VALPARAISO - The offense continues to sputter for the New Carlisle Newts (4-5), who dropped two out of three to the Cabo Yabos on Sunday afternoon, 1-3, 5-2, 6-14.
With the wind blowing in for most of the series, runs were hard to come by once again.
Jake Lawrence (2-3) carried a perfect game into the fourth inning of game one, before two Yabo home runs, a solo shot by John Premetz and a two-run blast by Nate Hansen, put Cabo up, 3-0.
Sean Touhey answered with a solo home run of his own in the fifth, but it was all the Newts could muster.
New Carlisle rebounded in game two. The Newts scored a run in each the fourth and fifth innings, with Cabo immediately answering both. However, Lawrence led off the top of the sixth with a solo blast and Garrett Curless added his second home run of the game, this time with Dewey Thompson aboard, to give the Newts the 5-2 edge.
It seemed as if the Newts offense had finally turned the corner, as New Carlisle opened up the third game with four runs in the top of the first. Curless continued his hot streak with a leadoff homer and Randy Schuster followed it up with a three-run dinger.
But the Yabos lived up to their name, scoring eight in the third and four more in the fourth to chase Lawrence and blow the game open.
The Newts return home to Migley Field next weekend for a three-game interleague series with the Great Lakes Godfathers. 2015 ORWBL MVP Noah Shail is expected to make his season debut.