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Milford Baseball Looks to Return to Postseason

The members of the Milford High School baseball team were decades away from being born when the Hawks started a 37-year run of playoff appearances, but head coach Paul Pellegrini said his players are well aware of the importance of getting back to the postseason after missing out a year ago.
"It would be big, and the kids know that," he said. "They know last season we kind of squandered it during the middle of the season. We had some games we were in and we didn't finish them, carrying over to this year, the kids know that."
Milford dropped a 7-3 decision to North Attleboro on Monday, the result of some mental mistakes, Pellegrini said. But the head coach was impressed by his team's ability to understand what went awry.
"We got together after the game and I didn't say anything, I asked the kids if they had anything to say," Pellegrini said. "They told me what happened and noticed the mistakes they made, last year that would not have happened."
Monday's loss dropped Milford to 4-3 overall, and 3-3 in Hockomock League play. The Hawks are still on pace to make the postseason as the schedule approaches the midway point.
Two-time, league all-star Aidan Wilde is once again a catalyst for the Hawks at the plate, sporting a .500 batting average through the first seven games.
"He's a baseball player and a competitor," Pellegrini said. "He's tough and he just gets it."
Senior pitcher Alex Macek has bounced back from a rough start to the year and settled into his spot at the top of the Milford rotation. Sophomore Alex Coady has also been a find, hitting .450 after a pair of hits on Monday.
"He's come up with some big hits overall," Pellegrini said. "He acts like a senior. It's nice to see a young guy who's not afraid of competing."
Senior Anthony Arcudi is hitting around .380, Pellegrini said, and has been another spark for the Milford lineup. The head coach said he wants to see his team get better defensively, with Monday's loss as an example of how important that is.
"We need to learn how to finish innings, think defense and make the simple plays," Pellegrini said. "The kids understand that, so we will be OK."




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