KNOXVILLE — Junior Gatlin Chambers was on the mound for his first start for Newton High’s Cardinal varsity baseball team. He didn’t win as the visiting Cardinals lost 6-2 to the Knoxville Panthers Monday.
“He pitched pretty well. He was pumping the zone,” Newton head coach Dustin Brisel said.
The Panthers out-hit Newton 12 to five. Newton trailed 3-2 when Knoxville went to the bunting game in the fifth.
“They have some guys who can get down the line quick and they scored three runs on us in the fifth,” Brisel said.
“We had some good swings and good approaches at the plate tonight but we just couldn’t match them.”
Knoxville scored two runs in the first and one in the second. The Cardinals had single runs in the second and third innings.
In the second frame, Kael Swarts singled and Clay Meyer doubled. Ty Arguello was safe on a fielder’s choice. A two-out single by Dalton Altemeier plated a run.
Julian Hotchkin opened the third with a base hit and stole second base. He moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Ben Leal. Hotchkin scored on a wild pitch.
The only other hit for Newton in the game was a single by Taylor Danley.
Chambers took the loss, throwing a complete game. He allowed 12 hits, walked one and struck out three. He hit one batter.
“It was a better effort by our team and we just keep moving forward,” Brisel said.
The Cardinals (2-22) step back into Little Hawkeye Conference play on Tuesday. They host Norwalk in LHC doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m. at Woodland Park.
Newton, which is 0-17 in conference action, wraps up LHC play in a makeup varsity doubleheader at Indianola.
The Cardinals play at Saydel on Thursday. Their final regular season game is July 16 at South Tama.
Newton opens Class 3A Substate 6 District 11 play on July 19 at Marion.
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