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Shail salvages series from sweep

NEW CARLISLE - To say it was blustery on Sunday afternoon at Migley Field would probably not cover all the bases, as the first-place Twin Branch Billy Goats came to town.

The Goats took two of three from the Newts, 3-0, 6-3(F/7), 4-12.

Goats ace Andrew Doran threw a perfect game in the opener. It was the second time this season the Newts have been no-hit.

Aidan Cotter was the tough-luck losing pitcher of the first game, allowing only three hits himself. However, they all came in the third and fourth innings when the wind calmed down - and all three were solo home runs.

The Newts went to Garrett Curless on the mound in the second game hoping to change things up. Cotter led the way offensively going three-for-five at the plate. He and Curless both homered, and New Carlisle carried a 3-1 lead after four.

However, back-to-back home runs in the top of the fifth by Austin Williams and Doran tied it up. The game went to extra innings, where the wheels fell off again the for the Newts. The Goats put up three in the top of the seventh to put the game away.

Noah Shail came to the rescue in the series finale, and the ballgame looked considerably different than the rest of the afternoon. New Carlisle homered six times in the game - three by Tyler Shupert.

Shail, Cotter, and Curless also went deep, as the Newts erased an early 3-0 deficit to win comfortably.

With the series victory, the Goats (15-3) extended their lead over the Newts (13-5) by another game for the top spot in the National League.

The league will break next week for Father's Day and then the Newts will hit the road. New Carlisle will face Elkhart (16-2) to start a nine-game road trip on June 23.

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