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Monarchs take down Newton in extra innings


By Brad Hallier

Blake Bradford singled home Drew Bugner with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning, the winning run in the Monarchs’ 4-3 win Wednesday at Hobart-Detter Field against the Newton Rebels.

Bugner opened the inning by reaching on an error. He moved to second base on the error. Blake Brown followed with a walk, and Bugner’s single ended the game.

Kamden Edge picked up the win, pitching a scoreless 12th inning, striking out two. Five Monarchs pitchers combined for a franchise-record 21 strikeouts. Starting pitcher Brock Rod struck out 10 in just 4 2/3 innings.

The Monarchs outhit Newton 8-5. Jarrett Flaggertt had three hits, including a double.

The game was tied 1-1 in the seventh inning when the Monarchs surged ahead on DJ Merriweather’s two-run home run. But Newton came back in the ninth inning, scoring twice. However, Newton did leave two runners on base.

The Monarchs improved to 5-3 and make a return trip to Newton for a 7 p.m. game today. They will return to Hobart-Detter Field for a 7 p.m. game Friday against the Diamond Kings.