Here are some tidbits you should know in softball this week:
1. After move, Milford still dominating -- Milford’s big move into the Hockomock League has turned the competition up and so far the Scarlet Hawks have been soaring. The defending Div. 1 state champions are currently 5-0. In a 3-0 victory over rival King Philip, Shannon Smith managed a no hitter against the Warriors and handed them their first league loss in 5 years.
2. 500 feels good -- Going into last year’s South section semifinals, New Bedford coach Harry Lowe had a career record of 499-130. After 11 innings of solid play, North Attleboro was able to produce a run and defeated New Bedford 2-1, ending their year. The offseason was extra long for Lowe, who was itching to get hit 500th career win. He did not have to wait long this season as the Whalers defeated Dartmouth 3-2 in nine innings in their season opener. “I had a long wait for it. I’m glad it was the first game this year,” said Lowe. He started coaching in the area 30 years ago and has loved the game since. Lowe said he is looking forward to another season. He added, “It’s such a great game. The girls that play for me have the same passion I do.”
3. Beachemin at King Philip -- Norm Beachemin, who guided Case to back-to-back state final appearances, has left Case and taken over at King Philip. Beauchemin said his transition has been going well. He has guided the Warriors to a 3-1 start. Donald DiBiaso replaced Beauchemin at Case.
4. What a start -- Even though Avon lost four out of their last seven games last season, the Panthers have managed to turn things around. This year they have been have been off to a terrific start. In the four games played, the Panthers remain perfect, and have managed to outscore their opponents 79-15
5. Moving on up -- Dracut, who took the Division 2 North crown last season has moved into Division 1 of Merrimack Valley Conference . The Middies have made a smooth transition and are off to a perfect 5-0 start. Coach George Roy said he was happy about the change. “It’s more of a challenge,” said Roy. Now we get to play tough teams like Chelmsford, Central Catholic and Tewksbury twice. It will give us a good test.” The Middies welcome back senior captain Lauren Ramirez, who will play for UMass-Lowell next year. “I always expect big things from Lauren. She’s our captain. She’s matured over the years. She’s a great team player.”
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