Newton had its opportunities Sunday night in Sunflower League action at home against the Cheney Diamond Dawgs, but it couldn't capitalize. Cheney, on the other hand, did just that when the Rebels gave their opponents an opportunity, leading to a 17-5 victory for the visiting team.

"When you have a runner on second base with less than two outs in the first five innings of the game and you can't push a run across, you can't expect to win a game," said Newton manager Brent Clark.

Leadoff hitter Cale Thompson found himself at third base in two of the first three innings, but the Rebels were unable to bring him home despite some well-executed small ball (including a sacrifice bunt from Isiah Perez in the first inning and a stolen base by Thompson in the third).

Similarly, Martin Casillas got to second base after a leadoff single in the second inning and a double with one out in the fourth inning, but Newton remained in search of its first run of the game at the conclusion of both frames.

During that same span, Cheney got on the board thanks to a two-run blast from Andrew Miller in the second inning, though Rebels starting pitcher Brad McBride retired the side in order after that — thanks in part to a stellar catch by Casillas in foul territory.

A Newton error than brought in two runs for Cheney in the third inning, while the team also got a two-out RBI single from Scott Hastings to put the visitors up 6-0, while an RBI single by Hunter Douglas then pushed that lead to 7-0 in the fourth inning.

"We have to pitch better and we have to hit with runners in scoring position," Clark said.

Ruben Portillo came on in relief for the Rebels in the top of the fifth inning and started strong, but things began to unravel after a leadoff walk on four pitches in the top of the seventh.

Following that free pass, the Diamond Dawgs got RBI singles from Miller and Jackson Glenn, as well as an RBI double from Tony Horn, to go up 11-0.

Newton's rally began in the home half of the seventh, as Keith Wolverton led things off with a single and Wyatt Akins followed him on base by drawing a walk. An error then brought in one run, while Jack Leydon then smacked an RBI single to score another.

Leydon stole second after his single and Reese Bayliff crossed home following the throw to second before Thompson capped off the scoring with an RBI groundout that made it an 11-4 ball game.

"If we do that early in the game, we're in every game, but we seem to do it later when we're down 10 runs rather than doing it early," Clark said. "I don't know why, but that's just how it's been so far. Hopefully that changes soon."

Cheney answered right back in the top of the eighth inning, though, starting with back-to-back doubles — with Glenn picking up another RBI. The Diamond Dawgs added five more runs to go up 17-4.

The Rebels came back and plated another run in the eighth inning, as Thompson collected his second RBI, but it was too little, too late in a 17-5 loss.

With the struggles that have persisted in multiple areas, Clark noted it will take a team effort to try and turn things around and pick up the Rebels' first win as the team gets ready to host Salina at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Klein-Scott Field.

"As a whole, we're not moving forward. We're staying even-keel right now, and our even-keel is not good. We're making little strides. Now we just have to make the big stride and get a win," Clark said. "It's going to take every single one of 'em. It can't be one guy. This is a team sport. If there's one guy not wanting to do it, then nobody's going to do it, so it's going to take all these guys to figure it out themselves and play hard the next day."

Cheney (ab; r; h; rbi); Newton (ab; r; h; rbi)

Douglas, CF: 1 2 1 1 Thompson, 2B: 4 0 3 2

- Haught, CF/P: 2 1 2 1 Perez, SS: 4 0 1 0

Carter, SS: 3 2 1 0 Herring, C: 4 0 1 0

- Theis, SS: 2 0 0 0 Mariotti, 1B: 4 0 0 0

Glenn, 3B: 5 2 2 3 Casillas, 3B: 4 0 2 0

Kennard, LF: 3 2 1 0 Wolverton, DH: 2 2 1 0

- Horn, LF; 2 2 2 2 Skelton, LF: 2 0 0 0

Miller, 1B/DH: 4 2 3 3 - Akins, LF: 1 1 0 0

Hastings, 1B/RF: 5 1 2 2 Bayliff, RF: 4 1 1 0

Scheurich, CF/RF: 4 0 0 0 Leydon, CF: 3 1 1 1

Wagner, 2B: 4 2 2 2 - Schuckman: 1 0 0 0

Lambert, C: 4 1 1 0

- Russ, C: 1 0 1 0

Totals: 40 17 18 14 Totals: 33 5 10 3

Cheney: 024 100 46 — 17 18 2

Newton: 000 000 41 — 5 10 1

E — Russ. LOB — New. 9, Che. 6. 2B — Haught, Carter, Glenn, Horn (2), Wagner, Casillas. HR — Miller. SB — Douglas, Kennard, Leydon, Thompson. CS — Wagner.

Cheney (ip; h; r; er; bb; k)

Shipp, W - 5 4 0 0 1 4

Postlethwait - 1 0 0 0 0 1

Barber - 1 4 4 2 1 1

Haught - 1 2 1 1 0 1

Newton (ip; h; r; er; bb; k)

McBride, L - 3.1 6 7 6 2 1

Portillo - 2.2 3 3 3 2 2

Gonzalez - 1 2 1 1 1 1

Gnagy - 1 7 6 6 1 2

Time — 2:46.