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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Railer baseball team splits with Campus

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  • HAYSVILLE — The Newton High School baseball team salvaged a split Friday in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I twinbill at Campus. Newton took an early lead in the first game, but fell 10-6. In the second game, the Railers trailed 5-2 going into the seventh inning, but rallied for a 6-5 win. “In the first game, I saw the guys come out with a real purpose,” Newton coach Mark George said. “We came out with very good approaches. Unfortunately, some mistakes started creeping up on us and caught up with us late in the game, allowing Campus to take the lead. Wyatt Burbrink pitched well for us and kept us in the game for four innings. I saw some good things from the team in the first game. “The guys showed a lot of resilience and perseverance. We jumped out 2-0. Things started to unravel for a couple of innings, but the guys kept their composure and started executing at the plate. Keil Stauffer did a nice job on the mound, throwing strikes and keeping them off balance. Gunar Drinnen did a good job at shortstop, filling in for Stauffer. Ben Wright finished out the game well for us.” Nate Wood opened the top of the seventh with a pinch-hit single with two strikes on him. After a couple more hits, Drinnen put down a safety squeeze bunt. An Austin Gronau double put the Railers ahead. Newton improves to 5-7, 1-5 in AV-CTL I play. Newton plays at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Klein-Scott Field against Hutchinson. “Hutchinson will have another solid team,” George said. “They do a lot of things very well. They try to do a lot of things on the base paths that we try to do. It’s going to come down to who can do the little things well. This will be a good challenge for us. There are no breaks in the schedule for us, but these games will help us in the post-season.”
     
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