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Goffstown Post 16 slows down Milford Post 23 in Legion baseball

MILFORD – The Milford Post 23 baseball team didn’t do much on Thursday evening to help its playoff chances. Luckily, Milford is still in the drivers seat heading into the final weekend of play.

Goffstown Post 16 plated four runs in the final inning as they topped Post 23, 5-1. Milford’s record now stands at 9-7, still good enough for the fourth and final playoff spot in Senior District A. However, Concord sits only a half game out, with Laconia and Goffstown lurking. ...

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MILFORD – The Milford Post 23 baseball team didn’t do much on Thursday evening to help its playoff chances. Luckily, Milford is still in the drivers seat heading into the final weekend of play.

Goffstown Post 16 plated four runs in the final inning as they topped Post 23, 5-1. Milford’s record now stands at 9-7, still good enough for the fourth and final playoff spot in Senior District A. However, Concord sits only a half game out, with Laconia and Goffstown lurking.

The game was a pitcher’s duel for much of the contest, with Milford’s Ryan Britton and Goffstown’s Tyler Perrone fooling batters throughout the early innings. Britton ultimately went six innings for the home team, allowing one run on four hits and three walks. He also struck out nine.

“We’ve had a hard time giving him the kind of support he needs,” Milford coach Frank Douglas said. “He’s pitched in a lot of tough games. I don’t blame it on Ryan.”

Milford reliever Eddie Clark got out of jams in the seventh and eighth inning, but the Goffstown offense finally found their stroke in the ninth. A dropped pop-up loaded the bases, and Perrone responded with a two-run single. Milford reliever Mason Gaudette allowed two inherited runners to score before the inning ended.

“It was a pitchers duel,” Goffstown coach Lenny Pappas said. “We were able to get (Britton) out of the game, which was huge. Once we got to the bullpen we were able to take care of business.”

Goffstown first got on the board in the second inning, when catcher David Nelson scored on a bases-loaded walk. The team’s next big opportunity came in with one out in the eighth inning and Nelson on second. Milford third baseman Patrick Martin cleanly fielded a ground ball and got the runner at first, all while Nelson attempted to advance to third. The subsequent throw got by Martin, but the third baseman managed to recover and nail the runner at the plate. Nelson had a brief skirmish with Milford catcher Cam Dougas before order was restored.

Milford scored their lone run in the fourth inning, when Steve Upton scored on a double steal. Post 23 had a handful of other opportunities but could never capitalize. The team loaded the bases with no outs in the third, but a key double play (facilitated by Nelson) bailed Goffstown out. The catcher made another key play in the second when he picked off Milford’s Jake McMaster.

“We had our opportunities to move the runners up and we didn’t do it,” Douglas said. “We’re not going to win a game by scoring one run.”

Perrone ended up going the distance, allowing one run on seven hits and three walks. Martin, Tommy Bennett and Nick Webster finished with multiple hits for Milford.

In spite of the loss, Douglas understands that his players can still control their own destiny. However, he doesn’t want his squad to get ahead of themselves.

“Obviously we’ve got to get the job done against Keene,” he said.

“I don’t want my guys thinking its going to be an easy game because we crushed them the last time we played. We just got to come out and play our game. Win now and then worry about Goffstown after that.”