NEW CARLISLE - The New Carlisle Newts signed Matt Serge with one goal in mind: win a
championship. The ace pitcher and all-time Old Republic Wiffle Ball League batting leader
is looking to establish a personal dynasty, looking for his third championship in four years.
Already a City Champion from his Speedy's Chickenheads career, Serge entered the league
in 2010. He took over the reigns of the South Bend franchise and led them to two consecutive
titles. In his first season, he earned AL Manager of the Year.
He has also taken home impressive hardware for his individual efforts on the field. In 2011,
Serge was named both Most Valuable Player and Cy Young for the American League. He is
one of only three players in league history to win both awards in their career.
Serge's performance with the Newts this year will make a strong case for another MVP
award. At times, he has carried New Carlisle.
In an early season series against defending champion Cult West, the Newts showed the
league they were back with a sweep. Serge got all three wins on the mound, allowing just
one run. He also provided most of the offense. Serge homered three times in the series,
including the game winner in the top of the sixth of the Newts' 1-0 victory in game one.
Serge, along with his brother Mike, and Andy Ellam (all former Sour Wowers) have provided
championship experience for a New Carlisle franchise which has historically been plaqued
by postseason disappointment.