The Newton Rebels opened up a series against the Rose Hill Sluggers on Friday night and proceeded to lose three straight games at the hands of the Sluggers.
In each one of those games Rose Hill was able to parlay a big inning into a win.
On Friday night it was a four-run second inning, fueled by three Newton errors — all with two outs on the board — that spelled doom for the Rebels. Newton scratched it way back into the ballgame before giving up back-to-back home runs and three runs overall in the ninth inning to fall 9-6.
Newcomer Andrew Paten scored a pair of runs in his Rebel debut. Catcher Hibiki Ouchi went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. He also threw out a pair of would-be base stealers at second base. Yukihiro David-Mutoh took the loss for the Rebels.
On the road in Rose Hill, the Sluggers used a five-run seventh inning to post a 10-7 win Saturday. Lachlan Ross and Karl Koerper led the Rebels at the plate, each going 2-for-4. Koerper recorded a double for the Rebels. Ouchi scored a pair of runs despite not recording a hit. Zach Bravo took the loss, giving up five earned runs in six innings while striking out six.
Sunday night the Sluggers outhit the Rebels 13-6, including five hits in the fourth inning that led to four Rose Hill runs and a 7-2 setback for the Rebels.
Nolan Riley led the Rebel offense going 2-for-4 at the plate. Enzo Bonventre scored one of two Rebel runs and posted a double. Erik Garza had the only RBI for the Rebels on the night.
Rose Hill improved to 15-4 in league play and 18-5 overall. Newton fell to 6-13 in league play and 9-13 overall. The final game of the series is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday night at Klein-Scott Field.
Newton will open a four game series Wednesday against the undefeated Cheney Diamond Dawgs in Cheney. They will host the Diamond Dawgs on Thursday and Saturday.