NEWINGTON - It was a day of mixed results for the Newington 15U Post 117 American Legion baseball team Sunday.
Hank Penders’ single in the fourth inning helped Newington take the first game of its doubleheader against Middletown 2-1, but a rough start to the second game cost the team in its 9-6 loss at Legends Park.
Newington scored its first run of its win on an Abel Collado sacrifice fly to bring in Austyn Howe, who singled and then stole second and third. Sean Hurley and Andrew Bugnacki led Newington at the plate with two hits apiece.
Dennis Machial and Alex Bugnacki, meanwhile, had no trouble controlling the Middletown lineup. The two Newington pitchers combined for a five-hitter.
The nightcap forced Newington to play from behind the entire game. After falling behind Middletown 3-0 in the first, Newington rallied in the bottom of the frame with two runs of its own.
Howe led off with a base hit and then stole second and third. He was brought home by an Alex Bugnacki base hit. Hurley delivered the second run of the inning, driving in Bugnacki with a two-out single.
But Middletown increased its lead to 9-2 after four innings.
Newington cut into the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Collado and Dan Braga started things off with back-to-back walks with Collado scoring on an errant pickoff throw. Braga, who was on third, later scored on a Hurley base bit.
Newington pushed across two more runs in the sixth, as Christian Rodriguez singled, stole second and came home on a Howe double. Howe closed out the team’s scoring after he stole home as part of a double steal.
Rodriguez threw well in relief for Newington, not allowing a run in three innings of work.
Newington is now 4-2, while Middletown is 4-4 on the season.