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Blue Thunder 16s Win ‘War At The Shore’ Tournament



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NEW LONDON — The Newtown Blue Thunder 16U baseball team traveled to The War at The Shore Baseball Tournament July 10-11 and went undefeated. After wet weather played havoc with the weekend schedule, the Newtown nine won three consecutive games to earn first place honors in the final standings.

In the first game against the Attleboro (MA) Bombers, Newtown came out on top 6-3. Starter Nick Tetreault went five innings giving up three runs and scattering five hits. Christian Via came in for the final inning to earn the save. Jack Albano provided plenty of offensive firepower with two hits and three RBI. Alex Schmidt also collected two hits as Newtown scored three in the third and added another three runs in the fifth.

Newtown defeated North Shore Freedom Blue by an identical 6-3 score in the second contest. The Blue Thunder exploded for five runs in the second. Patrick Mahoney walked with the bases loaded, forcing in the first run of the inning. Brothers Christian and Timmy Via each had an RBI in the inning. Alex Schmidt and Freddie Hubbard each knocked in a run. The final Newtown run occurred on a Hayden Conklin sacrifice fly in the third inning. Kyle Turk collected multiple hits during the game. Aidan Sordi started the game on the mound and left after two with a 5-2 lead. Kyle Mockovak entered in the third and gave up one run over the next five innings aided by sparking defense in the field by Josh Dinallo, Kyle Turk, and Patrick Mahoney.

In the final win for Newtown, a 3-0 shutout over Legends 16U College Prep, Alex Schmidt tossed five innings of scoreless ball and Jonathan Moseman added two innings of relief. Aidan Sordi drove in the first run of the game in the first inning. A second run was scored on a wild pitch in the third. Nick Tetreault scored the final run of the game on an Alex Schmidt single in the fifth.

Members of the Blue Thunder baseball team are, from left, front: Aidan Sordi, Jonathan Moseman, Christian Via, Kyle Turk, and Jack Albano; and back: Assistant Coach Andy Via, Timmy Via, Hayden Conklin, Nick Tetreault, Patrick Mahoney, Freddie Hubbard, Kyle Mockovak, Josh Dinallo, Alex Schmidt, and Head Coach Rick Turk.
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