Legacy Of Former Fullerton Star Sue Lewis Lives On
The softball community celebrated the life of a pioneer in January.
Susan Lewis-Newton shined for the Cal State Fullerton softball program from 1981-84. The three-time (81, 82, 84) All-American first baseman torched D-I softball at the forefront of the pitching-dominant era, before the circle was moved back and the ball modified to spike offense.
“It has been said that a parent should never have to bury a child. The same can be said of a coach; she should never have to bury a player,” said Judi Garman, the Fullerton Hall of Fame Coach. “Sue was no doubt the greatest hitter I ever coached, and many would say the greatest hitter they had ever seen.”
Her career numbers are impressive in any generation: .354 average, 25 homers (most teams averaged 20 HRs in her era) and 138 RBIs. She remains Fullerton’s all-time hits leader (257) and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2011.
Because of her knack for hitting home runs, the Fullerton softball team's current celebration is in honor of her and that will continue for years to come. A chain and heart charm inscribed with, "Sue Lewis-Newton, Titan forever" and the number seven was placed under home plate at Anderson Field.
In honor of our dear friend Sue Lewis pic.twitter.com/GUd50JUGGs— Titans Softball (@Fullerton_SB) January 11, 2019
However, the stats don’t tell the entire story of her greatness. Lewis led the Titans to four conference championships and three regional titles, with Fullerton finishing as the national runner-up twice and one third-place finish.
A fierce competitor, her work ethic and preparation brought out the best in her teammates; off the field she was known for her grace and acceptance of others.
Coming from a musical family, Lewis was an accomplished accordion player, enjoyed painting and loved making Halloween costumes for her children.
Lewis Newton is survived by her husband, Michael Newton, and their four children -
Brandon, Brock, Brayton, Bree Ann. She battled and beat cancer in the early-mid 2000’s and lived cancer-free for nearly a decade. But the cancer returned and spread, and she rested from a life filled with love of family, friends and accomplishments on Jan. 10.
Her legacy and leadership at Fullerton remain in the hearts and minds of teammates, friends and many of us who witnessed her dominance, and continue to impact the Titan program daily.
Diamond Girl, you still do shine. Rest peacefully No. 7.