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  • Newton run ruled in second game against Topeka
    By Mark Schnabel
    Newton Kansan
    It was a miserable weekend for the Newton Rebels, dropping three games and falling 4 1/2 games behind first in the Walter Johnson League North Division with 12 games remaining.
    Saturday, Newton lost to Valley Center 7-6. Sunday, Newton lost to WJL North Division leader Topeka 8-3 and 14-2. The second game was called after five innings on the 10-run rule.
    Topeka wins the season series against Newton four games to two, and now holds the tie-breaker for the WJL playoff series.
    "We had three games in a row where the starters failed to get out of the third inning," Newton manager Brad Salsman said. "There's not a ballclub in America that's going to be successful when the starter can't go three. We've been leaving the ball up. Leaving the ball up, you're going to get hit. Our offense has done a good job being as far down as they have. Even getting no hit through five (in the first Topeka game), we're putting solid ABs together. They just weren't falling. It's a tip of the cap at that point. Being down five or six is pretty tough."
    Against Valley Center, the Rebels spotted the Diamond Dawgs a five run lead in the first two innings. Tony Poncia had a double and scored in the first and a three-run home run in the second. All of the Dawgs runs in the first two innings came with two outs.
    Newton's Gene Nanney led off the top of the third with a solo home run. Four hits, a walk and a hit batter led to four Rebel runs in the top of the fifth inning.
    With two outs and two on in the bottom of the sixth inning, Cooper Langley flared a single to score a run for Newton.
    Valley Center came back in the bottom of the sixth, taking advantage of two walks to start the inning, to score a run. A two-out error in the bottom of the seventh led to a Valley Center run.
    Newton got a runner on base in the top of the ninth, but the game ended on a double play.
    Ethan Peacock pitched the first two innings for a no decision. Alec Stahly came in and retired the first eight batters he faced. Stahly took the loss in seven innings, allowing one earned run on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
    Kevin Seager earned the win for the Dawgs, allowing a run on two hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
    Five Valley Center players had two hits. Trent Bisboe and Nanney each had two hits for Newton.
    Page 2 of 4 - In the first game against Topeka, the Giants scored a run in the first inning, four more runs in the third inning on seven hits and one more in the fourth.
    Newton used two errors, two walks and three hits batters, along with an RBI double by Nanney to break up the no-hitter and score three runs. Barrett Norfalise countered with a two-run home run to deep center in the top of the seventh.
    Norfalise went three for three hitting for Topeka with five RBIs. John Schmank drove in two runs. Jake Wodtke went two for four hitting.
    Topeka's Connor Murray pitched 5 2-3 innings of no-hit ball, walking four and striking out two. Austin Sanders finished the game for the save, striking out the last two batters he faced.
    Newton starter Craig Bastert took the loss, lasting just 2 2-3 innings. Tyler Bishop finished the game.
    In the second game, Topeka scored in every inning. Connor Ross had two doubles and scored two runs for Newton. Seth Floyd also had two hits with an RBI for Newton.
    Steven Wager had two hits and four RBIs for Topeka. Ryan Ihle had two hits, including a home run, for Topeka. Brooks DeBord also had two hits.
    Newton used four pitchers, including two normally non-pitchers Toby Cornejo and Trent Brisboe. Starter Connor Law took the loss.
    "I had a couple of guys out of the bullpen that I wanted to give a look," Salsman said. "The score dictated that this is the time to do it. I had two arms I haven't thrown yet, but we've got a game on Tuesday, and I want to be ready to go on Tuesday."
    Topeka starter Austin Hilton went the distance, allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
    Newton falls to 12-12, 11-12 in WJL play. Newton hosts Hutchinson at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
    "I have a talented ballclub," Salsman said. "Next week is going to tell the tale. If we come out and play the baseball we're capable of, we're going to be right back in it. If we continue to play the way we have the last couple of games, it's going to be tough."
    Saturday's game
    Newton ab r h bi
    Cornejo 2b 3 2 0 0
    Quiles ss 2 1 1 0
    Langley dh 4 1 2 2
    Thomas 3b 2 0 0 0
    Brisboe 3b 2 1 1 1
    Nanney rf 5 1 2 1
    Kolley c 4 0 0 1
    Marshall c 3 0 1 0
    Ross lf 1 0 1 0
    Dunnegan 1b 4 0 0 0
    Harris cf 4 0 1 0
    TOTALS 34 6 9 5
    Val.Ctr. ab r h bi
    Poncia 2b 5 2 2 3
    McBroom 3b 5 1 2 0
    Miera 1b 4 1 2 2
    Holman p 4 0 2 0
    Seager p 0 0 0 0
    Page 3 of 4 - Stucky rf 4 0 0 0
    Bell c 3 1 1 1
    #28 lf 2 1 1 0
    Torres ss 4 1 2 1
    Sigg cf 4 0 0 0
    TOTALS 35 7 12 6
    Newton 000 141 000 —6
    Val.Ctr. 140 001 10x —7
    E — Marshall 2, Brisboe. DP — Valley Center. LOB — New. 8, VC 8. 2B — Poncia, Holman, Harris, Torrres, Ross. HR — Poncia, Nanney. SB — McBroom, Miera 2. CS — Harris. Sac. Fly — Miera.
    Newton ip h r er bb k
    Peacock 2 6 5 5 1 0
    Stahly, L 7 5 2 1 2 4
    Valley Center ip h r er bb k
    Holman 5 7 5 5 3 5
    Seager, W 4 2 1 1 2 2
    WP — Holman. PB — Bell. HBP — Cornejo (Holman), Briboe (Seager). Time — 2:17.
    Sunday's games
    First game
    Topeka ab r h bi
    Wodtke 3b 4 2 2 0
    Ihle ss 3 1 1 0
    Norfaline rf 3 2 3 5
    Crimmins cf 4 1 1 1
    DeBord lf 3 1 1 0
    Schmank 1b 4 0 1 2
    Hosman dh 4 0 0 0
    Sorrentino c 3 0 0 0
    Ek 2b 3 1 1 0
    TOTALS 31 8 10 8
    Newton ab r h bi
    Cornjo 2b 2 0 0 0
    Quiles ss 2 1 0 0
    Langley dh 2 0 0 0
    Nanney 1b 2 0 1 1
    Pinne rf 1 0 0 0
    Kolley c 3 0 0 0
    Marlar lf 3 1 0 0
    Brisboe 3b 2 1 0 0
    Harris cf 2 0 0 0
    TOTALS 19 3 1 1
    Topeka 104 100 2 —7
    Newton 000 003 0 —3
    E — Wodtke, Schmank. DP — Topeka 3. LOB — Top. 5, New. 3. 2B — Ihle, Wodtke, Norfalise 2, DeBord, Nanney. HR — Norfalise. Sac. Fly — Norfalise.
    Topeka ip h r er bb k
    Murray, W 5.2 0 2 0 4 2
    Sanders, S 1.1 1 1 0 0 2
    Newton ip h r er bb k
    Bastert, L 2.2 6 5 5 0 4
    Tyler 4.1 4 3 3 1 1
    WP — Murray. PB — . Balk — . HBP — Cornejo (Murray), Quiles (Murray), Langley (Murray), Pinney (Sanders). Time — 1:36.
    Second game
    Topeka ab r h bi
    Wodtke 3b 4 2 2 0
    Ihle ss 4 2 2 1
    Norfalise rf 3 2 1 2
    Crimmins lf 1 0 0 0
    Sorrentino c 1 2 1 2
    DeBord lf 4 1 2 0
    Hosmer dh 3 3 1 1
    Wagar 1b 2 2 2 4
    Morales cf 3 0 0 0
    Ek 2b 4 0 1 1
    TOTALS 29 14 12 9
    Newton ab r h bi
    Cornejo p 2 0 0 0
    Brisboe p 0 0 0 0
    Quiles 3b 3 0 1 0
    Pinne rf 3 0 0 0
    Nanney lf 2 0 0 0
    Kolley c 3 0 1 0
    Ross cf 3 2 2 0
    Marlar lf 1 0 0 0
    Dunigan 1b 1 0 0 0
    Moreland dh 0 0 0 0
    Coudret 2b 2 0 0 1
    Floyd ss 2 0 2 1
    TOTALS 22 2 6 2
    Topeka 531 23 —14
    Newton 010 10 —2
    E — Ihle, Nanney 2, Floyd. LOB — Top. 5, New. 8. 2B — Ross 2, Ihle, Wager 2. HR — Ihle. SB — Pinne.
    Topeka ip h r er bb k
    Hilton, W 5 6 2 2 3 3
    Newton ip h r er bb k
    Law, L 1.1 5 6 3 1 1
    Clements . 1 1 2 2 2 0
    Cornejo 2.1 3 3 1 2 2
    Page 4 of 4 - Brisboe 1 3 3 3 1 0
    WP — Hilton. PB — Kolley. Time — 1:51.
     
     

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