Mechanics shine under the lights

NEW CARLISLE - It was a night of celebration at Migley Field, as the New Carlisle Newts marked the tenth anniversary of the first game in franchise (and ORWBL) history.

Unfortunately for the Newts (7-5), the team celebrating at the end of the night was the first-place Olive Township Mechanics (10-2), who took two out of three, 6-4, 6-8, 7-6.

In the opener, New Carlisle led 4-2 heading into the sixth. After a Jasen Webb RBI single, Olive Township's Aidan Cotter hit a three-run home run off Newts pitcher Jay Ryans to give the Mechanics a 6-4 lead.

Cotter then retired the top of the Newts lineup in order in the sixth to finish the comeback.

The Newts bounced back in game two, building an 8-2 lead. New Carlisle again surrendered four runs in the sixth, but were able to hold off the Mechanics to close out an 8-6 victory. Ryans homered three times, while Scott Soos and Garrett Curless each hit two.

Curless notched the victory on the mound.

In the finale, the Mechanics jumped out on top with two in the first. They led the rest of the way, with the Newts rally falling short in the bottom of the sixth with the tying run on first.

The series was the return of night wiffleball to Migley Field. It was the first night game at the historic park since 2013. The Newts have struggled under the lights with a 9-12 all-time record in home night games.

The Newts fall to three games off the pace in the NL East race, with a rivalry series on tap next weekend. Rolling Prairie comes to town on Sunday, June 11 for a three-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 1:20pm ET.

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