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No Fireworks, Framingham Legion Shuts Down Milford on 4th

The traditional Fourth of July matchup between Milford and Framingham is often one that carries with it a great deal of significance in the standings. This year was no exception, as the two teams came into Monday morning's game in a first-place dead heat in the loss column in the Zone 4 standings.
Milford was unable to generate any offense in the sweltering July heat, as Post 74 emerged with a 3-0 victory and sole possession of first place. The difference was timely hitting. Framingham was able to manufacture a run in the top of the first by stringing together a single, a double, and a fielder's choice to take a 1-0 lead. They would tack on two more runs in the top of the fourth on a sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Edwin Feliciano. It was more than enough as Post 59 stranded at least one runner in each inning and 13 for the game.
"To win a game like this, you have to have someone step up and get a hit, regardless of how many outs there are, you have to get a hit," said Milford manager Brian Macchi. "We didn't get a hit, they did. Credit Framingham, they deserved the win."
Post 59 fell to 12-5 with the loss, but Macchi felt his starting pitcher, JJ Branch, threw well more than well enough to win. "(Branch) threw great, it's his second start of the year and to give up three runs against Framingham, that's a heck of a job," he said.
The game was the latest installment in a traditional match-up that has long been a favorite of baseball fans in both towns. Milford and Framingham are among the best, if not the best, programs in one of the toughest and deepest Zones in the state and the game often draws a large crowd of folks who look forward to the game as a way to kick off their holiday. "This game is great, this is what it's all about," said Macchi. "This is a game that, if for some reason you're not up for it, there is something wrong with you."
Milford is still post-season bound and has an opportunity to win the Zone. The grueling Legion schedule, where off days are rare, comes to a close this week and Post 59 will have numerous opportunities to bounce back from the disappointing effort on Monday.
"That's what's great about baseball, you get to come back and play the next day," said Macchi. "Overall, I'm happy with where we are and with the fact that we will be in the playoffs. Unfortunately, we let another opportunity to control our own destiny in terms of being the number one seed slip away. We need to keep playing hard; you can never settle in this game because you never know what's going to happen next."




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