NEW CARLISLE - The New Carlisle Newts hung another banner and receive their third set of championship rings on Friday night, and after all that, there was still wiffleball to be played.
The defending ORWBL Champions were able to come away with a series victory, taking two of three from Galena Marsh, 3-2, 2-3, 2-1. Game three went 8 innings.
With the wind blowing in at Migley Field, as it did much of 2016, the normally high powered lineups of both teams struggled at the plate. In the three game set, only one ball cleared the outfield fence, a slicing line drive off the bat of Denis Jedrysek in game two. The two-run homer proved to be the difference in Galena Marsh's lone victory of the series.
In the opener, the Newts jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Danny Hernandez plated Garrett Curless and Scott Soos with a two-run double. Two batters later, Matt Soos doubled to drive in Hernandez.
Curless cruised on the mound until the top of the fifth, when Steve Pravecek hit a ground ball up the middle to score two and bring the Taco Punchers within one. Curless retired the next batter to minimize the damage and then worked a perfect sixth to cap off a season opening victory.
The game one win was the 200th career victory (ORWBL regular season) for Newts manager Koby Keck.
Following the game two loss, the Newts sent Danny Hernandez to the mound for the rubber match.
Hernandez shut down the Taco Punchers, allowing only one run on an inside the park home run, as the Newts defense threw the ball around the yard in the fourth inning. The Newts answered right back to tie, as Matt Soos singled to score his brother Scott.
Despite plenty of opportunities, neither team was able to push across a run for the next three innings.
Hernandez then led off the bottom of the eighth with a single to left. Sean Touhey moved him over to second with a productive ground-out, setting the stage for Matt Soos again.
And he delivered.
Soos roped a single into left field to score Hernandez and give the Newts a 2-1 win in the game and a 2-1 start to the 2017 season.
The Newts are back in action Sunday, May 21 with a trip to Lynn Street to face the Leprechauns. They return home to Migley Field to open a 9-game homestand on Sunday, May 28 against the Granger Panthers.