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Wilde Will Swing for the Fences at Fenway

Milford high baseball standout Aidan Wilde is not known as a power hitter, but the junior will get the chance to take his hacks at Fenway Park's legendary Green Monster next month as part of a fundraiser for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
"I've never even been on the field," Wilde said. "I am just really excited; it's going to be a great experience. It's not something I've ever imagined; I'm just excited to do it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Wilde earned the chance with a $10 donation to the Jimmy Fund, DFCI's fundraising arm and a longtime partner of the Red Sox. He took the field at Xaverian High School in Westwood with 17 other hopefuls in a home run derby. The results were scored on a points system, with 10 points for each home run, five points for a warning track shot, and one point for each hard hit ball.
After a few practice swings that Wilde admitted were less than stellar, he sent his first real swing of the competition over the fence. Wilde hit five out of the park on his 11 swings, earning a total of 51 points and easily winning the derby.
"Once I got that first home run out of the way, the rest came a little easier," he said.
The baseball team will support Wilde's fundraising efforts for the Jimmy Fund with a $500 donation and will collect money at Friday's home game against Hopedale, Pellegrini said. Wilde will join some of the top sluggers from other sectional derbies around the state on June 3 at Fenway.
"We are going to raise some money for him," Pellegrini said. "What he did, five home runs on 11 swings, that's pretty impressive. Especially considering he's a gap-to-gap guy."
"I have been getting a lot of support and a lot of jokes from the guys about the home run derby," Wilde said. "They are saying now I have to hit more home runs in games."
A two-time Hockomock League All-Star, Wilde is projected as a Division 1 college player, Pellegrini said, and is also in the top-10 in his class academically. After starting at shortstop and third base in his first two seasons, Wilde stepped into the catching role midseason despite not having played the position since he was in the eighth grade.
"I have been a little rusty, it's been a couple of years," he said. "But I like catching, it's something I haven't forgotten how to do."




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