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Slow Start Serves as Downfall for Post 59

Yet another chapter was written in the very competitive rivalry between Milford Post 59 and Shrewsbury Post 397. In their last matchup it took a dramatic top of the 7th comeback for Milford to overcome an early 1-0 deficit to obtain a crucial victory. Milford fell 5-4 last night in the rematch, a higher scoring affair than the pitcher's duels that have been commonplace with the two rivals.

The loss drops Milford to 11-3 overall, alone in 3rd place in the Zone 4 standings. Shrewsbury (9-2), sits in second place, a half-game ahead of Post 59 and two games behind first-place Leominster (13-1).

Shrewsbury starter Kevin Hummer was spectacular in the first 6 innings of the game, striking out seven. Hummer's rapid pace and great off-speed pitches kept Milford hitters off balance, and Post 59 was only able to muster up 4 hits against the hard throwing right hander throughout the first six frames. The low hit total is uncharacteristic for a lineup that has shown itself to be one of the best in the Zone.

Milford was also hurt by a sloppy defensive play early on, committing three errors and allowing three passed balls. The Blue and Gold dug themselves into a hole and Shrewsbury capitalized.

Milford right hander Michael Farrell allowed three runs in the first inning. Shrewsbury's extremely aggressive base running put multiple runners in scoring position and timely hits helped the team gain an early edge.

Post 397 tacked on single runs in the 4th and 6th innings to extend its lead to 5-0.

Milford's bats finally came alive in the bottom of the 7th scoring four times to make it a 5-4 game. The team stranded the tying run on first and came up short in the District 4 battle.

Key to the game

Every team has nights where it runs into a pitcher on a roll but Milford did not help itself with multiple errors and quiet bats. Shrewsbury seemed to be clicking on all cylinders, executing an aggressive game plan to perfection. A combination of stolen bases, moving runners into scoring position, and playing small ball helped give Post 397 the edge.

Milford started to hit in the bottom of the 7th but came up just a bit short. The result could have been different if it weren't for early miscues and stranding five runners on base.

Post 59 looks to bounce back after this tough loss when it hosts Northboro at Fino Field on Friday night.


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