DALLAS CENTER — Newton High’s Cardinals went toe-to-toe with Class 3A second-ranked Dallas Center-Grimes in a Little Hawkeye Conference baseball game Friday night. The Cardinals played the Mustangs to a scoreless game through four compete innings.
DCG took advantage of three walks and a passed ball to score a run with two gone in the bottom of the fifth. The Mustangs came up with an RBI single followed by a two-run double to take a 4-0 lead.
That’s where it stayed. DCG beat Newton 4-0.
“This was a good high school baseball game. I’m very proud of our guys,” Newton High head coach Dustin Brisel said. “We’ve made a lot of progress since we played this very good DCG team at home at the start of the season.”
The Mustangs decked the Cardinals in a LHC doubleheader 19-3 and 13-0, both ending after five innings, on June 17. DCG is 12-1 overall and in LHC action. Newton is 1-12 overall and 1-11 against conference teams.
Brisel said sophomore starting pitcher Braydon Chance had a good game on the mound. Chance allowed three runs on four hits and five walks through 4 2/3 innings of work. He struck out five Mustang batters.
Junior Derek Lanser took over on the mound and went 1 1/3 innings. Lanser allowed one run on one hit and had three strikeouts.
A big difference in the game came at the plate, Newton had two hits — singles by senior Blake Sevenbergen — while DCG had nine hits.
“We moving in the right direction as we head into the final weeks of the season. We played a clean game defensively tonight. We just got to the bats going,” Brisel said.
The Mustangs’ pitching ace senior Logan Smith struck out 10 Newton batters in his six innings of work. Smith has an ERA of 0.30.
Newton hosts Knoxville for only its second non-conference game of the season on Monday. The junior varsity is at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity at 7:30 p.m.
On Tuesday the Cardinals travel to Grinnell for a LHC varsity doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. Those games will conclude conference action for Newton.
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