Kimble's Two Homers Not Enough for Baseball in 10-Inning Loss


SALISBURY, N.C. -- Newberry picked up a 9-7 win over host Catawba in 10 innings in South Atlantic Conference baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Newman Park.  The 20th-ranked Wolves improve to 13-4-1 overall and 2-1 in the SAC, while the 18th-ranked Catawba Indians fall to 6-6- and 1-2.

Michael Gonzalez was hit by a pitch to open the 10th for Newberry and later came around to score the eventual winning run on a wild pitch.  Robert Kosch added a sacrifice fly for some insurance and the 9-7 final.

Cody Ezzell (1-0) tossed a perfect 10th to lock down the win.  He entered in the eighth and did not allow a hit with just one walk and two strikeouts over two and two-thirds innings. 

Catawba had rallied from a 5-1 deficit after two innings to take a 7-6 lead in the seventh on Jake Kimble's (Concord, N.C./Mt. Pleasant/Liberty) second two-run homer of the game.  Newberry tied the game in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Trejon Smith. 

JoJo Bradley, Derek Olenchuk and Daymon Totherow all had two hits for Newberry, who was limited to seven hits by six Catawba pitchers.  Three of those hits came in the first inning as Bradley homered for a 1-0 lead and Totherow connected on a three-run homer for a 4-0 edge after a half inning.

The Indians trailed 5-1 entering the fourth when Will Albertson (Sophia, N.C./Randleman/Campbell) led off the frame with a home run.  Chance Bowden (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) would double home a run with two outs to cut the margin to 5-3.

In the fifth, Kimble tied the game with the first of hit two long balls.  Jeff Sneed would quickly give Newberry the lead back with a solo homer in the sixth.  Kimble then hit his go-ahead two-run homer for Catawba in the seventh.

Both of Kimble's hits were home runs and gave him four RBI on the day.  Bowden also had two hits. 

Will Beeson (Advance, N.C./Davie Co.) and Michael Elwell (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) allowed only two runs over six and a third innings of relief to allow Catawba to rally.  Beeson allowed just two hits, one the homer to Sneed, with Elwell tossing three innings of no-hit ball.  He did walk and hit a batter to start the ninth.

Catawba is scheduled to return to action on Tuesday, traveling to Mount Olive for a 4 pm start.

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