By RYAN CZACHORSKI Daily News
Effingham Daily News
---- — 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.
The teams would trade runs over the next inning, with Newton scoring on a bases-loaded balk and Neoga scoring in the seventh on another Rankin RBI single.
Romack went six innings, allowing the two earned runs. He struck out nine and allowed four walks.
“Tyler threw well,” Kerner said. “I don’t think he had his best stuff, but he was able to tone it back a bit to where he could perform well. I’ll take two runs every game and see what we can do.”
Rankin was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Michael Baker was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Trevor Moore went 1-for-3 with two runs.
Shipman took the loss, tossing three innings. Woods and Jacob Lidy pitched in relief.
Taylor was the lone bright spot of the Newton offense with his homer. Caleb Chesnut was 2-for-4 with a run, while Derek Schackmann was 1-for-2 with a stolen base.
The rest of the Newton bats need to come around for the Eagles (2-13) to pick up their play, but it’s been a difficult road.
“It’s one of those things you have or you don’t, and right now we just don’t have it,” Fulton said. “We’ve been hitting since December.”
Newton hosts Palestine/Hutsonville Thursday afternoon.
The Indians will look to stay hot against St. Anthony, taking on the Bulldogs at Evergreen Park.
Neoga 003 103 1 8 11 0
Newton 001 001 0 2 4 3
WP - Romack LP - Shipman
Neoga: Monroe (0-2, 3 BB, 2 R); Rankin (2-4, 2 RBI, R); R. Walk (1-5, RBI); M. Baker (2-3, RBI); J. Baker (1-4); Albin (2-4, 2B, R); Moore (1-3, 2 R); True (1-1, R); Yurs (1-4, RBI, R)
Newton: Schackmann (1-2, 2 BB, SB); Chesnut (2-4, R); Taylor (1-3, HR, RBI, R)