Newts Right at Home in Return to The Palace
NEW CARLISLE - Last week's heavy rains left Sin City Field a muddy mess, forcing the Sage Road Sinners (0-15) to move Sunday's series to a neutral site, The Palace of Bourissa Hills.
The New Carlisle Newts made themselves right at home, sweeping the Sinners, 12-0, 39-7, 22-1.
Despite the wind blowing in, the Newts (11-4) pounded out 104 hits over the three-game series in their first trip to The Palace since 2015. Now the home of the American League's Wildcards, the t-ball field is the birthplace of wiffleball in New Carlisle dating back to the mid-1990's.
It was a milestone day for the franchise's longest-tenured players, as Garrett Curless collected his 600th career ORWBL hit in the series opener, while manager Koby Keck got his 700th in game two.
Curless and Keck rank fourth and second respectively on the all-time career hits list. However, it should be noted that statistics weren't kept in the first three seasons of their careers.
A week after his near-perfect game against the Leprechauns, Scott Soos took the mound for the series opener. He promptly gave up a hit to the first batter he faced, Trae Kowalski. However, Soos settled into his dominant self to allow just one more hit the rest of his five-inning outing.
In the second game, New Carlisle allowed 13 hits and at least one run in each inning, which normally would spell disaster. The vintage Newts defense showed itself behind Curless, throwing the ball around the diamond. At one point, the Sinners scored a ru