It was a battle to the end as the Newman baseball team took on the independent minor league Wichita Wingnuts at Eck Stadium on Monday night. The Jets’ eight-run inning in the sixth led way to an 8-8 tie. Newman’s closing pitcher Gage Daniels held the Wingnuts to only one run in the last three innings.
The sixth inning was a big one for the Jets. John Bonebrake led off with a single through the right side. A walk for David Longmore moved Bonebrake to second, but Longmore was forced out at second as Bonebrake advanced to third on a Mike Williams’ fielder’s choice. Ryan Engrav was hit by a 90 mph John Holdzkom pitch, loading the bases for Newman. A Corey Cowan single up the middle, followed by a Wingnut error moved Cowan to second, Engrav to third, and both, Bonebrake and Williams scored. Four consecutive Holdzkom walks put Dale Steel on first, Brett Delcambre on second, and Scot Palmer on third while Engrav, Cowan, and Robulack scored. After five runs for the Jets, Jared Simon came in to relieve Holdzkom for the Wingnuts. Bonebrake received his second hit of the inning on a single down the right-field line. Once again, followed by a Wingnut error, Bonebrake advanced to second as Steele moved to third and Palmer and Delcambre reached home. Longmore brought Steele in on a ground out for the last Newman run of the inning.
The Jets led 8-3 until the Wingnuts scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth. Daniels came in with two outs, three runs scored, and two Wingnuts on base. Concluding six innings of play, the Jets led, 8-7.
Neither team scored in the seventh or eighth, and the Jets could not add any more runs in the ninth. Daniels held the Wingnuts to only one run in the bottom of the ninth, ending the game on an 8-8 tie. Closer, Daniels pitched 3.1 innings allowing only one run off two hits, and throwing three strikeouts.
The Jets will finish conference play this week with a series at Arkansas-Fort Smith beginning Thursday.
By Scott Nuss
Newman University Sports Information Director