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Milford Legion Squeezes Past Shrewsbury, 3-2

Picture this: bases loaded, one out, and the heart of the order coming up. That is the scenario that Milford relief pitcher Dan Avery was faced with on June 27 against Shrewsbury. After striking out the first batter he faced, Avery went on to close the door on Shrewsbury, giving Milford a 3-2 victory.
"It was a big, big performance by Dan Avery," said Milford coach Brian Macchi. "Coming in, needing a strikeout with the bases loaded and getting the strikeout...it was a great performance."
Prior to Avery's late game heroics, the story was yet another stellar starting pitching performance by a Milford pitcher. This time, it was Steve Morganelli.
The right-hander cruised through the first five innings of play and recorded four 1-2-3 innings. Despite his dominating performance, fatigue seemed to get the best of Morganelli as he struggled in the sixth inning by loading the bases with two walks and a hit batter.
Despite the late struggles, Morganelli was nothing short of spectacular going 6.1 innings with five strikeouts. Morganelli allowed a mere two runs on four hits while walking three.
"You could just see the look in his (Morganelli) eye, that he wanted this game bad," said Macchi.
Milford needed the strong pitching performance in a game where the offense struggled to put runs on the board. Nonetheless, Milford came up with clutch pieces of hitting when the team needed it most, even without slugging first baseman, Matt Ferrelli.
Shortstop Dan Mantoni, came up with the big hit against Shrewsbury with what would eventually be the game winning single. The hit came after battling back with two strikes to drive in Andrew McMillan. Mantoni went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
"Dan Mantoni is coming up with some important hits for us this season," said Macchi. "He continues to have great at-bats with people on base...Mantoni continues to impress me."
Another bright spot for the Milford offense was lead-off hitter Chris Casey. The second baseman was recently inserted into the top spot in the lineup and has continued to hit at a high level.
"I'm encouraged with Chris Casey at the top," said Macchi. "He continues to put good swings on the ball and be a catalyst for our lineup."
The win against Shrewsbury pushes Milford's winning streak to three games and improves their record to 8-1 on the season.
"It was a measuring stick game for us," said Macchi. "This game showed me what this team is about."
Milford will look to continue their winning streak against Northboro on the road Friday, June 29 at 5:30 p.m. Milford will march out starting pitcher Connor Colombo, who will look to continue Milford's streak of strong starting pitching.




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