GRANBY — The visiting Lamar Tigers and the home East Newton Patriots are on opposite ends of the Big 8 Conference right now.
Lamar improved to 8-1 overall and 2-0 Big 8, while East Newton dropped to 0-9 and 0-2 after the Tigers’ 18-5 win Thursday at Patriot Field.
Lamar scored three runs in the first, three in the second, and four each in the third, fourth, and fifth, while East Newton managed two in the first and one each in the third, fourth, and fifth.
Isaiah Stewart’s two-double and two-RBI day highlighted the Patriots’ effort Thursday and Brett Pendergraft also had two hits and one RBI. Meanwhile, Hunter Liveoak and Kaden Cook each had one hit and Liveoak, Pendergraft, Stewart, Caleb Coffey, and Cook each scored one of the Patriots’ five runs.
Ethan Brummett took the loss for the Patriots, allowing 14 runs (seven earned) on 10 hits over four innings. He struck out three and walked two.
Stewart pitched the fifth and allowed four runs (none earned) on two hits and he struck out none and walked one.
Wyatt Hull, Case Tucker, Stuart McKarus, Chase McKibben, and Duncan Gepner each had two hits for Lamar and Garrett Morey and Andrew Hillman each had one. Tucker doubled twice for his two hits and Hull also doubled.
Tucker and Gepner each drove in three runs and McKarus and McKibben (the “Mac Attack”) each plated a pair of runs. Gepner scored four runs, while Hull crossed home plate three times and Morey, McKarus, Stahl, and J.D. Bishop each scored two runs.
Gepner earned the win and he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits over three innings and he struck out one and walked three. Hull pitched two innings and he allowed one run (unearned) on one hit and he both struck out and walked none.
The Patriots, weather permitting, returned to action on the road Friday against Liberal.