Times Sports Editor
Wayne Newton Post 346 fell short in its bid for the championship of the Terre Haute North Invitational on Sunday evening.
Defensive mistakes and a lack of offense doomed Wayne Newton in a 10-3 loss to Evansville Pate.
With Terre Haute South's AJ Reed on the mound, Wayne Newton looked to be in good position to claim the title against Evansville. Reed struggled early as Evansville jumped out to a 4-1 lead.
Wayne Newton rebounded in the fifth inning with a pair of runs to close to 4-3 and Reed regained the form that he showed while dominating in postseason sectional play for the Braves.
Northview's Zac Niehaus led off with a single in the sixth inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. However, Evansville was able to escape the jam.
Evansville was able to put the game away in its half of the sixth inning, an error, a wildpitch by Reed and a walk loaded the bases. Reed then hit the next two batters to score two runs and then a line single scored two more runs in a six-run rally.
Niehaus also had a double in a 2-for-3 effort in the title game.
The soon-to-be junior has already had a strong summer that included driving in the winning run in a 16-15 slugfest win over Evansville on Saturday. On Thursday, Niehaus went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored in a 3-2 win against Lafayette Post 11. He also had a homerun and made a diving catch in leftfield in an 8-6 win against Madison Post 9.
Wayne Newton hosts Greene County this evening at 7 p.m. and travel to Vincennes on Thursday for a 7 p.m. game.
Terre Haute Invitational
At Terre Haute North
Wayne Newton Post 346 3, Lafayette Post 11 2
Evansville Post 265 12, Bristol Post 143 2
Wayne Newton Post 346 8, Madison Post 9 6
Madison 11, Bristol 7
Evansville 8, Lafayette 2, suspended by lightning after six innings
Bristol vs. Wayne Newton, ppd.
Wayne Newton 12, Bristol 4
Lafayette 7, Madison 3
Evansville 8, Lafayette 2, completion of Friday game
Evansville 14, Madison 4
Lafayette 5, Bristol 2
Wayne Newton 16, Evansville 15
Madison 16, Lafayette 8
Evansville 10, Wayne Newton 3