Shelton shut down by Concato, Orange (Updated)
Ace right-hander Mike Concato pitched a complete-game five-hitter to lead Orange Post 127 to an 8-1 victory over visiting Shelton Post 16 at Brinley Field in Orange on Friday night.
Concato also helped his own cause by going 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, as Orange improved to 11-1 in Zone II. Keith Klebart added a two-run double for Post 127, while Mike Appel added a two-run single and scored twice.
Shelton (5-7) plated its lone run in the fifth inning, when Pat Murphy doubled to center field to drive in Mike Ferro — who had drawn a lead-off walk.
Post 16 didn’t manage much offense against the Dartmout-bound Concato, who struck out nine and walked one.
Murphy notched two of Shelton’s hits, while Tyler Tice, C.J. Rizzo and Matt Foley added one base hit apiece.
Orange pinned five runs on Post 16 starter Hudson Boles in the bottom of the fourth, with Concato beginning the uprising by lacing a lead-off double and Justin Ashworth lining a single off of Tice’s glove at shortstop.
R.J. Moquet bunted the runners over to second and third, bringing Orange’s Appel to the plate.
Knowing one run might be enough support for Concato, Post 16 brought the infield in in an attempt to potentially cut down the run at the plate.
But, Appel got the job done — grounding a hard single past Tice to make it 2-0 Orange.
Two batters later, Sean Beaulieu reached on an infield single, before Keith Klebart yanked a two-run double to left field to make it 4-0.
Jake Russo’s grounder was then thrown away, scoring Klebart to push Post 127’s margin to 5-0.
Orange scored three more runs, two earned, off of Shelton reliever Frank Talcik in the fifth inning.
Concato again started the rally with a base hit and Ashworth walked, but Concato was erased on Moquet’s fielder’s choice.
Appel hit a grounder that was thrown away, allowing Ashworth and Moquet to score. Appel then closed out Orange’s scoring account by crossing the plate on a wild pitch, making it 8-1.
Shelton had some chances early on to get to Concato, but each time the Orange ace skirted danger.
Soderholm reached on an error to start the second. Rizzo hit a one-out single the opposite way to right field before Drew Kozak struck out.
Post 16 then attempted a double steal, but Soderholm was hung up when Russo, the second baseman, cut off the throw to second by catcher Gerald Farace.
Russo threw back to Farace, who tagged out Soderholm retreating toward third base to end the inning.
Foley and Murphy had singles in the top of the third, but Concato got Tice on high fly ball to Appel in right field, before Marcello Ursini popped out to second base for the third out.
Shelton hosts Hamden (0-12) tonight at 7 p.m.