Walks doom Rebels in league opener

Mark Schnabel
Hutchinson Monarch manager Deron McCue gets ready for the season opener Monday at Hutchinson.

The Newton Rebels had a 9-7 advantage in total hits in its Sunflower Collegiate League opener against the Hutchinson Monarchs, but it was Hutchinson’s 11-2 advantage in walks that proved to be the difference in a 7-2 Monarch win.

“The first time out and the kids were kind of anxious,” Hutchinson manager Deron McCue said. “I was kind of surprised giving up 11 walks like that. The pitchers’ first time out. It’s been a while since they’ve all been out here, so everybody was amped up, but settled in and did a good job. We had some scrimmages. We had three days of scrimmages and then two practices and we were ready to go.”

“When you walk seven in a row and walk four runs in like that, you can’t expect to win games like that,” Newton manager Bret Clark said. “We left a few guys in key situations with the middle of the lineup up. We have to capitalize on situations like that. If we can’t pitch that day, we have to be on at the plate — and we weren’t tonight.”

Newton opened the scoring with an Enzo Bonventre RBI single in the bottom of the first inning. Newton stranded runners in scoring position in the second, third and fifth innings.

Seven straight walks with one out in the top of the third inning led to four Hutchinson runs. Drew Reetz added an RBI single in the fourth inning.

Newton got back in the game with a Joey Martinez RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. An error and passed ball contributed to the run.

Taylor Barber hit an RBI double with two outs in the top of the eighth.

A pair of walks in the top of the ninth led to a two-out RBI single for Luke Sartori, who finished the game two for four hitting.

Newton put two runners on base with one out in the ninth, but a double play ended the game.

Barber finished with two RBIs.

Bonventre finished three for four for Newton with two doubles. Jack Sigrist finished three for five.

Jake Hamilton pitched two innings in the start for Hutchinson, allowing a run with two strikeouts. Hunter Waugh went the next three for the win, striking out two. Caden Pogue struck out four in two innings. Jared Sharp finished the game, allowing a hit and a walk.

Zach Bravo took the loss for Newton, allowing three runs on a hit with four walks and five strikeouts. Zach Gillig struck out four in 2.2 innings. Yukihiro-David Mutoh allowed a run on three walks. Chandler Henkelman struck out three in four innings.

“I really like what I saw,” McCue said. “We had some bad swings. We had some good swings. We had 11 walks. I think we’ll be OK.”

“Once the middle of the bullpen came in, they came in and kept us in the game,” Clark said. “That’s all you can ask of them — especially in the first game. I’m excited to see what these guys can do three or four weeks from now.”

The two teams meet again at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Eck Stadium in Wichita, then return to Newton at 7 p.m. Thursday. They finish the series at 7 p.m. Friday at Hobart-Detter Field.


Sartori cf;4;2;2;1

Reetz 2b;3;1;1;1

Howell 2b;1;0;0;0

Nedved ss;4;2;1;0

Barber dh;2;1;1;2

Calahan 3b;3;0;0;1

MacKenzie 3b;1;0;0;0

Stephens c;2;0;1;1

Hamm c;1;1;0;0

Rindt 1b;4;0;1;1

Chadwick lf;2;0;0;0

Schrag lf;3;0;0;0

Whitchurch rf;3;0;0;0

Ketcher rf;1;0;0;0



Sigrist 2b;4;1;2;0

Brautman ss;3;0;0;0

Bonventre dh;4;0;3;1

Andrews 1b;4;0;0;0

VanVooren cf;2;0;0;0

Gaston cf;2;1;1;0

Garza lf;4;0;0;0

Thrasher rf;3;0;0;0

Parcero c;2;0;1;0

J.Martinez c;2;0;1;1

Moore 3b;0;0;0;0




E — Moore, Pogue. DP — Hutchinson 2. LOB — Hut. 11, New. 9. 2B — Stephens, Bonventre 2, Barber. SB — Sartori 4, Reetz 2, Barber, Martinez. Sac. Bunt — Brautman.



Waugh, W;3;2;0;0;1;2




Bravo, L;2.1;1;3;3;4;5





Mutoh faced three batters in the second inning.

WP — Gillig, Pogue, Fraizer. PB — Parcero, Hamm. HBP — Thrasher (Hamilton), Barber 2 (Gillig, Henkelman). Batters Int. — Sartori. Time — 2:57.

Hutchinson first baseman Easton Rindt makes a putout throw in the Monarchs' season opener at Newton.