Newton Kansan

McPHERSON — The Newton Senior Knights finished 5-0 to win the Bob Hooper Memorial Tournament Friday through Sunday at the Grant Sports Complex in McPherson.

In Saturday's pool games, Newton downed Junction City 7-6. Dakota Stein started the game, allowing three earned runs in 1 1-3 innings. Wyatt Burbrink finished the game for the win, allowing three runs on six hits with six strikeouts and five walks. Gunar Drinnen hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning. Burbrink went two for three hitting with two runs scored. Tucker Sweeley went two for three hitting with a home run and two runs scored.

Newton finished pool play with a 6-1 win over Nickerson. Jacob Fulmer went six innings for the win, allowing one run with one walk and 11 strikeouts.

Drinnen hit a three-run home run to pace a four-run second inning, finishing three for four hitting with five RBIs. He had a double and drew two walks. Austin Resser went three for four with two runs scored and two RBIs. Burbrink went two for three with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.

In the semifinals, Newton drew a rematch with Junction City, winning 10-0 in four innings. Keil Stauffer threw a one-hit shutout, striking out four. He allowed a walk and a hit batter.

The first seven batters reached base and scored. Drinnen hit a two-run home run.

Newton finished the tournament with an 11-3 win over Buhler in five innings. Ben Wright went the distance, allowing eight hits with three walks, three strikeouts and a hit batter.

Newton drew 15 walks or hit batters in the championship game. Six Newton runs in the bottom of the third put the Knights up 10-2. Each team scored in the fifth.

Stein hit a solo home run. Stauffer stole home.

Drinnen finished the tournament as the MVP, hitting a total of four home runs.

Newton hosts Salina at 6 p.m. Thursday at Klein-Scott Field.