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May 1, 2013

Romack, Neoga best Newton 8-2

NEWTON -- Neoga used timely hitting and quality pitching to take down Newton 8-2 Tuesday afternoon.

It’s the same formula Neoga’s been using all year as the Indians ran to their record to 15-4 with the win Tuesday.

“After that first inning, I thought our offense looked really good tonight,” said Neoga coach Ted Kerner. “We were able to put pressure on them. Tonight, we let the ball get there, get deep and go to the opposite field.”

For two innings, Neoga’s Tyler Romack and Newton’s Weston Shipman threw up zeroes in a scoreless ball game.

Shipman was putting the ball over the plate for two innings, and in the third, the Neoga bats started hitting the ball into the holes in the Eagle defense.

Kenton Albin led off with a single and Tim Yurs had an infield single. Wild pitches allowed Albin to score, and then Riley Walk and Jake Baker laced back-to-back singles up the middle to make it 3-0 Neoga.

Newton quickly answered in the bottom of the third, when Allen Taylor hit a no-doubter home run to left field out of the nine spot in the order to make it 3-1.

The Indians got the three-run lead right back, when Albin led off the fourth with a double and came around to score on a Yurs groundout.

The score stayed at 4-1 until the sixth, after Kyle Woods came into pitch for Newton.

“Weston pitched three pretty solid innings, Kyle did pretty well for us,” said Newton coach Jason Fulton. “Pitching hasn’t been the issue for us.”

Romack continued to shut down the Eagle offense, allowing Neoga to extend its lead in the top of the sixth. Logan Rankin had an RBI single to make it 5-1. Newton looked to get out of the inning when Woods forced a ground ball to second baseman Mike Carr, but it trickled through his legs and allowed two runs to score.

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