Branford Post 83 Beats Orange Post 127 In 7th Inning Rally

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Jul 112013


Orange Live Sports Writer

With 2 outs in the top of the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s American Legion Zone 2 championship showdown between Branford Post 83 and Post 127 of Orange, at Brinley Field, the game was deadlocked at 2-2. Branford’s Alex Pentani was camped on second base after his lead off infield single and a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt by Chris Stankiewicz.

Kyle Hart stroked a hopper that sailed over the shoulder of Orange second baseman Jake Russo and into center field and Pentani raced home with what proved to be the winning run in Branford’s 3-2 win over Post 127. With the victory in the first of their key 3-game series, Branford’s record improved to 21-1 while Orange dipped to 17-3.  The same 2 teams met tonight in Branford at 5:45 PM in the second game of the series and then return to Brinley Field Thursday night at 7 in the series finale.

“This was a tough loss, but the game was just what I had expected,” Post 127 Coach Bob Mirto said. “I had a feeling that the team that played the best defense, would win.”

After 3 scoreless innings, Post 83 right fielder Nick Perrelli ripped a shot that shortstop Keith Klebart found too hot to handle. Pitcher Ben Criscuolo stepped in and took matters into his own hands as he and lined a Same Nepiarsky pitch over the left center field fence to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. Following Criscuolo’s 2-run blast, Tyler Forgione walked and Standewicz stroked a 2-out single, but Nepiarsky  avoided further damage by retiring Tyler Criscuolo on an inning-ending ground ball to second base.

Branford blew a golden opportunity to grab an early lead, loading the bases with no out of in the top of the second inning but failed to score a run. Consecutive base hits by Perrelli and Ben Criscuolo followed by a free pass to Greg Zullo loaded the bases. Nepiarsky retired Forgione on a fly ball to shallow right field and then got Pentani to bang into an inning-ending double play.

Still hitless and trailing 2-0 when it came to bat in the bottom of the fifth, Orange came to life when R.J. Moquet drew a lead-off walk, Justin Ashworth spanked a base hit up the middle, and Mike Appel walked to fill the bases with no one out. When Ben Criscuolo also gave Paul Gusmano a base on balls, he forced home Moquet with Post 127’s first run. Sean Beaulieu topped infield roller that he beat out, sent Ashworth home with the game-tying tally.

With the bases still loaded with no one out, Orange hopes for a bigger inning soon faded as Klebart was retired on an infield pop-fly and Jake Russo raped  into an  inning-ending twin killing.

According to Mirto, “Both teams had no out and the bases loaded but failed to score, but I think ours was tougher to take.  We had just come back to tie the game and still had the bases loaded but failed to do a thing with that opportunity.”

With a deep sigh he added, “Tomorrow is another day,”

Nepiarsky (now 4-1) went the distance and is charged with the loss. He gave up 3 runs (2 earned runs) on 6 hits, walking 4 Branford batters and striking out 2.The victory ups Criscuolo’s mark to 5-0 as he was charged with 2 runs on only 2 hits. He whiffed 5 and walked 6 Orange batters.

“Sam threw a good game, but we won’t win many games getting only 2 hits.” Mirto added.

Keith Klebart gives Orange Post 127 late push to beat Shelton, 4-3

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Jul 092013

OOOOO, Tag, you're out at home plate.

OOOOO, Tag, you’re out at home plate.

Keith Klebart brought home the go-ahead run to give Orange Post 127 the lead in the sixth inning, as Orange Post 127 hung on to beat Shelton 4-3 on Monday.

Gerald Farace walked to get on base in the sixth. He then went from first to second on a ground-out by Sean Beaulieu.

Keith racked up two RBIs on three hits for Orange Post 127.

Austin Pokluda picked up the win for Orange Post 127. Austin pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs, four hits and three walks while striking out four.

The top of the third saw Shelton take an early lead, 3-0. A double by Murphy, scoring Scanlow started the inning off. Shelton then tacked on more runs when Murphy scored on an RBI double by Ursini who scored on a ground-out by Bockert.

Orange Post 127 answered Shelton’s top inning with three runs of its own in the third. Orange Post 127 scored on an RBI single by Keith, a sacrifice fly by Jake Russo, and an RBI single by R.J. Moquet.

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#2 Orange plays #1 Branford tonight at Brinley Field in Old Tavern Park at 7 p.m. — This will be the one to watch.

Orange Post 127 cruises past West Haven, 13-3

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Jun 182013

Mike Concato (25) is not only an excellent pitcher, but a great batter too.

Mike Concato (25) is not only an excellent pitcher, but a great batter too.

West Haven didn’t put up much of a fight on Sunday, as Orange Post 127 cruised to a blowout 13-3 win in six innings at Brinley Field.

Orange Post 127 scored five runs in the sixth on an RBI single by R.J. Moquet, an RBI single by Max Ritchie, an error, a sacrifice fly by Keith Klebart, and an RBI single by Matt Ronai.

Mike Appel racked up two RBIs on two hits for Orange Post 127. He singled in the first and third innings.

Orange Post 127 got the win thanks in large part to Mike Concato’s dominant, eight-strikeout performance. Concato allowed no earned runs on two hits and one walk over six innings.

Orange Post 127 never trailed after scoring four runs in the first on an RBI single by Appel, two bases loaded walks, and a wild pitch.

Three runs in the top of the third helped West Haven close its deficit to 4-3. A groundout by Matt Gagne and a two-run error fueled West Haven’s comeback. Finally, Concato induced an inning-ending strike out from Mike Savino.

After posting two runs in the third, Orange Post 127 again scored two in the fourth. In the third, Orange Post 127 scored on an RBI single by Appel, bringing home Paul Gusmano.

Ritchie singled, scoring Austin Pokluda to start the inning.

Unless it’s rained out, Post 127 will play Milford at Foran High School Tuesday at 5:45 p.m.

Baseball: Amity Defeats Cheshire 8-3

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Apr 162013

Stock photo by Terri Miles

Stock photo by Terri Miles

On Monday, April 15, the Amity Spartans defeated Cheshire 8-3 in its SCC Housatonic Division game in Cheshire.

Continuing a great season Keith Klebart had 2 hits and 2 RBIs.

Anthony Capozziello had 3 hits and an RBI.

The Spartans take on Notre Dame West Haven in West Haven on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m.