BY JIM MISUNAS
NEWTON — The Newton Rebels erased a 4-0 deficit with a 8-6 victory over the Great Bend Bat Cats in Monday’s Sunflower Collegiate League baseball showdown.
The Bat Cats (5-1) and Rebels (1-5) resume a five-day series Tuesday at Al Burns Memorial Field.
Great Bend led 4-0 on four walks, a hit batter and an error in the first two innings. Zane Spinn’s first-inning single scored Alex Rodgers and Dylan Blomquist. Brett Freiberg’s groundball scored a run and Blomquist’s bases-loaded walk plated Jett Forrest. Rebels pitcher Carson Jacobs retired Junior Torres, Spinn and Noah Best to leave the bases loaded after five consecutive Bat Cats reached base.
Jett Forrest delivered three singles and Zane Spinn had two hits. Spinn (first inning), Micah Grover (third inning) and Rodgers (fourth inning) were thrown out on the bases. The Bat Cats struck out 12 times in the nine-inning game.
“We could’ve put the guy away and didn’t,” said Bat Cats coach Roger Ward. “You’ve got to be ready to play baseball. We kicked the ball around. There are a few guys hitting, but putting the ball into play is a concern.”
Ryan Wallingford and Eli Hickman drove home Rebels’ second-inning runs. Andrew Brautman scored on a third-inning error and Barton County graduate Nolan Riley singled home Cory Mason for a 4-4 tie. Hickman scored on a fourth-inning error and Justin Barnes scored on Mason’s groundout for a 6-4 lead.
Jett Forrest’s RBI single scored Spinn for a 6-5 score after five innings.
Newton’s Hickman scored on a sixth-inning Cory Mason sacrifice fly for a 7-5 lead.
Bat Cat Kyle Gates scored on Brett Freiberg’s seventh-inning groundball for a 7-6 score. Riley scored the Rebels’ final eighth-inning run.
The Rebels retired the final nine Bat Cats batters. Rebels’ reliever Carson Frazier struck out the final three Bat Cats hitters.
Bat Cats 220 010 100 — 6 6 3
Rebels 022 201 10x — 8 10 2
Kim, Escobedo (7) and Forrest, Enwiya (7). Jacobs, Maley (5), Gillig (7), Frazier (9) and Allen. W–Maley. L—Kim. 2B—NR—Hickman
SUNFLOWER COLLEGIATE LEAGUE
Hutchinson Monarchs 1-0
Great Bend Bat Cats 5-1
Derby Twins 5-1
Cheney D Dawgs 5-1
Wichita Sluggers 4-2
Haysville Aviators 2-4
Andale Warhawks 1-5
Newton Rebels 1-5
Sunflower Seeds 0-5
6-13–Sluggers at Diamond Dawgs; Twins at Warhawks; Aviators at Rebels
6-12–Sluggers at Seeds (DH); Aviators at Diamond Dawgs; Twins at Monarchs
6-11–Rebels at Bat Cats; Seeds at Sluggers; Aviators at Diamond Dawgs; Monarchs at Twins
6-9–Bat Cats at Rebels; Diamond Dawgs at Aviators; Monarchs at Twins
6-8–Rebels at Bat Cats; Sluggers at Seeds (DH); Diamond Dawgs at Aviators; Monarchs at Twins
6-7–Rebels 8, Bat Cats 6; Diamond Dawgs; 13, Aviators 6; Sluggers 11, Warhawks 9; Monarchs 4, Twins 3
6-5–Bat Cats 8, Seeds 5; Diamond Dawgs 6-7, Warhawks 5-5; Aviators 12-2, Sluggers 9-4; Twins 5, Rebels 1
6-4–Bat Cats 8-6, Seeds 5-1; Diamond Dawgs 7, Warhawks 5; Sluggers 9, Aviators 2; Twins 13, Rebels 3
6-3–Aviators 6-5, Cannons 5-2; Twins 8, Rebels 0; Warhawks 5, Diamond Dawgs 4
6-2–Bat Cats 17-5, Seeds 2-0; Warhawks 8, Diamond Dawgs 5; Twins 8, Rebels 0; Aviators 6, Sluggers 5; Monarchs 10, Broncos 2
6-1–Twins 4, Rebels 1; Sluggers 6, Aviators 1