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Milford Legion Sweeps Playoff Doubleheader

Milford Legion used a massive five-run top of the 5th inning to rally from an early deficit and eliminate Leominster from Zone 4 post season play by a score of 10-5, capping off a two-opponent, two-town doubleheader sweep.

The wins keep Milford alive in the double-elimination format. Post 59 will play Wachusett (2-0) tomorrow at noon and will need to beat Post 42 twice in order to move on to the best-of-three championship series.

Playing on the road today in an elimination game, Post 59 faced early adversity as it fell into a 4-0 hole in the 1st inning against Leominster. Milford came to bat in the top of the 5th down by three and looking to chip away, but the Blue and Gold did much more than that.

Post 59 rallied to take the lead in an inning that featured a Kyle Nocera two-run, go-ahead double. The fireworks continued in the following inning as the team struck for four more runs. Alex Reynolds blasted a three run home run in the frame and Milford took a 10-4 lead.

Starting pitcher Alex Macek struggled early but was able to settle into the game nicely, keeping Leominster at four runs and giving Milford an opportunity to mount a comeback. Nate Irwin gave up one run but was ultimately able to close the door in the bottom of the 7th, securing the 10-5 victory for Post 59.

Earlier in the day — and playing about 35 miles away at Fino Field — Milford regained its confidence after a tough loss to Wachusett on Friday evening, crushing Main South 10-0 in a six-inning mercy rule finish.

Post 59 looked sluggish to begin the game once again as the two teams traded three scoreless innings.

That changed as Milford put together an incredible two-out, eight-run rally. The team brought 12 batters to the plate in the inning and had seven hits. The barrage was highlighted by back-to-back RBI doubles by Aidan Wilde and Tyler Monahan.

"It was a big inning, getting those runs but more importantly getting some confidence back into this lineup," said Milford Manager Steve DiVitto. "We are definitely trending in the right direction."

The rally came in support of a strong pitching performance by southpaw Jonathan Rice, who has seen limited action on the mound this season because of his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He was spectacular, working six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and fanning six Main South Batters.

"He was awesome," DiVitto said of the Hopedale High student. "This is his third straight solid outing. Hopefully he can keep it going for us throughout the state tournament."

The sweep came after Milford lost to Wachusett 5-1 Friday night in the postseason opener.

"That wasn't us last night," DiVitto said. "As a team we really needed to find ourselves today."

Milford will have a chance to advance to the Northeast Regional no matter the outcome of the Zone playoffs, having secured a spot in the states as the host of the tournament.


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