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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Newton Juniors fall in finals

  • The Newton Junior Knights put runners on base, but couldn’t find a way to move them, leading to an 8-2 loss to Arkansas City Friday in the championship game of the Kansas American Legion baseball Class A, Zone 5 tournament at Klein-Scott Field.


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  • The Newton Junior Knights put runners on base, but couldn’t find a way to move them, leading to an 8-2 loss to Arkansas City Friday in the championship game of the Kansas American Legion baseball Class A, Zone 5 tournament at Klein-Scott Field.
    Arkansas City, 20-21, advances to the Class A state tournament, which begins Wednesday in Pratt.
    Pitcher Brett Grose and Cam Estrada combined to hold Newton to one hit. Starter Gross went 4 1-3 innings, allowing two unearned runs on six walks and five strikeouts. Estrada finished the game for the save, allowing one hit, two walks and two strikeouts.
    “They had pitchers who threw pretty well,” Newton manager Tyson Kendrick said. “They kept our hitters off balance for a while. We couldn’t get anything to go. We had bases loaded in the fourth and fifth. (Caleb) Woodward hit one right on the screws and they had a guy make a great double play. Then they had another one in the seventh. They won that thing. We didn’t lose it.”
    Layne Leven led Ark City at the plate with two hits in three at bats with two RBIs. Dax Stephens also drove in two runs. Estrada had no official at bats, but scored three runs, reaching base on a walk and twice getting hit by pitches. Dakota Bailey also went two for three hitting.
    Newton starter Jack Kingsley went two innings in the loss. Wyatt Burbrink pitched three innings. Grant Davis went one inning.
    Newton loaded the bases with no outs to open the game, but only managed just two runs on an Arkansas City error.
    Two walks and three singles in the bottom of the second led to four Arkansas City runs. Newton put runners on first and third with one out in the third inning, but couldn’t score. Ark City replied with a run in the bottom of the third.
    Newton loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fifth, but a 6-4-3 double play ended the rally. Three two-out hits in the bottom of the sixth led to three Ark City runs.
    Newton put the first two batters on base in the top of the seventh, including a Cole Sturgeon single to break the no-hitter. A ground ball rolled off the pitcher to the shortstop for a 1-6-3 double play. A pop fly ended the game.
    “Their pitchers were throwing hard,” Kendrick said. “They had some command issues early, and we took advantage of that. They settled down. They’re well coached. I wish them all the luck at state. They will represent our zone well.”
    Newton ends the season 15-25. It was the second straight year the Junior Knights have finished second at zone.
    Page 2 of 2 - “They have come along way,” Kendrick said. “That’s them. That’s not me. I gave them some guidance and they performed. They were a great group of kids. I look forward to watching them in the future.”
    Kendrick, who also coached the JV team at Newton High School, recently was named head baseball and softball coach at Woodland High School in Fairfax, Okla.
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