COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — From late-1800s fingerless gloves and Babe Ruth’s plaque to exhibits containing facts about everyone’s favorite teams and ballparks, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum offers fans of America’s pastime a trip down memory lane — and in many instances to a time well before their own.
The Fireside-sponsored Newtown Women’s Softball League team put together a sixth-inning rally, then held off My Place for a 6-4 win in August 13 semifinal round playoff action at Dickinson Park. With the victory, top-seeded Fireside earned a trip back into the championship game, a rematch with No. 2 Black Swan, scheduled for 6 pm on Friday, August 16, at Treadwell Park. Fireside is the defending league champion.
The Black Swan-sponsored Newtown Women’s Softball League team came from behind for a 13-12 walk-off victory over Cork & Barrel in semifinal round playoff action at Fairfield Hills on August 13. With the win, the second-seeded Black Swan earned a rematch with top-seeded Fireside in the championship game, set for 6 pm on Friday, August 16, at Treadwell Park; Fireside won last year’s pinnacle game.
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.
Former Newtown High School standout softball player Kate Bowen helped the Stratford Brakettes to a 5-0 win over the Connecticut Charmers at Frank DeLuca Field in Stratford on August 11, as the Brakettes earned their fourth straight Women’s Major Softball (WMS) championship.
Bowen singled in her first at bat, then led off the bottom of the third inning with a double and scored on a Denise Dennis home run to break a scoreless tie.
Bowen also got on base in the fourth when she worked a two-out walk.
The Newtown One-Eyed Cats 11-year-old baseball team finished second in the New England Regional, losing to neighboring town Danbury in the final in Dover, N.H., in early August. The Connecticut teams proved to be the two best teams in the tournament, going a combined 7-1 versus the teams from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The Newtown 15U baseball team, which was runner up in the state championship, hosted the Babe Ruth New England Regional Tournament at Fairfield Hills in August. The other teams competing were Keene, NH, Braintree Mass, Central Maine, Pittsfield, Mass, Bennington, VT, Norwalk, and Cranston, RI. After meeting and greeting the teams at a welcome dinner held at Reed School in which the teams were provided with words of wisdom from UConn baseball coach Jim Penders, the tournament commenced in spirited fashion on Saturday, August 3 with all eight teams in action.
Eager Treadwell Day campers lined up outside the Treadwell Park basketball courts on August 6 as they anxiously awaited the start of a basketball and life skills clinic hosted by members of the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA).
The NBRPA has a two-pronged mission to assist former NBA, ABA, Harlem Globetrotters and WNBA players in their transition from the playing court into life after the game, while also positively impacting communities and youth through basketball.
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.