The Newington 19U CT Elite Baseball Association team won two of three games over the weekend, setting itself up to close out the final week of the regular season on a strong note.
Newington defeated Bristol by a score of 3-2 on Friday night at Newington High School thanks to a late rally.
Trailing 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth, Kevin Mooney led off with an infield single, and Brandon Baglan pinch ran and immediately stole second. Nick Dicioccio laid down a well-placed bunt for a single to put runners at the corners and then stole second to put a pair of runners in scoring position.
Ryan Saindon tied the game with an infield groundout to score Baglan and Danny Crouse gave Newington the lead with a single that drove in Dicioccio.
Mike Sobolewski had another strong start for Newington, throwing 6 1/3 innings while allowing two runs on six hits and striking out five.
Saindon got the last two outs in the seventh to pick up the save. Saindon and Nick Cox had Newington’s other hits, with Cox driving in Newington’s first run in the fourth. Jacobi Bouchard pitched a complete game for Bristol, allowing five hits and striking out 9.
In the first game of a doubleheader on Sunday, Avon defeated Newington by a score of 8-4.
Newington led 4-3 after two innings, but could not hold the lead as Avon scored two runs in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth for the victory. Newington had base hits from Austyn Howe, Cox, Joe Coleman (double), Saindon, DicIoccio, Baglan and Mike Zawisza. Emmett Borenstein had three hits for Avon and Arjun Grover went the distance on the mound to pick up the victory.
Newington bounced back in Game 2 with a 5-4 win thanks to another late rally.
With the score tied at four in the bottom of the fifth, Coleman led off and was hit by a pitch. Nick Babineau followed with a single and Coleman moved to third on a fly ball to right by Baglan. Sean Hurley gave Newington the lead with an RBI groundout to score Coleman, the eventual winning run.
Newington’s other runs were driven in by a Howe single and a Crouse two-run single in a three-run fourth. Coleman picked up the win for Newington, going five innings, allowing six hits and striking out six. Dicioccio was strong out of the pen, going two innings to preserve the victory and pick up the save. Newington improved to 8-10 on the season, and Avon fell to 3-16.