The Newton High School softball team saw a couple of long streaks go down after a doubleheader sweep of Hutchinson Tuesday night at Kelsch Field in Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division I play.
Newton won 10-6 and 14-10.
Newton claims its first twinbill sweep in years as well as snapping a long winless streak in league play.
“We’ve got pieces in place and had them all year,” Newton coach Danny Park said. “We played well tonight as a team. Even though we gave up bits and pieces of it, we kept it all the way through. The first game was somewhat frustrating in that we should have ended it in the fifth inning. We got out there in a position to close it out. That’s something we have to work on, because good teams will make you pay for that. Hutch is in the same boat as we are. They are young. They lost a lot of pitchers, but we like where we are.”
The wins marked senior night for the Railers, which has just one senior on varsity — Emily Peaney.
“It was really fun with all my teammates,” Peaney said. “It was good to see us all play together. We had a lot of energy, which pushed us to two wins. We all kept our energy up and kept fighting. We never let them take the lead from us. We’re going to do really good. I think we’re going to continue to get wins and build on what we have.”
In the first game, Newton took a 3-0 run in the bottom of the first inning without a hit. In the bottom of the third inning, Newton loaded the bases with one out. A hit batter and two walks drove in three runs. Newton added two runs in the fourth inning.
Emily Peaney drove in a run with a single with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. A double play and a pop fly prevented the run-rule run from scoring.
Hutchinson opened the sixth inning with two hits and two batters reaching on an error. Teegan Krol drove in a run with a single. After another baserunner reached on an error to load the bases, Riley Lusk hit a grand slam.
Newton got a run back in the bottom of the sixth on an error. With two outs in the top of the seventh, Peyton Allen put a ball over the center field fence for a solo home run. Despite a three-base error, ground out ended the game.
Newton had just five hits in the game, drawing 10 walks.
Newton starter Megan Watkins went the distance, allowing six runs on eight hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Four of the runs were earned.
Lusk took the loss for Hutchinson. Kiley Seidl finished the game.
Krol went four for four hitting for Hutchinson. Allen went two for four.
Hutchinson scored in the second game on an Aspyn Conner RBI single in the top of the first. With two outs in the bottom of the first, Newton posted four straight hits to score three runs. McKennah Cusick had a two-run double. Allyson Symonds added an RBI single. Olivia Sandoval hit an RBI single for Newton in the second inning.
Conner hit an RBI double for Hutchinson in the top of the third and came home on an error.
In the bottom of the third, Cusick singled, stole second and scored on an error. Gracie Rains then hit a high looping home run to left field.
Hutchinson loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fourth on three walks. A pair of shallow pop flies ended the threat.
Three hits, two walks and two errors led to three Newton runs in the bottom of the fourth.
An error in the top of the fifth led to a Hutchinson run. Two hits and an error, all with two outs, led to two Newton runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Three hits, two walks and an error in the top of the sixth led to two Hutchinson runs. Newton added three runs in the bottom of the sixth on two hits and an error.
Hutchinson loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh. After a strikeout, Krol hit a three-run double. Krol scored on a pair of wild pitches. A ground out ended the game.
Toria Thaw led Newton at the plate, going four for five with three RBIs. Cusick went three for four with two RBIs. Mallory Seirer went two for four with two RBIs. Emily Peaney went two for four.
Conner went four for five hitting for Hutchinson. Krol went three for five with four RBIs. Lexi Williams was two for three.
Sandoval pitched four innings for the win, allowing three earned runs on four hits with six walks and two strikeouts. Cusick finished the game, allowing four earned runs on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
Krol took the loss for Hutchinson, allowing 13 earned runs on 15 hits with five walks and three strikeouts.
“Megan pitched well in the first game,” Park said. “Olivia and McKennah pitched well in the second game. We eliminated some of the walks. We still had more than I’d like to see, but we played better.”
Newton is 3-9, 2-6 in league play. Newton plays at 4 p.m. Friday at 4-10 Salina Central. Newton has make-up dates against Valley Center May 2 and Andover Central May 7.
Lusk (W), Seidl 4 and Williams; Watkins (W) and Rains. HR — H: Lusk, Allen.
Krol (L) and Williams; Sandoval (W), Mc.Cusick 5 and Rains. HR — N: Rains.