Newtown High School baseball pitcher Pat Mullins threw a no-hitter in Newtown’s second game of the season, a 5-0 win over visiting Fairfield Ludlowe on April 4. Mullins struck out six batters and issued just two walks in the effort.
“He located his fastball right from the get-go. He kept every hitter off-balance with that curveball,” said Newtown High Coach Matt Memoli, adding that his pitcher throws a fastball in the middle-80s and a curve in the 60s. Memoli also noted that his arm speed is the same with both pitches, making the speed of each throw deceptive.
The no-hitter was in the books when Mullins induced a ground ball to second baseman Mike Cook. “It almost go through,” said Mullins, alluding to the fact Cook had to make a nice play on the ball to secure the no-hitter.
“I couldn’t believe I did it. I still can’t believe I did it,” Mullins said.
This marks the second year in a row a Newtown pitcher tossed a no-no. Mike Davis did it last spring. Newtown improved to 1-1 this spring after falling 7-6 at Staples of Westport the day before.