Milford National wraps up play in Districts

The Milford National Lou Gehrig Little League’s run through bracket play and the District IV double elimination play this year was one of the best in recent memory, according to head coach Ed Flynn.

The All-Star team went 4-1 in bracket play, before bouncing back after a difficult 10-0 opening-round loss in North Haven to Orange to beat North Branford, 10-0, the following night.

Unfortunately, a third-round 7-2 loss to Branford ended the team’s season.

“I thought that our kids showed great character in the win over North Branford,” said Flynn, whose son, David, is one of the teams’ star pitchers. “We usually have one-run games against Orange. This time, we just had a bad night.”

The two teams met at the North Haven complex on July 9, a sweltering night. Orange had the hot bats, getting back-to-back, first-inning home runs from Mike McGurrin and Griff Tirollo and strong pitching early on from Marc Chodos.

Orange went on to win the District championship.

A double in the fourth inning by Ace Luzietti was the only hit that Milford would get.

The next night, Carl Maxwell was the winning pitcher in the win over North Branford where Dean Pettway hit a grand slam home run. Tom Rosati and Even Fratello also added home runs.

Leading 2-1 after four innings, Milford couldn’t hold the lead in its loss to Branford last Thursday night. The loss ended the team’s season.

In the game, Rosati and Billy Romero pitched and Fratello hit another home run.

“Our defense was pretty much solid throughout the double-elimination play,” Flynn said. “We had a few bad innings but, other than that, we played very well.”

Milford went 4-1 through bracket play outscoring their opponents, 53-11. The team had wins over Hamden (10-0), West Haven (11-0), North Haven (9-7) and Milford International (22-0). The only loss came against Branford (2-1).

David Flynn pitched a complete-game shutout in the victory over Hamden — with big hits coming from Luzietti and Romero.

Flynn also pitched four shutout innings in the victory over West Haven, where Fratello hit a grand slam and Pettway added a three-run homer.

Maxwell’s three-run homer highlighted the comeback win over North Haven where Milford trailed 2-1 going into the fourth inning.

Fratello, Luzzieti and Maxwell were the star players in the 22-0 win over Milford International.

“It was a long but rewarding season (they also played 22 regular-season games) for these kids,” Flynn said. “It’s one that I’m sure most of them will remember for quite some time.”

Flynn was assisted this year by Dan Maxwell and Vin Luzietti.