Newton takes two from Trojans
STATE CENTER — The West Marshall softball team was one out from going to extra innings with Newton before the Cardinals spoiled it with a walk-off win here Saturday.
Newton (11-11) swept the host Trojans, starting with a 10-0, six-inning victory in the opening game before the 4-3 nail-biter in the second contest. The two teams were tied at 3-all from the third inning until the seventh, when Newton came up with the game-winning run.
West Marshall (5-14) started the second game on top, scoring twice in the top of the first inning. Lilly Buck walked to begin the game and scored on a throwing error when Peyton Smith’s grounder was misplayed. Josie Zahnd followed with a single and Lauren Solberg drove in Smith one out later with an infield single, but the Trojans eventually left the bases loaded.
West Marshall tacked on another run in the second as Bella Borgos and Buck hit back-to-back singles before Smith’s sacrifice fly scored courtesy runner Kiersten Randall.
Newton starting pitcher Nevara Gray got relieved from there, and Hailey Sumpter held the Trojans to just three hits the rest of the way. The Cardinals’ bats came to life, too, by scoring twice in the second and once more in the third to tie it a 3-all.
Borgos hit Newton’s Kya Butler with a pitch to open the bottom of the seventh, and she advanced on a sacrifice bunt and a passed ball before scoring on Maggie Garrett’s two-out single up the middle.
Borgos pitched all 6 2/3 innings for West Marshall, allowing three earned runs on five hits, four walks and three hit batsmen. She struck out six.
Zahnd had two of the Trojans’ seven hits.
Newton’s Kallie VanKley twirled a two-hit shutout in the six-inning opener, allowing two walks while striking out five in the Cardinals’ 10-0 victory. West Marshall’s Madeline Karsjen allowed nine earned runs on nine hits and seven walks, striking out four.
Zahnd had a leadoff double in the fourth and Solberg led off the fifth with a hit, but West Marshall was unable to advance farther than second base against VanKley.
The Trojans are back in action tonight with a home game against Nevada.