NEW CARLISLE - The Sean-O-Meter is rising at Migley Field.
Sean Touhey was the star of a rainy and chilly Sunday afternoon at the ballpark, as the New Carlisle Newts (9-9) got back to the .500 mark with a sweep of the Mishawaka Meatspins, 3-2, 1-0, 3-1.
Despite the slick conditions, the new turf batter's box at Migley prevented the traditional quagmire series we have often seen in the past (credit to us). However, with the wind blowing out of the north, offense was still hard to generate for both clubs.
Matt Soos gave the Newts the first lead in the series opener, flipping a two-run homer over the right-centerfield fence in the second inning.
Ryan Warmoth cut Mishawaka's deficit in half with a solo shot in the next frame. The Spins would tie it in the fourth on a Joe Stratton single that plated Nick Thoman.
The small crowd of nine at Migley began to tense up as it seemed the ballgame would potentially be headed for extras.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Touhey assuaged those fears with an opposite field dinger to walk it off.
In the second game, Garrett Curless flirted with perfection on the mound. The only blemish was a two-out single to center by Warmoth in the fifth inning. Curless pitched all 18 innings of the series, picking up three wins and allowing just three runs all afternoon.
Curless provided the game's sole tally with a home run in the third.
Touhey was the hero in the finale as well, but this time he got his work done early. With Tyler Shupert and Koby Keck aboard in the first inning, Touhey blasted his second home run of the day to give the Newts an insurmountable three-run advantage.
On the mound, Curless kept Mishawaka quiet until the top of the sixth. Warmoth had an RBI knock scoring Anthony Rieff to give the game its final score.
The Newts wrapped up a 12-game homestand with an 8-4 record, a remarkable accomplishment given their recent season struggles at the friendly confines.
New Carlisle will take a week off for Father's Day before hitting the road on Sunday, June 25 to face the County Line Knights.