NEW CARLISLE - There are few, if any, more accomplished players in ORWBL history than Matt Serge. After two championship seasons in New Carlisle, Serge is moving on to Rolling Prairie to play for rival Emery's Army.
Serge's ORWBL career began with the South Bend Sour Wowers, where he led the franchise to two championships as player/manager. Once that franchise folded following the 2012 season, the Newts struck a deal to bring him to New Carlisle as part of a massive rebuilding project.
The impact of a former MVP and Cy Young winner was felt immediately. Early in the 2013 season, Serge essentially single-handedly swept the defending champion Warriors at Parts Unknown. Later, his walk-off heroics during Batgate series with the Federalists. With the rubber match of the series tied at 6 in extra innings, Serge sent a liner over the centerfield fence.
New Carlisle rode his arm during both postseason runs, posting a 9-2 record each year. Following the 2014 season, Serge picked up his second Cy Young Award.
In 35 starts over two years, he was 21-11 on the mound during the regular season. At the plate, Serge appeared in 52 games, hitting .511 with 53 home runs and 96 RBI.
Serge has had his eyes on the Grassy Knoll long before he signed with the Newts. While the loss will be a huge blow to the Newts' shot at a three-peat, the organization and fans in New Carlisle are certainly thankful for the two titles he brought to Migley Field.