The Newton Post 2 American Legion Junior Knights finished off a five-team round-robin weekend tourney at Klein-Scott Field with a win.
Newton scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to claim an 11-10 win over the Salina Hawks and finish play 1-3.
“It was quite the game,” Newton manager Brett Warkentine said. “Our guys are really learning how to battle. We’re excited to see the starting pitching of Gavin Powell. It was his first time on the mound. He threw strikes. That’s what we’ve been teaching them.”
Zach Kennell drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the bottom of the sixth to win the game.
Newton scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning on just one hit, aided by a pair of errors, three walks and a hit batter.
Salina scored a pair of runs in the top of the second on two infield singles, aided by a pair of Newton errors.
Newton scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third on a hit, a hit batter and a pair of wild pitches.
Salina tied the game in the top of the fourth with five runs on one hit with four walks and a hit batter. Newton came back with a run in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with one out.
Two hits and an error in the top of the fifth led to a pair of Salina runs to take the lead. Newton came back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead.
Salina added a run in the top of the sixth to tie.
Gavin Powell had two hits for the Knights. Newton used three pitchers with Gavin Cusick claiming the win.
Newton opened play with a 22-2 loss to Buhler. Scoring details were not available.
Newton lost to McPherson 14-11 and Hutchinson 14-11. Newton is 2-8 overall and hosts Salina at 6 p.m. today.
“You can tell we’re young and we’re learning,” Warkentine said. “I love the aggressiveness, but we have to stay within ourselves. Salina is a good team. Both teams were running out of pitching in this. We’ll see what we can do and how we respond.”
Weiser, Stover 1, Heigele 4, Eklund (L) 4 and Baughman; Powell, Edson 4, Cusick (W) 5 and Claassen.