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Nipmuc, BVT Players Will Lead Post 59 In ‘20

Milford Legion Post 59 will likely turn to a pair of players with Upton and Mendon ties next season, as Nipmuc's Jacob Beder and Blackstone Valley Tech's Justin Metcalf are slated to return for their third seasons with the program.
"It's huge to have guys like that with three years under their belt," said Milford manager Steve DiVitto. "These are guys who have been here for a while. They've experienced it and seen what it's all about. We are hopeful they will continue to grow and have a great year next year."
A successful 2019 campaign that saw the team win 24 games and capture the regular season Zone 4 championship. Milford's season came to an end with a 6-5 loss to Sandwich on the penultimate day of the state tournament at Fino Field.
Post 59 finished as one of the final four teams in Massachusetts.
"It was a great season," DiVitto said. "The guys fought hard, they have absolutely nothing to hang their heads about, it was a helluva year. Obviously, we came up short of where we ultimately wanted to be, but it was a great year."
Milford posted a 2-2 record in the states, including a walk-off win over Quincy and a victory over Shrewsbury that moved Post 59 into the last four. DiVitto said his team ran out of gas at the end of the tournament and the 31-game campaign.
"This is a grueling tournament, this is as tough a tournament as you're going to get," he said. "These guys are tired, but they never made any excuses. They continued to battle and I couldn't be prouder to be their coach."
Hopkinton High graduate Ben McKenzie led the team in hitting this summer with a .481 batting average, while Stephen Simoes, another Hopkinton graduate, hit .439.
On the mound, Hopedale's Jonathan Rice posted a 5-1 record with a 1.83 ERA and 43 strikeouts on the season. Alex Gonfrade, who attended Mount St. Charles, was a perfect 6-0 with a 2.55 ERA. Both starters earned wins for Milford in the state tournament.
Two-thirds of Post 59's roster is ineligible to return next season, including several key cogs in this season's run.
"It's tough to see them go," DiVitto said. "We appreciate all they have done. When you form relationships with these guys, it's difficult to know they won't be on the roster next year. But we thank them for all they contributed to this program, they are part of a long, storied tradition here in Milford Legion baseball."




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