Rebels fall to Dawgs in 12 innings

Mark Schnabel
mschnabel@thekansan.com

The Newton Rebels came close but couldn’t quite stop the Sunflower Collegiate League-leading Cheney Diamond Dawgs for a third-straight night, falling 11-8 Saturday at Klein-Scott Field.

All four games in the series featured the winning team having to come back from a deficit. Two of the four ended with walk-off home runs. In three of the four, home runs broke the tie.

“It was a good baseball game through and through,” Newton manager Brett Clark said. “Both teams battled hard. That’s just what it’s going to take going into the postseason. If we get to that point, those games are going to be like that every day. We just have to keep playing the same game that we’ve played the last four days.”

With one out in the top of the 12th, Andrew Stewart walked and George Specht homered to deep center. After a walk and a hit batter, the Dawgs added a run in the inning when a deep fly ball to center field was caught for an out, but the ball was dropped on the exchange, allowing the runner at second to tag up and score.

With two outs in the top of the 10th, Specht singled and Ramon Vingochea homered over the right field wall to give the Dawgs their first lead of the game.

Newton kept the game going with two outs in the bottom of the 10th when Nolan Riley walked and Enzo Bonventre took a ball over the center field fence to tie the game back up.

Cheney struck out three times in the top of the 11th.

The game was delayed in the top of the seventh when the sprinkler system kicked on on the left side of the field between home plate and third base. Later the remainder of the infield sprinklers kicked on when the foul territory sprinklers stopped.

Vingochea finished the game 2-for-6 hitting with four RBIs. Ed Scott finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Specht finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

Riley, Andrew Brautman and Aaron Eshelman each had two hits for Newton. Lachlan Ross hit a two-run home run. Erik Garza also drove in two runs.

Newton led 6-2 after five innings. Errors in the seventh and eighth innings allowed Cheney to tie the game.

Nate Postlewaith threw five innings of relief for Cheney for the win, striking out four. Starter Chandler Arnold struck out four in four innings.

Newton used six pitchers in the game. Carson Fraizer took the loss, despite striking out five in 2.1 innings.

Cheney is 28-2 overall and 22-2 in league play, leading Hutchinson by two games in the SCL standings. Newton is 12-15 and 9-15 in the league standings.

Newton started a four-game series at Great Bend Monday, returning home at 7 p.m. Tuesday against the Bat Cats.

CORRECTION — Andrew Brautman was misidentified in the Newton-Cheney story that ran in Saturday’s Kansan.

Cheney;ab;r;h;bi

Specht 3b;5;2;2;1

Vingochea 2b;6;2;2;4

Sims 1b;5;1;1;0

Miller rf;6;1;0;1

Ashby dh;4;1;1;0

Grady pr;3;0;1;0

Kennard lf;5;1;1;1

Scott cf;5;1;3;3

Russ c;3;0;0;0

Bartlett c;2;0;0;0

Stewart ss;4;2;0;0

TOTALS;48;11;11;8

Newton;ab;r;h;bi

Sigrist 2b;6;0;0;1

Kissane cf;2;1;1;1

Gaston cf;4;0;1;0

Riley 3b;5;1;2;0

Viloria dh;3;0;1;0

Bonventre ph;2;1;1;2

Ross 1b;3;1;1;2

Andrews ph;1;0;0;0

Brautman ss;6;2;2;0

Ouchi c;5;2;1;0

Garza rf;4;01;2

Eshelman lf;4;0;2;0

TOTALS;45;8;13;8

Cheney;000;200;310;203;—11

Newton;020;040;000;200;—8

E — Brautman 2, Gaston. DP — Cheney. LOB — Che. 12, New. 12. 2B — Riley, Brautman, Garza, Kissane, Scott, Grady. HR — Ross (1), Vingochea (1), Bonventre (7), Specht (1). SB — Kissane. Sac. Bunt — Ross, Echelman. Sac. Fly — Kissane, Scott.

Cheney;ip;h;r;er;bb;k

Arnold;4;4;2;2;4;4

Rodd;.2;5;4;4;0;1

Arrant;2.1;2;0;0;0;2

Postlewaith, W;5;2;2;2;2;4

Newton;ip;h;r;er;bb;k

Lindeman;6;5;4;3;0;2

Paten;1;2;2;1;1;2

Armemi;.1;0;0;0;2;1

Gillig;1.2;1;0;0;1;1

Fraizer, L;2.1;2;3;3;2;5

Landwehr;.2;1;2;2;2;0

Lindeman faced two batters in the top of the seventh.

WP — Lindeman, Rodd, Landwehr. PB — Ouchi. HBP — Miller (Lindeman), Eschelman (Arrant), Specht (Paten), Garza (Arrant), Sims (Landwehr). Time — 4:00.