(Courtesy of the Town Crier)-By Chris Villani Sports Reporter/Columnist ·
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Milford Legion Post 59 finished the first half of the season with an 8-4 record driven by strong starting pitching and persisting hitting that has worked to overcome early-season slumps.
"Our pitching has been outstanding, we have really been throwing the ball well," Milford manager Steve DiVitto said. "Our hitting has been there at times, but we have to be more consistent. The kids have battled through they have played hard."
Blackstone Valley Tech's Justin Metcalf has helped lead the Post 59 pitching staff. He's posted a 1-1 record with a 1.11 ERA in his first four appearances on the mound for Milford. "He has been great," DiVitto said simply of Metcalf 's performance.
Nipmuc pitcher Jack Tempesta made two starts through the first half of the year, earning a victory in one of them. DiVitto said the Warriors' product is doing well after a standout season for Nipmuc this past spring. "These guys have been doing great, whether they are starters or coming out of the pen," DiVitto said. "We just need to get the bats going, but they are going to come. I am not worried about that." Nipmuc's Jacob Beder has been one of the
more consistent bats in the Milford lineup. Halfway through the year, Beder is hitting .355 with a double, five runs batted in, and six runs scored. He has also been versatile for Post 59.
"He has played in a bunch of different spots in the outfield and is doing some catching as well," DiVitto said. "He has done a nice job for us."
The Nipmuc and BVT contingent has been an important part of a Milford roster that is more diverse and less reliant on Milford High products than it has been in past summers.
"These guys are gamers, they want to play and they play hard," DiVitto said. "That's all you can ask for, guys who show up and play hard every day."
DiVitto said he has seen signs the offense is coming around, heading into last weekend. Playing a previously-unbeaten Leominster Post 151, Milford was held scoreless and seemingly one hit away for four innings before exploding for seven runs and its opponent's first defeat of the season.
The grind of a schedule will continue for Milford through the first half of July. The regular season is slated to end July 15 at Leominster. Post 59 will have the benefit of playing seven of its final nine games at home at Fino Field.