MILL 10U softball stars to play for title

The Milford International Little League 10U District All-Star softball team advanced to the District finals with a convincing 13-3 win over Orange at Foran High School on Monday.

Riding a five-game winning streak, No. 2 seed Milford will now take on top-seeded North Branford Tuesday night at 5:30 at the Complex on Old Tavern Rd in Orange for the District championship.

After holding Orange scoreless in the top of the first, the Milford bats got going right out of the gate.

Teagan Garfield led off with a single and stole second. Mya Dawid drew a walk and Grace Hess followed with an RBI single. Dawid would score on an Emily Krauss RBI ground out to make it 2-0. Angelina Robinson stroked a single scoring Hess for a 3-0 lead after one inning.

In the second, MILL starter Judy Tarczali retired two of the next three batters on strikes preserving the 3-0 lead.

Erin Donegan got MILL going in the second with the first of five consecutive singles.

Garfield, Dawid, Hes, and Tarczali would all follow with singles of their own and come around to score, giving MILL an 8-0 lead after two innings.

Orange would get on the board in the third. Raegan French had a lead-off single and come around to score.

Sparked by a defensive web gem by its center fielder on Dawid’s hot to the gap in the third inning, Orange would rally in the fourth.

Jenna Maus led off with a single and Makenzie Rowland followed with a walk.

Ava Woodbridge would single and come around to score, as did Amara Forstrom who had earlier walked to bring Orange within 8-3.

After a 1-2-3 top of the fifth highlighted by a great catch by left fielder Nora Hayes, MILL would put the game away.

Haley Stroffolino led off the home frame with a bunt single and Hayes followed with a one-out walk. Garfield followed with a single. Dawid then doubled to the gap scoring Stroffolino, Hayes and Garfield extending the lead to 10-3.

Hess followed with a single scoring pinch-runner Lauren Worzel and Tarczali walked.

Krauss delivered the knockout punch with an RBI single, scoring Hess giving MILL the 10-run advantage.