SOUTH BEND - The New Carlisle Newts (6-3) closed within a game of the first place Cult West Warriors (7-2) on Sunday afternoon, winning two out of three in the weekend series. New Carlisle won the first and third games, 4-3 and 11-0 respectively. Cult West won the middle game, 10-6.
It was a miserable afternoon weatherwise in South Bend for the rematch of the 2014 World Series. Both offenses had to manufacture all their runs, as nothing left the yard with the wind howling in.
New Carlisle jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second, but gave three runs back in the third. Down to their last shot, the Newts stole a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to grab a 4-3 lead. Adam Rehlander shut down the Warriors in the bottom half of the inning to secure a complete game victory.
The second game of the series was an entirely different story, as the Warriors played longball six times in the 10-6 victory. Corey Boyd put Cult West on top in the bottom of the first with a mammoth three-run shot. Blair Vandenburg and Danny Hernandez each added two homers of their own. For New Carlisle, Noah Shail had a typical game at the plate, going 3 for 5 with three home runs and driving in five runs.
In the rubber match, the Newts jumped out to a seven run lead in the top of the first, thanks to a pair of three run home runs by Rehlander and Sean Touhey. However, the Newts offensive explosion wasn't the story of the ballgame, as Seth Shail pitched a gem on the mound.
Shail was perfect entering the sixth inning. He got Matt Soos to fly out to right for the first out. Two outs away from only the third perfect game in ORWBL history, and first in Newts history, Shail allowed a hit to his Muffs teammate Anthony Rieff. The crowd at Parts Unknown erupted for the moral victory. Shail quickly retired the final two batters to complete the one-hit shutout.
New Carlisle returns home to Migley Field next Sunday, June 7, for a three-game set with the Bertrand Bombers (3-6). First pitch is slated for 1:20pm ET.