The Newington 19U CTEBA Baseball team ended the first CTEBA season with its 10th victory of the season, closing the summer having won three of its last four games.
Newington defeated Simsbury by a score of 5-3 on Thursday night in a game played at Memorial Field in Simsbury, and the victory was of the comeback variety. Simsbury jumped ahead with two quick runs in the bottom of the first, but Newington bounced back with a run in the top of the second when Dom Bukowski reached first on a strikeout and wild pitch. Bukowski advanced to third on a Nick DiCioccio single and scored on a Simsbury wild pitch. Newington tied the game at two in the top of the third when Ryan Saindon led off the frame with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a Mike Sobolewski groundout and eventually scored on a Danny Crouse RBI groundout. Newington then pushed across three runs in the top of the fourth when Bukowski singled, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a DiCioccio run-scoring fielder’s choice. DiCioccio later scored on a Sean Hurley RBI groundout to give Newington the 4-2 lead. Newington’s fifth run came across when Saindon singled in Sam Dionne, who was hit by a pitch and stole second. Dionne continued to have an excellent season on the mound for Newington, as he improved to 4-2 with the victory. Dionne went six innings, allowed four hits, one earned run and struck out four. Nick Babineau came on to pitch the seventh, allowing one run, striking out two and earning the save. Saindon Dionne led Newington offensively with two hits apiece.
Newington finishes the season with a record of (10-11) with the victory and Simsbury fell to (5-16) in what was also its final game of the season.
Newington finished the summer in sixth place out of eight teams in Division I, ending just one game back of fifth-place West Hartford. The team struggled offensively at times throughout the season, scoring a total of 65 runs on the year, which was the lowest mark in Division I, but it was able to hover around the .500 mark for most of the year thanks to a solid pitching staff led by arms like Dionne and Babineau, who helped Newington allow only 81 runs total.
Elsewhere in the CTEBA, Bristol finished the season 12-9 thanks to a two-game winning streak to end the season, but it wasn’t enough to reach the postseason, largely due to Meriden finishing the regular season on a five-game surge to end the year 15-6 and grab the final playoff spot from Division I. The first playoff spot out of the division belonged to Berlin, which ended the year with two straight wins of its own to finish 16-5 and in first place. Berlin’s 114 runs scored were the most in Division 1, and it also allowed the fewest runs (66). Despite Berlin’s strong regular season, the team was eliminated in the first round of the single elimination tournament, entering the postseason as the sixth seed before falling to sixth-seeded RCP by a score of 7-3. Ryan Robb and Tyler Baldwin combined on the mound to keep Berlin’s potent offense in check, and handing Berlin just its third home loss of the season.