Baseball: Amity Defeats Cheshire 6-2

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May 052014

SAFE! Smooth move Amity!

SAFE! Smooth move Amity!

It was a perfect day for Baseball on Saturday as Amity (6-5) hosted Cheshire (7-5) in Woodbridge.

After a close loss to the powerful Fairfield Prep team on Friday, the Spartans were determined to win this SCC game.

Cheshire was first to score with 2 runs in the second inning. It wasn’t until the fourth inning that Amity got on the board with a whopping 5 runs, finishing of with the sixth and final run in the sixth inning.

Highlights, Anthony Capoziello (#20) had 2 hits and an RBI and Jake Russo (#1) had 2 hits.

The Spartans play Lyman Hall in Woodbridge Monday, May 5, at 3:45 p.m.

No-hitter Leads Orange Post 127 Past Hamden 16-0

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Jun 262013

Nick Fusco threw a no-hitter against Hamden on June 25.

Nick Fusco threw a no-hitter against Hamden on June 25.

Tuesday was a day Nick Fusco will set aside for the scrapbook as he threw a no-hitter in Orange Post 127’s 16-0 victory over Hamden.

No Hamden batter was able to locate Fusco’s pitches during the game. Fusco threw a no-hitter, striking out five batters and walking two while recording his momentous feat. He got Cyril for the final out of the game.

The biggest inning for Orange was the first. Hamden had no answer as Orange scored 9 runs.

Orange hammered Hamden pitching as 6 hitters had a field day, combining for 8 hits, 10 RBIs and 13 runs scored.

Orange piled on 4 more runs in the top of the second. A ground out scored Justin Ashworth to get Orange on the board in the inning. That was followed up by Jake Russo’s double, scoring Gerald Farace, R.J. Moquet and Keith Klebart.

Orange built upon its lead with 3 runs in the fifth. R.J. singled, scoring Matt Ronai to start the inning.

Orange Plays Hamden again tonight at Brinley Field in Orange at 7 p.m.

For more photos from this game visit the Orange Live Facebook Page.

Visit the Orange Post 127 Web Site HERE.

BASEBALL: Orange Post 127 Off To A Good Start

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Jun 152013


Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball

Orange American Legion Post 127 Baseball


Orange Live Sports Writer

Following 4 consecutive rain postponements earlier in the week, Orange Post 127 finally got to open its American Legion Zone 2 season Friday night. Despite intermittent showers early in the Brinley Field contest against Ansonia Post 50 (a new addition to Zone 2), the 27 game summer season got underway in scintillating fashion. After throwing only 8 innings this spring for Amity, Nick Fusco made an auspicious Post 127 debut. Needing only 102 pitches, Fusco tossed a 3-hit 1-0 complete game victory in which he struck out 11 and walked only 2 Post 50 batters.

While Fusco ended up blanking Ansonia, his shut-out was not an easy effort. He had to work out of jams in the second, fourth and fifth innings. With 2 outs in the top of the second, he walked both Adam Thayer and Cory Dzienkewicz. Both runners moved up a base when Fusco unloaded a wild pitch, but he dodged that bullet by striking out L.J. Dewar. Fourth inning singles by Shaun Bonaparte and R.J. Dewar along with a throwing error by Orange third baseman Keith Klebart again had Ansonia knocking on the door, but Fusco avoided damage by whiffing Thayer and Dzienkewicz. L.J. Dewar led off the top of the fifth by ripping a lead-off double into the left center field gap, but got no further as Fusco retired the next 3 Post 50 batters.

Following his complete game win, Fusco said, “I threw the ball well tonight. I had good control of my fast ball and my curve. I also mixed in some change-ups too and had them (Post 50 batters) off balance all game. I thought the second inning was really my only bad inning. The home plate umpire did a good job, but at times I thought he was squeezing me. I felt strong most of the game but by the seventh inning, I was getting a little tired.”

Orange also wasted early inning scoring opportunities. Klebart led off the bottom of the first by lining a double down the left field line and moving over to third base on a wild pitch from Thayer, but he proceeded to strand Klebart by striking out Jake Russo, Matt Ronai, and Mike Concato.  Thayer loaded the bases in the bottom of the third when he handed out free passes to Sean Beaulieu, Russo, and Ronai but with 2 outs, Concato skied to center field. With 2 outs in the bot tom of the fourth inning, Nick Ceneri banged a base hit up the middle and Gerald Farace walked, but Thayer left both runners in place when he struck Beaulieu.

After stranding 6 base runners in the first 4 innings, Post 127 finally got onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth. With 1 out, Russo lined the ball past first base and down the right field foul line. He advanced a base on a Thayer wild pitch. After failing to deliver with runners in scoring position during his first 2 at bats, Concato finally came through with a 2 out-2 strike single into center field.

While he was tagged with the opening game loss, Thayer pitched a solid game. He allowed the 1 Post 127 run on only 3 hits, while walking 6 and striking out 10.

According to winning Coach Bob Mirto, “The Ansonia pitcher was tough. He changed speeds well, hit the corners well, and was very deceptive. At times, our guys didn’t look good facing him, but we had our chances to score and ended up leaving guys on base. It took us our second time through the batting order to finally get to him.”

He went on to say, “Nick Fusco did a great job tonight! It was his first start all year. He wanted it tonight. This game was his time. This summer will be his chance to prove why he should pitch varsity next year for Amity.”

Following Saturday’s double-header at West Haven, Post 71 visits Orange Sunday night for a 7 p.m. contest at Brinley Field.

Orange Legion: 16-Year-Old Nick Fusco Pitches A Great Game, Orange Sweeps East Haven

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Jul 172012


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Nick Fusco (1) 16, pitched an awesome game against East Haven Monday night.

Despite the absence of 5 starters (Vin Siena and Sean Butler—summer school, Chris Katz—strained groin muscle, Paul Gusmano—college orientation, and Grayson Amoroso—ill) Orange Post 127 utilized its considerable team depth to defeat Post 89 of  East Haven Monday night under the lights at Brinley Field. With the win, Orange swept its 3 game summer series with the 89ers; recorded its 12th win in a row; and upped its first place record to 18-3.

Without any hesitation winning Coach Bob Mirto pointed to his 16 year old right hander, Nick Fusco as the hero of the game. He not only went the distance, allowing 2 runs on only 4 hits, but he struck out 10 and did not walk a batter. Fusco is now 5-0—with the best pitching record on the team. Amazingly, he is only arising junior who is yet to pitch an inning of varsity baseball for Amity.

According to Mirto, “I am surprised with what I’ve seen from Nick. I’ve never met a 16 year old who understands the art of pitching and winning like Nick does. He pitches as if he had years of experience. In addition to being very smart on the mound, he has great control, has real pop on his pitches, and is very confident in his own abilities. He went all 7innings tonight and threw only 76 pitches. When he gets bigger and stronger, he will be unhittable.”

He added, “It’s fun to watch Matt Ronai play shortstop. He’s also young kid but he’s going to be a great player when he gets older.”

The game was deadlocked at 2-2 when Post 127 came to bat in the bottom of the third inning. With 1 out, Mike Boland’s drive to left field was dropped by Mike Anastasio. When East Haven hurler Kyle Lockery airmailed a pickoff throw by first baseman Brandon Gargiulo, Boland raced over to second base. Shortly thereafter, he scooted home on Ted Ballou’s single deep into the hole.

The score remained 3-2 thanks to stellar hurling by Fusco and sturdy Orange defense.  In addition to Fusco’s 5 strike outs over the last 4 innings, The winners turned a crisp double play to thwart an 89er threat in the top of the fifth inning. Post 127 had previously pulled off a twin killing to end the third inning.

Still leading 3-2, Orange came to bat in the bottom of the sixth inning. With 1out, Brian Speer and designated hitter Mike Concato legged out an infield roller. When shortstop Andrew Hackley’s throw skipped past Gargiulo, both runners moved up a base. With both runners in scoring position and running on the pitch, Nial Dimmando slapped a 2-run infield single. After hitting Matt Fox and Matt Ronai with pitches, Lockery served up a 2-run double to Boland.

Even though he has no varsity high school experience, Fusco insisted that he was not surprised with what he has accomplished for Post 127 this summer.

He said, “I work as hard as I can and come here to win every day. I usually do have good control. I throw a 2 and a 4 seamer but the change-up is my best pitch. I really wasn’t worried when they tied the game 2-2 in the top of the second inning. I was confident that I would keep East Haven from scoring again and that our offense would score more runs.”   

Orange tallied 2 quick runs off Lockery in the bottom of the first inning. Ronai led off with a base hit up the middle. He moved up a base when Boland drew a free pass and scored on Nick Baviello’s 2-bagger into the left-center field gap. After Boland was thrown out trying to score on Ted Ballou’s chop down the third base line, Ballou was erased on Speer’s fielder’s choice but Baviello would soon score on that play.

The 89ers (now 13-8 with 4 consecutive losses), tied the game in the top of the third inning. With 1out, Gargiulo swatted a base hit into left field. Gary Flowers, who had whiffed 3 times in Friday night’s loss to the Mirtomen, followed with a game-trying 2-run blast over the left center field fence.

“I beat him all night, striking him out twice, but I left a pitch up too high and he put it out,” said Fusco.

Mirto conceded that prior to the game, he was concerned about missing 5 starters, but then added, “We still won tonight and that’s a credit to our overall team depth. I have faith in all the kids on our roster. We didn’t get a lot of hits tonight (7) but I wasn’t worried. Even when the game was tied, I knew Nick (Fusco) was pitching and he hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in any game and I also knew we’d score a few more runs.”

Orange visits second place Branford (13-4) Tuesday night in a 5:45 battle for first place.