July 25, 2021

Cardinal baseball snaps skid with walk-off win over DCG

Newton loses to Des Moines East, Indianola on the road

Newton’s baseball team rallied two different times against Dallas Center-Grimes during the nightcap of their Little Hawkeye Conference doubleheader on Wednesday.

After losing the opener 9-1, the Cardinals fell behind 4-1 in the nightcap but took the lead with a seven-run fourth inning before eventually scoring four in the bottom of the seventh to win 12-11.

The come-from-behind victory snapped Newton’s four-game losing streak.

The Cardinals won game two despite being out-hit 10-7. Newton did draw eight walks and was hit by six pitches. Cardinal pitching issued just three walks and hit three batters.

Newton (6-18 overall, 4-16 in conference play) scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh without recording an out.

Evan Grimm led off the frame with a double and went to third on a wild pitch. He scored on Brody Bauer’s RBI double and Bauer took third on a passed ball.

Conner Brain hit a pinch-hit RBI double to score Bauer and then Drew Thompson and Turner Williams were hit by pitches.

Brain eventually scored on a wild pitch to tie it. And Kacey Sommars walked to load the bases. That’s when Braydon Chance blasted an RBI single to win it for the home team.

Chance started on the mound and went five innings. He allowed eight earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts, two walks and three hit by pitches.

Kael Swarts pitched the next 1 1/3 innings and allowed three runs — one earned — on two hits with one strikeout and one walk.

Sommars got the final two outs in the seventh and earned the win after allowing one walk and striking out one.

Grimm and Bauer each had two hits. Grimm also tallied two RBIs and scored one run and Bauer finished with two runs, one RBI, one walk and one hit by pitch.

Eli Stewart had one hit, one walk, one run, one RBI and one hit by pitch, Chance finished with one hit, one walk, three RBIs and one run and Sommars tallied two walks, two runs, one RBI and one hit by pitch.

Williams also walked twice, scored one run, had one RBI and was hit by a pitch, Thompson walked once, was hit by one pitch and scored two runs and Vanderlaan was hit by a pitch and scored one run.

Brain’s only at-bat ended with an RBI double and he scored once.

DCG led 4-1 after three and countered Newton’s seven-run fourth inning with three runs in the fifth and sixth.

In the opener, Newton was limited to four hits and the Cardinals committed four errors.

The Mustangs (13-12, 11-6) scored three runs in the first and went up 5-1 after three before going on to win 9-1.

In Newton’s run-scoring third inning, Thompson drew a one-out walk, Williams single and Sommars was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Chance brought in the team’s lone run with a sacrifice fly to left field.

The four hits were collected by Sommars, Williams, Swarts and Grimm. Sommars also was hit by a pitch, Chance had one RBI and Thompson walked and scored in the third.

Williams started on the mound and took the loss after allowing five runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks in three innings.

Sommars pitched two innings and surrendered one unearned run on two hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

Grimm and Bauer both tossed one inning. Grimm allowed three  runs — two earned — on one hit with one strikeout and two hit batters. Bauer pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.

Indianola 8, Newton 1

INDIANOLA — Indianola broke open a close game with a five-run fifth inning and finished off the Cardinals 8-1 on Monday during LHC action.

The Cardinals scored their lone run in the third to trim the deficit to 3-1, but the Indians’ big inning was too much to overcome.

Newton was limited to five hits in the loss. Chance singled and scored on Stewart’s RBI single in the fourth.

Sommars and Bauer both doubled and Grimm got the other hit, while Williams and Vanderlaan both walked once.

The Cardinals struck out 11 times in the game. Indianola (20-9, 12-7) finished with 10 hits.

Vanderlaan started on the mound and took the loss after allowing eight earned runs on seven hits with two walks in four innings.

Chance came on in relief with none out in the fifth and limited the damage the rest of the way. He allowed three hits and struck out two.

Des Moines East 3, Newton 1

DES MOINES — The Cardinals collected just four hits at the plate and lost 3-1 to Des Moines East on Tuesday at Don Powell Field.

Riley Mouchka went the distance on the mound but his seven-hitter wasn’t enough as Newton’s offense was slowed by East starter James Jefferson.

Jefferson needed 89 pitches to get through seven innings for the Scarlets (8-23) and he struck out nine batters. The run he allowed was unearned.

Swarts tallied two of the team’s four hits in the game. Chance and Vanderlaan also had one hit apiece and Grimm walked once.

Newton tied the game in the third when Vanderlaan reached on an infield single and then came all the way around to score after East committed back-to-back errors.

The first miscue came on an attempted pickoff at first base. The second error occurred when East tried throwing Vanderlaan out at third base.

Mouchka got out of a jam in the fourth after the Cardinals executed the hidden ball trick to get the final out.

Attempting to tie the score at 2-all, Newton failed to execute a suicide squeeze bunt in the fifth.

Mouchka allowed three runs — two earned — on seven hits with five strikeouts and three walks.