DeAngelis, Spartans start strong with 8-1 win

Telegraph photo by TOM KING Milford ace pitcher Jenna Deangelis took a no-hitter into the seventh vs. Souhegan on Wednesday and settled for a three-hit 8-1 win in the season opener for both in Amherst.

AMHERST – Redemption.

That’s the buzz word for the Milford High School girls softball team this season, and Spartant pitcher Jenna DeAngelis took it to another level with a three-hit 8-1 win over rival Souhegan in Wednesday’s season opener.

Deangelis was ready to get started after last year’s Division II quarterfinal loss – the only Spartan blemish in 2018 – and took a no-hitter into the seventh. She finished with 11 strikeouts and one walk.

“I was excited to get back on the field and get redemption,” Deangelis said. “I was upset about last year but I was really excited to come back this year.”

And was in mid-season form.

“Part of that is her off-season training and also the fact we had nine scrimmage games,” Milford coach Jim Rines said, adding his ace probably pitched in about four innings in each of them. “We played eight games outside, so she was ready to go. She was sharp, very good fastball.”

The Spartans didn’t pound Souhegan pitchers Olivia Harnish or reliever Cameron Whitney, managing just four hits, but did take advantage of 10 Harnish walks to take control 8-0 after three innings.

The key blow was an RBI triple by Brenna Parker in a three-run first, and then Milford small-balled it during a five-run third. Cora Holtshouser’s squeeze bunt started things, but the key was an RBI hit by Raven Comtois that plated three thanks in part to some defensive hesitation on the Sabers’ part.

“We took advantage of that,” Rines said. “They’re a great group, and they should have a lot of fun. They’re ready to go.”

Jenna Speer’s RBI hit in the seventh provided the Sabers’ only run off DeAngelis.

“She was good, she mixes that rise and that fastball, had good velocity on both, and kept our hitters off balance,” Sabers coach Tony Doucet said. “And Jimmy’s team you know is going to be aggressive on the bases.”

Milford hosts John Stark today in another key early season matchup. So DeAngelis doesn’t have time to worry about losing out on the no-no.

“We won, so that’s all that matters,” she said.