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Newton having a big season in Terre Town

Friday, July 2, 2010

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Nate Newton has been a terror for opposing pitchers in the Terre Town league this summer, hitting close to .700 over the regular season. Newton is now involved with the all-star season with Terre Town.
BY CLAY CUNNINGHAM

Times Staff Reporter

The Northview baseball team could receive a boost to an already prolific offense with the possible future addition of a 15-year-old powerhouse.

Nate Newton, who recently completed his eighth-grade year at North Clay Middle School, was an absolute terror to opposing pitchers in the Terre Town Pony League this spring, blasting nine home runs in just 13 games. Though he didn't have official stats, coach Jamie Booth said his top player batted "well over .700."

Newton was such a force, opposing teams had to find creative ways to pitch around him, sometimes implementing techniques that defy general baseball logic.

According to Newton and his father Patrick, Nate came to the plate in the top half of the final inning with the bases loaded in a tie game. Instead of giving the slugging machine an opportunity to blow the game wide open, the opposing team chose to intentionally walk him, thus allowing the go-ahead run to score.

"I really couldn't believe that was happening," Nate said.

Though he said it was slightly frustrating being pitched around, Newton acknowledged it was to be expected when considering the mass production he has seen early in his baseball career.

With the Pony season over, Newton now moves on to the Terre Town All-Star league, which features young talent from all over the area, though the vast majority comes from Terre Haute. Newton said he was unaware of any other Clay County natives taking part in the league. Booth will maintain his duties as Newton's coach.

Patrick Newton says he has been watching his son develop through a rigorous practice routine for several years, but confessed even he was surprised at the strides his son took during spring league play.

"There were times during the season where he would hit a shot that just made my jaw drop," Newton said. "It was very impressive."

There have been a few setbacks along the way for Newton, most notably being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Though he said it has cost his son some practice time, Patrick Newton says his son has done an excellent job of keeping the disease under control and it hasn't hindered his ability to train.

Following All-Star play, Newton's next objective is to prepare to get a shot to contribute right away at Northview. His father said he believes high school will give his son a great chance to see how he can handle himself against an accelerated level of competition.

"(Nate's) shown such great potential," Newton said. "I just want to see him continue to develop at the high school setting and see where it takes him."

Newton says his objective is to continue to work on making fundamental improvements to his game, hoping to tweak his abilities to near perfection.

"Practice makes perfect," Newton, who said he hopes to continue playing baseball at least through college, said. "If I keep practicing and doing what I've been doing, I think I can go pretty far."


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Dear Editor, Have you considered profiling Clay County athletes who are allowed to play in the CYL? A little research might reveal the same thing right here in town.

-- Posted by smooth on Sat, Jul 3, 2010, at 9:24 PM

What does playing in the CYL have to do with the story? He IS from "right here in town"....Heaven forbid you applaud the success of this young man. He will be playing for Northview and if I'm not mistaken Northview is in Clay County. Great job Nate!

-- Posted by luvmylife9295 on Mon, Jul 5, 2010, at 9:47 PM

Perhaps his story will inspire others to excel as he has, regardless of having Type 1 Diabetes. Many of the stories from here in town involve drug use and other problems with our society. Nice to see one that is of a positive vein.

-- Posted by Oldone1959 on Tue, Jul 6, 2010, at 12:31 AM

remember the best of the area in t.h. play at north little league and valle field terre town takes thier left overs

-- Posted by GO HOOSIERS on Tue, Jul 6, 2010, at 12:33 AM

Such a great story and an even greater kid! Congrats Nate! You work very hard to achieve your success! Best of luck to you!!

-- Posted by millertime on Tue, Jul 6, 2010, at 8:35 AM

Great job Nate. Keep up the hard work and don't settle for anything else but your highest goals.

-- Posted by fig69 on Tue, Jul 6, 2010, at 10:32 AM

Congrats Nate!!!

I am very happy to hear about you and keep it up...

Wishing you all the best in the future......

-- Posted by Fighting Falcon on Tue, Jul 6, 2010, at 1:12 PM

Great Job NATE!!!!!

Keep up the good work, keep focused not only on baseball, but the One that has given you the gift.

I am very proud of you and all you have accomplished.

Becky

-- Posted by bookworm1600 on Tue, Jul 6, 2010, at 8:11 PM

Way to go NATE!

Glad to hear about you and keep up the good work and keep focused .

We are proud of all your accomplishments. God bless you.

-Joseph,Ruth& Family

-- Posted by jokallubhavi on Wed, Jul 7, 2010, at 12:20 AM

This is a great story!!! Doesn't this seem to put a lot of pressure on the kid to perform at Northview. In reading the articles from games this past season, they seem to have a lot coming back.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Thu, Jul 8, 2010, at 3:52 PM

You have done a great job Nate. I was blessed to have been to many of your games. Also, congrats on winning the home run derby trophy.Eight homers out of ten pitches.Wow!!! Your all-star team will do just fine. Forget the two negative comments,jealousy,for sure. G'pa

-- Posted by Gerstmeyer Tech. on Thu, Jul 8, 2010, at 4:29 PM

I apologize for if you misunderstood my comment. The intent was that perhaps this wonderful young man is being placed in a spot where he may feel too much pressure. It sounds like he is a great player that has a great career ahead of him. Congrats Nat on all your success so far, and for years to come.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Thu, Jul 8, 2010, at 4:58 PM


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