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Milford Legion Splits Double Header On Sunday

The Milford Legion season is quickly coming to a close and Post 59 locked up the number three seed in the upcoming Zone 4 tournament with a Sunday doubleheader split, falling to Leominster 7-4 and earning a 6-2 win over Grafton Hill.

With back-to-back games, it is hard for any team to stay focused. Milford manager Steve DiVitto stressed the importance of staying in the proper state of mind post game.

"It's about worrying about one pitch, one play at a time," DiVitto said. "That is what our mindset has to be game in and game out."

Milford emerged from the twin bill 17-5 on the season with two games to play. Post 59 cannot move up or down in the standings, and will be the number three seed in the tournament.

Post 59 has been one of the best offensive teams in District 4, but has run into an uncharacteristic stretch of inconsistency at the plate. A two-run home run by Aidan Wilde proved to be one of the few offensive highlights in a 7-4 loss to Leominster, the top team in the district, in the opening game of the doubleheader.

Milford looked to bounce back after the tough defeat and did so by quickly scoring in the bottom of the 1st against Grafton Hill. Tyler Monahan's RBI base hit gave Milford an early 1-0 lead and the Blue and Gold responded after Grafton Hill plated a run in the top of the 3rd with three more runs of their own.

RBI base knocks from Aidan Wilde and Tyler Almeida, along with a run scored on a wild pitch, helped give Milford a 4-1 advantage. Almeida went 3 for 3 with two RBIs in his best game in a Milford uniform.

"He's gutsy, he had a great day at the plate in both games." DiVItto said of the Milford resident and Blackstone Valley Tech stduent.

The hitting barrage continued in the bottom of the 5th with yet another Almeida RBI base hit making it a 5-1 game.

Alex Reynolds drove in the final Milford run in the bottom of the 6th to make the score 6-2.

With postseason play looming and Post 59 having secured a spot in the state tournament as the host, DiVitto said there is room for his team to improve.

"We have to get better every day in all aspects of the game," he said. "We need to improve defensively and that will be a focal point in the next coming days."

After an 8-3 loss at Grafton Hill last night, Milford (17-6) is slated to finish the regular season tonight at home against East Side before Zone 4 tournament play begins tomorrow.


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