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Rams fall twice in twin bill

COVINGTON - The Newton baseball team found out the hard way that making errors against good teams is a deadly combination.

The Rams combined for 12 errors in their doubleheader against Riverwood and McIntosh on Saturday at Riverside Park in the Babe Ruth Division of the Georgia Dugout Tournament.

Newton (0-3) was swept in the twin bill, losing the opener to Riverwood 10-7 before being run-ruled by McIntosh 26-8 in five innings.

Against Riverwood, the Rams were playing solidly until the top of the fourth inning. Trailing 1-0, Newton's sloppy defense allowed the Raiders score three more runs and make it a 4-0 game. Outfielder Jason Knight got the defense back on track by running down a long drive and catching it with his back on the fence.

Newton pitcher Chris Boyd helped his cause with an RBI single to score Josh Cloer and make it a 4-1 game.

However, the Raiders jumped out to a 10-1 lead, scoring four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth.

Down by nine runs heading to the bottom of the seventh, the Rams tried to rally but fell short after crossing the plate six times.

The Rams looked like they were ready to put the loss to the Raiders behind them, taking a 5-0 lead over McIntosh after completing the first inning.

The Chiefs managed to load the bases with one out in the top of the second when Newton shortstop Chris Moss opted to give up a run for the second out. However, the third out did not come easy as McIntosh scored eight more runs before Moss caught a line drive for the final out. Between the second and final out, McIntosh sent eight batters to the plate.

The Chiefs made it 10-5, scoring a run with two outs in the third.

Newton closed the gap to 10-8 scoring three times in the bottom of the third. Back-to-back singles by Nick Hembree and Seth Sullivan plated two runners, while Hembree scored on a wild pitch.

But the Chiefs responded by scoring nine runs on five hits in the fourth by sending 15 batters to the plate.

McIntosh scored seven runs on five hits in the top of the fifth taking an 18-run advantage.

Josh Cloer paced the Rams in the two games with three hits.

On the mound, Newton threw seven pitchers between the two games and combined for nine walks and seven strikeouts while giving up 22 hits and 36 runs.

The Rams lost the first game of the dugout tournament 8-2 to Creekview.

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