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Newts breeze to Opening Day sweep

Updated: May 5

NEW CARLISLE - It was a windy Sunday out on the Terre Coupee Prairie, but the New Carlisle Newts (3-0) were able to collect three Opening Day wins against the Lynn Street Leprechauns, 7-3, 8-3, 10-1.

In the opener, Matt Soos led the way offensively with three hits in four at bats, including a late two-run homer that put the game on ice.

Tyler Shupert and Aidan Cotter each hit home runs, solo shots which gave the Newts an early 2-0 lead.

Cotter picked up the victory on the mound. Cotter was perfect through 11 batters, but a misplay allowed Garrett Ruiz to reach in the fourth. Jordan Peck immediately followed with a two-run bomb to tie it up. Peck would again homer in the sixth, Lynn Street's only other hit of the game.

Noah Shail broke the tie in the fifth with a two-run triple.

Shail took the bump in the second game of the series. He allowed three runs on eight hits to earn the win.

Kody Webb got the scoring started for New Carlisle with a solo shot in the first, but Ruiz would tie it in the second inning with an RBI single.

In the fourth, Shupert and Webb went back to back and New Carlisle took a 3-1 advantage, which was again answered by Ruiz with a home run to cut it to a one-run game.

Soos played insurance man again, belting a two-run, two-out homer in the sixth to make it 5-2. Shail followed up with a two-run blast, and Shupert added another solo shot for good measure.

In the series finale, Soos got the nod on the mound. He scattered three hits and allowed just one run as New Carlisle breezed to a sweep.

Shail was four for six in the game with two homers. Cotter also played long ball twice, while Shupert homered for the third consecutive game.

Koby Keck hit a home run in the second inning, marking his 800th career ORWBL hit.

The Newts are back in action next Sunday, May 5 at Mishawaka. First pitch is scheduled for 1pm ET.

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