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Meet The 2015 10-11 CONNECTICUT Little League State Champs — Orange Little League!

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Aug 022015
 


Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 11.04.53 AMManager Keith Soldra “I want every player recognized, the accomplishments of every boy played a role in our success.” 

Congratulations Orange Little League 11 District Allstars Team members: Jacob Crow; Ben Daddio; Christian DÁstous; Dylan Gherlone; Sebastian Holt; Owen Leszczak; Colby O’Connor; AJ Soldra; Drew Visnic; Charlie Windsor and Martin Zhang Manager Keith Soldra, Coaches Mike Visnic & Jim Windsor

A Rundown of this year’s accomplishments:

June 30, 2015 – Orange 8, Milford National 4

July 2, 2015- Orange 16, West Haven 9

July 6, 2015 -Orange 11, Hamden 0

July 8, 2015- Orange 26, North Branford 3

 July 9, 2015- Orange 11, Hamden 0

District 4 Championship July 11, 2015

Orange 12, West Haven 2

2015 Division 1 Pool Play

July 18, 2015 Orange 8, Stamford North 5

July 19, 2015 Orange 8, Monroe 7

2015 Division 1 Championship Game:

July 21, 2015 Orange 9, Stamford North 2

2015 Section 1 Championship Game:

July 23, 2015 Orange 5, Berlin 2

Orange pitcher, Owen Leszczak retired the first six Berlin batters he faced.  While, Drew Visnic staked Orange to a 1-0 lead on a leadoff homerun in the home half of the 1st.  In the 2nd, Christian D’Astous reached on an error and Martin Zhang walked to start the inning.  Leszczak’s 2-run double put Orange back in front 3-0.

However, Berlin was able to get something going against Leszczak in the 3rd.  After striking out the first batter of the inning, Leszczak hit the next two.  The next batter flew out to Colby O’Connor at second base.  A walk loaded the bases with two out.  Berlin’s next batter smacked a double to the fence.  Two runs were in, a third was on the way.

Charlie Windsor, playing right field, made a perfect relay throw to O’Connor, who gunned it to catcher Jacob Crow covering home to erase the runner at the plate and end the inning.  Berlin was only down a run, trailing 3-2.

Holt would push the lead to 4-2 on a solo homerun in the 3rd.  Leszczak held Berlin scoreless in the next two frames, surrendering just one hit.

Orange tacked on a run in the 5th on Ben Daddio’s RBI single.  O’Connor came on the pitch the top of the 6th  for Orange to record the save.

He retired Berlin’s 3-4-5 hitters in order on just 11 pitches.  Leszczak pitched 5-innings, allowing just two hits and struck out six for the win.

Orange was crowned Section 1 Champion and earned a spot in the State Championship Series against Section 2 Champion, Tolland, in a best-of-three series.

2015 Connecticut Championship Series:

July 26, 2015 GAME 1:  Orange 5, Tolland 3

With rain possible, Orange manager, Keith Soldra, decided to push his ace, Sebastian Holt, back and gave Martin Zhang the start on the mound instead.  It was a risky move but it was a decision the manager felt comfortable making.  Zhang had thrown well in previous starts and deserved the opportunity.

After striking out the leadoff batter, it looked like the move was a good one.  However, the next batter doubled and advanced to third on a ground out to Sebastian Holt playing third base.  A single up the middle plated a run and Tolland led 1-0 after half an inning of play.

Orange was retired in order in the home half.  Zhang’s second inning of work did not get off to a good start.  The leadoff batter walked.  Tolland decided to play “small ball”. A sacrifice bunt moved the lead runner to second base.  The next Tolland batter also bunted.  Zhang fielded the ball in front of the mound and made an errant throw to first that went up the right field line.  One run scored.

The batter advanced to second base.  Tolland again bunted.  Holt fielded and fired to first to retire the batter.  The runner on second broke for third on the throw.  First baseman, AJ Soldra attempting to cut the runner down, threw the ball away.  The runner scored and Tolland was ahead 3-0.

After a single and a walk, Zhang was able to get a groundout to second baseman, Colby O’Connor to end the inning.  Orange was again retired in order in the home half of the 2nd inning.  Tolland’s pitcher was brilliant through two innings, keeping Orange’s potent offense at bay by pitching backwards. He was using his breaking ball early in the count to set up his fastball.  Orange was unable to hit anything hard halfway through the contest.

Zhang settled down over the next two frames, striking out three of the seven batters he faced.  Orange was finally able to get some offense going in the 3rd.  With one out, O’Connor singled.  Visnic followed with a double to plate O’Connor.  Soldra also singled, putting runners on first and third.  Jacob Crow’s fielder’s choice to short plated Visnic.  Orange cut Tolland’s lead to 3-2.

Both teams were held scoreless in the 4th inning.  Colby O’Connor came in to pitch for Orange in the 5th.  O’Connor retired Tolland in order.

With Tolland’s pitcher starting to tire, Orange pounced.  O’Connor’s walk and three singles by Visnic, Crow, and Holt plated three runs.  Orange jumped ahead 5-3.  The Orange manager, decided to roll the dice again.  Not wanting to burn O’Connor for Game 2 of the series, he brought in Sebastian Holt to pitch.  But, he would not push him past 20-pitches.

Holt was going to start Game 2.  Holt didn’t have his usual command of the strike zone.  He allowed a leadoff single to start the inning.  After two strikeouts, a catcher’s interference, and a walk, Tolland had the bases loaded.  With two out, Holt had reached his limit of pitches and Orange manager, Keith Soldra, had to make a move.  He called on shortstop, Drew Visnic.

Visnic had pitched sparingly in the Post Season, but he had something Tolland hadn’t seen all evening….A curveball.  With bases loaded, and the game on the line, Tolland’s #3 hitter stepped into the batter’s box.  Orange is a power-pitching team and Tolland had seen fastballs all evening.  Visnic’s first pitch a beautiful curveball for strike one.  Visnic’s next pitch, also a curveball, was weakly grounded back to the mound.  Visnic fielded and fired to first.

Game 1 was in the books.  Orange took a 1-0 series lead.

July 27, 2015 GAME 2: Orange 15, Tolland 4

Orange went down in order to start the 1st inning.  Orange ace, Sebastian Holt, followed suit setting Tolland down 1-2-3 in the bottom half.  Holt would lead off  the 2nd inning with a double for Orange.

Dylan Gherlone, playing right field, struck out before Christian D’Astous worked a walk.  D’Astous stole second without a throw, putting runners second and third.  Ben Daddio’s RBI ground out to second plated Holt and Orange was up 1-0.

Holt surrendered a double to Tolland in the home half, but two consecutive bunts back to the pitcher ended the threat.  Orange was set down in order in the 3rd.  Tolland was able to scratch a run across in the bottom half of the 3rd.  The first two batters were hit-by-pitch.  A passed ball moved the runners to second and third with no outs.  An RBI groundout to Daddio at third knotted the score at 1-1.

Holt regained command.  A one-out ground ball back to the mound, forced the lead runner to stay at third.  Now, with two out, Holt produced another groundout to third that ended the inning.  Orange’s offense would erupt in the 4th inning.  Crow singled.  Holt walked.  Gherlone doubled.  Charlie Windsor singled.  Daddio singled. Leszczak singled.  O’Connor walked.

Seven straight batters reached base and six runs scored, before Drew Visnic groundout out to first.  The last blow of the inning would come off the bat of AJ Soldra, who launched a 2-run bomb to centerfield.  The 8-run inning gave Orange a commanding, 9-1 lead after Holt set Tolland down in order to end the 4th inning.  Orange was able to load the bases in the visitor’s half of the 5th, but couldn’t push a run across.

Tolland wasn’t throwing in the towel just yet.  After sandwiching a walk between two strikeouts, Tolland was able to touch Holt for a single and a 3-run homerun to cut the Orange lead to 9-4 after five innings.  Orange, as they had done all post season, answered.

Holt lead off with a double.  Gherlone reached on an error.  D’Astous laced an RBI single up the middle with two strikes.  Daddio singled, but was cut down between first and second, for the first out of the inning. Leszczak and O’Connor both reached base.  Visnic singled and Soldra walked, before Crow drove a 2-run single to the fence.  Crow was cut down trying to stretch the single into a double, for the second out.

Holt, who started the rally was retired on a screaming line-drive back to the pitcher.  Holt would close the door on Tolland in the home 6th.  He struck out the first batter looking.  The second batter grounded out to Daddio at third.  The final out landed in the outstretched glove of center fielder, Owen Lesczak, as he approached the outfield fence.

The celebration was on.  Game over….Series over.

Orange wins Game 2.

Orange had completed the magical run.

Orange was the 2015 10-11 Connecticut State Champions.

Orange the 2015 10-11 Connecticut Champions

They Did It! Orange 10-11 Little Leaguers Win State Championship!

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Jul 282015
 

The Orange 10-11 LL State Champs pictured after Monday night's WIN.

The Orange 10-11 LL State Champs pictured after Monday night’s WIN.

According to the Orange Little League, the Orange 10-11 year old Baseball team moves on to the state final in Terryville on Sunday, Aug. 2.

It’s a best-of-3 series against Tolland beginning Sunday at 6 p.m.

There will be an Opening Ceremony at 5:30pm.  Parking restrictions around the Terryville Complex apply.

Parents and fans should refer to the Terryville Little League website for those gameday restrictions.

— Submitted story

Congratulations Boys (and coaches) You Make Orange Proud!

Orange Little League 10-11 Year Olds Earn A Spot In The State Championships!

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Jul 232015
 

11059587_515979118559179_825587841137593497_nThey did it! Orange 11 District will be going to the State Championship clinching their spot Thursday night by winning 5-2!

Congratulations Boys!
They  move on to the State Final in Terryville.
It’s a best-of-3 series against Tolland beginning Sunday at 6pm.
There will be an Opening Ceremony at 5:30pm.
There are parking restrictions around the Terryville Complex. Parents and fans should refer to the Terryville Little League website for those gameday restrictions.

Orange Little League 10-11 Baseball Team Going To State Championships

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Jul 222015
 

Orange 10-11 Team going to State Championships

Orange 10-11 Team going to State Championships

The Orange CT Little League 11’s Allstars are heading to the State Finals after winning both the District 4 Championship and Divisional Championship last night.

Congratulations boys! Now go All The Way! You can do it!
July 23
Div. 3 vs Div. 4
5:30PM
TOLLAND LL

State Championships

ALL GAMES TO BE PLAYED AT TERRYVILLE LL

GAME 1
JULY 26 @ 4 PM

GAME 2
JULY 27 @ 6:30 PM

“IF” GAME
JULY 28 @ 6:30 PM

To follow the results go to Orange CT Little League website or Facebook 

Business: You Can Be a Tee Sign Sponsor At OEDC Golf Tourney

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Jul 212015
 

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 9.16.49 AMThe Orange Economic Development Corporation’s 9th Annual Golf Tournament, will take place at the Orange Hills Country Club in Orange on Friday, Sept. 18.

We would like to encourage local businesses to become Tee Sign Sponsors.  Tee Signs are priced at $100 per sign.  If you are interested in this opportunity and/or are interested in participating in the tournament, call us at 203-891-1045.

The OEDC projects 80 to 100 golfers to participate in the tournament.

We are planning a great event and are looking forward to having a fantastic day on the course!

Chamber Golf Clinic Tonight, Have You Signed Up?

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Jul 212015
 

girls-golf-lessonsJoin the Orange Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Network for a golf clinic, drinks and munchies.

The event will take place at The Orchards, 137 Kozlowski Road, Milford today, Tuesday, July 21, 5:307:30 p.m.

Cost is $30

Space is limited to 10 for lessons.

Call the chamber office 203-795-3328 for reservations.

Click this link for full details Golf Outing.

 

 

Vinny Sienna Already Making News After the Draft

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Jul 202015
 

Vinny Siena at 18 playing for Post 127 in Orange.

Vinny Siena at 18 playing for Post 127 in Orange.

At Amity we knew Vinny Sienna as a nice guy, and a great baseball player with a passion for the game.

We followed him on Orange Live in 2012 from Amity through the American Legion Post 127 season.

He was the shortstop, #23, and just 18 years old.

He continued to make a name for himself playing ball for UCONN for 3 years.

A month ago, we published a story about the Mets decision to draft him.

And now, we’re proud to say that he’s already making headlines playing for the Class-A Brooklyn Cyclones.

Here’s the LINK to the story Newsday.

Ray Moquet shared this LINK of “the new kid” talking to reporters from YouTube.

Continued Success to you Vinny, make us proud!

Vinny Siena of the Brooklyn Cyclones rounds second during a New York Penn League game against the Aberdeen Ironbirds on July 12, 2015 at MCU Park in Brooklyn. Photo Credit: Brooklyn Cyclones / Dustin Satloff

Vinny Siena of the Brooklyn Cyclones rounds second during a New York Penn League game against the Aberdeen Ironbirds on July 12, 2015 at MCU Park in Brooklyn. Photo Credit: Brooklyn Cyclones / Dustin Satloff

Legion Baseball: Doug Rives goes 8 but Orange Post 127 loses to Hamden 2-1

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Jul 192015
 

IMG_6049Orange Post 127’s Doug Rives (22) pitched eight innings, but providing enough offense to notch a victory proved difficult Saturday, as Orange Post 127 fell to Hamden 2-1 in this post season game at Brinley Field.

Mitchell got the win for Hamden. He allowed one run over eight innings. He struck out 12, walked three and surrendered five hits.

Rives ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss.

Hamden closer Rodriguez put away the final three outs to record the save.

The game was never in doubt after the third, as Hamden scored one run on.

In the fifth inning, Orange Post 127 pushed across its only run of the day on an RBI single by Lou DeGennero (3).

— Submitted by Nick Mirto

Post 127 completed the 2015 season with a 21-10 record.

Thank You boys for the memories and the good sportsmanship you demonstrated throughout the season.

 

Orange Post 127 surrenders sixth inning lead to Branford in 7-5 defeat

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Jul 182015
 

IMG_3447Orange Post 127 lost the ballgame after losing the lead in the sixth inning Friday, as Branford grabbed a 7-5 victory in seven innings at Branford High School.

Branford’s Coleman, Stankiewicz, Querfeld and Baker combined for nine hits and three RBIs.

Lou DeGennero (3) was charged with the loss. He allowed seven runs in 5 1/3 innings, walked five and struck out three.

The bottom of the first saw Branford take an early lead, 3-0. The Branford attack began with a single from Coleman. A stolen base then moved Coleman from first to second. More runs came home for Branford when Baker scored on a fielder’s choice and Stankiewicz scored on a walk by Candelora.

Orange Post 127 pushed across one run in both the second inning and the fourth. In the second, Orange Post 127 scored on an RBI single by Evan Lumpinski (18), scoring Devin Belinski (21).

Branford didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring three runs in the sixth inning when it scored on two singles.

— Submitted by Nick Mirto

Post 127 is back home in Orange this afternoon at 1 p.m. for the first game in the playoffs. As of Friday night, Orange is ranked third in Zone 2 behind Branford and Stratford.

Orange Post 127 uses big sixth inning to beat Stratford, 9-2

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Jul 182015
 

IMG_5946A five-run explosion in the sixth inning hoisted Orange Post 127 to a 9-2 win in seven innings over Stratford at Brinley Field on Thursday.

Orange Post 127 scored in the sixth on an RBI single by Lou DeGennero (3), a two-run double by Matt Ronai (25), and a two-run single by Kyle Mattei (13).

The game was back-and-forth heading into the fourth, with four lead changes.

Orange Post 127 took the lead in the fourth inning and held on for the victory. Orange Post 127 scored on a two-run single by Eli Oliphant (7) off Canadetti, bringing home Ronai and Mattei.

Ronai had two extra-base hits for Orange Post 127.

Mike Ficaro (6) got it done on the rubber on the way to a win. He allowed two runs over four innings. Ficaro struck out none, walked four and gave up five hits.

Orange Post 127’s DeGennero, Oliphant, Mattei and Ronai combined for eight hits and eight RBIs.

Canadetti took the loss for Stratford. He lasted just five innings, walked six, struck out one, and allowed four runs.