Orange American Legion Golf Tournament Benefits Veterans And Baseball Teams

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Jul 152012

Originally posted July 9 at 2:10 p.m.

The Orange American Legion, Post 127 will hold its’ Third Annual Tournament at Orange Hills Country Club, Wednesday, July 25.

Registration for the scramble formal will begin at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Registration Fee is $110 and includes greens fee, cart, breakfast, lunch and prizes.

Tee sponsorships are available for $100, or a $25 gift certificate or product donation for the raffle.

Singles are welcome and will be paired with a foursome.

Proceeds from this event will help both the American Legion and their baseball teams.

To register or for sponsorship details, call Trevor at 203-795-3267 or Peter at 203-799-7357.

Orange Legion: Ballou Hits It Out Of The Park

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Jun 272012

Ted Ballou takes off running after hitting a homer onto a rooftop way beyond left field fence.


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Sturdy pitching by Austin Pokluda and Ted Ballou’s towering 3-run home run combined to lead Orange Post 127 past Post 196 of Milford 5-2 in a Zone 2 contest Tuesday night at Brinley Field. The victory prevented Post 127 from being swept in its 3 game summer series with the Sixers. Milford (now 3-3) took the first 2 games by scores of 9-2 and 2-1. The win also improved the winners’ record to 8-3.

Pokluda’s victory upped his mark to 2-1. He allowed 2 runs on 9 hits while walking 2 and striking out 9. He had only 1 bad inning—the second inning when he gave up both Milford runs.

According to Post 127 Coach Bob Mirto, “ Austin really picked us up tonight and we needed that. He got off to a slow start He became much more effective once he began to spot his change-up in the third inning. It’s his most effective pitch.”

Trailing 2-0 after Milford had scored twice in the top of the second inning, Orange struck back in the bottom of the third. With 1 out, Mark Boland slashed an opposite field double into the left-center field gap. After Brian Speer’s 2-out walk, Nick Baviello slashed a single down the right field line to drive Boland home. Ballou stepped in and walloped a towering drive far over the left field fence to put Orange on top, 4-2.

“Teddy just mashed that ball,” Mirto said. “He put it onto the roof of the building beyond the left field fence. He launched a 3-run rocket.”

The winners played with 3 regulars—Vin Siena, Paul Gusmano, and Chris Katz who all missed the game with a variety of valid reasons.

Milford scored both of its runs in the top of the second inning. Pokluda issued a 1-out walk to Christian Baglini and served up a base hit to Nick Pinto. Following a double steal that put both runners into scoring position, Sean Cameron ripped a 2-run 2 bagger into right center field.

Pokluda avoided trouble when he ended a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first inning by striking out Jake Saley.

Mirto was pleased to note that after leaving 21 runners on base in the 2 previous losses to Post 196, this time, Orange cashed in on its scoring opportunities, getting 6 hits and stranding only 4 base runners.

He added, “We didn’t get a lot of hits tonight but we made the ones we got count. We didn’t leave guys on base like we did in the first 2 games with Milford .”

Boland, who banged out 4 hits in the weekend losses to the Sixers, added 2 more safeties and scored a run on Tuesday night. Ed Michaud singled twice for the losers.

On Monday night, Dane Simone tossed a 1-hitter as Orange battered Hamden Post 88 and improved his record to 3-0. The winners were led by Baviello, who belted a 3-run homer.

Orange is on the road tonight and tomorrow night, visiting Post 76 of North Haven at DeMayo Field. On Friday, Mirto and Co. are off to Rhode Island to participate in the annual Firecracker Tournament. They open tourney play on Saturday at Bryant College in Smithfield , R.I.

Legion Baseball Season Off To A Slow Start

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Jun 122012

Play Ball American Legion 2011 photo

Tonight’s American Legion Post 127 baseball game is postponed due to the rain.

Sunday’s game against Shelton was postponed because many of the players are on the Amity Baseball team and they were raising money at their annual car wash.
No new dates have yet been set to make up for Sunday or tonight’s games.
Tomorrow night, June 13, Orange is scheduled to play at Shelton.
West Haven is at Orange’s Brinley Field on Thursday night at 7  p.m.
The June 19 game at Hamden has been moved up to Friday, June 15.
As scheduled, Orange is at West Haven, Saturday at 10 a.m.
If Mother Nature cooperates, we may actually see a game or two this week and get Phil Brodsky back online!

Phil Is Here!: American Legion Season Begins June 10

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Jun 092012


Orange Live is proud to welcome the 2010 “Sportswriter of the Year” Phil Brodsky to report on the upcoming American Legion Post 127 Baseball season.

Many of our Amity High School Baseball players are on the Legion Team.

Brodsky has been covering Legion games for 40 years and is anxious to get back in the game.

We welcome his expertise and talent to Orange Live and we know our readers will appreciate him too.

Let’s play ball!!!!




Legion Ball begins June 10

Sun.  June 10    Orange  @ Shelton              Shelton HS                     10 AM  POSTPONED DUE TO AMITY CARWASH

Tue.  June 12    Shelton  @ Orange             Brinley Field                    7 PM

Wed. June 13    Orange @ Shelton              Shelton HS                       7 PM

Thu.  June 14    West Haven @ Orange       Brinley Field                    7 PM

Sat.   June 16     Orange @ West Haven HS      Piurek Field             10 AM