The Newton High School baseball team suffered a setback Tuesday night after a pair of non-league losses to Andover at Klein-Scott Field.
Newton lost the first game 3-2 and the second game 10-3. The Railers managed just six hits in 14 innings of play.
"It's a disappointing evening," Newton coach Mark George said. "It's my fault. I didn't have my guys prepared. Ben Wright threw an outstanding game in game one, but we had bad approaches to the plate. In the end, that falls to me."
In the first game, Andover scored a run in the top of the first. Newton opened the third inning by putting two runners on base. The Railers scored on an error on a double steal play. The Railers added a run on a squeeze bunt by Austin Gronau.
With two outs and two runners on in the top of the sixth, singles by Landon Fry and Step Dilkes gave Andover the lead back. Newton got a two-out runner in the bottom of the seventh on an error.
Miles Starks posted the win for Andover, holding Newton to just two hits. Ben Wright took the loss for the Railers.
Cooper Nichols went two for two hitting for Andover.
In the second game, Newton jumped out 2-0 after two innings, but gave up five runs in the third. Andover scored at least one run in each of the remaining innings.
The Railers had bases loaded in the second inning with no outs, managing just one run and ending the inning on a double play. Newton scored a run in the fifth inning, then loaded the bases with one out, but a strikeout and line out ended the threat.
Freshman Jack Maki pitched 6 1-3 innings for Andover for the win. Maki came in for starter Fry with two outs in the first inning. Austin Gronau took the loss for the Railers. Reagan McCloud and Jacob Fulmer closed the game.
Andover was led at the plate by Bryant Kluesner, who had four hits — a single, two doubles and a triple. Maki went two for three. Zach Stater went two for four.
Cody Stineman went two for two hitting for Newton. Wyatt Burbrink had two walks and was hit by a pitch.
Andover improves to 6-2. Newton falls to 6-4 and gets a week off, playing at 4 p.m. April 25 at Hutchinson.