Chase Feucht had the Newton Rebels chasing balls off the plate and cutting innings short with multiple three up, three down trips on the mound.
A duel was brewing between Feucht and Newton pitcher Tyler Murphy, but the Rebel didn’t have the hit or run support behind him as the Monarchs tallied three runs on three hits in the fifth, and 12 hits altogether in the 4-1 win Friday night.
Feucht pitched 7.2 innings, giving up four hits and 0 runs with 93 pitches in front of a boisterous crowd of 537 at Hobart-Detter Field. Murphy’s hot start turned cold in the bottom of the fifth that was ignited by a ground rule double by Trevor Turner. Taylor Barber stepped to the plate after Turner's hit and was staring down an 0-2 count.
Down in the count didn’t matter for Barber as he crushed a 2-run homer over the left field fence to give the Monarchs a 4-0 lead.
Barber also delivered on the defensive end, setting a single-game record with 11 ground out assist at second base.
“This guy on the mound was making me work over here,” Barber said with Feucht standing next to him. “He was throwing a gem, giving me work and I was doing everything I could to field the ball for him.”
Murphy was replaced by Pat Gonzalez after giving up eight hits for four runs in four innings. Murphy gave up all four runs in the fourth and fifth inning.
“I just tried not to think about it,” said Feucht on the early battle between he and Murphy. “I knew we were going to get some runs eventually and I was going to keep us in there.”
Feucht also had four strikeouts. Murphy mowed down six.
Newton finally got on the board in the top of the ninth to mount a possible comeback attempt after a Kyle Adkins RBI single, but Hutchinson ended the game on another ground out.
THE QUICK HIT
KEY STAT: Of 23 outs recorded by the Monarchs through seven innings, 11 were ground outs to second baseman Taylor Barber, a single game record for assists.
UMP-OH: Josh Campbell smashed a single back to the mound. The ball zoomed by Newton pitcher Tyler Murphy, but clunked the umpire in the leg as it bounced high in the air. The umpire seemed undecided if he wanted to call the play dead or continue it before he did call the play dead. Campbell stayed at first. Bobby Moregense wheeled to third, but was sent back to second.
THE TURNING POINT: The Monarchs opened up on Newton pitcher Tyler Murphy in the bottom of the fifth inning. Trevor turned drummed one to right field that would’ve been a triple if the ball didn’t roll under the fence. Taylor Barber followed with a 2-run shot over left field to give Hutchinson a 4-0 lead.
HE SAID IT: “I was just trying to get ahead, attack the zone, let them hit the ball and the defense was making plays for me.” – Monarchs pitcher Chase Feucht
NEXT: Hutchinson has back-to-back road games against Cheney Diamond Dawgs and the Mulvane Patriots. Newton plays the River City Lumberjacks and Kansas Cougars on Saturday and Sunday.
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