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Nighthawk Sluggers Pick Up Wins

Published: May 12, 2017

Newtown High School’s baseball team, behind pitcher Orlando Swift’s one-hitter, blanked visiting Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport 5-0 on May 9. Swift struck out ten batters and walked three in his seven-inning gem. The Nighthawks jumped out to a 2-0 first-inning lead and cruised to their fourth shutout victory of the campaign. The Nighthawks improved to 10-6 overall and 6-3 in South-West Conference play.

“Orlando had great command and his curve ball was sharp,” said Newtown Coach Ian Thoesen, whose Nighthawks have twice this spring bounced back from tough one-run setbacks with shutouts behind excellent starting pitching.

Newtown fought back from a 4-0 deficit to Pomperaug of Southbury to tie the score before falling 5-4, on May 8.

Against Kolbe, Eugene Citrano homered, tripled, and drove in three runs. Robert Lombardo had a single and a run batted in, and Austin Kasbarian doubled. Jason Hebner, had a hit, walk, and run scored.

In the Pomperaug game, Ben Harrison had two hits and two runs batted in. Hebner pitched well, scattering six hits and fanning ten. All five of Pomperaug’s runs were unearned as a result of five Newtown errors. Pomperaug committed a trio of fielding miscues, and only two of the runs Newtown scored were earned.

The Nighthawks were coming off a solid 7-1 win over an 11-win Weston team on May 3. Kyle Roche took the mound and allowed only two hits, no earned runs, and whiffed nine batters. Pete Debona drove in two runs and Jack Miller had two hits and two runs scored. Hebner and Harrison each had a hit, walk, and RBI.

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