Are You Ready For Some Baseball?

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Jul 072018

The weather has finally cooled down and it is a beautiful day to take in a baseball game (or two).

The American Legion Post 127 team is playing a doubleheader against Stratford today at 10 a.m. and at 12 p.m.

It’s the middle of the season, so why not come out and cheer them on. Get some fresh air and enjoy!

Legion Baseball: Two More Wins, 14 Is A Lucky Number For Orange Post 127

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Jun 252016

The Orange American Legion Baseball team hosted West Haven for a double header on Thursday evening at Brinley Field. IMG_2594

Bob Mirto’s boys of summer worked hard and their execution on the field was reminiscent of the Amity Spartans team of which many were members for the past few years.

In the first game at 5:50 p.m., Orange led in scoring from the first inning on and with Liam Butler on the mound for six full innings.

West Haven’s Adrain Urbina and Pete Richetelli split pitching duties but couldn’t hold Orange down.

Orange’s Eli Oliphant made some nice plays out in Center Field.

Brian Ronai, Pat Winkel and Al Smith also had some nice moves.

Orange defeated West Haven 14-4.

Here are photos from game 1.

(Game 2 summary with photos will be below.)

Game two at 7:30 p.m. under the Brinley lights.

IMG_2699Doug Rives, Brian Ronai and Eli Oliphant pitched the first three innings (in that order) and Lou DeGennero finished off the game for the last four innings.

Orange dominated this game as well, with some great work both at bat and on the field by Chase Bursinski, Ronai, Rohan Patel, Al Smith, and Pat Winkel.

Again Post 127 got an early lead and retained it throughout the game.

Eli Oliphant contributed in a big way, with a late game multi run homer that left the opposing team gazing over the center field fence.

In spite of some valiant efforts by West Haven, Orange won this game 14-5.

Records: Orange 7-3, West Haven 1-8

On Saturday, June 25, Orange is away to play a double header against Hamden (6-3) at Rochford Field on Mill Rock Road, at 10 a.m. and noon.

Legion Baseball Game 2: Orange Post 127 beats West Haven 8-4

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Jun 302015



IMG_2593Kyle Mattei (#13) collected three hits, sparking Orange Post 127 to an 8-4 victory in seven innings over West Haven on Monday at Brinley Field on Monday night.

He doubled in the second inning and singled in the first and third innings.

Doug Rives‘s (#22) 11 strikeouts were enough to push Orange Post 127 past West Haven. Rives allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks over seven innings.

Davis couldn’t get it done on the rubber for West Haven, taking a loss. He allowed eight runs in six innings, walked one and struck out five.

The top of the first saw West Haven take an early lead, 1-0. The West Haven attack began with a single from Masselli.

Orange Post 127 stayed on top until the final out after taking the lead in the first, scoring three runs on two singles.

Orange Post 127 tacked on another three runs in the second. The inning looked promising, as Mattei doubled, bringing home Mike Stewart (#10) to kick things off. That was followed up by Chris Winkel‘s (#23) double, plating Mattei.

Orange Post 127 increased its lead with two runs in the third. Mattei kicked things off with a single, bringing home Eli Oliphant (#7).

One run in the top of the fourth helped West Haven close its deficit to 8-2. An RBI single by Urbina fueled West Haven’s comeback. Finally, Rives got Kiavnis to strike out to end the threat.

Legion Baseball: Orange Shut Out By Branford 6-0

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Jun 202014

IMG_2739By: Matt Gad, Post 127 Baseball Reporter
It wasn’t pretty for the home team at Brinley Field on Thursday night in Orange.
In a big Zone II American Legion baseball rivalry at the Old Tavern Park Complex, Orange Post 127 faced off against Branford Legion as Branford packed their side of the field with a rather rambunctious crowd.
Post 127’s Ross Weiner pitched the entire game for Post 127, while Mike Schiettino struck out 11 batters to lead his Branford squad to a 6-0 shutout victory.
Sebastian DiMauro led off in the bottom of the first for Orange after Weiner retired Branford in order to start the game.
Jake Russo got a base hit in the next at-bat, but couldn’t be picked up to score.
In the second inning, Branford picked up their first hit, and miscues by Orange ended up giving them a 1-0 lead. More defensive issues resulted in Branford leading 3-0 after the top of the 2nd inning.
Mike Appel and Gerald Farace had base hits in the bottom of the 2nd, but Orange still couldn’t put a run on the scoreboard.
Russo had a nice leaping catch at the edge of the infield grass to the right side of first base in the top of the fifth. It was still 3-0 with Branford in the lead after five quick innings.
Weiner needed only six pitches in the top half of the sixth inning to retire the road team, but Orange still finished the home half of the inning without a run.
Shortstop Josh Sabitsky ranged and had a nice throw to first baseman Chris Winkel in the beginning of the 7th inning. However, the inning continued as Branford hit a long two-run home run to take a 5-0 lead.
With a runner on 2nd and now 2 outs later in the inning, Branford still managed another RBI double, and took a huge 6-0 lead. After stringing some hits together late in the bottom of the 7th inning, Orange still couldn’t manage to score a single run.
The Branford Legion team improved to 4-0 after the win, and Orange, who is starting the season having played less games due to Amity’s championship success in the state tournament, fell to 2-1 after sweeping an Opening Night doubleheader from Hamden on Monday.

From Charlie Brown and Lucy To The Oldtime Baseball Game, Mark Boland Is Living The Dream

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Jul 292013

Orange Native Mark Boland will play in the 2013 Oldtime Baseball Game in Cambridge, Mass. in August.

Orange Native Mark Boland will play in the 2013 Oldtime Baseball Game in Cambridge, Mass. in August.

When parents sign their children up for Orange Little League there may be a little glimmer of hope that the little slugger will eventually end up in the major league. Sometimes the children share the dream, sometimes they don’t.

Orange resident Mark Boland was 3 years old when he started playing baseball in the Charlie Brown and Lucy League at the Orange Community Center.

“It was not much of an organized game, it was just a group of kids swinging bats and throwing the ball around,” Mark, now 19, said. But it was enough to give him the bug and throwing the baseball around with his dad quickly became his favorite activity.

Orange residents who spent the past decade at Old Tavern Park most likely have seen him play — in Little League, Junior Legion and Legion Ball until he was 18 years old (the cutoff for American Legion Baseball), especially if you stand by the fence along the first baseline.

“When I was thirteen years old, I found a home at 1st base and that is where I have stayed,” Mark said.

He will be a Junior at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, where he’s majoring in history/education. On the Seahawks ballfield he wears the familiar #24 that he wore in Orange Legion Ball.

The Field of Dreams

To anyone who knows him, it’s no secret that Mark aspires to play major league ball.

Next month, on August 21, he will come close, sharing the dream with several other talented college baseball players in the 20th annual Oldtime Baseball Game at St. Peter’s Field in North Cambridge, MA.

This is a charity game in which players wear uniforms from different teams from every era in  baseball history (Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers, Roswell Rockets) made from wool or flannel  just like Ted Williams, Babe Ruth and other early players wore.

People flock to the stadium as they would for a world series game and are transported back in time with wooden bats, peanuts, popcorn, raffles and bandstand music.

Mark was familiarized with the event when a classmate at Salve Regina played in the 2012 game and he was interested, so he put his name into the pool and was one of the lucky athletes selected to participate.

A media day is held a week before the game so Boston can see the teams and find out about the players. The Boston Globe runs Oldtime Baseball Cards in its weekend edition as a way to introduce the 2013 players to the public.

“On media day we are fitted for the uniforms, and the game is a week later,” he said.

How does Mark feel about wearing a hot uniform on a hot day in August?

“The uniforms are authentic old time uniforms, it should be a great experience and incredible feel for how baseball used to be played,” he said.

The first Oldtime Baseball Game was played in 1994, the year Mark was born. And, great news, more than 25 participants in the Oldtime Baseball Game have gone on to play professional baseball.

Good luck Mark, treasure this opportunity and have fun.

Fusco Masterful On The Mound, But Branford Beats Orange In Extra Inning

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Jul 122013


Nick Fusco on the mound for Post 127.

Nick Fusco on the mound for Post 127.

Orange Live Sports Writer

On Tuesday night, Branford Post 83 snuck past Post 127 of Orange 3-2 on a last inning run. It was much the same story in Wednesday night’s 1-0 win by Branford. Thursday night the same 2 teams met for a third straight night and the results were exactly the same—Branford bested Orange 1-0 on an eighth inning tally.

By sweeping the 3 game series, Branford ends its regular season with a 26-1 record—the best Zone 2 record since West Haven Post 71 rang up a 23-1 slate in 1992, and wraps up the Zone 2 championship.  On the other hand, following its 3 consecutive setbacks, second place Orange saw its record dip to 19-5 and wraps ups its regular season with a 3 game weekend series against Stratford Post 42.

After being the top-scoring team in Zone 2 for most of the season,. Orange has now scored only 2 runs in its last 22 innings and been shutout in its last 15 innings.

“You can’t win without scoring any runs,” said Post 127 coach Bob Mirto. “We didn’t hit at all during this 3 game series against Branford. Our offense has been anemic and that’s a credit to the Branford pitcher. When you come this far, you have to hit good pitching.”

In Thursday night’s clash at Brinley Field Orange hurler Nick Fusco and his Branford counterpart, John Amendola matched zeroes for 7 innings.  In the top of the eighth, Chris Stankewicz led off with a walk and was bunted on to second base by B.J. Massey. After Fusco also walked Tyler Criscuolo lined a single into left center field and Stankewicz came racing home with the game’s only run.

Amendola ended the game by striking out the last 2 Post 127 batters he had to face. He ended up tossing a 3-hit shutout, striking out 11 and walking only 1 Post 127 batter.

According to Mirto, “This was another tough loss. We could have won all 3 games, but all 3 games were decided by things we did wrong. Last night, Mike Concato was cruising along with a shutout until he hit a batter in the bottom of the seventh and he ended coming around to score the winning run. Tonight, Nick (Fusco) pitched a masterful game, but walked 2 batters in the top of the eighth and the first guy scored the game’s only run. He mixed his pitches really well and his change was magnificent. He threw 103 pitches and we knew he was tiring, but I wasn’t thinking about taking him out during the eighth inning, but it was his last inning. If we had gone onto the ninth inning, I was going to bring in Max Ritchie.”

Fusco (who lost his first game of the summer after recording 5 consecutive wins) allowed Branford only 1 run on 3 hits (only 1 hit over the last 4 innings). He also walked 4 and struck out 3.

Orange had excellent chances to score in both the fifth and sixth innings but was unable to cash in on either opportunity. With 1 out in the bottom of the fifth, Mike Appel stroked a base hit into left center. After swiping second base, he was left stranded as  Farese struck out.

An inning later, Keith Klebart was safe at first base when Branford catcher scooped up his nubber but threw the ball over the reach of first baseman Ben Criscuolo. After he also stole second base, he got greedy and was picked off as he tried to also pilfer third base. Matt Ronai led off the bottom of the seventh with a single past first base but was then gunned down trying to steal second base.

Branford had its chances to score in the third, fourth and fifth innings but was turned away by Fusco each time. Tyler Forgione led off the top of the third with a double to dead center field but got no farther as Fusco retired the next 3 Post 83 batters.

Orange has a double header against Stratford tomorrow at Penders Field in Stratford at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

From June 27, No-hitter leads Orange Post 127 past Hamden 3-0

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Jul 022013

Sam Nepiarsky pitched a no-hitter on June 27.

Sam Nepiarsky pitched a no-hitter on June 27.

Sam Nepiarsky was untouchable on Thursday, June 27, throwing a no-hitter in Orange Post 127’s 3-0 victory over Hamden.

No Hamden batter was able to locate Sam’s pitches during the game. Sam threw a no-hitter, striking out nine batters and walking one while recording his momentous feat. He got Sparapani to fly out for the final out of the game.

Orange Post 127 never surrendered the lead after the second inning, scoring one run on an RBI single by R.J. Moquet.

Orange Post 127 brought home one run in the fourth inning, and matched that run total in the fifth. In the fourth, Orange Post 127 scored on an error, plating Justin Ashworth.

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Legion Baseball: Post 127 Has Another Win Against Hamden

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Jun 262013


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Orange Post 127 Coach Bob Mirto was quick to admit that Wednesday night’s 12-6 Brinley Field win over Post 88 of Hamden was an ugly win, but then added, “An ugly win is always better than a beautiful loss, but a win is always a thing of beauty.”

With the victory over Post 88, Orange recorded its eighth win in a row and improved its record to 9-1.

For the first 2 innings, Post 127 had trouble with the off-speed offerings of Hamden southpaw Jason Rodriquez. Coming to bat in the bottom of the third inning, Orange trailed 2-0 but adjustments were made to solve Rodriquez’s pitches. Keith Klebart led off by whacking a double into right center field. Jake Russo followed with a run-scoring base hit. After stealing second and third base, Russo trotted home when Matt Ronai (the team’s leading hitter with a .429 batting average) lined a game- tying RBI single into right field. Mike Concato drew a walk and Justin Ashworth drilled a base hit up the middle. Ronai rounded second base and as he dashed onto third base, the throw from center fielder Vito Puapolo was off the mark, allowing Ronai to score the go-ahead run. Mike Appel beat out an infield hit to load the bases. Rodriquez forced in another run when he walked Gerald Ferace. Sean Beaulieu’s sacrifice fly brought home Ashworth as Orange took a 5-2 lead.

Post 127 pitcher Austin Pokluda (who threw a no-hitter at North Haven Post 76 in his previous outing on Saturday) had a rocky outing this time. In the top of the fourth, consecutive base hits by Caleb Cyril and Matt Murphy along with a wild pitch, a passed ball and Eli Mosca’s infield out gave Hamden 2 runs and shaved Post 127’s lead back to 1 run (5-4).

According to Mirto, “Tonight, Austin had poor control. His mechanics were off and he couldn’t throw strikes. Every so often, all pitchers have these kind of games. He tried to make adjustments on the fly, but nothing worked. He was never able to get into a smooth groove, but we rode him as far as he could go.”

Pokluda was scuffed up for 4 runs on 6 hits in his rocky 4 inning stint on the mound. He also walked 2, hit a batter, and struck out 7.

For the second inning in a row, Orange sent 10 batters in a row to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning and hung another 5 spot into the scoreboard. With 2 outs, Concato singled, raced onto third base on Ashworth’s double down the left field line and both runners scored on R.J. Moquet’s base hit into the left center field gap to give Orange a 7-4 lead. When Cyril over ran the ball, Mike Appel  (who had been hit by a pitch) also crossed home plate. By the time the inning ended, Beaulieu walked with the bases loaded to force in another run and send Rodriquez to the bench. Klebart greeted the new pitcher, Mark Sarapani by lining a 2-run double over the head of Puapolo giving Post 127 a 10-4 advantage.

“We got off to a slow start tonight, but that 2-out, 5-run rally in the bottom of the fifth showed a lot of character. R.J. Moquet’s drive into center field put the game out of reach,” Mirto said.

 Same Nepiarsky came on to replace Pokluda in the fifth inning and gave a double to Sarapani, who later scored on a wild pick-off throw to third base by Nepiarsky. Post 127 quickly responded with a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the same inning. Concato reached safely on a fielder’s choice, Ashworth was hit by a pitch, and Moquet blasted another 2-run drive to deep center field.

Ross Weiner threw the last 2 innings, allowing 1 run and fanning 3 to pick up his second victory of the summer.

Pokluda’s first pitch of the night was lined into center field by Mosca. He swiped second base, and later scored on a passed ball by Ferace. In the top of the third, Dan Matthews singled with 1-out and Matt Pientandrea followed with an RBI double to right field.

Mirto added, “Hamden swung the bats tonight and the slow stuff their starting pitcher (Rodriquez) threw gave us trouble early in the game.”

Moquet led the winners’ 12 hit attack with his double, single, run, and 4 RBI. Klebart chipped in with 2 doubles, a single, a run, and 2 RBI. Ashworth broke out of his recent slump with a double, a single, and 3 runs. Appel also doubled, singled, and scored twice.

Mathews had 2 base hits and scored twice for the 0-8 losers. Sarapani also had 2 base hits and scored a run.

On Tuesday night, Orange scored 9 runs in the top of the first inning and went on to pulverize Hamden 16-0 in a  game that was halted by the Mercy Rule after 5 innings,.

Post 127 is back at Brinley Field tonight to again host Hamden at 7.    

Legion Baseball: Sean Beaulieu helps Orange Post 127 down North Haven 4-1

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Jun 232013

Sean Beaulieu

Sean Beaulieu

went 2-3 as Orange Post 127 took home a 4-1 victory over North Haven in seven innings at Bob DeMayo Field on Sunday.

He singled in the third and seventh innings.

Ross Weiner got it done on the bump on the way to a win. He allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings. Ross struck out three, walked one and gave up seven hits.

The top of the second saw Orange Post 127 take an early lead, 1-0. Mike Appel singled to start things off before R.J. Moquet singled, plating Mike Appel.

In the second inning, North Haven pushed across its only run of the day on an RBI single by Andrew Iovanna.

The game was never in doubt after the third, as Orange Post 127 scored one run on an RBI single by Jake Russo.

Orange Post 127 tacked on another two runs in the seventh. A hit into a fielder’s choice scored Gerald Farace to get Orange Post 127 on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Matt Ronai’s single, scoring Sean.