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Shaver Carries Milford Torch for Post 59

All of the uniforms said "Milford" on the front, but Post 59 had its smallest ever contingent of Milford residents on this summer's roster, with only Milford High graduate Matt Shaver representing the team's primary feeder school.
Shaver downplayed the lack of fellow Milfordians after a successful campaign that saw Post 59 finish 24-7 and advance to the final four in the state tournament.
"Even though I was the only Milford resident, I felt like once the season started, everyone was from Milford," Shaver said. "It was a little more pressure, just because I was the only Milford kid, but I didn't think much of it other than that and it wasn't a big deal, really."
Shaver started every game at third base this summer for Milford. He finished third on the team in runs scored and sixth on the legion squad in runs batted in. "I definitely think I improved from last year," he said. "It was good competing with some of the new Hopkinton guys."
This summer marks Shaver's second and final summer with Post 59. Shaver said that, even though the team fell short of its ultimate goal of winning a state title, the season was a success.
"It's been great, I wish I could come back," Shaver said. "The coaching staff and the players made it feel like home over the past two years."
Shaver will be attending Framingham State University this fall and plans to play baseball at the Division III level. He said he may have the opportunity to be the team's starting shortstop next year as a freshman. "That would be huge," he said, "a great opportunity."
Shaver said he fell in love with Framingham State when he visited the school and spoke with the coaching staff. The quality of the program and the fact that it's local were two things that sold him on his college choice. He's also had the benefit of playing legion baseball with and against players who have college experience.
"It's definitely helped a lot, legion is a big step up from high school," Shaver said. "Playing with college kids and picking their brain, seeing how the competition is in college and how things work. They tell me to keep an open mind and, if things aren't going my way, to clear my head and work on it the next day."




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