WICHITA — The Newton High School baseball team saw its season come to an end with a 6-1 loss to Andover Thursday in the semifinals of the Class 5A regionals at McAdams Park in Wichita.
“We started out well,” Newton coach Mark George said. “Jacob Lindenmeyer threw well early. He had all of his pitches working. He was able to get their left-handers to ground out with his curve ball. He pitched well enough to give us chances to win. We didn’t always make the plays behind him tonight. He only gave up two earned runs. We left a lot of guys on the bases. We had some base-running errors that hurt us. We had runners in scoring position in four of the seven inning, but couldn’t get that timely hit when we needed it.”
Andover scored in the third inning when Easton Conrad singled, went two bases on an error and scored on a John Maki ground out.
Three hits and a pair of errors led to four Andover runs in the fourth inning. Casey Mayes hit a solo home run for Andover in the fifth.
Clay Nye was hit by a pitch and scored on a Warren Dietz hit in the bottom of the fifth for Newton.
Benjamin Brown went the distance on the mound for Andover, allowing seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Newton’s Jacob Lindenmeyer took the loss, allowing two earned runs on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
Dietz went two for four hitting for Newton. Brown went two for three hitting with an RBI for Andover.
Andover, 11-10, advances to the regional finals at 2 p.m. today against host Wichita Heights, 18-3. Heights opened the day with a 12-2 win over Topeka West. The winner advances to state next week at Eck Stadium in Wichita.
Newton ends the season 11-8, snapping a six-game winning streak.
The Railers lose four seniors — Lindenmeyer, Nye, Tanner Arellano and Aydan Rolph.
“They all had good senior years and they will all be very hard to replace, not just in the lineup, but as leaders and teammates. I have enjoyed watching them grow up the last four years.
“We’re going to have a lot of experience next year. We return two of our three outfielders and four infielders. We return about 40 to 50 hits and 320 to 350 at bats. We also return about 40 innings pitched. This team has been a lot of fun to coach. It’s disappointing to end the season at this point. The guys realize what they are capable of. They started out the year playing as individuals, but as the year went on, they started buying into each other and they came together as a team. This has been one of the most fun teams I’ve gotten to coach.”
Brown (W) and Bundy; Lindenmeyer (L) and Cusick. HR — A: Mayes.