It wasn’t pretty for the home team at Brinley Field on Thursday night in Orange.
In a big Zone II American Legion baseball rivalry at the Old Tavern Park Complex, Orange Post 127 faced off against Branford Legion as Branford packed their side of the field with a rather rambunctious crowd.
Post 127’s Ross Weiner pitched the entire game for Post 127, while Mike Schiettino struck out 11 batters to lead his Branford squad to a 6-0 shutout victory.
Sebastian DiMauro led off in the bottom of the first for Orange after Weiner retired Branford in order to start the game.
Jake Russo got a base hit in the next at-bat, but couldn’t be picked up to score.
In the second inning, Branford picked up their first hit, and miscues by Orange ended up giving them a 1-0 lead. More defensive issues resulted in Branford leading 3-0 after the top of the 2nd inning.
Mike Appel and Gerald Farace had base hits in the bottom of the 2nd, but Orange still couldn’t put a run on the scoreboard.
Russo had a nice leaping catch at the edge of the infield grass to the right side of first base in the top of the fifth. It was still 3-0 with Branford in the lead after five quick innings.
Weiner needed only six pitches in the top half of the sixth inning to retire the road team, but Orange still finished the home half of the inning without a run.
Shortstop Josh Sabitsky ranged and had a nice throw to first baseman Chris Winkel in the beginning of the 7th inning. However, the inning continued as Branford hit a long two-run home run to take a 5-0 lead.
With a runner on 2nd and now 2 outs later in the inning, Branford still managed another RBI double, and took a huge 6-0 lead. After stringing some hits together late in the bottom of the 7th inning, Orange still couldn’t manage to score a single run.
The Branford Legion team improved to 4-0 after the win, and Orange, who is starting the season having played less games due to Amity’s championship success in the state tournament, fell to 2-1 after sweeping an Opening Night doubleheader from Hamden on Monday.