Two out of three again
NEW CARLISLE- It was a new day and a new opponent for the Newts (4-2) on Thursday night, as the South Shore Silver Sluggers (1-5) visited Migley Field for the first time. However, it was a very similar result as Opening Day, as New Carlisle took the first two but were unable to finish the sweep, 1-0, 3-0, and 0-1 (F/7).
The wind was blowing in once again at the ballpark, with only five runs scored between the two teams in the entire series.
With much of the roster unavailable due to the weeknight game, the Newts utilized an unconventional lineup. Koby Keck took the ball in the series opener, pitching a complete game shutout to get his first win on the mound since 2015. The Newts solid defensive effort allowed only three hits in the game.
The game was scoreless on both sides until the sixth. After singles by Jeff Szczypiorski and Danny Hernandez, Keck wrapped one around first base to score Hernandez and win game one.
New Carlisle saw a little more offensive firepower in game two. Zarek Finley hit the Newts' first real home run of the season, a line drive over the left field fence, in the second inning to give the Newts the early lead.
Keck tacked on another run in the third with a rising line drive off the right field foul pole to make it 2-0.
Finley scored the Newts' final run in the fourth, rounding the bases on a ground out and bringing the lead to 3-0.
Keck once again pitched a complete game shutout, this time only allowing two hits.
Hoping to complete the sweep, Keck gave the Newts three more scoreless innings before being lifted for Noah Shail in the top of the fourth. Following the script of game one, the first run eluded both teams through six innings.
However in the top of the seventh, Dan Marino led off the inning with a slicing home run to right center for the 1-0 lead and the Silver Sluggers only run of the night. The Newts went quietly in the bottom half and were forced to settle for a two out of three series win.
The Newts will now embark on a nine-game road trip which begins Sunday in Niles, Michigan against the Great Lakes Godfathers. New Carlisle will then travel to Granger and Maple City before finally returning home on June 10.