The Newton High School girls’ softball team is still trying to find its way in the world, dropping two games to Campus Tuesday in AV-CTL I play at Kelsch Field in Newton.
The Railers got off to strong starts in both games, but struggled in the middle and late innings. Newton lost the first game 20-8 in six innings on the 10-run rule. Newton lost the second game 9-2.
“The pitching gave us a chance,” Newton coach Danny Park said. “You take the first five innings of the first game, and even the second game, and we were in there. We’re still making mistakes and Campus hit the ball well, and you have to give them credit for that. Zoe (Stonehouse) came up as a freshman from the JV squad and pitched well for us. Lexi (Turner) is still hurt for us. Her arm’s a little bit sore. She pitched a lot of innings for us tonight. She’s going to pitch a lot more for us this year. Earlier in the year, we were giving up 10 baserunners a game on walks and hit batters. We can’t do that and have a good chance against good teams. This Campus team split with Derby, so they are a good team, but we went toe-to-toe with them for most of the night. Alejandra Llamas caught the second game. She’s the future for us back there. There’s a lot of stuff to like.”
In the first game, Newton led 5-3 after the first inning. Dawsyn Long, Jayden Walton and Michaela Regier each had an RBI hit for Newton in the inning. Emily Terbovitch drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Campus scored a run in the second inning and took the lead with three runs in the fourth. The Colts pulled out of reach with six runs in the fifth and seven runs in the seventh.
Ariel Williams went two for five hitting for Campus with a home run and two RBIs. MaKayla Chavez went three for four hitting with an RBI. Darin Doyle went three for three with two walks and two RBIs. Bailey Stanley went two for five with three RBIs. Courtney Sanders went four for five hitting with an RBI.
Lauren Johnson pitched for the win for Campus.
Long finished two for two hitting for Newton with two RBIs. Emily Peaney went two for four with an RBI. Skylar Botterweck went two for three with an RBI.
Stonehouse took the loss for Newton. Llamas also pitched.
In the second game, Campus scored three runs in the top of the third inning. Maria McGonigal came back with a solo home run for Newton. Campus continued to pull away with a run in the fourth, one in the fifth and four in the sixth. Walton hit an RBI double for Newton in the sixth inning.
Keilie Byers went the distance for Campus for the win. Stonehouse took the loss for Newton.
Chavez went three for five hitting for Campus. Byers went two for four with an RBI. Sanders went three for five. Williams went three for four with a home run and three RBIs.
McGonigal went two for four for Newton. Botterweck went two for three.
Newton falls to 0-8, 0-4 in AV-CTL I play. Newton hosts Abilene at 4 p.m. Thursday to make up an earlier rain out. Newton travels to Derby Friday.
“We know little to nothing about Abilene because they are new to our schedule,” Park said.
Johnson (W) and Swink; Stonehouse (L), Llamas 5 and Regier. HR — C: Williams.
Byers (W) and Swink; Stonehouse (L) and Llamas. HR — C: Williams. N: McGonigal.