Abington 3 — Brooke Gubala was 4 for 4 with 3 RBIs, including the winning hit for the Warriors. Kelsey Boarman pitched a complete game for the win.

    Division 3 Central

    Assabet 2, Murdock 1 — Sophomore Maddy Parmeter struck out nine and pitched a four-hitter, while pitching out of a jam in the sixth to help the No. 4 Aztecs (18-4) knock down the No. 1 Blue Devils.


    Division 2 North

    Belmont 8, Wayland 1 — Senior pitcher Mike Richardson threw a complete game (nine strikeouts) to earn the win for the Marauders. He also had three hits and four RBIs.

    Division 1 South


    Walpole 8, Barnstable 4 — Senior cocaptain Cam Hanley hit a two-run single in the seventh inning to tie break a 4-4 tie. Junior Nick Cordopatri pitched two shutout innings for the win for the No. 1-seeded Rebels (19-3).

    Division 2 South

    Sharon 2, Oliver Ames 0 — Junior pitcher Will Ginsberg threw five shutout innings, striking out nine for the Eagles (14-8).

    Stoughton 13, Greater New Bedford 9 — The Black Knights pounded 17 hits and Mike Gallagher pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief to secure the win.

    Division 3 Central

    Oxford 8, Sutton 1— Tyler Barrie allowed one hit in six innings while striking out nine and also going 2 for 3 with a three-run homer in the third to propel the Pirates.

    Uxbridge 19, West Boylston 5— Seth Gordon hit two three-run homers and scored five runs, and Jared Mansfield was 4 for 4 with a double, triple and three RBIs as the sixth-seeded Spartans (14-6) rolled in West Boylston.

    Division 4 South

    Monomoy 1, Avon 0 — Tyler Nickerson drove in the lone run in the first for the Sharks. Mike Mahar threw a complete game with 14 strikeouts.

    Boys’ tennis

    Division 3 North

    Hamilton-Wenham 3, Austin Prep 2 — First doubles Adam Celata and Reed Forsey battled back to win the match for the Generals.

    Girls’ lacrosse

    Division 2 South

    Duxbury 13, Hopkinton 12 — Meg Zaverucha led Duxbury with five goals and Tina Balzotti had four goals and two assists to help the Dragons reach the sectional final.

    Norwell 21, Ashland 9 — Mary O’Connell scored five goals for the Clippers.