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Legion Baseball: Post 127 Plays Double Header At Home On Thursday

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Jul 082017
 

Orange Post 127 Legion Baseball played a double header against North Haven at Old Tavern Park on Thursday night.

Game One

Orange Grabs Lead In Sixth Inning For Victory Over North Haven

Post 127 took the lead late in the game in a 7-4 victory over North Haven on Thursday. The game was tied at four with Orange batting in the bottom of the sixth when induced Jack Nolan hit into a fielder’s choice, but one run scored.

Post 127 evened things up at four in the bottom of the fifth inning. Tyler Appel’s sac fly scored one run for Orange.

Jared Smith earned the win for Post 127. He threw seven innings, surrendering four runs, eight hits, striking out three, and walking zero.

Orange had nine hits in the game. Jack Nolan and Appel each had two hits to lead the home team.

North Haven collected eight hits. They were sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error.

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Game Two

North Haven Captures Lead Early To Defeat Orange

Post 127 fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 9-3 loss to North Haven on Thursday. North Haven took the lead on a single in the first inning.

Orange lost despite out-hitting North Haven seven to six.

North Haven scored five runs in the fourth inning. The big inning for North Haven came thanks to a walk and a double.

North Haven’s starting pitcher threw five and one-third innings, allowing three runs, four hits, and striking out four.

The replacement pitcher earned the win for North Haven. He went two-thirds of an inning, giving up zero runs, one hit, striking out one, and walking zero. Chase Burzynski took the loss for Orange. He tossed four innings, giving up six runs, four hits, and striking out one.

Post 127 collected seven hits. Teddy Hague and Tyler Appel each had two hits to lead Orange.

North Haven had six hits in the game.

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Legion Baseball: Post 127 Blows Out Milford

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Jun 292017
 

Al Smith’s home run

Orange Post 127 blew out Milford 11-1 on Wednesday.

Post 127 took an early lead in the first inning. With two outs in the first inning, Al Smith drove in one run when he singled.

Milford evened things up at one in the bottom of the first inning. A player singled on a 2-2 count in the first inning, scoring one run.

Orange took the lead for good with one run in the second inning. In the second Quentin Pitter doubled driving in one run.

Post 127 scored five runs in the third inning. Orange’s big inning was driven by a double by Jack Nolan, a home run by Smith, and a double by Pitter.

Zach Cole earned the win for Orange. He pitched four innings, allowing one run, three hits, and striking out one. Milford’s pitcher threw one inning, allowing one run, zero hits, and striking out one.

Another Milford pitcher started the game for Milford. He went two and two-thirds innings, giving up seven runs, eight hits, striking out four, and walking one.

Orange had nine hits in the game. Nolan, Smith, Pitter, and Teddy Hague each collected multiple hits . Pitter and Smith each drove in three runs to lead Post 127. Orange was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. Cole had the most chances in the field with two.

PlayerN led Milford with one run batted in. He went 2-for-2 on the day.

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Legion Baseball: Orange Post 127 Wins Two In Milford

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Jun 272015
 

Eli's dive catchThe American Legion Post 127 Baseball team won two games against Milford Post 196 at Foran High School Saturday morning (and afternoon).

Game 1 – 12 p.m.

The first game was a blowout with Orange taking Milford down 7-0.

Center fielder Eli Oliphant (#7) made an impressive dive/catch in the first game. And Chris Winkel (#23) working the outfield instead of first base, leapt up in the air and caught a fly ball.

In spite of one umpire’s continuous bad calls, Orange still prevailed.

Mike Stewart (#10) Did a great job on the mound.

Game 2 – 2 p.m.

In the second game Lou DeGennero (#3) pitched, and made a couple of nice moves.

Orange defeated Milford 5-2, improving the season record to 9-2.

Schedule:

Sunday, June 28, 10 a.m. vs Milford at Brinley Field

1 p.m. vs Hamden at Brinley Field

Cancelled: Due to the weather, Sunday evening at 7 p.m. 

Monday, June 29, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Brinley Field

Sunday, July 5,       5 p.m. vs East Haven at Brinley Field

7 p.m. vs East Haven at Brinley Field

Legion Baseball: Early lead gives Orange Post 127 easy victory over Shelton, 12-1

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Jul 122014
 

IMG_5222Orange Post 127 shut the door early on Shelton, capturing a 12-1 victory on Saturday at Shelton High School.

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.

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 to get Orange Post 127 on the board in the inning.

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Orange Post 127 defeats Stamford 3-0

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Jul 252013
 

File photo of Keith Klebart (10) making his way to second.

File photo of Keith Klebart (10) making his way to second.

Keith Klebart collected three hits, sparking Orange Post 127 to a 3-0 victory over Stamford on Tuesday at Cubeta Stadium.

He singled in the first, third, and fifth innings.

Mike Concato looked sharp on the mound. Stamford managed just three hits off of Concato, who allowed no earned runs, walked three and struck out five during his five innings of work.

Sam Nepiarsky pitched four innings and allowed no runs.

Orange Post 127 went up for good in the first, scoring one run on a fielder’s choice.

Orange Post 127 scored one run in the third inning, and then followed it up with one more in the fifth. In the third, Orange Post 127 scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Ronai, scoring Klebart

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And The BEAT Goes On: Orange Legion Defeats East Haven 9-8

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Jul 142012
 

The Orange Ball Players leave the field after another victory

The winning streak for Bob Mirto’s Orange Legion Post 127 Baseball Team now stands at 11 consecutive games with a 9-8 victory over East Haven Saturday morning.

With the season drawing to a close, we hope the Orangemen can keep up the momentum and play as well against the big guns East Haven and Branford this coming week with just two more “home” ** games at Brinley Field.

The Schedule is as follows:

Sunday 7/15 vs East Haven 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

State Tournament

Orange Live Sports Writer Phil Brodsky explained the State Tournament proceedings in a previously published story.

“Thus far 20 teams have qualified for the state tournament.  The regular season concludes on Thursday, July 19.

The single-elimination play-in tournament (for teams with 14 or more wins) will take place on Saturday, July 21 at the home of the highest ranked team.

The winners of the 8 play-in tournaments and the 8 zone champions (who are exempted from that play-in tournament) will comprise the 16 teams that begin the state double-elimination tournament, which will be held in Bristol and Stamford .

The state championship game will be played at Muzzy Field in Bristol on Saturday, July 28th.”

This is our roster of Orange Legion Players

Grayson Amoroso (8), Center Field, 18, 5-11, 160, bats right, throws right

Ted Ballou, (4), Right Field, 19, 6-4, 210, bats right, throws right

Nick Baviello, (11) Second Base, 18, 5-9, 171, bats left, throws right

Mark Boland (24) First Base, 18, 6-0, 175, bats left, throws right

Sean Butler (5) Third Base, 19, 5-9, 180, bats right, throws right

Mike Concato, (25) Pitcher, 16, 6-1, 190, bats right, throws right

Nial Dammando, (17) Right Field, 18, 5-11, 170, bats right, throws right

Timothy Fox (45), Catcher, 15, 5-10, 205, bats right, throws right

Nick Fusco, (1), Pticher, 16, 5-11, 165, bats left, throws right

Paul Gusmano, (21) Catcher, 18, 5-10, 190, bats right, throws right

Chris Katz, (3), Center Field, 17, 5-7, 150, bats left, throws left

Adam Kyasky, (10), First Base, 19, 5-10, 180, bats right, throws right

Ray Moquet, (32), Left Field, 17, 5-10, 165, bats right, throws right

Austin Pokluda, (13), Pitcher, 17, 6-1, 170, bats right, throws right

Matt Ronai, (26), Shortstop, 15, 5-11, 160, bats right, throws right

Vin Siena, (23), Shortstop, 18, 5-10, 185, bats right, throws right

Dane Simone, (22), Pitcher, 17, 6-1, 178, bats left, throws left

Brian Speer, (7), Third Base, 18, 5-10, 180, bats right, throws, right

 

Orange Legion Baseball Memorable Play: Amoroso to Ronai to Gusmano — “He’s Out!”

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Jul 132012
 

By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports Writer

Paul Gusmano tags Zack Korwek out at home plate.

Throughout the summer, Orange Post 127 has had an outstanding offensive attack that has been led by its 3 B’s (Nick Baviello, Mark Boland, and Ted Ballou. Those 3 B’s have swarmed at and stung Zone 2 pitching. Including last night’s 6-1 Brinley Field victory over East Haven Post 89, Orange has won 9 games in a row and has a first place record of 15-3.

Ballou’s 2-run inside-the-park home run ups his team-best batting average to .438. With his 3 hits, Baviello is clubbing the ball at a .428 clip. Boland added 2 hits that upped his batting average to .390.

According to winning Coach Bob Mirto, “Before the season, we asked Ted to be a leader. He has stepped up and done just that.  Nick has been unconscious at bat. He has become one of the better hitters that has played for us. He hits everything hard and the ball seems to jump off the bat. Mark has really worked hard to improve himself offensively and has been steady with the bat all summer long.”

Not to be overlooked was another stellar mound effort by Mike Concato, who went the distance and upped his record to 3-0. He allowed the 89ers only 1 run on 6 hits while whiffing a dozen batters and handing out only 2 free passes.

“Mike’s the real deal—a really good pitcher. His first pitch to the first batter he faced in the first inning (Nick Lamberti) had to be 90 miles a hour and he struck out on 3 pitches. Mike was throwing hard all night long,” Mirto said.

East Haven posted its 1 and only run in the top of the first inning. With 2 outs, Andrew Hinckley slashed a double into the right field corner and soon scored on Mike Anastasio’s RBI single.

The 13-6 visitors held that 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fourth inning. Ballou led off with a free pass and raced on to second base when Anastasio was off the mark on a pick off try to first base. Shortly thereafter, Boland cashed in Ballou with his game-tying single into right field. The second of Paul Gusmano’s three base hits put runners on the corners. Brian Speer added a run-scoring, go-ahead base hit that proved to be the winning run.

Mirto added, “Brian didn’t have a good game last night in Stratford but got that big hit for us tonight. I wasn’t worried when we trailed 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth. It was still early in the game  and I knew it would be hard for any team to shut us out.”

Following Baviello’s 1-out fifth inning single, Ballou launched a towering drive over the head of Lamberti, the East Haven center fielder. As the ball was drilled into dead center field, Ballou was able to circle the bases for his 2-run inside-the-park home run that extended the Post 127 lead to 4-1. Later in the same inning, Orange added an unearned run that made it a 5-1 contest.

Mirto’s Black Shirts tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Chris Katz legged out an infield single, stole both second and third base before scoring on Baviello’s run-scoring single up the middle.

“We had some fun tonight.” Mirto said.

The defensive play of the game came with 2 outs in the top of the fifth inning. After Zack Korwek slapped a single into center field, Andrew Hinckley blasted a drive off the left center fence. As Korwek circled the bases, Orange center fielder Grayson Amoroso grabbed the carom off the fence, fired the ball to shortstop Matt Ronai, who made a perfect relay throw home to Gusmano, who put the tag on the sliding Korwek.

Mirto added, “Grayson made a great play grabbing the ball quickly as it came off the fence, threw a seed to Matt Ronai and he made a great relay throw home to just get the runner. The little guy at short (Ronai) made quite a play.”

Savoring his third win of the summer, Concato denied he had trouble getting loose in the first inning.

He said, “I felt good right from the start. They just got a couple of hits in the first inning. I knew I had given up 1 run but had no idea until the game was over that I had 12 strike outs. I’d say it was a good outing.”

Summing up the importance of Baviello, the team’s most experienced player and its inspirational leader, Mirto said, “Before the season even began, Nick told the guys on the team that they had to dedicate themselves to winning the Zone 2 championship and then doing some serious damage in the state tournament.”

Orange returns to Brinley Field tonight for a 7 P.M. contest against Shelton Post 16. Speer is expected to be Mirto’s starting pitcher.

Ted Ballou is red-hot — Coach Bob Mirto: Orange Legion Does It Again

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Jul 112012
 

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

 

“Red Hot” Ted Ballou (4) during the July 10th game in Orange.

On Sunday, Orange Post 127 battered Stratford pitching for 19 hits enroute to a 14-1 thrashing of visiting Post 42. The same 2 teams met again Tuesday night at Brinley Field and the results were much the same. This time the hosts banged out 18 hits and pummeled Stratford 15-3. With its latest victory, Orange improved its record to 13-3 and remained atop Zone 2. The Black and Orange need only 1 more win to qualify for the  American Legion state tournament that gets underway later this month. On the other side of the ledger, Post 42 sits in Zone 2 cellar.

While he struggled with his control all night, Orange pitcher Dane Simone went 5 innings and upped his record to a spotless 4-0. In addition to striking out 6 Stratford batters, Simone also walked 8, allowed 6 hits, and had runners on base in every inning.

According to winning Coach Bob Mirto, “We won tonight but the game was not a thing of beauty. Dane just didn’t have good control tonight, but he was determined to hang on.  Having 6 strikeouts and 8 walks is not a good strike out to walk ratio, but he did go 5 innings and throw 127 pitches. Fortunately, we hit the ball hard again tonight. We’ve done that consistently throughout the season.”

Once again the winners jumped out to a quick first inning lead. Following Grayson Amoroso’s lead-off double over the head of Post 42 center fielder, Ryan Sosik, Nick Baviello’s fielder’s choice, consecutive singles ff the bets  of Ted Ballou and Paul Gusmano and with an error by Stratford catcher  Nick DiIullo and a bases-loaded walk to Brian Speer staked Simone to an early 4-0 advantage.

After leaving the bases loaded in the top of the first inning, Stratford did scrape out a run in its next at bat. DiIullo led off with a free pass and raced over to third base on Alex Tyler’s 2-base blast into right-center field. DiIullo scooted home on Sosik’s infield roller.

Orange extended its advantage to 6-1 in the bottom of the second inning. Mark Boland singled and advanced to third base on Baviello’s double down the right field line. Both runners raced home on the front end of Ballou’s base hit.

With the bases loaded in the top of the third, Simone forced in a run when walked Mike Cody, but  the winners tacked on 2 more runs in the bottom of the same canto,  on base hits from Spear and Nial Dimmondo, a throwing error by  DiIullo, and Amoroso’s drive up the middle.

Leading 8-2, Orange batted around and exploded for 6 more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Making his first start for Post 127, Matt Ronai led off with a 2-base blast off the left-center field fence. Dimmondo singled Ronai over to third bases and Chris Katz cashed in both runners with his double into the right-center field gap. Amoroso, Baviello, and Ballou followed with RBI base hits that chased Stratford starter Jordan Weiss and extended the Post 127 advantage to 14-3.

Orange recorded its 15th and final run in the sixth inning on another  Katz double,  a throwing error by Post 42 third baseman Jamie DeStefano, and Adam Kyasky’s RBI single up the middle.

“Ted Ballou is red-hot,” Mirto said. “He had 5 hits on Sunday and 3 more tonight. That’s 8 hits in a row. Nick Baviello has been crushing the ball too.”

Included in Ballou’s offensive efforts were 2 doubles, a single, 3 RBI, a stolen base and a run scored. Baviello’s tally sheet included a double, a single, 3 runs scored, and an RBI. Ronai added a single, a double, a run, and an RBI. Dimmondo also contributed 2 singles, 2 runs, and a stolen base. Amoroso doubled twice, scored twice and added an RBI. For the second game in a row, every batter in the winners’ starting line up recorded at least 1 hit and scored at least 1 run.

Sosik and Weiss each had 2 hits for the losers.

The 3-game series concludes tonight with a 5:45 game at Penders Field in Stratford . Mirto was trying hard not to look ahead to his teams upcoming contests with East Haven Post 89 and Branford Post 83, but then noted, “Things won’t be as easy as this later in the week. We have a make-up game with Shelton on Friday and then we move on to East Haven and Branford. We look to end our regular season for 6 tough games. Our pitching is all set up. Hopefully, things will fall into place for us. We’ll see what we are made of and how good we are in those 6 games.”

Everyone Was Exhausted After Tuesday Night’s 2.5 Hour Orange Legion Game

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Jul 112012
 

Teddy Ballou slides into second as the Stratford player misses the ball… and … he’s …. safe!

The Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball team played against Stratford in an excruciatingly long 2.5 hour game at Brinley Field on Tuesday night.

By the time 9:30 p.m. rolled around everyone was tired: players; spectators; coaches — canine mascots and good luck charms.

So, is Orange still on top? Come back in a while for Phil Brodsky’s story and more photos.

The two teams meet again tonight at Penders Field in Stratford at 5:45 p.m.

Orange Blanks North Haven 5-0 in Legion Baseball Friday Night

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Jul 072012
 

Mark Boland moves out of the way of a bad pitch.

The Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball Team beat North Haven 5-0 Friday night at Brinley Field.

First baseman Mark Boland (24) hit a home run, a single, and a double.

Mike Concato (25) pitched the entire game for the win.