And The Beat Goes On: Orange Victory Over West Haven

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Jun 232017

An early lead helped Orange Post 127 defeat West Haven 8-1 on Thursday in West Haven. Orange scored on singles by Al Smith, Tyler Appel and Quentin Pitter in the first inning.

Orange scored three runs in the second inning. The big inning was thanks to an error and a double by Tyler Appel.

Ben Lodewick earned the win for Post 127. He threw six innings, surrendering one run, seven hits, and striking out three. One of West Haven’s pitchers tossed one inning, surrendering one run, zero hits, and striking out one.

Another West Haven pitcher started the game for his team, threw four innings, giving up seven runs, and 12 hits.

Orange collected 12 hits. Smith, Andy Hague, and Appel each made multiple hits for the home team. Appel, Hague, and Smith all had two hits to lead Orange. Post 127 was sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. Lodewick made the most plays with two.

West Haven had eight hits in the game.

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NOTE: The game was delayed for a minute or two when a beaver made its way onto the field and was given time to leave so it wouldn’t get hurt.

Post 127 plays again on Saturday, June 24 at 10 a.m. and noon at Old Tavern Park in Orange, weather permitting.

Two Pitchers Team Up As Orange Post 127 Shuts Out West Haven

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Jun 232017

Teddy Hague SAFE at second

Orange Post 127 defeated West Haven 10-0 on Wednesday as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Teddy Hague induced a groundout to finish off the game.

Adam Hurwitz led Orange to victory by driving in four runs. He went 3-for-4 at the plate. Hurwitz drove in runs with a double in the third and a double in the sixth.

Post 127  captured the lead in the first inning. Al Smith homered on the first pitch at-bat in the first inning, scoring two runs.

Orange scored four runs in the third inning. The big inning was thanks to a double by Hurwitz, a single by Zach Cole and another single.

A single in the first inning was a positive for West Haven.

Jared Smith earned the win for Orange. He threw four innings, surrendering zero runs, six hits, and striking out two. One of West Haven’s pitchers pitched three and one-third innings, surrendering seven runs, seven hits, and striking out one.

Post 127 collected 11 hits. Hurwitz, Smith, and Quentin Pitter each had multiple hits for Orange, and the team didn’t commit a single error in the field.

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Ficaro Throws Shutout As Orange Post 127 Defeats West Haven

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Jun 222017

Mike Ficaro didn’t allow a single run as Orange Post 127 defeated West Haven 6-0 on Tuesday, June 20. Ficaro allowed just two hits and induced a groundout from PlayerG to end the game.

Orange grabbed an early lead, Al Smith drove in one when he singled in the first inning and the team got another single in the second inning.

One bright spot for West Haven was a single in the fourth inning.

Ficaro earned the win for Orange, he pitched seven innings, surrendering zero runs, two hits, striking out one, and walking one. The opposing pitcher took the loss for West Haven. He threw five and one third innings, surrendering six runs, ten hits, striking out three, and walking zero.

Orange had ten hits in the game. Andy Hague and Quentin Pitter each collected multiple hits. Hague led Post 127 with three runs batted in. He went 3-for-4 on the day.

One West Haven player led his team with two hits in three at-bats.

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Legion Baseball: Orange Wins Again

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Jun 232016

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Orange Legion Post 127 baseball team won its fifth consecutive game on Wednesday night in a match-up against West Haven.

Brian Ronai and Ben Lodewick pitched in this game, which Orange dominated in the first two innings.

Post 127 scored 2 runs each in the first and second.

West Haven fought back with 2 runs in the third, but Orange held them down with 2 additional runs in the fourth. 6-2 Orange.

West Haven came alive and battled its way to a 6-6 tie with 4 runs in the fifth.

The seventh inning was the nail biter with Orange up first adding 2 runs, then it was up to West Haven to tie or win, but they came up one short with 1 additional run.

This game went to Orange 8-7.


Records:  Orange (5-3) is now fourth in zone 2 behind Branford, Stratford (7-1) and Hamden (6-3).

Next Up: Post 127 has a double header against West Haven, at home at Brinley Field on Thursday, June 23, 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.





Pokluda Pitches No-Hitter For Legion Season Opener

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Jun 152012


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Orange Legion Pitcher Austin Pokluda

Following the postponement of the first 3 games of the regular season, The Orange Post 127 American Legion baseball team finally launched its 2012 season Thursday night at Brinley Field. It was a brilliant launch to the season as Austin Pokluda  not only defeated West Haven Post 71 2-1, he did not allow a base hit.

According to Pokluda, “From the fourth inning on, I knew I had a no-hitter but I tried to keep it out of my mind. The guys talked to me on the bench but nobody talked about me working on a no-hitter. We were more concerned about us not hitting the ball.”

While Pokluda was holding Post 71 hitless, his teammates managed only 2 hits off West Haven hurler Tyler Gambardella over the first 5 innings and trailed 1-0.With 1 out in the top of the first inning, Alex Palmeri walked, moved over to second base on a fielding error by Orange shortstop Nick Baviello and came around to score on Wes Gambardella’s fielder’s choice.

Thanks to Tyler Gambardella’s clutch West Haven clung to that slim lead for 5 innings. R.J. Moquet singled with 2 outs in the bottom of the third inning and Adam Kyasky did the same thing with 2 outs in the bottom of the fifth.

After not having a runner reach second base during the first five innings, the Post 127 bats finally showed signs of life in the bottom of the sixth. Chris Katz led off by beating out a bunt that he rolled down the third base line. Mark Boland’s sacrifice bunt moved Katz up a base. With 2 outs, Katz swiped third base and raced home on Paul Gusmano’s game-tying 2-strike double past third base and down the left field. Following Ted Ballou’s base hit, Gusmano scored on an error by Palmeri, the West Haven shortstop.

Now leading 2-1, Pokluda quickly set the visitors down in order in the top of the seventh and put his no-hitter into the books. In addition to holding West Haven (now 0-2) hitless, the UConn-bound Amity senior struck out 6 and walked only 1 batter. He allowed only three balls out of the infield—all easy fly balls that were snared by right fielder, Ballou, in the final 2 innings.

“ Austin pitched only 1 game for us last summer and that was in Rhode Island . He wasn’t as polished as he is now, but we saw that he threw hard, had good control, and was cool as a cucumber. For the most part, he worked out of the bullpen this spring for Amity, but he did start and was the winning pitcher against Shelton (the eventual CIAC Class LL state champs) in the SCC championship game,” Coach Bob Mirto said. “Tonight he threw only 80 pitches and proved that good things happen when you consistently throw strikes.”

He added, “Their pitcher kept us off balance with sliders and knuckle balls. For the first 4 innings we couldn’t hit the ball. Starting in the fifth inning, (our third time through the batting order) we got used to him, settled in, and began to hit the ball hard when he got it up in the strike zone. Our offense wasn’t explosive tonight but we did what we had to do to win the game. I liked seeing how we came from behind to win. It always feels good to open the season with a victory. This is a good team and the most experienced team I’ve ever had. They work hard and are focused on winning.”

Pokluda admitted that he has one style of pitching when he comes on in relif and another style when he is the starter.

He said, “When I come on in relief, I mostly concentrate on throwing my 2-seam fast ball hard. As a starter, I use more of my pitches (fastball, curve, and change. Tonight I began experimenting with a slider and tried hard to hit my spots more.”

The 1-0 Mirtomen return to Zone 2 action tonight with a 7 P.M. contest at Hamden Post 88 ( Hamden High School .) On Saturday, they visit West Haven in a 10 AM contest at Piurek Field ( West Haven High School .)

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Chris Katz steps up to the plate.