NEW CARLISLE - After a sloppy series sweep last week against South Bend, the New Carlisle Newts (13-17) got off to another slow start on Sunday afternoon at Migley Field. Fortunately, the home team was able to pull it together in time to secure a series victory over the Union Mills Goon Squad, 6-10, 6-4, 12-1.
Poor fielding and a sluggish offensive performance put the Newts in a 10-2 hole in the opener. New Carlisle put up four runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to make it somewhat interesting, but the rally fell short. Matt Soos, Aidan Cotter, and Sean Touhey all homered in the game.
Garrett Curless took the mound in game two, still trying to shake his outing at The Barnyard several weeks ago. The southpaw fell behind early, giving up three runs to the Goon Squad in the second inning. But the offense woke up, and Curless settled down to get the complete game victory.
Cotter belted two more home runs, while Matt Soos hit another as well. Curless helped himself with a solo shot, and Koby Keck checked in with a liner over the right field fence.
In the finale, Cotter picked up his third win of the season as the Newts cruised to a victory. After allowing a lead off home run by Jake Osburn, Cotter surrendered just one hit the rest of the way and looked to be in playoff form.
Scott Soos and Zarek Finley each hit three home runs. Finley's three bombs came at the expense of the cycle, as his five for five effort included everything but a single. Curless and Matt Soos also homered in the finale.
Action in ORWBL will pause next weekend for The Wiffle®Ball Championship at Hometown Days. League play will resume on August 1 with the opening rounds of the ORWBL Postseason. The fifth-place Newts will face the Glen Lee Skeeters in the Play-In Round. Winner of that game will advance to play the Great Lakes Godfathers in another one-game Wild Card Round. The Wild Card winner moves on to the NLDS to face the top-seeded Granger Panthers in a best of three series.