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NHS Baseball Team Gets Second Straight 2-1 Win

Published: April 14, 2018 at 12:00 am

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Shea Talbot pitched Newtown to a 2-1 victory over Masuk. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Shea Talbot pitched Newtown to a 2-1 victory over Masuk. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Infielder Todd Petersen fields a grounder. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Infielder Todd Petersen fields a grounder. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Josh Taylor catches a throw for an out at first base. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Josh Taylor catches a throw for an out at first base. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Rob Murray makes a throw from third base. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Rob Murray makes a throw from third base. (Bee Photo, Hutchison)
Newtown High's baseball team posted consecutive 2-1 wins by defeating visiting New Fairfield on April 11 and host Masuk of Monroe on April 13.

Pitchers Kyle Roche and Shea Talbot threw complete games in the victories, helping the Nighthawks to a 4-2 record.

"I think they're working off each other, trying to out-duel each other," Newtown Coach Ian Thoesen said.

Roche allowed three hits and an earned run, while striking out 11 and walking just two in a 97-pitch performance against New Fairfield.

Eugene Citrano tripled, drove in a run, and scored, Ben Harrison walked twice and scored a run, and Harry Eppers had a single for one of the two Nighthawk hits, and also walked. Jack Miller and Sam Smith each had a stolen base.

Newtown scored its runs in the opening inning, with one unearned because of an error.

Against Masuk, Talbot fanned eight batters and allowed just two hits and three walks; he threw 107 pitches.

Masuk, which had a strong outing from Mike Marella (four hits, six strikeouts, one walk in seven innings) took the lead on Enzo Merlonghi's second-inning home run.

The Nighthawks got their two runs on a clutch two-out, two-strike single by Eppers in the third. Todd Petersen singled and scored, and Josh Taylor worked a walk and scored.

Eppers had two of Newtown's four hits; Luke Melillo had a double.

Masuk threatened in the bottom of the seventh. Talbot retired the first two batters of the frame on full-count pitches. After a hit batsmen and payoff pitch walk, pinch hitter Mitchell Manjos hit a smash down the third base line. Newtown infielder Rob Murray made a diving stop and tagged third base for the force out to end the game.

"It was a great team effort. I'm proud of our guys," Thoesen said.

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