The Newburg baseball team (0-15) faced off against Belle for a rescheduled game in the Stoutland Classic on Tuesday, April 25. The Wolves fought back after trailing early, but a walk-off home run sank them in the seventh and Belle walked away with an 8-7 win.
Belle got out to a fast start, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings. Only three of those runs were earned, as errors contributed to the other three.
After Belle's six early runs, Newburg starter Travis McWilliams locked things down. The junior pitched six innings and allowed those three earned runs. He allowed six hits and reached double digits in strikeouts with 10.
But with six runs allowed early, Newburg had some work to do to get back into the game. The Wolves started by chipping away with runs in the second and third innings, before a three run fifth cut the deficit to 6-5. The offense kept rolling with a run in the sixth to tie it and another in the seventh to take the lead.
Ryker Travis came in to close out the game, but things got out of hand quickly. After starting off the inning with a base hit, Belle launched a two run shot to walk away with a 8-7 win.
Newburg had eight hits in the game, four of which came off the bat of Gus Enke. Enke also scored twice and had one of Newburg's two RBI, with Travis driving in a run of his own.
We got a great performance today from our ace Travis McWilliams but we had a few errors that cost us a few runs and Belle ended up winning it on a walk off two run homer. We just have to make plays," said head coach Matt Bailey. "I'm proud that we were able to rally late and take the lead. This is an incredible step in the right direction for us and tonight for us our bats came to life. We battled and didn't get the win but that's alright because we played the game the right way and we can live with that."
Newburg was scheduled to face Stoutland on Wednesday, April 26, but it was cancelled due to weather. They will next play against Dixon on Friday, April 28.