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Monarchs Rally Late Again, Throttle Newton to Remain Alive in League Race

By Brad Hallier


NEWTON – This new way the Hutchinson Monarchs are winning may cause a little anxiety for fans, but it all works out just the same.

For the third straight Sunflower Collegiate League game, the Monarchs trailed early and had a hard time getting the offense going, but they still managed a double-digit win. Monday, the Monarchs were down in the seventh inning, but then sent 19 batters to the plate and scored 15 runs in their 16-3 win at Newton.

Last week, the Monarchs won a pair of similar games at Mulvane.

The win enabled the Monarchs (23-6) to stay just a half-game behind Cheney (24-6) for first place, as both teams continued with their regular-season finales. The Monarchs have three more games against Newton, while Cheney plays Haysville twice.

Monday, the Monarchs were down 3-1 through six innings. They actually hadn’t even mustered a hit through six innings.

Then everything changed, as the Monarchs scored 15 runs on 10 hits against four Newton pitchers.

The run parade started innocently, as Cade Clemons walked. Then Jon Jenkins walked. An Alex Birge single scored Clemons, and the rout was on, even if the Monarchs still trailed 3-2. Joey Baran’s home run was the big hit of the inning.

The Monarchs and Newton will resume their series at 7 p.m. today at Hobart-Detter Field.

Clay Wesbrooks earned the win for the Monarchs, pitching 2 ⅔ innings, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out three.