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Newts sweep Skeeters

SOUTH BEND - The New Carlisle Newts (16-11) returned to The Marsh on Sunday for the first time since being eliminated from the 2022 postseason. After losing to the Glen Lee Skeeters five times a year ago, New Carlisle got a measure of revenge with a three-game sweep, 17-11, 11-6, 14-2.

Aidan Cotter returned from hiatus to lead the Newts in the opener with a six for six effort at the plate. Cotter hit four home runs and drove in five runs. Danny Hernandez also made an appearance after an extended absence, blasting four home runs of his own with 6 RBI.

Starting pitcher Matt Soos earned the victory, dazzling the home team with a Gold Glove effort on the mound in a complete game outing.

Scott Soos and Tyler Shupert each homered twice, while JP Kehoe added one.

Kehoe took the ball in game two, and the Newts grabbed a 9-1 lead by the halfway point. Hernandez and Cotter again led the way offensively, both going three for five at the dish with a pair of homers each.

Matt Soos, Kody Webb, and Kehoe all homered as well, and the Newts improved to 8-1 in game two's this season.

Cotter got the nod on the mound in the series finale, as the Newts coasted to a sweep. Shupert belted four home runs and drove in six runs. Kehoe and Scott Soos had three dingers a piece, while Matt Soos also played long ball.

The victory clinched a winning season for New Carlisle, their first since 2020.

The Newts will break from league play and travel to Midlothian, Illinois next weekend to compete in the 44th annual World Wiffleball Championship. New Carlisle is the two-time reigning champion of the world's oldest wiffleball tournament.

ORWBL action resumes on Sunday, July 23 as the Newts host the Lynn Street Leprechauns (15-12) in the regular season finale. First pitch is set for 1:20pm ET at Migley Field.

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