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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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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.)

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: 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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