If there were any questions about which programs were at the top of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association in 2023, Milton and Taunton answered those with repeat state championships.
Courtesy of a deep lineup and an efficient pitching staff, Taunton claimed its second consecutive Division 1 state championship and its third in four years to cap off the MIAA season. Milton proved once again it was the class of Division 2 as the Wildcats took home the trophy for the second straight year.
Taunton became just the fourth Division 1 team since 1990 to win three state championships joining Xaverian (2004, 2012, 2021), Boston College High School (2001, 2008, 2009), and New Bedford (1991, 1992, and 1998).
The Tigers' run to the crown was nothing short of impressive. They overcame an early deficit to BC High at home to come away with a 3-2 victory in the quarterfinal. In the semifinal, the Tigers saw St. John's Shrewsbury jump on top 3-0 four batters into the game but then rallied for 10 runs over the final five innings to win going away. Taunton's prowess was on full display in the state final as it dealt Hockomock Kelley-Rex league foe Franklin its second defeat in as many state championships with a convincing 7-2 victory.