Newts take 2 from South Bend in Migley Field Opener.
NEW CARLISLE- The Sour Chicken Muffs and Newts had their first ORWBL showdown on Sunday in a matchup that both teams had been looking forward to. Both squad's went after the Cult West core in the offseason, but it was long time manager Koby Keck who was able to sway the core four to play for the Newts.
The decisions provided the Sour Chicken Muffs with a lot of motivation heading into 2016. While Anthony Rieff was not able to convince his former Cult West teammates to play for South Bend, he was able to convince former Newt Matt Serge to come back to South Bend where he once led the Sour Wowers to glory.
Sunday's matchup was the first matchup at the newly renovated Migley Field. With a combination of home plate being brought back and the wind howling in, both teams managed to combine for only 5 runs in the series. The Newts won the home opener as they were able to sneak away with a 1-0 win.
In game 2 we saw a little more offense as South Bend was able to come away with a 2-1 victory. Unfortunately for South Bend, the bats went quiet again in the rubber match as New Carlisle once again came away with a 1-0 win.
Both of these teams came into 2016 with high hopes but have not lived up to their expectations so far. The Newts (3-3) will take on the Cabo Yabos (3-3) in a battle of 2 teams tied for first atop the National League East. It will be a crucial series for both teams, who sit just 1 game ahead of the Mechanics in the NL East.
Meanwhile, South Bend will return home to take on the Saugany Lake White Lightning (4-2). South Bend has had a tough schedule to start the season as they were able to win 1 game against Cabo and New Carlisle. Things will not get much easier as the White Lightning have been one of the best hitting teams so far in 2016.