Maybe it was not what the Silver Lake High softball team had in mind, but it still goes down as a successful year.
The Lakers won their first 25 straight games which made them a favorite to win the state title. Their success led them to the Division 1 South final but ultimately, that would be as far as they would make it. On Saturday, June 10, their year came to a close as they took a 4-0 loss to Milford at Taunton High School.
At the plate, the Lakers were able to make contact–and lots of it. They did not strike out once, but Milford had a quality pitcher on the mound, who was able to prevent hard contact. The Lakers were limited to one hit in the contest; it was an infield single from Anna Battista in the bottom of the fifth inning.
While the Lakers were able to make a lot of contact in the contest, they simply just had some bad luck with it. Most of the balls they hit were taken care of by Milford’s clean infield defense. As a result, they only got a runner in scoring position on one occasion. On the mound, Jill Richards took the loss. But she managed to strike out six batters and only allowed one extra-base hit.
Milford had the bulk of their success offensively in the third inning of the contest. They put up three runs on five hits, which put them ahead up 3-0. In the top of the sixth, they added another run on a bases-loaded single.
The win improved Milford to 23-1.
In the Lakers previous three games before playing Milford, they put up 26 runs.
Last year, the Lakers had a similar year; they fell, 5-2, in the Div. 1 South final against Bishop Feehan.