The Newton High School softball team found itself on the short end of a defensive battle Friday in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state softball tournament, falling to St. Thomas Aquinas 2-0 at the Hummer Sports Park softball diamonds.
The Newton High School softball team found itself on the short end of a defensive battle Friday in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state softball tournament, falling to St. Thomas Aquinas 2-0 at the Hummer Sports Park softball diamonds.Newton ends the season 15-8 while Aquinas, the top seed in the tournament, advances to the semifinals at 21-0.Aquinas pitcher Kelly White went the distance, getting the win for the Saints. White allowed just two hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Newton pitcher Logan Duerksen took the loss, falling to 9-3. Duerksen allowed four hits with four walks and four strikeouts.“It was a very tough ballgame, but the girls showed up ready to play,” Newton coach Mike Boston said. “It’s very easy for an eighth-seed to get run-ruled at the state tournament, but our girls played with a lot of heart and a lot of determination. They had a very good pitcher and some very good hitters. (Lauren) Thimmesch had two very good hits for them. It’s nice to finish the year knowing we can play with a team like that.”Thimmesch went two for two, posting both RBIs for the Saints. She had a single, a double and a walk. Aquinas scored runs in the first and third innings. Duerksen was able to limit the damage in the remainder of the game.Jade Southern and Olivia Miller each had a hit for the Railers. A double play ended one of the Railer’s scoring chances.“We hit the ball hard, but we hit it right at people,” Mike Boston said. “They made a very good double play.”Newton loses four seniors — Duerksen, Erin Mosiman, Erin Boston and Ramona Yoder.“We’re going to miss our four seniors,” Mike Boston said. “They gave us a lot of leadership this year. They have a very good work ethic that was very important to us. We have 11 kids coming back off our varsity roster, along with some JV kids that had a great year. The future looks bright for us. We gave one of the top teams in the state a battle and, hopefully, we’ll take a step in the right direction.”Newton 000 000 0 —0 2 1St.Th.A. 101 000 x —2 4 1Duerksen (L, 9-3) and Boston; White (W) and Zuniga.