Legion Baseball:Orange Post 127 Makes The Most of Three Hits In 4-2 Victory Over Hamden

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Jul 112015

IMG_4593Orange Post 127 and Hamden both had scoring chances on Friday, but it was Orange Post 127 that was able to capitalize on them as it pulled out a 4-2 win at Brinley Field.

Hamden had four hits compared with Orange Post 127’s three, but Hamden stranded five runners on base.

Matt Ronai went a perfect 2-2 at the dish for Orange Post 127. He singled in the third inning and doubled in the fifth inning.

Orange Post 127 got the win thanks in large part to Doug Rives‘s dominant, seven-strikeout performance. Rives allowed two earned runs, four hits and one walk over seven innings.

Mitchell couldn’t get it done on the rubber for Hamden, taking a loss. He lasted just six innings, walked three, struck out five, and allowed four runs.

The top of the first saw Hamden take an early lead, 2-0. Camner singled to start things off before Grant doubled, plating Kirschenbaum and Camner.

The game was never in doubt after the fifth, as Orange Post 127 scored two runs on an RBI double by Ronai.

Ted Ballou is red-hot — Coach Bob Mirto: Orange Legion Does It Again

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Jul 112012


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“Red Hot” Ted Ballou (4) during the July 10th game in Orange.

On Sunday, Orange Post 127 battered Stratford pitching for 19 hits enroute to a 14-1 thrashing of visiting Post 42. The same 2 teams met again Tuesday night at Brinley Field and the results were much the same. This time the hosts banged out 18 hits and pummeled Stratford 15-3. With its latest victory, Orange improved its record to 13-3 and remained atop Zone 2. The Black and Orange need only 1 more win to qualify for the  American Legion state tournament that gets underway later this month. On the other side of the ledger, Post 42 sits in Zone 2 cellar.

While he struggled with his control all night, Orange pitcher Dane Simone went 5 innings and upped his record to a spotless 4-0. In addition to striking out 6 Stratford batters, Simone also walked 8, allowed 6 hits, and had runners on base in every inning.

According to winning Coach Bob Mirto, “We won tonight but the game was not a thing of beauty. Dane just didn’t have good control tonight, but he was determined to hang on.  Having 6 strikeouts and 8 walks is not a good strike out to walk ratio, but he did go 5 innings and throw 127 pitches. Fortunately, we hit the ball hard again tonight. We’ve done that consistently throughout the season.”

Once again the winners jumped out to a quick first inning lead. Following Grayson Amoroso’s lead-off double over the head of Post 42 center fielder, Ryan Sosik, Nick Baviello’s fielder’s choice, consecutive singles ff the bets  of Ted Ballou and Paul Gusmano and with an error by Stratford catcher  Nick DiIullo and a bases-loaded walk to Brian Speer staked Simone to an early 4-0 advantage.

After leaving the bases loaded in the top of the first inning, Stratford did scrape out a run in its next at bat. DiIullo led off with a free pass and raced over to third base on Alex Tyler’s 2-base blast into right-center field. DiIullo scooted home on Sosik’s infield roller.

Orange extended its advantage to 6-1 in the bottom of the second inning. Mark Boland singled and advanced to third base on Baviello’s double down the right field line. Both runners raced home on the front end of Ballou’s base hit.

With the bases loaded in the top of the third, Simone forced in a run when walked Mike Cody, but  the winners tacked on 2 more runs in the bottom of the same canto,  on base hits from Spear and Nial Dimmondo, a throwing error by  DiIullo, and Amoroso’s drive up the middle.

Leading 8-2, Orange batted around and exploded for 6 more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Making his first start for Post 127, Matt Ronai led off with a 2-base blast off the left-center field fence. Dimmondo singled Ronai over to third bases and Chris Katz cashed in both runners with his double into the right-center field gap. Amoroso, Baviello, and Ballou followed with RBI base hits that chased Stratford starter Jordan Weiss and extended the Post 127 advantage to 14-3.

Orange recorded its 15th and final run in the sixth inning on another  Katz double,  a throwing error by Post 42 third baseman Jamie DeStefano, and Adam Kyasky’s RBI single up the middle.

“Ted Ballou is red-hot,” Mirto said. “He had 5 hits on Sunday and 3 more tonight. That’s 8 hits in a row. Nick Baviello has been crushing the ball too.”

Included in Ballou’s offensive efforts were 2 doubles, a single, 3 RBI, a stolen base and a run scored. Baviello’s tally sheet included a double, a single, 3 runs scored, and an RBI. Ronai added a single, a double, a run, and an RBI. Dimmondo also contributed 2 singles, 2 runs, and a stolen base. Amoroso doubled twice, scored twice and added an RBI. For the second game in a row, every batter in the winners’ starting line up recorded at least 1 hit and scored at least 1 run.

Sosik and Weiss each had 2 hits for the losers.

The 3-game series concludes tonight with a 5:45 game at Penders Field in Stratford . Mirto was trying hard not to look ahead to his teams upcoming contests with East Haven Post 89 and Branford Post 83, but then noted, “Things won’t be as easy as this later in the week. We have a make-up game with Shelton on Friday and then we move on to East Haven and Branford. We look to end our regular season for 6 tough games. Our pitching is all set up. Hopefully, things will fall into place for us. We’ll see what we are made of and how good we are in those 6 games.”

Orange Legion: Ballou Hits It Out Of The Park

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Jun 272012

Ted Ballou takes off running after hitting a homer onto a rooftop way beyond left field fence.


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Sturdy pitching by Austin Pokluda and Ted Ballou’s towering 3-run home run combined to lead Orange Post 127 past Post 196 of Milford 5-2 in a Zone 2 contest Tuesday night at Brinley Field. The victory prevented Post 127 from being swept in its 3 game summer series with the Sixers. Milford (now 3-3) took the first 2 games by scores of 9-2 and 2-1. The win also improved the winners’ record to 8-3.

Pokluda’s victory upped his mark to 2-1. He allowed 2 runs on 9 hits while walking 2 and striking out 9. He had only 1 bad inning—the second inning when he gave up both Milford runs.

According to Post 127 Coach Bob Mirto, “ Austin really picked us up tonight and we needed that. He got off to a slow start He became much more effective once he began to spot his change-up in the third inning. It’s his most effective pitch.”

Trailing 2-0 after Milford had scored twice in the top of the second inning, Orange struck back in the bottom of the third. With 1 out, Mark Boland slashed an opposite field double into the left-center field gap. After Brian Speer’s 2-out walk, Nick Baviello slashed a single down the right field line to drive Boland home. Ballou stepped in and walloped a towering drive far over the left field fence to put Orange on top, 4-2.

“Teddy just mashed that ball,” Mirto said. “He put it onto the roof of the building beyond the left field fence. He launched a 3-run rocket.”

The winners played with 3 regulars—Vin Siena, Paul Gusmano, and Chris Katz who all missed the game with a variety of valid reasons.

Milford scored both of its runs in the top of the second inning. Pokluda issued a 1-out walk to Christian Baglini and served up a base hit to Nick Pinto. Following a double steal that put both runners into scoring position, Sean Cameron ripped a 2-run 2 bagger into right center field.

Pokluda avoided trouble when he ended a bases-loaded jam in the top of the first inning by striking out Jake Saley.

Mirto was pleased to note that after leaving 21 runners on base in the 2 previous losses to Post 196, this time, Orange cashed in on its scoring opportunities, getting 6 hits and stranding only 4 base runners.

He added, “We didn’t get a lot of hits tonight but we made the ones we got count. We didn’t leave guys on base like we did in the first 2 games with Milford .”

Boland, who banged out 4 hits in the weekend losses to the Sixers, added 2 more safeties and scored a run on Tuesday night. Ed Michaud singled twice for the losers.

On Monday night, Dane Simone tossed a 1-hitter as Orange battered Hamden Post 88 and improved his record to 3-0. The winners were led by Baviello, who belted a 3-run homer.

Orange is on the road tonight and tomorrow night, visiting Post 76 of North Haven at DeMayo Field. On Friday, Mirto and Co. are off to Rhode Island to participate in the annual Firecracker Tournament. They open tourney play on Saturday at Bryant College in Smithfield , R.I.