By PHIL BRODSKY
Following narrow 2-1 and 4-3 victories over West Haven Post 71, Orange Post 127 unloaded the big bats and clubbed post 71 11-2 Monday night at Brinley Field. In addition to sweeping its 3 game summer series with the losers, undefeated Orange improved its Zone 2 record to 4-0 while winless West Haven saw its record dip to 0-4.
Noting that his team banged out 9 hits and received 12 walks, winning coach Bob Mirto said, “We hit the ball hard tonight but they also got caught short on pitching and gave up a lot of walks.”
Of the dozen free passes handed out by West Haven ’s 3 hurlers, half of those base runners came around to score.
Post 127 wasted no time jumping on the losers’ starting pitcher, Jeff Hill for a pair of first inning runs. He walked Nick Baviello and Grayson Amaroso, the first 2 batters he faced. Vin Siena then ripped a one hop blast off the left-center field fence to drive in Baviello. Hill then loaded the bases by hitting Brian Speer with a pitch to load the bases and then forced in another run when he walked Mark Boland.
Trailing 2-0, things went from bad to worse for West Haven in the bottom of the third inning. An error by shortstop Alex Palmieri was followed by back-to-back 2-baggers by Speer and Boland. Boland’s double down the right field foul line drove home both Paul Gusmano and Speer and extended the winners lead to 4-0.
Clearly rattled by the booming Orange bats, Hill lost his control and proceeded to hand out free passes to Sean Butler, Adam Kyasky, and Nial Dammando. Baviello’s high drive into right field easily plated Butler . Successive bases on balls to Amaroso and Siena forced in another tally and opened up a 5-0 lead for Post 127.
At that point, West Haven Coach Dan Chambrelli brought in Alex Scranton to replace Hill. His control proved to be worse than Hill’s as he proceeded to walk 5 of the 6 batters he faced. By the time the inning ended, 3 more Orange batters marched across home plate and extended their advantage to 8-0.
Baviello doubled home another score in the bottom of the fourth inning and was quickly driven home on Amaroso’s infield single. Post 127’s final run came as Ted Ballou’s fielder’s choice erased Amaroso but also enabled Dammando to cross home plate.
Speer started and hurled 5 innings to pick up his first win of the summer. He allowed only 1 run on 1 hit and struck out 1 batter but also walked 6.
“Brian played outfield and also pitched some for Western New England College this spring. He threw the ball hard tonight but also gave out a lot of walks. He needs a couple more starts to get into a good rhythm. Brian has a great curve ball but he didn’t have commando of it tonight and as a result, was out of the strike zone more than he usually is,” Mirto said.
A fifth inning walk to Mark Lowe, an infield out by Jamie Brown, and successive wild pitched spoiled Speer’s shut out bid. The only hit he allowed was a fourth inning double by Eric Flores. Palmieri, who had previously drawn a free pass, tried to score from first base but was gunned down on a strong throw from center fielder Amaroso to catcher Paul Gusmano.
Kyasky came on to mop up the final two West Haven at bats and he gave up an unearned run in the top of the sixth inning.
Baviello led the winners with a pair of doubles, 2 runs, and a pair of runs batted in. Amaroso singled twice, scored a run, and added an RBI. Siena, who played only 3 innings, double home a run and added another RBI when he walked with the bases loaded. Boland doubled, scored a run, and added 3 RBI. Butler and Dammando each walked twice and scored 2 runs.
Mirto added, “Vin Siena really drilled that double off the fence and Bavs (Baviello) also hit the ball hard tonight.”
The undefeated winners go for their fifth straight victory Wednesday night with a 7 PM road game against Post 88 of Hamden. Last Friday night, Dane Simione hurled Orange to a 6-1 victory over Hamden . On Saturday, Nick Fusco made his Post 127 mound debut and defeated West Haven 4-3.