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Milford Legion Out Slugs Northboro, 7-4

The Milford Legion baseball team stretched their winning streak to four on Friday, July 6 as Post 59 overpowered Northboro, 7-4. After struggling to put runs on the board in their 1-0 victory against Framingham, the Milford bats exploded against Northboro with seven runs on 12 hits.
Much of Milford's offensive success was due to the stellar performance of E.G. McMillan. The designated hitter went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI on the night.
"I really feel that he (McMillan) is coming in to his own now," said Milford coach Brian Macchi. "When (McMillan) gets into the batter's box, you can say the words comfortable and confident...having your number five hitter being able to knock in some runs especially with two outs is important."
McMillan has been an important piece of the Milford offense all season, both on and off the field. Whether McMillan is at the plate or watching from the dugout, he is completely locked in to the game. He is always cheering on his teammates and showing strong leadership qualities that are necessary on any ball club.
Although E.G. McMillan has been known for his strong season at the plate, the Hopkinton High School graduate showed off his talents on the mound against Northboro. After coming on in relief of Post 59's starter, JJ Branch, McMillan went two strong innings without allowing a run. McMillan finished his two innings allowing three hits and striking out one batter.
Milford's ace, JJ Branch got the start Friday and delivered another strong outing before running out of gas late in the fifth inning. The right hander blew through the Northboro lineup throughout the first four innings of play and racked up two 1-2-3 innings.
After only allowing one earned run through the first four innings, Branch started to wear down in the fifth as he allowed three runs in the inning. Branch finished the day going five innings giving up four earned runs on seven hits. The Milford High graduate also fanned four while walking only one.
"As long as I get five innings out of him (Branch), I am very pleased with him," said Macchi. "I was very happy where he got us to and I think the sky and those pop ups played a factor in some of those extra chances at the plate."
Fino Field is notorious for giving fielders problems in night games as the ball can sometimes get lost in the sky. Milford's left fielder, Scott Hubener battled the lights all game long and struggled to make some normally routine plays because of it.
"I was a left fielder once at this field and I know what it's like when you lose a ball out there," Macchi continued, "It's a helpless feeling and you just try to find it as quick as you can."
Milford Legion will look to continue their winning streak on Sunday on the road against Auburn. In a game that was originally a scheduled home game, Milford will now travel to Auburn on Sunday following a schedule change. Auburn will come to Milford on Saturday, July 14 at 4 p.m.




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