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Senior Knights finish 2-2 at tourney

Newton Kansan

McPHERSON — The Newton Senior Knights baseball team went 2-2 during the weekend at the Bob Hooper Showcase tournament in McPherson and Buhler.

During Sunday’s bracket play, Newton beat Hutchinson 9-3 and lost to Emporia 7-3.

Newton trailed Hutchinson 3-0 after two innings, but scored three runs each in the third, fourth and sixth innings.

Newton was held to four hits, but drew six walks and took advantage of six Hutchinson errors.

Luke Boston drove in two runs. Ben Schmidt, Zach Loomis and Trev Golubski each drove in one run.

Camden Fenwick pitched a complete-game win for Newton, allowing three runs on three hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

The Knights are 4-3 against Hutchinson this season.

Against Emporia, Newton trailed 7-1 after four innings. Newton added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth. the game was called after five innings.

Josh Edson, Ryan Ruggiero and Ian Akers each drove in a run.

Akers threw three innings in the loss, allowing six runs on six hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Joe Slechta finished the game, allowing a run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout.

The Knights opened pool play Saturday 1-1 in a pair of pitchers’ duels. Newton downed Pratt 3-2 and lost to McPherson 2-1.

Against Pratt, Newton scored in the top of the third inning on a Henry Claassen RBI double. Pratt came back with a run in the bottom of the third.

Newton regained the lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI ground out for Akers. Newton added a run on a two-out pickoff play with runners at first and third base.

Pratt scored a run with no outs in the bottom of the seventh. A strikeout and a double play ended the threat and the game.

Griffin Davis pitched six innings for the win, allowing two runs on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. Gavin Cusick finished the game for the save.

Against McPherson, Newton took the lead in the top of the seventh with a Luke Boston bases-loaded walk. McPherson led off the seventh with a triple and a sacrifice fly to tie the game. McPherson reloaded the bases. After a pop fly, an error allowed a run to score, ending the game.

Akers and Trev Golubski each finished two for three hitting for Newton. Ben Schmidt took the loss, allowing one earned run on two hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Camden Fenwich finished the game, allowing a hit and a walk.

Newton is 7-9 and concludes play Sunday. Newton hosts Ottawa at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Saturday’s games

vs. Pratt

Newton;001;200;0;—3;7;1

Pratt;001;000;1;—2;7;1

Davis (W), Cusick (S) 7 and Boston; Showline (L) and Depman.

vs. McPherson

Newton;000;000;1;—1;5;1

McPherson;000;000;2;—2;3;3

Schmidt (L), Fenwick 7 and Boston; Rinker, Guman (W) 7 and Felid.

Sunday’s games

vs. Hutchinson

Hutchinson;030;000;—3;3;4

Newton;003;303;—9;4;0

Goldsmith (L), Eckhoff 5 and Elliott, Goldsmith 5; Fenwick (W) and Boston.

vs. Emporia

Emporia;003;40;—7;9;2

Newton;000;12;—3;6;0

Wagner (W) and Baumwart; Akers (L), Slechta 4 and Boston, Ruggiero 4.