The Newton High School softball team finally got its first win of the season in a doubleheader split Friday at Kelsch Field.


The Newton High School softball team finally got its first win of the season in a doubleheader split Friday at Kelsch Field.

Newton won the first game 6-1. Hutchinson won the nightcap 8-7.

In the first game, Taylor Goerend tossed a three-hitter for the win. Goerend walked one and struck out five.

Down 1-0, Newton scored three runs in the fourth inning, two in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Alyssa Saenz went two for three hitting, including a triple, and scored two runs. Jessica Motes went two for four with a run scored. Kylie Bass and Alexis Southern each went two for three.

“Taylor did a great job pitching tonight,” Newton coach Mike Boston said. “She was more consistent hitting her spots which allowed us to work ahead in the count and kept the batters guessing. This was her best outing of the season and her pitching set the tone. Our defense played their best game as well, commiting a single error and making multiple nice stops and our offense was able to put a few hits together to help knock in some runs. Although we have had several good innings in our losses, this game we came out and put it altogether.”

In the second game, Hutchinson scored five runs in the top of the first inning and held off a late Railer comeback.

Lauren Regier took the loss. Goerend also pitched. Maddy Akers and Burns each went two for four hitting. Akers and Saenz each scored two runs.

“Lauren Regier struggled some early and the defense wasn’t as sharp and we fell behind 5-0,” Boston said. “Goerend came in to relieve in the first, and pitched until the fourth, when Regier re-entered and finished strong. Our offense started to chip away and we were able to mount a rally that fell just short, losing 8-7. Our girls played hard and we saw many good things tonight. We will continue to practice hard and continue to teach the girls so they can react to situations and become better players. It would have been nice to get two wins tonight, but it reminds us of the importance of doing all the little things right. We dug a hole early, but our mounting a comeback and not giving up shows these girls have some heart and I look forward to Monday’s practice as we continue to get better.”

Newton is 1-9, 1-5 in AV-CTL I play. Newton plays at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Salina Central.