Newsome Wins Extra-Innings Pitching Duel Over Riverview Rams
Great pitching and defense was on display Tuesday when the Newsome Wolves traveled to Lithia to face the Riverview Rams in a 9A-8 showdown. The two teams traded two runs each in the first inning but were held scoreless until the Wolves finally broke through in the 10th inning to beat the Rams 2-1.
The Wolves (7-3, 3-1) just had their five-game winning streak snapped and looked to get things back on track heading into Tuesdays match-up. Jared Rondeau got the scoring going when he crossed the plate for the Wolves first run of the game. Joey Raffaele scored the second run for the Wolves on a double from junior Cody Shook during the next at-bat.
The Rams (2-7, 1-1) quickly matched the scoring from the Wolves with two runs of their own in the first. Shortstop Trent Sinkfield scored the first run for the Rams on a wild pitch and Ian Bain tied the game with a sacrifice fly that scored Mark Townsend from third.
Neither team crossed the plate again for eight consecutive innings until finally Jacob Cross scored the go-ahead-run for the Wolves in the top of the tenth on a sacrifice fly from Matt Kenney.
Beau Nichols started the game for the Wolves and pitched well through seven innings of work. Nichols threw 83 pitches, nearly 70% of them for strikes. He allowed four hits and two runs and struck out six. Matt Leslie came in to pitch the final three innings and picked up the victory. Leslie threw 40 pitches and also struck out six, while not surrendering a hit or run.
Riley Gilliland went the first four innings for the Rams, allowing the two runs in the first and striking out five batters. Chris Schiavo allowed the run to score in the tenth and picked up the loss for the Rams.