Rebs snap losing streak
Tuesday night was the story of bullpens — one that responded when needed, and one that did not.
Fortunately for the Newton Rebels, it was the home team’s bullpen that responded to snap a four-game losing streak. Newton picked up a 5-4 win over Rose Hill at Klein-Scott Field.
Zach Gillig was named the Rebel player of the game by the team’s social media accounts after pitching 4 1/2 innings of relief — entering with the game tied, he held Rose Hill to one run and one hit while striking out three. Gillig would be credited with the win.
The Rebels tied the score at one each when Enzo Bonventre hit into a fielder choice that scored Nolan Riley in the bottom of the third inning.
Gillig entered the game in the top of the fourth, and held the Rose Hill offense at bay before the Newton offense could get to work.
The Rebels jumped on Rose Hill reliever Ryan Lumpkin in the fifth inning — Joey Martinez hit a two-run double with one away, then scored on a double by Andrew Brautman. Brautman later scored on a wild pitch to give the Rebels a four-run innning and a 5-3 lead.
Rose Hill added a run to the scoreboard in the eighth before Carson Frazier entered the game in the top of the ninth. Frazier induced a double play and collected a strikeout to get the save and preserve the win for Newton.
The win moved Newton to 7-13 in Sunflower Collegiate League play, 10-13 overall. Rose Hill fell to 15-5 in league play, 18-6 overall.
The Rebels, now sixth in the team standings, opened a four-game series with the Cheyney Diamond Dawgs, first in the league at 26-0, on July 15. The two teams are scheduled to play July 16 and 18 at Klein-Scott Field. Both games are set for 7 p.m.