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Legion Veteran Players Want to Earn Trip to States

The Milford Legion baseball team is guaranteed a spot in the state tournament as the host team this summer, but the team's skipper said the players returning from last summer's squad are focused on winning the zone and their own spot in the state's final eight.
"Our goal is to win the zone," Steve DiVitto said, referring to the Zone 4 title. "We want to not just win a spot in the playoffs, but also win the zone and the zone playoffs and do everything we can to earn our way to the state tournament. We want to go in on a high note."
Post 59 begins its season at Leominster on June 11 and the whirlwind, 24-game, 29-day schedule is slated to come to an end on July 9. About half of Milford's roster will be made up of players who saw significant playing time last season, and DiVitto said they are accustomed to the grind of the legion schedule.
"A lot of our returning players are two or three-year guys who have been around and experienced the level of commitment we expect from our players," DiVitto said. "This group especially knows what the commitment level is; the schedule is an absolute grind."
Milford will welcome back three starting pitchers who are expected to form the Post 59 rotation this summer. Bellingham resident Michael Farrell returns after completing his freshman year at Roger Williams University and Nipmuc graduate Kyle Nocera is back after a year at Fitchburg State.
"Having two college pitchers coming back is a great thing," DiVitto said. "We will have them at the top of our rotation and out there for us every fifth day."
Milford High staff ace Alex Macek is also expected to be back in the rotation this summer. Fellow Milford High product Aidan Wilde may contribute in a starting or relieving role on the mound, and his bat will be a significant part of the Post 59 lineup.
Bellingham senior Shawn Rebello hit over .400 last year, and will play centerfield, DiVitto said. Hopkinton senior Jake LeBlanc will return to Milford after hitting cleanup this high school season, and Milford resident Joe Sanchioni will see time at second base and in the outfield after playing for Mt. St. Charles in Woonsocket.
Medway grad Tyler Monahan, who saw some time playing at Dean College last fall, will be a "jack-of-all-trades" type for Milford, and DiVitto said he has the capability to pitch, catch, play first base, and bring a bat to the order "with a lot of pop in it."
DiVitto will finalize his roster by the end of the month, and said several spots remain up for grabs as area high school teams finish their spring seasons.




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