By Mark Schnabel

Newton Kansan

The Newton Rebels jumped out to an early lead and kept the Hutchinson Monarchs at a short-arm’s length the rest of the night for a 7-5 win over the Sunflower Collegiate League leaders Friday at Klein-Scott Field.

The win was Newton’s second straight, improving to 6-8. Hutchinson falls to 10-4.

Kyle Adkins went one for two hitting for Newton with three RBIs. He also pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the save. Isiah Perez went two for three. Brandon Hall went two for four with a home run and two RBIs.

“Our starting pitcher battled through four innings,” Newton manager Kasey Guinty said. “He definitely didn’t have his best stuff tonight, but he gutted through it. Getting through four innings helped out our bullpen. Brandon Hall got ahead on a fastball there. He scraped the wall, but it was enough to get over the fence. That was big, especially after Hutchinson had bases loaded. Kyle Adkins played a great game behind the dish. He hit a double down the line for two runs. You can’t ask for more than that. He had a great game behind the plate. We have been playing better our last four or five games. We’re more patient at the plate. Our hits have gone up. We’ve been able to score more runs.”

Matt Contraras picked up the win in relief of Tyler Murphy.

For Hutchinson, Josh Campbell went two for five with two RBIs. Taylor Barber went two for three with a home run. Ben Klenke went two for two and drew two walks.

Hutchinson left a total of five baserunners in the first two innings.

With one out in the bottom of the second, Hall took a ball deep to center field for a two-run home run. Hutchinson replied with an RBI double for Campbell. With two outs in the bottom of the third, Adkins slipped a single to left to drive in two runs. A two-out error in the bottom of the fourth led to another Newton run.

Hutchinson finally moved runners in the top of the fifth. Campbell hit an RBI single. Hutchinson scored on a double-rundown play and Josh Figueroa hit a solo home run to left-center. Adkins hit a sacrifice fly for Newton in the bottom of the fifth.

Barber hit a solo home run for Hutchinson with one out in the sixth inning.

Newton loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh. After a force out at home, Tyler Dunn hit an infield single for an RBI.

Newton plays at 7 p.m. today at Cheney and hosts the Wichita Sluggers at 5 p.m. Sunday. Noah Parson looks to start against Cheney.

“Between him and Murphy, those are our 1-2 guys,” Guinty said. “Those are both no. 1 guys. I expect him to do well. The last time he started, we had a one-run ballgame through eight innings. We need another good start to help out our bullpen.”

Hutch;ab;r;h;bi;Newton;ab;r;h;bi

Cullen lf;5;0;1;0;Aguilar 2b;5;0;0;0

Turner cf;5;0;1;0;Sndgrss cf;3;1;1;0

Barber 2b;3;2;2;1;Perez ss;3;1;2;2

Wolvertn 3b;3;2;1;0;Adkins p;2;2;1;3

Nicol dh;4;0;1;0;Lain 3b;3;0;0;0

Campbell ss;5;0;2;2;Hall 1b;4;2;2;2

Figueroa c;4;1;1;1;Dunn dh;3;0;1;1

Stoeckln 1b;5;0;0;0;Gonzlz c;0;0;0;0

Klenke rf;2;0;2;0;Smith rf;2;0;0;0

;;;;Cotton lf;2;1;0;0

TOTALS;36;5;9;4;TOTALS;25;7;7;6

Hutchinson;001;031;000;—5

Newton;022;110;10x;—7

E — Campbell, Lain. DP — Hutchinson. LOB — Hut. 12, New. 9. 2B — Barber, Campbell. HR — Hall, Figueroa, Barber. SB — Snodgrass 2, Smith. CS — Campbell, Perez, Snodgrass. Sac. Bunt — Nicol, Smith. Sac. Fly — Adkins.

Hutchinson

;ip;h;r;er;bb;k

White, L;5;6;5;6;2;3

Manes;1.1;0;1;1;6;0

Burns;1.2;1;0;0;2;1

Newton

;ip;h;r;er;bb;k

Murphy;4;5;3;3;2;4

Contreras, W;2;3;2;2;1;1

Gonzalez;2;1;0;0;1;1

Adkins, S;1;0;0;0;0;1

Murphy faced two batters in the fifth inning.

WP — Contreras. HBP — Wolverton 2 (Murphy 2), Lain (Burns). Time — 2:52.