NEW CARLISLE - Heading into Wednesday night's action, both teams had an opportunity to clinch the World Series title by taking all three. But the recent history of this matchup would tell you that was highly unlikely.
As usual, the Newts and Warriors battled back and forth all night, with New Carlisle taking two out of three, 12-11, 9-8 (7 innings), and 8-17. The Newts lead the series, 3-2, as it heads back to Parts Unknown on Sunday afternoon.
Cult West jumped out to an early 6-1 lead in Game 3, but the Newts stormed back to tie it in the third inning. The teams traded runs until New Carlisle pulled ahead, 12-10, heading into the sixth. Seth Shail surrendered one in the last inning, but was able to close out a complete game victory.
Game 4 was much of the same, as the lead changed hands constantly until the Newts tied it at 7 after five. After a scoreless sixth, the game went into extras where Cult West put up one to grab the lead. New Carlisle answered with a solo shot by Matt Went to tie it. Then with two outs, Koby Keck singled home Garrett Curless for the winning run. It was the skipper's third walkoff hit of the postseason.
New Carlisle couldn't close out the series at home though. Despite leading 6-3 after three innings in Game 5, Cult West exploded for the offensive barrage everyone is used to. Rattling off 14 runs that did not get answered until the Newts pushed across two in the bottom of the sixth, the Warriors extended the series to Sunday.
Sunday's Game 6 is scheduled for 1pm ET with Game 7 to follow if necessary.