Senior Knights 0-3 at Emporia tourney

The Kansan

EMPORIA — The Newton Post 2 American Legion Senior Knights finished 0-3 at the Emporia Tournament at Soden’s Grove.

Friday, the Rebels were held to one hit in a 7-0 loss to the Topeka Scrappers. Saturday, Newton was held to two hits in a 5-2 loss to the Kansas Senators. Newton fell to Emporia 7-6 to end tourney play.

In the first game of the tournament, Mason McConnaughey pitched a complete game for the Scrappers, walking two and striking out eight.

Topeka scored a pair of runs in the second inning on RBI singles for Cameron Selbach and McConnaughey.

Topeka loaded the bases to lead off the top of the sixth inning. A error allowed one run to score. Kiernan Meredith hit a two-run single. Two more runs scored on an error.

Ian Akers singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning and break up the no-hitter.

Aiden Polter drove in two runs for Topeka without a hit. Maclane Finley and Selbach each added two hits.

Andrew Barron took the loss for Newton. In five innings, Barron allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Joe Slechta finished the game, allowing three earned runs on five hits with a walk.

Against the Senators, Ryan Wurtz pitched six innings for the Senators, allowing two runs on two hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Hayden Pedersen pitched the seventh for the save, walking two and striking out one.

Blaze Bradshaw pitched 4.1 innings for the Knights, taking the loss. Bradshaw allowed two earned runs on five hits with three walks. Cade Valdez finished the game, allowing no earned runs on two hits with a walk and a strikeout.

Justin Weil drove in three hits for the Senators. Tate Schoffelman had two hits.

Griff Davis and Luke Boston each had a hit for the Knights. Davis drove in a run.

Against Emporia, the Knights trailed 4-2 after three innings, but scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth and added a run in the fifth. Emporia scored three runs in the top of the sixth and held on for the win.

Cade Kohlmeier pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief for win. Starter Cam Geitz struck out six in 4.2 innings for the win.

Akers took the loss for Newton, walking six and striking out five in three innings. Davis pitched three innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Aaron Ross went two for four hitting with three RBIs to lead Emporia.

For Newton, Owen Mick went three for three hitting with an RBI. Akers and Trev Golubski each went two for three with an RBI. Barron also drove in a run.

Newton, 2-7, hosts Emporia at 6 p.m. Thursday and Ottawa at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Friday’s game

Topeka;020;005;0;—;7;10;0

Newton;000;000;0;—;0;1;3

McConnaughey (W) and Steuve; Barron (L), Slechta 6 and Boston.

Saturday’s games

vs. Kansas Senators

Newton;000;101;0;—;2;2;2

Senators;101;012;x;—;5;7;4

Bradshaw (L), Valdez 5 and Ruggiero; Wurtz (W), Pederson (S) 7 and Haag.

vs. Emporia

Emporia;022;003;—;7;8;1

Newton;011;310;—;6;9;1

Geitz, Kohlmeier (W) 5 and Trujillo; Davis, Akers (L) 4 and Watkins, Ruggerio 2.