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Union Grove too much for Newton Rams

COVINGTON - Union Grove was just too much for the Newton baseball team Wednesday at Riverside Park.

The Wolverines took a 3-1 lead in the first inning and cruised from there for a 10-1 victory.

Union Grove (9-8 overall, 5-1 in Region 2-AAAAA) came out fast taking a 2-0 following a Ryan Griffin home run. Newton settled down and got the second and third outs with Union Grove's seven and eight batters but not before giving up another run.

The Rams (5-10, 2-4) closed the gap to make it 3-1 on a Brian Breckon single to plate Jason Knight.

However, Union Grove was able to make it a three-run lead in the second on a Bryan Bentley ground-rule double.

Although still technically in the game at that point, the Rams never threatened again as they failed to reach third base for the rest of the game.

"Against good teams, you're going to have to score runs. We can't come out and give up seven, eight runs in the first three innings and try to battle back," Newton coach Billy Roper said. "That's one of the better teams in the region. You have to find a way to score some runs and we just didn't do a very good job of it."

While the Rams had a hard time crossing the plate, Union Grove did so with ease scoring three runs in the third and three more in the sixth.

The Wolverines combined for 14 hits, including two home runs and four doubles.

"Pitching wasn't bad, but you have a little better performance like hitting your spots," Roper said. "That's the biggest thing, those home runs, you can't throw the ball right down the middle."

In four innings of work, Newton's Chris Boyd had one strikeout while walking six and giving up 10 hits.

Kinley Bryant and Breckon paced the Rams at the plate with two hits each, while Joey Barrick collected the other Newton hit.

"We have to get decent pitching and decent defense, but we've got to hit," Roper said.

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.