Rams’ rally falls short on se­nior night

The Covington News - - Sports - Josh Briggs Sports Edi­tor

New­ton had a chance to be the only team of the three schools to win their se­nior night game Wed­nes­day. In­stead Mon­ti­cello crashed the party with a 1211 win.

The loss came on the heels of a de­bil­i­tat­ing loss to West­lake Tues­day night. While Wed­nes­day’s loss was more about pride, Tues­day’s loss hand­cuffs the Rams' play­off hopes. As a re­sult, New­ton needs a win over Luella in the sea­son fi­nale to make the post­sea­son.

“This was a de­signed win ob­vi­ously at the end of the sched­ule, but a lot of things haven’t been fall­ing our way this year,” New­ton coach Ty Hens­ley said. “It’s just one of those things, man. We have to bounce back and play a big re­gion game (against Luella). It’s a life or death game.”

With a chance to get back on track against an ar­guably in­fe­rior op­po­nent (Class AA, 8-13 over­all) and build some con­fi­dence head­ing into their most im­por­tant game of the sea­son, New­ton fell down early and had to play up­hill all night.

The Rams ral­lied twice and had a chance to win in the sev­enth be­fore Zach Sullivan lined out with bases loaded to end the game.

New­ton out­hit Mon­ti­cello 15 to nine. Five Rams had at least two hits and Tray Sims, Tripp Loftin and Daniel Croom each drove in two runs while Clay John­son drove in three. But the Pur­ple Hur­ri­canes cap­i­tal­ized each time they were given op­por­tu­ni­ties where as the Rams left 12 men on base.

Allen Bowen started for the Rams and gave up three runs in the first and two in the fifth to spot the Canes a

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Slug­gin' se­nior: Tray Sims drills a dou­ble in the fourth in­ning to drive in a pair dur­ing New­ton's 12-11 loss to Mon­ti­cello Wed­nes­day on se­nior night.

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