Milford’s Smith leads charge in spring sports

Shannon Smith stole the show in leading Milford to a state softball title.
Jim Davis/Globe Staff
Shannon Smith stole the show in leading Milford to a state softball title.

It’s hardly surprising that the most dominant team of the spring was led by the most dominant athlete.

Milford pitcher Shannon Smith led the Scarlet Hawks to their second straight softball state championship, going 25-1 with a .045 ERA. And that’s no slip of the decimal point, as the Kentucky-bound righthander allowed just two runs all year. Milford finished No. 1 in the final Globe Top 20, one of four final Top 20 rankings out Sunday, along with the final Top 10 for boys’ volleyball.

In leading Milford to the state championship, Smith also earned her third straight Gatorade Player of the Year award. Her final career record was 86-4 with a state record of 1,219 strikeouts.


And you can blame Smith for preventing Bridgewater-Raynham from making it a diamond sweep. The Trojans’ baseball team won the Division 1 title to claim the No. 1 spot in the Top 20, but the B-R softball team was beaten by Milford in the EMass final and had to settle for the No. 2 ranking. Billerica finished No. 2 in baseball followed by St. John’s Prep, which finished the regular season with just one loss and No. 1, but lost to Billerica in the North final.

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In girls’ lacrosse, the story of the spring was Notre Dame of Hingham beating Westwood in the EMass tournament, then edging Longmeadow to win the school’s first lacrosse title. Along the way, Notre Dame coach Meredith Frank, a former All-Scholastic herself, defeated her mother and Westwood coach, Leslie Frank.

Xaverian won the boys’ lacrosse title and took the No. 1 spot, despite finishing the regular season unranked. The Hawks had won the Catholic Conference, but the five non-league losses kept them from being ranked. But when the tournament spotlight went on, Xaverian took off and beat Lincoln-Sudbury for the title.

The final rankings for spring sports.


1.Bridgewater-Rayn. 20-38
2.Billerica 18-710
3.St. John’s Prep 22-21
4.BC High 18-54
5.Walpole 19-45
6.Hingham 18-6
7.Peabody 20-53
8.Westford 15-7
9.Masconomet 19-620
10.Danvers 21-46
11.Newton North 17-42
12.Braintree 17-59
13.North Reading 19-37
14.Medford 18-413
15.Dartmouth 14-9
16.Middleboro 20-6
17.Abington 20-4
18.Whittier 20-5
19.Beverly 15-612
20.Lowell Catholic 18-5


1.Milford 26-12
2.Bridgewater-Rayn. . 22-11
3.Central Catholic 19-516
4.Concord-Carlisle 21-25
5.Burlington 22-48
6.Tewksbury 17-715
7.Taunton 17-64
8.King Philip 16-56
9.Silver Lake 20-310
10.North Attleboro 15-69
11.Newton North 18-7
12.Sandwich 20-23
13.Hopkinton 17-4-17
14.Case 22-412
15.Amesbury 18-314
16.Bishop Stang 12-8
17.Coyle & Cassidy 17-717
18.Abington 20-419
19.Danvers 19-211
20.Duxbury 17-6



1.Xaverian 16-6
2.Lincoln-Sudbury 18-33
3.Needham 17-31
4.Medfield 21-45
5.Duxbury 14-62
6.Acton-Boxboro 17-54
7.BC High 12-10
8.Dover-Sherborn 19-312
9.St. John’s Prep 13-76
10.Reading 18-37
11.Marshfield 17-410
12.Hingham 19-49
13.Beverly 19-58
14.Billerica 16-719
15.Westford 13-917
16.Bridgewater-Rayn. . 16-411
17.Wellesley 16-513
18.Cohasset 17-4
19.Andover 14-616
20.Canton 17-118


1.Notre Dame (H) 23-22
2.Westford 24-23
3.Norwell 17-5-16
4.Westwood 20-11
5.Winchester 20-4-115
6.Needham 20-34
7.Duxbury 15-6-17
8.North Andover 17-610
9.Hopkinton 15-4-15
10.Franklin 17-38
11.Marblehead 19-3-119
12.Sandwich 17-2-116
13.Wayland 13-3-19
14.Masconomet 17-620
15.Medfield 12-4-314
16.Framingham 15-612
17.Scituate 12-613
18.Apponequet 15-4
19.Acton-Boxboro 14-6-111
20.Lincoln-Sudbury 10-8