Unusual Doubleheader Necessitated By Weather And Time Crunch
With the postseason fast upon us, and Mother Nature postponing games ... and schedule conflicts including opposing team commitments ... oh, and the prom, Newtown High School’s baseball team was scheduled to conclude the regular season with an unusual, two-town doubleheader, on Thursday.
The Nighthawks were to visit Joel Barlow of Redding at 2 pm, then return home to face those same familiar foes under the lights at Fairfield Hills at 7 o'clock. Both games ultimately got moved to Fairfield Hills, with the first at 4 pm. To make things even more interesting, these teams, along with Masuk of Monroe, which NHS defeated 5-4 in yet another rescheduled tilt the day before, are battling for one of the top spots in the South-West Conference playoffs. The postseason is scheduled to get underway with the SWC quarterfinals on Saturday, May 21.
Newtown is coming off a 9-6 loss at New Milford on May 11 and a 6-4 win at home over nonconference opponent Maloney on May 17. Newtown will have a rematch with New Milford in the first round of the SWC playoffs at NHS on Saturday, May 21, at 10:30 am.
In the regular season New Milford game, Sam D'Aprile had a double, run batted in, and run scored, and Matt Pietrorazio, Charlie Curtis, Ryan Verdi, and Finn Geissler all had hits and RBIs.
Four of New Milford’s runs were unearned as the Green Wave capitalized on a pair of errors. New Milford overcame a trio of errors of its own; five of the six Newtown runs were earned. It was a see-saw contest with New Milford jumping out to a 3-0 lead after one inning, Newtown knotting the score with three in the top of the second and the teams trading single runs until Newtown scored a pair in the fourth for a 6-5 lead. New Milford tied the game in the last of the fourth and went ahead for good in the fifth inning.
Against Maloney, David Braun had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and two runs batted in. Pietrorazio delivered two hits, including a double, and knocked in one run. Curtis, Kyle Mockovak, D’Aprile, Joe Ehrens, and Josh Rosen each had a stolen base. Rosen walked twice and scored two runs.
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