History at a Glance

Founded: 2007

Regular Season Record: 221-147 (.601)

Postseason Berths: 10

Postseason Record: 47-32 (.595)

ORWBL Total: 268-179 (.600)

 

Tournament Record: 121-43 (.738)

All-Time Record: 389-222 (.637)

 

Division Championships:

2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017

 

World Series appearances:

2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

 

ORWBL Championships:

2013, 2014, 2016

 

Tournament Championships:

The Wiffle®Ball Championship (2007, 2008)

Peacefest Classic (2013, 2014)

 

Ballpark History

Migley Field (2007-Present)

 

The "Newts"

The New Carlisle Newts wiffleball club takes its name from the former Snow Football League franchise.  The roots of the football team trace back to the early 2000s, as the Newts were engaged in a bitter rivalry with the Rolling Prairie Wallabies.  Founding fathers Rod Colanese, Kevin May, and Tyler Seniff are responsible for the team's name.

As the most storied franchise in the ORWBL, the New Carlisle Newts are one of the nation's most iconic and recognizable wiffleball franchises.

Explore Newts History

New Carlisle Newts wiffleball began in 2007, with the formation of the Old Republic Wiffle®Ball League. The Newts are one of only three charter franchises left from the inaugural season (Pterodactyls, Magic). However, both of those franchises have undergone ownership changes and completely overhauled their rosters at some point in their histories.

 

2007

June 3: The Newts play their first game in franchise history against the Lil' Saints. It is also the first ORWBL series ever played. New Carlisle drops the first game, but recovers to win the next two.

 

June 12: The first night game in Migley Field history (and once again league history) features the Newts against Cornhole. New Carlisle sweeps the highly-contested series, highlighted by a Matt Flagg walk-off home run.

 

July 28-29: The Newts enter The Wiffleball Championship for the first time and emerge victorious. New Carlisle goes undefeated on the weekend, with a perfect 6-0 record.

 

2008

February: AL Manager of the Year Marc Lindsey shocks the wiffleball world by leaving the Banana Slugs for a $3.24, three-year contract with the Newts. Lindsey was a founding father of the league and went on to become a Newts legend.

 

July 27: After another 3-0 pool play record the day prior, the Newts battle through a tough tournament field to capture a second consecutive Wiffleball Championship title. New Carlisle escapes with wins in two all-time classics.  With a trip to Migley on the line, the Newts defeated newcomer Emery's Army, aided by a fly ball dropped over the fence for a home run. Later in the title game, the Newts slugged it out for 7 innings with Speedy's Chickenheads before hanging on, 29-28.

 

August 1: The National League Champion Newts play in the first ORWBL World Series, squaring off against the undefeated La Porte Sox. The Sox went on to win the Series, 4-1.

 

2009

June: Migley Field undergoes its first major renovation since being built, as a new scoreboard is constructed. The new board is a more accurate representation of the iconic manually operated scoreboard at Wrigley Field.

 

July: Following the 2008 thriller at Hometown Days, Emery's Army enters ORWBL with the sole purpose of avenging the loss to the Newts. The final month of the season is a fierce race for the division crown, resulting in a one-game playoff at the Grassy Knoll. The Newts won it easily.

 

August: The Newts advance to a second consecutive World Series, this time facing their crosstown rival Pterodactyls, a rematch of the much-hyped night series at Migley that season.The Pterodactyls easily sweep the series.

 

2010

July 28: Emery's Army finally gets its revenge, as Rolling Prairie eliminates New Carlisle from the ORWBL postseason in a best of three NLDS at Migley Field. Despite a streaky season, featuring an 11-game losing streak, the Newts manage win the NL East crown.

 

2012

March: Citing lack of interest, Pterodactyls owner Jared Emmons decides to fold his franchise (new ownership eventually took over). Emmons, along with 'Dactyls legend Denis Jedrysek, join up with the Newts.

 

July 29: After the most unimaginably horrible season (8-34), the Newts make a deep run in The Wiffleball Championship, falling one game short of the Hometown Cup Finals. Marc Lindsey makes his only appearance of the year at the tournament and would later announce his retirement as he pursues a career in professional baseball umpiring.

 

2013

The Newts front office is aggressive during the offseason, acquiring Chayse Davis, Adam Rehlander, Matt Serge, Mike Serge, and Andy Ellam to rebuild the franchise after two consecutive losing seasons.

 

June 2: Marc Lindsey's no. 2 is retired in a pregame ceremony before an Opening Day matchup with the Wills Township Federalists.

 

June 23: Adam Rehlander, acquired after the disbanding of the G-Slugs, makes his return to the Newts (previously played for New Carlisle in 2008). Zoo goes 13-for-13 in his first game, a blowout victory against the Pterodactyls at The Palace.

 

June 28: Opting out of a pregame ceremony, Matt Flagg's "X" is retired at Migley Field. Flagg was the ace of the Newts from 2007-2012.

 

June 30: An ugly scandal mars an otherwise terrific series, as the Newts take two of three from the Federalists. The series was highlighted by a Matt Serge walk-off home run in extra innings. However, the main story was "Batgate" as the Feds were called out on using illegal bats.

 

July 31: The Newts travel to Old Rock Field and sweep the Federalists in the NLDS. It is the end of the Wills Township franchise, as Tony Koch disbands the team immediately following the game.

 

August 18: In front of a sold-out crowd of 41, the Newts defeat the Maple City Magic, 18-12, in Game 6 of the ORWBL World Series for the franchise's first championship.

 

August 24: Staying hot off the ORWBL title, the Newts go through the likes of the Clutch Players and YTS to win the inaugural Peacefest Classic championship.

 

2014

May 4: Migley Field is renovated once again, as the original marquee is torn down and replaced by a new one.

 

June 1: The championship banner is unveiled and rings are passed out in celebration of the 2013 ORWBL title. The Newts sweep the Hudson Lake Heat in the Opening Day series.

 

July 2: After the All-Star Game at Migley Field, the Newts complete a trade for Noah Shail from the Pterodactyls. Shail makes an immediate impact and is a difference maker down the stretch.

 

July 27: The Newts return to the Hometown Cup Finals for the first time since 2008. New Carlisle drops a one-run heartbreaker on a close call at the plate in the semifinals.

 

August 17: Once again, the Newts clinch the World Series in a Game 6, this time with an 8-7 win over the Warriors at Parts Unknown.


August 23: The Newts take home a second consecutive Peacefest Classic title, running through the double-elimination tournament undefeated.

 

2015

April 22: Former Newts Marc Lindsey and Matt Flagg are among the inaugural class inducted into the New Carlisle Wiffleball Hall of Fame.  Both received 100% of the possible votes.

 

May 24: Newts open Migley Field for the 2015 season, unveiling another World Series title banner. Rival Emery's Army spoils the celebration, winning two of three.

 

May 31: Pitcher Seth Shail carries a perfect game into the sixth inning against Cult West. However, his no-hit bid is broken up by Muff teammate Anthony Rieff. New Carlisle remains in search of the first perfect game in franchise history.

 

June 7: Kaylor Keck's number 8 is raised on the left field foul pole, as he joins Hall of Famers Matt Flagg and Marc Lindsey in the retired number club.

 

July 11: Newts make their first trip to Skokie, IL to play in the World Wiffleball Championship. New Carlisle reaches the final four in their first tournament appearance and receives #3 ranking in the world.

 

July 26: Hometown Newts rattle off 8 straight wins in The Wiffleball Championship to play Cult West in the title game.  Newts fall, 11-8, to the three-time champions in front of a raucous crowd of 200 at Migley Field. It was New Carlisle's fourth appearance in the Hometown Cup Finals.

 

August 5: New Carlisle advances to record fifth World Series by defeating Emery's Army in the ORWBL Semifinal Series.  With the four game series win, the Newts finally even up the all-time series between the two franchises at 25 wins each.

 

August 16: Cult West defeats New Carlisle in the first seven game World Series in ORWBL history. Despite a 3-1 series lead, the Newts collapse over the final three games and miss out on a three-peat.

 

August 17: Noah Shail is named 2015 ORWBL MVP after setting the league record for highest single season batting average at .687.  Shail is the third player in Newts history to receive most valuable honors.

 

2016

February 26: After the Cult West Warriors decided to end their ORWBL franchise as champions, the Newts signed the four main stars, Scott Soos, Matt Soos, Jay Ryans, and Danny Hernandez in arguably the biggest acquisition in the history of the league.

May 22: Newts open up a renovated Migley Field, as the ballpark celebrated its 10th anniversary.  As part of the renovations, the playing surface was converted to all grass and the dimensions were increased by approximately 15 feet to all fields.

July 3: Newts clinch their sixth division title in franchise history with a three-game sweep of the Mechanics at Migley Field.

July 24: Newts win the National League pennant with a 3-1 series victory over the White Lightning to advance to their fourth consecutive and sixth ORWBL World Series appearance.

July 31: Once again, New Carlisle pulls off 8 straight wins to reach The Wiffleball Championship Game.  Newts allow five runs in the first inning and can never recover, falling to Son of a Pitch, 7-2. It was the team's fifth appearance in the Hometown Cup Finals.

 

August 4: Garrett Curless is named National League MVP for the second time in his career.

August 10: Newts cap a sweep of the Maple City Magic to win the third ORWBL Championship in franchise history.  

2017

June 3: Lights return to Migley Field, as the Newts square off against division rival Olive Township Mechanics in an early season battle for first place.  The Newts night woes continued, as the Mechanics took two of three.

July 15-16: With only the skipper Koby Keck available, Newts piece together a squad of Nate Arndt, Aidan Cotter, Jasen and Kody Webb for the World Wiffleball Championship in Skokie, Illinois.  For the second time in three appearances, the Newts advance all the way to the final four.

July 29-30: The Newts make their record 11th appearance, tied with Speedy's Chickenheads, in the The Wiffleball Championship at Hometown Days.  New Carlisle falls short of Migley Field, dropping a one-run game in the Elite Eight.

August 5: New Carlisle wins the National League pennant and clinches its seventh World Series appearance, winning the NLCS, 3-1, over the Granger Panthers.

 

August 11: In their fifth straight World Series appearance, New Carlisle falls in five games to the Maple City Magic. 

 

 

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