10th inning long ball lifts Rebels

Mark Schnabel
Newton Rebel first baseman Lincoln Andrews, a freshman at Southeast Missouri State, forces out a Sunflower Seed during play Monday at Klein-Scott Field.

In a game with little offense, Joey Martinez sparked the fireworks the Newton Rebels needed.

Martinez took a 1-0 pitch over the left-center field fence in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Rebels to a 3-2 win over the Sunflower Seeds Monday night at Klein-Scott Field.

Martinez, a late substitute at the plate and in the field, finished the game two for two hitting with two runs scored. It was Martinez’ second game-winning home run in the last three games.

“It’s the same thing as the other night,” Martinez said. “My teammates have been working with me the last few days, my coaches. They have just been working with me in the (batting) cages and after every at bat. I have just been trying to relax and stay within myself.

“Coach Clark says be ready to come up to bat. I was just focusing on helping my team out and trying to win. He gave me a fastball on my first pitch. It was low. The second one, he left up, and I just hit it well.”

Newton has won two of its last three games.

The Seeds loaded the bases to open the top of the seventh. After a strikeout, Cale Blasi hit a sacrifice fly and Casey Mayes hit an RBI single.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Ricky Hockett hit an RBI single. Newton tied the game in the eighth inning when Joey Martinez singled, went to second on an error, went to third on a bunt and scored on an Andrew Brautman sacrifice fly.

Newton had a runner at second base with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but was unable to score.

Newton starter Zach Bravo threw six innings of one hit ball with three walks and 10 strikeouts. Carson Fraizer went .2 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout. Zach Gillig went 2 1-3 innings, allowing a hit and striking out five. Rocco Armeni finished the game for the win, walking one.

“Tonight, I was just trying to work on the fastball, getting strikes and getting ahead in the count,” Gillig said. “It’s way easier to pitch ahead in the count.”

Gillig has worked just 8.1 innings this season, but has 17 strikeouts.

“At the end of the day, we’re a team,” Gillig said. “We pitch as a team. We feed off each other. We give encouragement from each other. I think the offense is starting to come around. The pitching is coming around. I think we’re going to have a really good summer.”

“The Bravo came out and set the tone like he knows how to do,” Newton manager Brett Clark said. “That’s Bravo to a tee right there. Zach Gillig is Gillig. He comes in a gets the job done. Carson kept us in the game. It’s nice to come back and do something important. If you can win each series, you can do something for the season.”

Connor Gibson went seven innings for the Seeds, allowing one run on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Tre Hungria went two innings, allowing a run on one hit with two walks and a strikeout. Dawson Winter pitched the 10th for the loss.

Tuesday’s game

CHENEY — Newton won the series three games to one after a 4-0 win Tuesday in Cheney.

Newton scored in the fifth inning on a Kaeden Moore bunt with one out. Enzo Bonventre added a solo home run in the top of the seventh.

In the top of the eighth, Moore led off with a double and scored on a Jack Sigrist single. With runners at first and third and two outs, Newton added a run on a double steal.

Bonventre, Darius Gaston and Ouchi each went two for four hitting for Newton. Mayes went two for four for the Seeds.

Aaron Bechtel went five innings for Newton, allowing three hits and striking out six. Chandler Henkelman went two innings, allowing a hit and striking out three. Jordan Bolt Jackson allowed two walks and a strikeout in an inning. Kyle Landwher pitched the ninth inning, allowing a hit with two strikeouts.

Alex Kuhn took the loss for the Seeds, allowing a run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts in six innings. Blake Frye, Brendan Dixon and Dylan Phillips each pitched an inning.

The Seeds fall to 1-6 in league play.

Newton is 4-4, 3-4 in league play, and opens a four-game series against the 1-5 Derby Twins at 7 p.m. Thursday at Panther Park in Derby.


Mayes lf;5;0;1;1

Wagner 3b;2;0;0;0

Phillips rf;5;0;0;0

Farmer ss;4;0;1;0

Kuhn dh;4;1;1;0

Maxson c;4;1;1;0

McBeth 1b;2;0;0;0

Grover 1b;1;0;0;0

Helm 2b;4;0;0;0

Epp 2b;0;0;0;0

Blasi cf;4;0;1;1;



Sigrist ss;3;0;1;0

Brautman 3b;3;0;1;1

Ross 2b;3;0;1;0

Ouchi c;4;1;1;0

Andrews 1b;3;0;0;0

Gaston pr;0;0;0;0

Eshelman 1b;0;0;0;0

Bonventre dh;3;0;0;0

Hockett cf;4;0;1;1

Garza lf;3;0;1;0

Thrasher lf;2;0;0;0

J.Martinez rf;2;2;2;1




There were no outs when the winning run scored.

E — Maxon, Gibson, Gillig, Grover. DP — Seeds. LOB — SS 9, New. 6. HR — J.Martinez (2). Sac. Bunt — Sigrist, Bonventre. Sac. Fly — Blasi, Brautman.




Winter, L;0;1;1;0;0;0





Armeni, W;1;0;0;0;1;0

Winter faced one batter in the bottom of the 10th.

WP — Armeni. Balk — Gibson. Time — 2:25.

Tuesday’s game



Bechtel (W, 1-1), Henkelman 6, Bolt Jackson 8, Landwher 9 and Ouchi; Kuhn (L, 0-1) 6, Frye 7, Dixon 8, Phillips 9 and Nittler. HR — N: Bonventre (2). Time — 2:17.

Newton Rebel Andrew Brautman, a junior at the University of New Orleans, fouls off a pitch during play Monday against the Sunflower Seeds.