Archive | May, 2014

Questionable Outfit Off to Hottest Start in EWL History

18 May
Questionable Outfit are off to a 4-0 start and look unbeatable in 2014

Questionable Outfit are off to a 4-0 start and look unbeatable in 2014

Questionable Outfit continued to dominate the EWL in week 2, winning their two games by a combined total of 28-2. After a stunning disappointment in the 2013 Wiffle Series, Questionable Outfit has been on a historic tear to start the 2014 season. Three of their four wins have been by double digits, two have been shutouts, and they have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 48-2. They are the clear team to beat in the EWL, and the Caucasians record of 15 regular season wins from 2011 may be in jeopardy.

Cookies & Cream continued to play inconsistent wiffle ball in week 2. They struggled to generate any offense in one game, and then put together a cohesive offensive performance in their second game. They played without Blose in week 2, and look to chase after Questionable Outfit in week 3.

Eastbound & Dahn added Steve to their roster in week 2, and he is an early Rookie of the Year candidate. When they have their full roster in tact, they will be a strong challenge to Cookies & Cream, as they were in round 1 of the 2013 playoffs.

The Ham Slams had a much more impressive lineup in week 2, returning their veterans from the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The additions of Chris and Nate are vital, and when the Slams get their bearings, they have the potential to right the ship in 2014.

After a dominant start to the season, 2013 EWL Wiffler of the Year, Bob, has been named the week 1 Pabst Blue Ribbon Wiffler of the Week for week 1 of the 2014 season.

The wiffle action continues this Tuesday, as week 3 kicks off at the wiffle diamond in Shadyside.

Bob of Questionable Outfit narrowly topped Hartley of Eastbound & Dahn to receive week 1 PBR Wiffler of the Week honors

Bob of Questionable Outfit narrowly topped Hartley of Eastbound & Dahn to receive week 1 PBR Wiffler of the Week honors

Questionable Outfit Ride Eleven-Run Inning to 15-1 Win Over Eastbound & Dahn

18 May
Morrison and Questionable Outfit exploded past Eastbound, scoring 15 unanswered runs in a blowout victory

Morrison and Questionable Outfit exploded past Eastbound, scoring 15 unanswered runs in a blowout victory

Questionable Outfit blew open the game with an eleven-run bottom of the third en route to an easy 15-1 victory over Eastbound & Dahn.

Reilly started on the mound for Questionable, now firmly slotted into the number two spot in the rotation after a dominant week 1 performance. He continued where he left off in the top of the first, retiring the Eastbound side in order.

Christian started for Eastbound & Dahn with two innings of eligibility left week 2. He gave up a one-out single to Bob, but stranded him at first, pitching a scoreless inning.

With the game tied at 0-0, Steve led off the top of the second with a single, but Reilly avoided giving up a run, holding him at first and retiring the side. Reilly led off the bottom of the second with a single, but was doubled up on a Kimble fly out.

Steve continued with a hot bat in the top of the third, leading off the inning with a solo homer, breaking the scoreless tie and putting Eastbound ahead 1-0. Ivan followed with a single, but Reilly avoided further damage, retiring the side and stranding the runner at first.

Steve's solo homer in the top of the third put Eastbound ahead 1-0. Unfortunately, they were outscored 15-0 from there out.

Steve’s solo homer in the top of the third put Eastbound ahead 1-0. Unfortunately, they were outscored 15-0 from there out.

Up 1-0, Eastbound was forced to turn to their bullpen as Christian had used his up his week 2 inning limit. Steve came to the mound, and despite a dominant offensive performance in week 2, things didn’t work out as favorably on the mound. The wheels fell off for Eastbound, as Questionable would explode for eleven runs in the bottom of the third. Bob led off the inning with a single, and Steve retired the next batter, Morrison, for the first out of the inning. The next twelve consecutive hitters would reach base safely. With one out, Reilly singled to put runners on first and second. Kimble would then triple, scoring one to tie the game at 1-1. Bob followed with a three-run bomb, making the score 4-1. Morrison followed with a triple, and Riley hit a two-run homer, extending the lead to 6-1. Kimble made back-to-back jacks with a solo shot, and Bob would make it back-to-back-to-back home runs with another solo homer. Morrison, Reilly, Kimble, and Bob would hit four consecutive singles, and by the end of the bottom of the third, Questionable Outfit would lead 11-1.

With a ten run lead, Reilly would not allow a hit the rest of the game. He retired the side in order in the top of the fourth.

Steve retired Kimble to start the fourth, but Bob followed with a one out double and scored from second after Morrison doubled. Reilly would then hit a two-run home run to deep left, and Questionable would lead 14-1.

Reilly struck out Steve to start the top of the fifth and once again retired the side in order.

Bob led off the bottom of the fifth with a triple, giving him the cycle in a perfect 7-for-7 performance. He scored on a Morrison groundout, and the score was 15-1.

Reilly remained on the mound in the top of the sixth, closing out the game with a perfect frame, giving Questionable Outfit a comfortable win.

The victory moved Questionable Outfit to a perfect 4-0 on the year, while Eastbound & Dahn fell back to .500 at 2-2 on the season.

W: Reilly (2-0)
L: Steve (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Reilly pitched the complete game win, allowing only 1 earned run on 3 hits while striking out one in 6 innings pitched.
– Steve took the loss for Eastbound, giving up 15 earned runs on 17 hits, including 5 homers. Christian took the no decision, giving up two hits and no runs in two innings pitched.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit at the plate in one of the best single-game performances in league history. He went a perfect 7-for-7, hitting for the cycle with 3 singles, a double, a triple, two home runs, 5 runs scored, and 6 RBI.
– Reilly helped himself out at the plate, going 5-for-7 with 3 singles, 2 homers, 4 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Steve led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate with 2 of the team’s 3 hits, going 2-for-5 with a single, and a solo homer, which accounted for Eastbound’s only run.

Cookies & Cream Pull Away from Ham Slams for 8-4 Victory

18 May
Cookies & Cream celebrate at the plate after one of Dinger's two homers. He led Cookies at the plate and pitched a complete game in the 8-4 win.

Cookies & Cream celebrate at the plate after one of Dinger’s two homers. He led Cookies at the plate and pitched a complete game in the 8-4 win.

Cookies & Cream got at least two hits from each player as Dinger held the Ham Slams in check for an 8-4 win.

Things started rough for Cookies & Cream, as Dinger got into trouble early against the Slams. Chris and Nate each singled to lead off the top of the first, and Anthony followed with a deep three-run bomb, putting the Ham Slams ahead 3-0 early. Charlie would single later in the inning with one out, but Dinger avoided further damage.

Anthony's three-run homer in the top of the first put the Ham Slams ahead early

Anthony’s three-run homer in the top of the first put the Ham Slams ahead early

Up 3-0, the Slams started Charlie on the mound with intentions to use his two remaining innings of eligibility for week 2. Dinger helped himself out in the bottom of the first, hitting the first lead off homer of the 2014 season, making the score 3-1. After retiring Guthrie, Charlie gave up a one-out double to Vassallo, but stranded him at second to end the inning.

Dinger rebounded in the top of the second, cruising through a scoreless inning.

Down 3-1, Cookies & Cream would pull ahead in the bottom of the second. Dinger led off the inning with his second homer in as many at-bats, cutting the score to 3-2. With one out, Vassallo singled, and the next batter, Joey, hit a two-run bomb, his first of the season, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 4-2. Charlie would retire Dinger to end the inning, but the lead had been lost.

Charlie delivers a pitch to Guthrie

Charlie delivers a pitch to Guthrie

Dinger continued to roll in the top of the third, retiring the side in order. With Charlie having reached the 8 inning limit, the Ham Slams would call Chris from the bullpen. He gave up a single to Guthrie to start the bottom half of the inning, but stranded him at first, and the score remained 4-3 through three innings.

Both Dinger and Chris pitched perfect frames in the fourth.

With the score 4-3, Dinger retired Anthony for the first out in the top of the fifth. But the next batter, Steve, his a solo bomb to left-center, tying the game at 4-4. Dinger would strike out Charlie to end the inning.

It didn’t take long for Cookies & Cream to break the tie and reclaim the lead. Vassallo led off the inning with a solo bomb to left, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 5-4. Joey would follow with a solo shot, and the back-to-back homers gave Cookies a 6-4 lead. Dinger and Guthrie would each double, putting runners on second and third with no outs. The next batter, Vassallo, grounded out to center, but both runners would score. Chris would retire Joey to end the inning, but Cookies & Cream had pulled ahead 8-4.

With a four run lead, Dinger remained in the game to close out the sixth, and he retired the side in order as the Ham Slams were unable to rally.

The win pulled Cookies & Cream back to .500 at 2-2 on the year, while the Ham Slams dropped to 0-4.

W: Dinger (2-0)
L: Chris (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dinger pitched a complete game win for Cookies & Cream, scattering 5 hits while allowing 4 runs in 6 innings pitched.
– Chris took the loss in relief for the Ham Slams, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits in 3 innings pitched. Charlie would get the no-decision, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits in 2 innings.
– Dinger led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, two homers, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Anthony and Steve each homered for the Ham Slams.

Eastbound & Dahn Narrowly Outlast Ham Slams 9-8

18 May
Steve, in what may be the best debut in the history of the EWL, hit for the cycle and led Eastbound & Dahn to a tight 9-8 win over the Ham Slams

Steve, in what may be the best debut in the history of the EWL, hit for the cycle and led Eastbound & Dahn to a tight 9-8 win over the Ham Slams

In the most exciting game of the young 2014 season, Eastbound & Dahn went ahead early, lost their lead, went back on top, and barely held on to beat the Ham Slams 9-8.

The Ham Slams returned veterans Steve and Anthony to the lineup for their first action in 2014, and they also brought Nate and Chris along for help in what may be the most potent Ham Slams lineup to date. They sent their ace, Charlie, to the mound, and he would face off against Christian in a shootout.

Charlie got off to a strong start, escaping the first inning without damage. Christian didn’t fare as well, as the Ham Slams got out their bats early. Steve singled in his first at-bat of 2014, and moved to second when Chris followed with a single. Anthony would then double, scoring both runners to put the Ham Slams ahead 2-0, but would be put out trying to extend the double into a triple. Nate followed with a one-out double, but Christian stranded him at second, ending the inning.

Down two runs, Eastbound got to work in the top of the second. Ivan led off the inning with a solo homer, cutting the score to 2-1. Christian followed with a single and moved to second when Steve, in his first career EWL game, singled to put runners on first and second. Ivan emptied the bases, blasting a three-run bomb to right, his second homer of the inning, putting Eastbound ahead 4-2. Christian followed with another single, and Steve continued the Eastbound rally, hitting a two-run shot to deep left-center, making the score 6-2. Charlie would retire the next two batters, but the Slams trailed by four.

Charlie was hit hard for the second consecutive outing, and took the loss for the Ham Slams

Charlie was hit hard for the second consecutive outing, and took the loss for the Ham Slams

The Ham Slams cut into the deficit in the top of the third, starting when Steve led off the inning with a solo homer, making the score 6-3. With one out, Anthony hit his first homer of the year, and the Ham Slams trailed 6-4. Christian retired Nate to end the inning, but the Slams had cut the deficit in half.

Steve singled to lead off the top of the third, but Charlie stranded him, retiring the next two batters to end the inning.

With the score 6-4, the Ham Slams would continue the comeback in the bottom of the third. Steve and Chris each singled with one out, and Anthony drove in a run with another single, making the score 6-5. With runners on first and third, Nate would hit a fourth consecutive single for the Slams, scoring two runs and putting the Ham Slams ahead 7-6. Christian then retired Charlie to end the Ham Slams rally.

Ivan had two homers in the top of the second and multiple impressive catches in the field

Ivan had two homers in the top of the second and multiple impressive catches in the field

Steve led off the top of the fourth with a single and moved to second on an Ivan groundout. With one out and a runner in scoring position, Christian singled, scoring Steve to tie the game at 7-7. Charlie retired the next batter to end the inning.

With the game tied, Christian pitched a perfect frame in the bottom of the fourth, retiring the side in order.

Ivan led off the top of the fifth with a double off the right field wall, and scored from second when Christian grounded out for the first out of the inning. Eastbound had regained the lead, 8-7, and added another run when Steve followed with a solo shot. Charlie retired Ivan for the second out of the inning, but Eastbound had pulled ahead 9-7.

Anthony started the bottom of the fifth with a triple, and the next batter, Nate, singled him in, cutting the score to 9-8. Christian retired Charlie for the first out of the inning, and after Steve singled with one out, he was caught off base rounding first, and Eastbound had collected the second out of the inning.

Steve, in his first action of 2014, rounds the bases after one of his 4 hits

Steve, in his first action of 2014, rounds the bases after one of his 4 hits

Christian led off the top of the sixth with a single, but when the next batter, Steve, reached base, Christian was caught in between bases for the first out of the inning. Charlie retired Ivan for the second out, and the Ham Slams would head into their final at-bat down a run.

Chris singled to start the bottom of the sixth, putting the tying run on base and the winning run at the plate. Christian buckled down, however, retiring Anthony and Nate in order, stranding the runner and ending the game.

The win moved Eastbound & Dahn to 2-1 on the year, while the Ham Slams remained winless at 0-3.

W: Christian (2-0)
L: Charlie (0-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Christian pitched the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn, 8 earned runs on 14 hits.
– Charlie took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up 9 earned runs on 14 hits.
– In his first ever EWL game, Steve led Eastbound & Dahn, going 6-for-8 with 2 singles, a double, a triple, 2 home runs, 4 runs scored, and 3 RBI. In hitting for the cycle, Steve had one of the most impressive debuts in EWL history.
– Anthony led the Ham Slams in his first action in 2014, going 4-for-5, also hitting for the cycle, with a single, a double, a triple, a homer, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI.

Questionable Outfit Plow Through Cookies & Cream in 13-1 Win

18 May
Morrison squares up to crush one of his four hits, including two homers, in Questionable Outfits 13-1 win over Cookies & Cream

Morrison squares up to crush one of his four hits, including two homers, in Questionable Outfits 13-1 win over Cookies & Cream

Cookies & Cream had no answer for Questionable Outfit’s bats as Questionable pulled ahead 2-0 in the season series with an easy 14-1 victory.

It was a battle of the aces, as Cookies & Cream sent Guthrie to the mound to square off against Questionable Outfit and Bob. Both pitchers cruised through the first inning, and the game was scoreless after one.

Morrison led off the top of the second with a solo shot that put Questionable Outfit ahead 1-0. Kimble, in his first at-bat of the 2014 season, singled, but Guthrie stranded him, retiring the next two batters.

Dinger evened the score in the bottom of the second. With one out, he hit a solo homer to left-center, tying the game at 1-1. Guthrie followed with a single, but Bob got out of the inning after allowing only one run.

The onslaught started in the top of the third, as Guthrie was hit hard by Questionable. Morrison and Kimble each singled to start the inning, and Riley followed with a three-run blast to put Questionable ahead 4-1. Guthrie retired the next two hitters, but Questionable was far from finished at the plate.

Riley watches his three-run homer clear the fence in the top of the third

Riley watches his three-run homer clear the fence in the top of the third

Bob allowed a double to Vassallo in the bottom of the third, but Cookies & Cream couldn’t capitalize on the runner in scoring position.

Kimble led off the top of the fourth with a home run, putting Questionable ahead 5-1. After retiring Riley, Guthrie gave up another solo shot, this time to Bob, making the score 6-1. Bob’s home run to deep right field was one of the longest home runs in the history of the EWL, clearing the road and landing in the tree across the street. Morrison followed with a triple, but Guthrie escaped further damage, for now, retiring Kimble to end the inning.

Kimble picked up where he left off in 2013, going 5-for-7 in his first game of 2014

Kimble picked up where he left off in 2013, going 5-for-7 in his first game of 2014

Bob cruised through the bottom of the fourth, and Questionable blew open the game in the top of the fifth. Riley and Bob led off the inning with singles, and Morrison crushed a three-run bomb to deep left field, putting Questionable on top by a score of 9-1. Guthrie was removed from the game, and Cookies & Cream called Joey from the bullpen. He would perform no better, as he immediately got into trouble. After retiring Riley, Bob doubled and moved to third on a Morrison single. The next batter, Kimble, blasted a three-run homer to left, and the score was 12-1.

Bob breezed through the bottom of the fifth, as Cookies & Cream could not get their bats going.

Bob was in fine form against Cookies & Cream, allowing only one run in the complete game win

Bob was in fine form against Cookies & Cream, allowing only one run in the complete game win

Questionable would add one more in the top of the sixth, when Bob led off the inning with a solo homer, his second of the game. Cookies & Cream would head into the bottom of the sixth down 13-1, and they had no means to rally. Bob retired Vassallo and Dinger to end the game, finishing a complete game victory for Questionable Outfit.

The win moved Questionable to 3-0 on the season, while Cookies & Cream fell to 1-2, with both losses coming to Questionable Outfit.

W: Bob (2-0)
L: Guthrie (0-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob pitched the complete game win for Questionable, scattering five hits while allowing only one run.
– Guthrie took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up 9 earned runs on 11 hits, including 5 homers. Joey also was banged up pitching in relief, allowing four runs on five hits in two innings pitched.
– Kimble led the way for Questionable Outfit in his first game of 2014, going 5-for-7 with two singles, a double, two homers, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Morrison and Bob each had four hits for Questionable, and each had two home runs.

Questionable Outfit Dominate Opening Week to 2014 Season

10 May
Questionable Outfit started the 2014 season by outscoring their opponents 21-0.

Questionable Outfit started the 2014 season by outscoring their opponents 21-0.

Questionable Outfit were the league’s strongest team throughout the 2013 EWL regular season before being stunned by Cookies & Cream in the Wiffle Series. Since losing the final game and the championship, they have marked Opening Day of the 2014 season on their calendars, as they look to claim the 2014 Wiffle Series title.

They returned to form in week 1 of the season, outscoring their opponents 21-0, and through two games, they have not allowed a run. They showed they can win in many ways, scratching out a close one against rivals Cookies & Cream and breezing past the Ham Slams in a cakewalk. With the addition of Morrison, Questionable Outfit will once again be the team to beat in 2014.

Other items of note in week 1 include the return of Blose, the 2011 Wiffler of the Year, to the EWL. He will lead Cookies & Cream in their quest to repeat as champions. Eastbound & Dahn played without their captain, Helal, but should have a strong squad in 2013 with 2012 batting champion Ivan and 2013 Fieldmaster Hartley returning. The Ham Slams played without their core players in week 1, and when they return, they should fare better than the 34-0 combined beating they took to start the season. They should return a team with 10+ combined years of EWL experience in week 2.

The wiffle action continues Tuesday, May 13th at the Wiffle Diamond in Shadyside.

Questionable Outfit Cruise Past Depleted Ham Slams 19-0

10 May
Bob tied a single-game record with 9 RBI as Questionable Outfit destroyed the Ham Slams 19-0

Bob tied a single-game record with 9 RBI as Questionable Outfit destroyed the Ham Slams 19-0

Bob and Morrison had big games at the plate as Questionable Outfit took a big lead early and earned an easy 19-0 win over the Ham Slams, who were playing with only one player from their regular starting lineup.

The Slams sent Riley to the mound, leaving holes throughout the outfield that Questionable Outfit would take advantage of early and often. Questionable Outfit started the top of the first with four consecutive singles from Reilly, Bob, Morrison, and Reilly Jr., which resulted in a 3-0 lead. After a Reilly triple, a Bob double, and a Morrison two-run homer, the lead was 6-0. The next two batters singled, which Bob followed with a 3-run jack, and Questionable Outfit had pulled ahead 9-0. Reilly Jr. pelted a two-run blast after a Morrison single, making the score 11-0, and after Reilly and Bob hit back-to-back doubles, the score was 12-0. Morrison, hitting left-handed, struck out for the second out of the inning, ending a barrage that gave Questionable Outfit a 12-run lead after the top of the first.

Bob started for Questionable Outfit, and after allowing a single to Riley with one out in the bottom of the first, he retired the side without permitting a run.

Following the disastrous first inning, the Ham Slams enlisted the reclusive Mo Vaughn, making his first EWL appearance in years. His fielding prowess helped to minimize the damage throughout the rest of the contest. Questionable Outfit would tally three singles from Reilly Jr., Reilly, and Bob in the top of the second, but the Ham Slams escaped without allowing more runs, maintaining the 12-0 deficit. Bob would retired the side in order in the bottom of the second, including a strikeout.

Riley didn't get much help from his defense, but had one of two Ham Slams hits in the game

Riley didn’t get much help from his defense, but had one of two Ham Slams hits in the game

Riley pitched a perfect top of the third, with Mo Vaughn recording both putouts. Unfortunately for the Ham Slams, Bob did the same in the bottom half, as the Slams couldn’t generate a hit.

The flood gates opened once again in the top of the fourth as Questionable Outfit would add to their lead. Bob doubled, followed by a Morrison two-run bomb, making the score 14-0. After the Reilly brothers each singled, Bob crushed a three-run shot, extending the score to 17-0. Morrison followed with a single, and Reilly Jr. hit his second homer of the game, and the score was 19-0. Questionable would tally two more singles in the inning, but with the help of Mo Vaughn, the Ham Slams avoided falling behind by twenty runs.

The Slams couldn’t cut into the Questionable Outfit lead in the bottom of the fourth, as Bob retired the side in order.

Questionable Outfit collected four hits in the top of the fifth, but they were unable to add any runs to their total due to poor base-running and the fielding of Mo Vaughn. The Slams continued to struggle at the plate in the bottom half of the inning, and the score remained 19-0.

Morrison had two 2-run home runs in the game

Morrison had two 2-run home runs in the game

Riley retired the side in order in the top of the sixth, and Mo Vaughn led off the bottom half of the inning with a double, but Questionable Outfit turned a double play on the next hitter, ending the inning and the game.

The win moved Questionable Outfit to 2-0 on the season, and the loss dropped the Ham Slams to 0-2.

W: Bob (1-0)
L: Riley (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob pitched a complete game for the win, allowing only 2 hits, and fanning 2 in the shutout.
– Riley took the complete game loss for the Ham Slams, allowing a league-record 26 hits while tying the single-game record for earned runs with 19.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit at the plate, going 8-for-10 with 3 doubles, 2 home runs, and tied the single-game record for RBI with 9.
– Morrison and Reilly Jr. also had two home runs each.