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Post 59 Squad Boasts Seven Upton/Mendon Players

The front of the uniforms will read "Milford," but nearly half of the Post 59 American Legion squad will be made up of players with either Upton or Mendon ties when the team takes the field this summer.
Four players from Nipmuc made the squad, with newcomers Luke Basille and Dominic DeCarlo joining returning players Jack Tempesta and Jacob Beder. Blackstone Valley Tech sees Nick Kazarian and Justin Metcalf return to the squad and Danny Johnson, a Mendon resident who attended Mount St. Charles.
"I think we have a really good group of kids," said Milford manager Steve DiVitto. "I also think we are very deep, especially on the mound. We also have a veteran laden team for the first time in a while."
A total of 11 players return to Post 59 after a 20-8 record and a third-place finish in Zone 4 a season ago. As many as 14 players can potentially pitch and 11 members of
the roster are either playing college baseball currently or planning to be playing at the collegiate level next season.
Beder will once again see time behind the plate for Milford after serving as the everyday catcher last summer. "He is a leader," DiVitto said. "He did a great job last year and he has done a great job for his high school team."
Tempesta will be in the rotation for the Warriors, one of several Upton and Mendon players who could be factors on the mound for Milford. BVT's Metcalf will be a back-end rotation pitcher for Post 59, DiVitto said, calling Metcalf "a fierce, fierce competitor." DiVitto said Metcalf will throw some of Milford's most important bullpen innings as well.
Kazarian, who is heading to UMass as a relief pitcher next season, will fill that role for Post 59 this summer. DiCarlo, a left hander, will have to earn time as a younger player on an otherwise veteran squad. "We think the future is bright for him," DiVitto said.
Johnson and Basille will aid the Milford lineup.
Johnson, who is going to WPI in the fall, can play both corner infield positions and may also be used as a DH. "We are probably going to see him all over the place," DiVitto said. "He has a good, powerful bat."
Basille "can fly," the skipper said, saying the outfielder is "as fast as they come."
DiVitto said the goal, as it is every season, is to win the zone and state titles. Milford will have an automatic bid to the state tournament as the host this year. "We don't want to just coast in," DiVitto said. "We want to win our way there."




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