The Newton Rebels had plenty of chances to put away the Kansas Cougars, but couldn’t take advantage in a 7-5 Cougars win Monday afternoon in Sunflower Collegiate League play at Klein-Scott Field.
The Cougars were able to move a pair of runs across the plate in the top of the ninth for the win.
“The outcome was not what we wanted or expected when we had runners on in the bottom of the eighth and weren’t able to push the runs across,” Newton manager Kasey Guinty said. “The line drive was caught and we got doubled up. We didn’t play well enough to win the ballgame and we had plenty of opportunities to move runners and score. The first two innings, we get two quick outs, then we go soft to give up two runs. We have to do a better job to close out innings.”
With two outs in the top of the first inning, a single, hit batter and passed ball set up a two-run single for Elijah Christianson. The Rebels loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the first, setting up a two-run Brandon Hall single.
With two outs in the top of the second, the Cougars scored two runs on a pair of hits, a wild pitch and an error.
Hunter Martyniak tied the game with a two-run triple with two outs in the bottom of the third inning.
Christianson hit an RBI double with one out in the top of the fifth inning.
Hall tied the game with one out in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI double.
The Cougars put runners at second and third base with one out in the top of the eighth, a ground out and run down play on the runner at second ended the threat.
Newton had runners at first and third with no outs in the bottom of the eighth. A line out to second led to a double play.
With two outs in the top of the ninth, Jason Evans looped a two-run single to center field.
Newton had two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth, but failed to move them.
Chad Rebenspies pick up the win in relief. Jordan Burnett pitched the bottom of the ninth for the save. Adkins took the loss in relief for Newton.
Jalen Jackson, Christianson and Burnett each had two hits for the Cougars. Hall went three for five for Newton, while Martyniak went two for five.
Newton added several new players before the game, including John Egan, Trevor Gorges, and Bryan Gnagy, all from the recently disbanded River City Lumberjacks. Newton also added Eric Baynton, who played for the Rebels last season. Dylan Powell also was added.
Saturday, Newton split with the Cougars, losing the first game 5-1 and winning the second game 5-2. In the first game, the Cougars scored a run in the first, one in the second, two in the fifth and one in the seventh. Newton scored in the fourth inning.
Renner Smith had two hits for Newton. Tyler Murphy struck out four batters in five innings. Tate Jackson struck out two.
In the second game, Newton scored three runs in the first inning and two in the sixth. The Cougars scored a run in each of the first two innings. Martyniak had two hits. Baynton and Jaylund Johnson each drove in two runs. Rob Lain went the distance for Newton, striking out seven.
Newton is 10-15 and hosts the Haven Warhawks at 7 p.m. today.
Jackson ss;2;1;2;0;Aguilar 3b;5;1;1;0
Rowe lf;5;1;1;0;Gorges 2b;3;0;1;0
Bourn cf;3;3;1;0;Perez ss;3;1;0;0
Phillips 3b;5;1;0;0;Adkins p;3;1;1;0
Christianson 1b;4;1;2;3;Johnson c;3;0;0;0
Coffee 2b;5;0;2;0;Hall 1b;5;1;3;3
Evans c;5;0;1;2;Gnagy lf;4;1;2;0
Burnett p;5;0;2;0;Martyniak rf;5;0;2;2
Schueller rf;3;0;0;0;Baynton cf;3;0;0;0
E — Coffee, Gorges, Perez, Jackson, Johnson, Christianson. DP — Newton, Kansas. LOB — KC 10, New. 11. 2B — Bourn, Christianson, Hall. 3B — Martyniak 2. SB — Bourn 2, Baynton, Christianson, Evans. CS — Johnson, Gorges. Sac. Bunt — Gorges, Johnson, Jackson.
WP — Gonzalez, Schreiber. PB — Adkins. HBP — Phillips (Gonzalez), Perez (Schreiber), Baynton (Schreiber), Gorges (Schreiber). IBB — Christianson (Adkins). Time — 3:38.