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Hall of Fame Spotlight

Joe Lasorsa

When Joe Lasorsa took the ball for Milford High, he didn't give it back until the game was over. The result was a number of epic outings; with nearly 1,700 pitches over 13 starts in one season.
"Back then, you'd expect to go nine (innings) and they'd expect you to go nine, there was no such thing as taking you out of the game," he said. "We had pitch counts, but they were just numbers."
Lasorsa is a member of the Milford High Hall of Fame Class of 2015, thanks to a stellar three-year varsity career that saw him post a 25-5 record on the mound and help the Scarlets to two Midland League Championships and an appearance in the 1965 state championship game. The 5'9" Lasorsa posted an 11-2 record as a senior, and pitched all six games in the state tournament - three as a starter and three in relief. One of his fondest high school memories, he said, was Milford's ninth inning comeback in the state quarterfinals against Pittsfield.
"We were down 6-1 in the ninth, and we scored six runs and came back and won the game," Lasorsa said. He couldn't help but laugh as he recalled the reaction of Milford's head coach, Hall of Famer Joe Stoico. 
"I remember coach jumped up and forgot he was in the dugout," he said. "He hit his head on the roof!"
Lasorsa earned wins over Pittsfield and St. Peter's during that state tournament run, but ultimately lost to Somerville in the state final when he took the mound with a back injury.
Most fans, who watched Lasorsa pitch, remember his duels with Northborough left-hander Ken Reynolds, who went on to spend a decade in the major leagues. Lasorsa only beat Reynolds once, but the games were typically 2-1 or 1-0 scores. The most memorable bout between the two was a 14-inning affair at Fino Field where both pitchers went the distance before the game was called due to a curfew.
"Ken was Superman," Lasorsa recalled, speaking highly of his on-field nemesis. "He was pretty much unhittable in high school and legion. I have tremendous respect for Ken, he was a humble guy. He didn't say much, he just went out and struck everyone out."
Lasorsa played three summers for the Milford Legion team, helping the 1966 squad to a state championship. After high school, he earned a scholarship to Rollins College in Florida and pitched two seasons there, highlighted by a win over Miami. He returned to New England, transferring to Boston University where he was named a first-team all-region selection. He also spent two summers in the Cape Cod League, playing for Harwich and Orleans.
The Oakland A's drafted Lasorsa and he pitched three seasons in the minor leagues before a shoulder injury derailed his career. Today he works as an attorney in Milford, and says Stoico and his parents - Angelo and Anna, Brewster residents who are making the trip up to see him inducted - are owed the biggest thanks for his success.
"My folks put up with my craziness all those years," he said. "And Joe Stoico was my all time favorite coach."




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