Matt Memoli has played in, and coached, a lot of baseball games — recreation, high school, and collegiate ball included. Until a May 10 visit to Bridgeport’s Ballpark at Harbor Yard, home of the Bluefish, he’d never been a part of anything like this one: a wild 16-15 Newtown High School victory over Masuk of Monroe. A game in which his Nighthawks overcame football-like 8-0 and 15-6 deficits to somehow steal a victory.
Thirteen has proven to be a lucky number for Newtown High School’s softball team lately. That’s the run total the Nighthawks put up on the scoreboards in three of four games — all wins — this past week, as they made it five straight wins and improved to 10-6 overall (8-3 in South-West Conference) heading into a May 15 scheduled clash with Lauralton Hall of Milford. The Hawks defeated host New Milford 13-0 on May 7, defeated visiting Stratford 13-1 on May 9, and came from behind to beat Brookfield 7-5, in a road game on May 12, before returning home to topple Bethel 13-0 on May 13. All of those blowouts were shortened games, ended via the 12-run lead mercy rule.
Newtown High School’s girls’ track and field team improved to 12-0 by defeating three opponents at Brookfield High School on May 12, and the boys’ squad went 2-1 on Senior Night at Blue & Gold Stadium on May 13. Both squads also participated in the Spartan Midnight-Sunrise Invitational at Amity High School in Woodbridge May 9-10. In their visit to Brookfield, Newtown defeated the host Bobcats 111.5-38.5, defeated Weston 83-67, and topped New Fairfield 112.2-33.5.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ track and field teams experienced some success in their meets this week as the competitors work toward spots in the South-West Conference and state championship meets. The girls visited Bunnell High in Stratford on May 5 and earned three wins, defeating the host Bulldogs 106.5-43.5, Notre Dame-Fairfield 140-10, and Lauralton Hall of Milford 137-13. The boys, in a home meet at Blue & Gold Stadium on May 6, beat Notre Dame 115-25 and fell to Bunnell as the Bulldogs scored 81.5 and Newtown had 68.5.
The nine-time South-West Conference champion Newtown High School girls’ lacrosse team has long feasted on SWC foes and had its battles/playoff tune-ups with tough nonconference teams. Things are changing a little, and that’s just fine with Coach Maura Fletcher.
It was a successful week for Newtown High School’s boys’ tennis team as the Nighthawks went on the road and toppled New Fairfield 5-2 on May 2 then bested host Pomperaug of Southbury and visiting Joel Barlow of Redding, both by 4-3 scores, May 5 and 6.
Newtown High School’s baseball team shook off a 7-3 loss to host Bunnell of Stratford on May 2 with a 9-5 victory at New Fairfield on May 6. The Nighthawks fell 2-0 to the New Milford Green Wave on May 7 and carried a 5-8 overall record (4-4 in South-West Conference action) into the second week of May.
Newtown High School’s boys’ golf team came very close, but fell by one stroke in a May 5 visit to Pomperaug of Southbury at Heritage Village Country Club. Newtown shot a 171 and the host Panthers fired a 170 to eke out the win. Newtown’s Bubba LeBlanc and Pomperaug’s John VanDerLaan — the top golfers for both teams — each shot a 38 at the par 36 course. Newtown’s No. 2, Colin Patrick, shot a 44, Vivek Tedla shot a 48, Josh Houle had a 47, and Graham Hubbert fired a 42.