Jun 302015

At Monday’s first Legion Baseball game of a double header between Orange and West Haven, Devin Belenski slid into third in dramatic fashion.

He went right between the third baseman’s legs and when he did, instead of tagging him out, the player dropped the ball and Belenski was safe.

Here’s a gif of the slide from still shots that I took.


(GIF courtesy of Bob Miles)

Jun 302015

Pat Winkel celebrates his Grand Slam blast in game one on Monday night.

Pat Winkel celebrates his Grand Slam blast in game one on Monday night.

An exceptional effort by Pat Winkel (#15) led Orange Post 127 to an 11-2 win in seven innings over West Haven on Monday at Brinley Field.

Winkel racked up six RBIs on three hits for Orange Post 127. He doubled in the first inning and homered in the fifth and sixth innings.

Orange Post 127 beat West Haven thanks to 13 hits, including seven extra base hits.

Max Scheps (#4) recorded the win for Orange Post 127. He allowed two runs over five innings. Scheps struck out three, walked five and gave up five hits.

Urbina couldn’t get it done on the mound for West Haven, taking a loss. He allowed six runs in five innings, walked three and struck out two.

The bottom of the first saw Orange Post 127 take an early lead, 1-0. Pat Winkel doubled to ignite Orange Post 127’s offense, before Chris Winkel (#23) doubled, bringing his brother home.

The lead stayed with Orange Post 127 after the fifth, when it scored four runs on an RBI double by Matt Ronai (#25), a two-run home run by Pat Winkel, and an RBI triple by Devin Belinski (#21).

Orange Post 127 added five more runs in the bottom of the sixth. The inning looked promising, as Kyle Mattei (#13) singled, plating Jake Smith (#26) to kick things off. That was followed up by Winkel’s Grand Slam blast, bringing home Mike Appel (#1)  Lou DeGennero (#3) and Mattei.

— Submitted by Nick Mirto

Jun 282015

IMG_2398A Stamford teen wasted no time in crossing the finish line at Sunday’s Doc’s Race in Orange. For Gilmar Barrios, 17, there was no pressure as he rounded the corner into the Orange Fairgrounds for the final quarter mile of the 5K and won the race at 16:50.30.

Barrios was second last year behind Kyle Beaudette. 

Elizabeth Fengler, 19, of Wallingford repeated last year’s win as the first female finisher at 19:36.50 (11 seconds shy of her 2014 time)

The first Orange resident to finish was Anthony Tom, 14, with a time of 19:31.77.

Branford’s Don Osborne, 93, no stranger to Orange Road Races, finished at 63:45.96

One memorable runner was Orange Parks Dept Worker Chris Small, who ran with his 3 kids in a a stroller. They finished at 27:34.22

Race Director Joe Riccio said Orange has so many 5K races that it’s hard to get people to come out especially when they use the same route.

“I paid to have this route certified and everyone uses it,” Riccio said. “The Board of Selectmen approve any race that’s requested.”

He said runners don’t like participating in 5Ks that are close together on the same route, so if local races are going to be successful, they have to be well managed by experienced people, use different routes and spaced out so they can attract more runners.

Race Coordinator Jane Opper said she was happy with the turn-out, (about 200 participants), but a larger crowd would have been better for the cause. Doc’s inaugural race in 2013 had 353 runners; in 2014 there were 273.

Full Results can be found on the Fast Track Timing website.

Jun 282015

IMG_2265Evan Lumpinski (#18) brought home the winning run to give Orange Post 127 the lead in the seventh inning, as Orange Post 127 hung on to beat Milford 5-2on Saturday.

With the score tied at two in the seventh inning, Lumpinski came to the plate and hit a sacrifice fly, plating Eli Oliphant (#7).

Mike Appel (#1) had a hot bat for Orange Post 127. Appel went 2-4 and scored one run. He singled in the first inning and doubled in the sixth inning.

Lou DeGennero (#3) recorded the win for Orange Post 127. He allowed two runs over seven innings. DeGennero struck out two, walked three and gave up eight hits.

RJ Jackson took the loss for Milford. He lasted just two innings, walked none, struck out one, and allowed five runs.

The game was scoreless until Milford broke the ice with two runs in the fourth. Milford scored on an RBI single by Mike Bevini and an RBI single by Ryan Muir.

The lead was Orange Post 127’s to lose after seventh inning. More runs came home on an RBI single by Jake Smith (#26).

— Submitted by Nick Mirto

Jun 282015

IMG_2038A six-run explosion in the sixth inning lifted Orange Post 127 to a 7-0 win in seven innings over Milford at Foran High on Saturday.

Orange Post 127 scored in the sixth on an RBI triple by Eli Oliphant (#7), an RBI single by Evan Lumpinski (#18), a three-run double by Pat Winkel (#15), and an RBI triple by Chris Winkel (#23).

Oliphant racked up two RBIs on three hits for Orange Post 127.

Orange Post 127’s Mike Stewart  (#10) kept Milford off the scoreboard for all seven innings he was on the bump. He pitched a shutout, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out two.

Milford’s Tom Marchitto was charged with the loss. He lasted just 5 1/3 innings, walked three, struck out one, and allowed five runs.

Orange Post 127 didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring one run in the fourth inning when it scored on an RBI single by Oliphant.

— Submitted by Nick Mirto

Jun 272015

Eli's dive catchThe American Legion Post 127 Baseball team won two games against Milford Post 196 at Foran High School Saturday morning (and afternoon).

Game 1 – 12 p.m.

The first game was a blowout with Orange taking Milford down 7-0.

Center fielder Eli Oliphant (#7) made an impressive dive/catch in the first game. And Chris Winkel (#23) working the outfield instead of first base, leapt up in the air and caught a fly ball.

In spite of one umpire’s continuous bad calls, Orange still prevailed.

Mike Stewart (#10) Did a great job on the mound.

Game 2 – 2 p.m.

In the second game Lou DeGennero (#3) pitched, and made a couple of nice moves.

Orange defeated Milford 5-2, improving the season record to 9-2.


Sunday, June 28, 10 a.m. vs Milford at Brinley Field

1 p.m. vs Hamden at Brinley Field

Cancelled: Due to the weather, Sunday evening at 7 p.m. 

Monday, June 29, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Brinley Field

Sunday, July 5,       5 p.m. vs East Haven at Brinley Field

7 p.m. vs East Haven at Brinley Field

Jun 262015


file photo from 2014 season

Spring and School are over and for local baseball fans, the American Legion Baseball season has begun.

(We’ve already missed a few games due to some miscommunication, but now we’re on track)

Manager Bob Mirto is back, and the Orange Post 127 team contains many familiar faces from the SCC and CIAC State Championship team from Amity High School, including Matt and Brian Ronai, Mike Appel, Devin Belenski, Eli Oliphant, Doug Rives and Chris and Pat Winkel.

The regular season began on June 16 with a 4-0 win against New Haven; June 18 another win against New Haven, this time 16-3; on June 20 there was a double header against Ansonia in Ansonia with one win 7-1 and one loss 9-8; June 22 they enjoyed a 2-1 victory against West Haven; Orange defeated Branford 4-3 on June 24; then Branford got its revenge, with a 3-2 victory over Orange on June 25; Today (Friday, June 26) Orange took on Hamden in West Haven and won 7-5 — improving their record to 7-2

The season continues tomorrow, Saturday, June 27 with a double header: Milford Post 196 at Foran High School, game one at 10 a.m. followed by the second at noon.

On Sunday, June 28, there’s another double header: Milford at Brinley (Old Tavern Park) in Orange at 10 a.m. and then at 1 p.m., game two against Hamden (at Brinley).

2015 American Legion Post 127 Orange team Roster:

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Jun 232015

Last year's winner, Orange resident Kyle Beaudette.

Last year’s winner, Orange resident Kyle Beaudette.

Get your mismatched socks ready because the Third Annual 5K “Doc’s Race” is happening in Orange at the High Plains Community Center on Sunday, June 28 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 Fitness Walk be held in his name in Orange.  All of the proceeds 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. Applications also are available online at www.hitekracing.com and you can register online until June 23.

One special feature of “Doc’s  Race” is that there will be no registration fee for people 65 and up.  However, this is only for participants who mail in an application and pre-register by June 20.  You will not be able to take advantage of this offer online.

For more information, please call Race Director, Joe Riccio at 203-481-7453 or email him at [email protected] Or you can call Race Coordinator, Jane Opper, at 203-795-9351.

Originally Published on: May 22, 2015 @ 14:25

Second Publishing on: Jun 17, 2015 @ 10:25

Jun 222015

IMG_1368The Orange Police sent out this press release today:

(As reported on Orange Live on Saturday)

A West Haven man (68), who was a participant in the Peck Place Panther Pounce 5k Road Race on Saturday June 20, received quick medical attention after collapsing on the course.

The man, whose name is being withheld, collapsed in the area of Treat Lane and Ann Rose Drive.

A registered nurse who was running the race witnessed the collapse and immediately started CPR along with another bystander.

Orange Police Lieutenant  Max Martins, who was assigned to the race also responded and affixed an automated external defibrillator (AED).

All Orange patrol cars are equipped with the device.  Lt. Martins administered  one shock through the AED and CPR was continued.

The victim soon began to breathe on his own and an ambulance arrived to transport him to the hospital.

The rapid application of CPR by two bystanders and the application of an AED by police undoubtedly contributed to the man’s survival.

Jun 212015

The Amity Class of 2015 had more than 450 phenomenal young men and women who are now going out to make their mark on the world.

Among them, Athletes, Actors and Actresses, Musicians, Academics and even one Future Yale Grad.

Go forth and conquer, the sky’s the limit. Your amazing future is up to you.

Here are some favorite photos from the June 19 Graduation Ceremony.

We’ll miss you all, for every contribution you made during your four years at Amity, big or small, it doesn’t matter. You are all memorable in your own way.