Covington Newton had a come-from behind win in the first game of the Class AAAAAA baseball playoff series against McEachern but they were unable to do it again as they were eliminated two game to one.
The Rams won the first game of the doubleheader 7-6 on Friday scoring the winning run in the sixth inning. After losing the second game of the night 14-4 in five innings, Newton lost the rubber game 8-0 on Saturday ending their season.
The Indians scored three runs in the first inning of the opening game of the series with the help of a two-run home run by Brent Alford off Daniel Croom. Even though Croom struggled early, he settled down keeping the Indians from getting too much of a lead.
Croom allowed eight hits while striking out one and not giving up a walk in six innings of work. Five of their hits came in the first three innings.
“That’s been his story,” Newton head coach Andre Byrd said. “He’s been doing that all year. He starts out flat then gets stronger as the game goes on.”
Despite falling back early, the Rams fought back to stay close scoring two runs in the second. However, McEachern was able to extend its lead back to three runs crossing the plate two times in the third.
The Indians continued to maintain their edge over Newton until the bottom of the fifth when a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth allowed Allen Bowen to beat the throw back to the plate to tie the game at six.
Mason Calloway led the Rams at the plate going 3-3, including a double, with MJ Boykin going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Joshua Prince had two hits as the Rams 10 hits for the game.
Newton took the lead for the first time in the sixth inning when a M.J. Boykin single plated Augustus Murray.
The Indians put themselves in a position to win as they loaded the bases when relief pitcher Alex Johnson hit two batters and walked one out.
The second out came when second baseman Grant Burroughs threw the runner out at home. Johnson was able to make up for loading the bases when he struck out Stephen Wells for the final out.
“That’s what we’ve been doing all year,” Byrd said. “We fight and never think that we’re out of it.”
Allen Bowen did his best to will the Newton Rams to a win with a two-hit game, but the Newton Rams dropped a 14-4 contest to McEachern on Friday.
The Rams never got on track in the second game only getting six hits while scoring four times.
McEachern showed they had no trouble hitting the Rams pitching as Jon Wells, Trey Harris, Jared Walker and Zach Smith combined for eight of their 12 hits and six RBIs.
After pushing across three runs in the top of the third, the Rams faced just a 5-4 deficit. A two-run double by Shawn Guckenberger and an RBI single by Josh Prince triggered the Newton Rams 's comeback.
McEachern answered the Newton Rams 's top inning with six runs of its own in the third. McEachern scored on an RBI double by Smith, a two-run single by Walker, an RBI single by Chase Sudduth, and a two-run double by Bailey Hockman.
The bats were quiet for Newton in the deciding game baseball team only getting three hits despite for facing an overwhelming pitcher in Wells.
“We got who we wanted on the mound,” Byrd said. “We just didn’t bring the bats.”
Tristan McInerny paced the Rams getting two of their hits with Boykin getting credit for the third.
Wells did not have a high-speed fast ball or much control when throwing. The Rams helped him out a lot swinging at pitches that were out of the strike zone. Especially when he threw his curve.
“We haven’t been able to hit the curve ball all year. They did a good job scouting us and putting in some one that could throw the curve ball,” Byrd said. “The guy they had wasn’t impressive, but when we put the ball in play they made the plays.”
Johnson did a good job keeping the Indians until the McEachern batters got two outs as six of their eight runs came with two outs.
Of McEachern’s 15 hits, seven came with two outs. Johnson was able to strikeout out six batters while giving up two walks and hitting two batsman.
“Alex pitched a heck of a game for a sophomore,” Byrd said.
McEachern took the lead scoring in the top half of the opening inning when Alford got a two-out hit.
The Rams put themselves in position to tie the game as Boykin reached third base following a throwing error. But Wells was able to get two strikeouts before getting the final of danger on a ground out.
The Indians continued to maintain that steady pace scoring a run in each inning except the fifth inning where they scored twice making it 6-0.
“All year long we’ve had the attitude that we can come back. But for some reason we were out of it after 3-0,” Byrd said. “We tried to keep it going but it felt like they didn’t want it.”