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Morganelli No-Hits Framingham, Milford Wins 1-0

The Fourth of July fireworks were flying at Fino Field on Wednesday as Milford Legion starting pitcher, Steve Morganelli hurled a no hitter in a 1-0 win against Framingham.
"You don't see that too often," said Milford coach Brian Macchi in regards to Morganelli's no hitter. Macchi continued, "In my case, I've seen a lot (of no hitters) in softball, but this is my first in baseball in a long time."
Morganelli was dominant from the first pitch of the game as he retired the first seven batters he faced before surrendering his only walk of the ball game. Morganelli only had two blemishes in his outing by allowing one walk and one hit batter. The right hander went for the complete game with two strikeouts allowing no hits and no runs.
"Morganelli got 21 outs today without giving up a hit, so hat's off to him," said Macchi. "He definitely set the tone for this game."
The no hitter follows a season of strong pitching from the Post 59 staff, and is another outstanding performance from Morganelli. The Milford High School graduate has continued to get stronger as the season goes on and has been a big part of Milford Legion's success.
"I think he's (Morganelli) gotten better as the season has gone on. His last two outings have been outstanding and obviously today caps off a great run to this point," said Macchi.
Although Morganelli stole the show, Milford's win was also in large part due to the continued strong at-bats of shortstop, Dan Mantoni.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth with the game tied at zero, Milford had the bases loaded for Mantoni. After battling throughout the at-bat, Mantoni crushed the ball deep to left for a sacrifice fly. Mantoni's sacrifice drove in Ian Strom for the only run of the game. The shortstop finished at 0-for-3 with an RBI.
"Mantoni was on the ball all day long, and he's been on the ball throughout," said Macchi. "He's the right guy to have up there when you have people to knock in and you look forward to having Dan Mantoni up there when people are in scoring position."
Milford's Independence Day victory is the first in a long time against Framingham as Post 59 has struggled in the two teams' holiday meeting.
"Finally, we can go home after a July 4 game against Framingham and enjoy cookouts with our families," said Macchi. "The last two years we've gone home disappointed and it's going to be a lot better eating the hamburgers and hotdogs today."
Milford will return to action on Friday, July 6 against Northboro as Post 59 prepares for a playoff run.
Although there is a lot to be excited about after a Milford Legion win, take the time to enjoy the holiday and remember those who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom. Happy Independence Day.




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