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2015 10-11 CONNECTICUT Little League State Champs!
Congratulations Orange Little League 11 District Allstars Team members Jacob Crow; Ben Daddio; Christian D√ƒ∆’ƒ√ƒ‚€ö√‚¬Āstous; Dylan Gherlone; Sebastian Holt; Owen Leszczak; Colby O’Connor; AJ Soldra; Drew Visnic; Charlie Windsor and Martin Zhang Manager Keith Sodra Coaches Mike Visnic & Jim Windsor
June 30, 2015 - Orange 8, Milford National 4
July 2, 2015- Orange 16, West Haven 9
July 6, 2015 -Orange 11, Hamden 0
July 8, 2015- Orange 26, North Branford 3
July 9, 2015- Orange 11, Hamden 0
District 4 Championship July 11, 2015
Orange 12, West Haven 2
2015 Division 1 Pool Play
July 18, 2015 Orange 8, Stamford North 5
July 19, 2015 Orange 8, Monroe 7
2015 Division 1 Championship Game:
July 21, 2015 Orange 9, Stamford North 2
2015 Section 1 Championship Game:
July 23, 2015 Orange 5, Berlin 2
2015 Connecticut Championship Series:
July 26, 2015 GAME 1: Orange 5, Tolland 3
July 27, 2015 GAME 2: Orange 15, Tolland 4
Orange the 2015 10-11 Connecticut Champions
Keith Soldra “I want every player recognized, the accomplishments of every boy played a role in our success.” For full coverage of the games visit www.OrangeCTLittleleague.com
2015 District 4 Pool Play (Bracket B):
June 30, 2015
Orange 8, Milford National 4 – In a game played under the lights of Clarkson Field (Milford, CT), Orange opened the scoring with a run in the top 1st. Jacob Crow singled and scored on an RBI double by Sebastian Holt. Milford National answered with two runs of it’s own. In the Orange half of the 5th, AJ Soldra walked, Sebastian Holt singled, and Dylan Gherlone’s RBI single plated Soldra to tie the score at 2-2. It remained that way through 6 innings. Jacob Crow’s solo homerun to lead off the extra frame, broke the tie in the top of the 7th, but Milford would answer with a run of it’s own in the home half on back-to-back doubles. The teams headed into the 8th tied at 3-3. Orange flexed its muscles in the 8th. Owen Leszczak walked to lead off the inning. After a strikeout and a pop out, Drew Visnic launched a 2-run blast and AJ Soldra followed with a solo homerun to put Orange ahead 6-3, but they weren’t done. Jacob Crow followed with a single, then Sebastian Holt’s 2-run blast pushed the Orange lead to 8-3. Milford National was able to muster one run in the home half of the 8th, but Martin Zhang recorded a strikeout to end threat. Leszczak, Holt, and Zhang combined to strikeout 12 Milford National batters. Ben Daddio and Christian D’Astous each recorded hits, while Dylan Gherlone and Charlie Winsdor played outstanding defense for Orange.
July 2, 2015
Orange 16, West Haven 9 – The contest would be a rematch of last year’s 9-10 District 4 Championship game. After holding Orange scoreless in the top of the 1st, West Haven tagged Orange’s starting pitcher, Drew Visnic, for four runs in the home half to take an early 4-0 lead. Orange scratched a run across in the second on a 2-out RBI single by Visnic, following walks to Christian D’Astous and Colby O’Connor. West Haven pushed their lead to 6-1, on a 2-run homerun in the 2nd inning. After a scoreless top of the 3rd, Owen Leszczak took the mound for Orange. Leszczak held West Haven scoreless in the 3rd and 4th. With 1-out, three consecutive walks to D’Astous, O’Connor, and Visnic, followed by a passed ball plated D’Astous, Orange cut the Westies lead to 6-2 after 4 innings. Orange erupted for 10 runs in the top of the 5th. After a fly out by Sebastian Holt, seven consecutive Orange batters reach base. Charlie Windsor and Ben Daddio each singled. Owen Leszczak hit a 3-run homerun, D’Astous singled, O’Connor walked, Visnic singled, and AJ Soldra doubled. After another fly out, the next four batters also reached base. Holt singled, Windsor doubled for his second hit in the inning, Dylan Gherlone reached on an error, and Leszczak doubled for his second hit of the inning. Orange sent 14 batters to the plate and took a 12-6 lead into the bottom half of the 5th. West Haven answered. An Orange error, a walk, and double and a singled plated 3 runs to make the score 12-9, Orange. Orange would send 10 more batters to the plate in the 6th. The big blow was Sebastian Holt’s 3-run homerun, in the 4-run inning. Colby O’Connor came on in relief for Orange. West Haven managed one hit, but O’Connor recorded a strikeout and two groundouts to secure the victory.
July 6, 2015
Orange 11, Hamden 0 – With two outs in the 1st, Jacob Crow walked, Sebastian Holt doubled, and Martin Zhang walked to load the bases. Dylan Gherlone smashed a grand slam over the left field fence to put Orange ahead 4-0. Orange would do more of the same in the 2nd. Colby O’Connor reached on an error to start the inning. AJ Soldra was hit-by-pitch and Jacob Crow singled to load the bases. Seastian Holt followed with a grand slam of his own. Zhang then singled, Gherlone singled, Owen Leszczak walked, and Christian D’Astous singled to put Orange ahead 11-0. Zhang toed the rubber for Orange. The southpaw was brilliant. In a game ended by mercy rule after 4 innings, Zhang allowed just one hit, while striking out nine Hamden batters.
2015 District 4 Crossover Game:
July 8, 2015
Orange 26, North Branford 3 – With a 3-0 Pool Play record Orange would face North Branford, the #4 seed from Bracket A. Orange didn’t waste any time against North Branford, sending 12 batters to the plate in the 1st inning and scoring 8 runs. Drew Visnic, AJ Soldra, Jacob Crow, Martin Zhang, Dylan Gherlone, and Colby O’Connor all recorded singles. Christian D’Astous got the start on the mound for Orange. After allowing four straight hits and surrendering three runs, in the 1st, D’Astous settled down and held North Branford scoreless in the second frame. Orange would add four runs in the 2nd, eight in the 3rd, and six in the 4th to take a commanding lead. Orange was paced offensively by, Visnic, Soldra, Crow, Sebastian Holt, Zhang, Ben Daddio, and O’Connor who all had multiple hits. D’Astous allowed just five hits and stuck out two in the win.
2015 District 4 Semi-Final Game:
July 9, 2015
Orange 11, Hamden 0 – Owen Leszczak was dominant on the mound for Orange. He allowed just two hits, while striking out 13 Hamden batters. Orange used a 6-run 2nd inning and a 5-run 6th inning to put Hamden away. Drew Visinc was perfect at the plate, with three singles, a double and a triple. Jacob Crow provided a 3-run homerun, while Sebastian Holt added a solo shot. Soldra, Zhang, Windsor, Gherlone, and O’Connor also recorded hits for Orange, who advanced to the District 4 Championship Game for the second straight year.
2015 District 4 Championship Game:
July 11, 2015
Orange 12, West Haven 2 – In a rematch of the 2014 9-10 District 4 Championship Game, Orange jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st on a Jacob Crow double and Sebastian Holt’s RBI single. West Haven would answer in the home half of the 1st by tagging Orange starter, Sebastian Holt, for two runs on a leadoff homerun, a double and a single, to take a 2-1 lead. That would be all West Haven would muster offensively on this day. Holt would set down the Westies in order in four of the next five innings. Only one batter reached base during that span. A West Haven batter singled to lead off the bottom of the 5th inning, but was quickly erased by Orange catcher, Jacob Crow attempting to steal second. Holt surrendered just four hits and struck out seven in the complete game effort. Orange banged out 17 hits in the game. Holt smashed two homeruns, while Martin Zhang added another. Ben Daddio and Jacob Crow tallied two doubles apiece. AJ Soldra and Ben Daddio were outstanding defensively at first and third base, respectively. Soldra, Charlie Windsor, and Owen Leszczak each recorded two hits in the game. The win gave Orange its second consecutive District 4 Championship.
Orange advanced to play in the Division 1 Tournament against the District 1 (Stamford North) and District 2 (Monroe) Champions. Having been in this position a year earlier, Orange knew that this would be the toughest competition they would face. Districts 1 and 2 are typically very strong and have produced a number of State Champions.
2015 Division 1 Pool Play:
July 18, 2015
Orange 8, Stamford North 5 – Both teams showed signs of nerves early on. With Stamford North’s starting pitcher struggling with his command, Orange scored three runs in the 1st without recording a hit. Stamford North answered with two runs of their own on a hit and four walks off Orange starter, Owen Leszczak. Leszczak redeemed himself by leading of the Orange half of the 2nd with a homerun to push the visitors lead to 4-2. Sebastian Holt came in to pitch in the second, holding Stamford scoreless. Then, Holt leading off the 3rd inning launched a homerun to put Orange ahead 5-2. Orange would tack on another run in the 4th. Lezczak walked and advanced to second on a passed ball. With two out, AJ Soldra drive in Leszczak with an RBI single to pushed the lead to 6-2. Stamford North would not go quietly. Holt surrendered two runs to Stamford in the 4th inning on an error and two base hits. Orange’s lead was cut to two runs, at 6-4. Orange responded in the 5th inning. Holt singled and scored on Martin Zhang’s triple. Two batters later, Leszczak’s RBI double scored Zhang and put Orange ahead 8-4. Colby O’Connor came in, for Orange, to pitch a scoreless 5th inning. After a scoreless top of the 6th, Drew Visnic in relief for Orange allowed one run on one hit, for the save.
July 19, 2015
Orange 8, Monroe 7 – Orange registered two singles in the top of the 1st inning, but was unable to score. Orange starting pitcher, Martin Zhang, was quickly tagged for 3-runs. A leadoff walk, a single and a 3-run homerun gave Monroe a 3-0 lead before Orange could blink. Zhang lead of the 2nd inning for Orange with a single. Ben Daddio, Owen Leszczak , and Colby O’Connor followed with singles of their own that plated 2 Orange runs to cut Monroe’s lead to 3-2. Orange rolled the dice in the 2nd frame. Christian D’Astous, Orange’s number six pitcher, replaced Zhang on the mound. D’Astous came up aces. He put on a Greg Maddux-like performance, working the strike zone. He kept the Monroe hitters off-balance with by changing speeds and locating his fastball. Although he allowed three runs over 4-innings of work, Monroe managed only five hits allowing Orange to stay within striking distance. Orange plated one run in the 3rd and two more in the 4th inning. Monroe held a 6-5 lead heading to the 5th inning. After holding Orange scoreless in the visitors half, Monroe managed a run on two walks and a fielder’s choice to go ahead 7-5. The gritty Orange group still had some fight in them. Jacob Crow was hit-by-pitch. Sebastian Holt laced a single up the gap. Crow headed for third, the outfielder’s throw missed the cut-off and rolled through the infield toward the third base dugout. Crow slowly walked down the third base line. The third baseman retrieved the ball and threw it to the pitcher who turned his back. The third baseman began barking at the outfielder that made the errant throw. The catcher was out of position and also turned his back. Crow still walking down the line, broke for home. Monroe was caught napping, Crow executed a perfect delayed-steal of home. Monroe still led 7-6, but momentum had swung in Orange’s favor. Singles by Zhang and Daddio, a walk to Leszczak and an RBI single by D’Astous knotted the score at 7-7. Orange brought in their closer, Colby O’Connor to pitch the 6th. O’Connor struck out Monroe’s 4-5-6 hitters, in order. The teams would head to extra innings. Orange’s Drew Visnic was hit-by-pitch to open the 7th inning. AJ Soldra’s sacrifice bunt moved Visnic into scoring position. Jacob Crow followed with an RBI single up the gap to plate Visnic. Orange led 8-7. O’Connor remained on the hill for Orange in the bottom of the 7th. The first Monroe batter popped out the first base. The second, walked. O’Connor struck out the next batter. With two out and a man on first, Monroe’s best player and leadoff hitter stepped to the plate. Orange’s manager, Keith Soldra, asked the home plate umpire for “time”. After a brief conversation with O’Connor, the coach returned to the dugout. O’Connor’s first pitch, a curveball for a called strike one. His second pitch was a blazing fastball that was lifted to right field. Charlie Windsor drifted under it to make the catch. Ball game over....Orange wins!!! (For the record, that’s exactly what I told Colby would happen in my visit to the mound.)
Orange moved to 2-0 and received a spot in the Division 1 Championship game. They would await the winner of the Stamford North/Monroe play-in game. A game Stamford North would win convincingly.
2015 Division 1 Championship Game:
July 21, 2015
Orange 9, Stamford North 2 – An AJ Soldra double was followed by a 2-run blast from Sebastian Holt gave Orange a 2-0 lead after half an inning. Stamford North scratched one across in the 1st inning. Orange added to it’s lead in the 3rd inning on back-to-back RBI singles from Martin Zhang and Dylan Gherlone put Orange up 4-1. Holt surrendered a run in the bottom of the inning on a leadoff single and an RBI double to cut the Orange lead in half. Charlie Windsor singled and scored on Owen Leszczak’s fielder’s choice in the 5th inning for Orange to make it 5-2. Holt settled in on the mound to hold Stamford North scoreless over the final three frames. Orange tacked on four more runs in the visitors half of the 6th inning on Holt’s 3-run homerun, following back-to-back singles from Soldra and Crow, and a sacrifice fly from Ben Daddio that plated Zhang who walked. Holt allowed just 6 hits and struck out four in the complete game victory.
Orange was crowned the Division 1 Champion and would advance to the Section 1 Championship in Terryville, CT. Their opponent would be District 5 and Division 2 Champion, Berlin.
2015 Section 1 Championship Game:
July 23, 2015
Orange 5, Berlin 2 – Orange pitcher, Owen Leszczak retired the first six Berlin batters he faced. While, Drew Visnic staked Orange to a 1-0 lead on a leadoff homerun in the home half of the 1st. In the 2nd, Christian D’Astous reached on an error and Martin Zhang walked to start the inning. Leszczak’s 2-run double put Orange back in front 3-0. However, Berlin was able to get something going against Leszczak in the 3rd. After striking out the first batter of the inning, Leszczak hit the next two. The next batter flew out to Colby O’Connor at second base. A walk loaded the bases with two out. Berlin’s next batter smacked a double to the fence. Two runs were in, a third was on the way. Charlie Windsor, playing right field, made a perfect relay throw to O’Connor, who gunned it to catcher Jacob Crow covering home to erase the runner at the plate and end the inning. Berlin was only down a run, trailing 3-2. Holt would push the lead to 4-2 on a solo homerun in the 3rd. Leszczak held Berlin scoreless in the next two frames, surrendering just one hit. Orange tacked on a run in the 5th on Ben Daddio’s RBI single. O’Connor came on the pitch the top of the 6th for Orange to reord the save. He retired Berlin’s 3-4-5 hitters in order on just 11 pitches. Leszczak pitched 5-innings, allowing just two hits and struck out six for the win.
Orange was crowned Section 1 Champion and earned a spot in the State Championship Series against Section 2 Champion, Tolland, in a best-of-three series.
2015 Connecticut Championship Series:
July 26, 2015
Orange 5, Tolland 3 – With rain possible, Orange manager, Keith Soldra, decided to push his ace, Sebastian Holt, back and gave Martin Zhang the start on the mound instead. It was a risky move but it was a decision the manager felt comfortable making. Zhang had thrown well in previous starts and deserved the opportunity. After striking out the leadoff batter, it looked like the move was a good one. However, the next batter doubled and advanced to third on a ground out to Sebastian Holt playing third base. A single up the middle plated a run and Tolland led 1-0 after half an inning of play. Orange was retired in order in the home half. Zhang’s second inning of work did not get off to a good start. The leadoff batter walked. Tolland decided to play “small ball”. A sacrifice bunt moved the lead runner to second base. The next Tolland batter also bunted. Zhang fielded the ball in front of the mound and made an errant throw to first that went up the right field line. One run scored. The batter advanced to second base. Tolland again bunted. Holt fielded and fired to first to retire the batter. The runner on second broke for third on the throw. First baseman, AJ Soldra attempting to cut the runner down, threw the ball away. The runner scored and Tolland was ahead 3-0. After a single and a walk, Zhang was able to get a groundout to second baseman, Colby O’Connor to end the inning. Orange was again retired in order in the home half of the 2nd inning. Tolland’s pitcher was brilliant through two innings, keeping Orange’s potent offense at bay by pitching backwards. He was using his breaking ball early in the count to set up his fastball. Orange was unable to hit anything hard halfway through the contest. Zhang settled down over the next two frames, striking out three of the seven batters he faced. Orange was finally able to get some offense going in the 3rd. With one out, O’Connor singled. Visnic followed with a double to plate O’Connor. Soldra also singled, putting runners on first and third. Jacob Crow’s fielder’s choice to short plated Visnic. Orange cut Tolland’s lead to 3-2. Both teams were held scoreless in the 4th inning. Colby O’Connor came in to pitch for Orange in the 5th. O’Connor retired Tolland in order. With Tolland’s pitcher starting to tire, Orange pounced. O’Connor’s walk and three singles by Visnic, Crow, and Holt plated three runs. Orange jumped ahead 5-3. The Orange manager, decided to roll the dice again. Not wanting to burn O’Connor for Game 2 of the series, he brought in Sebastian Holt to pitch. But, he would not push him past 20-pitches. Holt was going to start Game 2. Holt didn’t have his usual command of the strike zone. He allowed a leadoff single to start the inning. After two strikeouts, a catcher’s interference, and a walk, Tolland had the bases loaded. With two out, Holt had reached his limit of pitches and Orange manager, Keith Soldra, had to make a move. He called on shortstop, Drew Visnic. Visnic had pitched sparingly in the Post Season, but he had something Tolland hadn’t seen all evening….A curveball. With bases loaded, and the game on the line, Tolland’s #3 hitter stepped into the batter’s box. Orange is a power-pitching team and Tolland had seen fastballs all evening. Visnic’s first pitch a beautiful curveball for strike one. Visnic’s next pitch, also a curveball, was weakly grounded back to the mound. Visnic fielded and fired to first. Game 1 was in the books. Orange took a 1-0 series lead.
July 27, 2015
Orange 15, Tolland 4 – Orange went down in order to start the 1st inning. Orange ace, Sebastian Holt, followed suit setting Tolland down 1-2-3 in the bottom half. Holt would lead off the 2nd inning with a double for Orange. Dylan Gherlone, playing right field, struck out before Christian D’Astous worked a walk. D’Astous stole second without a throw, putting runners second and third. Ben Daddio’s RBI ground out to second plated Holt and Orange was up 1-0. Holt surrendered a double to Tolland in the home half, but two consecutive bunts back to the pitcher ended the threat. Orange was set down in order in the 3rd. Tolland was able to scratch a run across in the bottom half of the 3rd. The first two batters were hit-by-pitch. A passed ball moved the runners to second and third with no outs. An RBI groundout to Daddio at third knotted the score at 1-1. Holt regained command. A one-out ground ball back to the mound, forced the lead runner to stay at third. Now, with two out, Holt produced another groundout to third that ended the inning. Orange’s offense would erupt in the 4th inning. Crow singled. Holt walked. Gherlone doubled. Charlie Windsor singled. Daddio singled. Leszczak singled. O’Connor walked. Seven straight batters reached base and six runs scored, before Drew Visnic groundout out to first. The last blow of the inning would come off the bat of AJ Soldra, who launched a 2-run bomb to centerfield. The 8-run inning gave Orange a commanding, 9-1, lead after Holt set Tolland down in order to end the 4th inning. Orange was able to load the bases in the visitor’s half of the 5th, but couldn’t push a run across. Tolland wasn’t throwing in the towel just yet. After sandwiching a walk between two strikeouts, Tolland was able to touch Holt for a single and a 3-run homerun to cut the Orange lead to 9-4 after five innings. Orange, as they had done all post season, answered. Holt lead off with a double. Gherlone reached on an error. D’Astous laced an RBI single up the middle with two strikes. Daddio singled, but was cut down between first and second, for the first out of the inning. Leszczak and O’Connor both reached base. Visnic singled and Soldra walked, before Crow drove a 2-run single to the fence. Crow was cut down trying to stretch the single into a double, for the second out. Holt, who started the rally was retired on a screaming line-drive back to the pitcher. Holt would close the door on Tolland in the home 6th. He struck out the first batter looking. The second batter grounded out to Daddio at third. The final out landed in the outstretched glove of centerfielder, Owen Lesczak, as he approached the outfield fence. The celebration was on. Game over….Series over. Orange wins Game 2. Orange had completed the magical run. Orange was the 2015 10-11 Connecticut State Champions.
Amity Babe Ruth (the only chartered Baseball program serving the Bethany, Orange & Woodbridge communities) is pleased to announce its plans for the 2015 Fall Ball Season.
Amity Babe Ruth will include the following components :
Guidance for development of players
Professional independent Coach program at reasonable pricing
Great opportunity for those 13 – year olds (by April 30, 2016) who will be moving up & playing Babe Ruth in the Spring of 2016 for their first time on a 90’ diamond in a non – competitive atmosphere
Program will run from early September through the end of October with approximately 14 – 16 weekend games (and potentially a practice during the week). As noted above, the League will provide paid Coaching for all Teams --
Registration Fees : $ 300
In 2015, Babe Ruth League Inc. has recently adopted a new School Boundary Rule that now allows those children who attend classes during the traditional academic year at School(s) that fall within the boundaries of Amity Babe Ruth (Woodbridge, Bethany and Orange) to register and participate with us as well. Substantiating documentation will need to be provided when so requested to confirm this.
Also note that Amity Babe Ruth also offers scholarships to those who financially cannot afford to register their children due to economic reasons. Amity BR has NEVER EVER turned away any child who wants to learn and play this great game of baseball – for additional information and to learn more about this, please contact League President Dwight Rowland directly at
For further information and / or to address any questions you might have, please contact one of the following :