The Newton Post 2 American Legion Senior Knights baseball team found itself in a dogfight with the McPherson Bullpups, leading to a doubleheader split Tuesday night at Klein-Scott Field.

McPherson outlasted Newton 16-13 in the first game. The Knights rallied to win the second game 8-6.

“We did a good job of bouncing back,” Newton manager Evan Gilbert said. “We were at the ballpark early. I don’t know if we were tired. We did a real nice job of handling adversity and winning the second one. We talked a lot about approaches at the plate — not giving in and swing for your pitch, especially early in the count. We did a nice job with our approach late in the game.”

Newton led 6-2 after the first inning, aided by six walks and a hit batter. McPherson came back with two runs in the second inning and nine in the third, aided by three errors.

With one out and bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth, Ben Schmidt hit an inside-the-park grand slam.

Newton was able to draw within three runs going into the bottom of the seventh, but failed to score in the final inning.

McPherson used four pitchers with Ty Miller posting the win. Hunter Alvord and Brandon Malm each had four strikeouts.

Peyton Maxwell took the loss for Newton. Matt Eldridge struck out two in relief.

Malm went four for five hitting for McPherson, driving in three runs. Collin Pearson went two for four with three RBIs. Aiden Hoover went two for four with two RBIs.

In the second game, Newton had runners at second and third base with no outs in the first inning and failed to score. McPherson came back with a pair of runs in the top of the second.

Newton used three singles to start the bottom of the third to score a pair of runs. McPherson replied with two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

Five Newton hits and an error in the fifth inning led to four Knight runs. Henry Claassen hit a two-run double in the inning.

With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Matt Seirer went three bases on an error and scored on a wild pitch. Another error set up an RBI double for Claassen.

McPherson put two runners on base in the top of the seventh, but the Knights were able to prevent any runs from scoring.

Schmidt pitched two innings of relief for the win. Sport Tegethoff pitched the top of the seventh for the save. Trev Golubski, Schmidt and Tegethoff each struck out two.

Dylan Rinker and Hoover each struck out four for McPherson. Hoover took the loss.

Claassen finished two for two at the plate for Newton, driving in three runs. Tegethoff, Josh Edson and Seier each went two for four.

Hoover and Alvord both finished two for three hitting for McPherson.

McPherson is 3-1.

Newton is 2-6-1 and plays at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Wichita East, followed by the Sam Ellis Tournament beginning Friday at Emporia.

“We have a tournament, so it will be another game where a lot of pitchers get thrown on the bump,” Gilbert said. “We have a lot of guys who will get some bullpen work. Whoever is hot might go an inning or two longer.”

First game


Gumm cf;6;3;2;1

Feil 2b;3;2;1;0

Alvord ss;4;2;2;1

Malm dh;5;2;4;3

Miller rf;x;x;x;x

Hoover 3b;4;1;2;2

Pearson lf;41;2;3

McCartney c;2;2;0;0

Rinker 1b;5;1;2;1

Bengston lf;3;1;1;1



Edson cf;5;1;1;1

Claassen rf;3;2;1;0

Schmidt 3b;4;3;1;4

Lujano ss;4;1;1;0

Golubski 1b;2;1;0;1

Ellette ph;1;0;0;0

Boston c;0;0;0;1

Seirer c;2;1;0;0

Davis p;0;0;0;1

Eldridge p;3;1;1;0

Akers 2b;3;2;0;0

Maxwell lf;0;0;0;1

Tegethoff lf;2;1;1;1




E — Alvord 3, Akers, Boston, Lujano 2. LOB — McP. 9, New.. 5. 2B — Pearson, Rinker, Alvord. 3B — Gumm. HR — B.Schmidt. SB — Feil, Akers, Seirer, Claassen 3. Sac. Bunt — Feil.




Miller, W;2;4;6;5;2;1




Maxell, L;.1;0;6;0;4;0



WP — Malm, Maxwell 2. Balk — Eldridge, Edson. HBP — Schmidt (Bengston). Time — 2:42.

Second game


Gumm cf;4;0;0;0

Alvord ss;3;1;2;0

Malm 1b;4;1;1;0

Hoover 3b;3;2;2;1

Feil dh;1;1;0;0

Bengston rf;x;x;x;x

Rinker p;2;1;1;3

Pearson lf;3;0;1;0

McCartney c;2;0;0;1

Miller 2b;3;0;0;0



Tegethoff p;4;0;1;0

Edson cf;4;1;2;0

B.Schmidt 3b;4;2;2;0

Seirer c;4;2;2;2

Akers 2b;4;1;1;0

Eldirdge ss;1;0;0;0

Lujano ss;3;1;0;0

Davis rf;1;0;0;0

Claassen rf;2;0;2;3

Ellette 1b;1;0;0;0

Boston 1b;2;1;1;0

Golubski 1b;2;0;1;0




E — Miller, Alvord, Malm, Golubski, Lujano. DP — Newton. LOB — McP. 6, New. 8. 2B — Claassen 2. 3B — Schmidt. SB — Hoover, Alvord, Seirer, Edson, Lujano. Sac. Bunt — Feil. Sac. Fly — McCartney, Rinker.



Hoover, L;2;6;6;3;1;4



B.Schmidt, W;3;2;2;1;2

Tegethoff, S;1;1;0;0;0;2

WP — Hoover, Golubski 2. HBP — Feil (Golubski), Hoover (Golubski), Feil (Tegethoff). Time — 2:06.