Rams punish Stephenson for first region victory, 11-1
COVINGTON — The Newton High baseball squad won its first region game of the year Friday night after putting on a classic showing against Stephenson at Riverside Park, 11-1.
The game ended with the umpires invoking the mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth inning to send the Jaguars (6-4 overall, 3-2 Region 2AAAAA) westward bound on I-20 with an embarrassing castigation.
Chris Boyd started for the Rams (4-8, 1-3), putting on an almost flawless performance by striking out six batters, walking two and surrendering just three hits.
“Chris is probably the best pitcher we’ve got going right now,” said Newton coach Billy Roper. “He gives us a chance to win games. Today we got the hits and we took away their chances by playing good solid defense.”
The Rams scored four runs in the bottom of the first to set the tone after the Jags scored their only run in the top half of the inning.
In the second frame, Newton tacked on another run after a perfect bunt by Brian Breckon. It scored D.J. Hill, who led off the inning with a single, giving the Rams a 5-1 cushion.
“We needed this win,” said