Summer of near misses

NEW CARLISLE - With Peacefest wrapped up, the New Carlisle Newts close the book on a summer of near misses in 2015. While the overall body of work was very solid, the Newts were shut out of any major titles.

Most notably, the Newts failed to close out a 3-1 World Series lead against Cult West. After losing Game 5 at Migley Field, New Carlisle was dominated by the Warriors at Parts Unknown in Game 6. Cult West then took the first Game 7 in ORWBL history, 13-9. The Newts three-peat dreams fell just short, and the Warriors, who will reportedly fold after this season, rode off into the ORWBL sunset as champions.

Arguably, the World Series collapse wasn't the most heartbreaking near miss of the summer. Looking for their first City Championship since 2008, the Newts had a magical run through this year's Hometown Days tournament. The hometown squad returned to a raucous Migley Field for a second consecutive Hometown Cup Finals appearance. In the semifinals, New Carlisle knocked off the Clutch Players to avenge the 2014 loss in the same round.

The win over Clutch set the scene for a titanic matchup with Cult West. Over 200 fans filled Migley in the most electric atmosphere for a wiffleball game that one could imagine. The Newts grabbed a 7-5 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth, but the Warriors answered with five runs. They closed out an 11-8 victory to win the Hometown Cup for the third consecutive year.

Hometown Days wasn't the only time the Newts crossed paths with the Clutch Players. Clutch defeated the Newts in the final four of both the World Championship in Skokie and Wifflehawks at Four Winds Field. The two teams were neck and neck throughout the summer in the Grand Slam standings, however the Clutch Players sealed the deal with a Peacefest title to end the summer.

In addition to a second place ranking in the Grand Slam, the Newts are currently ranked #3 by the World Wiffleball Commission, and finished the league season just outside of the NWLA Top 25.

New Carlisle will enter 2016 with plenty of unfinished business after contending but not closing in 2015.

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