SAYDEL — There’s no doubt the 2019 baseball season has been a struggle for the Newton High Cardinals.
“But the kids are still working hard. There’s nothing wrong with the effort we saw tonight,” Newton High head coach Dustin Brisel said.
The Cardinals rallied from a 5-0 deficit on the road in a non-conference game at Saydel. The Eagles had scored three runs in the second and two in the third.
Newton produced a run in the fourth. It plated three in the sixth and tied it with a run in the top of the seventh.
With two gone and one on in the bottom of the seventh, Saydel got a bloop single to left field.
The Eagles’ baserunner beat the throw to the plate to get a 6-5 win.
“I’m proud of our guys. They did not give up. We had great plays from our outfielders tonight,” Brisel said. “We just got down, which is the story of our season. Tonight we battled back to tie it but couldn’t get the win.”
Ben Leal went the distance on the mound for Newton. He allowed 11 hits, walked five and struck out two.
Newton had 12 hits led by Clay Meyer, who was 3-for-4 with three base hits. He drove in three runs.
Kael Swarts, Julian Hotchkin and Taylor Danley each had two singles. Leal, Dalton Altemeier and Braydon Chance had a base hit apiece.
Newton (2-27) has one more regular-season game. The Cardinals play at South Tama on Tuesday. Both teams are in the Class 3A District 11 tournament.
Newton opens 3A district play at 7 p.m. on July 19 at Class 3A No. 5 Marion. South Tama plays Bondurant-Farrar at 5 p.m. in the first game of a District 11 doubleheader at Marion.
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