Milford cruises into final, 11-1
Milford Post 196 is one win away from a berth in the American Legion World Series.
Manager Cliff Bugyi’s Legionnaires defeated Concord (N.H.) by a score of 11-1 on Sunday night to remain unbeaten in the Northeast Regional. They will play Portland, Maine on Monday at 1 p.m.
Milford defeated Portland, 4-1, on Saturday, and with a repeat ending, will advance to the World Series in Shelby, N.C. on Friday.
If Portland prevails, the if game is scheduled for Monday at 7.
Milford banged out 17 hits and Taylor Biagoni was masterful on the mound to earn the seven-inning mercy-rule decision.
The right-handed Biagoni allowed only three hits, struck out four, and walked four.
He set down the first 10 batters he faced, four on strikes, while his teammates staked him to a 9-0 lead.
Milford took a 3-0 lead in the third inning.
Sean Cameron had an infield single and Kyle Winters put down a sacrifice bunt. Cameron kept going around second base, and after the out at first, drew a wild throw to third and came home.
Joe Zanghi then crushed a two-out home run over the high fence in left field.
Shawn Cariglio restarted the rally with a double to the gap in left-center and scored when Jake Saley pulled a single off the first base bag.
Milford upped its lead to 9-0 in the top of the fifth inning.
With two down and Nick Pinto on first base after being hit by a pitch, Post 196 went on a tear.
Winters singled to right field, and when the ball was misplayed, Pinto scored and Winters moved into scoring position.
Eddie Michaud had an RBI single, stole second, and scored on an error on Zanghi’s fly ball to left.
Cariglio singled home a run to make it 7-0, Saley doubled, and Christian Baglini singled home a pair.
Concord scored its run in the fifth, but Milford tallied twice in the sixth.
Winters and Michaud opened with singles. After Zanghi flied out to the fence in left, Cariglio hit to the right side was misplayed and Winters scored.
Saley and Baglini drew walks to force in another run to put the 10-run mercy-rule option into effect at 11-1.
After an inning-opening error in the sixth, a Winters to Baglini to Cariglio double play maintained the 10-run advantage.
Cameron was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on a pair of passed balls, and scored on Winters’ RBI single in the seventh.
In the bottom of the frame, Sam McManus walked, but Michaud handled two grounders to third and Cariglio fielded the last out and stepped on the bag to complete the win.
Saley, Winters and Michaud had three hits each.
Cameron, Cariglio and Baglini had two hits apiece.