Rams pun­ish Stephen­son for first re­gion vic­tory, 11-1

The Covington News - - Sports - By Eric R. Wal­lace

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

ROPER

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