The Newburg baseball team (2-0) opened their season with a doubleheader to kick off the Stoutland Classic on Tuesday, March 20. The Wolves pulled out an 8-7 win over Bolivar in the first game, before beating Crocker 4-1.
Both Newburg and Bolivar got started with a bang on Tuesday, as a total of eight runs were scored in the first inning. Newburg came out swinging with three runs in the top of the first, but Bolivar responded with five runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Newburg came back with a run in the second, before retaking the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the third. Bolivar responded again, scoring two more runs to take a 7-6, but Newburg scraped together two more runs in the fourth and was able to hold on for an 8-7 win thanks to great pitching from Gus Enke and Landen Callahan.
Trevor Radcliffe started for Newburg, allowing seven runs, six of which were earned, in four innings of work. He allowed five hits, walked five and struck out three. Enke came in to pitch the fifth and sixth, pitching two shutout innings, striking out four and only allowing one walk. Callahan earned the save when he came in to pitch the seventh, earning the save with a perfect inning, while striking out one.
Jared Lott led the Newburg offense with a double and a walk in four plate appearances, scoring twice and driving in a run. Callahan matched that performance with a double and was hit by a pitch in four plate appearances, scored twice and drove in a run. Jacob Russell recorded two base hits and scored a run, while Travis McWilliams, Radcliff and Tristan Wofford each added a base hit.
Newburg had an easier time with Crocker, as they took a lead in the first inning and never gave it up. The Wolves scored a run in the first and two in the top of the second, before Crocker scored in their lone run of the game in the bottom of the second. Newburg scored one more run in the sixth to ice the win.
McWilliams pitched a stellar game for the Wolves, pitching six innings and allowing one unearned run on one hit and three walks, while striking out 11. Callahan came in and recorded his second save of the night, striking out the side to seal the 4-1 win.
Lott walked twice and scored two of Newburg's four runs, while Callahan went 1-4 with two RBI. Russell was 2-4 with an RBI, while Enke and Wofford each added a hit and a run scored.
Head coach Andrew Lott said the combination of pitching and defense was the key to both of their wins.
"Team defense was really good as we only surrendered three errors combined on the evening. I told my guys before the game that if we committed under three errors a game, that we would put ourselves in good position to win," said coach Lott. "They exceeded my expectations and combined for three between both games. Pitching was also really good for our first time playing this spring."