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Newton baseball clinches Region 2-AAAAAA championship

Eagles play hard for pride in season finale

COVINGTON — Newton’s baseball made quick work of Morrow beating the Mustangs 16-0 in four innings to secure the Region 2-AAAAAA championship on Friday while the Eagles won their final game of the season with a 3-0 win over Monroe Area as they just missed a playoff berth.

The Rams (14-9, 9-3) put the game out of reach in the first inning scoring nine runs. The first inning saw the Rams hit Daniel Croom hit two triples while driving in MJ Boykin both times. Newton also took advantage of the Morrow (3-13, 1-9) pitchers scoring two wild pitches and a passed ball. The Rams sent 13 batters to the plate getting six hits while walking twice and taking advantage of two errors.

After Tristan McInerny plated Josh Prince in the second inning, the Rams added four more runs in the third with Prince and Shawn Guckenberger scoring on passed balls.

The Rams had 14 hits and five walks against Morrow with Croom and Boykin getting walked two times each. Allen Bowen paced Newton going 3-for-3 with multiple hits coming from Boykin, Croom, McInerny and Augustus Murray.

Croom got the win going four innings allowing one hit while striking out six batters.

The Rams host McEachern (15-10-1, 6-2 Region 4-AAAAAA) in the first round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs in a doubleheader on Friday with the if game scheduled for Saturday.

Eagles finish with split against Monroe Area

The Eastside baseball team (14-12 overall, 9-7 Region 8-AAAA) finished its season with a two game series against Monroe Area High School (4-20, 4-12) where the Eagles lost the first game 5-1 before winning the second 3-0.

With the playoffs out of reach and Eastside playing for pride, the Eagles jumped out to an early lead with singles from Austin Holloway and Jared Jones. Following by a wild pitch to score the first runner, Drew Buckhault hit a sacrifice fly to give Eastside a 2-0 lead in the first. Buckhault took the mound for Eastside career and after giving up a pair of hits in the opening frame he emerged unscathed as the runners were left stranded.

The next scoring opportunity for the Eagles came in the third inning with Buckhault helping himself with a single to right field and then crossing the plate on the strength of a single off the bat of Jacob Wilder.

Buckhault continued to dominate from the mound, surrendering two additional hits throughout the remainder of his complete game effort finishing with seven strikeouts, five hits and no walks.

“Drew did a great job on the mound. It’s always good to finish on a positive note,” Eastside pitching coach Ashley Senn said.

Dustin Kerbow got the start on the mound for the Eagles in the first game of the series. After giving up a leadoff double to Jacob Olson, the Hurricanes sacrificed the runner into scoring position for Wesley Wommack who collected the RBI on a double to the gap to take a 1-0 lead. Kerbow settled down and recorded a pair of strikeouts to get out of the inning.

Monroe Area added another run in the third inning with Olson and Wommack knocking a couple of singles.

Eastside mounted an scoring drive in their half of the third as Peyton Pallay, Jacob Wilder and Travis Smith connected for singles with Smith plating Pallay to cut the lead to 2-1. Kerbow continued his strong outing, recording two more strikeouts in pitching a scoreless fourth inning. Kerbow garnered seven strikeouts over his 4 1/3 innings of work while giving up six hits and walking one.

Connor Hewell came on in relief and got out of the inning, but not before Wommack’s third hit of the night increased the Hurricane lead to 5-1. Hewell was effective in pitching a scoreless sixth and seventh inning, giving up one hit and striking out two.

“Dustin Kerbow pitched well enough for us to win,” Eastside head coach Jon Ayers said. “We were just unable to give him any run support.

“I am proud of the way we finished the season, winning three of four (final) games,” Eastside head coach Jon Ayers said. “Ending on a high note is great for our seniors and our underclassmen.”