Joey Shines on the Mound and at the Plate as Fish Sticks Beat Pumice! 6-2

7 Jul

The Fish Sticks celebrate after one of Joey's 2 HR in a 6-2 win over Pumice!

The Fish Sticks hit four home runs and Joey gave up only three hits on the mound as they blew past Pumice on Slow! 6-2.

Joey retired Brad and Luke in order in the top of the first inning, and the Fish Sticks jumped on the board early in the bottom half of the inning. Blose hit a leadoff home run off Pumice! starter Gaurav to begin the game, making the score 1-0. Dinger singled with no outs, and Joey hit a two-run bomb, putting the Sticks up 3-0 early. Vassallo flew out for the first out of the inning, and following a Blose double, Dinger grounded out to left stranding the runner at second, but the Sticks were up three after one inning.

Pumice! cut into the deficit when John led off the top of the second with a solo homer, making the score 3-1. Joey then retired Gaurav and Brad to end the second with the Sticks up two runs.

Joey doubled to lead off the bottom of the second, but was put out as he tried to stretch the double into a triple, the first out of the inning. Vassallo singled with one out, but Gaurav stranded him at first when Blose grounded out for the second out of the inning.

Joey retired Luke and John in order in the top of the third, and the Fish Sticks added to their lead in the bottom half of the inning. Dinger led off with a home run, and Joey made back-to-back jacks when he followed with a solo homer, making the score 5-1. Vassallo singled with no outs, but Gaurav settled down, striking out Blose and retiring Dinger, keeping the deficit at four runs.

Pumice! remained in a rut in the top of the fourth, as Joey retired Gaurav and Holly in order. But Gaurav held the Sticks in check in the bottom of the fourth, retiring Joey and Vassallo in order.

Luke grounded out to lead off the top of the fifth, and Brad followed with a one out single. He was stranded at first though, as Gaurav grounded out for the second out of the inning.

Up four runs, Blose singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth for the sticks. Dinger followed with a single, putting runners on first and second. The next batter, Joey, also singled, but the runners were held, and the bases were loaded for Vassallo with no outs. He hit a single off the wall, but a base running error left Joey stranded between first and second for the first out of the inning. Blose scored from third on the play, making the score 6-1. With runners on first and second, Gaurav got Blose to fly out to the mound, ending the inning and stranding two runners.

Down to their final at-bat, Pumice! needed five runs to force the Sticks to bat in the bottom half of the sixth. Holly led off the inning by grounding out to center field. The next batter, Luke, crushed a one-out solo bomb to left field, cutting the score to 6-2. But Joey retired Brad for the second out of the inning, giving the Fish Sticks the victory.

Game Notes:
– Joey led the Fish Sticks offensively, going 4 for 5 with 2 HR, a double, and 3 RBI
– All of the Fish Sticks had at least three hits each
– John and Luke each hit solo home runs Pumice!
– Joey gave up 2 ER on 3 hits in a complete game win

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