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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Newton drops one-run games to Valley Center

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  • Newton Kansan
    The Newton Rebels struggled with offense during the weekend, leading to a pair of losses to the Valley Center Diamond Dawgs in Walter Johnson League play Saturday and Sunday at Klein-Scott Field.
    Saturday, Newton fell 4-3. Sunday, Newton was held to two hits in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings.
    The losses drop Newton to 10-6, 9-6 in WJL play. The Rebels have dropped three in a row. All six Newton losses were by one run.
    In Sunday's game, Newton had 14 fly outs to nine for Valley Center.
    "That was the difference in the game," Newton manager Brad Salsman said. "We had solid swings and solid contact. We just put the ball in the air. When you put the ball in the air, you allow the defense to get under it. We needed to challenge the defense more. I was happy with our swings and happy with our approach, as far as aggressiveness goes. We just have to get on the top half of the baseball."
    For the most part, Newton had solid pitching during the weekend.
    "We had a great job," Salsman said. "(Sunday's starter Ethan) Peacock did a great job and pitched to contact through six. (Nathan) Briar shut the door through three. A botched double play for (Tyler) Bishop, but he did a good job."
    In Saturday's game, Valley Center used three hits and three walks in the third inning to score three runs. The Diamond Dawgs added a run in the fourth. Seth Floyd hit an RBI single for Newton with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.
    In the bottom of the fifth, Newton put its first two batters on base, but failed to score them. Newton missed several other chances to score until Toby Cornejo hit a two-run double with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Newton was unable to get Cornejo home.
    Trever Sorensen went 6 2-3 innings for the win, striking out five. Jarod Wheelock finished the game for the save. Dylan Gadberry took the loss for Newton. Alec Stahly and Cameron Clements finished the game.
    Kevin Seager went three for five hitting for Valley Center. Justin Harris went three for four hitting for Newton.
    In Sunday's game, Valley Center scored a run in the first inning and another in the third. Seager had both RBIs on a sacrifice fly and a double. Newton stranded three runners total in the first two innings and hit into a double play to end a threat in the third.
    Newton finally got on the board in the sixth inning when Andrew Quiles walked, went to second on a wild pitch, went to third on a fly out and scored on a Gene Nanney sacrifice fly. Newton tied the game in the bottom of the eighth. Justin Harris walked, stole second, went to third on a bunt and scored on a Quiles single.
    Page 2 of 3 - In the bottom of the ninth, Evan Thomas was hit by a pitch and went to second on a Nick Kolley bunt, but a pair of pop flies ended the threat. Valley Center opened the top of the 10th with a walk and a bunt. After another walk, Newton had a double play chance, but an overthrow allowed a run to score.
    Newton went in order in the bottom of the 10th.
    Quiles had both hits for Newton. No Valley Center player had more than one it. Bishop took the loss for Newton in relief of Peacock and Briar. Peacock struck out five and Briar struck out three. Dawgs starter Brad Day went seven innings, striking out five, allowing a run on one hit with four walks.
    Newton was off Monday and hosts the North Central Knights at 7 p.m. today. Newton is 3-0 against the Knights this season.
    "We're not going to run away with anything," Salsman said. "Our goal is to continue to get better every day. With the talent we've got, if we can come out and make strides every day, we're going to put ourselves in a great situation at the end of the season."
    Saturday's game
    Val.Ct. ab r h bi
    Baez 2b 4 1 1 0
    Perez ss 4 1 1 1
    Seager 1b 5 0 3 1
    Williams rf 4 0 1 0
    McBroom lf 4 0 1 0
    Temple dh 2 0 1 0
    Quinn c 4 0 0 0
    Poncia 3b 3 1 0 0
    Sigg cf 1 1 1 0
    TOTALS 29 4 9 2
    Newton ab r h bi
    Cornejo 2b 3 0 1 2
    Quiles rf 5 0 0 0
    Langley dh 2 1 0 0
    Ross pr 0 0 0 0
    Thomas ph 1 0 0 0
    Nanney 1b 3 0 1 0
    Kolley lf 4 0 1 0
    Floyd ss 4 0 1 1
    Marshall c 4 0 0 0
    Brisboe 3b 2 1 1 0
    Harris cf 4 1 3 0
    TOTALS 32 3 8 3
    Val.Ct. 003 100 000 —4
    Newton 000 100 002 —3
    E — Marshall, Quinn. DP — Newton, Valley Center 2. LOB — VC 8, New. 9. 2B — Williams, Temple, Harris, Cornejo. SB — Temple, Sigg 2, Baez, Brisboe, Floyd, Ross. Sac. Bunt — Sigg, Cornejo. Sac. Fly — Perez.
    Valley Center
    ip h r er bb k
    Sorensen, W 6.2 6 1 1 4 5
    Wheelock, S 2.1 2 2 2 1 2
    Newton
    ip h r er bb k
    Gadsberry, L 2.2 4 3 3 4 0
    Stahly 5.1 5 1 1 1 2
    Clements 1 0 0 0 0 0
    WP — Gadsberry. HBP — Sigg (Clements), Brisboe (Wheelock). Time — 1:22.
    Sunday's game
    Val.Ct. ab r h bi
    Baez 2b 3 2 1 0
    Perez ss 4 0 1 0
    Seager dh 2 0 1 2
    Stucky rf 4 0 0 0
    Bell c 5 0 1 0
    Miller 1b 4 0 0 0
    Williams lf 3 0 1 0
    Poncia 3b 2 0 0 0
    McBroom 3b 1 0 0 0
    Sigg cf 4 1 1 0
    TOTALS 32 3 6 2
    Newton ab r h bi
    Page 3 of 3 - Cornejo 2b 3 0 0 0
    Quiles 3b 4 1 2 1
    Langley dh 4 0 0 0
    Nanney 1b 3 0 0 1
    Thomas ss 3 0 0 0
    Dunnegan 1b 3 0 0 0
    Kolley lf 0 0 0 0
    Marshall c 3 0 0 0
    Pinne rf 4 0 0 0
    Harris cf 2 1 0 0
    TOTALS 29 2 2 2
    Val.Ct. 101 000 000 1 —3
    Newton 000 001 010 x —2
    E — Sigg, Thomas. DP — Valley Center. LOB — VC 8, New. 6. 2B — Quiles, Seager, Bell, Perez. SB — Baez, Seager, Harris. Sac. Bunt — Baez, Cornejo, Kolley, Perez. Sac. Fly — Seager, Nanney.
    Valley Center
    ip h r er bb k
    Day 7 1 1 1 4 6
    Holman 1 1 1 1 1 0
    #15, W 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Newton
    ip h r er bb k
    Peacock 6 5 2 2 2 5
    Briar 3 1 0 0 0 3
    Bishop, L 1 0 1 0 2 0
    Holman faced one batter in the ninth inning.
    WP — Peacock, Day. HBP — Stucky (Peacock), Sigg (Briar), Thomas (Holman). IBB — Seager (Bishop). Time — 2:26.
     
     
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