Uncharacteristic defensive gaffes haunted the Shelton Senior Legionnaires, who dropped a doubleheader at home to Orange Post 127 by scores of 7-2 and 12-1. \u201cWe made too many unnecessary mistakes,\u201d said Shelton manager Steve Boles. \u201cIt wasn\u2019t like they were hitting the ball well. But you can\u2019t take anything away from Orange (21-6). \u201cThey came ready to play. We can\u2019t feel sorry for ourselves when we make a mistake.\u201d Vin Backert led Shelton (13-12) with two hits and an RBI, while Marc Zoppi went 2-for-2. Jordan Urbani, C.J. Rizzo and Patrick Murphy each had hits. Hudson Boles started for Shelton in the second game, going three innings and allowing nine runs. Urbani came on in relief and allowed three runs in three innings. Ross Weiner was on the hill for Orange and threw seven innings of one run ball on just seven hits. \u201cThis is probably our poorest defensive effort this season,\u201d Steve Boles said. \u201cWe just came off two solid wins. We\u2019re a team that\u2019s not going to score a lot of runs. \u201cBut our defense, excluding today, there was only one other blown-up game, outside of that we\u2019ve given up the fourth fewest runs in the Zone.\u201d Things started early for Orange, which scored one in the top of the first on two singles and a double. Post 127 scored four runs in the second to take a 5-0 lead. Offensively, Shelton hit two singles in the each of the first two innings but couldn\u2019t drive in any runs. Backert and Rizzo singled with two outs but Hudson Boles flew out to center in the opening frame. In the second, Murphy led off with a single before Mark Polkowski ground into a double play. Marc Zoppi followed with a single and John Zoppi was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Tyler Tice flew out. Orange kept up the onslaught, as Post 127 scored four more runs in the third to take the score to 9-0. Shelton got on the board in the fifth, after Marc Zoppi led off with a double. After a groundout and strikeout, Urbani walked before Backert singled in the run. Urbani relieved Hudson Boles and pitched two shutout innings, before Orange scored three runs in the sixth. With one final chance to extend the game, Shelton went down 1-2-3 in the seventh inning. \u201cThere was a couple of situations where we took plays off and you can\u2019t do that,\u201d Steve Boles said. \u201cBut you know what, we\u2019re good. We\u2019ll bounce back. \u201cI\u2019m shooting to get four more wins. That\u2019s our team\u2019s focus right now.\u201d The top five teams in each Zone make the playoffs. Shelton is tied with New Haven for the fifth spot behind Branford, Orange, Stratford and East Haven. Shelton has a three-game series with Branford (24-1) left to play, along with a makeup game with Milford and a date with New Haven on Friday night at 7 at Shelton High.