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.

Jun 242013
The 2013 Senior Amity Spartan Baseball Players

The 2013 Senior Amity Spartan Baseball Players

With Friday’s Graduation, Amity lost 7 great baseball players from it’s championship varsity team.

But if you want to see some of these players in action this summer, several of them are on the #2 American Legion Orange Post 127 baseball team.

Mike Concato, who amazed us with his 93 MPH fastball at Amity and sailed a few balls over the fence this season; Max Ritchie, who, at 6’7″ is hard to miss in a crowd and bats as well as he pitches; Justin Ashworth on 1st base is a force to be reckoned with; Austin Pokluda who has really shown his chops on the mound for the legion; Sam Nepiarsky, whose beach ball retrieval at graduation was one for the record books; and the mayor of the front row at graduation Keith Klebart is an unstoppable shortstop.

All 7 are off to college in the fall where Orange Live is sure they will succeed in sports and whatever else they set out to do.

Thank you guys for an exciting Spartans baseball season, and Congratulations on graduating Amity.

Anyone who would like to see the guys play this summer, the home games take place at Brinley Field at Old Tavern Park (night games at 7 p.m.)

Jul 262012

Originally posted July 24 at 7:13 p.m.


Orange Live Sports Writer

The Orange Legion Post 127 Senior Team.

Orange Post 127 will open its American Legion double elimination state baseball tournament action on Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. contest against 6th seeded West Hartford at Muzzy Field in Bristol.

Should Orange defeat West Hartford, it would play again Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Bristol against an opponent to be decided based on Saturday’s results. A loss in its opening contest would bring Post 127 back to Muzzy Field on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Junior Legion Game

The Orange Post 127 Junior Legion team also kicks off its state tourney action on Saturday, hosting 23rd seeded Guilford in a noon contest at Brinley Field.

An Orange victory would advance Post 127 to a 1 p.m. game Sunday at 7th seeded Montville. The Junior Legion Tournament is single elimination.

All scores, final results, and full tournament schedules will be available at ctalbb.com

Muzzy Field is located at 35 Muzzy Street, Bristol, CT

Jul 182012

A file photo of the Orange Legion players.

Playing baseball in the middle of a heatwave when the temperature after dusk is still in the 80s is miserable.

Stifling heat and humidity will wear anyone down and it’s doubly as brutal when you are competing in a sporting event.

The Orange Legion baseball team knew that they were in for a tough night as they made their way to Branford High School for a match up against the Branford team, but it could have gone either way as inning after inning the score stood at a 0-0 tie.

Then, somewhere along the way, Branford made a run and Orange could not pull ahead this time.

So Branford won 1-0 in the first of three games that complete the regular season for the Legion teams.

The rivals meet again tonight at Brinley at 7 p.m. and tomorrow in Branford at 5:45 p.m.

All Legion games must be played by Thursday, let’s hope Mother Nature cooperates.

Jul 122012
Running for Home

Running for Home

After defeating Stratford in three consecutive games this week, the Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball team began what is believed to be a string of much tougher opponents.

On Thursday night a couple of Veterans from the sponsoring organization American Legion Post 127 of Orange came out to watch the game and see for themselves how their boys were doing.

Here are some photos from Thursday Night’s game against East Haven at Brinley Field.

How did the boys do?

Check back later for the story by Phil Brodsky.


Jul 082012
Ted Ballou (4) and Nick Baviello (11) greet Vin Siena (23) at home plate after he hit a home run at Brinley Field on July 8.


Orange Live Sports Writer

Ted Ballou (4) and Nick Baviello (11) greet Vin Siena (23) at home plate after he hit a home run at Brinley Field on July 8.

As if there weren’t enough fireworks Saturday night for Orange Day, Post 127 put on its own explosive display on Sunday morning at Brinley Field. Banging out a season-high 19 hits, Orange battered Stratford Post 42 14-1. Every member of the winners’ starting line-up had at least 1 hit. Ted Ballou led the way with 5 hits (a double and 4 singles). He also scored twice, stole a base, and drove in 3 runs. Nick Baviello chipped in with 3 hits (2 doubles and a single), scored 3 runs, and added an RBI. Mark Boland continued to wield a hot bat as he clouted a pair of 2 baggers, scored 3 runs, and had 4 RBI. In addition to his second home run of the summer (a 2-run drive over the left center field fence), Vin Siena added a base hit, 2 runs, and 2 RBI. Brian Speer singled twice, and drove in a run. Grayson Amoroso posted 2 base hits, 2 runs, and 3 stolen bases.

“We had our hitting shoes on today,” said Orange Coach Bob Mirto. “We hit a lot of hard line drives. Ted Ballou, Vin Siena, and Mark Boland really hit the ball hard. We didn’t have any cheap hits today. Now, we have to try and keep it rolling.”

The lop-sided victory was the 6th in a row for Post 127, which now sports an 11-3 record and sits alone at the top of Zone 2. Milford had been tied with the locals for first place but was knocked off 4-1 by Shelton Post 16.

Orange wasted no time jumping on Post 42 starting pitcher Mark DeStefano for four 1st inning runs. Following a lead-off single by Amoroso, Boland, Baviello, Ballou and Siena each blasted a double. Speer added a run-scoring single to stake winning pitcher Austin Pokluda to a 4-0 lead. Post 127 rang up three more tallies in the bottom of the third. Baviello’s second 2-bagger, Siena ’s drive up the middle, Ballou’s base hit, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ted Fox extended the Orange lead to 7-0.

The fourth inning saw Orange tack on 3 more runs. Amaroso singled, swiped 2 bases, and scored on Boland’s infield out. After Baviello stroked a base hit down the right field line, Siena launched his 2-run shot into the distant trees in left center field. Adding insult to injury, Boland ripped a bases-loaded double into right center field to cap an additional 4 run explosion. Ballou singled home another score and Matt Ronai closed out the fireworks, scoring Boland on his sac fly into left field.

Pokluda (now 3-1) allowed only 1 run on 4 hits but lost his shutout bid in the top of the fourth inning. Back-to-back base hits by Steve Petrahai and Mike Cody were followed by Brian Sosik’s sac fly. Petrahai had 2 of the losers’ 4 safeties. Pokluda went the distance, striking out 8 and not walking a batter.

Following his complete game victory, Pokluda said, “It’s a lot easier pitching when you get a big lead right away. There’s no pressure, but I was still trying to hit my spots and not change my normal approach. I threw mostly fastballs today with some curve balls, a few change-ups, and 1 slider mixed in.”

With the loss, Post 42 saw its record dip to 3-14.

The same teams meet again on Tuesday night at Brinley Field, starting at 7 P.M. Wednesday night’s contest will start at 5:45 PM at Penders Field in Stratford .

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