The 2014 Orange Legion Post 127 Baseball Team shows a lot of promise.
Their season was delayed due to the length of the Amity Varsity Baseball Season and its success in winning the CIAC State Championship Title.
Due to the delay the team has a tight, grueling schedule ahead this summer.
Many of the names on this team may sound familiar, mainly because they played for Amity.
On this year’s team (with their uniform numbers) are: Nick Fusco (1); Pat Winkel (3 ?); Jack Demerjian (3); Gerald Farace (4); Brian Ronai (6); Jake Russo (7); Josh Sabitsky (8); Chris Winkel (9); Doug Rives (10 ?); Anthony Capozziello (10); Zach Chamberlain (13); Mike Appel (15); Ross Weiner (18); Devin Belenski (21); Mike Tavolacci (23); Matt Ronai (25); Sebastian DiMauro (26); Eric Class (45).
Just one week in, the boys are 6-1 for the season, which includes 3 shut-out wins.
June 16 double header vs Hamden, 2 wins 5-2 and 6-4.
June 19 vs Branford (last year’s #1 team) Loss 6-0
June 21 double header vs Ansonia, 2 wins 2-0 and 3-0.
June 22 away at Nolan Field vs Ansonia win 13-0.
June 23 vs New Haven, win 8-1.
Bob Mirto has been involved in Legion Baseball for nearly two decades.
About 16-17 years ago he was assistant manager to David Ryan and took over when Ryan left the coaching position.
Mirto is dedicated to the boys and the game of baseball.
“I love baseball at that level, it gives me a chance to interact with good players and help them move their careers along both academically and on the field,” Mirto said. “I like seeing where they go to school (college or university) and be discovered.”
Mirto is proud of his players and in the past decade and a half seven have been drafted into the pros. the last one being Connor Kenary, who went to Lake Forest and was drafted by the Washington Nationals.
“This (2014) team has a lot of talent, many of them recovering from a longer High School season,” he said. “We will start playing like we can and we have a run at the zone title and go to the tournament where we can do some damage.”
Post 127 is in Zone 2 with 11 teams in the New Haven/surrounding town area.
“We have some very good kids, they are being pushed into a compacted season where they will play just about every day.”
Mirto’s confidence in his team must have rubbed off on the boys — they played well that night, (June 23) defeating New Haven 8-1.