INDIANOLA — Powering out his first career home run, Newton High senior Ryan Barr got the Cardinals on the scoreboard Wednesday night. The two-run blast cut the Indianola Indians’ lead to 8-2 in the top of the third of the opening game of a Little Hawkeye Conference doubleheader.
Newton lost the game 13-6 but Barr was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
Barr’s home run was the first for a Cardinal baseball team in three years. In 2016, Duncan Lee hit two home runs.
The Cardinals were winless in the LHC play in 2019 as they lost Wednesday’s second game 11-1 in five innings.
In the first game, Newton scored two runs in the third on the home run then added three in the third inning. It was down 11-5.
Clay Meyer, Julian Hotchkin and Taylor Danley pitched for the Cardinals. They gave up 11 hits and issued 11 walks.
Barr had a single and a double along with his home run. Danley hit a single and a double.
Ty Arguello, who was aboard for Barr’s home run, doubled as did Kael Swarts. Blake Sevenbergen singled.
Through three innings of play of the second game, Newton trailed 3-1.
Newton scored a run in the second to tie the game at 1-all. Danley drew a one-out walk then Arguello and Swarts, who had the RBI, had back-to-back base hits with two gone. Indianola scored once in the second and once in the third.
The Warriors broke the game open with an eight-run fourth inning. They held the Cardinals in check in the fifth to end the game by run-rule.
Braydon Chance pitched three innings for the Cardinals, allowing nine runs on 12 hits and one walk. He struck out three.
Danny Vitales worked one inning of varsity ball. He was charged with two runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out two.
Hotchkin had two singles for the Cardinals. Hitting a single each were Arguello, Swarts and Ben Leal.
Newton finished 0-21 in LHC play. The Cardinals (2-16) have two non-conference games to conclude the regular season.
On Thursday, Newton plays at Saydel with the first pitch in the varsity game set for 7:30 p.m. The Cardinal varsity plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at South Tama.
The Cardinals open Class 3A District 11 play at 7 p.m. on July 19 at No. 5 Marion.
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