WINSTED – For the third time this season, Northwestern pitcher Jayson Reola silenced the Nonnewaug baseball team’s bats. Only this time, Reola ended the Chiefs’ 2018 season.
Reola went six innings, struck out seven, and allowed just three hits as the Highlanders defeated Nonnewaug 7-1 in a CIAC Class M opening round game.
“He’s probably one of the best pitchers in our league, and we had trouble hitting the ball,” Nonnewaug head coach Frank Melillo said. “You can see when he needed to reach back and throw the ball, he could put a little more on it.”
The Chiefs got their lone run in the sixth inning. Nick Sordi singled, went to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a Kurtis Krizan single.
Nonnewaug’s other hits were a single by James Parker to open the game, and a second-inning triple by Max Pape.
“Reola is a great pitcher, he has some nasty stuff,” Pape said. “We fought hard all year. We just didn’t have it today.”
Nonnewaug has made the CIAC tournament in each of Melillo’s three seasons, and the Chiefs have yet to win one of those games.
“Now the seniors are focusing on other things so it’s tough to keep focused on baseball this late in the season,” Melillo said.
Melillo said he will remember this 2018 team as a great bunch of kids who were fun to coach and added that that’s what high school baseball should be all about. He added that he’s excited about the future, since the Chiefs graduate just four seniors.
“We had a lot of ups and downs this season,” Pape said. “It was a great learning experience for the juniors and I think they’re going to kill it next year.”
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