Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- Wayne Newton Post 346 warmed up for tournament play later this week by improving to 10-0 with a 9-3 victory against visiting Greene County Post 196.
Post 346 starting pitcher, Daniel Marlow, got off to a slow start by allowing three hits and giving up two walks and three runs in the first inning, but settled in to work five more scoreless innings to set his team up for the victory.
Wayne Newton tied the game with a two-run second inning sparked by a lead off single by AJ Reed, who moved to second on an errant pick off throw. Caleb Mason followed with an RBI base hit. He would move to third on a wild pitch and Seth Lunsford drove him home with a sacrifice fly to knot the score at 3-3.
The previous inning, Post 346 got on the board with a single from Scott West and a base hit by Cody Thornton that took a bad hop past Greene County's Tanner Butler. Jimmy Maxwell drew a walk to load the bases and Kodie Girton drew a bases loaded walk to earn an RBI.
Greene County starter, Colin Hardman was relieved in the fourth inning by Ethan Sparks for an inning and Jeremiah Myers entered into the game to pitch the fifth inning and kept the game tied into the sixth inning before Post 346's Bryan Nacke drilled a pinch-hit double to start the frame. Maxwell executed a perfect bunt that slipped past Myers for a hit and Girton gained an RBI on a sac fly to give Wayne Newton a lead. Zack Kent drew a walk that ended Myer's night on the mound and opened the gate to the Greene County bullpen once more.
Matt Hooten became the fourth pitcher of the night for Greene County and he got off to a rough start as a wild pitch advances the runners into scoring position. He would walk Reed, who was 3-for-3 at that point, intentionally, but Zac Niehaus ripped a two-run double that broke open the game. Mason followed with a single that brought home both Reed and Niehaus for an 8-3 Wayne Newton lead.
That proved to be plenty for Marlow, who allowed just two hits after the first inning and struck out 10 Greene County batters to gain the victory.
Sexton looked to be in trouble, but he buckled down to strike out Matt Christenberry and Hooten before getting Payton Karl to ground out to end the threat.
JR Patterson finished off the victory in the ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts.
In improving to 10-0 overall, Wayne Newton got eight RBI's from current or former Northview players as Mason drove home three runs with two hits, Girton had just one hit, but drove home two, Lunsford had an RBI and Niehaus contributed two RBI's.
Next up for Wayne Newton is a three-day tourney at home starting with their 3:30 p.m. game on Thursday against Lafayette.
At T.H. North
2B -- WN (Niehaus, Nacke), GC (Karl, Hardman). SB -- WN (Wheatfill). CS -- GC (Karl).