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Milford Legion Wins Zone 4 Championship

Milford Legion took the field on Friday, July 13 against Auburn with the hope of emerging the Zone 4 Champions. Mission accomplished.
Post 59 defeated Auburn at Fino Field by a final score of 6-2. Milford controlled the entire game and never trailed during the contest. A lot of that can and should be attributed to the tremendous performance of starting pitcher Dan Avery.
"He (Avery) is a competitor and we are very happy to have him on our side," said Milford manager Brian Macchi. "If we've got Dan Avery on the mound, we've got a good chance of winning the game."
Avery dominated the Auburn lineup throughout most of the game as the starter went for the complete game. Avery allowed only two runs on six hits while striking out five. The righty also surrendered two walks on the night as he showed good control and command of all of his pitches.
"He (Avery) just goes out there and he wants the ball in games like this," Macchi continued, "He earned it, man, he earned it."
The entire Post 59 squad earned it and has earned everything that they have accomplished throughout the season. In every facet of the game, Milford has been near the best, if not the best, in the league. They have received phenomenal pitching coupled with clutch hitting all season long that has allowed them to get to this point.
The journey is not over yet for the Post 59 team as they have now officially sealed their spot in the final eight that will play for a state championship. That doesn't mean that Milford won't enjoy this victory for the time being.
"Zone 4 is one of the best zones in this state and to say what we just did...to be the number one seed and have everyone gunning for you to begin with, yet still showing up and getting the job done is a credit to these guys," said Macchi. "The character, want, and the desire of these guys is something that we are happy about leaving here tonight."
Milford certainly showed a strong desire to win the game and take home the zone championship as they jumped ahead early on Auburn's starting pitcher, Benjamin Libuda.
The Auburn ace struggled in the first inning, allowing three hits and a walk to the powerful Milford lineup. After the leadoff hitter, Chris Casey grounded out to second, Matt Gerard got things started for Post 59 by lining a single to center. Gerard would go on to steal second base before an Ian Strom single would move him over to third.
Things started to go wild for Auburn at that point as Libuda would throw a wild pitch past the catcher to allow Gerard to trot home for the game's first run.
The wild pitch allowed Strom to get into scoring position with one out and Milford's cleanup hitter Matt Ferrelli at the plate. Ferrelli would go on to walk on yet another wild pitch that scored Strom and gave Milford a 2-0 lead.
Following a stolen base for Ferrelli and a Steve Morganelli ground out to move the slugger to third, E.G. McMillan would deliver a two out RBI single to right to give Milford a 3-0 lead.
That would be all the scoring Milford would get until the sixth as Libuda settled down and began to mow down Post 59's hitters.
"He (Libuda) is a tough pitcher and you don't want to fall behind with him," said Macchi. "He is one of the top pitchers in the zone and you've got to go after him early in the count."
Although the Auburn starter was frustrating the Milford hitters throughout, Steve Morganelli delivered the kill shot late in the sixth with a two-run single that made the score 6-1 in favor of Milford. Morganelli, the hero starting pitcher from the previous game, has continued to deliver in key situations and has become a major performer for the ball club.
"The kid's a baseball player. He (Morganelli) loves this game and he just wants to get the job done," said Macchi. "He is seeing the ball well at the plate and you've got to ride with the hot bat."
Milford will enjoy a day off on Saturday before going on the road to play Framingham in a regular season matchup on Sunday, July 15.




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