City Championship Tournament History
The annual New Carlisle Hometown Days Whiffle Ball Tournament began in 2005 as an event
of the newly formed Hometown Days summer festival. Sixteen teams from 3 states
participated in the inaugural tournament. The original format was double-elimination played in
one day at the NPLL Majors Field. The first-ever champions were the Late Arrivers, a team
thrown together at the last minute to fill out the tournament bracket.
Again in 2006, 16 teams participated. This was the first of three years in which the proceeds
from the tournament were donated to Hannah & Friends. Moving to a two-day format, the
tournament consisted of pool play and a single elimination finals. The Sultans of Swing were
crowned champions, defeating the 4 Amigos in the championship game at Migley Field.
The third annual tournament in 2007 saw a dramatic increase in the level of tournament
competition. The New Carlisle Newts completed a perfect 6-0 weekend to win the title in its
first year competing.
Once again, in 2008, the Newts went 6-0 to capture the crown. However, four of their six wins
were one-run contests, including a thrilling extra-inning 29-28 victory over Speedy's
Chickenheads in the championship game. The Chickenheads were making their second
straight appearance in the Final Four at Migley Field.
Speedy's finally broke through in 2009, winning their first ever City Championship. Speedy's
defeated the Pterodactyls in the title game. Their three appearances in the Final Four is the
more than any other team in tournament history.
The 2010 tournament drew 36 team, including the Regina Hyperizers out of Canada. Where
My Pitches At? defeated G.O.A.T. in the championship game. The 2010 tournament marked
the first year the Hometown Cup traveling trophy was awarded to the City Champions.
In 2011, a record 40 teams entered the 7th annual City Championship. The Ambassadors of
Plastic (Munster, IN) captured The Cup with a victory over the Krook Kounty Killaz, 10-7.
Forty teams entered again in 2012, with Lou Brock defeating the Taco Punchers, 19-5 in the
New Carlisle Hometown Days is a nonprofit endeavor. The steering committee consists of a group of citizens
representing many area churches, businesses, and other nonprofit organizations. Our goal is to provide a safe,
fun, family oriented weekend on the last full weekend of each July.
Please take the time to visit all of the attractions around town during the festival.