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Newts drop two to defending champs

NEW CARLISLE - After a long day at the Cam Snead Tournament on Saturday, the New Carlisle Newts (6-9) were not raring to go like their Sunday afternoon opponent, the South Bend Truffle Butter (12-3). South Bend's extended batting practice at the New Prairie Little League primed the defending ORWBL champions for a series win at Migley Field, 10-6, 7-15, 14-4.

The teams traded runs in the first inning of the opener, with the Newts initial tally coming courtesy of a solo home run by starting pitcher JP Kehoe. South Bend gradually pulled away, as several "good leaves" powered the Truffle Butter offense to score the game's next nine runs.

Down the stretch, New Carlisle made the final score a little more respectable with home runs from Garrett Curless, Kody Webb, and two from Tyler Shupert.

For the fourth time in five series, the Newts won the second game of the set. New Carlisle grabbed a 6-2 lead early, before busting it wide open with eight runs in the bottom of the fourth. The inning was highlighted by five consecutive home runs on five pitches (swinging at the first pitch is actually legal in slow-pitch wiffleball).

All six Newts batters in the lineup homered in the game, led by four from Curless. Kehoe, Shupert, and Matt Soos all added two, while Webb and Aidan Cotter each checked in as well.

The Newts were put back in their place in the rubber match, as South Bend jumped out to a 13-0 lead after three innings. Still recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon, Noah Shail blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth in a pinch-hit appearance. Sean Touhey also played longball in the final frame, sending the Migley faithful into a frenzy.

New Carlisle wraps up a 12-game homestand next Sunday, June 11, against the Mishawaka Meatspins. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20pm ET.

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