Rebels offense puts up big numbers in long game

Mark Schnabel
The Kansan
Newton Rebel Cory Mason drove in four runs and hit a home run in a 21-11 win over the Sunflower Seeds.

WICHITA — Two records may have been broken Monday when the Newton Rebels got by the Sunflower Seeds 21-11 in Sunflower Collegiate League play at Eck Stadium in Wichita.

The combined 31 runs may have approached a record for most runs scored in a Rebels win. The 3:44 run time is one of the longest for a nine-inning, regulation game without a rain delay.

Cory Mason and Nolan Riley led the offensive onslaught for the Rebels. Mason went two for three with a home run and four RBIs. Riley went three for five with a home run and four RBIs.

Newton Rebel Anthony Zellner squares to bunt during play Monday at Eck Stadium.
Newton Rebel pitcher Judah Graham was one of six used in a 21-11 win over the Sunflower Seeds Monday at Eck Stadium.

Aiden Corrigan and Trey Winget each drove in three runs. Thomas Capllonch drove in two runs.

“It was a 3-1 count and I was looking for a fastball,” Mason said of his home run. “It was right there. I just let it go and I got it. (On the double,) it was a fastball away. It was real nice.”

Down 10-8, Newton scored five runs in the top of the sixth inning to take control of the game.

“Anybody can win in this league,” Mason said. “You just have to stay locked in and play nine innings. You never know what will happen. … It was a pretty long one. We just fought through it.”

Mason came to Newton from New Market, Ala. He plays college baseball at Shorter University, an NCAA Division II school in Rome, Ga., where he hit .292 in 40 games, hitting three home runs with 21 RBIs.

“I went to talk to my coach one day, and he was like, ‘Do you want to play summer ball?’ and I said ‘OK,’” Mason said. “He asked, ‘How does Kansas sound?’ and I said ‘Alright.’ And here I am.”

It was his first time in Kansas.

“The air is a little different down here,” Mason said. “It’s different than down south. It’s been fun. Being down south, there’s a lot of humidity. Up here, there isn’t as much. It’s pretty good up here. It’s hot, but hot is not as bad as humid.”

Mason said he didn’t know what to expect joining the team.

“I just came up here to get better and have a fun summer,” Mason said. “We’re almost done, so I want to finish strong.”

“We didn’t pitch very well at all to start,” Newton manager Brett Clark said. “Our hitters picked it up on the backside. We had a lot of errors, but we also had a lot of players out of position. It is what it is. We just have to keep playing good baseball. We just had to hit. Our hitters did what they needed to do. We pitched well out of the back end of our bullpen.”

Of Newton’s six pitchers used, Tysaac Noland picked up the win.

The Rebels allowed just one run in the last five innings.

Trace Blakesley took the loss for the Seeds.

Tal Hartley went two for four hitting for the Seeds, driving in three runs. Ryan Henderson and Nolan Freund each drove in two runs.

TUESDAY’S GAME — In a non-league road game, the Rebels fell to the Great Bend Bat Cats 11-4.

Tied 4-4 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bat Cats scored seven runs without reply.

Zane Spinn led Great Bend with two hits and four RBIs. Noah Best and Brady Michel each added three hits with an RBI.

Anthony Zellner went two for four for Newton with two RBIs.

Ethan Thomas pitched seven innings for Great Bend to claim the win, striking out nine. Diego Escobedo struck out five in two innings.

Corrigan took the loss for Newton in his first outing on the mound this season.

Monday’s game

Newton;222;205;251;—;21;12;4

Seeds;531;101;000;–;11;12;4

Rector, Graham 2, Noland (W, 1-1) 4, Rabe 7, Maley 8, Gillig 9 and Zellner; Blakesley (L, 1-6), Munz 6, Igo 8 and Van Der Walt, Viloria 8. HR — N: Mason (3), Riley (4). Time — 3:44.

Tuesday’s game

Newton;020;110;000;—;4;10;0

Grt.Bend;310;012;40x;—;11;16;1

Corrigan (L, 0-1), Rabe 6, Maley 8 and Doshier; Thomas (W, 3-0), Escobedo 8 and Forrest. Time — n/a.

Mark Schnabel can be reached at mschnabel@thekansan.com