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Baseball Team Hangs Nine-Spot Four Games In A Row



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Newtown High School’s baseball team made it four consecutive games with nine runs, beating a trio of South-West Conference teams handily this past week.

After a 9-1 triumph at Immaculate of Danbury on April 23, Newtown toppled visiting Joel Barlow of Redding 9-4 the next day, then went to Brookfield and earned a 9-3 triumph for three wins — and 27 runs — in as many days. A four-day layoff did not serve as a cool-off as the Nighthawks slugged past visiting Notre Dame-Fairfield 9-0 on April 29.

Newtown improved to a sparkling 10-1 overall and 6-1 in South-West Conference play.

In the win over Barlow, the Nighthawks scored a run in the first inning and four in the second to jump out to a 5-0 lead. Todd Petersen hit a home run and drove in three runs; Josh Taylor doubled and had a run batted in; Jack Petersen had two hits, an RBI, and two runs scored; Joseph Pagett had a hit and RBI; Matt Bradbury had a hit and run scored; and Sammy Smith drove in two runs and scored once.

Newtown outhit Barlow 6-4, and both teams committed four errors.

Josh Taylor started and went 6.2 innings before giving way to Harry Lucas due to pitch count restrictions. Taylor allowed just three hits and two earned runs, striking out eight, and walking three. Lucas allowed a hit and logged a strikeout to end it.

“It’s fun to win the games. We’re playing very well. We’ve got to keep rolling,” Newtown Coach Ian Thoesen said following the win over Barlow.

The Nighthawks kept rolling.

They again tallied nine runs on six hits in the visit to Brookfield. They plated two in the opening inning — one in the third, and two more in each the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings.

Smith went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs batted in; Lucas had a hit and two RBI; Luke Melillo had a hit, walk, and RBI; and Connor Haywood walked twice, drove in a run, and scored a run.

Smith not only sparked the offense with his production out of the leadoff spot, but he also toed the rubber and pitched Newtown to victory with a complete-game effort. In seven frames, he allowed six hits, three earned runs, struck out nine, and issued just two walks.

Haywood tossed a one-hitter with seven strikeouts and one walk in Newtown’s blanking of Notre Dame. Newtown banged out nine hits. The Hawks scored two in the first, four in the fifth, and three in the sixth.

Todd Petersen homered, drove in four, and scored twice; Smith had a hit, walk, and three runs scored; Bradbury had a hit, walk, and two runs batted in; Tyler Stroili collected three hits, including a double, and scored three runs; and Taylor, Brendan Smith, and Shane Demers each had a hit and RBI.

“We’re swinging the bats. It all starts on the mound, and we’re pitching well. We’re getting timely hitting and capitalizing on other teams’ mistakes,” Thoesen said.

The Nighthawks are getting contributions from up and down their lineup.

“Everybody has a role and everybody’s stepping up to it,” Thoesen said.

Newtown is scheduled to host New Fairfield on Wednesday, May 1 at Fairfield Hills, starting at 6 pm, and is slated to host Stratford at Fairfield Hills on Friday, May 3, at 6 pm.

Josh Taylor delivers a pitch during Newtown's win over Joel Barlow on April 24. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

Michael Cotton scoops a grounder to second base. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

Harry Lucas delivers the pitch. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

Eric Casagrande gets the ball in from left field. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

Connor Haywood takes his lead off second base. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

Luke Melillo puts his bat on the ball. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)

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