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MHS Seniors Lead the Way on the Baseball Diamond
Milford High's baseball team polished off the regular season with a 17-3 record and a third straight Mid-Wach "A" League title on the strength of a nine-man senior class that contributed in every aspect of the team's success. "It was a very strong class, all very coachable kids and fun to have around," said head coach Steve Manguso.
Jarrod Casey leads the senior class and earned his second straight league MVP awards after serving as the ace of the pitching staff and a catalyst in the line-up. The left-hander was 6-2 on the mound with a 0.94 ERA and rode a 17-inning shutout streak into the district tournament. He also hit .400 with three home runs, 23 runs batted in, and 20 runs scored. "He's been with me three years and made three all-star teams," said Manguso. "He can do everything, pitch, hit, steal bases, he's a very good all-around player."
Matt Ferrelli has been a force in the middle of the Scarlet Hawks' order, hitting a robust .490 with three home runs and 26 runs batted in. "Matty may be the best hitter I've seen all year," said Manguso. "His defensive play at first base has been unbelievable and he has really worked hard this year on his fitness. He's going to be a good college player."
JJ Branch and Steve Morganelli have also been contributing to Milford's strong pitching staff. Branch garnered league all-star status with a 6-1 record and a 1.20 ERA. Morganelli was 4-0 and has seen time as both a starter and reliever. Both played in the field as well and are regular forces in the line-up.
Corey Pratt played second base most of the season, but was able to move behind the plate when the Hawks lost Rob Benjamin to an injury. Pratt hit close to .360 on the season. Chris Casey is another senior who switched positions, moving from shortstop to center field with very good results. "He's a good defensive center fielder," said Manguso. "We always thought it was his strongest position. He has a strong arm and he can really track a ball."
Jim Sanchioni played the outfield and also spent some time behind the plate. He hit around .340 for the season and typically had solid at bats, according to Manguso. Mark Souder has been a strong defensive outfielder for Milford who moved into the starting line-up in right field over the final five games of the regular season. Shortstop David Rice rounds out the deep and talented class. He hit either first or second in the order all year and Manguso was pleased with his play at short.
Altogether, the class of 2012 produced 17 wins and seven players batting .300 or higher with all nine contributing to one of the stronger defensive teams in the area. As the Scarlet Hawks began district tournament play Monday, Manguso made no secret of their importance.
"If we are going to make a run [in the tournament], they need to play well," he said. "We're going to need them."
Next season, they're going to miss them




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