5-0 lead early.
Newton got on the board with two in the third on RBI singles from Johnson and Dusty Daniel and Bowen struck out the side in the fourth before handing the ball over to Daniel in the fifth.
Daniel was unable to get out of the fifth as he gave up a two-run home run and a two-run double. Croom came in and worked into the seventh, giving up two runs in the sixth.
Newton took the lead with a six-run fourth inning. Sims and Loftin each had two-run doubles in the inning but Loftin missed first base on his hit and was called out to end the rally.
Down 8-5, Monticello roared back in the fifth and took a 9-8 lead. The Hurricanes added two more in the sixth to lead 11-8 before the Rams answered with two in the bottom of the inning.
“The only game I remem- ber this season is the first Westlake game we played here when we jumped on them early — and MLK. Other than that, we haven’t jumped on anyone early,” Hensley said. “We have to scrape and scrounge back. We don’t jump on people early. We saw this guy pitching and we should have jumped on him early. That’s the bottom line.”
Sullivan worked the seventh and walked the leadoff hitter. After a stolen base, the Hurricanes scored a run on an RBI single. Sullivan bounced back to retire the next three batters.
Sims drew a walk to lead off the seventh then stole second to move into scoring position. After DJ Hill lined out to left, Johnson drove in Sims on a groundout. With two out, Sherman Graves laced a double to left. The next two Rams batters reached first after being hit by pitches to load the bases. Sullivan lined out to second on the first pitch he saw to end the game.
“We should have won that game there at the end, but, hey, you can’t blame that on Zach,” Hensley said. “We had a lot hard hits and we hit it right at them which is unfortunate. We actually hit the ball though for once which is pretty good because the last five games we hadn’t done that.”
Out at home: Newton catcher Clay Johnson blocks the plate and applies the tag during the Rams 12-11 loss to Monticello Wednesday.