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Milford Legion Keeps Rolling, Defeats Wachusett 6-2

The Milford Legion baseball team continued to enjoy home cooking on Friday as they halted Wachusett, 6-2 at Fino Field. Milford has played two of its first three games at home this season and has emerged undefeated.
Milford's success at home is no coincidence according to Milford head coach, Brian Macchi.
"It's just nice to play here at Fino," said Macchi. "It's important to have your home crowd, people who are going to be here for you and supporting you."
Playing in front of the home crowd has certainly brought out the best in terms of the pitching staff for Milford. Starting pitcher JJ Branch followed up Steve Morganelli's gem the night before with a gem of his own. The 18-year-old righty threw 6.1 innings with five strikeouts, five hits and two walks. Branch gave up two earned runs in his outing, both of which came in his final inning on the hill.
"He (Branch) had command of his pitches, hit his spots, and looked confident out there," said Macchi. "Another quality start and something that we can build on going forward."
Branch was relieved by Nipmuc Regional High School star Eric Jorgensen in the seventh. The 6-foot-1 pitcher came in to the theme "Wild Thing" and his pitching reflected it.
With a man on third and one out, Jorgensen walked the first batter he faced. Jorgensen followed the walk up with a big strikeout to keep the runner at third. After hitting the next Wachusett player to load the bases, the "Wild Thing" was able to get a deep fly out to end the game.
"He (Jorgensen) did a nice job tonight coming in... a little wild, but settled down to get the last two outs for us," said Macchi.
Milford's pitching was once again given a lot of support from the powerful and patient Milford lineup by scoring six runs in the game.
After being very aggressive the night before, Milford showed a lot of patience Friday by drawing six walks as well as tallying three hit-by-pitches on the night.
"It set the tone in the first inning with Scott Hubener in his first at-bat battling up there to a 3-2 count and getting hit by a pitch," Macchi said. "The hitters saw what he was doing up there, being patient wise and it set the tone offensively for us where we were going to be patient tonight."
Despite Milford's patient approach, first baseman Matt Ferrelli was still able to provide the offensive firepower necessary to get the win. Ferrelli went 1-for-2 with a double, two RBI's and a walk. Ferrelli's double came in the first inning on the first pitch he saw with two men on.
Milford will look to continue to roll and remain unbeaten as the team's home stand continues on Sunday, June 17 against undefeated Leominster at 7 p.m.
"We can't settle," said Macchi. "We've got to want more and we've got to be greedy."




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