NEVADA — The East Newton Patriots scored two runs in the top of the seventh to come away with a 8-7 victory Thursday in Big 8 Conference West play over Nevada at Lyons Stadium.
Nevada scored six runs in the fourth for a 6-2 lead, then East Newton tied it up with four in the fifth and Nevada took a 7-6 lead after one in the sixth.
Hunter Liveoak, Brett Pendergraft, and Sam Stewart each had two hits and combined for half of the Patriots’ 12 hits. Zeke Chiles drove in three runs and Liveoak, Ethan Brummett, Kaden Cook, and Stewart each picked up RBI. Pendergraft tripled and Liveoak, Cook, and Stewart each doubled.
Cook earned the victory in relief and he allowed no runs on one hit with no strikeouts and no walks over two innings. Cook threw 13 pitches, 11 for strikes, and a strike on the first pitch to five of the six batters he faced.
Pendergraft took a no-decision and he allowed seven runs (three earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk over five innings. He finished at 109 pitches with 72 for strikes.
Pendergraft led off the East Newton seventh with a triple to center and two pitches later, Chiles brought home Pendergraft with a fly ball to left. With two outs, Stewart was hit by a pitch, he advanced to second on a Colton Leech single, and scored on a Nevada error.
Blake Pryor singled leading off the Nevada seventh and Elijah Nadurata — the pitcher of record for Nevada — sacrificed Pryor into scoring position with one out, but East Newton turned a double play to end the game with a fly out and then Pryor venturing too far away from second to be doubled up.
East Newton improved to 10-5 overall and 2-2 Big 8 West entering their game Monday at home against Big 8 West and Newton County rival Seneca.
The Patriots defeated Seneca 5-4 in a recent game. The Indians enter Monday 8-9 overall and have scored at least 10 runs in two of their last three games.
East Newton closes out Big 8 West play Thursday on the road against Monett (12-5 overall). East Newton and Monett recently played a 5-4 game.
The Patriots’ last four games are outside the Big 8 West, including Diamond (May 3) and Neosho (May 9) to end the regular season.
East Newton does have upcoming games against district foes Diamond and Sarcoxie. The Patriots dropped from Class 4 to Class 3 for districts this season.