HUTCHINSON — For the past couple of seasons, the Park City Rangers have given the Newton Rebels all they could handle.
In Monday’s consolation quarterfinal of the Walter Johnson League tournament at Bud Detter Field in Hutchinson, the Rebels repaid the favor, stopping the Rangers 10-2.
It was the largest margin of victory for Newton over Park City in the past two seasons.
“What we talked about last night, we’ve been so off and on hitting this year, we told the guys we’re all going to get hot and start swinging the bat at the same time,” Newton co-manager Chris Pate said. “That’s what happened, and that was the end result. It was nice to take some pressure off our pitching staff. We were able to get (Kyle) Cremers out early and save him a little bit. He’s thrown 305 pitches in the last 10 days, so he’s earned a little rest.”
Monty Cooper went three for four hitting for the Rebels, driving in four runs. Andrew Revall went two for two. Trevor Swint went two for three.
“I felt pretty good today,” Cooper said. “I was just glad I could contribute. He got two fastballs by me. He tried throwing another one but left it over the plate. This is the first time in a long time we put that many hits up. Hopefully, we’ll get everybody rolling.”
“He was our leading hitter when he went down in July with an arm injury,” Pate said. “He just makes us a better hitting team. That gets some other guys a little lower in the lineup, where they are more comfortable. That gives us more production in the lower part of the lineup.”
Kyle Cremers posted the win, improving to 8-2. Cremers allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Brother Zach Cremers and Ben Rister each threw a scoreless inning.
“I did OK,” Kyle Cremers said. “The defense was phenomenal. I just threw it in there, and they took care of it. That makes it a lot easier. I just threw a lot of fastballs and let the defense take care of it. Our offense did a great job. Ten runs is a pitcher’s best friend. The hitting was phenomenal. The Rangers are a phenomenal team. They are extremely competitive year-in and year-out. Anytime you can come out and play well against a good team is nice.”
The Rebels were able to use 13 players in the batting lineup.
“When you’re in close games like we’ve been, you have some reserves and pitchers that need some innings to stay sharp,” Pate said. “Today, we were able to get some guys in.”
Four walks and four hits allowed the Rebels to jump to a 4-0 lead in the first two innings. Cooper had two two-run singles in the scoring drive. Chris Reese hit a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the third.
Cremers retired 12 of the first 15 batters he faced. Park City punched three straight one-out hits in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs.
Newton loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth but failed to score. In the bottom of the sixth, two singles, two wild pitches, a walk and an error led to four Rebel runs. Newton left the run-rule runs on base in the bottom of the seventh.
Taylor Hart went two for four hitting for Park City. Wade Morrison lasted just two innings, plus two batters in the third, to take the loss. Four other Ranger pitchers followed.
Newton plays the loser of the Valley Center-Wichita Sluggers game at 7 p.m. today with the winner advancing to Wednesday’s finals. Pate said the team should have no trouble getting up for either opponent.
“Valley Center (the league regular-season champ) is a no-brainer,” Pate said. “The Sluggers, for whatever reason, have owned us. Whoever we get, I think the guys will be ready to play. The deeper we get in this thing, our pitching is in good shape.”
Joey Hinkley is the probable starter for Newton today.
Walter Johnson League
Consolation quarterfinals
Newton 10, Park City 2
(Park City eliminated)
Park City    ab    r    h    bi
Wick 1b    3    0    1    1
Hood 3b    3    0    0    0
Crouch cf    3    0    0    0
Ebert rf    1    0    1    0
Stevenson 2b    4    0    0    0
Fish lf    4    0    1    0
Ricketts c    4    0    0    0
Jarred ss    3    0    1    0
Combs ph    1    0    0    0
Hastings dh    3    1    1    0
Hart cf    4    1    2    1
TOTALS    33    2    7    2
Newton    ab    r    h    bi
Reese ss    2    2    1    2
Roy cf    3    1    0    0
Kozma lf    1    0    1    0
Revall cf    2    1    2    0
Cooper dh    4    1    3    4
Stuart ph    1    0    0    0
Cunningam c    4    1    0    0
Swint cf    3    2    2    1
Johnson rf    1    0    0    0
Hoover 1b    3    1    1    0
Salsman 2b    3    0    0    1
Tessendorf 2b    1    0    0    0
Faul 3b    4    1    1    0
TOTALS    32    10    11    8
Park City    000    020    000    —2
Newton    222    004    00x    —10
E — Wick. DP — Newton. LOB — PC 7, New. 11. 2B — Reese, Hastings, Hart, Wick. SB — Swint. CS — Revall. Sac. Bunt — Revall, Salsman, Swint.
Park City
    ip    h    r    er    bb    k
Morrison, L    2    5    6    6    5    2
Lewick    3    1    0    0    4    2
Vermuelen    1    2    4    1    1    2
Aschinger    1    2    0    0    0    2
Woodard    1    1    0    0    0    2
    ip    h    r    er    bb    k
K.Cremers, W    7    6    2    2    2    2
Z.Cremers    1    1    0    0    0    0
Rister    1    0    0    0    1    1
Morrison faced two batters in the third inning.
WP — Morrison, Vermuelen 2. Time — 2:20.