Charlie and Steve Impressive on Mound, Ham Slams Tie Series at 1-1

21 Jul
Charlie allowed only a single run on 2 hits in 4 innings pitched before Steve pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief in a 3-1 win for the Ham Slams

Charlie allowed only a single run on 2 hits in 4 innings pitched before Steve pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief in a 3-1 win for the Ham Slams

After losing decisively in game 1 of their first round matchup with Cookies & Cream, the Ham Slams bounced back in game 2 with much better pitching and defense. Charlie and Steve combined to allow only 3 hits as the Ham Slams even the best-of-five series at 1-1 with a 3-1 win.

Dinger, coming off his best season on the mound in his EWL career, started game 2 for Cookies & Cream, and he retired the side in order in the top of the first.

Charlie, who had 4 innings of eligibility remaining, started once again for the Ham Slams. He retired the first batter in the bottom of the first, Guthrie, who flew out to deep center. Blose followed with a single, and he scored when Joey hit a one-out double, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 1-0. Charlie would retire Dinger to strand the runner at second and end the inning, but Cookies had taken an early lead.

Dinger retired Charlie for the first out in the top of the second, but the Ham Slams would even the score. Anthony singled and raced from first to home when Steve followed with a one out single. Dinger got Charlie to ground out to center for the second out of the inning, but the Slams had tied the game at 1-1.

Charlie pitched a perfect inning in the bottom of the second, retiring the side in order.

Steve hit a one-out single in the top of the third, but the Slams couldn’t take the lead as Dinger stranded the runner to end the inning. Charlie continued to roll in the bottom of the third, sending Joey and Dinger down in order.

Dinger pitched a scoreless inning in the top of the fourth, but Cookies & Cream couldn’t take the lead in the bottom half of the inning as Charlie pitched another inning without allowing a hit.

Charlie led off the top of the fifth with a single. The next batter, Anthony, hit a towering fly ball to shallow center field. Guthrie made the catch and doubled up Charlie on the play to end the inning.

The Ham Slams turned to the bullpen in the bottom of the fifth, as Charlie had reached his innings limit. Steve came into the game in relief, as he did in game 1, and retired the side in order.

With the game still tied at 1-1, the Slams would pull ahead in the top of the sixth. Steve led off with a single and moved into scoring position when Charlie grounded out for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Anthony, blasted a two-run bomb to center field, and the Slams had taken a 3-1 lead late in the game. Steve followed with a double, but the rally ended there, as Dinger retired Charlie to send the game into the final frame.

Down 3-1, Guthrie led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, putting the tying run at the plate for Cookies & Cream. Steve buckled down and got Blose to hit a fly ball to shallow right field, and Steve raced from the mound to catch the ball for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Joey, was baffled by three pitches from Steve, who struck him out to end the game and give the Ham Slams a huge win.

The 3-1 victory for the Ham Slams even the best-of-five series at one game each.

W: Steve (1-0)
L: Dinger (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Charlie pitched 4 innings for the Ham Slams, allowing 2 hits and one earned run. Steve pitched 2 innings of relief, allowing 1 hit and striking out 1 while earning the win.
– Dinger pitched the complete game loss for Cookies & Cream, scattering 7 hits and 3 earned runs in 6 innings.
– Anthony led the Ham Slams at the plate and had the game-winning hit, going 2-for-6 with a single, a two-run homer, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.
– Steve also went 4-for-6 for the Slams with 3 singles, a double, a run scored and one RBI.
– Joey, Blose, and Guthrie each had one hit for Cookies & Cream.

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