Cookies & Cream Ride Fifth Inning Burst to 8-2 Win Over Ham Slams

2 Jun
Joey's grand slam in the bottom of the fifth sparked a 6-run inning for Cookies & Cream

Joey’s grand slam in the bottom of the fifth sparked a 6-run inning for Cookies & Cream

After struggling to generate offense for most of the game, Cookies & Cream scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth, sparked by Joey’s grand slam, to blow past the Ham Slams 8-2.

Guthrie started on the mound for Cookies & Cream in his third consecutive start against the Ham Slams. He was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his first two starts and was an inning away from tying his own record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched. The Ham Slams could not get to Guthrie in their first two matchups, but it looked as if the third time would be a charm. In the top of the first, with one out and Anthony on first after a single, Josh roped a double into the tree. Anthony, maybe the fastest player in EWL history, raced around the bases to score, putting the Ham Slams up 1-0 and breaking Guthrie’s scoreless streak at 12.5 innings. Guthrie retired Charlie to end the inning, stranding Josh at second, but the Ham Slams had their first lead of the season against Cookies & Cream.

The Ham Slams sent Charlie to the mound, and he got off to a good start. He retired Morrison and Guthrie in order in the bottom of the first. Guthrie returned to form in the top of the second, pitching a scoreless frame.

Cookies & Cream got to work in the bottom of the second. Joey led off with a double and scored when Vassallo followed with a double. Charlie buckled down and fanned Morrison for the first out of the inning, but Guthrie followed with a one-out single which scored Vassallo. Charlie retired Joey to end the inning, but Cookies & Cream had taken a 2-1 lead.

Charlie struck out Morrison in the bottom of the second, but gave up 2 runs

Charlie struck out Morrison in the bottom of the second, but gave up 2 runs

Guthrie continued to roll in the top of the third, and Charlie got back on track in the bottom half of the inning, as both pitchers held their opponents scoreless.

Morrison makes a tough catch on a high fly against the Ham Slams

Morrison makes a tough catch on a high fly against the Ham Slams

With one out in the top of the fourth, Anthony collected his second hit of the game, a solo bomb which tied the game at 2-2. Charlie continued to pitch well in the bottom of the fourth, retiring the side in order to maintain the tie.

Anthony had two hits, including a solo homer in the fourth which tied the game

Anthony had two hits, including a solo homer in the fourth which tied the game

Guthrie cruised through the top of the fifth, and Cookies & Cream would blow the game open in the bottom of the inning. Vassallo, Morrison, and Guthrie each singled, and with no outs and the bases loaded, Joey crushed a grand slam to left-center, putting Cookies & Cream up 6-2. Vassallo followed with a solo homer, making back-to-back jacks, and after Morrison flew out to left, Guthrie hit a solo shot, Cookies & Cream’s third homer of the inning. Joey followed with a double, but was stranded at second when Vassallo was retired for the second out of the inning.

Guthrie had the third of three Cookies & Cream homers in the bottom of the fifth

Guthrie had the third of three Cookies & Cream homers in the bottom of the fifth

Down 8-2, the Ham Slams went quietly in the top of the sixth, as Guthrie held on for the complete game victory, his third consecutive win against the Slams.

The win moved Cookies & Cream to 4-1 on the season, while the Ham Slams dropped to 2-3.

W: Guthrie (3-0)
L: Charlie (1-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Guthrie gave up 2 runs on only 3 hits in the complete game win.
– Charlie gave up 8 runs on 10 hits while striking out 1 in the complete game loss.
– Joey, Vassallo, and Guthrie each collected 3 hits in the win. Joey led Cookies & Cream with 2 doubles, a homer, and 4 RBI.
– Anthony led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a single, a homer, 2 runs scored, and an RBI.

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