Logan Thompson not only beat the heat, but he beat Newton in Wednesday’s Class A, Zone 5 tournament opener in Augusta.


Logan Thompson not only beat the heat, but he beat Newton in Wednesday’s Class A, Zone 5 tournament opener in Augusta.

Thompson pitched a complete game and threw a whopping 16 strikeouts to lead Sedgwick to an 8-3 win in Augusta during Tuesday’s sweltering afternoon. The Cardinals advance to the second round, where they will play Andover. The Trojans beat host Augusta 4-3.

“All year, he’s been our No. 1 ace. We always turn to him in big games, and he usually delivers,” Sedgwick manager Shawn Tucker said of his pitcher.

Thompson threw at least two strikeouts in six of the seven innings he pitched. He struck out the side in the second, and threw four strikeouts in the seventh, one of which was a dropped-third strike.

Newton was able to put pressure on Thompson early. Tucker Sweely and Keil Stauffer drew back-to-back walks in the first inning. Thompson let a couple pitches get away from him, and Sweely scored on a passed ball for a 1-0 lead.

Sedgwick’s offense started with two runs in the first. Tyler Jacobs led off with an infield single. He advanced to third on an error and a fielder’s choice. Sweely, Newton’s catcher, then overthrew a tag out at third, letting two runs score.

After Thompson threw three straight strikeouts, Stauffer, Newton’s pitcher, struck out the side in the bottom of the second. He then drove in a run to tie the game 2-2 in the third.

Brylie Ware drove in a run on a sacrifice to regain the lead for Sedgwick in the bottom of the inning. Tanner Liby drew a walk to lead off the fifth, then stole second, and Dalyn Anderson hit an RBI single for a 4-2 Sedgwick lead.

“Once we adjusted to what (Stauffer’s) game plan was, we started taking advantage of what we can do,” Tucker said of the Cardinals’ offense.

Newton had runners on second and third with just one out in the sixth, but Thompson threw two strikeouts to end the threat.

Sedgwick blew the game open in the bottom of the sixth. Christopher Agee and Thompson started the inning with back-to-back singles, then advance to third and second, respectively, after a throwing error. Agee scored on a passed ball. Greer Chandler hit an RBI double, then later scored a run. Tyler Jacobs later scored a run after getting hit by a pitch to reach first.

In an elimination game, Newton beat Augusta 10-0 after five innings. The Knights had a 9-0 lead after a disastrous Oriole first inning. Most of the Knights’ runs were unearned. Newton will play against the loser of the Sedgwick-Andover game, which starts at 4 p.m.