On Wednesday, with the Wildcats scheduled to play Melrose — the same day that Collier was laid to rest — Wilmington captain Jackie Kennedy made Boston Marathon ribbon decals to be worn on all the players’ helmets. The team’s three pitchers — Megan Howland , Heather Benson , and Jillian Williams — made posters that will be on display for every game the rest of the season, in addition to making black arm bands, inscribed with Collier’s name. They have dedicated their season to Collier.
“There is no professional display but rather simple, homemade tokens,” said Cabral-Pini. “They met as a team and decided what they wanted to do and I am so proud of them.”
Wilmington (5-1) rallied for a 6-5 win over Melrose.
“We have played well in the early going due to team chemistry,” said Cabral-Pini. The players are “constantly pulling for one another, and someone has stepped up every game.”
Two good beginnings
Wakefield (7-1) and Peabody (5-1) are off to to terrific starts, thanks in large part to their offensive prowess. Through six games, Peabody is averaging 10 runs per game. Wakefield is close behind (with 70 runs scored in its first eight games).
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