Cookies & Cream Storm Past Ham Slams Late for 8-5 Win

14 Jul
Joey had four hits, including 3 home runs, as Cookies & Cream beat the Ham Slams 8-5

Joey had four hits, including 3 home runs, as Cookies & Cream beat the Ham Slams 8-5

Cookies & Cream scored six of their eight runs over the final two innings as they came from behind to top the Ham Slams 8-5.

Dinger started on the mound for the Ham Slams, who were playing with new free agent acquisition Riley. Dinger retired Anthony for the first out in the top of the first, and after Riley singled in his first career at-bat, Dinger got Charlie to ground out to center to end the inning.

The Ham Slams started their ace, Charlie. After retiring Dinger for the first out in the bottom of the second, Joey crushed a solo bomb to left field, putting Cookies & Cream up 1-0. Charlie avoided further damage, retiring Morrison for the second out.

Dinger cruised through the top of the second, retiring the side in order. Charlie matched him in the bottom half of the inning, pitching a scoreless frame.

Dinger started the game hot before running into trouble against the Ham Slams in the middle innings

Dinger started the game hot before running into trouble against the Ham Slams in the middle innings

Down a run, the Ham Slams continued to struggle in the top of the third, as Dinger sent them down consecutively. Cookies & Cream would add to their lead in the bottom of the third. Morrison led off the inning with a single, and moved to second when Dinger grounded out for the first out. The next batter, Joey, lined a double off the tree, scoring Morrison and putting Cookies & Cream ahead 2-0. Charlie retired Morrison for the second out, stranding the runner at second.

After having trouble getting their bats going early, the Ham Slams had an offensive burst in the top of the fourth, helped in large part by Cookies & Cream fielding errors. Dinger retired Riley to start the inning, but the Ham Slams would rally with one out. Charlie singled and moved to second when Anthony singled. With runners on first and second, Riley hit another single for the Slams, scoring Charlie from second and cutting the deficit to 2-1. With runners on the corners, Charlie hit his second single of the inning, scoring Anthony from third and tying the game at 2-2. With runners on first and second, Anthony stepped to the plate and hit a 3-run bomb. The barrage put the Ham Slams ahead 5-2. Riley would follow with another single, but Dinger fanned Charlie to end the difficult inning.

Riley went 3-for-7 with 3 singles, a run scored, and an RBI in his EWL debut

Riley went 3-for-7 with 3 singles, a run scored, and an RBI in his EWL debut

Trailing by three runs, Cookies & Cream would bounce back immediately. Charlie retired Dinger for the first out of the inning, but Cookies & Cream would have a one-out rally of their own. Joey hit a solo shot, his second of the game, to make the score 5-3. Morrison followed with a one-out double, and scored when Dinger doubled, cutting the score to 5-4. With one out and a runner on second, Joey hit his second homer of the inning, a two-run jack, that put Cookies & Cream ahead 6-5. Charlie retired Morrison to end the inning, but the lead had been surrendered.

Dinger's RBI double was a part of Cookies & Cream 4-run fourth inning rally

Dinger’s RBI double was a part of Cookies & Cream 4-run fourth inning rally

Dinger retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, maintaining the 6-5 lead. He would get a little more run support in the bottom of the fifth. He helped himself out with a single to lead off the inning, and moved to second when Joey grounded out for the first out. The next batter, Morrison launched a 2-run homer, extending the Cookies & Cream lead to 8-5. Charlie retired Dinger to end the inning, and the Slams would head into their final at-bat trailing by 3 runs.

Cookies & Cream celebrate at the plate after Morrison's 5th inning 2-run homer

Cookies & Cream celebrate at the plate after Morrison’s 5th inning 2-run homer

Cookies & Cream turned to their bullpen and brought in Morrison for the first save opportunity for any team in the 2013 season. He retired Charlie for the first out of the inning, but gave up a one-out double to Anthony. The Ham Slams couldn’t rally, however, as Morrison retired Riley for the second out, ending the game.

The win moved Cookies & Cream to 10-6 on the season, and the loss dropped the Ham Slams to 5-11 on the year.

W: Dinger (4-3)
L: Charlie (3-7)
S: Morrison (1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dinger pitched 5 innings in the winning effort for Cookies & Cream, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits with 1 strikeout.
– Charlie took the loss for the Slams, giving up 8 runs on 9 hits in the complete game.
– Morrison picked up the first save of the 2013 season, allowing 1 hit and no runs in 1 inning of relief.
– Joey led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 4-for-6 with a double, 3 homers, 3 runs scored, and 5 RBI. He also had 10 of a possible 11 putouts for Cookies & Cream.
– Morrison also went 3-for-6, with a single, a double, a home run, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Anthony led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 3-for-7 with a single, a double, a homer, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.

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