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’ tennis team defeated host Masuk at Monroe’s Wolf Park on May 9, topped host Notre Dame-Fairfield on May 12, and defeated visiting Stratford, at Dickinson Park, on May 13 — winning all three matches by 7-0 scores.
Newtown High School’s girls’ lacrosse team defeated Bethel and Notre Dame-Fairfield this week to improve to 11-3 overall and 4-1 in South-West Conference play heading into a May 15 scheduled visit to FCIAC foe New Canaan. The Newtown boys’ lacrosse team, after beating Notre Dame, suffered a tough double overtime loss to nonconference opponent Glastonbury to stand at 10-3 (4-1) heading into scheduled home games with Stratford and Staples of Westport on Wednesday and Thursday.
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.
wo of the more unusual games Newtown High School’s softball team has had came in back-to-back road outings — a 3-1 victory over Bunnell of Stratford on May 2 and a 25-0 thumping of Immaculate of Danbury in a makeup game the next day. The dozen-plus-baker’s-dozen total against Immaculate speaks for itself, although hidden in that offensive, football-like score outburst is that everybody — starters, reserves, even pitchers — all 13 players, had at least one base hit in a 26-hit attack.
Give Newtown High School’s boys’ lacrosse team a high five. The Nighthawks, in holding their past handful of opponents to an average of a little more than five goals per game, made it five wins in a row and improved to 9-2 overall, heading into a May 8 scheduled visit to Notre Dame-Fairfield. The Nighthawks defeated visiting Bethel 14-6 at Treadwell Park on May 6. They’ve given up six or fewer goals seven times this spring, something Coach Glenn Adams knows gives his team a good chance for a win on any given day.
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.