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.

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