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Two Pitchers Team Up As Orange Post 127 Shuts Out West Haven

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Jun 232017
 

Teddy Hague SAFE at second

Orange Post 127 defeated West Haven 10-0 on Wednesday as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Teddy Hague induced a groundout to finish off the game.

Adam Hurwitz led Orange to victory by driving in four runs. He went 3-for-4 at the plate. Hurwitz drove in runs with a double in the third and a double in the sixth.

Post 127  captured the lead in the first inning. Al Smith homered on the first pitch at-bat in the first inning, scoring two runs.

Orange scored four runs in the third inning. The big inning was thanks to a double by Hurwitz, a single by Zach Cole and another single.

A single in the first inning was a positive for West Haven.

Jared Smith earned the win for Orange. He threw four innings, surrendering zero runs, six hits, and striking out two. One of West Haven’s pitchers pitched three and one-third innings, surrendering seven runs, seven hits, and striking out one.

Post 127 collected 11 hits. Hurwitz, Smith, and Quentin Pitter each had multiple hits for Orange, and the team didn’t commit a single error in the field.

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Legion Baseball: Orange Team Gives Coach The Ultimate Birthday Gift

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Jun 292016
 

File Photo: Players on the Post 127 team are close to their coach Bob Mirto.

File Photo: Players on the Post 127 team are close to their coach Bob Mirto.

There is no denying that Coach Bob Mirto is beloved by the boys on his American Legion Post 127 Baseball team, we’ve seen it over and over again with each passing year.

So what do you give your coach for his birthday when it falls on game day? How about a big shut-out win!

Orange hosted Milford at Brinley Field Tuesday night (June 28) and, even though Milford played well, they couldn’t seem to catch a break and score.

Doug Rives had a very good evening on the mound for the hometown team.

Not that it was a walk in the park for Orange, but Post 127 did kick it into gear and racked up 10 runs in this 5 inning game.

After Orange celebrated its 10-0 shut-out victory, it was time to celebrate Coach Mirto’s birthday with cupcakes. (See VIDEO)

Records: Orange 10-5, Milford 5-8

Orange is once again in third place in Zone 2 behind Stratford (12-1) and Branford (11-1).

Mirto’s boys meet Milford again Wednesday at Foran High School at 5:45 p.m.

Legion Baseball: Brief and Photos From Monday’s Game vs New Haven

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Jun 282016
 

The Orange Post 127 Baseball Team hosted New Haven at Brinley Field on Monday night.

This is the second time the two have played against one another, the last time was on June 17 in New Haven. Orange won 5-1.

Mike Ficaro

Mike Ficaro

With pitcher Mike Ficaro on the mound for Orange, and Sean Ranz working for New Haven, both teams had a fair share of give and take.

Ficaro limited New Haven to four hits, struck out four and walked two.

New Haven loaded the bases in the third with no joy.

Ranz allowed just four hits, struck out seven and walked two.

In the second inning, Orange’s Rohan Patel managed to walk after two outs.

During the fourth inning a light sprinkle began to fall and the game continued.

The game was scoreless until the sixth inning and Orange came alive when an error, then a series of singles started the cycle that led to the game’s three and only scoring runs.

With that, Orange shut out New Haven 3-0 and improved its record to 9-5.

New Haven’s record is now 5-9.

Tonight Orange (9-5) is at home again, this time, playing against Milford Post 196 (5-7) at 7 p.m.

Legion Baseball: Orange Vs Hamden Again, How’d This One End?

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Jun 272016
 

IMG_3931The Orange Post 127 Baseball Team faced off against Hamden’s Post 88 for their third consecutive game of the weekend on Sunday at Brinley Field in Orange.

With one win and one loss against Hamden, it was anyone’s game, then, Hamden’s Ron Grant — the 2016 SCC Player of the Year stood on the mound and did what he does best.

Grant’s fastball was hard to hit, but a couple of Orange players were able to connect with the ball once it left his hand (Rohan Patel, Brian Ronai and Al Smith among them) and those with a keen eye earned a walk, although our hometown boys weren’t able to score.

Doug Rives pitched the first inning for Orange, then was relieved by Eli Oliphant.

Orange played well and kept Hamden back a few times when the bases were loaded, but the opponents did manage to score two runs and that was enough for a 2-0 shutout win.

Records: Orange 8-5, Hamden 8-4

Orange is now ranked fourth in Zone 2 behind Branford, Stratford and Hamden.

Tonight they are home again in their first game against the #8 New Haven team at 7 p.m.

Legion Baseball: You Win Some You Lose Some — Saturday’s Double Header

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Jun 262016
 

Max Scheps

Max Scheps

The Orange Legjon Post 127 Baseball Team was on the road at the beautiful Rochford Field on Saturday for a double-header against Hamden Post 88.

Game One

Orange’s Max Scheps, who was a member of the history-making Amity Baseball Team, pitched 7 full innings.

Hamden got an early lead with two runs, then Orange tied things up.

Orange managed to pull ahead by one (3-2) then Hamden had two runs and won this battle 4-3, breaking Orange’s 7 game winning streak.

Game Two

IMG_2929Rohan Patel took the mound for Orange for the first six innings, demonstrating good skill and control.

Orange had a comfortable lead throughout the game and Hamden only managed to make one run.

Ben Lodewick relieved Patel in the final inning and this game ended in a 5-1 victory for Orange.

On this day, Orange was missing two key players, Eli Oliphant and Brian Ronai, who were playing in an All Star Game elsewhere.

Head coach Bob Mirto is confident that, come today, when the entire team is back together again they can move forward and concentrate on winning more games, then getting into the play off games next month.

Orange plays Hamden again tonight in Orange at Brinley Field at 7 p.m.

Records: Orange 8-4 (ranked third in zone 2), Hamden 7-4.

 

American Legion Baseball, Mirto’s Boys Off To A Slow Start

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Jun 172016
 

"1-2-7"

“1-2-7”

The American Legion Post 127 (19 and under) Baseball team has gotten off to a slow start.

With it’s first games (a double header) on Tuesday, June 14 against Stratford at Brinley Field in Orange, the team was four men down due to Amity High School’s post season obligations.

The first game at 5:45 p.m., had Stratford leading by 2 in the first inning and Orange tying things up in the second.

The score remained tied in the third with each team adding one run.

At 3-3 it was anyone’s game until Stratford pulled ahead with one final run in the fifth, ultimately winning 4-3.

Game two at 7:45 p.m. was drastically different.

Amity took a quick lead with one run in the first.

Stratford tied it up in the second then, kept going with one in the third, two in the fifth, and two in the seventh innings. Taking the second game 6-1.

The two teams met again on Thursday June 16 at Penders Field in Stratford.

This, too ended as a victory for Stratford 2-1.

Records: Orange 0-3; Stratford 3-0

Orange Roster

If the names on the Orange roster sound familiar, it’s because 11 of the players were on the history-making *2016 Amity Spartans Baseball team — some of them are even wearing their Amity numbers on their Legion uniforms.

*Chase Bursinski (25) outfield/relief pitcher, *Liam Butler (26) pitcher/third base, Lou DeGennero (7) second base/pitcher, Mike Ficaro (4) pitcher/third base, Dan Jaques (18) outfield/pitcher, Dave Kennedy (3) second base/relief pitcher, *Ben Lodewick (45) pitcher/left field, Ronnie LoRicco (6) outfield/pitcher, *Eli Oliphant (16) center field/pitcher, *Rohan Patel (15) pitcher/second base/third base, Doug Rives (22) starting pitcher, *Brian Ronai (8) short stop/starting pitcher, *Max Scheps (21) pitcher, *Al Smith (32) catcher/first base/pitcher, *Mike Stewart (10) pitcher/second base, *Chris Winkel (23) first base, *Pat Winkel (13) catcher.

Even though the first three games were unimpressive, we’re sure the boys will come together and things will pick up very soon. Legion is tough, a short season with lots of double headers — they’ll find their stride.

The boys have an extremely hectic schedule for the remainder of this season.

They have nine upcoming home games on Brinley Field at Old Tavern Park, so come cheer them on.

JUNE

Friday, June 17 vs New Haven away at West Rock Field at 5:45 p.m.

Saturday June 18 vs Shelton away at Shelton High School 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Sunday, June 19 vs Shelton home at Brinley Field at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, June 22, vs West Haven away at Piurek Field (WH High School)

Thursday, June 23, vs West Haven home at Brinley 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 25, vs Hamden Post 88, away at Rochford Field 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Sunday, June 26, vs Hamden Post 88, home at Brinley at 7 p.m.

Monday, June 27, vs New Haven, home at Brinley at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28, vs Milford Post 196, home at Brinley at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29, vs Milford Post 196, away at Foran High School at 5:45 p.m.

JULY

Tuesday, July 5, vs North Haven, away at Bob DeMayo Field, North Haven 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 7, vs North Haven, home at Brinley, at 7 p.m.

Friday, July 8, vs Milford Post 196, home at Brinley at 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 9, vs East Haven 89ers, home at Brinley at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Sunday, July 10 vs East Haven 89ers, away at East Haven High School at 10 a.m.

Monday, July 11 vs New Haven, away at West Rock Field at 5:45 p.m.

Tuesday, July 12 vs Branford, away at Branford High School at 5:45 p.m.

Wednesday, July 13 vs Branford, home at Brinley at 7 p.m.

Thursday, July 14 vs Branford, away at Branford High School at 5:45 p.m.