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Newton wins, gets to rest in NBC World Series

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, July 30, 2012, at 7:44 a.m.
  • Updated Sunday, August 12, 2012, at 8:16 a.m.

Newton coach Brad Salsman believes his team owns the pitching depth to win on consecutive days in the NBC World Series. He wants to wait as long as possible to test that theory.

Instead of playing at 10:30 a.m. Monday, the Rebels are off until Thursday. Salsman can rest his staff after he used six pitchers in Sunday afternoon’s 7-6 win over Impact Sports (Colo.) in 11 innings.

“You play in 110-degree heat and you’re here from 10:30 to almost 5 p.m., you need four days off,” Salsman said. “I think we’re one of the few teams in this tournament that could play four or five days straight, because we have 15 arms.”

The Rebels, in the NBC for the first time since 2009, avoided the losers bracket when No. 9 hiter Tyler Faught punched a base hit to right field and drove in pinch-runner Matt Moore with the winning run. Faught’s hit saved the Rebels from blowing a 6-0 lead and wasting a superb effort from starter Storm Marlar, who allowed three hits and no runs in six innings. Marlar, a junior at Tabor, tweaked his hamstring in the sixth inning, got two more outs and took a seat with what seemed like a safe lead.

“Storm Marlar gave us a hell of a chance,” Salsman said. “It’s 110 degrees and he’s already at about 90 pitches. Our bullpen’s been great all year and I’ve got confidence throwing those guys out there. They just didn’t get the job done.”

Impact Sports, making its first NBC appearance, played like rookies early. Three errors in the first three innings helped Newton take a 4-0 lead.

“We started out a little shaky,” Impact Sports coach Rylan Reed said. “But we got the jitters out.”

Impact Sports tied it 6-all in the eighth on a balk call the Salsman disputed for its timing, not its correctness. Closer Nathan Briar also admitted he flinched, allowing a runner to jog home after a delayed call from the home-plate umpire Mike Lentz. After that, Briar composed himself and held Impact Sports to one hit until the 11th. Impact Sports loaded the bases in the 11th, chasing Briar (who walked two batters) and then Brett Tunnell (who hit a batter and walked one), before Josh Markel produced a ground ball to end the threat.

Newton, which hadn’t scored since the fifth, started the winning rally with a one-out single by Edgar Lopez. Toby Cornejo, called on to sacrifice, appeared to get a gift when the 20-second clock expired and Lentz signaled for a ball. Then he changed it to a strike and told Cornejo he wasn’t in the box the required five seconds before the buzzer.

“I thought I was in the box,” Cornejo said. “I don’t know the rule, exactly.”

Cornejo didn’t let the mistake bother him. He perfectly placed his bunt and beat the throw on a close call, moving Moore to second with one out. In Newton parlance, regaining composure is known as “trashing out.”

“Getting rid of whatever bad happened in five seconds,” Salsman said. “I don’t even have to talk to the kid. He makes a mistake, something bad happens, he trashes out and he’s right back in it.”

Faught, who flew out with a runner on second in the ninth, delivered everybody from the hot turf by smacking a fastball off Cody Lahman.

Omaha Strike ZoneDavy Jones Cardinals
Kinman P3000Stratman CF2110
Dreifurst rf1111Hayes ss3110
Moore cf4211Chamberlin lf5010
Miller 2b3022Barkell4211
Williams c3 000Durkin rf4111
Tabler c,ph2000Wollenzin4010
Sitorius 3b4120Woodyard 3b3000
Johnson ss3010Gallegos 3b, ph1001
Dogett ss1000Jurney dh5022
Battaglia 1b5110Schmitt 2b3000
Scheuler rf2000
Williamsen p1110
Paul lf3123
Totals 357117Totals34584

Strike Zone0021000407 11 3
Davy Jones0000400015 8 0

E— Kinman, Dreifurst, Johnson. DP--Strike Zone 1. LOB—Strike Zone 9, Davy Jones 12. 2B—Miller 2, Sitoruis, Paul. HR-Moore, Paul. HBP — Miller, Doggett. SB-Barkell. CS — Durkin. .

Williamsen W,1-0411040

Spires L,0-111/344400

WP — Thomas.

Umpires — Home, Josh Schepis; first, Matt Raine; third, Shawn Bolte.

T — 2:21.

Impact SportsNewton Rebels
Singh cf4100Cezar cf6230
Vandyke 2b4121Quiles 3b6121
Soliday ss6000Thomas ss5031
Kluge rf4012Macy c5031
Demello lf4000Sanchez lf3000
Wade c5030Lanham lf0000
Alvarez 1b5100Heiland lf, ph2000
Thoning dh5131Dunnegan 1b6210
Sture 3b4200Lopez dh5120
Moore pr0100
Cornejo 2b5021
Faught rf5011
Totals 41694Totals487174

Impact Sports0000004200 0 —6 9 3
Newton1400100000 1 —7 17 1

E— Vandyke 2, Sture, Thomas. DP-Impact Sports 2, Newton 1. LOB—Impact Sports 13, Newton 16. 2B—Kluge, Wade, Dunnegan, Lopez, Cornejo 3B-Thoning. HBP — Kluge, Demello, Cornejo. SB-Wade, Cezar, Quiles.

Lahman L,0-1010000

Markel W,1-01/300000

WP — Ramirez.

Umpires — Home, Mike Lentz; first, Josh Sanderson; third, Greg Mudd.

T — 3:11.

St. JosephTulsa Cardinals
Saxon cf5110Knott ss4120
Simpson 2b5341Argo lf4011
Robinette 3b3101Moody c4021
Koerper 1b4012Garrison pr0000
Lubach c5123Crow c1000
Dailey dh5110Lein cf4000
Richards rf2000Bradley dh4000
Rosales ss2110Harper 1b 4110
Kretzer lf3000Brinker 3b4010
Burkhart lf, ph1011Hendricks 2b4120
Johnson rf2000
Warchuck ph,rf2110
Totals 358118Totals374104

St. Joseph0001000618 11 1
Tulsa Cardinals0011100014 10 2

E— Koerper, Knott, Lein. DP-St. Joseph 1, Tulsa 1. LOB—St. Joseph 7, Tulsa 8. 2B—Simpson, Rosales. 3B-Moody, Harper. HR-Lubach SF — Robinette, Koerper. SB - Warchuck.

Cunningham W,1-0793219

Lafitte L,0-11/324420

WP — Cunningham, Green.

Umpires — Home, Jamye Williams; first, Ben Harlow; third, Mark Wagers.

T — 2:21.

Dodge CityArvada (Colo.)
Conley cf4021Cok dh4000
Burleson 2b5020Hoefler cf4031
Anderson ss5111Voelker 3b4010
Corwin rf4111Aranda c4010
Drake dh5333Patterson 1b3010
Yoder 1b5030Gustin lf4010
Sigala 3b4110Anderson ss3000
Davis c4121Nelson 2b3010
Youngblood3110Hessman rf2100
Totals 358118Totals374104

Dodge City0112130008 16 1
Arvada0000001001 8 2

E— T. Anderson, Davis, A. Anderson 2. LOB—Dodge City 8, Arvada 10. DP-Dodge City 2, Arvada 3. 2B—Yoder. HR-Drake 2. SB - Anderson, Drake, Yoder, Hoefler, Nelson. CS-Conley.



WP — Wright.

Umpires — Home, Bob Homolka; first, Terry Harrison; third, Tony Daquano.

T — 2:15.

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