Rams’ rally falls short on senior night
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
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.