Ryans shuts down Maple City
NEW CARLISLE - Heading into Wednesday night's series with Maple City, the New Carlisle Newts (19-8) had won eight straight match-ups with the Magic, and 19 of the last 22 games between the two clubs.
While Maple City (21-6) was able to snap the streak with a 17-16 extra inning win in game one, the Newts recovered to take the final two games of the three game set, 11-3 and 10-4.
The series opener was a classic Migley Field slugfest, as the Magic put up five runs in the first, with the Newts countering with six of their own. The teams traded blows throughout the ballgame, and six innings was not enough to decide it.
Each team pounded out 20 hits and combined for 25 home runs. The Magic scored four in the seventh inning, while the Newts were only able to get three back, and the ballgame ended when Chayse Davis lined out to Zach Liberatore in deep left.
Garrett Curless started the game on the mound, receiving a no decision for six innings of work. Jay Ryans pitched the seventh and took the loss.
After giving up four runs in the seventh of game one, Ryans spun two gems, allowing only seven runs the rest of the series.
The series was the regular season home finale for the Newts, who finish the season only 9-6 at Migley Field.
New Carlisle wraps up the regular season with a trip to the Grassy Knoll on Sunday to face rival Rolling Prairie in a three-game series.
The Newts need just one win or one Olive Township loss on Sunday to clinch the National League East Division title. The Mechanics play the Great Lakes Godfathers.