Legion Baseball: Brief and Photos From Monday’s Game vs New Haven

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Jun 282016

The Orange Post 127 Baseball Team hosted New Haven at Brinley Field on Monday night.

This is the second time the two have played against one another, the last time was on June 17 in New Haven. Orange won 5-1.

Mike Ficaro

Mike Ficaro

With pitcher Mike Ficaro on the mound for Orange, and Sean Ranz working for New Haven, both teams had a fair share of give and take.

Ficaro limited New Haven to four hits, struck out four and walked two.

New Haven loaded the bases in the third with no joy.

Ranz allowing just four hits, struck out seven and walked two.

In the second inning, Orange’s Rohan Patel managed to walk after two outs.

During the fourth inning a light sprinkle began to fall and the game continued.

The game was scoreless until the sixth inning and Orange came alive when an error, then a series of singles started the cycle that led to the game’s three and only scoring runs.



With that, Orange shut out New Haven 3-0 and improved its record to 9-5.

New Haven’s record is now 5-9.

Tonight Orange (9-5) is at home again, this time, playing against Milford Post 196 (5-7) at 7 p.m.

Legion Baseball: Orange Vs Hamden Again, How’d This One End?

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Jun 272016

IMG_3931The Orange Post 127 Baseball Team faced off against Hamden’s Post 88 for their third consecutive game of the weekend on Sunday at Brinley Field in Orange.

With one win and one loss against Hamden, it was anyone’s game, then, Hamden’s Ron Grant — the 2016 SCC Player of the Year stood on the mound and did what he does best.

Grant’s fastball was hard to hit, but a couple of Orange players were able to connect with the ball once it left his hand (Rohan Patel, Brian Ronai and Al Smith among them) and those with a keen eye earned a walk, although our hometown boys weren’t able to score.

Doug Rives pitched the first inning for Orange, then was relieved by Eli Oliphant.

Orange played well and kept Hamden back a few times when the bases were loaded, but the opponents did manage to score two runs and that was enough for a 2-0 shutout win.

Records: Orange 8-5, Hamden 8-4

Orange is now ranked fourth in Zone 2 behind Branford, Stratford and Hamden.

Tonight they are home again in their first game against the #8 New Haven team at 7 p.m.

Monroe Teen Wins The Doc’s Race 5K in Orange

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Jun 272016

Here is a video of Andrew Whitney, 17, as he makes it to the top of the “killer hill” on Meetinghouse Lane ahead of the pack of 178 runners.

Whitney’s time was 17:44.15. He was followed by 44-year-old Mario Longo of Cheshire who finished at 18:33.14.

Stephen Fengler, 16, finished third at 19:07.27, followed by his 20-year-old sister, Elizabeth, both of Wallingford, at 19:07.78.

Here is a link to the Race Results on the Fast Track Timing web site.

Can you find yourself in these step-off photos?

Everyone takes pictures at the finish line, but Orange Live was at the top of Meetinghouse Lane. Find those pictures on our Facebook page.


Wash Your Mismatched Socks And Warm Up For Doc’s Race

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Jun 262016

leader-of-the-packGet your mismatched socks ready because the 4th Annual 5K “Doc’s Race” is happening in Orange at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Sunday, June 26 at 10 a.m.

George “Doc” Whitney was well remembered as a veterinarian in Orange, but in his later years he was also known for being a runner. “Doc” started running at the age of 80 and participated in just about every 5K race in the state, and many in New England from then on.

When he passed away at 94 in 2013 his family requested that a 5K Road Race and 2 Mile Fitness Walk be held in his name in Orange. All of the IMG_1794-300x110proceeds this year will go to the George “Doc” Whitney Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In addition to the Race and Fitness Walk there will be two “Fun Runs with Spiderman” starting at 9:20 a.m. You can find applications for both the Race and the Fun Run at the Orange Park and Recreation office at 525 Orange Center Road.

Race Day Entry Fees are $27 for Runners, $15 for 12 & Under Runners, $15 for the 2 Mile Fitness Walk and $8 for the Kids Fun Runs

Early Packet pickup and Late Registration will be held on Saturday, June 25th, at the High Plains Pavilion from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Day of the Race Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Race Director Joe Riccio at (203) 481-7453 or Race Coordinator Jane Opper at (203) 795-9351.

Originally Published on: Jun 4, 2016 @ 19:49

Second Publishing on Jun 13, 2016 @ 07:14

Also Published on: Jun 20, 2016 @ 11:06


Legion Baseball: You Win Some You Lose Some — Saturday’s Double Header

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Jun 262016

Max Scheps

Max Scheps

The Orange Legjon Post 127 Baseball Team was on the road at the beautiful Rochford Field on Saturday for a double-header against Hamden Post 88.

Game One

Orange’s Max Scheps, who was a member of the history-making Amity Baseball Team, pitched 7 full innings.

Hamden got an early lead with two runs, then Orange tied things up.

Orange managed to pull ahead by one (3-2) then Hamden had two runs and won this battle 4-3, breaking Orange’s 7 game winning streak.

Game Two

IMG_2929Rohan Patel took the mound for Orange for the first six innings, demonstrating good skill and control.

Orange had a comfortable lead throughout the game and Hamden only managed to make one run.

Ben Lodewick relieved Patel in the final inning and this game ended in a 5-1 victory for Orange.

On this day, Orange was missing two key players, Eli Oliphant and Brian Ronai, who were playing in an All Star Game elsewhere.

Head coach Bob Mirto is confident that, come today, when the entire team is back together again they can move forward and concentrate on winning more games, then getting into the play off games next month.

Orange plays Hamden again tonight in Orange at Brinley Field at 7 p.m.

Records: Orange 8-4 (ranked third in zone 2), Hamden 7-4.


Legion Baseball: Two More Wins, 14 Is A Lucky Number For Orange Post 127

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Jun 252016

The Orange American Legion Baseball team hosted West Haven for a double header on Thursday evening at Brinley Field. IMG_2594

Bob Mirto’s boys of summer worked hard and their execution on the field was reminiscent of the Amity Spartans team of which many were members for the past few years.

In the first game at 5:50 p.m., Orange led in scoring from the first inning on and with Liam Butler on the mound for six full innings.

West Haven’s Adrain Urbina and Pete Richetelli split pitching duties but couldn’t hold Orange down.

Orange’s Eli Oliphant made some nice plays out in Center Field.

Brian Ronai, Pat Winkel and Al Smith also had some nice moves.

Orange defeated West Haven 14-4.

Here are photos from game 1.

(Game 2 summary with photos will be below.)

Game two at 7:30 p.m. under the Brinley lights.

IMG_2699Doug Rives, Brian Ronai and Eli Oliphant pitched the first three innings (in that order) and Lou DeGennero finished off the game for the last four innings.

Orange dominated this game as well, with some great work both at bat and on the field by Chase Bursinski, Ronai, Rohan Patel, Al Smith, and Pat Winkel.

Again Post 127 got an early lead and retained it throughout the game.

Eli Oliphant contributed in a big way, with a late game multi run homer that left the opposing team gazing over the center field fence.

In spite of some valiant efforts by West Haven, Orange won this game 14-5.

Records: Orange 7-3, West Haven 1-8

On Saturday, June 25, Orange is away to play a double header against Hamden (6-3) at Rochford Field on Mill Rock Road, at 10 a.m. and noon.

Legion Baseball: Orange Wins Again

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Jun 232016

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Orange Legion Post 127 baseball team won its fifth consecutive game on Wednesday night in a match-up against West Haven.

Brian Ronai and Ben Lodewick pitched in this game, which Orange dominated in the first two innings.

Post 127 scored 2 runs each in the first and second.

West Haven fought back with 2 runs in the third, but Orange held them down with 2 additional runs in the fourth. 6-2 Orange.

West Haven came alive and battled its way to a 6-6 tie with 4 runs in the fifth.

The seventh inning was the nail biter with Orange up first adding 2 runs, then it was up to West Haven to tie or win, but they came up one short with 1 additional run.

This game went to Orange 8-7.


Records:  Orange (5-3) is now fourth in zone 2 behind Branford, Stratford (7-1) and Hamden (6-3).

Next Up: Post 127 has a double header against West Haven, at home at Brinley Field on Thursday, June 23, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.





Legion Baseball: Orange Finds Its Way, In It To Win It

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Jun 192016

Pitcher Rohan Patel

Pitcher Rohan Patel

The American Legion Post 127 Orange Baseball team was away at Shelton High School on Saturday for a double header against Shelton.

Rohan Patel pitched seven innings in the first game which Orange won 4-0.

Post 127 won the second game, too, defeating Shelton 7-0.


On Father’s Day, June 19, Orange and Shelton met up again, this time at Brinley Field.

On their home field, Doug Rives pitched 6 innings and Liam Butler finished the game.

Orange was on fire, winning their fourth consecutive game, this one 14-2.

Post 127’s record is 4-3. It is the #3 (out of 10) team in Zone 2 behind Branford and Stratford.

This week’s schedule:

Wednesday, June 22, away at Piurik Field in West Haven at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 22, home at Brinley – double header vs West Haven 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 25, away at Rochford Field vs Hamden 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

It Was A Great Day For An Amity Lacrosse Alumni Game

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Jun 182016

2016 LAX Alumni Group Pic

The annual Amity Lacrosse Alumni Game took place at Pease Field in Woodbridge Saturday morning, June 18.

Amity Boys Lacrosse Coach Brandon Pepe said, “Many of the former legends of Amity Lacrosse were able to make the game today.”

The matchup between the “Old Guys” — former Amity players from 2005 – 2015, many wearing jerseys or helmets from their college teams — and current Amity Lacrosse players, lasted about an hour. With no scoreboard and only one father of two alumni players seemed to be keeping score.

“We had beautiful weather and it was a great celebration of how far Amity Lacrosse has come over the years,” Pepe said.

Here are some of the alumni who attended:

Jay Binkowski (’09)

Michael Keyes (’11)

Mike Choiniere (’11)

Jesse Kwolek (’15)

Cole German (’11)

Tyler Vallie (’12)

Jake Milner (’15)

James Chapman (’14)

Luke Sacramone (’12)

Joey Choiniere (’14)

Jay Kelley (’11)

Scott Burgess (’09)

Bill Marrone (’11)

Brandon Pepe (’05)

Tyler Pepe (’08)

How Did They Play?

During the brief warmup, the current players seemed pretty confident, as parents laughed at their “trash talk.” They thought the Old Guys would just “run up and down the field.”

That train of thought seemed to fade when Joey Choiniere (Sacred Heart University) [2014 Amity Lacrosse MVP and Athlete of the Year] passed the ball to his brother Mike (Albertus Magnus) [Capital One Academic All American] who seamlessly slammed it into the net.

The game stayed interesting with Kwolek, German, Vallie [a 2016 Captain of the D1 Marist College lacrosse team], Chapman [UConn] and Milner also displaying their best moves. Seemed like old times.

Amity Goaltender Matt Perrotti (at least we all believe it was Matt) did a good job against the Old Guys and the other Young Guys managed to lock in some points too.

Final score… I don’t know 8-3 give or take. It doesn’t matter.

The best thing is that everyone got to see one another again and they had fun.

It’s a shame that none of the Amity Youth Lacrosse players were there to watch and see how it’s done.

Legion Baseball: Orange Celebrates First Victory

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Jun 182016

IMG_0714The American Legion Orange Post 127 baseball team finally showed what it’s true colors at West Rock Field on Friday night, June 17.

The boys played against New Haven with Mike Ficaro on the mound for 7 innings.

Orange came on strong with four runs in the first inning, and one in the second.

New Haven managed to get four hits and finally scored its only run in the sixth inning.

Orange Post 127 had its first victory 5-1.

On Saturday, June 18, Orange were away in Shelton for a double header (no scores reported yet).

Orange and Shelton will meet again tomorrow, Father’s Day, June 19 at Brinley Field, Orange at 4 p.m.