ADEL — Stepping out of conference play, Newton’s Cardinals came up short against host Adel-DeSoto-Minburn’s Tigers Tuesday.
The Tigers, who are ranked eighth in Iowa Class 3A, jumped out to a quick lead with two runs in the first inning. The Cardinals scored single runs in the third and fourth innings, but the Tigers matched those and won 4-2.
Falling behind early, Newton cut the lead in half in the top of the third inning. Derek Wrage and Jeff Stanton had back-to-back walks and Bryce Tish’s single loaded the bases. Chandler Sturtz grounded out to drive in a run, but that was all the Cardinals could get out of the situation.
ADM answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. The same happened in the fourth.
Mike McCormick singled with one out in Newton’s fourth. Wrage drew another base-on-balls and Stanton reached on an error. With two gone, Sturtz forced in a run with a walk.
Jordan Travis took the pitching loss for Newton. Travis worked four innings, allowing four runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out two. Stanton pitched two one-hit, scoreless innings. Stanton walked one and struck out three.
McCormick, Tish and Michael Barr each had a single for the Cardinals.
Newton (6-9) hosts Pella tonight in Little Hawkeye Conference play at Woodland Park. First pitch is at 7:30 p.m.
The Cardinals play a conference doubleheader against Norwalk at home Friday, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Newton’s Cardinal Classic is Saturday.
The junior varsity division starts at 10 a.m. with Ottumwa play Chariton at Holland-Patterson Field and Colfax-Mingo taking on Newton at Eversman Field. The consolation game is at Holland-Patterson Field at 12:30 p.m. and the junior varsity championship game will be played at Eversman Field at the same time.
The varsity division games begin at 3 p.m. Chariton plays Ottumwa at Holland-Patterson Field and Colfax-Mingo plays Newton at Eversman Field. The consolation and championship games are slated for 6 p.m.
Newton’s Baseball Hall of Fame Ceremonies are at 5:30 p.m. at Eversman Field.