The Newton Post 2 Junior Knights American Legion baseball team learned a lot about baseball this summer as a very young team that included a couple eighth graders took the field.
The Junior Knights dropped a pair of games in the Class A zone tournament at Klein-Scott Field.
Newton fell to the Andover Jaguars 9-1 Sunday in five inning on the eight-run rule. Newton fell to Clearwater 18-11 Monday in an elimination game.
Against the Andover Jaguars, Newton scored a run on an error in the top of the first, but gave the run back on an error in the bottom of the second.
Walks led to three runs for the Jaguars in the bottom of the third inning. The Jags started hitting the ball in the fourth inning. An error in the fifth led to the run-rule run.
Creighton Thatcher went 2 1-3 innings for the win, striking out three. Evans Hayes finished the game with three strikeouts.
Newton used four pitchers with starter Camden Fenwick taking the loss, striking out three. Zac Kennell, Josh Edson and Jaxon Brackeen also pitched.
Sam Garretson went two for three hitting for the Jaguars, driving in two runs. Blake Robinson also drove in two runs. Thatcher went two for four hitting.
Konar Jaso went two for three hitting for Newton.
Andover 4, Clearwater 1
In the first game of the tourney, the Andover Trojans edged the Clearwater Indians 4-1. Trojan pitcher Cole Elder threw a complete-game three-hitter, allowing no walks and striking out six. The Trojans had just one earned run in the game, aided by Clearwater errors. Jaxton Tracy took the loss for the Indians, striking out four. Taylor Currie finished the game.
No player had more than one hit.
In Monday’s state qualifying game, the Andover Jaguars used 10 walks and five errors to down the rival Andover Trojans 16-1 in four innings on the 10-run rule.
The Jaguars qualify for state next week in Hays.
The Jaguars scored a pair of runs in the first inning without a hit. Four errors in the third inning led to eight runs for the Jaguars.
The Trojans scored a run in the bottom of the third on a Grady Schmidt single.
The Jaguars put things away with six runs in the fourth.
Sam Garretson pitched a complete game for the Jaguars, allowing a run on four hits with no walks and two strikeouts.
The Trojans used five pitchers with starter Jeremy Fraser taking the loss.
Trey Degarmo and Eric Goodrum each had three RBIs for the Jaguars. Degarmo went two for four hitting.
Grady Schmidt went two for three for the Trojans.
The Trojans face Clearwater at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Williams Field for the second state berth of the zone.
Andover Trojans 4, Clearwater Indians 1
Wiens ss;3;1;1;0;Anderson 1b;2;0;0;1
Tracy 1b;3;0;0;0;G.Schmidt ss;3;0;0;0
Demel c;3;0;1;1;Stiles 3b;3;1;1;0
Street rf;3;0;0;0;Cozad c;3;1;1;1
Currie p;3;0;0;0;Schwien lf;3;1;1;1
Hartman cf;2;0;1;0;Elder p;2;0;0;0
Asper 2b;2;0;0;0;Evans 2b;2;1;1;0
Willis 3b;2;0;0;0;K.Schmidt cf;2;1;1;0
Beatty lf;2;0;0;0;Champlin rf;2;0;0;0
E — G.Schmidt, Hartman, Wiens 2. DP — Andover. LOB — Clr. 1, AT 3. 2B — Demel, Cozad. SB — Wiens, Schwien, Hartman. Sac. Fly — Anderson.