Legion Baseball: Post 127 Plays Double Header At Home On Thursday

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Jul 082017

Orange Post 127 Legion Baseball played a double header against North Haven at Old Tavern Park on Thursday night.

Game One

Orange Grabs Lead In Sixth Inning For Victory Over North Haven

Post 127 took the lead late in the game in a 7-4 victory over North Haven on Thursday. The game was tied at four with Orange batting in the bottom of the sixth when induced Jack Nolan hit into a fielder’s choice, but one run scored.

Post 127 evened things up at four in the bottom of the fifth inning. Tyler Appel’s sac fly scored one run for Orange.

Jared Smith earned the win for Post 127. He threw seven innings, surrendering four runs, eight hits, striking out three, and walking zero.

Orange had nine hits in the game. Jack Nolan and Appel each had two hits to lead the home team.

North Haven collected eight hits. They were sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error.

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Game Two

North Haven Captures Lead Early To Defeat Orange

Post 127 fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 9-3 loss to North Haven on Thursday. North Haven took the lead on a single in the first inning.

Orange lost despite out-hitting North Haven seven to six.

North Haven scored five runs in the fourth inning. The big inning for North Haven came thanks to a walk and a double.

North Haven’s starting pitcher threw five and one-third innings, allowing three runs, four hits, and striking out four.

The replacement pitcher earned the win for North Haven. He went two-thirds of an inning, giving up zero runs, one hit, striking out one, and walking zero. Chase Burzynski took the loss for Orange. He tossed four innings, giving up six runs, four hits, and striking out one.

Post 127 collected seven hits. Teddy Hague and Tyler Appel each had two hits to lead Orange.

North Haven had six hits in the game.

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Calm Down, The Gun Show Has Been Canceled

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Aug 252015

lou merrickBack in July, the Board of Selectmen approved the American Legion’s request to hold a 2-day gun show at the High Plains Community Center in November.

The Legion Post 127 has partnered with the Stratford Gun Collectors Association for the past couple of years, hosting the show at the Legion Hall on Grassy Hill Road as a fundraising event.

The Orange Police Department recommended the Community Center for the show because the the event had outgrown the Legion’s parking accommodations.

When residents learned of the show a few stood up to protest, stating that the Community Center was not the right place for such an event; that it was disrespectful to the people of Sandy Hook who lost children and staff in a horrific school shooting in December 2012; among other things.

The August Board of Selectmen’s meeting brought to light the answers to many of their questions and some facts that even surprised the selectmen. They had only received half the story when the application first came before them.

Board members were under the impression that antique guns would be shown and sold, but at the August meeting it was revealed that ANY gun that is legally sold in CT would be available. — Not What The Board Thought When They Approved It

Board members believed that no ammunition would be sold at the show, during the meeting they were told that ammo most likely would be kept in a separate room. — Not What The Board Thought When They Approved It

Anyone who is purchasing items at the show must be trained and licensed and must produce all the proper documentation and ID. — This just opened a whole big can of worms.


First Selectman Jim Zeoli said he was unhappy that the club from Stratford was getting 75% of the profits and the Legion would only get 25% — Not much of a fundraiser for the Legion.

What Happens Now?

The discussion on this matter was supposed to be continued to the Sept. 9 Selectmen’s meeting, but on Monday, the Stratford Gun Collector’s Association pulled out.

American Legion Post 127  Commander Lewis Merritt released a statement on Aug. 24 (just 8 days after the Selectmen’s meeting): “The president of the Stratford Gun Collectors Assn. has informed the Post that he has withdrawn the application to use the Orange Community Center this November at the request of his members. No further information was given.“

Although this is good news for the residents who spoke against the gun show at the meeting, it’s bad news for the Post.

The Legion was depending upon a golf tournament fundraiser on Aug. 17 to raise some money for its programs and building repairs, but that had to be canceled.

The Post only has one other fundraiser planned for 2015, that’s the Breakfast for Dinner at Chip’s Family Restaurant 321 Boston Post Road, Orange on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12.

According to Merritt, “The server keeps the tip, and the restaurant donates $10 of the meal to the Orange Legion Post.”

Merritt concluded his statement with an invitation to join the Legion:

“Post 127 invites all current and former service men and women in our area to stop by our Post, 630 Grassy Hill Road, Orange, CT any Wednesday night at 6 p.m. There is always something going on. You don’t have to be a member. Meet your comrades, share a hot dog and a story. We are here for you.”


Tournament Time: Both The Orange Senior and Junior Teams Play On Saturday

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Jul 262012

Originally posted July 24 at 7:13 p.m.


Orange Live Sports Writer

The Orange Legion Post 127 Senior Team.

Orange Post 127 will open its American Legion double elimination state baseball tournament action on Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. contest against 6th seeded West Hartford at Muzzy Field in Bristol.

Should Orange defeat West Hartford, it would play again Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Bristol against an opponent to be decided based on Saturday’s results. A loss in its opening contest would bring Post 127 back to Muzzy Field on Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Junior Legion Game

The Orange Post 127 Junior Legion team also kicks off its state tourney action on Saturday, hosting 23rd seeded Guilford in a noon contest at Brinley Field.

An Orange victory would advance Post 127 to a 1 p.m. game Sunday at 7th seeded Montville. The Junior Legion Tournament is single elimination.

All scores, final results, and full tournament schedules will be available at ctalbb.com

Muzzy Field is located at 35 Muzzy Street, Bristol, CT

Orange Legion Is 4-0

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Jun 192012


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Adam Kyasky on the mound.

Following narrow 2-1 and 4-3 victories over West Haven Post 71, Orange Post 127 unloaded the big bats and clubbed post 71  11-2 Monday night at Brinley Field.  In addition to sweeping its 3 game summer series with the losers, undefeated Orange improved its Zone 2 record to 4-0 while winless West Haven saw its record dip to 0-4.

Noting that his team banged out 9 hits and received 12 walks, winning coach Bob Mirto said, “We hit the ball hard tonight but they also got caught short on pitching and gave up a lot of walks.”

Of the dozen free passes handed out by West Haven ’s 3 hurlers, half of those base runners came around to score.

Post 127 wasted no time jumping on the losers’ starting pitcher, Jeff Hill for a pair of first inning runs. He walked Nick Baviello and Grayson Amaroso, the first 2 batters he faced. Vin Siena then ripped a one hop blast off the left-center field fence to drive in Baviello. Hill then loaded the bases by hitting Brian Speer with a pitch to load the bases and then forced in another run when he walked Mark Boland.

Trailing 2-0, things went from bad to worse for West Haven in the bottom of the third inning. An error by shortstop Alex Palmieri was followed by back-to-back 2-baggers by Speer and Boland. Boland’s double down the right field foul line drove home both Paul Gusmano and Speer and extended the winners lead to 4-0.

 Clearly rattled by the booming Orange bats, Hill lost his control and proceeded to hand out free passes to Sean Butler, Adam Kyasky, and Nial Dammando. Baviello’s high drive into right field easily plated Butler . Successive bases on balls to Amaroso and Siena forced in another tally and opened up a 5-0 lead for Post 127.

At that point, West Haven Coach Dan Chambrelli brought in Alex Scranton to replace Hill.  His control proved to be worse than Hill’s as he proceeded to walk 5 of the 6 batters he faced. By the time the inning ended, 3 more Orange batters marched across home plate and extended their advantage to 8-0.


Orange roster

Baviello doubled home another score in the bottom of the fourth inning and was quickly driven home on Amaroso’s infield single. Post 127’s final run came as Ted Ballou’s fielder’s choice erased Amaroso but also enabled Dammando to cross home plate.

Speer started and hurled 5 innings to pick up his first win of the summer. He allowed only 1 run on 1 hit and struck out 1 batter but also walked 6.

“Brian played outfield and also pitched some for Western New England College this spring.  He threw the ball hard tonight but also gave out a lot of walks. He needs a couple more starts to get into a good rhythm. Brian has a great curve ball but he didn’t have commando of it tonight and as a result, was out of the strike zone more than he usually is,” Mirto said.

A fifth inning walk to Mark Lowe, an infield out by Jamie Brown, and successive wild pitched spoiled Speer’s shut out bid. The only hit he allowed was a fourth inning double by Eric Flores. Palmieri, who had previously drawn a free pass, tried to score from first base but was gunned down on a strong throw from center fielder Amaroso to catcher Paul Gusmano.

Kyasky came on to mop up the final two West Haven at bats and he gave up an unearned run in the top of the sixth inning.

Baviello led the winners with a pair of doubles, 2 runs, and a pair of runs batted in. Amaroso singled twice, scored a run, and added an RBI. Siena, who played only 3 innings, double home a run and added another RBI when he walked with the bases loaded. Boland doubled, scored a run, and added 3 RBI. Butler and Dammando each walked twice and scored 2 runs.

Mirto added, “Vin Siena really drilled that double off the fence and Bavs (Baviello) also hit the ball hard tonight.”

The undefeated winners go for their fifth straight victory Wednesday night with a 7 PM road game against Post 88 of Hamden. Last Friday night, Dane Simione hurled Orange to a 6-1 victory over Hamden . On Saturday, Nick Fusco made his Post 127 mound debut and defeated West Haven 4-3. 

Phil Is Here!: American Legion Season Begins June 10

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Jun 092012


Orange Live is proud to welcome the 2010 “Sportswriter of the Year” Phil Brodsky to report on the upcoming American Legion Post 127 Baseball season.

Many of our Amity High School Baseball players are on the Legion Team.

Brodsky has been covering Legion games for 40 years and is anxious to get back in the game.

We welcome his expertise and talent to Orange Live and we know our readers will appreciate him too.

Let’s play ball!!!!




Legion Ball begins June 10

Sun.  June 10    Orange  @ Shelton              Shelton HS                     10 AM  POSTPONED DUE TO AMITY CARWASH

Tue.  June 12    Shelton  @ Orange             Brinley Field                    7 PM

Wed. June 13    Orange @ Shelton              Shelton HS                       7 PM

Thu.  June 14    West Haven @ Orange       Brinley Field                    7 PM

Sat.   June 16     Orange @ West Haven HS      Piurek Field             10 AM