Helal Pitches Shutout as Eastbound Beats Ham Slams 3-0

14 Jul
Helal blanked the Ham Slams, allowing only 3 hits in a complete game shutout

Helal blanked the Ham Slams, allowing only 3 hits in a complete game shutout

Helal scattered three hits in a complete game shutout as Eastbound & Dahn topped the Ham Slams 3-0.

The Ham Slams sent Charlie to the mound, as he had three innings of eligibility remaining for the week. The game’s first batter Mark, hit a single, but was put out trying to extend the hit into a double. Charlie then retired Hartley to end the top of the first.

Helal, Eastbound & Dahn’s hottest pitcher, started the game against the Ham Slams. He cruised through the top of the first, retiring the side in order.

Charlie breezed through the top of the second, retiring Ivan and Helal consecutively. He then led off the bottom of the second with a single. He would move to second when the next batter, Anthony, also singled. With runners on first and second and no outs, Riley singled, but Charlie was caught between second and third for the first out of the inning. He then came to the plate with one out and runners on first and second, but Helal struck him out to end the inning, stranding the runners.

Charlie pitched a scoreless frame in the top of the third, but would have to leave the game after reaching his innings limit. Helal would retire the side in order in the bottom of the third, maintaining the scoreless tie.

The Ham Slams turned to Riley out of the bullpen in the top of the fourth, and he got into trouble quickly. The first batter he faced, Hartley, hit a solo homer, putting Eastbound & Dahn ahead 1-0. Ivan followed with a single, and after Helal flew out for the first out of the inning, Trevar knocked a triple off the fence, scoring Ivan and making the score 2-0. With one out and a runner on third, Mark singled, driving in Trevar and extending the Eastbound lead to 3-0. Riley would then retire Hartley for the second out, ending the inning.

Trevar's RBI triple in the top of the fourth put Eastbound & Dahn ahead 2-0.

Trevar’s RBI triple in the top of the fourth put Eastbound & Dahn ahead 2-0.

Helal retired Charlie and Anthony consecutively in the bottom of the fourth, and Eastbound remained ahead by 3 runs.

Riely struck out Ivan for the first out in the top of the fifth, and retired Helal for the second out. The Ham Slams couldn’t get the bats going in the bottom of the fifth though, as Helal retired Riley and then struck out Charlie for the second out.

Riley retired Trevar for the first out in the top of the sixth. Mark doubled with one out, but Riley stranded him, getting Hartley to fly out to right to end the inning.

Down to their final at-bat, the Ham Slams trailed by three in the bottom of the sixth. Helal retired Anthony for the first out of the inning, then struck out Riley for the second out, ending the game.

The win moved Eastbound & Dahn to 8-9 on the season, while the loss dropped the Ham Slams to 5-12.

W: Helal (4-1)
L: Riley (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Helal pitched the complete game shutout for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing only 3 hits in 6 innings with 3 strikeouts. He tied a single-game record, previously set by Guthrie and Josh, with the three strikeouts.
– Riley took the loss for the Ham Slams, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits in 3 innings. Charlie also pitched for the Slams, giving up only 1 hit in 3 innings.
– Mark led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 3-for-4 with 2 singles, a double, and an RBI.
– Anthony, Riley, and Charlie each collected one single for the Ham Slams.

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