NILES- After a six-game season opening home-stand produced only 14 runs, the New Carlisle Newts (5-4) were hopeful a trip away from Migley Field would kickstart the sluggish offense. Unfortunately, the woes continued as the Newts dropped two of three to the Great Lakes Godfathers, 2-3 (F/8), 1-3, 4-3 (F/7).
The series got off to a quick start, as Garrett Curless led off game one with a home run. It was the long-awaited 300th of his career. Curless became just the fifth player in ORWBL history to join the exclusive club. His second home run of the day came in the sixth inning and forced extras.
Chayse Davis was solid on the mound for the Newts. After allowing a Brian Shembarger solo home run in the second, two defensive miscues allowed another Great Lakes run to flip the score to 2-1. Davis locked it down the rest of the way until the eighth, when Will Smith scored Mark Haase on an RBI single.
In the second game, the Godfathers got to Davis early with a pair of runs in the first. Curless again homered in the fourth to cut it to 2-1, but Smith answered in the bottom half with an RBI double.
Tim "Matador" Smith picked up the wins for the Godfathers in both games.
The Newts were able to salvage the finale. The game was scoreless into the third when Koby Keck drove in Sean Touhey on an RBI single. The lead was relatively short-lived, as Matador and Pauly O'Hara launched solo shots in the fourth, giving Great Lakes another 2-1 lead.
And then Chayse Davis happened.
Davis tied it up with a solo homer to center field in the fifth, and then gave the Newts a 3-2 lead with another in the sixth.
Haase responded with a dinger to lead off the bottom of the sixth. But Davis again homered to center in the seventh to put the Newts up 4-3.
Davis took the mound again and worked a perfect bottom half to pick up the save.
At 5-4, New Carlisle sits in second place of the National League. The Newts will travel to Panther Park next Sunday to face the first place Granger Panthers (8-1).