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U10 Hawks Coach Melissa Ansman reports that the Newtown U10 Hawks went 6-0 to capture the Fairfield County Fast Pitch Softball League B Division title this past weekend.
“Dominant pitching, flawless fielding, and gap-finding hits all added up to an undefeated win streak, which saw Newtown take home its first league championship in the U10 Division,” according to Ms Ansman.
The Hawks defeated their first opponent, Ridgefield, by a score of 5-2. Rheya Litke threw a no-hitter on Friday, striking out nine in six innings of play. Newtown grabbed an early lead and scored on a walk by Mackenzie Penrod, a walk by Gabby Ansman, and a single by Addy Cordova in the first inning. Addy Cordova and Olivia Doersch each managed one hit to lead Newtown in their first game of the tournament.
On Saturday, Newtown held off opponents Bethel and Wilton to go 3-0 in pool play leading into the division championships.
Ms Ansman reports “Newtown defeated Bethel 9-7 in its first game of the day. Mackenzie Penrod got the start for Newtown. She went three innings, allowing six runs on three hits and striking out two. Gilly Boughan, Gabby Ansman, Addy Cordova, Kaylin Brissette, Addie O’Leary, and Emily Daoust all had one hit in the win.
“Newtown seized the lead late in the game in a 6-5 victory over Wilton on Saturday.” Gabby Ansman drew a walk in the top of the fourth, scoring one run to seal the victory. Addy Cordova was stellar on the mound, allowing five runs on one hit and striking out five in three innings. Gabby Ansman and Mackenzie Penrod each drove in two runs to lead Newtown. Emily Daoust led the way with three. On defense, Lila Accousti a made a tough game-winning play at shortstop to stop a Wilton comeback.
“On Sunday, Newtown had solid pitching followed with active bats to secure the championship in single elimination play. In the first game, Newtown was down in the bottom of the third,” says Ms Ansman, “before the bats woke up and never fell back asleep.” Newtown won 12-2 against Danbury to enter the semi-final round of the tournament. Newtown Hawks 10U trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the third inning when Addie O’Leary singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring two runs. Newtown Hawks 10U secured the victory thanks to 11 runs in the fourth inning. Angie DiLorenzo, Kaylin Brissette, Emily Daoust, Gilly Boughan, Lila Accousti, Addie O’Leary, and Mackenzie Penrod all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning. Olivia Doersch was in the circle first for Newtown, allowing two hits and two runs while striking out one. Mackenzie Penrod entered and pitched the last two innings, striking out four and allowing zero runs. Defense was strong and did not commit a single error.
Semi Final Game Newtown 5, Pomperaug 3
“Newtown Hawks 10U got things started in the first inning when Addie O’Leary singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. Newtown Hawks put the pressure on in the third inning, notching three runs, led by singles by Addie O’Leary and Gabby Ansman. Addy Cordova was resilient on the rubber for Newtown Hawks and only surrendered one run on two hits over three innings, striking out six. Addie O’Leary led Newtown Hawks with two hits in two at-bats. Newtown Hawks 10U didn’t commit a single error in the field. Gabby Ansman had eight put-outs throughout the game, including a double play in the top of the fifth to end the game,” according to Ms Ansman.
Championship Game Newtown 13, Ridgefield 6
“Newtown Hawks 10U scored seven runs in the fourth inning, led by Addison O’Leary, Mackenzie Penrod, Olivia Doersch, Kaylin Brissette, Angie DiLorenzo, and Gilly Boughan, all driving in runs in the inning,” reports Ms Ansman. Rheya Litke was on the rubber and surrendered two runs on two hits over six innings, striking out 15. Newtown Hawks supported the strong pitching by racking up 11 hits throughout the game. “Lila Accousti was heroic at shortstop, catching a line drive to end a six-run rally by Wilton on the top of the fifth. Newtown came back to score five more runs to seal the victory. Olivia Doersch and Gilly Boughan both managed multiple hits for Newtown in the victory.”
Newtown U10 Hawks travel team is part of Newtown Babe Ruth Softball and continue try-outs for their 10U, 12U, & 14U Travel Teams on Tuesday, August 7, for their 2018/2019. Visit http://newtownsoftball.org/ for more information.