The season came crashing down around the Newton Rebels after a pair of losses during the weekend at the Mid-Kansas Collegiate Qualifier at Bud-Detter Field in Hutchinson.


The season came crashing down around the Newton Rebels after a pair of losses during the weekend at the Mid-Kansas Collegiate Qualifier at Bud-Detter Field in Hutchinson.

Saturday, Newton lost to the Park City Ranges 9-2 in seven innings on the seven-run rule. Sunday, Newton lost to the Kansas Cannons 8-0.

Newton ends the season 17-27.

“It was a frustrating tournament,” Newton manager Chris Pate said. “It just wasn’t there. Storm (Marlar) pitched well once he got settled in. We had a couple of errors behind him. (The Cannons) pitcher threw well. We had a couple of opportunities against him. We never got the timely hit when we needed it.”

Against Park City, misplayed foul balls in each of the first two innings allowed the Rangers to take a 3-0 lead. Newton loaded the bases on three two-out walks in the top of the first inning, but was unable to take advantage.

Newton loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fourth inning, but again failed to score.

The Rebels got back in the game in the top of the fifth inning when Rickie Brown opened with a single and came Newton on a Rodge Macy triple. A Ranger error scored Macy.

Park City posted six hits in the bottom of the fifth to score four runs. The Rangers added a run in the sixth inning and another in the seventh to end the game.

McCrae Jones and Josh Piper each went three for four hitting for Park City. Nick Douhgty and Eric Dawson both went two for four. Doughty drove in three runs. Dawson drove in two runs.

Macy finished two for three for Newton with two doubles.

Clay Smith got the win for Park City, going five innings and allowing one earned run on three hits with four walks and six strikeouts. Tucker Pryor finished the game, allowing one hit, a walk and two strikeouts.

Taylor Berthusen took the loss for Newton.

In the consolation round against the Kansas Cannons, Newton fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first when leadoff batter John Rickard took a ball deep over the left field wall. The Cannons scored on a two-out error in the second inning. John Bonebrake led off the third inning with a triple and scored on an Andrew Harris fly ball.

Newton threatened in the bottom of the fifth, putting runners on base with a single and an error with no outs. A bad bunt to the catcher, a strikeout and a pop fly in foul territory ended the threat.

Three hits and two errors in the top of the seventh led to three more Cannon runs. A walk and two errors led to two Cannon runs in the top of the ninth.

Cannons pitcher Ryan Scoles went nine innings in the 106 degree heat, allowing four hits, one walk and six strikeouts for the win.

Marlar took the loss for Newton, allowing four earned runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Erelio Mesa finished the game for Newton, allowing two unearned runs on two hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

Harris drove in two runs for the Cannons. Rickard finished two for four hitting.

Newton ended the season on a four-game losing streak.

“I thought we were going to have a good season,” Pate said. “We had some bad luck. We had some injuries. We lost some close games. It’s back to the drawing board. I’ll do everything in my power to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Newton deserves better.”