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Brinley Field Closed for Improvements

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Aug 302013
 

P&R commissioner Jim Ronai speaks at the Aug. Commission meeting

P&R commissioner Jim Ronai speaks at the Aug. Commission meeting

Brinley Field at Old Tavern Park was not in the best shape during the American Legion Baseball Season this year.

Jim Ronai is not only a member of the Orange Parks and Recreation Commission but also the parent of a legion player, so he saw first-hand, game after game just how hazardous the field could be.

During this week’s Park & Rec Commission meeting the subject of the field came up and it was announced that Brinley Field is being worked on and is shut down until fall baseball begins.

The scoreboard, which some parents and past players treasure for the nostolgia, did not work all last season and it was frustrating for anyone who didn’t have a score sheet or game app, always asking others “What’s the score?” or “What inning is this?”

Fixing the scoreboard is costly and a major project, so the two-part question is … Do we fix the old scoreboard with no guarantee that it will work for a long time OR do we buy a new scoreboard?

Commission Chairman Joe Lembo said when the time comes they should go out for price quotes from companies for both options and then bring it back to the table for discussion.

Park & Rec Meeting Notes: July 24

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Jul 252013
 

File photo from a park & Rec meeting

File photo from a park & Rec meeting

The Orange Park & Recreation Department met Wednesday night at Town Hall.

First up on the discussion was the update on the Wolfe Park renovation phases.

Also, FYI: The Racebrook Tract is now cleared of most of the downed trees from the storms and safe for people to walk.

Commissioner Jim Ronai asked who takes care of the baseball fields at Old Tavern Park primarily Brinley Field, which needs work because balls are bouncing and hitting players in the face and other parts of the body during games, whereas on a properly maintained field that doesn’t happen.

Director Dan Lynch said he would look into it.

Rauch Field Scoreboard was replaced, Orange Little League paid for it.

All Park & Rec summer programs have begun. there are openings for day camp and mini camp.

Also, there is a spotlight in the parking lot of Puerto Vallarta that is blinding players at bat and could be to blame for players getting hit by the ball.

Ronai said he spoke with someone who maintains the property and they are willing to change the angle of the light so the remainder of the season will be safer for the players.

Orange Post 127’s bats go quiet in 1-0 loss to Branford

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Jul 122013
 

Nick Fusco on the mound for Post 127.

Nick Fusco on the mound for Post 127.

Nick Fusco allowed just one run on Thursday at Brinley Field, but Orange Post 127 couldn’t get the offense going in a 1-0 defeat to Branford.

John Amendola recorded the win for Branford. He pitched eight shutout innings. He struck out 10, walked one and surrendered four hits.

In the eighth inning, Branford pushed across its only run of the day on an RBI double by Mike Funaro.

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Brief: Orange Post 127 lets East Haven get away late in 6-0 loss

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Jul 082013
 

IMG_3373Orange Post 127 held tough until late against East Haven on Sunday, but East Haven scored four runs late for a 6-0 victory at Brinley Field.

Bill Reynolds got the win for East Haven. He tossed seven innings of shutout ball. He struck out six, walked one and surrendered three hits.

East Haven was sparked by Bill and Andrew Hinkley, who teamed up for four hits and four RBIs.

East Haven added four more runs in the top of the seventh. The inning got off to a hot start when Andrew doubled, bringing home Mike Corso and Mike Levine.

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Orange Legion Beats Stratford Again

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Jul 122012
 

Grayson Amoroso and Nick Baviello in this file photo from Tuesday’s game.

The Orange Legion Baseball Team defeated Stratford in the last of three games 2-0 in Stratford Wednesday night.

With the State Tournament coming up, the boys need to keep up their momentum and play some awesome ball against the tougher teams: East Haven, Shelton and Branford.

The Orangemen take on East Haven at Brinley Field tonight at 7 p.m.

Come on out to Brinley and see what everyone’s talking about.

Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball Game Schedule July 8-19

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Jul 082012
 

Ted Ballou (4) slams the ball.

Following is this week’s game schedule for the Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball Team.

Tuesday 7/10 vs Stratford at Brinley 7 pm

Wednesday 7/11 vs Stratford at Penders 5:45

Thursday 7/12 vs EastHaven at Brinley 7 pm

Friday 7/13 vs Shelton at Brinley 7 pm

Saturday 7/14 vs EastHaven at EHHS 10am

Sunday 7/15 vs EastHaven at Brinley at 7 pm

Tuesday 7/17 vs Branford at BHS at 5:45 pm

Wednesday 7/18 vs Branford at Brinley at 7 pm

Thursday 7/19 vs Branford at BHS at 5:45 pm

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.

By PHIL BRODSKY

Sports Writer

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.