Spartans’ bats take care of rival Sabers

Staff photo byTOM KING Milford's Raven Comtois is greeted at home plate by her teammates after her big three-run homer in a 9-2 win over Souhegan in Amherst on Wednesday.

AMHERST – It looks like many teams will be knocked over in the path of the Milford High School girls softball team this spring.

“They’re two-time defending state champs for a reason,” Souhegan coach Tony Doucet said.

And the reason the Spartans are off to a 3-0 start in their attempt to threepeat, at least judging from Wednesday’s 9-2 win over the Sabers at Saber Stadium, are their bats. They pounded out 11 hits against their rivals, including a big three-run homer by Raven Comtois that broke the rematch of last year’s Division II semifinals open in the fourth.

“We had a couple of nice innings there,” Milford coach Jim Rines said. “And then Raven came up and got the big three-run homer, that was huge. Our offense, I think it’s going to be a little bit better (than last year).”

Comtois had tripled in the first but was left stranded. The Spartans got RBI singles by Paige Delier and Abby Sites of Sabers pitcher Cameron Whitney in the third, and Stephanie Bishop had singled in a run before Comtois big smash to right center.

Milford took advantage of two Saber errors in the fifth to plate three more for a 9-0 lead, and that was plenty for Spartan pitcher Jenna DeAngelis to work with.

“The first four or five innings she spun the ball very well,” Rines said. “She’s tough, very good.”

DeAngelis allowed seven hits, touched for two runs in the sixth as she was, Rines said, rushing her delivery. Saber Carrie Speer had a sac fly and Jenna Speer an RBI single. The Spartan pitcher fanned seven, walking five, and avoided major trouble in the seventh thanks to a diving catch from Comtois with the bases loaded and one out. The Spartans appealed that Saber Mary Rothoff left third early and won it for a game-ending double play.

“I’m happy how we battled,” Doucet said. “We got a couple across in the sixth and threatened in the seventh. … The message to get across is how we play in game three is not what we’re expecting to be when we roll in the playoffs.”

“We’re off and running,” Rines said. “We’re young, but I think that’s how everybody is this year.”

That’s what you expect from Milford,” Doucet said. “They get their hits, they get their runs.”

And they get their wins.