TAMA — Even in back-to-back losses to ranked Class 3A teams last week, Newton High head coach Dustin Brisel liked the direction the Cardinal baseball team was headed. He said the Cardinals were building up momentum for the 4A playoffs.
“We didn’t play well tonight. We didn’t hit the ball,” Brisel said after Newton dropped a 4-3 decision in 10 innings to host South Tama on Tuesday. “We had many opportunities to score runs and win the game.”
Brisel said it wasn’t the way he believed the Cardinals would end the regular season.
Newton (8-28) opens 4A Substate 2 play on Friday in a 7 p.m. game against 4A fifth-ranked Ankeny Centennial. The game will be played at Northview Middle School in Ankeny.
The Cardinals put up a run on the scoreboard in the first inning Tuesday against the Trojans. With one gone, Tyler Stanton reached on an error and Brennen Dodd was issued a walk.
Trey Vanderlaan hit a fielder’s choice as Stanton was out going to third base. Ryan Barr was safe on another South Tama miscue, allowing Dodd to score.
Newton went up 2-0 in the top of the third. Dodd had a one-out base hit and Barr reached on a two-out error. Trevor Ergenbright had an RBI single.
South Tama tied the game in its half of the third with two runs on three hits, a walk and a Cardinal error. In the fourth inning, the Trojans went ahead 3-2.
Stanton opened the fifth inning for Newton with a bunt single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dodd. For the third time, Barr reached on an error and Stanton scored.
The teams stayed deadlocked at 3-all to the seventh inning forcing extra innings. South Tama produced the game-winner in the bottom of the 10th inning.
“Logan Wolfe pitched well for us tonight and Trevor Ergenbright came on in relief and threw well,” Brisel said. “South Tama got the hits when it needed it and we didn’t. Now, we get ready for substate.”
Ergenbright got the pitching loss. Wolfe started and went three innings, charged with three runs on three hits and five walks and struck out three. Ergenbright worked 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks and striking out four.
Ergenbright had two singles and Wolfe doubled. Hitting a single each were Stanton, Dodd and Jacob Murphy.
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