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Milford Sr. Ruth Makes South Final

Coming into the post-season, the two-time defending Central Mass Senior Babe Ruth (CMSBR) champions from Milford knew they would have their hands full with Bellingham if the two met in the South Division finals. Milford's neighbor to the southeast had beaten the Micros twice during the regular season and carried an 18-1 record and the fewest runs allowed in the league into the play-offs.
Milford survived a tough series against Franklin, winning the best of three with a 6-5 victory in the rubber match. Scott DeCapua drove in the winning run with a walk-off single at Fino Field in the deciding game, and the Micros were on to the South finals.
"Franklin gave us a good run, they are a good team and it was a fun series," said Milford head coach Jim Cappadoro. "When we ran into Bellingham, though, we were a bit overmatched. Their pitching was phenomenal."
The Micros lost back to back games against Bellingham, who ended up falling to Medfield in the CMSBR World Series. Cappadoro feels his team competed, despite the strong pitching from the opposition. "We had our chances," he said. "We could have capitalized on a few scoring opportunities and we had a few errors in the first game of the series that deflated us a bit, but for the most part the kids really stepped up."
Even with the losses to Bellingham, Milford finished the year 17-7 and provided an admirable defense of its back-to-back titles.
"Overall it was a good season with a lot of wins," said Cappadoro. "We came in second but Bellingham was a good team. We had a lot of fun with this team and this group of guys."
Milford was strong on the mound all season, with Garrett Handley (42.2 IP, 5-1, 2.79 ERA), Mike Tracy (34 IP, 3-1, 2.26 ERA), and Cam Cossette (39 IP, 3-1, 3.41 ERA) carrying much of the work load.
CMSBR is typically a pitching league, due to fact that the league requires teams to replace the ping of the aluminum baseball bats with the crack of real wood. Even so, six Milford players hit north of .300, including DeCapua, who led the team with a .390 average. Tracy and Mike Tarolli were not far behind at .362 and .356, respectively. Chris Traficante hit .344 with eight extra base hits, including the team's only home run. Cole McNanna checked in at .333 and Bryan Hildebrand hit .310.
"This was a very strong team and I was just happy to be a part of it," said Cappadoro. "The kids and parents were great and the league does a good job. Overall, it was a successful season and a good time."




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