Cookies & Cream Win 12-11 Slugfest with Questionable Outfit on Dinger’s Walk-Off Homer

30 Jun
Dinger of Cookies & Cream and Bob of Questionable Outfit watch the ball sail over the fence for a walk-off homer in the bottom of the sixth inning

Dinger of Cookies & Cream and Bob of Questionable Outfit watch the ball sail over the fence for a walk-off homer in the bottom of the sixth inning

In one of the highest scoring games of the season, with the wind blowing hard toward Ellsworth Ave., Dinger’s walk-off homer in the bottom of the sixth was the final run in a 12-11 Cookies & Cream win over Questionable Outfit.

Guthrie started on the mound for Cookies & Cream, and he was hit hard from the get go. He retired the first batter, Morrison, who finally return from his wedding and honeymoon, but then got into serious trouble. Reilly hit a one-out single, and the next batter, Bob, crushed a two-run bomb to right, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 2-0. Morrison followed with a home run, and so did Reilly, and after the back-to-back-to-back homers, Questionable Outfit had a 4-0 lead. Bob followed with a single, and the next batter, Morrison, ripped a line drive off the fence. Bob scored on the play, but Morrison tried to extend a triple into an inside-the-park homer and was caught out in between bases for the second out. After half an inning Questionable Outfit had a commanding 5-0 lead.

Cookies & Cream were down big early, but they bounced back immediately and hard. Guthrie led off the game with a solo homer, making the score 1-0. Vassallo, the next batter, hit a blast to left-center, and the back-to-back jacks cut the deficit to 5-2. Joey followed with a triple, and Blose drove him in with a double to make the score 5-3. Dinger would ground out for the first out of the inning, but Blose scored from second on the play making the score 5-4. Guthrie hit a one-out single, and the next batter, Vassallo, hit his second homer of the inning, and after recording only one out, Questionable Outfit had surrendered their lead. Joey followed with a home run, and Cookies & Cream had pulled ahead 7-5. Blose became the third consecutive Cookies & Cream player to go deep with yet another homer, and the score was 8-5. Dinger would fly out for the second out of the inning, but Cookies & Cream had not only erased the deficit but had taken a 3-run lead with an 8-run bottom of the first.

Cookies & Cream celebrate at the plate after one of Guthrie's three homers in the 12-11 win

Cookies & Cream celebrate at the plate after one of Guthrie’s three homers in the 12-11 win

Reilly would lead off the top of the second with a solo homer, and it looked as if Questionable Outfit would take the lead right back. But Guthrie retired the next two batters, and the score was 8-6.

Guthrie immediately made up the run he gave up with a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the second, making the score 9-6. Vassallo singled, and it looked like Cookies & Cream were in line for another big inning. But Bob buckled down, retiring Joey and Blose to end the inning after allowing only a single run.

Guthrie retired the side in order in the top of the third, maintaining the three-run lead. Dinger doubled to lead off the bottom of the third, but Cookies & Cream couldn’t extend the lead, as Bob retired Guthrie and Vassallo to end the inning.

Bob singled to lead off the top of the fourth, but Guthrie pitched another scoreless inning, retiring the next two batters to strand the runner. Bob would match Guthrie on the other end, retiring the Cookies & Cream side in order in the bottom of the fourth.

Down 9-6, Questionable Outfit would rally in the top of the fifth. Reilly singled to lead off the inning and scored when Bob followed with a double, cutting the score to 9-7. Kimble would ground out for the first out of the inning, but Morrison would follow with a single, scoring Bob to make the score 9-8. Reilly continued with the hot bat, driving a two-run homer of the left-field fence, which put Questionable Outfit back on top 10-9. Bob followed with a one-out double, but Guthrie avoided further damage, retiring Kimble to end the inning.

Reilly prepares to connect on one of his three home runs, this one a two-run blast in the top of the fifth

Reilly prepares to connect on one of his three home runs, this one a two-run blast in the top of the fifth

Cookies & Cream would bounce back again in the bottom of the fifth. Dinger led off the inning with a single, and the next batter, Guthrie, hit a two-run homer, putting Cookies & Cream back ahead 11-10. Vassallo would follow with a single, but Bob send Joey and Blose down to keep the deficit at a single run heading into the sixth.

Morrison watches another homer sale over the fence on a windy day with gusts pushing the ball toward Ellsworth Ave.

Morrison watches another homer fly over the fence on a windy day with gusts pushing the ball toward Ellsworth Ave.

Needing a run to extend the game, Questionable Outfit would get it in a hurry. Morrison led off the top of the sixth with a solo homer, his second of the game, and the game was tied at 11-11. Guthrie retired the next two batters, and Cookies & Cream would have a chance to win the game with a run in the bottom half of the inning.

With the game tied, the very first batter of the bottom of the sixth, Dinger, crushed a solo blast to center field, and the walk-off homer ended an epic slugfest between the EWL’s two best teams.

The 12-11 win moved Cookies & Cream to 10-5 on the season, and the loss dropped Questionable Outfit to 11-4.

W: Guthrie (3-3)
L: Bob (5-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Guthrie pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, allowing 11 runs on 14 hits in 6 innings
– Bob took the loss for Questionable Outfit, allowing 12 runs on 15 hits in 5 innings
– Guthrie led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 4-for-5 with a single, 3 homers, 4 runs scored and 4 RBI
– All 5 members of Cookies & Cream homered, including Dinger’s walk-off
– Reilly led Questionable Outfit, going 5-for-7 with 2 singles, 3 home runs, 5 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Bob also went 5-for-7 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, a homer, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI.

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