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Post 59 Season One to Remember

The Milford Post 59 team gathers one last time at the end of the Massachusetts American Legion baseball final on Saturday, July 29. The team lost the game to state champ Braintree, but compiled an impressive 24-10 record for the 2017 season. Harry Platcow photo



At the beginning of the 2017 Legion season, Milford Post 59 had high hopes as the team aspired to return to the State Championship success of years past. Although falling a game short of their ultimate goal, the Milford Legion players should hold their heads high as they put together an incredible run.

The team finished the regular season with an 18-6 record, good enough for a third-place in the Zone 4 standings. Milford was eliminated from the zone playoffs by a red-hot Wachusett ball club. Thanks to an automatic bid into the State tournament, the Blue and Gold would have to erase the loss from memory and refocus its sights on a state title.

Post 59 made the most of the state tournament berth. After several errors cost Milford in the opening game of the tournament against Newton, Milford was able to find its groove once again.

Backs against the wall, the team rattled off four consecutive impressive wins in elimination games against Somerset, Northampton, Braintree and Zone 4 rival and defending state champion, Shrewsbury.

During that run, the Milford bats came alive thanks to the strong performances by Aidan Wilde and Tyler Monahan. Milford also managed great pitching performances from the trio of Zack Sisitsky, Michael Farrell and Alex Macek.

With fans crowded into the bleachers and lined up shoulder-to-shoulder in lawn chairs down the right and left field lines at Fino Field, Milford mounted a strong challenge in search of its 12th state title. A six-run outburst in the first two innings proved to be enough to allow Post 59 to hang on and beat Shrewsbury 8-3 on the evening of Friday, July 28.

State tournament director Steve Gulino noticed an uptick in attendance for the final game of the tournament between Milford and Braintree, surmising many Post 59 faithful may have heard the Shrewsbury game on the radio or saw the results online and decided to come down to have a chance to witness Milford baseball history first-hand.

After 33 games and an impressive run through the tournament, Milford seemed to run out of gas in the title tilt.

In the championship game, inconsistent defense coupled with great pitching from the Braintree staff served as Post 59's downfall. Milford lost to Braintree 11-1 in a seven inning mercy rule finish.

Overall, Milford finished the 2017 season with 24-10 record, and fans and officials agreed the players displayed great resilience as they put together an impressive season.





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