Aug 202014

IMG_7122The skies were clear and the temperature remained pleasant at Orange Hills Country Club on Monday for the American Legion Post 127 Golf Tournament.

Participants rode in comfort on golf carts as they went from hole to hole.

The fundraising event benefits the Legion Post and its various youth baseball teams.

first hole

Jul 192014

IMG_6168Orange Post 127 came alive at Penders Field in Stratford on Thursday night after losing to Stratford 3-5 on Wednesday night, they were ready to fight to win this double-header.

Orange won the first game at 5:45 p.m. 2-1 and the second game, scheduled for 7:45 didn’t begin until 8 p.m.

The game went into extra innings, but when the last out was recorded Orange Post 127 emerged with a 1-0 victory in the 13th inning.

Matt Ronai helped Orange Post 127 take the lead for good in the thirteenth inning.

With the game scoreless in the thirteenth inning Ronai came to the plate and doubled, bringing home Jake Russo.

Eric Class got the win for Orange Post 127. He tossed three innings of shutout ball. He struck out one, walked one and surrendered two hits.

Stratford’s Russo took the loss for Stratford. He lasted just four innings, walked two, struck out two, and allowed one run.

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Jul 192014


In their second match-up with Stratford, Orange traveled to Stratford’s Penders Field for the first game of a double header on Thursday at 5:45 p.m.

Orange Post 127 didn’t provide Mike Appel with much support in the runs department, but he didn’t need much. A pitched seven strong innings to carry Orange Post 127 to a 2-1 win over Stratford in seven innings.

Devin Belenski pushed Orange Post 127 ahead, in the sixth inning, and the lead lasted until the final out.

Anthony Capozziello singled to get on base in the sixth. He then went from first to second on an error.

Stratford’s Ward ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just seven innings, walked one, struck out three, and allowed two runs.

The top of the first saw Orange Post 127 take an early lead, 1-0. Capozziello singled, plating Chris Winkel after a single by Jake Russo got things started.

The lone run of the game for Stratford crossed the plate in the third inning on an RBI single by Ward.


Jul 152014

IMG_2728 copyA superb effort by Doug Rives hoisted Orange Post 127 to a 10-1 win in seven innings over Shelton in Orange on Sunday at 7 p.m.

Rives struck out 13 hitters en route to the Orange Post 127 win. He allowed one earned run, five hits and no walks over seven innings.

Orange Post 127’s bats came to life in the sixth inning. Orange Post 127’s bats caught fire leading to six runs. Orange Post 127 scored in the sixth on a three-run double by Chris Winkel, a two-run double by Devin Belenski, and an RBI single by Josh Sabitsky.

Winkel racked up four RBIs on four hits for Orange Post 127.

Shelton’s Rizzo ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He allowed nine runs in 5 1/3 innings, walked four and struck out four.

Orange Post 127 jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Jake Russo singled to ignite Orange Post 127’s offense. A single by Winkel then moved Russo from first to second. Matt Ronai doubled, scoring Russo.

The game was never in doubt after the fifth, as Orange Post 127 scored three runs on an RBI double by Winkel, a groundout by Russo, and an RBI single by Belenski.

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Jul 152014

IMG_2705 copyOrange Post 127 shut the door early on Shelton, capturing a 12-1 victory at Shelton High School on Saturday, July 12 at 12:45 p.m.

The game was decided quickly as Orange Post 127 exerted its will early with nine runs in the first three innings.

An RBI double by Devin Belenski in the first inning and an RBI single by Zach Chamberlain, an RBI single by Sebastian DiMauro, and a wild pitch during the second inning helped Orange Post 127 put some runs on the board early.

Chris Winkel went a perfect 2-2 at the plate for Orange Post 127. He singled in the first and sixth innings.

Ross Weiner picked up the win for Orange Post 127. He allowed one earned run, six hits and one walk while striking out three over six innings of work.

Shelton’s Boles was the game’s losing pitcher. He allowed 12 runs in six innings, walked four and struck out six.

Orange Post 127 built upon its lead with four runs in the third. A single by Gerald Farace ignited the offense, plating Mike Appel.

Orange Post 127 added three more runs in the top of the sixth. A hit into a fielder’s choice scored Winkel  to get Orange Post 127 on the board in the inning.

Orange improved its record to 16-6.

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Jul 122014

IMG_5723Chris Winkel did all he could to give Orange Post 127 a boost, but it wasn’t enough to get past Hamden, as Orange Post 127 lost 4-3 in seven innings at Legion Field on Friday.

Orange Post 127 was led by Winkel’s hitting. He went 1-3, drove in one and scored one run. He tripled in the first inning.

Jimmy Magson recorded the win for Hamden. He allowed three runs over seven innings. He struck out four, walked two and surrendered five hits.

Eric Class ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just six innings, walked two, struck out two, and allowed four runs.

Orange Post 127 jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first with Winkel’s triple, scoring Jake Russo started the inning off.

Hamden never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring three runs on a solo home run by Moskal and a two-run single by Magson.

Post 127’s record dropped to 14-6 with this loss.

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Jul 012014

IMG_9690Ross Weiner pitched six innings, but Orange Post 127 still fell to Branford 4-0 in seven innings on Monday at Branford High School.

Dylan Millhouse recorded the win for Branford. He pitched seven shutout innings. He struck out seven, walked two and surrendered one hit.

Branford was sparked by Kyle Hart and Brandon Wynne, who teamed up for four hits and two RBIs.

Weiner was the game’s losing pitcher.

Branford stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first, scoring four runs on Wynne’s two-run double, an error, and a single by Hart.

Orange is 9-3 for the season. The boys play again Tuesday night 7 p.m. at Brinley Field.

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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.

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