The Diamond Wildcats got the bulk of their runs in the span of two innings and never looked back as they downed East Newton 8-6 on Monday at Diamond High School.
The game, originally slated for East Newton High School, was moved to Diamond due to poor field conditions, so the Wildcats played the visitors in front of their home crowd — an odd arrangement, but favorable nonetheless.
The Wildcats (4-2) took the lead with a run in the second inning before adding three in each of the third and fourth innings to push ahead 7-2. They would add an important insurance run in the top of the seventh, before the Patriots made a push in the final half inning.
Trailing 8-3, Payton Powell led off the Patriots’ seventh with a single and went to third on a Sam Swartz double. The Wildcats recorded two quick outs before a walk to Ryan Linton loaded the bases, Paxton Hill walked to score Powell, and Wyatt Hurn clubbed a two-out double to center to make it 8-6.
The Wildcats, however, escaped with a strikeout to strand the tying run at second.
Diamond spread its five hits amongst Brodie Bien, Zach Renfro, Ryan Jinks, Kolton Harville and Jeremy Morris. Renfro, who doubled, finished with two RBIs, while Bien, Harville and Jordan Douglas drove in one.
Ryan Jinks started on the hill for the Wildcats and struck out four, walked three, allowed two hits and two runs (none earned). Jeremy Morris, Zach Renfro and Jordan Divine split time in relief.
Dillon Bunch and Hurn both had two hits and two RBIs for the Patriots, while Sam Swartz added two hits, an RBI and scored a run.
Swartz was saddled with the loss despite striking out three and allowing four hits through five innings for East Newton.
The Patriots (3-3) travel to Washburn, Mo., to take on Southwest on Thursday at 5 p.m. Diamond travels to Greenfield for a showdown at 4:30 p.m. today.