Newts drop two against Heat
NEW CARLISLE - The New Carlisle Newts (7-8) were able to beat the rain on Sunday afternoon, as a postgame shower soaked Migley Field moments after the completion of the series finale.
But New Carlisle couldn't beat the Heat, as Hudson Lake (3-12) took two of three, 15-12 (F/7), 7-2, and 1-6.
The opening game got off to a hot start, with the Heat scoring four in the first. New Carlisle responded immediately with six runs of their own. Garrett Curless hit two long balls in the inning, while Matt Soos, Aidan Cotter, and Noah Shail each added one.
The Heat flipped the score in the second with three runs, but again the Newts got back on top with solo home runs by Cotter and Curless.
Cotter and Heat starter Doug Benner each worked a scoreless third before Hudson Lake took a 9-8 lead in the fourth. Curless tied it back up in the bottom half with his fourth home run of the game.
The Heat were relentless, retaking another lead in the fifth inning on a Ben McDonald two-run blast.
The 11-9 advantage held up until two outs in the bottom of the sixth when Cotter launched a game-tying two-run home run to silence Heat manager Jared Monhaut.
Unfortunately for the Newts, the Heat were not quiet for long, as they belted four solo shots in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach. Curless smacked his fifth home run of the day in the bottom half to give the game its final score.
In game two, the Heat jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead on three consecutive home runs from McDonald, Benner, and Bobby Bushman in the first inning.
Both teams were retired in order until the top of the third when Jake MacMillan checked in with a solo blast to make it 4-0. The Newts cut the deficit in half on a two-run homer by Shail.
That's as close as New Carlisle would get. Benner would face the minimum number of batters the rest of the way. The Newts only hit in the final three innings was a Colton Boren single, which was later wiped out by a double play.
The Heat would get their final two runs in the sixth inning, on a ground out to the pitcher, which scored runners from first and second.
Looking to salvage the finale, Curless took the ball for the Newts in game three. He scattered just five hits in a complete game effort, only allowing a McDonald home run in the fourth inning.
Curless took matters into his own hands at the plate too, homering in the first two innings to give the Newts a 2-0 lead. After the McDonald home run in the fourth, Scott Soos, Shail, and Matt Soos hit back-to-back-to-back bombs to pad the lead.
The Newts will wrap up their 12-game homestand on Sunday against the crosstown Bourissa Hills Wildcards (9-6). First pitch is scheduled for 1:20 pm ET.