Junior Knights split with Swathers

Mark Schnabel

The Newton American Legion Post 2 Junior Knights hosted intra-county foe Hesston Swathers 18U Thursday night at Klein-Scott Field, with the two teams splitting a doubleheader.

Hesston won the first game 7-1, while Newton rallied from five runs down to win the second game 10-9. The first game ended after six inning, while the second game was called after five on time limit.

“I thought we competed better in that second game,” Newton manager Mark George said. “I think in the first game, the speed got to us a bit. Drew Barron threw a nice game. I don’t think he got a whole lot of help defensively. They had a lot of soft contact. Hesston was pretty opportunistic when they got on base. They did a nice job. Their pitcher did a nice job in the first game.”

“I’m pretty happy with it,” Hesston manager Phil Unruh said. “It was our first doubleheader. It was a tough finish to the second game. It shows the importance of throwing strikes.”

In the first game, Hesston used four hits and an error in the top of the second inning to score three runs. Two Swather runners were picked off in the inning. Four more hits in the third inning led to three Hesston runs.

Newton broke the shutout in the bottom of the fourth when Luke Hirsh singled, stole second and came home on two wild pitches.

Hesston added a run in the top of the sixth. The game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Brady Cox, Austin Griffin each had two hits for Hesston. Grayson Ybarra had two hits for Newton.

Jackson Humphreys pitched five innings for Hesston, allowing a run on six hits with no walks and seven strikeouts. Jared Nelson finished the game.

Drew Barron took the loss for Newton, allowing five earned runs in five innings on 10 hits with five strikeouts. Cadin Livesay finished the game, striking out two.

Newton scored first in the second game, using three hit batters and two hits to score four runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Three hits, a hit batter and an error led to four Hesston runs in the top of the fourth. Hesston loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fifth.

Newton opened the bottom of the fifth with three straight walks, scoring a run on a wild pitch. Owen Mick then singled to score a run. Jake Schmidt grounded into a fielder’s choice, but a Hesston error allowed a run to score. After another run scored on a wild pitch, Luke Hirsh was hit by a pitch and stole second. Considine then doubled to drive in the tying and winning runs.

Schmidt finished the game with three RBIs. For Hesston, Kael Shelite went two for three with three RBIs. Tyrone Taylor went three for three with two RBIs.

Newton used four pitchers. Owen Myers left the game after one inning because of an apparent injury. Jordan Nash and Livesay followed. Ryan Ruggerio pitched the fifth for the win.

“Owen Myers has done a really nice job for us this year,” George said. “He threw a change up and started to feel some weirdness in his shoulder. I went out and talked to him. I watched him throw a couple more pitches and realized he’s not fine. We went straight to Jayden Nash, and he did well for about three innings and kept us in the game. That put us in a predicament where we didn’t have someone ready. Cadin and Carson didn’t really get a chance to get themselves ready, but they battled. Somehow, we found a way to get some runs across. Our base running put some pressure on them.”

Nelson took the loss for Hesston in relief of Brady Cox and Owen O’Halloran.

Newton is 5-3 and plays Monday at El Dorado in a game recently added to the schedule.

Hesston, 1-1, plays Wednesday at Minneapolis at home.

“It will be nice to play back there after not being able to play this spring,” Unruh said. “We started practicing at the beginning of June in the mornings three days a week with over seventh through seniors group all together.”

First game


Bre.Cox eh;2;0;0;1

Wohlgemuth ss;1;1;0;0

Bra.Cox cf;3;1;2;1

Griffin 2b;3;0;2;0

O’Halloran rf;3;1;2;1

Eilert lf;2;1;0;1

Nelson 3b;2;1;0;1

Lange c;3;0;1;1

Roth 1b;2;0;1;1

Humphreys p;3;1;1;0

Carey 3b;0;0;0;0



Valdez 3b;3;0;1;0

Barron lf;3;0;0;0

Mick ss;3;0;0;0

Hirsh cf;3;1;1;0

Ybarra 1b;3;0;2;0

Myers rf;2;0;1;0

Ruggerio c;2;0;0;0

Klug rf;2;0;0;0

Livesay p;0;0;0;0

Nash 2b;2;0;1;0

Schultz eh;2;0;0;0




E — Ybarra, Nelson, Mick 2, Wohlgemuth. LOB — Hes. 7, New. 6. 2B — O’Halloran, Bra.Cox. 3B — Eilert, Humphreys. SB — Nelson 2, Hirsh, Bra.Cox, Eilert 2. Sac. Bunt — Nelson. Sac. Fly — Bre.Cox.


Humphreys, W;5;6;1;1;0;7



Barron, L;5;10;6;5;0;5


WP — Barron, Humphreys 2, Livesay. HBP — Bre.Cox (Livesay). Time — 1:41.

Second game


Bre.Cox 2b;2;0;0;0

Wohlgemuth ss;3;0;1;0

Griffin ph;1;0;0;0

Bra.Cox p;3;1;2;0

O’Halloran 1b;1;2;0;0

Nelson p;0;0;0;0

Arnold rf;3;1;1;0

Eilert cf;2;1;1;1

Roth ph;0;1;0;1

Shelite 3b;3;2;2;3

Lange c;2;0;0;0

Carey c;1;0;0;1

Hansen eh;2;1;0;0

Taylor lf;3;0;3;2



Valdez ss;2;2;1;0

Barron lf;1;2;0;0

Mick 3b;2;1;1;1

Schmidt 2b;3;1;1;3

Hirsh cf;2;1;0;0

Considine 1b;3;0;1;2

Schultz c;2;0;0;0

Ruggerio p;1;1;1;0

Myers p;0;0;0;0

Nash eh;2;0;0;0

Livesay p;0;1;0;0

Klug rf;0;1;0;0




There were no outs when the winning run scored.

E — Shelite 2, Ruggerio, Valdez, Nelson. LOB — Hes. 8, New. 4. 2B — Bra.Cox 2, Shelite, Considine. SB — Barron 2, Hirsh 2, Valdez.




Nelson, L;0;1;1;0;0





Ruggerio, W;1;4;5;5;1;1

O’Halloran faced five batters in the fifth inning. Nelson faced two batters in the fifth inning.

WP — Myers, Bra.Cox 3, Nash 3, Livesay, O’Halloran. HBP — Mick (Bra.Cox), Ruggerio (Bra.Cox), Livesay (Bra.Cox), Barron (Bra.Cox), O’Halloran 2 (Nash, Ruggerio), Hirsh (Nelson). Time — 1:48.