Newell got seven strong innings from starting pitcher Zack Farry and held off Denver 5-2 Tuesday night in Area Four-Eastern Division American Legion baseball.
At Lincolnton Highâ€™s Jonathan Brookins Memorial Field, Newell scored all the runs it would need in the first two innings, opening up a 3-0 lead.
Farry struck out six, walked two and allowed two runs in his seven innings of work.
Newell shortstop Ryan Sansevero made up for his costly error in Mondayâ€™s 4-3 loss at Cherryville, leading Post 287â€™s eight-hit attack with two hits in four at-bats.
Denverâ€™s runs came on Brandan Jonesâ€™ RBI double in the seventh and Colby Burginâ€™s RBI single in the fifth.
Losing pitcher Dustin Weaver was relieved by Alex Loftin in the eighth inning.
No Post 455 player had more than one hit.
Jones was a standout defensively for Denver in center field.
â€œI thought we played well against a pretty good ball club in Newell,â€ Post 455 coach Bruce Bolick said. â€œFarry is a good pitcher.â€
Newell, which struggled early while its Independence High players were in the state 4A playoffs, improved its divisional record to 6-7.
Denver dropped to 1-11 in division play.
In Legion action tonight, Denver travels to Cherryvilleâ€™s Fraley Field to face Post 100 in the first meeting of the season between the neighboring programs. Newell is at home against Gastonia.
On Thursday, Post 455 will be at Steele Creek.