The Newton Rebels will need to win three straight games to gain an automatic bid to the National Baseball Congress World Series after a 7-1 loss to the Hutchinson Monarchs Monday night in the semifinals of the Mid Kansas Collegiate Qualifier at Klein-Scott Field.
Newton, 23-18, meets the winner of the Kansas Cannons-North Central Knights game at 4 p.m. today in the consolation semifinals. Newton would need to win that game and beat Hutchinson twice to win the tournament.
Newton reached the semifinals with a 9-7 win over Walter Johnson League champions Valley Center Sunday in 10 innings.
"We missed some opportunities to score with runners in scoring position early," Newton manager Brad Salsman said. "We have to tip our caps to Hutchinson. They did a good job. I thought we had a good approach to the plate. Their pitcher made a mistake, and (Gene) Nanney took advantage of it. We had some bases on balls, but we weren't able to come up with a hit."
Brendan Miller led Hutchinson at the plate, going two for five with a home run and four RBIs. Andrew Pina went four for four hitting. Josh Kunzmann went three for five.
Nanney went two for three hitting with a home run. Andrew Quiles went two for three.
Hutchinson's Alex Cox pitched 2 1-3 innings of relief for the win. Starter Cory Roper struck out four in 4 2-3 innings. Justin Mustain closed the game.
Newton starter Josh Markel took the loss, allowing four earned runs on seven hits in 4 2-3 innings. Dylan Gadberry and Nathan Briar closed out the game.
A baserunning error in the top of the first cost the Rebels a chance to score. Hutchinson opened the bottom of the first with two walks, a bunt and a two-run Miller double.
Newton finally got on the board with a Nanney home run to left-center to lead off the top of the fourth inning. Miller answered for Hutchinson with a two-run shot with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. A two-out error led to another Monarch run.
Four singles in the bottom of the sixth led to two more Hutchinson runs.
"Even though we lost today, we still have a lot of confidence," Salsman said. "We know if we play well, things will still work out for us."
Hutchinson reached the semifinals with a 9-0 forfeit win over Topeka, which withdrew from the tournament. Newton players have been working as the grounds crew.
"Obviously, it is an advantage to get a bye," Salsman said. "You get to save an arm in round two or three, and that is a big advantage. I'm not going to make excuses. That's not the reason we lost the ballgame. It's our tournament, and we can't wait to get back out here tomorrow."
In Sunday's game, Newton led most of the way, but kept letting the Walter Johnson League champion Valley Center Diamond Dawgs back in the game.
A pair of runs in the top of the 10th gave Newton a 9-7 win.
Newton led 4-0, but allowed a run in the fifth and two runs in the sixth. Newton scored three runs in the top of the eighth, but Valley Center came back with four runs in the bottom of the inning.
Andrew Quiles led Newton with three hits and two RBIs. Chris Pinne added two RBIs. Mason Marshall drew three walks for Newton. Justin Harris and Gene Nanney each drew two walks.
Jerrik Sigg and Evan Koehler each had two hits for Valley Center. Sigg drove in two runs.
Alec Stahly went three innings of relief for Newton for the win. Nathan Briar pitched the bottom of the 10th for the save. Briar and Ethan Peacock each struck out two.
Trever Sorenson struck out seven for Valley Center in six innings.
Newton ab r h bi
Harris cf 4 0 1 0
Quiles 3b 3 0 2 0
Thomas ss 3 0 1 0
Cornejo 2b 3 0 0 0
Nanney 1b 3 1 2 1
Pinne lf 4 0 0 0
Langley dh 3 0 1 0
Marshall c 3 0 0 0
Kolley c 1 0 1 0
Ross lf 3 0 1 0
Dunnigan 1b 1 0 0 0
TOTALS 31 1 9 1
Hutch. ab r h bi
Ze.Kolakowski lf 3 1 0 0
Za.Kolakowski 2b 4 2 1 0
Crandall 3b 4 1 2 0
Miller 1b 5 1 2 4
Schultz c 3 1 0 0
Kunzmann cf 5 1 3 0
Cross dh 3 0 1 1
Leighton ss 5 0 1 0
Pina rf 4 0 4 0
Sartin rf 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 36 7 14 5
Newton 000 100 000 —1
Hutch. 200 032 00x —7
E — Thomas. DP — Newton 2, Hutchinson 3. LOB — New. 12, Hut. 9. 2B — Miller. HR — Nanney, Miller. SB — Kunzmann. CS — Harris. Sac. Bunt — Quiles, Crandall, Ze.Kolakowski.
ip h r er bb k
Markel, L 4.2 7 5 4 5 0
Gadberry 2.1 6 2 2 1 1
Briar 1 1 0 0 1 0
ip h r er bb k
Roper 4.2 4 1 1 5 4
Cox, W 2.1 3 0 0 0 0
Mustain 2 2 0 0 0 0
Balk — Markel. Time — 2:15.
Newton 001 030 030 2 —9 12 2
Val.Ctr. 000 012 040 0 —7 7 2
Peacock, Briar 7, Wimberly 7, Stahly (W) 8 and n/a; Sorenson, #29, Williams, Holman (L) and n/a.
All-Walter Johnson League
C Nick Kolley, Newton
1B Brandon Miller, Hutchinson
1B Cody Groskreutz, Wichita Aviators
2B Gadi Baez, Valley Center
3b Ryan McBroom, Valley Center
SS Dillon Schroeder, Kansas Cannons
OF Jerik Sigg, Valley Center
OF Sam Vogel, North Central
OF Connor Crimmons, Topeka
OF Madison Beaird, Kansas Cannons
DH Kevin Seeger, Valley Center
MI Ryan Ihle, Topeka
U Andrew Quiles, Newton
SP Trevor Sorenson, Valley Center
SP Kyle Burkhart, Kansas Cannons
SP Dustin Hurlbutt, Valley Center
SP Connor Murray, Topeka
SP Josh Markel, Newton
SP Jagger Harjo, Wichita Aviators
SP Ty Geary, Topeka
RP Brandon Roberts, Valley Center
RP Junior Mustain, Hutchinson
Most valuable player — Barrett Norfalise, Topeka
Pitcher of the year — Ryan Taylor, Wichita Aviators