MILTON — For the first time in at least five years, Milton’s young softball players competed in the Little League All Star tournament.
The Arrowhead All Stars, made up of girls ages 10-12 from Milton and Fairfax, took to the field at the end of June. Though their end results in District III were not as they had hoped for, the opportunity alone was a victory.
“We were fortunate to be able to join with Fairfax Little League this year to be able to provide the girls with the all star experience,” said Brian Gorton, a league organizer. “While the end result may not have been what they hoped for, they played their hearts out, supported each other to the final out and left it all on the field.”
The players from different towns were shy with each other at first, co-coach Todd Johnson said, but eventually the girls got along well.
“Because this was a combined team, trying to get the girls from Milton and Fairfax to be comfortable with each other was a pretty big obstacle at first,” Johnson said. “It took four to five practices to get them to mix-in on their own and socialize.”
Johnson said this was a great experience for the girls from Milton, because it’s not often that you have the chance to play in the All-Stars.
“To be able to combine with the Fairfax girls and allow them this experience was great,” he said. “They were always positive and tried their best even when it would have been easy to give up.”