The Newton varsity baseball team seems to be finding its groove at just the right time entering the heart of its region schedule, picking up a pair of blowout victories this week.
The Rams followed a 15-0 win over Druid Hills on Tuesday with a 14-0 shutout victory over Stockbridge on Wednesday, combining for 29 runs over two games heading into tonight's contest against rival Alcovy.
Newton pitchers Alex Johnson and Allen Bowen combined to allow just one hit against Stockbridge on a windy afternoon, as the Rams poured on seven runs in the third inning.
Taking on Stockbridge starter Alberto Vargas, Newton put up four runs in the second frame starting with an Auliver Astin single that brought home Joshua Prince after Prince reached on a double. Vargas allowed a walk, and M.J. Boykin brought home a run with a double, extending Newton's lead to 2-0.
Mason Collaway added a two-run single in the inning, ending Newton's opening scoring run.
In the third, Newton's bats stayed hot, as Shawn Guckenberger and Tristan McInerny reached base with one out on a pair of singles. Astin walked, loading the bases, and Johnson added to his cause withva triple, plating a trio of runs.
Newton scored another three runs in the inning, and Johnson and Bowen kept the Tigers off the scoreboard for the remainder of the contest, with Johnson picking up the win in three innings of work. Johnson allowed one hit on the mound, while Bowen surrendered just a walk in two innings on the mound.
Red Devils stumble
Before blasting Stockbridge, the Rams put together an impressive victory over region foe Druid Hills Tuesday, defeating the Red Devils 15-0 in four innings.
Starting pitcher Levi Langford held the Red Devils scoreless, allowing just a few scattered hits in the run-rule shortened contest.
Newton led just 3-0 after the first inning, but six runs in the third and fourth frames from the Rams helped Newton secure the blowout win.
“These past few days we’ve working on offense and hitting,” Newton coach Andre Byrd said. “Today it paid off with 15 runs.”
Newton’s bats were alive and well in the first inning, as its first two batters reached on base hits. With two on, Bowen stepped up and hit a double, bringing one runner in, and Tristan McInerny hit sac-fly, bringing the second runner home. A Druid Hills’ error allowed Newton’s third run of the frame, and the Rams held a 3-0 advantage heading into the second inning.
After a scoreless second inning, the Rams’ offense found another gear, as Guckenburger, Prince, Johnson, Boykin and Kenny Glover tallied RBIs in a five-hit inning.
Leading 9-0, Newton added another six runs in the fourth, highlighted by a pair of two-RBI doubles from Bowen and Guckenburger.
Newton returns to action tonight on the road in region action against rival Alcovy at 5:30 p.m.