It was not pretty, it was by no means efficient, but the Newton Rebels did manage to secure a win Sunday in the opening round of the National Baseball Congress World Series.


It was not pretty, it was by no means efficient, but the Newton Rebels did manage to secure a win Sunday in the opening round of the National Baseball Congress World Series.

With two runners on base and one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, Tyler Faught drove a pitch to right field to give the Rebels a 7-6 win over Impact Sports at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

.”It was a fastball outside,” Faught said. “I was just praying I’d see a fastball and that I’d find a hole. I’d been struggling all day.”

Newton has given up several late-inning comebacks in the post-season. Faught posted his second walk-off RBI hit in extra innings.

“It’s a big deal,” Faught said. “We had some games where we were up big and gave it away. We’re always going to fight and fight to the end.”

“It’s been various reasons,” Newton manager Brad Salsman said. “Today, it was strictly not throwing strikes.”

Newton starter Storm Marlar braved temperatures as high as 115 degrees on the turf, going six innings and allowing three hits, two walks and six strikeouts.

“Storm tweaked his hip flexor,” Salsman said. “We wanted to get him out of the heat. We simply gave up too many free bases. The singles didn’t hurt us. Walks hurt us. Our bullpen just needs to throw strikes. We had two or three innings where we left runners in scoring position and didn’t get any. I thought we did a good job of executing for the most part.”

Salsman said he was happy with the way the team handled the heat.

“(The artificial turf) keeps the heat in big time,” Salsman said. “I don’t have to do much for our guys. I recommend they drink a lot of water. They do a good job of picking each other up, giving each other water and taking care of each other.”

Josh Markle pitched one out in the top of the 11th for the win.

Evan Thomas and Rodge Macy each went three for five hitting for Newton with an RBI. Romus Cezar went three for six with two runs scored.

Dalton Goings took the loss for Impact Sports. Shane Wade and Evan Thoning each went three for five hitting.

A pair of errors in the first two innings led to five unearned Rebel runs. Newton loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, but a 5-2-3 double play ended the inning. Grant Dunnegan doubled and scored on two wild pitches in the fifth inning. Another double play prevented the Rebels from a possible big inning.

Cody Jackson took to the mound for Newton in the seventh inning, giving up a single and two walks. Eric Vandyke singled to score a run, and Jackson was promptly pulled for Tyler Bishop. After a strikeout, Jake Kluge hit a two run double. Another run scored on a wild pitch. A pair of strikeouts kept the Rebels in the lead.

Impact Sports opened the eighth inning with a walk. Nate Briar came in to pitch for Bishop, giving up an RBI triple to Thoning. Newton outfielder Ariel Sanchez, a newcomer to the team, was injured on the play. An infield chopper set up an out at the plate. After a pop up, Vandyke singled to put runners at first and third base. A balk allowed the tying run to score.

With two outs in the top of the ninth, Wade doubled for Impact Sports, but a pop fly to center field ended the threat.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Toby Cornejo doubled, but a pop fly to right put the game in extra innings. Newton posted a pair of two-out singles in the 10th inning.

With two outs in the top of the 11th, Impact Sports drew two walks and a hit batter. A ground out to second kept the game tied.

With one out in the bottom of the 11th, Edgar Lopez and Toby Cornejo each singled. Matt Moore went out to run for Lopez. Faught followed with the game-winning hit.

Newton plays the Dodge City A’s on Thursday. Game time has not been set.

“We’ll take a day off, then we’ll have a workout on Tuesday,” Salsman said. “It feels great to win that first game. It takes a lot of pressure off. It’s the difference between coming back in 14 hours and getting a couple of days off to refresh our pitchers. I’ve got 14 or 15 arms and have confidence in them. If one is struggling, we have someone who can get outs.”

Im.Spts. ab r h bi

Singh cf 4 1 0 0

Vandyke 2b 4 1 2 1

Soliday ss 6 0 0 0

Kluge rf 4 0 1 2

Demello lf 4 0 0 0

Wade c 5 0 3 0

Alvarez 1b 3 1 0 0

Thoning dh 5 1 3 1

Sture 3b 4 2 0 0

TOTALS 41 6 9 4

Newton ab r h bi

Cezar cf 6 2 3 0

Quiles 3b 6 1 2 0

Thomas ss 5 0 3 1

Macy c 5 0 3 1

Sanchez lf 3 0 0 0

Heiland lf 2 0 0 0

Dunnegan 1b 6 2 1 0

Lopez dh 5 1 2 0

Moorre pr 0 1 0 0

Cornejo 2b 5 0 2 1

Faught rf 5 0 1 1

TOTALS 48 7 17 4

Im.Spts. 000 000 420 00 —6

Newton 140 010 000 01 —7

There was one out when the winning run scored.

E — Vandyke 2, Sture, Thomas. DP — Impact Sports 2, Newton. TP — . LOB — IS 13, New. 16. 2B — Kluge, Lopez, Dunnegan, Wade, Cornejo. 3B — Thoning. SB — Wade, Cezar, Quiles. Sac. Bunt — Demello.

Im.Spts.

ip h r er bb k

Ramirez 4.1 9 6 1 2 0

Picconi 1.1 2 0 0 1 0

Brevard 1.1 0 0 0 0 0

Hallam 3 3 0 0 2 0

Goings, L .1 2 1 1 0 1

Lahman 0 1 0 0 0 0

Newton

ip h r er bb k

Marlar 6 3 0 0 2 6

Jackson 0 2 4 4 2 0

Bishop 1 1 1 1 1 3

Briar 3.2 3 1 1 2 2

Tunnell 0 0 0 0 1 0

Markle, W .1 0 0 0 0 0

Jackson faced four batters in the seventh inning. Tunnell faced two batters in the 11th. Lahman faced one batter in the 11th inning.

WP — Ramirez, Picconi, Bishop. Balk — Briar. HBP — Kluge (Marlar), Cornejo (Picconi), Demello (Tunnell).

Umpires — Lentz, plate; Sanderson and Mudd, bases. Time — 3:11.