The Newton High School softball team kept falling behind early to Salina South with late rallies, but falling short in both games.
The Railers lost the first game 9-2 and the second game 11-6.
“In the first game, we got behind and we just couldn’t make contact against their pitcher,” Newton coach Danny Park said. “Salina is a solid team. They have good pitching and play solid defense. We couldn’t hit when we needed to hit. The second game, we played a little bit better. We hit the ball. In both games, we had runners in scoring position and we couldn’t get them moved over. The difference in both games, they moved runners in scoring position. We were right there and we were competitive. We shifted our infield around a little, and I think that’s how we’re going to go the rest of the year. The pitchers are starting to hit their spots.”
In the first game, Morgan Russell hit a two-out RBI single in the top of the first. South scored five runs in the second inning, aided by three errors. Russell added an RBI single with one out in the fourth inning. South scored a pair of runs on two hits in the top of the fifth.
Newton scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Dawsyn Long double and an error.
Jacie Marcotte pitched the win for South, allowing four hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Alexis Turner took the loss for Newton, allowing seven hits with four earned runs, three walks and a strikeout.
Sydney McAdoo went two for four hitting for South. Jadyn Zamencik went two for five.
Zamencik singled and scored on an error in the first inning of the second game. Three hits, a hit batter and an error in the second inning led to three South runs. Caitlyn Rapp hit an RBI double for South in the third inning.
Maria McGonigal hit an RBI double in the bottom of the third. South came back with three runs in the top of the fifth, two on a two-run, two out Morgan Russell shot to left field.
Newton loaded the bases with one out in the fourth. McGonigal hit a two-run single. Dawsyn Long followed with a sacrifice fly to center field. South loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fifth, but failed to score. A pair of errors in the bottom of fifth inning got the Railers two more runs.
Russell hit an RBI double in the top of the sixth. South added a pair of runs in the top of the seventh on RBI doubles for Kacie Herbel and Russell.
Russell finished three for five hitting with four RBIs. Zamencik finished four for four. Abby Miller went three for three. Marcotte and Rapp each had two hits.
McGonigal went three for four hitting for Newton with three RBIs. Emily Peaney finished three for four.
Kennedi Ratcliff went five innings for the win before being lifted after taking a hard shot off her shin. Ratcliff allowed four earned runs on seven hits with four walks and seven strikeouts. Marcotte finished the game for the save, striking out two.
Zoe Stonehouse took the loss for Newton, allowing eight earned runs on 18 hits with two walks and a strikeout.
South is 7-5, 6-2 in AV-CTL I play. Newton is 1-15, 0-10 in AV-CTL I play, and plays at 4 p.m. Tuesday against Hutchinson at the Fun Valley Complex, followed by Friday at Goddard Eisenhower.
“We have two doubleheaders left,” Park said. “We go to Hutchinson Tuesday and we go to Goddard Eisenhower. Then we get six or seven days until regionals. We’ll work on some stuff. Overall, I was happy with the effort. I would have liked to have a split or win both games, but they are a little more advanced than we are right now.”
Wednesday, Newton dropped a pair of games to Derby on the road. Newton lost the first game 15-0 and the second game 14-4. The first game was called after four innings on the 15-rule rule. The second game was called after six innings on the 10-run rule.
In the first game, Derby scored in every inning, breaking things open with eight in the third. Olivia DePew threw the win, stiking out five. Courtney Cline had three hits and two RBIs. Tatum Haney added three hits. Mariah Wheeler had two hits and two RBIs. Madi Young also drove in two runs.
Turner took the loss for Newton, striking out two.
Newton scored a run in the first inning of the second game, but then gave up 11 runs total in innings two, three and four. Newton scored three runs in the top of the fifth, but two runs in the bottom of the fifth and a run in the sixth ended the game.
Haney had three hits and three RBIs in the second game. Haney also had three hits, followed by Cline with two. Brooke Prunier drove in two runs.
Young pitched six innings for Derby, striking out four. Turner and Stonehouse each pitched for Newton.
Marcott (W) and Russell; Turner (L) and Regier.
Ratcliff (W), Marcotte (S) 6 and Russell; Stonehouse and Llamas. HR — SS: Russell.
Turner (L) and Regier; DePew (W) and Haney.
Stonehouse (L), Turner 3 and Regier; Young (W) and Prunier.