NEWINGTON – Newington Legion baseball dropped its second straight game in its 5-1 loss to Naugatuck on Wednesday at Alumni Field.
Newington allowed runs in the first four innings to fall behind 4-0, and never really found its footing as Naugatuck earned its third win of the year.
“I thought [their pitcher] threw a really good game,” Newington coach Jack Hurley said. “We gave too many runs away early.”
Naugatuck starter Andrew Tyszka threw three scoreless innings, allowed just one hit while striking out two and walking four.
An error at third base and a wild pitch from Newington starter Samuel Dionne put the visitors ahead 2-0 after two, before RBIs from Michael Deitelbaum and Tyska pushed the lead to 4-0 after four.
Naugatuck plated its fifth run during the seventh on an RBI double from Nicholas Bruno.
The hosts threatened in the bottom of the seventh with bases loaded and no outs, but only managed one run on an RBI fielder’s choice from Jonathan Pyne. A fly-out from Austyn Howe and a groundout from Daniel Crouse handed Newington its third loss of the season.
“They hit the ball good,” Hurley said. “It’s all fundamental baseball and they played good fundamental baseball. We dropped one at third on a pick off, and then a wild pitch to score the other run with two outs, but they hit the ball hard.”
Naugatuck finished with five hits, with four of them counting for doubles. Matthew Kilmer and Brady Evon secured the other base hits for the victors.
Newington smacked six hits, with Joseph Coleman leading the way with a pair. Nicolas Dicicoccio had a double while Domenick Bukowski, Ryan Saindon, and Crouse recorded singles.
It seemed like whenever Newington was starting to find momentum, Naugatuck shut it down with a smart defensive play or gutsy pitching.
“When you give them runs, it just deflates you a little bit,” Hurley said. “It seems like we’re waking up-you got to be ready to go right from the get-go. You only play seven innings, it’s a quick game, you can’t fall behind. It’s tough to come back.”
Dionne took the loss for Newington as No. 3 gave up four runs on four hits in five innings. Dionne also picked up two strikeouts and three walks before Howe pitched the final two frames.
“We got to be better than that because there’s 16 games left and we got to get going again.”
Newington (2-3) will look to snap the skid when it visits Avon on Friday at Buckingham Park.
First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Ryan Ames can be reached at 860-801-5094 or on Twitter @_RyanAmes.