The Newton High School baseball team got off to the start it wanted in both games Friday against Derby at Klein-Scott Field, but the Railers were only able to close out the second game for a win.


The Newton High School baseball team got off to the start it wanted in both games Friday against Derby at Klein-Scott Field, but the Railers were only able to close out the second game for a win.

In the first game, Newton led 3-2 after three innings, but gave up eight unanswered late in a 10-3 loss. In the nightcap, Newton scored five runs in the second inning, and shut down the Panthers’ offense the rest of the way for a 5-1 win.

In the second game, Ben Wright went 5 2-3 innings for the win, allowing a run on five hits and striking out seven. Keil Stauffer finished out the game, hitting the first batter he faced to load the bases, but retiring the next four for the save.

“We had too many strikeouts, but Ben Wright negated all of our strikeouts with seven of his own,” Newton coach Mark George said. “Ben Wright threw the best he has all year, and did it on short rest. Our pitching is depleated right now due to school field trips and an injury. Ben did a good job throwing three pitches for strikes. Keil Stauffer is a bulldog on the bump. He’s not a physical specimen, but he wants the ball. He, and Ben Wright, are the model of what we want our pitchers to look like.”

Newton scored its five runs in the second on five hits, a walk and a hit batter.

Roland Segova took the loss for Derby. Tyler Shain finished the game, striking out five.

No batter had more than one hit in the second game.

In the first game, Cash Pechin went the distance for the Panthers, allowing three runs on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Dakota Stein took the loss for Newton, walking three and striking out three. Austin Gronau finished the game.

Travis Young and James Trey each went two for three hitting in the first game for Derby. Jeremy Bohrer and Robert Rose each went two for five.

“Dakota Stein did an excellent job for his first start of the year,” George said. “He put us in a good place. I don’t know what happened. Derby started hitting the ball. We left some pitches up. They were very opportunistic. It will look lopsided in the paper, but I don’t think it was quite that lopsided. They had one big inning.

“All-in-all, we played much better defense tonight than we did three nights ago. The guys played defense with a chip on their shoulder. They wanted to prove they could play better defense than they did against Salina (Central).”

Newton is 4-10, 2-8 in AV-CTL I play. Newton plays at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Andover Central.

“They are very good,” George said. “They are ranked in the top five in 5A. I hope our guys are anxious to play them. It’s not often that you get to test yourself the way we have this season. It’s only going to benefit us.”