Year after year, Newtown’s youth baseball players and their families make runs upstate, and out of state, to tangle with their New England-based opponents in regional tournaments. This summer, some of the local sluggers can leave their travel bags in the closets and enjoy short, familiar drives down the road for games and practices as they play deep into the summer months. Two Newtown Babe Ruth baseball teams will host New England Regional tournaments in late July and early August.
Team members often refer to their on-field peers as their sisters or brothers. After all, the makeup of a team somewhat emulates that of a family. When it comes to Newtown’s Wombat Sisterhood youth soccer squad, which recently completed its season, many of the girls can accurately refer to each other as sisters. The Wombat Sisterhood recreation U14 team has five sets of sisters. There are 19 girls on the roster, so more than half of the lineup is made up of sets of siblings. Ironically, the team took on its oh so appropriate name even before any of these sister tandems laced up the cleats for the Wombat Sisterhood.
With the excitement of the World Cup having concluded, high-level soccer isn’t in shutdown mode locally just yet. The CFC (Connecticut Football Club) Azul semiprofessional soccer team, which is financed by Newtown resident and managing partner/majority owner Peter D’Amico, is set to take the field for its final regular season game before embarking on the postseason.
Newtown’s baseball team swept through the winner’s bracket and championship game, going 4-0 in the process, to win the Sr Babe Ruth 16-18 year old state title this past week. The tournament was held in East Lyme. This was Newtown’s first squad to win the state title in the age bracket. Newtown opened against the host South East Conference (SEC) All-Stars, comprising players from East Lyme, Old Lyme, Niantic and New London. Behind the stellar pitching of Pat Mullins and some timely hits, Newtown prevailed 5-4 in extra innings. Brandon Marks homered in the first as Newtown took a 4-0 lead. SEC battled back scratching out runs in the third, fourth, and sixth innings to tie the game and send it to extras where Alex Roche ended it with a solo home run to left center in walk-off fashion.
The Newtown Renegades, this past week, won four straight games in district pool play, concluding in New Milford, to qualify for the Cal Ripken 11U Connecticut State Tournament. The team beat Hebron 19-2, New Milford 14-9, Ledyard 12-0, and Southbury 13-2 to earn the top seed. The Renegades won the state title a year ago and will go for another championship when the Connecticut State Tournament opens this weekend in Danbury.
The Newtown 9A Travel Baseball, the Knight Hawks, won the Cal Ripken 9U District 5 championship by defeating Oxford 7-6 at home on July 10. With the victory, Newtown advances to the Cal Ripken 9U State Tournament. It took nearly 24 hours to complete the game as it was originally scheduled for the night before. Heavy thundershowers forced the game to be suspended after 3 1/2 innings with the scored tied 3-3.
Getting selected as an All State athlete is a pretty nice achievement. Do it twice and, well, that’s even better. Three times isn’t unheard of but quite impressive. But four times? That certainly is very unusual since, for starters, it requires earning varsity status as a freshman. It also means being one of the best at a particular sport each year. Julia Frattaroli, who graduated from Newtown High School this spring, earned All State recognition for tennis in all four of her seasons as a Nighthawk, capping off an impressive top doubles play career.
When Newtown High School’s athletes aren’t winning championships or accepting awards, they excel elsewhere by helping others. Every varsity sport at the high school participated in some sort of community service, and most partook in multiple events.
Newtown High School enjoyed another school year filled with success — including championships — in each sports season. The high school graduated 11 athletes who will be playing a sport in college at the Division I level, as well as a handful of others playing at the Division II and III levels. The Nighthawks, collectively, also brought home five South-West Conference championships, as well as three state championships.
The Lady Hawks Basketball League is open to girls ages 9-15. It will run from July 1 through August 13. Cost is $100. Bantam, Intermediate, and Junior girls are all eligible to participate. The teams play on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at Dickinson Park’s basketball court.