The Newtown Renegades 10-year-old baseball team competed in pool play of the Cal Ripken World Series in Ocala, Fla., August 10-14 and finally saw its magical season come to an end. The Renegades, coming off their New England Championship, fell 18-1 to South Lexington, Ky., on August 10, and dropped a 12-3 decision to West Raleigh, N.C., on August 12. The Renegades rebounded with a 9-7 win over Okeeheelee, Fla., on August 13.
Four Sandy Hook fathers, John Principi, Brendan Duffy, Matt Murphy, and Jeremy O’Connell, cycled 192 miles in the Pan Mass Challenge August 3 and 4. The ride took the cyclists from Sturbridge to Bourne on day one and then Bourne to Provincetown day two.
Donations made to Newtown Youth Academy Sports & Fitness Center (NYA) make it possible for the center to offer the following programs to the Newtown community at no charge. Registration is requested for each program and can be done through NYA’s website, at NYASportsFitness.com.
NYA, at 4 Primrose Street, can be reached for additional information at 203-426-0088.
For Joseph Moravsky, scaling up and bouncing off walls, jumping across moving platforms, and pulling himself up a ladder with use of a metal bar — basically doing things superheroes and stunt devils do — is all about as routine and simple as everyday activities for those who have an opportunity to watch him in action on television this week.
The Newtown One-Eyed Cats defeated Danbury 6-2 to win the Cal Ripken 11-year-old division Connecticut state baseball championship at Mitchell Park in Bethel on July 27. Newtown won the first three games of the tournament and had to defeat defending New England Regional Champion Danbury one time in two tries to win the championship. Danbury defeated Newtown 6-4 on July 26 to force a winner-take-all game the next day.
Members of Newtown’s Cal Ripken 10U baseball team are feeling as if they are on top of the world. They are, after all, headed to the World Series. The Renegades captured the New England Regional Tournament championship with four consecutive wins, culminating with a come-from-behind 8-7 edging of Dedham, Mass in the championship game on July 27. The tourney was held at Cranston, RI’s Ricci Field, July 20-27.
With the triumph, the Newtown sluggers are headed to the 10U Cal Ripken World Series in Ocala, Fla, August 10-17.
No pads, no pigskin … no problem. Given the workouts Newtown High School’s team members are going through it may as well be football season over at Blue & Gold Stadium, at the NHS back fields, and in the school weight room and gymnasium.
They won it last year as 9-year-olds, but Newtown Renegades Coach Adam Taylor says it wasn’t only the experience factor that paid off in the team winning the U10 state title this spring. The combination of the familiarity level of seven returning players and how well they meshed with six squad newcomers was significant in the team’s success.
The Newtown Hawks Green softball team won the U14 Babe Ruth championship hosted in Newtown July 5–7. The Hawks Green squad was one of eight teams competing along with Newtown Hawks White, Brookfield, Ridgefield, Cheshire, Danbury, New Milford, and Greenwich.
The Hawks Green went undefeated in the tournament, winning its pool play game on the first night and then winning all three double elimination games the next day, and then beating Brookfield 9-4 in the championship game on the third day.
Only a year ago, these young ballplayers were scattered among a trio of teams and playing with pitching machines rather than live pitching. Now, Newtown’s 9-year-old Wildcats, after a spring season together to get accustomed to pitching and facing hurlers, are District 5 champions. The Wildcats scratched and clawed past Southbury and Oxford, then beat Southbury a second time, to claim the Cal Ripken District title this past week and, with the triumph, are on their way to the state tournament. The district tourney unfolded on July 6, 7, and 10.