The Newton Rebels put together the game they needed in the first game against the Pratt Drillers Thursday night in a Walter Johnson League twinbill in Pratt.

The second game, the Rebels left the door open, and the Drillers were able to eek through.

Newton won the first game 10-0 in five innings on the 10-run rule. Three unearned runs in the second game allowed Pratt to claim the nightcap 4-3.


The Newton Rebels put together the game they needed in the first game against the Pratt Drillers Thursday night in a Walter Johnson League twinbill in Pratt.

The second game, the Rebels left the door open, and the Drillers were able to eek through.

Newton won the first game 10-0 in five innings on the 10-run rule. Three unearned runs in the second game allowed Pratt to claim the nightcap 4-3.

“We came out in that first game and gave everything the coaches asked for,” Newton co-manager Chris Pate said. “We hit the ball well. We played good defense. We pitched well. In the second game, we made a lot of those little mistakes that you can’t make when you only score three runs a game. We need to take better care of the baseball.

“The guys need to step up. We were a better team than Pratt. That’s not a knock against Pratt. These are the games we need to sweep if we want to win the league. We’re the defending champs, and we’re on top of the standings, so teams are going to give us their best game.”

In the first game, Newton scored in three of the four innings. Brent Ebinger went the distance for the win, allowing seven hits. Joey Mendoza and Larry Gowder both went two for three for Newton. Andrew Revall and Trever Adams both went two for four. Alex Rehnstrom hit a triple and drove in three runs.

In the second game, Newton took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Pratt scored two runs in the bottom of the second. Pratt scored a run in the bottom of the sixth for the win.

Brett Whittle took the loss in relief of David DeLeon. Revall, Adams and Tanner Ybarra each went two for thee hitting. Adams drove in two runs.

At the mid-point of the WJL season, Newton is 12-6, 10-3 in league play.

Newton hosts Park City at 6 p.m. Saturday. Newton and Park City are tied atop the league standings. Newton then travels to Salina at 6 p.m. Sunday.

“We have four important games coming up for us,” Pate said.

First game

Newton 143 02 —10 12 0

Pratt 000 00 —0 7 4

Ebinger (W) and Ybarra; Bobbitt (L), na and Welch.

Second game

Newton 200 010 0 —3 8 4

Pratt 020 011 x —4 5 0

DeLeon, Whittle (L) 6, Simmons 6 and Ybarra; Fullery (W) and Welch.