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Newtown High School’s baseball team continued its winning ways with a 10-5 victory over visiting Weston, at Fairfield Hills, on May 7. What started out as a game in Weston’s favor as the Trojans scored three in the first inning, quickly became a battle of the bats, the Nighthawks fighting their way back into the game.
“They’re resilient. They battle all year and have a winning culture and the confidence,” Newtown Coach Ian Thoesen said after the game.
The resiliency was apparent both at the plate and on the mound. Pitcher Orlando Swift fought back to record a string of strikeouts including three in the third inning. On the offensive side, Jack Miller’s RBI double in the bottom of the second inning scored Newtown’s first run, and Todd Petersen drove in a run with an RBI double of his own. Ben Harrison put the Hawks up 4-3 with a two-run double the next inning.
Following this trio of doubles, Miller topped off his night with a leadoff double in the bottom of the fourth.
Luke Melillo had a huge night with four RBI off a double and single, and a run scored on a Robert Murray sacrifice fly. Melillo helped crack the game wide open in the bottom of the sixth inning with a bases-clearing double that scored three.
“We were fundamentally sound. Orlando Settled down and Luke Melillo had a couple key hits,” Thoesen said.
Despite a being down to start the game, Newtown fought its way back and broke the game open late, enabling Josh Taylor to come in to close the game in the top of the seventh inning. With the offensive prowess shown by the Nighthawks and Swift’s solid pitching, they were able to secure their sixth straight win.
The Nighthawks defeated visiting Brookfield 6-1 on May 2, and beat host Bunnell 9-5 on May 3. Newtown carried a record of 12-4 overall and 8-1 in the South-West Conference into a Wednesday, May 9 visit to Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport.
In the win over Brookfield, 11 Hawks had hits. Cole Demirjian and Murray, who had a triple, both knocked in two runs. Harrison had a double, RBI, and run scored, and Taylor doubled and scored two runs. Swift went 4.2 innings, allowing two hits, no runs, two hits, and striking out eight. Taylor pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing a run on three hits, two walks, and three strikeouts.
Against Bunnell, Taylor had three hits, two RBI, and two runs scored. Harry Eppers had two hits, an RBI, and run scored, and Jack Miller also had two hits and scored a run. Petersen had a hit and three runs scored. Kyle Roche went six innings and allowed just one earned run, but Bunnell scored four unearned runs to keep the game close early. Roche allowed seven hits, struck out seven, and walked two.