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Orange Post 127 defeats Stamford 3-0

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Jul 252013
 

File photo of Keith Klebart (10) making his way to second.

File photo of Keith Klebart (10) making his way to second.

Keith Klebart collected three hits, sparking Orange Post 127 to a 3-0 victory over Stamford on Tuesday at Cubeta Stadium.

He singled in the first, third, and fifth innings.

Mike Concato looked sharp on the mound. Stamford managed just three hits off of Concato, who allowed no earned runs, walked three and struck out five during his five innings of work.

Sam Nepiarsky pitched four innings and allowed no runs.

Orange Post 127 went up for good in the first, scoring one run on a fielder’s choice.

Orange Post 127 scored one run in the third inning, and then followed it up with one more in the fifth. In the third, Orange Post 127 scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Ronai, scoring Klebart

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Orange Post 127 uses big fourth inning to beat Milford, 10-0

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Jul 042013
 

Max Ritchie rocked the mound today.

Max Ritchie rocked the mound today.

Orange Post 127 rolled over Milford 10-0 on Thursday at Brinley after a six-run rally in the fourth inning.

Mike Concato racked up four RBIs on two hits for Orange Post 127. He singled in the first and fourth innings.

Austin Pokluda looked sharp on the mound. Milford managed just two hits off of Pokluda, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out five during his four innings of work.

Max Ritchie recorded the win for Orange Post 127. He tossed three innings of shutout ball. He struck out five, walked none and surrendered two hits.

Orange Post 127 didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring two runs in the first inning when it scored on a two-run single by Mike Concato.

Orange Post 127 scored one run in the second inning, and then followed it up with one more in the seventh. In the second, Orange Post 127 scored on a wild pitch, plating Gerald Farace.

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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 Pitching, Batting Something to Write Home About

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Jun 042013
 

Stock photo by Terri Miles

Stock photo by Terri Miles

By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

Consecutive 2-out first inning singles by Mike Kochiss, Charles Mader, and Andy Salveson staked Fairfield Ludlowe  to a quick 1-0 lead over Amity in Friday’s CIAC Class LL second round state tournament contest at Janenda Field in Woodbridge. After the Spartans finally retired the Falcons in the top of the first, they came to bat and Ludlowe’s early lead lasted exactly 1 out and 4 batters.

Keith Klebart swatted Pat Gutierrez’s first pitch past third base and down the left field line for a single. Jake Russo followed with a base hit up the middle. One out later, Mike Concato’s singled loaded the bases. Sebastian DeMauro’s fly ball to center field drove home Klebart and erased the Falcon lead. Justin Ashworth followed by ripping a 2-run double into the left center field gap to stake Spartan senior right-hander Sam Nepiarsky to a 3-1 lead.

Scoring in every inning except the sixth, Amity (now 18-4) went on to crush Ludlowe 10-1 and advance to today’s quarter-finals contest at 3rd seeded Greenwich, starting at 3:30 p.m.

Even though Nepiarsky (now 8-0)  was scuffed up for 3 hits and a run in the top of the first inning, Amity Coach Sal Coppola insisted that he was not concerned.

He said, “I’ll take the first inning and the 3-1 lead. I made a couple of bone-headed pitch calls that hurt us. I called for 2 change-ups. Looking back, I should not have done that. Starting in the second inning, I had Sam throw mostly fast balls. He had tremendous location today. He kept his pitches in on the hands of the Ludlowe batters, which caused them to keep hitting short pop-ups.”

Gutierrez lasted only 4 batters into the second inning. After picking up 2 quick outs, Gutierrez served up back-to-back base hits to Klebart and Russo and was replaced by Peter Cross. He fared no better as Anthony Capiezzelo and Concato greeted him with consecutive RBI base hits that extended Amity’s lead to 5-1.

Ludlowe’s last hope to battle back came in the top of the third inning. Tom Howell led off with a base hit and raced around to third on Victor D’Asienzo’s single. When Howell swiped second base, the Falcons had 2 runners in scoring position with no one out.  Falcon dreams of a big come-back inning quickly evaporated as Nepiarsky found Howell wandering too far down the third base line and picked him off. He then retired the next 2 Ludlowe batters, leaving D’Asienzo stranded at second base.

Cross dug the Falcons into a deeper hole in the bottom of the same inning as he handed out free passes to Chris Cimino and Josh Sabatinsky. At that point, Ludlowe Coach Keith  O‘Rourke  yanked Cross and brought Steve Zadravic out of the bull pen. After Chris Katz walked, Klebart banged his third hit of the game. His 2-run single past third base drove in Cimino and Sabatinsky to make it 7-1. In the fourth inning, Amity added 2 more scores on run-scoring doubles by Katz and Ashworth.

The winners rang up their final tally in the bottom of the fifth when Russo and Capiezzelo again stroked base hits. Zadravic uncorked a wild pitch to move both runners into scoring position and Sebastian DeMauro’s sacrifice fly enabled Russo to trot home.

“Our guys really came to hit today and their bats were smoking,” Coppola said. “Even out outs were well hit. On top of that we played great defense too.”

Led by Klebart and Russo, who had 3 singles apiece, the Spartans recorded 13 hits. Klebart also scored twice, stole a base, and drove in 2 runs. Russo added three runs and an RBI. Capiezzelo chipped in with a pair of singles and an RBI. Concato posted 2 base hits, an RBI, and also scored a run. DeMauro had a base hit, a run, and 2 RBI. Ashworth hammed a pair of 2-baggers and drove in 3 runs. Sabatinsky singled and scored twice.

In recording his eighth consecutive win, the UConn-bound Nepiarsky allowed the 1 first inning tally and served up 5 hits (3 in the first inning). He also walked 1 Falcon, struck out 1, and hit a batter.

The 11th ranked Falcons ended their season with a 15-9 record.

Note: Brodsky filed this story on Saturday. The Spartans went on to win another game on Saturday, further advancing in the tournament. Mike Concato pitched a no-hitter in that game.

 

 

 

 

 

Baseball: Amity Crushes Foran 9-1 in Final Home Game of Season

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May 152013
 

IMG_0496By PHIL BRODSKY

Orange Live Sports Writer

Bouncing back from Monday’s come-from-behind 6-5 seventh inning walk-off victory by Xavier, Amity pounded Foran 9-1 Tuesday night in a Southern Connecticut Conference inter-divisional clash at Brinley Field in Orange. Senior right-hander Mike Concato limited the 8-8 Lions to only 1 run on 2 hits, while walking 2 and striking out a season-high 13 batters in his 6 inning outing that improved his record to 6-2. The Dartmouth-bound Concato also slugged a solo home-run over the left center field fence. It was his second round tripper of the spring.

According to Concato, “I was loose and felt really good tonight. All my stuff was working from the start and I hit my spots. I had all 4 of my pitches. I think this was 1 of my better outings and the hardest I’ve thrown all season, but I got tired by the sixth inning and I was leaving the ball up. I really had to bear down to get the last few outs.”

The 15-3 Spartans wasted no time in jumping on Foran hurler Tyler Chacho (now 1-1). In the bottom of the first inning Jake Russo walked with 1 out. Anthony Capozzielo followed with the first of his 4 base hits. Concato ripped a long single off the left field screen and Russo tried to score from second base but was thrown out on strong throws from left fielder Andrew Patrick and shortstop Christian Malave that enabled catcher Joe Zanghi to slap the tag on the sliding Russo. After being denied that chance to score, Amity struck right back with an RBI single from Sebastian DiMauro.

Things got much worse for Foran in the bottom of the second inning. Chacho got himself into trouble by walking both Chris Cimino and Sean Beaulieu. Chris Katz followed with a bunt single down the third base line. Facing then bases loaded with no one out, Chacho battled back to easily retire the next 2 Spartan batters. Capozzielo stepped in with the bases still loaded and slugged a 2-run double into the left center field gap. Amity took advantage of an error by third baseman Casey McCone to add and unearned run and extend its lead to 4-0.

“Cap’s second inning hit was the biggest hit of the game because it came with the bases loaded and 2 outs. It broke the game open for us,” Coach Sal Coppola said.

After Concato’s bases-empty, fourth inning blast made it 5-0, the Black and Gold put the game out of reach by pounding Chacho for 5 more hits and 3 more runs. Beaulieu got the rally going with a 1-out base hit. He swiped second base and soon raced home on the front end of Keith Klebart’s 2-bagger over the head of Foran center fielder, Chris Yee. Russo beat out and infield roller, setting the stage for Capoziello’s 2-run double into left field. Now leading 8-0, the winners tacked on a final run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

While Capozzielo and Co. were mauling Chacho for 9 runs on12 hits, Concato  easily mowed down the over-matched Foran batters. The first 7 outs Concato recorded were strike outs. The only stains on his scorebook after 5 innings, were a second-inning lead off single by Zanghi and a fourth-inning free pass handed out to Anthony Alicki. Foran finally spoiled Concato’s shut-out bid in the top of the sixth inning. With 1 out, Malave walked, moved around to third base on a pair of wild pitches, and was driven home on Zanghi’s second single of the game.

Nick Fusco replaced Concato in the seventh inning. After walking Dillon Brown, he proceeded to whiff the next 3 Lion batters.

Coppola added, “Foran is better than its record but we also had a good night. Mike (Concato) looked really sharp and all 4 of his pitches were working. He was certainly throwing in the upper 80’s. Their pitcher (Chacho) threw a lot of slow stuff—slow curves and change ups, but we sat back and hit the ball hand.”

The veteran Spartan coach denied having any concern about a team let down coming off the tough, last inning loss to Xavier.

He said, “We had an off-game against Xavier. It can happen to any team. We made some costly mistakes against 1 of the top teams in the state, but I wasn’t concerned about any carry-over effect tonight. I just wanted our guys to forget that game and be aggressive tonight.”

In addition to his double and 2 singles, Capozzielo scored twice and drove in 4 runs. Concato added 2 base hits to his home run. Beaulieu singled twice, walked twice, scored twice, and stole 2 bases.

This was the Spartans’ final regular season home game. They conclude the regular season with a Friday night visit to Hamden and then a Monday afternoon visit to Foran.  The SCC play-offs will follow later next week.

Amity Baseball Team Tosses No-Hitter Against Guilford In Season Opener

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Apr 062013
 

Sal Coppola

Amity Baseball Coach Sal Coppola

The Amity Varsity Baseball Team had a very strong start to the season on Thursday, April 4.

Spartans pitchers Mike Concato, Nick Fusco, Ross Weiner and Max Richie combined for a no-hitter in the 2013 season opener at John Janenda Field in Woodbridge.  The pitching staff kept Guilford off balance the entire afternoon.

Hitting from the two senior captains, Concato 2 for 2 and Kleibart 2 for 3 to rout Guilford 15 – 1.

Amity is back on the field today against West Haven for a noon start at West Haven High School.

Come out and cheer this awesome team on.

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