The Newton Rebels had the Sunflower Collegiate League leaders Cheney on the ropes for six innings, but let the Diamond Dawgs off the canvas in the seventh inning in a 7-6 Rebels loss Friday night at Klein-Scott Field.
With two outs in the seventh, Dominic DeMarco hit a two-run triple to tie the game and came home on an error.
With four games remaining, the Diamond Dawgs are 27-5 overall and 23-2 in league play. Newton has three games remaining and fall to 7-21 in league play. Cheney needs one more win to clinch a tie for the league title and a berth into the National Baseball Congress World Series.
It was the closest the Rebels came to Cheney this season, falling 17-5 and 35-9 in the last two meetings this season.
Newton loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the first, setting up a two-run Emilio Esacamilla single. Cale Thompson drove in a run on a ground out in the second inning. An error led to a Newton run in the third.
Cheney posted four hits in the top of the fourth. Tresten Kennard and John Russ each drove in a run.
Newton loaded the bases on three walks with one out in the bottom of the fourth. After an infield fly, Brody Mariotti drew a walk to drive in a run.
Kennard hit an RBI double for Cheney in the top of the sixth. The Diamond Dogs added a run on a rundown play. Escamilla hit an RBI single for Newton in the bottom of the sixth.
Cheney put a runner on third base with no outs in the eighth inning, but a strikeout, a pop fly and ground out ended the inning without a run.
Newton had two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth, but a strikeout ended the game.
Escamilla and Isiah Perez each had two hits for Newton. Hunter Douglas, DeMarco, Andrew Miller and Kennard each had two hits for Cheney.
Cheney’s Ethan Swanson lasted three innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Derek Schumann finished the game for the win, allowing two runs on four hits with five walks and seven strikeouts.
Newton starter Freddie Loeffler went seven innings for the loss, allowing four earned runs on nine hits with two strikeouts. Garrett Redaja, coming off one day of rest after pitching seven innings Wednesday, allowed a hit with a strikeout in two innings.
The Rebels play at 6 p.m. Sunday at Salina. The Shock are 1-22.
Swanson (W), Schumann 4 and Russ; Loeffler (L), Redaja and Escamilla. Time — 2:44.