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The Milford Legion Post 59 baseball team has a memorable run in the 2017 American Legion state tournament, taking second place in the championship. Harry Platcow photo


Memorable Run for Post 59

Steve Gulino noticed a significant uptick in attendance when Milford prepared to meet Braintree in the championship game of the 2017 American Legion state tournament. 
It could have been the fact that people had gotten out of work in time to attend the 8 p.m. game or that fans were listening on the radio and, as Gulino put it, "got up off their couch and came down to Fino Field" when they heard Post 59 knock off Shrewsbury to advance to the title game.
Whatever it was, the energy that has made Milford the most successful legion baseball program in the state's history was palpable throughout Fino Field and it was all made possible by a resilient Milford team that rattled off four straight wins in elimination games to earn the right to play for the championship.
"It was gut-check time after the first game and they answered the bell," Milford manager Steve DiVitto said. "We kept telling the guys not to look too far ahead, focus on the game in front of you, and they did just that. I was very proud of the way they came out and competed. I am just really proud of this group."
DiVitto admits his team "ran out of steam" in the final game, an 11-1 loss to Braintree, but the balance and depth his team displayed was a point of pride.
"All of our guys really fought hard," he said. "One though nine in our lineup was excellent and I thought everyone did a great job."
DiVitto specifically highlighted Hopkinton catcher Alex Reynolds, who was behind the plate for all six state tournament games. Reynolds is one of 11 members of Post 59 eligible to return next summer after putting together a 24-10 record and a state runner-up performance this year.
Milford High slugger Aidan Wilde, outfielder Shawn Rebello from Bellingham, and pitchers Alex Gonfrade, Jonathan Rice, and Jack Tempesta are all among the players who could play significant roles for Post 59 in 2018. Blackstone Valley Tech's Tyler Almeida, who started at second base in the states, Zack Sisitsky, Jacob Beder, and Dawson McMillan, could also be back on the diamond for Milford next summer.
The depth of talent coming back, along with the experience of a deep and pressure-packed run in the state tournament, could put Milford in position to make even more memories in 2018.




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