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Bats, weather warm up with sweep of Warren

NEW CARLISLE - After a historically putrid offensive output a week ago, the New Carlisle Newts (6-6) broke out of their early season slump in a big way on Sunday afternoon, sweeping the Warren Desperados, 26-6, 13-5, 32-7.

The outcome was never in doubt from the 1:20 p.m. start time, as New Carlisle jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the opener. Although the Desperados (0-12) closed the difference to 9-6 by the middle of the fourth inning, the Newts scored 17 unanswered, including a 13-run fifth inning, to finish out the game.

Every Newt hit multiple home runs in the first game. Scott Soos led the way with five long balls to start a 17 for 20 series at the plate. Garrett Curless smacked four, while Koby Keck, Colten Boren, and Sean Touhey all added three each. Matt Soos knocked two of his five total hits over the fence.

Curless got the victory on the mound, allowing six runs over five innings of work. Touhey worked a perfect sixth to pick up the cheap save.

Warren struck first in game two, a solo home run in the opening frame off of Keck. The lead was short-lived as New Carlisle responded with four runs in the home half. Keck gave up five solo shots in a complete game effort, scattering one in each inning other than the fifth. The Desperados managed just one other hit in the game.

The Newts offense was a bit subdued with only six dingers for the home squad. Curless led the tally this time with three, while Scott Soos had two. Boren hit the three-run bomb in the first that gave New Carlisle the lead for good.

Matt Soos took the ball in the finale. He surrendered two runs in the first, but got the lead back for himself in the bottom half, belting the third of back-to-back-to-back home runs by the top of the Newts lineup.

Warren tied it back up in the top of the second, but the Newts assault continued with a nine spot in response. New Carlisle would tack on another seven in the third to make it 19-3. After the Desperados held the Newts scoreless in the fourth, New Carlisle exploded for 13 runs in the fifth for the second time during the series.

Scott Soos hit seven home runs in a perfect eight for eight effort at the plate. Curless slammed four more dingers and Jared Emmons hit three. Keck added two more to the total, the second of which was the 350th in his ORWBL career.

Touhey would pick up another cheap save with another perfect inning of work in the sixth.

New Carlisle will aim to keep the momentum going as the struggling Hudson Lake Heat (1-11) come into town on Sunday, June 5. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 pm ET for the first meeting between the clubs since 2015.

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