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Martinez brothers pace Rebels to league win

Mark Schnabel
mschnabel@thekansan.com
Newton Rebel shortstop Andrew Brautman fields a ball during play Saturday night against the Sunflower Seeds.

The Newton Rebels have had nights with much better hitting this season, but the Rebels has their timeliest hits Saturday night in a 9-4 win over the Sunflower Seeds at Klein-Scott Field.

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Joey Martinez sent a ball to deep left field for a three-run home run to give the Rebels the lead.

He finished the day three for three hitting with five RBIs. He added a walk and a sacrifice fly.

“I just had to relax at the plate and not try and do so much,” Joey Martinez said. “I didn’t try to hit a home run. I just tried to relax and let the home run come to me. I think the guys were also relaxed. Getting our butts kicked the last few days, that motivated us so we settled down and did what we’re able to do.”

Joey caught his brother Zach Martinez, who went five innings in a no-decision, allowing four runs on four hits with five walks and four strikeouts.

“I’ve been catching him since we were kids,” Joey said. “I’ve caught him hundreds of times. We’re on the same page most of the time, so it’s pretty easy. We get into a rhythm. He settled down today and did pretty good.”

The two come to Newton from Glendale, Ariz., and both attend Gateway Community College, where Joey is a sophomore and Zach is a freshman.

“Our coach coached (Newton manager Brett) Clark and (assistant) coach Jed (Brockbrader),” Joey said. “He asked us if we wanted to play and that there was a team in Kansas and asked if we could help out. We’re definitely sweating more. Back in Arizona, it’s a real dry heat. If I was back there playing, it might be 110 degrees, so out here, it’s not too bad.”

“We did better, but it’s still not there,” Clark said. “We had bases loaded a couple times early and only scored on a walk. We have to score at least two or three runs every time we get in that situation to blow a game open later on in the game. Our pitchers are coming in and doing their job. We’re not there yet, but we’re getting better. We’re not there offensively, but we’re improving.”

The 0-4 Seeds were brought into the Sunflower Collegiate League at the last minute to replace the Andale Warhawks. Newton picks up its first league win of the season and improves to 2-3 overall.

After a leadoff walk, Seed Caleb Farmer blasted a shot for a two-run home run.

Newton came back when Enzo Bonventre was hit by a pitch with two outs and bases loaded. With bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the second, Lincoln Andrews drew a walk and Joey Martinez hit a sacrifice fly to put the Rebels in the lead.

The Seeds tied the game in the fourth inning with a two-out Newton error. Seed Cooper Elliott opened the fifth inning with a walk, stealing second, going to third on a wild pitch and scoring on a ground out.

Newton loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth. A strikeout and a double play ended the threat.

After taking the lead, Newton loaded the bases on three walks to open the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Joey Martinez flared a single to left for an RBI. Lachlan Ross then hit a two-run double.

Ross finished the game two for four hitting.

Jordon Bolt Jackson threw 1.2 scoreless innings for the win, striking out four. Rocco Armeni struck out two in 1.1 innings. Ayden Rolph walked two in the top of the ninth. Kyle Landwehr got a pop out and a double play ball to end the game.

The Seeds used seven pitchers with Tre Hungria taking the loss.

Newton fell to the Seeds 10-4 Sunday. Stats for the game were unavailable.

The series ends at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Cheney.

Saturday’s game

Seeds;ab;r;h;bi

Elliott ss;2;2;0;0

Farmer 3b;3;1;1;2

Mayes cf;4;0;0;1

Phillips rf;3;0;1;0

Grover 1b;4;1;1;0

Epp dh;4;0;0;0

Nittler c;3;0;1;1

Blasi lf;2;0;0;0

Helm 2b;3;0;0;0

TOTALS;28;4;4;4

Newton;ab;r;h;bi

Sigrist 2b;2;2;1;0

Brautman ss;3;2;0;0

Andrews 1b;3;1;0;1

J.Martinez c;3;1;3;5

Ross 3b;4;0;2;2

Bonventre dh;3;0;0;1

Hockett rf;4;0;0;0

Ouchi ph;1;0;0;0

Gaston rf;0;0;0;0

Garza lf;1;1;0;0

Eshelman lf;2;0;0;0

Moore cf;2;2;1;0

TOTALS;28;9;7;9

Seeds;200;110;000;—4

Newton;120;003;03x;—9

E — Brautman, Helm. DP — Newton, Seeds. LOB — SS 6, New. 10. 2B — Ross. HR — Farmer (2), J.Martinez (1). SB — Elliott 3, Moore, Sigrist. CS — Phillips, Sigrist. Sac. Fly — J.Martinez.

Seeds;ip;h;r;er;bb;k

Frye;1.1;1;3;3;4;2

Dixon;2.2;1;0;0;0;3

Hungria, L;1.2;1;3;3;2;1

Bradbury;1.1;2;0;0;0;1

Tinkler;.1;2;3;3;3;1

Kuhn;.2;0;0;0;0;1

Newton;ip;h;r;er;bb;k

Z.Martinez;5;4;4;4;5;4

Bolt Jackson, W;1.2;0;0;0;2;4

Armeni;1.1;0;0;0;0;2

Rolph;0;0;0;0;2;0

Landwehr, S;1;0;0;0;0

Rolph faced two batters in the top of the ninth.

WP — Frye, Z.Martinez. PB — Nittler. HBP — Sigrist (Frye), Bonventre (Frye), Garza (Frye), Andrews (Bradbury). Time — 3:07.

Newton Rebel Erik Garza gets hit by a pitch during play Saturday against the Sunflower Seeds.