Steve’s Walk-Off Homer in Bottom of the 10th Gives Ham Slams 3-2 Win Over Eastbound & Dahn

2 Jun
Steve's walk-off homer in the bottom of the tenth won the game for the Ham Slams 3-2

Steve’s walk-off homer in the bottom of the tenth won the game for the Ham Slams 3-2

The Ham Slams only managed 5 hits in 10 innings, but the last hit was the most important, as Steve’s walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the tenth inning gave them a 3-2 win in an epic battle against Eastbound & Dahn.

The Ham Slams started Josh on the mound, and it looked as if he would be in trouble early. After retiring the game’s first batter, Ivan, he gave up singles to Hartley and Mark, putting runners at the corners with one out. But he was able to retire the next batter, Helal, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

Mark started for Eastbound & Dahn and cruised through the bottom of the first, retiring the side in order.

Josh got into a groove in the top of the second, retiring the side in order while striking out Ivan. Mark continued to roll in the bottom of the second, pitching a scoreless inning.

The stalemate continued in the top of the third, as Josh rolled through Eastbound & Dahn in order. Mark matched Josh with a perfect bottom of the third.

Trevar singled with one out in the top of the fourth, but was held at first as Josh stranded the runner to end the inning. Mark retired the side in order in the bottom of the fourth, and had a perfect game through four innings.

Josh cruised through the top of the fifth, and the score remained 0-0 through four and a half. But the scoreless tie would finally end in the bottom of the fifth. The first batter, Josh, helped himself out with a little run support, belting a solo homer to left-center, putting the Ham Slams up 1-0 and ending Mark’s bid for a no-hitter. The Ham Slams would only score one, as Mark retired the following two batters.

Eastbound & Dahn hadn’t had a base runner beyond first base since the first inning, but they bounced back in the top of the sixth. With one out and no one on, Trevar came to the plate as Eastbound & Dahn’s last hope. He crushed as solo bomb to left, tying the game at 1-1 and giving Eastbound life. Josh retired Ivan, ending the inning, and giving the Ham Slams a chance to win with a run in the bottom of the sixth.

Trevar's solo shot in the top of the sixth gave Eastbound & Dahn new life, tying the game at 2-2

Trevar’s solo shot in the top of the sixth gave Eastbound & Dahn new life, tying the game at 2-2

Mark wouldn’t allow it, as he retired the Ham Slams in order in the bottom half of the inning, sending the game to extra innings. Josh returned to steady pitching, retiring the side in the top of the seventh.

Steve singled with one out in the bottom of the seventh, putting the winning run on first, but Mark struck out Charlie for the second out of the inning, pushing the game to the eighth.

Helal led off the top of the eighth by grounding out to left, but with one out, Trevar hit his second solo homer in as many at-bats, putting Eastbound & Dahn up 2-1. Ivan followed with a single and moved to third when Hartley doubled. Eastbound & Dahn had two runners in scoring position and looked as if they would blow the game open. But they were unable to capitalize and extend the lead, as Josh got Mark to ground out to center, stranding both runs.

Eastbound & Dahn celebrate at the plate after Trevar's solo homer in the top of the eighth

Eastbound & Dahn celebrate at the plate after Trevar’s solo homer in the top of the eighth

Down 2-1 and in their final at-bat, the Ham Slams rallied. Josh led off the inning with a triple, putting the tying run on third. The next batter, Anthony, singled, scoring Josh and tying the game at 2-2. Anthony moved to third when Steve grounded out to right field, and with one out, the Ham Slams had the winning run on third base. But Mark held tight, retiring Charlie to end the inning, and the game would go on.

Josh tripled to lead off the bottom of the eighth, then scored on an Anthony single to tie the game at 2-2

Josh tripled to lead off the bottom of the eighth, then scored on an Anthony single to tie the game at 2-2

Both teams’ pitchers had reached their innings limit as each had pitched all 8 previous innings. The Ham Slams put Charlie on the mound, and he retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. Eastbound & Dahn turned to Hartley, and he did the same, retiring Josh and Anthony consecutively to send the game to the tenth inning.

Ivan led off the top of the tenth with a double, putting the lead run in scoring position. Ivan moved to third on a Hartley groundout to left, and with one-out, Eastbound & Dahn needed a base hit to take the lead. But Charlie buckled down, retiring Mark to end the inning with the score tied at 2-2.

The game had reached double-digit innings, but wouldn’t go further. Steve led off the bottom of the tenth and crushed a solo homer off Hartley, a walk-off blast that gave the Ham Slams a 3-2 win in the longest game of the 2013 season.

The win moved the Ham Slams to 3-3 on the year, while Eastbound & Dahn fell to 2-4.

W: Charlie (2-2)
L: Hartley (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Charlie picked up the win for the Ham Slams, giving up no runs on 1 hit in 2 innings.
– Hartley took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, giving up 1 run on 1 hit in 1 inning pitched.
– Josh got a no-decision in the game, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits in 8 innings.
– Mark also got a no-decision despite pitching 4 perfect innings to start the game. He finished by giving up 2 runs on 4 hits in 8 innings with 1 strikeout.
– Josh led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 2-for-6 with a triple, a home run, an RBI, and 2 runs scored.
– Trevar led Eastbound & Dahn offensively, going 3-for-5 with a single, two homers, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored.

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