ANKENY — Newton’s Cardinals came up short in the opening round of the Iowa Class 4A Substate 7 tournament. The Cardinals fell, 8-1, to host Ankeny Centennial’s Jaguars Friday night.
The loss brought to close the 2014 season for the Cardinals. They were 14-20 overall.
The Jaguars got up quick with two runs in the first and two more in the second inning. Down 4-0, the Cardinals scored their lone run in the fourth inning.
It came on the heads-up base running by junior Jordan Travis. Travis singled then sprinted to second when the Jaguar center fielder bobbled the ball. Travis moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball.
Ankeny Centennial (21-19) put more distance between itself and Newton, scoring four times in the sixth.
“We didn’t beat ourselves tonight. We just got beat by a better team,” Newton senior shortstop Chandler Sturtz.
Sturtz, catcher Evan Shimon and first baseman/pitcher Derek Wrage played their final game for Newton.
More on the substate game and comments from the three seniors and NHS coaches will be in Monday’s Newton Daily News.