By Mark Schnabel
WICHITA — A litteral 10th-hour selection to the 79th National Baseball Congress World Series, the Newton Rebels.
The Rebels were slow to get started, falling to the San Diego Waves 10-2 Friday. The game was called after eight innings on the eight-run rule.
The Rebels have to play at 9 a.m. today against the Denver Cougars in an elimination game.
Newton didn't get its bid until late last night, getting in when a team from California declined its bid.
"I had to see who's still around," Newton manager Brad Salsman said. "I had to piece together five or six guys from other teams so we wouldn't have guys out of position. Our guys want to come here and play. Once I make one phone call and get one on board, they can't wait to get here."
Newton had to play with a new catcher, a new first baseman and a left fielder who is primarily a pitcher.
"Too many runs and the reason they got them was three errors," Salsman said. "I know there were only two on the board, but there were three in my book. Add that in with base on balls. You take away the errors with a baserunning mistake, and it's a 2-2 ballgame going into the fifth or sixth. It's a totally different ballgame."
Newton starter Josh Markel took the loss, allowing two earned runs on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Nathan Briar and Alec Stahly closed out the game.
"Markel and Briar did a great job of making pitcher's pitches," Salsman said. "Markel stayed at the knees and had a great outing. They hit some good pitches. At that point. you just have to tip your cap."
Jake Schulz went six innings for the Waves, allowing a run on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts. Andrew Clemen and Rob Brewster each went an inning.
Becker Sankey drove in four runs for the Waves. Michael Medina went four for five hitting with an RBI. Christian Johnson went two for four with an RBI. Joe Daris went two for five with an RBI.
For Newton, newcomer Cyrus Wimberly went three for four hitting. Trent Brisboe went two for four.
"(Wimberly)'s a gamer," Salsman said. "He played for Culver-Stockton. He came out a week and a half ago. He came out as an arm. He's also a shortstop."
An error in the top of the first set up an RBI single for Medina. Four singles and an error in the second inning led to three more San Diego runs.
Newton left bases loaded in the bottom of the third inning.
The Rebels put their first two batters on base in the bottom of the fourth. Storm Marlar put down a bunt single, but Cooper Langley was thrown out at home trying to take two bases on the bunt. Newcomer Jack Daru hit an RBI single, but a strikeout and a pop fly ended the rally.
A pair of singles and a double steal to open the top of the fifth gave San Diego another run. Newton left bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth.
Newton loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the seventh. Chris Pinne hit a sacrifice fly with one out to get the Rebels' sole run of the inning.
San Diego came back with five runs in the top of the eighth. Sankey hit a three-run double. Newton mounted a rally in the bottom of the eighth that was killed with a double play.
Newton gets a 14-hour turnaround before playing Denver in an elimination game.
"It's tough to make a turnaround like that, but the only guys here are the guys that want to be here. I don't have any fear of them showing up not ready to play."
San D. ab r h bi
Kildow cf 4 1 1 0
Daris lf 5 3 2 1
Medina rf 5 0 4 2
Sankey 1b 4 0 1 4
Varga 3b 4 0 0 0
Savage 2b 3 2 1 0
Ortiz dh 4 1 1 0
Fish c 3 1 1 1
C.Johnson ss 4 2 2 1
TOTALS 36 10 13 9
Newton ab r h bi
Harris cf 5 1 1 0
Quiles ss 2 0 0 0
Cornejo 2b 3 0 0 0
Langley dh 4 0 1 0
Pinne rf 2 1 0 1
Marlar lf 3 0 1 0
Daru c 4 0 1 1
Wimberly 1b 4 0 3 0
Brisboe 3b 4 0 2 0
TOTALS 31 2 9 2
San D. 130 010 05 —10
Newton 000 100 10 —2
E — Quiles 2, Varga, Clemen. DP — Newton, San Diego. LOB — SD 7, New. 11. 2B — Kildow, Sankey. SB — Daris 2, Pinne, Medina, Savage. CS — . Sac. Bunt — Fish. Sac. Fly — Sankey, Pinne.
ip h r er bb k
Schulz, W 6 7 1 1 3 8
Clemen 1 0 1 0 2 1
Brewster 1 2 0 0 0 1
ip h r er bb k
Markel, L 6 7 5 2 1 2
Briar 1.1 5 5 5 2 2
Stahly .2 1 0 0 0 0
HBP — Quiles (Clemen).
Umpires — Home: Raine; Field: Sigwig, Kessler. Time — 2:12.