SPRINGDALE, Ark. — The East Newton Patriots opened their season with a 9-7 victory Friday over the Cassville Wildcats at Arvest Ballpark, home of the Kansas City Royals’ Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals.
East Newton scored two runs in the first and five in the second for an early 7-0 lead and the Patriots pushed across critical single runs in the sixth and seventh as Cassville scored one in the fourth, two in the sixth, and four in the seventh to make it very interesting.
East Newton worked through six errors to earn new head coach Jordan Savage a victory in his first game. The Patriots collected 10 hits.
Hunter Liveoak, Sebastian Stewart, and Ethan Brummett each led East Newton with two hits and Brett Pendergraft, Zeke Chiles, Sam Stewart, and Jake Anderson rounded out the hits with one each. Sebastian Stewart and Brummett each drove in two runs and Liveoak, Anderson, and Kaden Cook each picked up RBI. Liveoak and Sebastian Stewart each scored twice. Chiles and Liveoak doubled.
On the mound, Pendergraft earned the victory, allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits over six innings with 10 strikeouts and three walks. Cook picked up the save, despite allowing four runs (none earned) on four hits over an inning; he struck out two and walked none.
East Newton committed half of its errors in the seventh, thus four unearned runs.
The Patriots returned to action Monday in the Purdy Invitational against host Purdy and play Tuesday against Pierce City.