The Newton High School softball team dropped a pair of games Tuesday at Kelsch Field to Derby in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play.


The Newton High School softball team dropped a pair of games Tuesday at Kelsch Field to Derby in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play.

Derby won the first game 17-0 and the second game 12-0. The first game ended in four innings on the 15-run rule. The second game ended in six.

Derby scored 12 runs in the fourth inning of the first game to end it early. In the second game, Derby scored in all but one inning.

“Derby has a good pitcher,” Newton coach Mike Boston said. “She kept us off-balance all night long with her change-up. Derby pitchers have always had good change-ups. Our girls knew about it at the beginning of the game. We needed to be ready to adjust to the change of speeds. Unfortunately, we didn’t execute very well. We (have) some good hitters, even when they had the idea the change-up was coming, couldn’t wait on it and keep their hands back.”

Hayley Hume pitched both wins for the Panthers. In the first game, she allowed two hits and struck out eight. In the second game, she allowed four hits and struck out six. Hume didn’t walk a batter.

In the first game for Derby, Carly Gum and Montanna Whiteman both went four for four hitting. Hume went two for three. In the second game, Kennedy Long and Alyssa Gustafson both went three for four hitting and Tori Miller went two for four.

Taylor Goerend took the loss in the first game for Newton. Lauren Regier took the loss in the nightcap.

“When the girls show up ready to play, we do well,” Boston said. “We just have a lot of lapses in concentration. I can’t fault the girls’ effort. They are trying hard. Sometimes, they are pressing. They need to find a way to relax and ease up a little bit.”

Newton falls to 1-13, 1-9 in AV-CTL I play. Newton plays at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Andover Central.

“They’ve been struggling,” Boston said. “Last I’ve seen, they were 2-10. They’ve played a lot of good teams close. They have Megan Sorely. She’s going to Notre Dame. They beat Ark City real bad earlier this week.”