The East Newton baseball team began its 2013 campaign with a bang this weekend at the Lamar Tournament.
The Patriots opened play on Friday by defeating Liberal 6-4, before blanking Adrian 8-0 on Saturday. Those victories push the Patriots to the championship game of the tournament, were they'll face Lamar at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
During Friday's game, the Patriots drew first blood in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs, however, answered with a pair of runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings to take a 4-2 lead. But East Newton responded with four runs in the bottom of the fifth to go in front 6-4.
That's where it would stay.
Sam Swartz started on the mound for the Patriots and allowed two runs while striking out eight in four innings of work. Pate Powell relieved Swartz and surrendered two runs with a strikeout in the fifth inning.
Rocky Liveoak led the team at the plate with two hits, two RBI and a run scored, while Swartz, Cody Jordan and Deion Clark had two hits apiece. Pate Powell scored two runs, Wyatt Hurn had a hit and an RBI, Swartz had two RBI and stole a base, Clark scored two runs and swiped three bases, and Jacob Patterson scored a run.
The Patriots (2-0) kept up their winning ways on Saturday as Dillon Bunch, Paxton Hill and Liveoak combined to whirl a three-hitter against Adrian.
Bunch started on the mound and held Adrian to one hit through four innings with five strikeouts. Hill followed in relief and went two innings, allowing a hit with a strikeout. Liveoak tossed a scoreless seventh hit one hit and two strikeouts.
Powell had a big day at the plate as he clubbed a double among his three hits and scored a run. Liveoak, meanwhile, slugged two hits, including a double, drove in two runs and stole a base. Hurn doubled and had two hits, an RBI and scored a run. Swartz doubled and had two hits, scored twice, stole two bases and added an RBI. Dustin Letts had two hits, an RBI and scored twice. Hill had a hit, a run and an RBI, while Dillon Bunch had two hits.
The Patriots scored four runs in the second, two in the third and one in each of the fourth and sixth innings.