‘The job’s not done at all:’ Milton High baseball is bound for Division 2 Final Four

Jeanne A. Curley

MILTON – Nicknames are acquired, not provided.

Or maybe Ryan Dexter’s is an alter moi.

Irrespective, the Milton Superior senior received it for turning in clutch performances like the a single he had in the Division 2 Elite 8.

“We connect with him ‘Bright Lights’ Dexter,” coach Brendan Morrissey explained. “The kid loves the bright lights.”

The very first baseman went 2 for 2 with a wander in the top rated-seeded Wildcats’ 8-3 get about No. 9 Leominster at Cunningham Park in Saturday. With the win, Milton (20-3) will oppose No. 4 North Attleboro (18-5) in the Division 2 Closing 4. The day, time and site have but to be declared.

“He arrives up massive, time and time yet again,” Morrissey mentioned of Dexter. “He’s been performing it because last year and he has a ton of enjoyable coming up massive for his teammates.”

Milton's Ryan Dexter celebrates a double during a game in the Division 2 state tournament against Leominster at Cunningham Park on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

Milton’s Ryan Dexter celebrates a double through a recreation in the Division 2 point out event towards Leominster at Cunningham Park on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

Dexter broke the sport open up in the fourth inning when he blasted an RBI double that handed Milton an imposing 8-1 direct.

“It’s excellent to help out the workforce, primarily when we have these types of good pitchers,” Dexter said. “They shut it down pretty much every game, so it feels fantastic to enable them out.”

The word “very good” in reference to the Wildcats’ personnel of golden arms (Charlie Walker, Brian Foley, Owen McHugh and Thomas Mitchell) is an understatement.

On Saturday, it was the senior correct-hander Walker who struck out 7 and permitted two hits and a pair of runs in his five innings of do the job. Coming into the working day, Walker owned an 8-1 record and a 1.51 Era across 50 innings pitched on the period.

Leominster picked up some momentum early by loading the bases and using a 1- lead in the initial inning, but two consecutive shutdown frames from Walker followed. He struck out the facet in the second inning.

“Charlie’s one particular of the hardest rivals I have ever fulfilled,” Morrissey said. “I feel he’s one particular of the best two-way threats in the complete condition and which is just what he does. He’s difficult. He’s a pretty, incredibly difficult competitor.”

Milton's Charlie Walker pitches during a game in the Division 2 state tournament against Leominster at Cunningham Park on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

Milton’s Charlie Walker pitches during a recreation in the Division 2 condition match versus Leominster at Cunningham Park on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

“I just check out to maintain myself composed. Permit up just one run, never give up two. Just do problems control at that level,” Walker stated. “We’re just hoping to get outs and just received to continue to be locked in the full time.”

Walker added an RBI to his stat line with a sac fly in the next inning. Batting .413 this time with five homers, he leads a lineup that was eager to attain base by any indicates important on Saturday.

Walking 6 occasions, recording six hits and staying plunked by inadequately-situated choices, Milton’s 15 total baserunners stepped aboard in a wide range of strategies. The Wildcats strung four operates together in the next inning with three walks, two base hits, a strike-by-pitch and Walker’s sacrifice.

“The strike-by-pitches have been massive. There have been a handful of them nowadays, to say the least. A single dude (third baseman Jimmy Fallon) wore two of them,” Morrissey mentioned. “Which is just component of what they do, they are a difficult team. They want to get on foundation any way they can for their teammates.”

Senior catcher Shea Donovan recorded two hits (and 3 RBI) and both shortstop Owen McHugh and Greg Domineau each recorded a person. It really is a lineup that tallied nine runs or more in seven game titles in the typical period, all wins.

Milton's Ryan Dexter is tagged during a game in the Division 2 state tournament against Leominster at Cunningham Park on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

Milton’s Ryan Dexter is tagged throughout a match in the Division 2 state match against Leominster at Cunningham Park on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

“As very long as we have a great perspective, we’re likely to occur out and participate in seriously hard,” Donovan explained. “We’re heading to hit the ball as tricky as we can every single time (and) place it wherever they are not.”

“We never have any holes in our lineup,” extra Walker. “We get down (to the batters) 7-8-9, we’re not worried. Those men can strike, for confident. They did it now, as they have all 12 months. They just change the lineup around and we just continue to keep heading.”

Saturday’s gain was in the operates a though. Following a 2- reduction to Hopkinton in very last year’s Division 2 South Sectional ultimate (the program’s first look there considering the fact that 1974), Milton has made use of the time due to the fact to plan a opportunity return.

This spring, the Wildcats followed a 17-3 standard season with a event-opening 10-3 acquire over No. 32 Grafton and a 2- earn above No. 16 West Springfield.

The Milton High baseball team celebrated advancing to the Final Four after a game in the Division 2 state tournament against Leominster at Cunningham Park on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

The Milton Large baseball staff celebrated advancing to the Closing Four following a recreation in the Division 2 condition tournament in opposition to Leominster at Cunningham Park on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

“(Saturday’s get) feels fantastic but definitely the job’s not done at all. We’re just producing it previous what we did very last year since it felt terrible getting rid of so close to the championship past 12 months,” Dexter explained. “We’re all practising each and every day and putting in a lot more work to make sure we get to that point.”

Throughout the event, Morrissey has alternated starts among his two aces — Walker and Foley. A UMass-Lowell dedicate, Foley has a .95 Period as a result of 44 innings pitched this 12 months he stored West Springfield silent in the former recreation with 6 1/3 shutdown frames on Wednesday.

“The match lined up like that,” Morrissey mentioned of balancing the pitchers. “I suggest, I consider every single group in the event has been doing the exact point, rolling two men. Foley will just take the ball and he’ll go get them (upcoming). We have obtained the bullpen all set to go guiding him.”

This write-up initially appeared on The Patriot Ledger: Remaining Four bound, Milton Higher baseball earns another signature acquire

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