By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports WriterAs if there weren’t enough fireworks Saturday night for Orange Day, Post 127 put on its own explosive display on Sunday morning at Brinley Field. Banging out a season-high 19 hits, Orange battered Stratford Post 42 14-1. Every member of the winners’ starting line-up had at least 1 hit. Ted Ballou led the way with 5 hits (a double and 4 singles). He also scored twice, stole a base, and drove in 3 runs. Nick Baviello chipped in with 3 hits (2 doubles and a single), scored 3 runs, and added an RBI. Mark Boland continued to wield a hot bat as he clouted a pair of 2 baggers, scored 3 runs, and had 4 RBI. In addition to his second home run of the summer (a 2-run drive over the left center field fence), Vin Siena added a base hit, 2 runs, and 2 RBI. Brian Speer singled twice, and drove in a run. Grayson Amoroso posted 2 base hits, 2 runs, and 3 stolen bases.
“We had our hitting shoes on today,” said Orange Coach Bob Mirto. “We hit a lot of hard line drives. Ted Ballou, Vin Siena, and Mark Boland really hit the ball hard. We didn’t have any cheap hits today. Now, we have to try and keep it rolling.”
The lop-sided victory was the 6th in a row for Post 127, which now sports an 11-3 record and sits alone at the top of Zone 2. Milford had been tied with the locals for first place but was knocked off 4-1 by Shelton Post 16.
Orange wasted no time jumping on Post 42 starting pitcher Mark DeStefano for four 1st inning runs. Following a lead-off single by Amoroso, Boland, Baviello, Ballou and Siena each blasted a double. Speer added a run-scoring single to stake winning pitcher Austin Pokluda to a 4-0 lead. Post 127 rang up three more tallies in the bottom of the third. Baviello’s second 2-bagger, Siena ’s drive up the middle, Ballou’s base hit, and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ted Fox extended the Orange lead to 7-0.
The fourth inning saw Orange tack on 3 more runs. Amaroso singled, swiped 2 bases, and scored on Boland’s infield out. After Baviello stroked a base hit down the right field line, Siena launched his 2-run shot into the distant trees in left center field. Adding insult to injury, Boland ripped a bases-loaded double into right center field to cap an additional 4 run explosion. Ballou singled home another score and Matt Ronai closed out the fireworks, scoring Boland on his sac fly into left field.
Pokluda (now 3-1) allowed only 1 run on 4 hits but lost his shutout bid in the top of the fourth inning. Back-to-back base hits by Steve Petrahai and Mike Cody were followed by Brian Sosik’s sac fly. Petrahai had 2 of the losers’ 4 safeties. Pokluda went the distance, striking out 8 and not walking a batter.
Following his complete game victory, Pokluda said, “It’s a lot easier pitching when you get a big lead right away. There’s no pressure, but I was still trying to hit my spots and not change my normal approach. I threw mostly fastballs today with some curve balls, a few change-ups, and 1 slider mixed in.”
With the loss, Post 42 saw its record dip to 3-14.
The same teams meet again on Tuesday night at Brinley Field, starting at 7 P.M. Wednesday night’s contest will start at 5:45 PM at Penders Field in Stratford .