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Rebels overcome errors in win

Mark Schnabel
mschnabel@thekansan.com
Newton Rebel Enzo Bonventre scores during play Wednesday night against the Wichita Grays 18U squad.

The Newton Rebels used its pitching and hitting to make up for some defensive lapses in a 10-6 win over the Wichita Grays 18U team Wednesday night in non-league play at Klein-Scott Field.

The win was Newton’s second straight.

“These games, we’ve got to play them,” Newton manager Brett Clark said. “It’s good for us to play them. We need to get guys in and get at bats. It’s better to play them than taking days off. We do have to clean some things up. We have a big series with Mulvane coming up on Sunday.”

The game is one of three the Rebels picked up to fill the schedule when the El Dorado Broncos suspended the season because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Errors and walks in the top of the first led to a pair of Gray runs. Newton came back with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Ajay Pacero hit a two-run double. After three Gray runs in the third inning, Newton scored five runs in the bottom of the third.

The Grays scored a run in the top of the fourth. Roger Viloria hit a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth.

Newton improves to 6-8 and was set to host the Kansas Crushers at 7 p.m. Friday.

Roger Viloria finished the game three for three hitting with three RBIs. Joey Martinez also drove in three runs. Parcero finished two for four with two RBIs.

Garrett McClain pitched two innings of relief for the win, striking out four. Yukihiro-David Mutoh struck out three in two innings. Zach Martinez finished the game. Starter Ryan Knipfer went four innings with a strikeout.

Payton Walters took the loss for the Grays. Joel Townsley went three for four hitting with an RBI. Kaiden Luna went four for four. Cade Schultz went two for four.

Thursday’s game against the Kansas Crushers was canceled. Newton hosts the Mulvane Patriots at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Wichita;200;210;000;—5;12;0

Newton;300;502;00x;—10;13;3

Walters (L), Hembree 4, Newton 5, Cachon 6, Schultz 8 and Veltman, Newton 6; Knipfer, McClain (W) 5, Mutoh 7, Z.Martinez 9 and Parcero. Time — 3:09.

Newton Rebel second baseman Aaron Eshelman tries to tag out a Wichita Gray base stealer during play Wednesday.