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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: Orange Celebrates First Victory

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Jun 182016
 

IMG_0714The American Legion Orange Post 127 baseball team finally showed what it’s true colors at West Rock Field on Friday night, June 17.

The boys played against New Haven with Mike Ficaro on the mound for 7 innings.

Orange came on strong with four runs in the first inning, and one in the second.

New Haven managed to get four hits and finally scored its only run in the sixth inning.

Orange Post 127 had its first victory 5-1.

On Saturday, June 18, Orange were away in Shelton for a double header (no scores reported yet).

Orange and Shelton will meet again tomorrow, Father’s Day, June 19 at Brinley Field, Orange at 4 p.m.

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.

A Dedicated Coach, Bob Mirto Brings Post 127 Into Another Winning Season

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Jun 242014
 

Coach Bob Mirto surrounded by his team before the June 23 game.

Coach Bob Mirto surrounded by his team before the June 23 game.

The 2014  Orange Legion Post 127 Baseball Team shows a lot of promise.

Their season was delayed due to the length of the Amity Varsity Baseball Season and its success in winning the CIAC State Championship Title.

Due to the delay the team has a tight, grueling schedule ahead this summer.

Many of the names on this team may sound familiar, mainly because they played for Amity.

On this year’s team (with their uniform numbers) are:  Nick Fusco (1); Pat Winkel (3 ?); Jack Demerjian (3); Gerald Farace (4); Brian Ronai (6); Jake Russo (7); Josh Sabitsky (8); Chris Winkel (9); Doug Rives (10 ?); Anthony Capozziello (10); Zach Chamberlain (13); Mike Appel (15); Ross Weiner (18); Devin Belenski (21); Mike Tavolacci (23); Matt Ronai (25); Sebastian DiMauro (26); Eric Class (45).

Just one week in, the boys are 6-1 for the season, which includes 3 shut-out wins.

RECAP: 

June 16 double header vs Hamden, 2 wins 5-2 and 6-4.

June 19 vs Branford (last year’s #1 team) Loss 6-0

June 21 double header vs Ansonia, 2 wins 2-0 and 3-0.

June 22 away at Nolan Field vs Ansonia win 13-0.

June 23 vs New Haven, win 8-1.

Seasoned Coach

Bob Mirto has been involved in Legion Baseball for nearly two decades.

About 16-17 years ago he was assistant manager to David Ryan and took over when Ryan left the coaching position.

Mirto is dedicated to the boys and the game of baseball.

“I love baseball at that level, it gives me a chance to interact with good players and help them move their careers along both academically and on the field,” Mirto said. “I like seeing where they go to school (college or university) and be discovered.”

Mirto is proud of his players and in the past decade and a half seven have been drafted into the pros. the last one being Connor Kenary, who went to Lake Forest and was drafted by the Washington Nationals.

“This (2014) team has a lot of talent, many of them recovering from a longer High School season,” he said. “We will start playing like we can and we have a run at the zone title and go to the tournament where we can do some damage.”

Post 127 is in Zone 2 with 11 teams in the New Haven/surrounding town area.

“We have some very good kids, they are being pushed into a compacted season where they will play just about every day.”

Mirto’s confidence in his team must have rubbed off on the boys — they played well that night, (June 23) defeating New Haven 8-1.