Caucasians Rock Bobby Brown 14-1 to Start 2012 EWL Playoffs

29 Jul
Guthrie held Bobby Brown to only 1 run on 6 hits while his offensive provided 14 runs of support in Game 1

Guthrie held Bobby Brown to only 1 run on 6 hits while his offensive provided 14 runs of support in Game 1

The Caucasians, last year’s runner-up in the Wiffle Series, started the 2012 EWL playoffs on the right foot, as Guthrie shut down Bobby Brown, and the Caucasians offensive exploded for a 14-1 win.

The Caucasians, who dominated the second half of the EWL season to claim the #1 seed for the second consecutive year, faced off against the #4 seed Downtown Bobby Brown to start the 2012 playoffs. Downtown Bobby Brown, formerly Pumice on Slow!, was swept by the Caucasians in the first round of the 2011 playoffs. Guthrie, who gave up 1 hit over two complete game wins in the first round of last year’s EWL playoffs, started on the mound for the Caucasians.

Mark, who had a fantastic rookie season for Bobby Brown, led off the playoffs with a deep solo homer to right, putting Bobby Brown up 1-0 early. Unfortunately, it would be the only run Bobby Brown would score in the game. After giving up the bomb, Guthrie locked down, retiring Brad, and following a single by Cody, got Holly to groundout to left to end the first inning.

The Lentz brothers celebrate after Mark's leadoff homer in the top of the first

The Lentz brothers celebrate after Mark’s leadoff homer in the top of the first

Down 1-0, the Caucasians crushed Holly, Bobby Brown’s starting pitcher, for 9 runs in the bottom of the first. Morrison led off the inning with a homer, and Ron followed with a home run of his own, making back-to-back jacks to start the game. Guthrie and Les singled with no outs, and Morrison hit his second consecutive homer in as many at-bats, a 3-run bomb that put the Caucasians up 5-1. Ron followed with a single, and with a runner on first, Guthrie blasted a 2-run homer, making the score 7-1. Les and Morrison each singled, and with runners on first and second, Ron tripled, driving in both runners with his third hit of the inning. Ron was caught in between third and home for the first out of the inning, but the score was 9-1. Holly then retired Guthrie to end the disastrous inning.

Ron had 3 hits and 3 RBI, and was only a double short of the cycle, all in the bottom of the first

Ron had 3 hits and 3 RBI, and was only a double short of the cycle, all in the bottom of the first

Guthrie cruised through the top of the second, giving up a single to Brad but stranding him at first for a scoreless inning.

Holly settled down in the bottom of the second, pitching a scoreless inning and stranding Morrison, who singled for his fourth hit in the game, at first.

The offense was quieted in the third, as Guthrie retired Holly and Mark consecutively, and Holly returned the favor by retiring Les and Morrison after Guthrie singled, stranding him at first.

Guthrie was dominant on the mound and was helped by a superb defensive performance from the Caucasians fielders

Guthrie was dominant on the mound and was helped by a superb defensive performance from the Caucasians fielders

Brad singled to lead off the fourth, but Guthrie held him there, retiring Cody and Holly in order to maintain the 9-1 lead.

The Caucasians would add to their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Ron grounded out to left for the first out of the inning, but Guthrie followed with a single. With Guthrie on first, Les pounded a 2-run bomb to left-center, extending the lead to 11-1. Morrison followed with a solo shot, his third homer of the game, and the Caucasians had an eleven run lead. Holly then retired Ron to end the inning.

Morrison went 6 for 7 with 3 bombs and 6 RBI

Morrison went 6 for 7 with 3 bombs and 6 RBI

Mark and Brad each singled to lead off the top of the fifth, but Bobby Brown couldn’t cut into the deficit. Guthrie retired Cody and Holly in order, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

Guthrie singled to start the bottom of the fifth, and moved to second when Les grounded out for the first out of the inning. With a runner on second, Morrison tripled, scoring Guthrie and making the score 13-1. The next batter, Ron, singled, scoring Morrison from third and pushing the lead to 14-1. Holly fanned Guthrie for the second out of the inning with the deficit at thirteen runs.

Bobby Brown went quietly in the top of the sixth, as Guthrie retired their two most potent hitters, Mark and Brad, to end the game.

The Caucasians went up early and the game was never in question, as they took a 1-0 lead in the best of five series.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Morrison led the Caucasians going 6 for 7 with 3 homers and 6 RBI.
– In three first round postseason starts, Guthrie is now 3-0 and has given up only 1 ER on 7 hits in 18 IP.
– Mark and Brad led Bobby Brown offensively. Mark went 2 for 5 with a solo homer and 1 RBI, and Brad went 3 for 5 with three singles.

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