Are You Ready For Some Baseball?

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Jul 072018

The weather has finally cooled down and it is a beautiful day to take in a baseball game (or two).

The American Legion Post 127 team is playing a doubleheader against Stratford today at 10 a.m. and at 12 p.m.

It’s the middle of the season, so why not come out and cheer them on. Get some fresh air and enjoy!

Attention: Orange Legion Tryouts Are Today

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Dec 162017

Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball

Orange Post 127 Junior Legion (17-under) and Senior Legion (19-under) Tryouts will take place at the Connecticut Sportsplex, 216 Foxon Boulevard, North Branford on Saturday, Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Players 14 – 19 are invited to try out. Any questions should be directed to Bob Mirto at 203-687-8299 or Nick Mirto at 203-464-9971.

In addition to the regular Legion season, the program includes an out-of-state tournament, a winter hitting league, and instruction.

(Photos) Orange Memorial Day Ceremony

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May 292017

The town of Orange honored the brave men and women who’ve fought for our freedoms and have passed away.

Sunday was the Orange Memorial Day Ceremony, Parade, and Service. Large crowds attended each of them.

First, at the Orange Fairgrounds, the Memorial Day Ceremony with each of the honored guest speakers making brief, yet meaningful comments.

Robert Mirto was the moderator.

Grand Marshal – Robert H. DeFeo –  U.S. Air Force Active 1956-1959 – Reserve from 1956 – 1965 – rank of Captain.

Chief of Staff – Peter Shery –  U.S. Army 1953-1955 – Korean War Veteran. Citations received – Korean Service Medal, The U.N. Service Medal, and The National Defense Medal.

Honored Veteran – Donald J. Jewell, posthumously –  U.S. Coast Guard 1942-1946; World War 11 Veteran.  Past Commander of the American Legion Orange Post #127 and a life member.  His favorite quote was “I don’t always have my way but I always have my say!”

Jewell was one of Orange’s favorite sons. He died on February 16 at the age of 93.

His daughter Cynthia Romanoff accepted a plaque in his honor and presented it to her mother, Mary.

Keynote Speaker – Paul M. Tarbox    A Veteran of 10 years with the Connecticut Army National Guard.  He volunteered for deployment to Camp Anaconda in Balad, Iraqi 2004-2005 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom II with the 118th Area Support Medical Battalion. 

Tarbox’s speech was well thought out, contemporary and very well received.

First Selectman Jim Zeoli and US Senator Richard Blumenthal also spoke. Three Orange students gave special Memorial Day readings (one an original poem).

You may soon find the video of the ceremony on OGAT on DEMAND. (Click the link in the Left Column of Orange Live)


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

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Jun 262015


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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Vietnam Veterans and Sgt. Stubby To Be Honored At Memorial Day Ceremonies

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May 232015

Master of Ceremonies Bob Mirto

Master of Ceremonies Bob Mirto

The Town of Orange Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade will be held on Sunday, May 24, 2015.  Ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center Field.  The parade will follow the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

Richard Cenami will be the Grand Marshal.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1962-1966 with a rank of LCPL and is a Vietnam Era Veteran.

Richard Manley will be the Honorary Chief of Staff. He served in the U.S. Navy Seabees, 1958 – 1964 and is a Vietnam Era Veteran.

The Reverend Stoddon (Tod) G.N. King will be the Honored Veteran.  He served in the U.S. Navy 1965-1970 with a rank of full Lieutenant and is a Vietnam Veteran.

The Keynote Speaker will be Emily Dewey Trudeau, the Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney, Judicial District of Fairfield, CT.  From 2005 – 2006, she was the Special Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office;  from 2006 – 2012, she was the Judge Advocate General’s Corps Attorney, United States Navy; and from 2012 – present she is the Vice-Chair/Legislative Liaison, Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee, Connecticut Bar Association.   

Sgt. Stubby

Sgt. Stubby

This year, the Memorial Day Committee will be honoring Sgt. Stubby, the most decorated war dog of World War I.  He was the official mascot of the 102nd Infantry, the Yankee Division, and is presently in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

The Committee would like to encourage all Vietnam War Veterans to attend the ceremonies and be recognized.  This is the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam conflict.                                                           

The public is invited to join in honoring our nation’s veterans.  In the event of rain, exercises will be held in the High Plains Community Center Auditorium.

Originally Published on: May 14, 2015 @ 17:23

Legion Baseball: Orange Post 127 Draws Nearer to State Tourney Play

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Jul 202014

legion dugoutAmerican Legion Post 127 baseball team had an incredible regular season. Their record is 21-7. (although the number of losses depicted on their website is 8)

Many of the boys were on the State Championship Amity team this year, and the Legion’s season started up late because they had to wait until Amity was done playing.

Here is the complete rundown of the games Bob Mirto’s boys played since June 16. (losses are bolded)

June 16 — Orange 5, Hamden 2

June 16 — Orange 6, Hamden 4

June 19 — Orange 0, Branford 6

June 21 — Orange 2, Ansonia 0

June 22 — Orange 13, Ansonia 0

June 23 — Orange 8, New Haven 1

June 28 — Orange 14, Milford 2

June 28 — Orange 3, Milford 2

June 29 — Orange 1, Milford 0

June 30 — Orange 0, Branford 4

July 1    — Orange 2, Branford 3


July 2    — Orange 2, Barnstormers 9

July 3    — Orange 3, Senerchia 4

July 4    — Orange 5, Providence 4

July 6    — Orange 18, East Haven 6

July 6    — Orange 22, East Haven 14

July 7    — Orange 4, East Haven 5

July 8    — Orange 4, North Haven 0

July 9    — Orange 8, North Haven 0

July 10  — Orange 9, North Haven 0

July 11  — Orange 3, Hamden 4

July 12  — Orange 7, Shelton 2

July 12  — Orange 12, Shelton 1

July 13  — Orange 10, Shelton 1

July 14  — Orange 5, New Haven 3

July 16  — Orange 2, Stratford 5

July 17  — Orange 2, Stratford 1

July 17  — Orange 1, Stratford 0


July 20  — Orange 8, Naugatuck 3

American Legion 13-15 yr old Baseball Tryouts Coming Up on April 5

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Mar 272014

map to the grindOrange Post 127, American Legion announces that tryouts for the Prep 13- to 15-year old team will be held at the Grind Baseball & Softball Training Facility, 83 Boston Post Road, on Saturday, April 5, at 9 a.m.

All players interested in trying out should be at the Grind at 9 a.m. on that date.

The tryouts are expected to take about an hour and a half (90 minutes).

For information, call Bob Mirto at (203) 687-8299.

Orange American Legion Baseball Forms Prep 15 and Under Team

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Feb 182014

Ted Ballou runs for first in this file photo.

Ted Ballou runs for first in this file photo.

The Orange American Legion program is proud to announce the formation of a Prep 15 and under team which will commence its season in June of 2014. Tryouts will be held in early March at the Grind in Orange. The exact date will be announced shortly.  Players between the ages of 13 and 15 who are interested in trying out should contact Bob Mirto at 203-687-8299 immediately.

The program will introduce players from Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge to the esteemed legion program immediately upon their transition from the smaller field. They will obtain all the benefits of a travel program at a reasonable cost, including excellent coaching and workouts as well as an extremely competitive season.

Players who are playing Babe Ruth or Senior Little League are eligible, as we have flexibility in our schedule.  This program has attempted to coordinate its schedule with Babe Ruth and Senior Little League and has the endorsement of the Amity High School Coaching Staff.  Coach Coppola has been a party to the meetings coordinating the leagues and is extremely supportive of this endeavor.

BASEBALL: Orange Post 127 Off To A Good Start

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Jun 152013


Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball

Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball


Orange Live Sports Writer

Following 4 consecutive rain postponements earlier in the week, Orange Post 127 finally got to open its American Legion Zone 2 season Friday night. Despite intermittent showers early in the Brinley Field contest against Ansonia Post 50 (a new addition to Zone 2), the 27 game summer season got underway in scintillating fashion. After throwing only 8 innings this spring for Amity, Nick Fusco made an auspicious Post 127 debut. Needing only 102 pitches, Fusco tossed a 3-hit 1-0 complete game victory in which he struck out 11 and walked only 2 Post 50 batters.

While Fusco ended up blanking Ansonia, his shut-out was not an easy effort. He had to work out of jams in the second, fourth and fifth innings. With 2 outs in the top of the second, he walked both Adam Thayer and Cory Dzienkewicz. Both runners moved up a base when Fusco unloaded a wild pitch, but he dodged that bullet by striking out L.J. Dewar. Fourth inning singles by Shaun Bonaparte and R.J. Dewar along with a throwing error by Orange third baseman Keith Klebart again had Ansonia knocking on the door, but Fusco avoided damage by whiffing Thayer and Dzienkewicz. L.J. Dewar led off the top of the fifth by ripping a lead-off double into the left center field gap, but got no further as Fusco retired the next 3 Post 50 batters.

Following his complete game win, Fusco said, “I threw the ball well tonight. I had good control of my fast ball and my curve. I also mixed in some change-ups too and had them (Post 50 batters) off balance all game. I thought the second inning was really my only bad inning. The home plate umpire did a good job, but at times I thought he was squeezing me. I felt strong most of the game but by the seventh inning, I was getting a little tired.”

Orange also wasted early inning scoring opportunities. Klebart led off the bottom of the first by lining a double down the left field line and moving over to third base on a wild pitch from Thayer, but he proceeded to strand Klebart by striking out Jake Russo, Matt Ronai, and Mike Concato.  Thayer loaded the bases in the bottom of the third when he handed out free passes to Sean Beaulieu, Russo, and Ronai but with 2 outs, Concato skied to center field. With 2 outs in the bot tom of the fourth inning, Nick Ceneri banged a base hit up the middle and Gerald Farace walked, but Thayer left both runners in place when he struck Beaulieu.

After stranding 6 base runners in the first 4 innings, Post 127 finally got onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth. With 1 out, Russo lined the ball past first base and down the right field foul line. He advanced a base on a Thayer wild pitch. After failing to deliver with runners in scoring position during his first 2 at bats, Concato finally came through with a 2 out-2 strike single into center field.

While he was tagged with the opening game loss, Thayer pitched a solid game. He allowed the 1 Post 127 run on only 3 hits, while walking 6 and striking out 10.

According to winning Coach Bob Mirto, “The Ansonia pitcher was tough. He changed speeds well, hit the corners well, and was very deceptive. At times, our guys didn’t look good facing him, but we had our chances to score and ended up leaving guys on base. It took us our second time through the batting order to finally get to him.”

He went on to say, “Nick Fusco did a great job tonight! It was his first start all year. He wanted it tonight. This game was his time. This summer will be his chance to prove why he should pitch varsity next year for Amity.”

Following Saturday’s double-header at West Haven, Post 71 visits Orange Sunday night for a 7 p.m. contest at Brinley Field.

Orange Legion: 16-Year-Old Nick Fusco Pitches A Great Game, Orange Sweeps East Haven

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Jul 172012


Orange Live Sports Writer

Nick Fusco (1) 16, pitched an awesome game against East Haven Monday night.

Despite the absence of 5 starters (Vin Siena and Sean Butler—summer school, Chris Katz—strained groin muscle, Paul Gusmano—college orientation, and Grayson Amoroso—ill) Orange Post 127 utilized its considerable team depth to defeat Post 89 of  East Haven Monday night under the lights at Brinley Field. With the win, Orange swept its 3 game summer series with the 89ers; recorded its 12th win in a row; and upped its first place record to 18-3.

Without any hesitation winning Coach Bob Mirto pointed to his 16 year old right hander, Nick Fusco as the hero of the game. He not only went the distance, allowing 2 runs on only 4 hits, but he struck out 10 and did not walk a batter. Fusco is now 5-0—with the best pitching record on the team. Amazingly, he is only arising junior who is yet to pitch an inning of varsity baseball for Amity.

According to Mirto, “I am surprised with what I’ve seen from Nick. I’ve never met a 16 year old who understands the art of pitching and winning like Nick does. He pitches as if he had years of experience. In addition to being very smart on the mound, he has great control, has real pop on his pitches, and is very confident in his own abilities. He went all 7innings tonight and threw only 76 pitches. When he gets bigger and stronger, he will be unhittable.”

He added, “It’s fun to watch Matt Ronai play shortstop. He’s also young kid but he’s going to be a great player when he gets older.”

The game was deadlocked at 2-2 when Post 127 came to bat in the bottom of the third inning. With 1 out, Mike Boland’s drive to left field was dropped by Mike Anastasio. When East Haven hurler Kyle Lockery airmailed a pickoff throw by first baseman Brandon Gargiulo, Boland raced over to second base. Shortly thereafter, he scooted home on Ted Ballou’s single deep into the hole.

The score remained 3-2 thanks to stellar hurling by Fusco and sturdy Orange defense.  In addition to Fusco’s 5 strike outs over the last 4 innings, The winners turned a crisp double play to thwart an 89er threat in the top of the fifth inning. Post 127 had previously pulled off a twin killing to end the third inning.

Still leading 3-2, Orange came to bat in the bottom of the sixth inning. With 1out, Brian Speer and designated hitter Mike Concato legged out an infield roller. When shortstop Andrew Hackley’s throw skipped past Gargiulo, both runners moved up a base. With both runners in scoring position and running on the pitch, Nial Dimmando slapped a 2-run infield single. After hitting Matt Fox and Matt Ronai with pitches, Lockery served up a 2-run double to Boland.

Even though he has no varsity high school experience, Fusco insisted that he was not surprised with what he has accomplished for Post 127 this summer.

He said, “I work as hard as I can and come here to win every day. I usually do have good control. I throw a 2 and a 4 seamer but the change-up is my best pitch. I really wasn’t worried when they tied the game 2-2 in the top of the second inning. I was confident that I would keep East Haven from scoring again and that our offense would score more runs.”   

Orange tallied 2 quick runs off Lockery in the bottom of the first inning. Ronai led off with a base hit up the middle. He moved up a base when Boland drew a free pass and scored on Nick Baviello’s 2-bagger into the left-center field gap. After Boland was thrown out trying to score on Ted Ballou’s chop down the third base line, Ballou was erased on Speer’s fielder’s choice but Baviello would soon score on that play.

The 89ers (now 13-8 with 4 consecutive losses), tied the game in the top of the third inning. With 1out, Gargiulo swatted a base hit into left field. Gary Flowers, who had whiffed 3 times in Friday night’s loss to the Mirtomen, followed with a game-trying 2-run blast over the left center field fence.

“I beat him all night, striking him out twice, but I left a pitch up too high and he put it out,” said Fusco.

Mirto conceded that prior to the game, he was concerned about missing 5 starters, but then added, “We still won tonight and that’s a credit to our overall team depth. I have faith in all the kids on our roster. We didn’t get a lot of hits tonight (7) but I wasn’t worried. Even when the game was tied, I knew Nick (Fusco) was pitching and he hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in any game and I also knew we’d score a few more runs.”

Orange visits second place Branford (13-4) Tuesday night in a 5:45 battle for first place.