NORWALK — Newton’s baseball team was limited to four hits during a Little Hawkeye Conference doubleheader against Norwalk on Monday.
The Warriors scored early in both games and swept the doubleheader 9-5 and 5-0.
“I thought we were in both games, especially game one,” Newton baseball coach Brad Kahler said. “We cut the lead to 5-3 then they pulled away. It was the best pitching we’ve seen this year and we struggled. But that’s how we get better, play good teams and face good pitching.”
Norwalk struck out 23 Cardinals over the course of both games. The Warriors led 5-0 after three. Newton scored three times in the fourth and twice in the sixth. Norwalk pulled away with two in the fourth and one each in the fifth and sixth.
Newton (3-5 overall, 1-4 in conference play) had three hits in the opener. Kacey Sommars led the way with one hit, two walks and two runs and Tade Vanderlaan chipped one hit with three RBIs. Braydon Chance had the other hit and scored two runs.
Kael Swarts scored a run and Drew Thompson walked once.
Riley Mouchka started on the mound and allowed eight earned runs on 12 hits with four walks in 4 1/3 innings. He took the loss.
Brody Bauer tossed the final 1 2/3 innings and allowed one earned run on two hits with one strikeout.
Vinnie Mauro led Norwalk (9-1, 4-1) with three hits and two RBIs and Brock Miller tallied two hits, two runs and two RBIs. Evan Borst got the win on the mound after allowing no earned runs on two hits with nine strikeouts in five innings.
Mauro homered in the nightcap and Dylan Christensen pitched a five-inning one-hitter with nine strikeouts on the mound.
The lone hit from Newton came from Swarts, who also walked. Chance and Thompson drew walks and Eli Stewart was hit by a pitch.
Chance started on the mound and took the loss after surrendering three earned runs on four hits with one strikeout and four walks.
Evan Grimm tossed the final 1 2/3 innings and walked three but did not give up a hit or a run.