NEWTS SWEEP! New Carlisle wins ORWBL World Series
LA PORTE — For the third time in four years, the New Carlisle Newts reign supreme in the Old Republic Wiffle® Ball League.
New Carlisle completed a sweep of the Maple City Magic on Wednesday, August 10, winning 14-10 in Game 3 and 11-2 in Game 4.
Game 3 was a back and forth battle, with the Newts grabbing an early 7-2 lead. Maple City was able to battle back a couple of times, chipping away and eventually tying the game at 10 heading into the sixth.
However, the Newts scored four in the top half and Jay Ryans shut Maple City down, as the Newts escaped with a victory.
With the Newts up 3-0 and completely in control of the Series, New Carlisle also took control of Game 4. Ryans was magnificent on the mound, while the offense continued to click. The Newts clinched the title with a convincing 11-2 win, setting off the traditional ginger ale celebration.
Before action shifted to Magic Park, the Newts built a 2-0 series lead with a pair of home wins at Migley Field on Sunday, August 7.
In Game 1, New Carlisle surrendered the first run on an inside the park home run by Wes Ellis. However, the Newts were able to answer back in the third to tie it at one. The score remained unchanged until the bottom of the ninth. And then Danny Hernandez happened. Hernandez crushed a fly ball to right that even the wind couldn't knock down.
Maple City's John Arndt couldn't knock it down either as he flew over the outfield fence trying to keep the ball in the yard.
In Game 2, the Newts jumped out to an early lead with a two-run home run by Scott Soos in the second. Maple City's Eric Johnson answered right back in the third with his first of two homers to cut it to 2-1. But in the bottom half, Noah Shail would tack on all the insurance that Newts ace Ryans would need with a back-breaking three-run shot to put the Newts up 5-1
. Johnson would later cut it to 5-3, but Ryans slammed the door in the sixth to put New Carlisle in the drivers seat heading to LaPorte.
With major contributions all season from Ryans, Hernandez, Scott and Matt Soos, the title would not have been possible without the acquisition of the four Cult West Warriors.
New Carlisle and Cult West have combined for the last five ORWBL Championships.
In what has become one of the game's top rivalries, the Newts have gone 8-0 against Maple City this summer, and have won 19 of the past 22 games against the Magic dating back to the 2013 World Series.
2016 marked the sixth World Series appearance for New Carlisle, most all-time. The Newts three titles is also an ORWBL record.
New Carlisle's left fielder Shail was named World Series MVP for his outstanding performance throughout the four games.
Curless Named Most Valuable Additionally, Garrett Curless, who just completed his tenth season with the Newts, was named 2016 National League MVP for the regular season.
It is the second time Curless, who led New Carlisle in home runs and RBI this season, has won the award.