As baseball games go, the season opener between the Newton American Legion Post 2 Junior Knights and the Hutchinson Juniors at Klein-Scott Field didn’t last long and didn’t get much accomplished.
The game was called because of lightning in the middle of the fourth inning with Newton leading 2-1. No make-up date has been set for the second game. Another game may be added during the make-up date.
The teams intended to use the opener to get a lot of players in before the weather determined otherwise.
“It was actually pretty clean for both teams for being the first time out,” Newton manager Brett Warkentine said. “Our pitchers were throwing strikes, which was good to see. We started some switching some people around, but only playing 3 1/2 makes it tough. We’ll get there. For some of these guys, it’s their first time playing Junior Legion. They’ll get to see the pace and what we’re trying to teach them as the season goes on.”
“I thought our kids were out there having fun and competing,” Hutchinson coach Casey Sedbrook said. “That’s what we’re asking them to do this summer. Those are the things Preston stresses. I want to see them come together and see growth. I want them to grow together as a team and do things the right way. Not so much to win, but to do things the right way. It’s a process. If we do that, we can be proud of what happens at the end, win or lose.”
Hutchinson scored in the second inning when Braden Edgar reached on an error and came home on an Alex Raya double.
Luke Boston singled in the bottom of the second inning for Newton, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Griffin Davis ground out.
Ian Akers singled in the third inning and scored on a two-out single by Henry Claassen.
Hutchinson had runners at second and third with two outs in the top of the fourth, but a strikeout ended the threat. The weather then ended the game.
Classen finished with two of Newton’s four hits.
Trev Golubski threw two innings of relief for the win, allowing two walks and five strikeouts. Newton starter Griffin Davis allowed two hits, a run, three walks and two strikeouts.
Bennett Turner took the loss for Hutchinson, allowing four hits, a walk and two strikeouts.
Newton is scheduled to play Friday at Salina. Hutchinson is scheduled to play Monday at Salina.
“They’re usually pretty tough and hit the ball well,” Warkentine said. “We’re going to have to be prepared to hit the ball well.”
Turner (L) and Edgar; Davis, Golubski (W) and Boston. Time — 1:05.