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Class of ’85, 2013 and More Represented At Amity Alumni Game

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Dec 262015
 

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The annual Amity Alumni Basketball game took place this morning in the Paul Mengold Gymnasium.

Dozens of talented players from the past, including “old guys” from 1985 (Jim Ronai) and familiar faces like Dave Ryan and Zac Campbell from the class of 2013 showed that they still have moves.

Most impressive perhaps were the numerous displays of good sportsmanship: players from the “home” team (gray shirts) extending a hand to the “visiting” team (yellow shirts) and cheering the opposition’s amazing shots.

The gray team kept the lead through most of the game — the score was 97-92 at 1:12 in the final quarter. The yellow team came close toward the end and then, BAM, at the very last second Matt Ronai (class of 2014) sunk one in and tied the score 97-97.

The alumni game is always fun, and if you didn’t attend, you really missed out on something special!

Current coach Jeff Nielsen, former Athletic Director Paul Mengold and several of this year’s players were in the audience.

 

 

 

 

 

Attention Former Amity Players: Second Annual Basketball Alumni Game Planned

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Dec 102015
 

basketball--200x300Everyone, mark your calendars for the second annual Amity Basketball Alumni game on Saturday, Dec. 26 at Amity High School at 11 a.m.

All Amity Alumni are invited to play.

NOTE: Alumni are asked to RSVP to mikeco517@aol.com by Dec. 19 and include year of graduation and t-shirt size.

The fee is a $25 minimum donation to the Amity Boys Basketball program which includes a game T-shirt and lunch. (Lunch will be served in the cafeteria immediately following the game.)

Last year’s game was a blast, so come and cheer on your favorite players in this once a year event. Don’t miss it!

Legion Baseball: Doug Rives goes 8 but Orange Post 127 loses to Hamden 2-1

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Jul 192015
 

IMG_6049Orange Post 127’s Doug Rives (22) pitched eight innings, but providing enough offense to notch a victory proved difficult Saturday, as Orange Post 127 fell to Hamden 2-1 in this post season game at Brinley Field.

Mitchell got the win for Hamden. He allowed one run over eight innings. He struck out 12, walked three and surrendered five hits.

Rives ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss.

Hamden closer Rodriguez put away the final three outs to record the save.

The game was never in doubt after the third, as Hamden scored one run on.

In the fifth inning, Orange Post 127 pushed across its only run of the day on an RBI single by Lou DeGennero (3).

— Submitted by Nick Mirto

Post 127 completed the 2015 season with a 21-10 record.

Thank You boys for the memories and the good sportsmanship you demonstrated throughout the season.

 

Play Ball! — Legion Baseball Is Back With Many Familiar Faces

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Jun 262015
 

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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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SWEET REVENGE: Amity Slaughters Shelton In CIAC Quarter Final State Tourney Game

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Jun 052015
 

IMG_0268The Amity Spartans took down the Shelton Gaels 17-1 in the State Championship Quarter Final game in Shelton on Friday.

The boys will challenge Southington at Muzzy Field on Tuesday.

GO Spartans!

 

Baseball: Spartans Defeat Gaels Under Protest in Orange

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May 072015
 

IMG_2822Amity and Shelton were pretty well matched for Wednesday night’s battle at Brinley Field in Orange.

Amity was ahead from the beginning and had a 4-2 lead at the end of the fourth inning.

At the top of the fifth Shelton’s Mike Cowell hit a two-run shot tying the score.

Then came the now infamous bottom of the fifth. The game was tied at 4-4 Amity’s Chris Winkel tried to steal third when Shelton’s star pitcher Mike Cowell, for whom several scouts had come to see, threw the ball to third, where Justin Lynch clearly tagged Winkel out.

Amity head coach Sal Coppola protested, stating that Cowell’s foot did not leave the rubber on the pitcher’s mound when he threw Winkel out.

The umpires agreed and reversed the call, ruled it a balk advancing the runners.

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Matt Ronai hit a three-run homer and Amity was victorious 7-4.

Spartans improved to 10-4; and the Gaels dropped to 9-4.

PHOTOS: The Play That Led To A Protest and 15 Minute Delay In Amity/Shelton Game

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May 072015
 

 

During Wednesday night’s Amity vs Shelton baseball game at Brinley field in Orange, the spectators were literally feeling the chill as the Gael’s coach Scott Gura vehemently protested a fifth-inning call, and waited 15 minutes to hear the decision before the game continued.

The game was tied at 4-4 at the bottom of the fifth Amity’s Chris Winkel tried to steal third when Shelton’s star pitcher Mike Cowell, for whom several scouts had come to see, threw the ball to third, where Justin Lynch clearly tagged Winkel out.

Winkel did a back flip and the fireworks began. Amity head coach Sal Coppola protested, stating that Cowell’s foot did not leave the rubber on the pitcher’s mound when he threw Winkel out.

The umpires agreed and reversed the call, ruled it a balk advancing the runners.

Gura disagreed and protested the call. The umpires went over a rule book with Gura, who believed the pitcher does not have to step off the rubber before throwing. The rest of the game was played under protest.

Definition BALK: 

  • throws from the mound to a base without stepping toward (gaining distance in the direction of) that base
  • throws or feints a throw from the rubber to an unoccupied base, unless a play is imminent

When play resumed, Matt Ronai hit a 3-run homer over the centerfield fence winning the game for the Spartans 7-4.

(And the crowd Roared.)

Baseball: Amity Going Strong This Season

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Apr 282015
 

IMG_1182The Amity Varsity Baseball team is 7-3 for the season and their victory on Monday against Cheshire (6-4) shows just how mighty they are.

The three losses were close games: 1-2 Sheehan; 1-4 Fairfield Prep and 1-4 today against Shelton.

But a couple of the victories were mind blowing: Lasting 11 grueling innings with Xavier and winning 1-0; stepping all over East Haven 21-2; and Monday’s 16-1 win against Cheshire.

The Spartans simply dominated this game. No one scored in the first, fourth or fifth innings but Amity showed Cheshire how the game is played with six runs in the second inning, 7 in the third and 3 in the sixth.

Cheshire didn’t score until the sixth inning with Thomas Savino’s RBI.

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Early in the game, Freshman Patrick Winkel hit a home run and 2 RBIs; Matt Ronai hit a double, a triple and 4 RBIs; Devin Belinsky and Mike Appel each hit doubles and 2 RBIs;  Colby Altorelli hit a double and 3 RBIs, Kyle Mattei hit 3 RBIs; Kevin Nusdeo and Matt

Winning pitcher Mike Appel (2-2) was on the mound for most of the game, then Jack Demirjian came out for about 2 innings.

Boys Basketball: Amity Loses Season Opener to Career 68-45

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Dec 182014
 

Jr. Chris Winkel's hoop hanging move at Wednesday's basketball game.

Jr. Chris Winkel’s hoop hanging move at Wednesday’s basketball game.

Back in 2012-13, the Amity Spartans Boys Basketball team had a great season with players like Zach Campbell and Remi Farrell leading the way.

Farrell was known for the way he would dunk the ball and then swing from the hoop. At Wednesday night’s game against the Career Panthers, another tall blonde, Chris Winkel, did just that, bringing fans back in time.

Although 2013-14 was a “rebuilding” year for Amity Coach Jeff Nielsen, his team seems to have some talent this year, with good team play and lots of hard work out on the court, in spite of the 23 point spread in the final.

Career is a strong team and their success at the foul line is nothing to sneeze at.

Playing in this game were:

Seniors

Brett Zaniewski (10), Jared Tashea (31), Brett Southworth (33), Dave Piechota (34), Matt Ronai (43), Doug Rives (45),  and Phil Hochman (52)

Juniors

Brian Ronai (2), Mike Stewart (3), Truman Etkin (15), Eli Oliphant (20), Chris Winkel (44) and Pasquale Villano (54)

Sophomores

Chris Wright (14) and Colin Beaulieu (12).

Winkel was the Spartan’s high scorer with 16 points, followed by Matt Ronai with 11 points.

The boys play next at Hamden High School on Friday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

Legion Baseball: Orange Post 127 Defeats Naugatuck 8-3 in Post Season Game

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Jul 222014
 

IMG_6297Members of the American Legion Post 127 were on hand to root for their Orange Baseball team at Brinley Field on Sunday.

Chris Winkel had two extra base hits, helping Orange Post 127 to an 8-3 victory over Naugatuck on Sunday at Brinley.

He doubled in the second and fourth innings.

Nick Fusco held Naugatuck scoreless for eight innings. Fusco allowed six hits, one walk and struck out three.

Jake Russo, Winkel and Matt Ronai helped lead Orange Post 127. They combined for seven hits and five RBIs.

Naugatuck’s Tavarez was charged with the loss. He allowed seven runs in two innings, walked two and struck out one.

Orange Post 127 went up for good in the first, scoring two runs on two singles.

Orange Post 127 tacked on another five runs in the second. A error scored Josh Sabitsky for the inning’s first run. That was followed up by Winkel’s double, plating Sebastian DiMauro, Gerald Farace and Russo.