For seven innings, Newton Post 20 had Effingham Post 120 on the ropes in the junior league, thanks to a strong performance by Tyler Zuber. Newton's Zuber left the game up 5-1, but the wheels fell off for Newton as he left the game, and Effingham rallied for 11 runs in the eight to win 12-5 Thursday night. Kaleb Wright entered the game, and walked three batters on 12 total pitches, leaving the game up 5-2. Brian Spitzer relieved Wright, but didn't fair much better. He walked Ryan Barnes, but struck out Brady Jackson for the first out. From there, Effingham roared back to take control. Taylor Martin singled in two runs up the middle, and Reed Schafer reached on an error to load the bases down 5-4. Adam Koester walked in a run, Brennan Poland drove in a run with a liner to center, and Schafer scored on a passed ball.Now up 7-5, Carter Hayes tripled in two runs and then came around to score on a Kevin Daugherty double. Both he and Swayde Sanders scored on balls that got by Newton catcher Allen Taylor, finally putting Effingham out in front 12-5 for good. Barnes mowed down Newton in the ninth to secure a complete game win. He struck out 11 in nine innings, allowing four hits and five runs, just one of which was earned.Newton was opportunistic early, scoring four runs in the second inning thanks to four Effingham errors. Wyatt Geier drove in Jonah Wendling after Wendling reached on an error, Jacob Lidy drove in Taylor with a single to right, and two runs scored on a Reed Kocher ground ball to Hayes that was booted with two outs. In the fifth, Mitch Tarr led off with a strikeout but reached first on a wild pitch, and Kocher reached on a Hayes error at third. A bunt and a Zuber sacrifice fly put Newton up 5-0. Effingham finally got on the board in the sixth. Hayes led off with a single and Kevin Daugherty reached on a fielder's choice with one out. Barnes hit a line drive at second baseman Mike Carr, and Carr tried to turn the double play at first by throwing to Tarr. Tarr fell down trying to make the catch, and Hayes scurried home in the confusion. Hayes led Effingham's offense by going 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBIs and three runs on the day. Poland Daugherty each had two hits and an RBI, Taylor went 1-for-4 with two RBIs and Koester drove in one run and went 1-for-3. Zuber went seven innings and struck out four for Newton, allowing six hits and one run. Four other pitchers combined for the final three outs. Lidy was 2-for-4 with an RBI double, Zuber was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base and Geier was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Effingham (2-3-1) is off until Monday, June 24 when they play in a four-day tournament at Mattoon.
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Newton: Zuber (1-3, RBI, SB); Wendling (0-3, R), Taylor (0-3, R, BB); Geier (1-4, RBI, R); Lidy (2-4, 2B, RBI, R); Tarr (0-3, BB, R)Effingham: Koester (1-3, RBI, R, 2 BB); Poland (2-5, RBI, R); Hayes (2-3, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, SB); Sanders (0-2, 2 R, 3 BB); Daugherty (2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB); Barnes (1-4, R, BB); Buhrman (1-3, 2b); Martin (1-4, 2 RBI, R, BB); Schafer (0-3, BB, R)