Newton Rebel pitcher Garrett Redaja has thrown several quality starts this season with no run support and nothing to show for it.

The Rebel offense and defense came together Wednesday to support Redaja and stop the Wichita Sluggers 11-1 at Klein-Scott Field in Sunflower Collegiate League play.

Newton was the visiting team as the game had to be moved from Hillsboro to Newton because of poor field conditions at the Tabor College field.

Redaja went seven innings for the win, allowing one earned run on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.

“That was really nice,” said Redaja, a sophomore at GateWay Community College in Phoenix. “I was just trying to do what I could to get a win for the team. My curveball was fantastic today. I was able to spot it up. I’ve been pushing myself hard to be where I am today. It was huge (getting an early lead). Words can’t explain it right now.”

“We’ve been getting quality starts and I knew our offense was going to come around at some point,” Newton manager Brent Clark said. “We scored early and then continued to score. We’ve been scoring runs early, but we have struggled scoring late in the game.”

With two outs in the top of the third, Landon Erway hit an RBI single, followed by a Luke Royle RBI single. Another run scored on an error. Dylan Brooks followed with an RBI single.

The Sluggers manager and a player were ejected in the bottom of the third inning after a call-third strike. Wichita left a runner at third in the inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, Harrison Denk walked, went to second on an error, went to third on a balk and scored on a groundout.

With one out in the top of the sixth, Newton drew three straight walks. Enzo Bonventre drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Cale Thompson followed with an RBI single.

Keith Wolverton hit a two-run home run to left field with one out in the top of the ninth.

Brad McBride and R.J. McCoy each pitched an inning for Newton. Each had a strikeout.

Alex Derby lasted five innings for the loss for the Sluggers, striking out five. Joe Baker, Brandon Ash and Dustin Rush also pitched. Ash struck out six in two innings.

Cade Morrow had two of Wichita’s three hits.

Isiah Perez went two for three hitting for Newton. Erway went two for five.

Newton is 7-18, while Wichita is 10-15. Newton plays at 7 p.m. today at Mulvane. The Patriots are in second place in the SCL at 18-5, three games behind leader Cheney. The Diamond Dawgs come to Newton at 7 p.m. Friday.

“We haven’t gotten them yet,” Clark said. “We’ve hung in there well against them, but we’ve lost some close games to them by one run or two runs. We just have to hit a little better and keep getting quality starts. We have Trey Tucker going tomorrow. He pitched against Mulvane and did well against them. He pitched against Salina and did well. If he continues to find the zone, we’ll have a good chance.”

TUESDAY’S GAME — The Newton Rebels got another strong pitching performance, but couldn’t generate enough offense in a 2-1 loss to the Haven Warhawks Tuesday in Sunflower Collegiate League play at the Haven High School field.

Haven scored a run in the third inning and another in the sixth. Newton scored a run in the top of the sixth on a Brooks RBI. Brooks and Erway each went two for four hitting for Newton.

R.J. Gaines took the loss for Newton, allowing one earned run on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.

Connor Brooks went six innings for Haven for the win, allowing a run on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Jared Scott finished the game, striking out five of nine batters faced.

Ethan Bergkamp went two for four hitting for the Warhawks, driving in a run.

Tuesday’s game



Gaines (L) and Casillas; Brooks (W), Scott 7 and Wood, Bergkamp n/a. Time — 1:34.

Wednesday’s game



Redaja (W), McBride 8, McCoy 9 and Escamilla, Armstrong 9; Derby (L), Baker 6, Ash 7, Rush 9 and Lamunyon. HR — N: Wolverton. Time — 2:40.