LA PORTE - Slow starts to the season have become a bit of a tradition for the New Carlisle Newts (7-8) in recent years. Coming off a decisive series win in Granger last week, it appeared the Newts were finally finding their groove heading into Sunday's World Series rematch against the Maple City Magic (12-3). Instead, the Magic dominated the Newts for a three game sweep, 6-11, 4-8, and 10-18.
Fifteen games into a schedule of 24 games, the Newts have to be worried that it might not be a slow start. They might just be bad. New Carlisle could not compete with the heavy bats of the super team Commissioner Alex Friedman has assembled in Maple City.
In the opener, Jay Ryans hit a pair of solo shots, one in the second and one in the third, to send the game into the bottom of the third inning tied.
But Maple City rattled off nine runs over the next three innings, countered only by another Ryans home run in the fourth, to make it 11-3 heading to the final frame. In the sixth, the Newts put together a mini-rally, with a solo home run by Scott Soos and a two-run blast by Garrett Curless. But it wasn't nearly enough to overcome the deficit, as the Newts fell 11-6.
Curless took the mound in game two, and the Newts fell behind quickly, 4-1, despite a first inning homer by Ryans.
New Carlisle cut the lead down to a single run in the third inning, behind home runs by Curless and Matt Soos. But the Magic again pulled away, getting those two runs back in the next two innings, and then blowing the game open with four in the bottom of the fifth to make it 10-4. Ryans again went yard in the sixth, to bring the final tally to 10-5.
Game three was a disaster from the beginning, as the Magic scored nine runs in the first and eventually went up 16-0 through four innings.
Curless broke up the perfect game in the fifth, starting a string of four straight Newt home runs. The Newts would score seven in the inning and three in the sixth to show a sign of life, but the Magic wrapped up the sweep with an 18-10 victory.