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Vassallo Hits for Cycle, Fish Sticks Destroy Caucasians 17-8

27 May
Vassallo became the fourth player in league history to hit for the cycle, as he and the Fish Sticks smothered the Caucasians 17-8

Vassallo became the fourth player in league history to hit for the cycle, as he and the Fish Sticks smothered the Caucasians 17-8

Giving them a taste of their own medicine, the Fish Sticks, led by Ivan, mauled the Caucasians 17-8 in a game that was more lopsided than the score indicated.

Hoping to bounce back from a loss to the Ham Slams, the Caucasians sent Frosty to the mound to start the game. Ivan led off the game with a double, and moved to third when when Joey grounded out for the first out of the inning. Blose then singled, scoring Ivan and putting the Sticks up 1-0 early. Frosty held the damage at a single run, however, as Vassallo flew out to the mound to end the inning.

With Dinger out for the week, Joey started for a second consecutive game. He got Frosty to ground out to left to lead off the bottom of the first, but Guthrie followed with a one-out single. He scored when Ron doubled, tying the game at 1-1. Pat A hit a one-out single, moving Ron to third and putting runners on the corners with one out. But Joey escaped the jam, getting Pat P to fly out to the mound to end the inning, stranding two runners.

Tied at 1-1, the Fish Sticks busted open the game in the top of the second. Ivan led off with a single, and scored from first when Joey followed with a double, putting the Fish Sticks back on top 2-1. With Joey on second, Blose hit a two-run homer, scoring Joey and making the score 4-1. The next batter, Vassallo, hit a solo homer, making back-to-back jacks and the score was 5-1. For the second time in week 4, the Fish Sticks would hit back-to-back-to-back homers when Ivan followed with a solo homer of his own, and with no outs in the second, the Sticks had taken a 6-1 lead. Frosty had been hit hard, and the Caucasians pulled him from the mound, turning to Ron to hold the deficit at five runs. He got Joey and Blose to fly out for the first and second outs of the inning, but the damage had been done.

Blose, who tied a single-game record with 3 doubles, hit a two-run homer in the top of the second

Blose, who tied a single-game record with 3 doubles, hit a two-run homer in the top of the second

Joey got Frosty and Guthrie to fly out in order in the bottom of the second, maintaining the score at 6-1.

Up 5 runs, the Sticks essentially put the game away in the top of the third. Their offensive fury continued, as Vassallo led off the inning with a double. He scored when Ivan followed with a double, making the score 7-1. Joey singled off Ron, and Ivan scored from second pushing the lead to 7 runs. Blose then doubled, but Joey only advanced to third, putting two-runners in scoring positions with no outs for Vassallo. He promptly tripled, scoring Joey and Blose, and making the score 10-1. Vassallo was only a single away from hitting the cycle. Ivan followed with a single, his second hit of the inning, scoring Vassallo. Up 11-1 with Ivan on first and no outs, Joey blasted a two-run bomb, his second hit of the inning, making the score 13-1. Blose followed with a single, and Ron finally recorded an out, when the next batter, Vassallo, grounded out to the mound. With one out and a runner on second, Ivan doubled, his third hit of the inning and third double of the game, scoring Blose from second and extending the Sticks’ lead to 14-1. The inning came to a close when Ron got Joey to ground out to left for the second out. The 8-run inning put the Sticks up 13 through two-and-a-half innings.

Ron led off the bottom of the third with a double, his second in as many at-bats, but Joey stranded him at second, getting Pat A and Pat P to fly out consecutively, ending the third inning scoreless.

Prior to the final two innings, the Sticks fielding was excellent in week 4

Prior to the final two innings, the Sticks fielding was excellent in week 4

The Sticks added a few more runs in the top of fourth, starting when Blose led off the inning with a double. After Vassallo flew out to the mound for the first out, Ivan singled, putting runners on first and third with one out. Joey came to the plate and hit a double into the tree, and Blose and Ivan raced home, making the score 16-1. Fresh from scoring, Blose stepped up and hit a double, scoring Joey from second and pushing the score to 17-1. Vassallo followed with a single, putting runners on the corners with one out for Ivan. The single gave Vassallo the cycle, as he became the fourth player in league history to do so and the second Fish Stick in week 4. Ivan came into the at-bat 7 for 7, but was retired for the first time in the game when Ron got him to ground out to left, ending the inning.

Joey pitched a perfect fourth, retiring Frosty and Guthrie in order.

Joey gave up only 1 run on 4 hits, moving to 2-0 on the week

Joey gave up only 1 run on 4 hits, moving to 2-0 on the week

For the first time in the game, the Caucasians would get through an inning without giving up a run to the Sticks. Ron retired Joey and Blose in order, as each grounded out in the top of the fifth for a scoreless inning.

With a comfortable 16 run lead, the Sticks pulled Joey from the mound and turned to Ivan from the pen in the bottom of the fifth. The first batter he faced, Ron, grounded out to left for the first out, but the Caucasians would rally due to poor fielding by the Sticks. Pat P singled, and moved to second when Frosty followed with another single. With runners on first and second, Guthrie hit a one-out double, aided by fielding errors, as Pat P and Frosty raced home to cut the score to 17-3. The next batter, Ron, hit a two-run blast to left-center field, scoring Guthrie and making the score 17-5. The Sticks pulled Ivan from the game and put Blose on the mound, hoping to escape the inning without further damage. The first batter he faced, Pat, flew out to the mound for the second out, ending the inning.

The Sticks wouldn’t make up the runs in the top of the sixth, as Ron retired Vassallo and Ivan in order to keep the score 17-5.

Blose had a big cushion heading into the bottom of the sixth, but had some difficulties closing out the game. Frosty led off the inning with a single, and scored from first when Guthrie followed with a double. However, the Sticks got the first out of the inning when Guthrie tried to extend the double into a triple, as Blose had the ball on the mound prior to Guthrie reaching third. Ron hit a one-out single, and Pat P followed with a double. Ron raced home from first, and the score was 17-7. With a runner in scoring position, Frosty doubled, scoring Pat P and cutting the deficit to 17-8. The rally ended there, though, as Blose got Guthrie to ground out to Vassallo in left for the second out of the inning, ending the game.

The win moved the Fish Sticks to 5-3 and into sole possession of first place in the standings. The loss, the Caucasians second of the week, dropped them to 4-4 and into a tie for second with the Ham Slams.

W: Joey (3-2)
L: Frosty (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Ivan led the Fish Sticks offensively, going 7 for 9 with 3 singles, 3 doubles, a home run, 6 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Vassallo joined Joey, Frosty, and Blose as the only players in league history to hit for the cycle. Joey hit the cycle in the Sticks’ previous game, Frosty hit for the cycle in week 2, and Blose accomplished the feat in 2011.
– The Fish Sticks set the single-game team record for doubles with 9. This broke their own record of 7, which they set in their previous game in week 4.
– Blose and Ivan each hit 3 doubles in the game. Each player tied the single-game record for doubles, which is held by Blose and Morrison, who each hit 3 doubles in a game previously this season.
– The Fish Sticks’ back-to-back-to-back homers were the fifth time this has happened in league history. The Fish Sticks have accomplished the feat 3 of the 5 teams, with Pumice on Slow! and 4 out of 5 Dentists each doing it in 2011.
– Joey pitched 4 innings, earning the win by giving up 1 run on 4 hits.
– Ron led the Caucasians at the plate in the loss, going 4 for 5 with a single, 2 doubles, a homer, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI.

Bobby Brown Pulls Away Late, Rides Gaurav’s Arm to 5-2 Win Over Ham Slams

27 May
Mark, who went 5 for 6 with two homers and 4 runs scored, races to first as his brother, Brad, watches on

Mark, who went 5 for 6 with two homers and 4 runs scored, races to first as his brother, Brad, watches on

Despite getting crushed in their previous two games and giving up a combined 37 runs, Bobby Brown bounced back against the Ham Slams, holding them to only 2 runs in a 5-2 win.

The Ham Slams started Steve on the mound in his first career pitching appearance, and he debuted the league’s newest signature pitch, the windmill. It worked early, as Gaurav flew out to the mound to start the game. Mark followed with a double, but Steve held him at first as he got Brad to fly out to left for the second out of the inning.

Bobby Brown sent their ace Gaurav to the mound, hoping to play a low-scoring game after two consecutive beat downs. He started great, striking out Steve for the first out, and then getting Anthony to fly out to Brad in left for the second out of the inning.

Steve cruised through the top of the second, as Josh and Gaurav were retired in order for a scoreless inning.

Steve, making his EWL pitching debut, started off well before getting into trouble late

Steve, making his EWL pitching debut, started off well before getting into trouble late

The Slams got to Gaurav in the bottom of the second, breaking the scoreless tie. Evan led off the inning with a solo shot to right field, putting the Slams up 1-0. Quinn followed with a single, and Derek followed with a single, but Gaurav got the first out of the inning when he caught Quinn in between bases with the ball on the mound. With a runner on first, Gaurav got Steve to ground out to left, stranding the runner and holding the deficit to a single run.

Bobby Brown quickly tied the game, as Mark crushed a solo shot to deep right field to lead off the top of the third, making the score 1-1. Brad followed with a single, but Steve maintained the tie, stranding the runner at first by getting Josh and Gaurav to ground out consecutively.

The Slams bounced back in the bottom of the third, as Anthony led off the inning with a triple. The next batter, Evan, followed with another triple, scoring Anthony and putting the Slams back in front 2-1. The Slams couldn’t extend the lead, however, as Gaurav escaped another big inning. He stranded Evan at third by retiring Quinn and Derek, ending the third.

For the second consecutive inning, Mark led off with a solo shot, and the Slams lead had evaporated immediately. Tied at 2-2, Bobby Brown couldn’t take the lead. Brad flew out to Steve at the mound for the first out, and after Josh singled, Steve stranded him at first by getting Gaurav to ground out to center to end the inning.

Gaurav shifted into cruise control in the bottom of the fourth, confusing the Ham Slams for the rest of the game. Steve singled to lead off the inning, but Anthony followed by flying out for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Evan, singled, putting runners on first and second. Gaurav escaped the jam, however, as he got Quinn to ground out to center, stranding two runners and maintaining the 2-2 tie.

Gaurav retired 7 of the final 10 batters he faced in a complete game win, moving to 3-1 on the year

Gaurav retired 7 of the final 10 batters he faced in a complete game win, moving to 3-1 on the year

Mark led off the top of the fifth with a single, the third consecutive inning he started with a base hit. Steve retired the next batter, Brad, for the first out, but got into trouble with one out. Josh, hitless on the day to that point, blasted a two-run homer, scoring Mark and putting Bobby Brown up 4-2. Steve avoided a big inning, getting Gaurav to fly out to the mound to end the fifth.

The Slams couldn’t even things up in the bottom of the fifth, as Derek led off the inning by grounding out to right. Steve followed with a one-out double, but Gaurav held him at second, as he got Anthony to ground out to left for the second out of the inning.

Up 4-2, Bobby Brown added an insurance run in the top of the sixth. Mark led off the inning with a single, the fourth consecutive inning he led off with a hit, and moved to second when Brad grounded out to left for the first out. The next batter, Josh, hit a double off the fence, scoring Mark from second and giving Bobby Brown a 5-2 lead. Steve got Gaurav to fly out to the mound for the second out of the inning, and the Slams would trail by 3 runs heading into their final at-bat.

Gaurav stayed in the game to close things out for Bobby Brown, and he was efficient. He got Evan and Quinn to fly out in order, ending the game and giving Bobby Brown a win after four consecutive losses.

The win moved Bobby Brown to 3-5 on the season, one game back of the Ham Slams, who fell to 4-4.

W: Gaurav (3-1)
L: Steve (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Gaurav pitched the complete game win for Bobby Brown, scattering 8 hits while giving up only 2 runs in 6 innings.
– Steve took the loss for the Slams in a solid debut, giving up 5 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings.
– Mark led Bobby Brown offensively, going 5 for 6 with 2 singles, a double, 2 homers, 4 runs scored and 2 RBI.
– Evan led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a single, a triple, a home run, a run scored, and an RBI.

Fish Sticks Tear Through Downtown Bobby Brown 15-3

27 May
Ivan went 5 for 8 with 5 runs scored as the Sticks cruised past Bobby Brown 15-3

Ivan went 5 for 8 with 5 runs scored as the Sticks cruised past Bobby Brown 15-3

A week after the Caucasians beat Bobby Brown in the most lopsided manner possible, the Fish Sticks kicked them while they were down, easily defeating them 15-3.

Downtown headed into week 4 without their rookie and best player so far, Helal. To replace him, they signed Josh, who would play for Bobby Brown for the first time in a year. Unable to find a solid pitching option other than Gaurav, they put Josh on the mound to start against the Sticks.

He got off to a solid start in the top of the first, retiring Ivan for the first out of the inning. Joey followed with a one-out single, but Josh stranded him at first when he got Blose to ground out to left to end the inning.

The Sticks would play their week 4 games without Dinger, who would miss games for the first time in his career. Missing their #1 starter, the Sticks sent Joey to the mound to start against Bobby Brown. Unlike Josh, he got into trouble early. Mark led off the game with a single, and the next batter, Brad, crushed a two-run homer to deep left-center field, putting Bobby Brown up 2-0. Joey settled down after the home run, getting Gaurav and Josh to fly out to the mound to end the inning.

Brad's two-run homer in the bottom of the first put Bobby Brown up 2-0

Brad’s two-run homer in the bottom of the first put Bobby Brown up 2-0

The Sticks got to work patching the 2-0 deficit in the top of the second. Vassallo led off the inning with a double, and scored when the next batter, Ivan, doubled. With a runner on second, Joey tied the game with a triple, scoring Ivan and making the score 2-2. With no outs and the lead runner on third, it looked as if the Sticks would have a big inning. But Josh escaped the jam, getting Blose and Vassallo to fly out for the first and second outs of the inning, maintaining the 2-2 tie.

Vassallo races into second with a double, as Bobby Brown makes the first of many fielding errors in the game

Vassallo races into second with a double, as Bobby Brown makes the first of many fielding errors in the game

Bobby Brown quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the second, when Mark led off the inning with a solo blast, making the score 3-2. Joey got Brad to fly out to the mound for the first out of the inning, but Gaurav followed with a one-out single. He was stranded at first, however, as Josh grounded out to left to end the inning.

After two relatively solid innings on the mound, the wheels fell of for Josh in the top of the third. The Sticks went on an offensive tear, recapturing the lead and never looking back. Ivan led off the inning with a double, his second of the game, and scored when Joey followed with a double. After only three at-bats, Joey was a home run away from the cycle. With the game tied at 3-3, Blose doubled, the third consecutive double for the Sticks, scoring Joey and giving the Sticks a 4-3 lead. With Blose on second, Vassallo crushed a two-run homer, and the Sticks had a three-run lead. After an Ivan triple, Josh finally recorded the first out of the inning when Joey rounded out to left. But the next batter, Blose, blasted a shot to right-center, a two-run homer that put the Sticks up 8-3. Vassallo followed with a homer, his second of the inning, and the back-to-back homers put the Sticks up 9-3. After giving up 7 runs, Josh got out of the inning when Ivan flew out to the mound for the second out.

Vassallo hit two homers in the top of the third, part of the Sticks big 7 run inning

Vassallo hit two homers in the top of the third, part of the Sticks big 7 run inning

Joey struggled through the first two innings, but got control of the game in the bottom of the third. He retired Mark and Brad in order for a scoreless inning.

Josh retired Joey for the first out of the top of the fourth, but Blose followed with a one-out double. The next batter, Vassallo, doubled, scoring Blose and extending the Sticks lead to 10-3. Josh avoided another big inning, getting Ivan to ground out to left for the second out, stranding Vassallo at second.

Joey cruised through the bottom of the fourth, as Gaurav and Josh were sent down in order and the Sticks maintained their 7 run lead.

The Sticks continued to pour it on in the top of the fifth. Joey led off the inning with a solo homer, making the score 11-3. Joey had become the third player in league history to hit for the cycle. Josh retired Blose for the first out of the inning, but Vassallo and Ivan followed with back-to-back homers, the second time the Sticks had consecutive homers in the game. The blasts put the Sticks up 13-3 and chased Josh from the mound, as Bobby Brown turned to Gaurav to get out of the game without further damage. But the first batter he faced, Joey, hit a solo shot, his second homer of the inning, and the score was 14-3. The Sticks had hit back-to-back-to-back homers, and one more would be a league record. But Gaurav got Blose to ground out to left to end the inning.

Joey watches the first of his two homers fly over the fence, giving him the cycle

Joey watches the first of his two homers fly over the fence, giving him the cycle

With an 11 run lead, the Sticks turned to the bullpen to close out the game as Ivan came to the mound for his first career pitching appearance. Mark led off the inning with a single, but Ivan retired the next batter, Brad, who flew out to center. He then fanned Gaurav for the second out of the fifth.

Gaurav got Vassallo to ground out to left for the first out of the top of the sixth, but the Sticks added one final insurance run when Ivan hit a one-out solo home run to left-center, his second homer of the game. Gaurav got Joey to fly out to the mound to end the sixth with the score 15-3.

The Sticks put Blose on the mound to close out the game, and Bobby Brown was unable to chip into the 12 run deficit in the bottom of the sixth. Blose retired Josh and Mark in order, ending the game.

The win moved the Sticks to 4-3 on the season, in a three-way tie for first with the Caucasians and Ham Slams. The loss dropped Bobby Brown to 2-5, two games behind the other three teams in the standings.

W: Joey (2-2)
L: Josh (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– The Sticks pounded Bobby Brown for 18 hits, their best performance of the season.
– Joey pitched 4 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits, for the win.
– Joey became the third player in league history to hit for the cycle in this game. Frosty hit for the cycle in week 2 of this season, and Blose was the first to accomplish the feat when he did last season.
– The Fish Sticks broke the single-game team record for doubles with 7. The previous record was 6, held by the Caucasians from earlier this season.
– The Fish Sticks hit back-to-back-to-back homers, becoming the fourth team in league history to do this and the first in 2012.
– Joey led the Fish sticks offensively, going 5 for 8 with a single, a double, a triple, two homers, 3 runs scored and 4 RBI.
– Mark led Bobby Brown at the plate, going 3 for 5 with 2 singles, a homer, 2 runs scored and an RBI.

Ham Slams Ride Big First Inning to 7-5 Win over Caucasians

27 May
Anthony led the Slams with 2 homers  and 5 RBI in their big first inning.

Anthony led the Slams with 2 homers and 5 RBI in their big first inning.

After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first, the Ham Slams scored 6 runs in the bottom of the first, and despite only scoring one more run the rest of the game, held on to beat the Caucasians 7-5.

The Caucasians headed into the first game of week 4 shorthanded, as they would play without their leader Morrison, and Frosty and Les would also sit the game out. The Ham Slams made some changes as well, displaying new uniforms and becoming the first team in EWL history to don officially matching unis.

The Slams put Quinn on the mound for the first time since week 1, and he got into trouble early. Guthrie, fresh off his enormous week 3, led off the game with a single. Ron followed with a single, and with no outs and runners on first and second, Pat A blasted a three-run bomb, putting the Caucasians up 3-0. It looked as if they would continue to dominate at the plate, like they did in week 3. The Caucasians signed Pat P off the free-agent wire to replace their missing veterans, and Quinn got him to fly out to the mound in his first career at bat. With one out, Guthrie singled for the second time in the inning. Ron followed with a single, also his second of the inning, but Guthrie was retired by Anthony when he tried to advance from first to third, and the inning was over.

Pat's three-run blast in the top of the first put the Caucasians up 3-0 early

Pat’s three-run blast in the top of the first put the Caucasians up 3-0 early

Guthrie started for the Caucasians, and he struggled to start the bottom of the first. Steve led off the inning for the Ham Slams with a single, and the next batter, Anthony, hit a two-run homer. The Slams had cut the deficit to a single run after only two batters. Evan followed with a single, and was held at first when Guthrie got Quinn to fly out to the mound for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Derek, singled, and Evan raced home from first to tie the game at 3-3. The Slams rally would continue, as Steve singled for the second time in the inning, putting runners at first and second with one out. Anthony hit a laser to left off the fence, and after a series of fielding and throwing errors, he raced home for an inside-the-park homer, scoring both runners. The 3-0 deficit the Slams faced heading into the inning quickly became a 3-run lead, as the score was 6-3. The next batter, Evan, tripled, and it looked as if the nightmare inning would continue for Guthrie. But he got the next batter, Quinn, to ground out to left, ending the bottom of the first.

Pat A continued to swing a hot bat in the top of the second, as he led off the inning with a solo homer, and the score was 6-4. It appeared as if this would be another offensive onslaught, with ten runs scored before an out was recorded in the second inning. But following Pat A’s second bomb of the game, the pitcher’s gained control of the game. Pat P followed the homer with a single, his first career hit. Guthrie then singled, but Pat P was retired trying to advance to second on the play for the first out of the inning. Quinn then got Ron to fly out to Anthony in left, ending the inning.

The Slams were up two runs at 6-4, but they couldn’t add to their lead in the bottom of the second. Derek and Steve were retired in order, and Guthrie followed the disastrous first with a solid second inning.

Quinn got things together in the top of the third, as he retired Pat A and Pat P in order, maintaining the 2-run lead.

Quinn retired six consecutive batters in the second, third, and fourth innings

Quinn retired six consecutive batters in the second, third, and fourth innings

Guthrie pitched another scoreless inning in the bottom of the third, as Anthony and Evan both flew out consecutively.

Quinn matched Guthrie in the top of the fourth, sending down Guthrie and Ron for a scoreless inning.

Guthrie retired Quinn to start the bottom of the fourth, and following Derek’s single, his second of the game, Steve flew out to the mound to end the inning, stranding the runner at first.

Pat A singled to lead off the top of the fifth, his third hit of the game. But Quinn held the runner at first, as Pat P flew out to the mound and Guthrie flew out to left to end the inning.

The Slams added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, starting when Anthony doubled to start the inning. Guthrie got Evan to fly out to the mound for the first out of the inning, but Quinn followed with a single, his first hit of the game, and Anthony scored from second to push the score to 7-4. Guthrie minimized the damage, retiring Derek to end the inning.

Up three runs, the Slams kept Quinn on the mound to finish things out in the top of the sixth. Ron led off the inning with a triple, and the Caucasians were poised to rally. Pat A singled with no outs driving in Ron from third and cutting the score to 7-5. But the next batter, Pat P, flew out to right, and doubled up Pat A at first, ending the inning and the game with a double play.

The Ham Slams moved to 4-3 on the season, and the Caucasians fell to 4-3 with the loss.

W: Quinn (2-0)
L: Guthrie (2-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Anthony’s inside-the-park home run was the 7th in league history.
– Anthony led the Slams offensively, going 3 for 4 with a double, two homers, 3 runs scored, and 5 RBI.
– Pat A led the Caucasians at the plate, going 4 for 5 with 2 singles, 2 homers, 2 runs scored, and 5 RBI. He drove in all of the Caucasians runs.
– Quinn pitched the complete game win for the Ham Slams, giving up only 5 runs on 11 hits.

Guthrie Named Week 3 PBR Wiffler of the Week

27 May

After a record-breaking week that included the best single-game offensive display in league history, Guthrie was voted the Pabst Blue Ribbon Wiffler of the Week for the third week of the 2012 EWL season.

In the Caucasian’s first game, Guthrie pitched a complete game victory over the Ham Slams, giving up 5 runs on 8 hits, moving his record to 2-1 on the season. After getting off to a slow start at the plate in the 2012 season, this game was his launch pad. He went 3 for 6 with 2 singles, a homer, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI (including the game-winning RBI), and recorded a put-out in the field. The game was only a hint of what was to come in the night-cap.

Guthrie’s second game, against Downtown Bobby Brown, rewrote the EWL record book. In a 22-4 win, all of the Caucasians had great numbers, but Guthrie’s were remarkable. He went an amazing 9 for 10 at the plate, missing a perfect 10 for 10 by a foot at first base in his final at-bat. He scored 7 runs, and drove in another 7. He had 4 singles, 2 doubles, and 3 homers, and also had the game-winning RBI. He registered 2 put-outs.

Guthrie is the first EWL veteran (non-rookie) to win Wiffler of the Week in 2012. Guthrie was voted Wiffler of the Week twice in 2011; first in week 9 of the regular season and again in week 2 of the playoffs after pitching the only perfect game in league history. Guthrie was the 2011 EWL Pitch King and also was named to the 2011 All-EWL team.

Guthrie broke or tied the single-game records for hits, runs, RBI, and total bases in week 3.

Guthrie's legendary week 3 performance earned him Wiffler of the Week honors for the third time in his career.

Guthrie’s legendary week 3 performance earned him Wiffler of the Week honors for the third time in his career.

The EWL: Grabs You By the (Foam) Balls

17 May
No hard balls allowed on the wiffle diamond; soft, but firm, foam balls only.

No hard balls allowed on the wiffle diamond; soft, but firm, foam balls only.

The balls were flying out of the yard in week 3, as the Caucasians established themselves as the team to beat in the EWL. In the midst of a 3-game winning streak, the Caucasians have scored nearly 20 more runs than any other team in the league, while allowing the fewest. They came within a swing of the bat of forcing a game 7 in the wiffle series in 2011, and over the last 3 games of 2012, they have been on a rampage. The league’s other 3 squads will try to pull them back to the pack in week 4.

The action continues next week, May 22nd, as we draw closer to the halfway point in the EWL season.

Next week’s matchups and probable starters include:

Fish Sticks (Dinger 2-1) @ Caucasians (Guthrie 2-1)
Downtown Bobby Brown (Gaurav 2-1) @ Ham Slams (Evan 0-2)
Fish Sticks (Joey 1-2) @ Downtown Bobby Brown (undecided)
Caucasians (Ron 1-1) @ Ham Slams (Alec 1-1)

Caucasians Rewrite Record Book, Destroy Bobby Brown 22-4

17 May
Guthrie plastered his name all through the EWL record book in a monumental offensive performance against Bobby Brown

Guthrie plastered his name all through the EWL record book in a monumental offensive performance against Bobby Brown

In an historic and record setting night, the Caucasians exploded for the biggest offensive performance in the history of the EWL, scoring 15 runs in one inning en route to beating Downtown Bobby Brown 22-4.

The Caucasians looked impressive with the bat against the Ham Slams earlier in week 3, but no one could have predicted the orgy of offense that would come in the third inning against Bobby Brown. They came into the game on a 2-game winning streak, and sent Ron to the mound to start. After Brad singled to lead off the game, Ron retired Helal and Mark in order to strand the runner at first and end the inning.

Holly started on the mound for Downtown, and she got off to a fine start when she retired Morrison and Frosty consecutively in the bottom of the first. It would be the only inning in the game in which the Caucasians failed to score.

Ron rolled through the top of the second, as Gaurav and Holly were sent down in order to keep the score at 0-0.

Holly got Ron to fly out to the mound for the first out in the bottom of the second, and then the Caucasians gave a sneak preview of what was to come. With one down, Guthrie hit a solo shot, putting the Caucasians up 1-0. Morrison followed with a single on a fielding error, and Frosty took advantage, blasting a two-run bomb, moving the score to 3-0. Holly stopped the bleeding, temporarily, by getting Ron to fly out to the mound for the second time in the inning for the second out.

Frosty's two-run homer put the Caucasians up 3-0 early, and his three-run homer in the third chased DBB's starter, Holly, from the game

Frosty’s two-run homer put the Caucasians up 3-0 early, and his three-run homer in the third chased DBB’s starter, Holly, from the game

Brad grounded out to left for the first out of the inning, but Bobby Brown responded with one out when Helal hit a solo homer to center, his third of the day, cutting the score to 3-1. Mark grounded out to right for the second out, and Ron escaped the inning with minimal damage.

Downtown celebrates Helal's solo shot in the third inning, his third homer of the day

Downtown celebrates Helal’s solo shot in the third inning, his third homer of the day

The bottom of the third inning will go down in history as one of the most impressive displays of wiffleball ever seen. A combination of wiffle bats destroying the ball and poor fielding led to a record-breaking inning. Guthrie led off the inning with a solo blast, his second of the game, moving the score to 4-1. Morrison followed with a home run, making back-to-back homers, and the lead was 5 runs for the Caucasians. Frosty followed with a double, and then Ron drove him in with a two-run blast, the Caucasians’ third of the inning, making the score 8-1. With no one on and no outs, Guthrie singled, and moved to second when Morrison singled, putting two runners on. The next batter, Frosty, crushed a three-run homer to deep left field, and the score was 11-1. All four Caucasian players had homered in the inning, and there was still no one out. After giving up 10 runs on 10 hits, Downtown removed Holly from the mound and went to Brad. His luck was no better. The first batter he face, Ron, singled for his second hit of the inning, and scored when Guthrie hit his second homer of the inning, making the Caucasians lead 12 runs. Morrison followed with a single, his third hit of the inning, and moved to third when Frosty doubled. With two runners in scoring position, Brad finally recorded the first out of the inning when Ron flew out to the mound. Prior to the out, the Caucasians had reached base safely 11 consecutive times, shattering the record of 8 that they tied in their previous game. All 11 base-runners also scored. Although an out was recorded, two runners remained on base, and Guthrie drove them both in with a single, making the score 15-1. With Guthrie on first, Morrison followed with a two-run home run, his second homer and fourth hit of the inning. With the score 17-1, Brad was pulled from the game for staff ace Gaurav, who had two innings of eligibility left. With the bases empty, the first batter he faced was Frosty, who singled for his fourth hit of the inning. Ron followed with a triple, scoring Frosty from first and making the score 18-1. Guthrie then doubled, his fifth hit of the inning, scoring Ron from third and giving the Caucasians an 18 run lead. With Guthrie on second and one out, Morrison grounded out to Brad in left field, and the most prolific offensive inning in the history of the EWL had come to an end. The Caucasians totaled 15 runs on 16 hits in the inning, with 11 hits and 11 runs coming before a single out was recorded.

Ron was only a double shy of hitting for the cycle, in the third inning alone, during the Caucasians unbelievable inning

Ron was only a double shy of hitting for the cycle, in the third inning alone, during the Caucasians unbelievable inning

With the score 18-1, Downtown was way behind, but had not given up. Gaurav was retired for the first out of the inning, but Bobby Brown finally got some hits off of Ron. Holly singled, and moved to second when Brad followed with a single. With one out and runners on first and second, Helal singled, and Holly scored from second base to cut the score to 18-2. Runners remained on first and second, but Ron got Mark to ground out to Frosty in right for the second out of the inning, stranding two.

Gaurav remained on the mound in the bottom of the fourth, and the Caucasians continued to pile it on. Ron led off the inning with a single, and moved from first to third when Guthrie followed with a single. The next batter, Morrison grounded out to left for the first out, but Ron scored on the play, making the score 19-2. With Guthrie on second and one out, Ron hit a two-run bomb, pushing the score to 21-2. Guthrie followed with a double, but Gaurav stranded him at second when he got Morrison to ground out to left for the second out of the inning.

Down 19 runs, Bobby Brown was quiet in the top of the fifth. Ron retired Gaurav and Holly in order for a scoreless inning.

There was no need for insurance runs, but the Caucasians managed to manufacture one in the bottom of the fifth. Downtown put Helal on the mound in his first pitching appearance in the EWL, and the first batter he face, Ron, flew out to left field for the first out. The next batter, Guthrie, singled with one out. The hit was Guthrie’s ninth hit in nine plate appearances. Morrison followed with a triple, scoring Guthrie from third and making the score 22-2. Ron singled on a fielding error, and the Caucasians had runners on the corners with one out. But Helal avoided another disastrous inning, as Guthrie flew out to right, failing to go a perfect 10 for 10 in the game.

Morrison tripled in the fifth to score Guthrie from first, and finished the game with 6 hits and 5 RBI

Morrison tripled in the fifth to score Guthrie from first, and finished the game with 6 hits and 5 RBI

Downtown Bobby Brown would need to score 20 runs in the top of the sixth to extend the game, and they tried hard to get them. Brad led off the inning with a solo homer, and the score was 22-3. Helal followed with a single, but was caught out when he tried to go from first to third when the next batter, Mark, doubled. With one out and a runner on second, Gaurav doubled, scoring Mark, and cutting the score to 22-4. Bobby Brown had scored multiple runs in an inning for the first time in the game, but the rally would stop there. Ron retired Holly, who flew out to Guthrie in center, to end the game.

The Causasians 18-run victory was littered with record-breaking performances, and the win moved them into sole possession of first place in the EWL standings at 4-2. The loss dropped Downtown Bobby Brown to last in the league at 2-4.

W: Ron (1-1)
L: Holly (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Guthrie led the Caucasians, going 9 for 10 with 4 singles, 2 doubles, 3 home runs, 7 runs scored, and 7 RBI. He narrowly missed going 10 for 10.
– Morrison and Ron each finished the game with 6 hits, Frosty finished with 5.
– Brad led Bobby Brown on offense, going 3 for 4 with 2 singles, a homer, an RBI and a run scored.
– Ronnie pitched the complete game win, giving up 4 runs on 9 hits.
– Guthrie’s 9 hits breaks Joey and Dinger’s previous record of 7 from 2011. Amazingly, no other Caucasians topped 6 in week 3.
– Guthrie’s 7 runs scored breaks the previous record of 5 held by Joey and Blose from 2011 and Frosty from 2012. Morrison, Frosty, and Ron also scored 5 in the same game. All 4 Caucasians either broke or tied the previous record for runs scored in a single-game, in this game.
– Guthrie’s 7 RBI ties the record set by Mike Marr in 2011.
– Guthrie’s 20 total bases breaks the previous record of 18 set by Dinger and Blose (who did this twice) from 2011.
– The Caucasians 26 hits breaks the previous record of 21, which they set just last week.
– The Caucasians 6 doubles breaks the previous record of 5, which the Fish Sticks set just last week.
– The Caucasians 15 runs in a single inning breaks the previous record of 8, set by the Fish Sticks in 2011. The previous record for runs scored in a single game was 15, which the Caucasians did in this game in a single inning.
– The Caucasians 11 consecutive hits without recording an out breaks the previous record of 8, which the Fish Sticks did twice in 2011. The Caucasians tied the record of 8 in their first game prior to breaking the record with 11 in their second game.
– The Caucasians 22 runs scored breaks the previous record of 15, set by the Fish Sticks in 2011.
– Downtown Bobby Brown broke the record for runs earned, allowing 22. The previous record was 15, allowed by 4 out of 5 Dentists in 2011.
– Downtown Bobby Brown broke the record for hits allowed, yielding 26. The previous record was 21, which they allowed in a game just last week.