Questionable Outfit Win Game 5 to Claim 2014 EWL Wiffle Series Championship

13 Aug
The Wiffle Series championship 40 Oz. was on the wiffle diamond in game 5, and Questionable Outfit would cherish its sweet taste after a series-clinching victory

The Wiffle Series championship 40 Oz. was on the wiffle diamond in game 5, and Questionable Outfit would cherish its sweet taste after a series-clinching victory

Cookies & Cream went up early in Game 5 and it looked as if they may be able to extend the Wiffle Series and their season, but ultimately Questionable Outfit did what they have done all season. They strung together a series of big hits, and a huge second inning carried them to a series-clinching win and a claim to wiffleball history.

One year after suffering a painful defeat at the hands of Cookies & Cream in the 2013 Wiffle Series, Questionable Outfit would drink the 40 oz. Pabst as champions of the Ellsworth Wiffleball League in 2014. They were on a mission from Opening Day, dominating the regular season, breaking individual statistical records, earning a rematch in the Wiffle Series with Cookies & Cream, and losing only two total games in their entire playoff run as they avenged their 2013 defeat and became champions of the wiffleball world.

Up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, Questionable Outfit sent Reilly to the mound. He had his worst outing of the season in game 3 and was pulled from the mound, but Questionable had confidence he could close out the series and return to form as one of the best pitchers in the league.

The first batter he faced, Dinger, continued his strong postseason campaign, crushing a solo homer to left-center, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 1-0 immediately. Blose followed with a single, and the next batter, Joey, launched a two-run bomb to center, making the score 3-0. Reilly retired the next batter, Vassallo, and after giving up a single to Guthrie, he got Dinger to fly out to the mound for the second out of the inning. After giving up 9 earned runs in his last start, Reilly had surrendered 3 runs in the top of the first and was off to a shaky start.

Cookies & Cream would turn to Dinger as their starting pitcher, and he also struggled out of the gate. Tom continued his torrid pace in the Wiffle Series, and led off the game with a solo shot, cutting the score to 3-1. Dinger would retire Bob, but the next two batters, Morrison and Reilly, each singled to put two runners on base with one out. Dinger buckled down and got Tom to fly out to center, stranding both runners and getting out of a big jam.

Cookies & Cream would add to their lead in the top of the second when Blose led off the inning with a solo homer. Reilly retired the next two batters, but Cookies had extended their lead to 4-1.

Blose connects on a solo homer in the top of the second, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 4-1

Blose connects on a solo homer in the top of the second, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 4-1

Through an inning and a half, Reilly was being hit hard again and Cookies had taken an early lead, something they struggled to do throughout the season. Only one team had come back from a 3-1 series deficit in Wiffle Series history; the 2012 Caucasians trailed the Fish Sticks 3-1 before reeling off three straight wins to capture the title. Cookies were on their way to at least forcing a game 6, and then Questionable Outfit got out their wiffle sticks.

Bob led off the bottom of the second with a single and moved to second on a Morrison groundout to left. The next batter, Reilly, provided his own run support, crushing a two-run homer to left, making the score 4-3. Tom followed with a solo shot, his second of the game, and Questionable Outfit had tied the game at 4-4. Bob then doubled, and he scored when Morrison hit an RBI single to give Questionable Outfit their first lead of the game, 5-4. Reilly then connected on his second homer of the inning, a towering two-run bomb, which put Questionable ahead 7-4. Tom would follow with a triple, and just when it looked as if things would get ugly, Dinger retired Bob for the second out of the inning, stranding Tom at third. Questionable Outfit had scored six runs with one out and had went from trailing by three runs to taking a three run lead through two innings.

Dinger didn't get a lot of help in the field as Morrison and Questionable Outfit were all over the base paths in game 5

Dinger didn’t get a lot of help in the field as Morrison and Questionable Outfit were all over the base paths in game 5

After bashing two homers in the second, Reilly got into a groove on the mound in the top of the third. He retired Cookies & Cream in order for his first scoreless inning.

Bob makes a catch on a high fly ball in centerfield as Morrison approaches for back-up

Bob makes a catch on a high fly ball in centerfield as Morrison approaches for back-up

Questionable continued to hit Cookies hard in the bottom of the third. Morrison and Reilly each hit singles to start the inning, putting runners on first and second. But Dinger avoided another disastrous inning, retiring Tom and Bob to strand the runners, and the score remained 7-4.

Cookies would draw closer in the top of the fourth. After Reilly retired Blose for the first out, Joey hit a solo home run to left, his second blast of the game, to make the score 7-5. Reilly then retired Vassallo to end the inning.

Dinger cruised through the bottom of the fourth, retiring the side in order.

Up two runs, Reilly went into cruise control in the top of the fifth. He retired Guthrie and Dinger consecutively, maintaining the lead.

Joey and Blose look on as Questionable Outfit make another great play in the field

Joey and Blose look on as Questionable Outfit make another great play in the field

Questionable Outfit wouldn’t add to their lead in the bottom of the fifth, as Dinger retired Tom and got Bob to fly out to the mound to end the inning.

Reilly was the winning pitcher in game 5 and went 4-for-5 at the plate with 2 two-run homers

Reilly was the winning pitcher in game 5 and went 4-for-5 at the plate with 2 two-run homers

Cookies & Cream entered the top of the sixth down 7-5 and two outs away from the end of their 2014 season. Their two hottest batters, Blose and Joey, were due up, and they would need a heroic effort to extend the game. Reilly had retired eight of the last nine hitters, with only Joey reaching base after the second inning. He continued to dominate, as Blose flew out in short foul territory for the first out of the inning. Down to their final out, Joey took a few pitches before hitting a short fly ball just beyond the mound. Reilly took a few steps back, caught the ball, and began to celebrate as he had secured a 7-5 win in game 5, and Questionable Outfit were the 2014 Wiffle Series champions.

Reilly retired 10 of the final 11 hitters he faced in game 5

Reilly retired 10 of the final 11 hitters he faced in game 5

Questionable Outfit won game 1 of the series, and after dropping game 2, had won three straight to capture the title, their first in franchise history.

W: Reilly (3-1)
L: Dinger (1-4)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Questionable Outfit became the fourth different team to win the Ellsworth Wiffleball League Wiffle Series, joining the Fish Sticks (2011), the Caucasians (2012), and Cookies & Cream (2013).
– Cookies & Cream became the second team to lose the Wiffle Series a year after winning the title. The Fish Sticks lost to the Caucasians in 2012 a year after beating them in 2011.
– Reilly pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 5 earned runs on 6 hits in 6 innings.
– Dinger took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up 7 runs on 12 hits in 5 innings pitched.
– Reilly led the way at the plate for Questionable Outfit, going 4-for-5 with 2 singles, 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Tom went 3-for-6 with a triple, 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Joey led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 2-for-4 with 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.

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