Chris Winkel Named Tri-Captain Of 2019 UConn Baseball Team

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Dec 062018

Here’s a recent notice from UConn Baseball, which includes Orange native Chris Winkel, who grew up in the Orange Little League, American Legion, and Amity Baseball Programs:

Keeping with tradition, the UConn baseball team concluded their fall workouts atop Cemetery Hill, at the graves of university founders, Charles, and Augustus Storrs. Head coach Jim Penders then announced the team’s 2019 captains, as voted on by the team. Mason FeoleJohn Toppa and Chris Winkel will captain the team for the 2019 season.

Winkel garners captain status after a breakout sophomore season in Storrs. The versatile first basemen played in 59 games with 55 starts and registered 986 fielding percentage. The Orange native set career-highs by hitting .264 with 53 hits, 22 runs scored, 11 doubles, four home runs, and 33 RBIs.

He is the son of James and Marcy Winkel and has one brother, Patrick, who joined him at UConn this year.

Details of Chris’s 2018 Season: Had a breakout sophomore season for the Huskies…Played in 59 games with 55 starts…Hit .264 with 53 hits, 22 runs scored, 11 doubles, four home runs, 33 RBIs and stole seven bases…Registered a .986 fielding percentage at first base…Stroked an RBI double during a three-hit game at Georgia Tech (Feb. 18)…Smoked a three-run home run at Southeastern Louisiana (Feb. 24)…Smashed a grand slam in the first inning at No. 30 Coastal Carolina (March 13)…Recorded two-hit games in all three contests at No. 20 Wichita State (April 13-15) totaling three doubles and four RBIs during the series…Went 2-4 with three RBIs at Cincinnati (April 21)…Clobbered a home run vs. Tulane (April 29)…Roped a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning at Northeastern (May 9) to lead UConn to comeback win…Went 2-4 with an RBI single in The American Championship game vs. ECU (May 26).

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

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Jun 172016



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.


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.


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.

Two Orange Residents Get Top Honors At The Amity Block A Dinner

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Jun 132016

IMG_9769Every year the Amity Booster Club hosts the Block A Dinner (Athletic Awards) honoring individual Amity athletes for their exemplary work on – and off – the fields, courts and tracks – throughout the year.

Perhaps the most coveted award is that of Athlete of the Year, it is the final presentation of the evening and the only one whose recipients are a closely guarded secret, known only to the Athletic Director and his administrative assistant.

This year, two Orange residents, who honed their skills on the Orange Little League fields and became legendary on the Amity High School softball and baseball fields (and the Amity Basketball court), were named the male and female Athletes of the Year.

It is our pleasure to announce that Katie Koshes and Chris Winkel are this year’s Top Amity Athletes.

Both of them have proved their integrity, sportsmanship, talent and drive for the past four years and we are so happy that through all their success they remained humble and rejoiced in their fellow players’ accomplishments.

Katie and Chris represent everything that the Athlete of the Year should be — Congratulations!

Baseball: Spartans Advance to CIAC Championship Final

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Jun 082016

Max brilliantly pitched 61/3 innings. (Photo by Marcy Winkel)

Max brilliantly pitched 6 1/3 innings. (Photo by Marcy Winkel)

The Amity Spartans traveled to Bristol to play in the CIAC Class LL semifinal game against New Milford on Tuesday night.

After a 35 minute delay due to rumbles of thunder in the distance, the Spartans were ready to play ball.

Max Scheps took the mound and did what he does so well.

The game was scoreless after the first inning.

At the top of the second inning New Milford’s Austin Swanson walked with bases loaded, putting the Green Wave on the scoreboard, 1-0.

The Spartans weren’t about to lose this game. In the second inning Chris Winkel scored before the New Milford players won the battle of a rundown with another Spartan. Amity gained a 2-1 lead.

Spartans fans held their collective breath at the bottom of the fourth with two outs and the bases loaded, yet the score stayed at 2-1 Amity.

Nothing changed in the fifth, so in the sixth, Scheps struck out three. Then it was Amity’s turn.  With two outs, pinch hitter Rohan Patel (who has always come through in a pinch) batted an RBI single — 3-1 Amity.

Eli Oliphant relieved Scheps on the mound in the seventh and Amity is headed to its fourth consecutive CIAC Championship game.

NOTES: Our tried and true Amity wiley wabbit Andy Hague had a nice move scooting by the catcher, dodging his tag and scoring a run for the Spartans.

The Winkel brothers continue to show their skills, both in position on the field and at bat. 

Every team needs a great shortstop and we’re fortunate to have Brian Ronai. 

With the talents of pitchers Max Scheps and/or Eli Oliphant, Amity may make CIAC history this weekend. 


Baseball: Amity Defeats Southington, Advances to Semi-finals

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Jun 042016

IMG_1955The Amity Spartans hosted the Southington Blue Knights for the CIAC Class LL Quarter-final in Woodbridge Saturday afternoon.

The teams seemed fairly evenly matched through the top of the fourth inning with great pitching on both sides. THEN Amity showed why they are Number 1 with four runs in the bottom of the fourth.

The Blue Knights managed to get one run in the fifth inning, but that was the end of it.

The Spartans picked up another run in the sixth inning and that’s all she wrote — Amity wins 5-1 and advances to the Semi-finals.

Amity will face New Milford at Muzzy field in Bristol Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Hey Mister, Can I Have Your Autograph?

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May 292016

IMG_0901Something cute (and really nice) came out of the SCC Baseball Championship Game on Saturday.

Two Little League players who’d been chasing after foul balls during the game, approached the three Amity Team captains, Brian Ronai (2), Eli Oliphant (16) and Chris Winkel (23) after the game and politely asked them to autograph the balls.

Not a bad idea, it gives our champs some practice and the balls could be worth something some day.

Remember, Vinny Sienna played at Amity and the Post 127 American Legion Baseball team, too — He’s with the Mets now.


Baseball: Amity Wins Season Opener In Madison

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Apr 102016

(photos by M. Winkel)

(photos by M. Winkel)

The Amity Spartans Baseball team traveled to Daniel Hand in Madison for the season opener.

After suffering a hand injury during basketball season, Chris Winkel is back in the game and playing well, he had three hits, including a double. Eli Oliphant had an RBI double.

Amity took a quick lead in the first inning 2-0, Hand scored one run in the third inning 2-1 and Amity made its final run in the eighth inning, finishing off the game with a 3-1 victory.

Amity’s roster this year includes 6 seniors: Yale bound short stop/pitcher Brian Ronai #2; catcher Michael Dietch #8; Pitcher Michael Stewart #10; Pitcher/out fielder Eli Oliphant #16; Out fielder Matthew Tomei #20; and first baseman Chris Winkel #23.

There are __ juniors: second-baseman Andrew Hague #1; second-baseman Christian Cooper #3; second-baseman Matthew Sabitsky #4; Out fielder Adam Hurwitz #6; Pitcher/Out fielder Theodore Hague #7; out fielder Colin Beaulieu #11; Pitcher/third baseman Rohan Patel #18; Pitcher William Butler #19; Pitcher/third baseman Max Scheps #21; Catcher Joshua Crow #24; Outfielder Chase Burzynski #25; and Catcher Alec Smith #29.

Three sophomores round out the team: Pitcher Benjamin Lodewick #17; Third baseman John Nolan #22; and Catcher Patrick Winkel #30.

The boys are away today at Staples for a game at 2 p.m.

They play at home against Shelton on Monday at 3:45 p.m. (unless it’s rained out) and Lyman Hall on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m .

Boys Basketball: Two Wins and One Loss in February

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Feb 082016

IMG_1235Last week, Amity won two games — marking a 12 game winning streak — Abbott Tech, 51-40 on Monday, Feb. 1, and Shelton, 81-75, on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Then on Saturday, Feb. 6, the boys were on the road at Notre Dame West Haven, where they suffered their second season loss, 54-46.

The boys’ only two losses were “away” games, first to Fairfield Prep on Dec. 23, and most recently to Notre Dame West Haven on Feb. 6.

One of Amity’s star players, Chris Winkel is out indefinitely with a hand injury.

With four more scheduled games remaining, Amity’s record is 14-2 for the season.

Here are the summaries for last week’s games:


In the first quarter, Abbott Tech led 7-4. Amity picked up the pace in the second quarter with 14 points to Abbott’s 11 – Second quarter score was tied 18-18.

In the third quarter Amity pulled ahead with 17 points to Abbott’s 11 – third quarter score 35-29 Amity.

Amity topped Abbott Tech 16-11 in the fourth quarter, securing a 51-40 victory.

Amity’s Top Scorers:

IMG_0817Tyler Thomas 15 (includes two 3-point goals), Truman Etkin 9 (from three 3-point goals), Brian Ronai 8, Teddy Weber 8, Jack Nolan 2, Eli Oliphant 7 (with one 3-pointer), Mike Stewart 2, .

Abbott Tech’s Top Scoring players:

Nick Placella 15 (includes three 3-point goals), Yermy Zapata 14, Omari Johnson 7 (includes one 3-pointer), Dom Rojers 4.


On Tuesday, Amity hosted Shelton in Woodbridge and enjoyed another victory.

Amity took off in the first quarter and never looked back leading Shelton 21-14.

The Spartans made another 21 points in the second quarter to the Gaels’ 15 — 42-29 Amity.

Shelton picked up the pace in the third quarter topping Amity in points 19-16 — 58-48 Amity.

The Gaels kept up the momentum, topping the Spartans 27-23, but it was Amity’s game in the end with a 81-75 victory.

Amity’s top players:

IMG_0852Brian Ronai was Amity’s top scoring player with 20 points (which included one 3-point goal) he also had 12 rebounds, Teddy Weber 15 and he had 8 rebounds,Tyler Thomas 11 (includes two 3-point goals), Truman Etkin 11 (including three 3-pointers), Eli Oliphant 8, Jack Nolan 6, Mike Stewart 6, Devin Smith 4.

Shelton’s top players:

Jeff Stockmal was the game’s high-scoring player with 25 points (includes two 3-point goals),Casey Belade 15, Jack Gleason 10, Kevin Robinson 5, Matt Terrasi 18, Jake Maier 2.

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On Saturday, Feb. 6, Notre Dame-West Haven hosted Amity and broke the Spartan’s 12-game winning streak.

Notre Dame took a quick lead with 13 points to Amity’s 6 in the first quarter.

Amity kicked it up by outscoring Notre Dame in the second quarter closing the deficit to 23-22 ND

Notre Dame showed its dominance in the third quarter, besting Amity 17-13 — 40-35 ND

The Green Knights secured the win topping the Spartans in the final quarter 14-11 — Final Score 54-46.

Amity’s Top Players:

Tyler Thomas was the game’s top scorer with 22 points (including two 3-point goals), Teddy Weber 6, Devin Smith 4, Brian Ronai 4, Jack Nolan 4, Truman Etkin and Mike Stewart each had one 3-point goal.

Notre Dame’s Top Players:

Ben Bagnoli 19 (includes one 3-point goal), Jalanni White 13 points (includes one 3-point goal) and 12 rebounds, Mike Brooks 8, Connor Raines 6 (includes one 3-point goal, Tim Dawson 6, Chukwudi Dikko 2.

Records: Amity 14-2; Notre Dame-West Haven 12-3


Boys Basketball: Amity Wins Two

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Dec 232015

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It’s been a great start to the season for the Amity Spartans Boys Basketball team with back-to-back victories.

Many familiar players are back, including Ronai, Oliphant and Winkel.

On Saturday, Dec. 19, Stratford hosted Amity.

The Spartans defeated the Red Devils 65-53.

After the first quarter the game was tied 11-11. The Spartans pulled ahead in the second 14-7 (25-18). Both teams scored 20 points in the third (45-38) and Amity dominated in the fourth 20-15, securing the  65-53 victory in the first game of the season.

Noteworthy Amity Players:

Tyler Thomas 4 8-10 18,  Chris Winkel 5 4-6 14, Brian Ronai 2 2-4 7, Truman Etkin 0 4-4 4, Mike Stewart 4 0-0 10, Devin Smith 0 3-5 3, Eli Oliphant 3 1-6 7, Teddy Weber 0 2-2 2.


Game 2: Amity vs Law, Dec. 21.

The Amity Regional Spartans basketball team won Monday’s home non-conference game against Law by a score of 67-48.

Records: Amity (2-0, 1-0 home), Law (0-2, 0-1 away)

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.