The Newton High School baseball team did not get off to the start the Railers wanted in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League play against Salina South Friday at Klein-Scott Field.?Newton fell to the Cougars 7-4 and 12-0. The second game was called after five innings on the 10-run rule.?“We matched them hit-for-hit for two innings (in the first game),” Newton coach Mark George said. “We’re not being aggressive early in counts. We’re not attacking them. It seems like we have to be slapped in the face a little before we decide to wake up. Unfortunately, when you play that kind of ball you’re going to find yourself in a situation where a team slaps you in the face and won’t let you up to hit them back. That happened in the second game. We didn’t do a very good job of throwing strikes. We didn’t throw more than one pitch for a strike. We didn’t keep the ball down. When we had opportunities to get outs, we didn’t get those outs.”?South improves to 5-1, 4-0 in Division I play. Newton falls to 3-3, 0-2 in division play. South snapped Newton’s three-game winning streak.?In the first game, South scored six runs in the second inning and another in the third. Newton came back with four runs in the sixth inning.?Zach Nachbar went five innings for the win. Dalton Wassenberg ended the game for the save. Austin Gronau took the loss for the Railers. Jacob Fulmer finished the game. Conner Ryan had two hits for South. Keil Stauffer had two outs for Newton.?In the second game, South scored in every inning but the second. Pitcher Logan Meis carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the fifth inning. Dylan Palmer broke up the no-hitter with a two-out single. Meis finished with five strikeouts.?Aaron Mar had two hits for South. Ryan and Cameron Weishaar added two hits each.?Ben Wright started and lost for the Railers. Wyatt Burbrink and Gunar Drinnen finished.?“They came to win,” George said. “They came to compete. We competed for about four innings total. Jacob Fulmer came in the first game and threw strikes. He gave us a chance. He kept it simple. He kept the ball down.”?Newton hosts Derby at 4 p.m. Tuesday.?“It’s an opportunity for us to be successful,” George said. “We need to continue to improve and get better. I don’t think we got worse. I think we got humbled — the coaching staff, the players everybody. I’m not very happy with myself. I’m not very happy with the team. I was excited about the opportunity to play a quality of team like South to see if we took that next step. Right now, we’re not where we need to be. We need to come out in pratice humble and hungry.”
S.South 061 000 0 —7 7 2?Newton 000 004 0 —4 6 0
Nachbar (W), Weishaar 6, Wassenberg (S) 6 and Hoover; Gronau (L), Fulmer and Sweely.?Second game
S.South 103 61 —12 12 0?Newton 000 00 —0 1 2
Meis (W) and Hoover; Wright (L), Burbrink 5, Drinnen 5 and Sweely.