With gael force winds blowing in from left field and cold temperatures, it was not a pleasant night for baseball. The Newton High School baseball team made the best of the conditions in the first game Wednesday against Hutchinson at Klein-Scott Field, winning 3-2. Hutchinson came back in the second game for a 14-4 win. In the first game, Newton pitche Ben Wright allowed two runs on one hit with four walks and five strikeouts. Jacob Fulmer finished the game for the save, allowing one hit and striking out one. Newton scored all of its runs in the fifth inning. Hutchinson scored both of its runs in the sixth inning. Neither team had a player with more than one hit. Ryan Stoecklein took the loss for Hutchinson. "In the first game, we played a pretty good ballgame," Newton coach Mark George said. "It was an excellent start for Ben Wright, who pitched on short rest. He pitched some the day before. Jacob Fulmer came in with bases loaded. He got a ground ball to get out of the inning. He came back and threw in the seventh to keep us ahead. He did a goob job of controlling the zone. We had timely hitting in the first game. All of our runs came in the fifth inning, which is where we had most of our hits." In the second game, Hutchinson scored nine runs in the first inning and added three in the second for a 12-1 lead. Keil Stauffer took the loss for Newton. Guner Drinnen finished the game. Tyler Cox pitched for the win for Hutchinson. Cody Miller had three hits for Hutchinson. Trevor Turner, Tanner Higgins, Stoecklein and Seaver Williams had two hits each. Dakota Long had two hits for Newton. "Keil had a rough go of it," George said. "He was falling behind early in the count. He then started to pitch to contact. The defense didn't support him very well. We struggled with too many free passes. With 30 mile-per-hour winds, a walk was the same as a hit. Things snowballed quickly. Gunar Drinnen was able to control things better. It was a good learning experience." Tuesday, Newton dropped a pair of games to Maize at Maize. Newton lost the first game 2-1 and the second game 7-4. In the first game, Newton scored in the top of the second inning. Maize came back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Newton was held to four hits and gave up three errors. Wyatt Burbrink had an RBI for the Railers. Burbrink also took the loss pitching. Fulmer finished the game. "Wyatt Burbink and Jacob Fulmer did an outstanding job in the first game pounding the zone and our defense did a really good backing them up," George said. "Unfortunately Maize managed to manufacture some runs with some timely hitting later in the game." In the second game, Newton took a 4-0 lead, but gave up four runs in the bottom of the fourth and three more in the sixth inning. Wright took the loss in relief of Austin Gronau. Gronau was two for three hitting with an RBI. Stauffer and Drinnen each added an RBI. "Austin Gronau started the game and he had some really good stuff," George said. "He is starting to pick up where he left off from the summer. He gave the Maize hitters fits the first part of the game. As the game wore on we did not a very good job of protecting the baseball and when your a team like Maize and you get extra chance and extra outs there going to get their runs." Newton is 6-11, 2-9 in AV-CTL I play. Newton hosts Bishop Carroll and Goddard Eisenhower in a triangular May 9 at Klein-Scott Field. Newton plays Salina Central at 5 p.m. May 10 in a make-up of Friday's second-game rain out.
Wednesday's games First game
Hutch. 000 002 0 —2 2 1 Newton 000 030 x —3 5 2
Stroecklein (L) and Williams; Wright (W), Fulmer (S) 6 and Sweely. Second game
Hutch. 930 20 —14 14 1 Newton 100 30 —4 6 4
Cox (W) and Williams; Stauffer (L), Drinnen 1 and Sweely, Palmer 4. Tuesday's games First game
Newton 010 000 0 —1 4 3 Maize 000 200 x —2 6 1
Burbrink (L), Fulmer 4 and Palmer; Maize battery not listed. Second game
Newton 100 300 0 —4 7 3 Maize 000 403 x —7 7 3
Gronau, Wright (L) 5, Stauffer 6 and Sweely; Maize battery not listed. HR — M: not listed.