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Baseball Team’s Solid Season Ends In State Quarterfinals

Published: June 5, 2018

Newtown High School’s baseball team, seeded sixth, dropped a 1-0 decision at host and third-seeded Ridgefield in the Class LL state tournament quarterfinals on June 2. Kyle Roche pitched six innings, allowing just the one run on four hits; he had six strikeouts and did not issue a walk. Ridgefield’s Matt Deluca two-hit the Hawks, yielding a double to Todd Petersen and a single to Harry Eppers.

Behind the pitching of Orlando Swift and hitting of Josh Taylor, who belted a two-run home run, the Nighthawks jumped out to an early lead and toppled No. 22 Greenwich 13-3 at home in the second round on May 30. Ben Harrison, Rob Murray, and Petersen all doubled for the Hawks. Petersen and Eugene Citrano each had three hits, and Taylor and Murray each drove in two. Swift went 5.2 innings and allowed three runs on two hits, struck out nine, and walked five. Connor Haywood went the final inning and a third and did not allow a base runner.

Newtown had blanked Fairfield Warde 8-0 in the first round of states. The Hawks, who went 15-5 during the regular season, earned the South-West Conference’s top seed and advanced all the way to the SWC championship game for the second consecutive year before being dethroned by Bethel.

“We had a great year this year, and I’m so proud of the boys for their accomplishments. We had many different guys step up and contribute to our success,” Newtown Coach Ian Thoesen said.

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