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Eastbound & Dahn Ride 8-Run Inning to 9-3 Win Over Cookies & Cream

25 May
Helal pitched a 3-hitter and went 2-for-4 at the plate in the Eastbound win

Helal pitched a 3-hitter and went 2-for-4 at the plate in the Eastbound win

After managing only one hit off Guthrie of Cookies & Cream through the first four innings, Eastbound erupted in the top of the fifth for 8 runs, pulling away from Cookies in a 9-3 win.

Guthrie made his first start of 2015 for Cookies, and after retiring the game’s first batter, Nate, he gave up a solo homer to Hartley, putting Eastbound ahead 1-0. It would be the last hit Guthrie allowed until Eastbound’s big fifth inning.

Helal started for Eastbound, looking to repeat on the success he had in week 1 when he pitched a three-hit shutout against Cookies & Cream. He cruised through the top of the first, retiring the side in order.

Guthrie pitched a scoreless frame in the top of the second, and Cookies would even things up in the bottom half. Vassallo hit a one-out blast to left, tying the game at 1-1.

Both pitchers retired the sides in order in the third, and the game remained tied at 1-1 through three innings.

Helal, who was dominantn in the Eastbound win, delivers a pitch to Joey

Helal, who was dominantn in the Eastbound win, delivers a pitch to Joey

Guthrie continued to roll in the top of the fourth, and Cookies & Cream pulled ahead for the first time in the game in the bottom of the fourth. Guthrie provided his own run support, leading off the inning with a solo homer. Cookies led 2-1 after four innings, and then things fell apart.

Helal matched Guthrie’s solo homer to lead off the top of the fifth, tying the game at 2-2. Nate followed with another solo homer, and Hartley made it three in a row when he crushed one to dead center. The back-to-back-to-back homers made the score 4-2. Christian followed with a double, and Helal later drove him in with an RBI single to make the score 5-2. Nate then hit a towering two-run bomb, his second blast of the inning, to put Eastbound ahead 7-2. The barrage continued with a Hartley single, followed by Christian hitting a two-run homer to right. Eastbound came into the inning with only one hit, but collected 9 hits in the top of the fifth, and pulled ahead 9-2.

Christian had two extra-base hits in the win, including a double and a 2-run homer that capped Eastbound's 8-run top of the fifth

Christian had two extra-base hits in the win, including a double and a 2-run homer that capped Eastbound’s 8-run top of the fifth

Cookies couldn’t respond in the bottom of the fifth, and Guthrie bounced back with a perfect frame in the top of the sixth.

Down seven, Cookies couldn’t rally in the bottom of the sixth. Vassallo hit a one-out homer to make the score 9-3, but it was too little too late. Helal closed the door, giving Eastbound & Dahn the 9-3 win.

The win moved Eastbound & Dahn to 3-1 on the year, while Cookies & Cream fell to 1-3.

W: Helal (2-0)

L: Guthrie (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:

– Helal pitched the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn, scattering 3 runs on 3 hits in 6 innings.
– Guthrie took the loss for Cookies & Cream, allowing 9 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings.
– Hartley led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 3-for-5 with a single, 2 homers, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Nate, Christian, and Helal also homered for Eastbound in the game.
Vassallo led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 2-for-3 with 2 homers, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored.

Questionable Outfit, led by Reilly’s Four Homers, Top Ham Slams in 17-6 Romp

25 May
Reilly went 6-for-8 at the plate with 4 homers to lead Questionable Outfit in a historic offensive performance against the Ham Slams

Reilly went 6-for-8 at the plate with 4 homers to lead Questionable Outfit in a historic offensive performance against the Ham Slams

Questionable Outfit continued to dominate their opponents, hitting a combined 10 homers as Bob hit for the cycle in his second consecutive game, as they moved to 4-0 with a 17-6 victory over the Ham Slams.

Mike started for Questionable, and he pitched a perfect frame in the top of the first.

The Ham Slams started Charlie on the mound, and he got into trouble immediately in the bottom of the first. Reilly homered to start the game, putting Questionable ahead 1-0. Bob tripled and scored on a Tom double, making the score 2-0. Mike provided his own run support with a two-run bomb, and Questionable was ahead 4-0 through one.

The Slams got on the board in the top of the second when Adam led off the inning with a solo homer. Reilly stopped the damage there, and Questionable led 4-1.

Charlie got the axe after only one inning, as the Slams turned to their bullpen and brought Josh to the mound. He was crushed immediately, putting the Slams in a hole they couldn’t recover from.

Tom led off the bottom of the second with a triple, and he scored when Mike followed with a double, making the score 5-1. Reilly hit an RBI single to score Tom, pushing the score to 6-1, and after Bob doubled, Tom hit a three-run bomb to clear the bases, making the score 9-1. Josh retired Mike, but Reilly followed with a solo-shot to extend the lead to 10-1. Bob singled, and Tom hit his second homer of the inning to make the score 12-1. Tom’s homer was the first of five consecutive homers for Questionable Outfit, a new EWL record. After Tom’s two-run blast, Mike, Reilly, Bob, and Tom, again, hit homers to make the score 16-1. Tom had hit an EWL record three homers in one inning, Questionable had hit 8 homers in the inning, and they had scored 12 runs on 12 hits. The Slams intentionally walked Mike to disrupt the home run streak, and Josh retired Reilly to end the historic inning.

The Slams tried to make the game respectable in the top of the third, putting a few runs on the board. Tim doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on an Adam single. Dan followed with a single, driving in both runners to make the score 16-3, but the rally ended there.

Josh was removed from the mound after the disastrous second inning, and Tim made his first career pitching appears, retiring the side without allowing a run in the bottom of the third.

Both pitchers were perfect in the fourth, and the score remained 16-3.

The Slams would add a few more int he top of the fifth. Josh hit a one-out double, and Tim followed with a two-run homer, cutting the score to 16-5.

Questionable extended the lead in the bottom of the fifth, when Reilly hit a one-out solo homer, his fourth blast of the game, to make the score 17-5.

Dan led off the inning with a single in the top of the sixth, and moved from first-to-third on a Steve double. Josh grounded out for the first out of the inning, and Dan scored on the play to make the score 17-6. Mike then fanned Tim for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Questionable Outfit win.

Questionable Outfit moved to 4-0 on the year, while the Ham Slams dropped to 0-4.

W: Mike (2-0)
L: Charlie (0-4)

Box Score

Game Notes:

– Mike pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 6 runs on 11 hits in 6 innings.
– Charlie took the loss for the Ham Slams in only one inning, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits. Josh pitched one inning of relief, allowing 12 runs on 12 hits with a walk. Tim also pitched 3 innings out of the bullpen, allowing 1 earned run on 4 hits.
– Bob hit for the cycle for the second consecutive game, going 6-for-8 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, a triple, a home run, 4 runs scored, and an RBI.
– Reilly led Questionable, going 6-for-8 with a single, a double, 4 homers, 5 runs scored, and 5 RBI.
– Tom also had a big game at the plate, going 5-for-8 with a double, a triple, 3 homers, 5 runs scored, and 7 RBI.
Tim led the Ham Slams on offense, going 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a home run, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, and a strikeout.

Cookies & Cream Storm Past Ham Slams 7-2 in Extra Innings

25 May
One of Joey's two homers came in the top of the 7th, when Cookies hit four home runs to pull away from the Ham Slams

One of Joey’s two homers came in the top of the 7th, when Cookies hit four home runs to pull away from the Ham Slams

After struggling at the plate for six innings, Cookies & Cream hit four homers in the top of the seventh as they pulled away from the Ham Slams in a 7-2 victory.

The Ham Slams started their ace, Charlie, who would face off against Dinger for Cookies & Cream in what would be a pitcher’s duel for six innings.

Charlie retired the side in order in the top of the first. Dinger gave up hits to the game’s first two batters, Steve and Josh, and it looked like the Slams would get on the board early. However, with runners on second and third, Dinger struck out the side to get out of the inning without allowing a run.

Charlie and Dinger each rolled through the second to maintain a scoreless tie. They continued to take advantage of a windy day, pitching scoreless fames in the third.

Both teams would get on the board in the fourth. Dinger led off the inning with a single and moved from first to third on a one-out Les single. The next batter, Joey, drove in the game’s first run on a RBI single, putting Cookies ahead 1-0. Charlie stopped the damage their though, stranding two runners to end the inning.

The Slams evened the game quickly in the bottom of the fourth, when Josh hit a one-out solo shot to tie the game at 1-1.

Josh accounted for the Ham Slams only runs with two solo homers

Josh accounted for the Ham Slams only runs with two solo homers

After both teams went scoreless in the fifth, Cookies would pull ahead for a second time in the top of the sixth. Joey led off the inning with a solo homer, making the score 2-1. Charlie would retire the next two batters, and the Slams would trail by a run heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Dinger retired the first batter, Steve, and Cookies were one out away from a a victory when Josh came to the plate. For the second time in the game, this time in more dramatic fashion, Josh crushed the ball over the left-center field fence, tying the game at 2-2. The Slams couldn’t extend the inning to win the game, and it would go to extras.

Dinger allowed only two runs on 7 hits in the complete game win

Dinger allowed only two runs on 7 hits in the complete game win

Charlie had been in control all game, but the wheels came off in the top of the seventh. The first batter, Vassallo, crushed a solo shot to left, putting Cookies ahead 3-2. After a Les single, Joey hit a two-run bomb, and the score was 5-2. Guthrie followed with a solo shot, and the back-to-back bombs made the score 6-2. Vassallo would later hit his second homer of the inning, and Cookies would head into the bottom of the seventh ahead 7-2.

Dinger cruised through the bottom of the seventh, allowing a single to Adam but no runs, giving Cookies & Cream the win.

The win was the first for Cookies & Cream in 2015, moving them to 1-2. The loss dropped the Ham Slams to 0-3.

W: Dinger (1-1)

L: Charlie (0-3)

Box Score

Game Notes:

– Dinger pitched the complete game victory for Cookies & Cream, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits in 7 innings.
– Charlie took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up 7 earned runs on 11 hits in 7 innings.
– Joey and Vassallo led Cookies & Cream at the plate, each going 3-for-5 with a single, two runs scored, and two homers. Joey had 3 RBI and Vassallo had two.
– Josh led the Ham Slams on offense, going 3-for-4 with a double, two homers, two runs scored, and two RBI.

Bob Hits for the Cycle as Questionable Outfit Storm Past Eastbound & Dahn 15-4

25 May

Questionable Outfit remained undefeated, handing Eastbound & Dahn their first loss of the year, as Bob hit for the cycle and Mike hit three homers in a 15-4 rout.

Christian started for Eastbound, and he was hit hard by Questionable Outfit’s punishing lineup. Bob hit a one-out solo homer in the top of the first, and Questionable went up 1-0 after half an inning.

Eastbound would bounce back in the bottom of the first, when Hartley matched Bob’s blast with a one-out solo homer of his own off Reilly, tying the game at 1-1 through one.

Questionable had their first of three big innings in the top of the second. Reilly led off the inning with a single and scored when Bob followed with a triple to make the score 2-1. Tom’s double scored Bob to make the score 3-1, and Mike followed with a two-run bomb to put Questionable ahead 5-1.

Eastbound showed some tenacity in the bottom of the second, chipping away at the Questionable lead. Steve led off the inning with a solo homer, and Helal followed with another. The back-to-back homers made the score 5-3 after two innings.

Bob led off the top of the third with a solo homer, his second of the game, making the score 6-3. Christian retired the next two batters, but Eastbound couldn’t provide any run support in the bottom of the third when Reilly retired the side in order.

Christian pitched his first scoreless inning of the game in the top of the fourth, but Eastbound couldn’t capitalize in the bottom half of the inning, and these core remained 6-3.

Mike led off the top of the fifth with a solo homer, his second round-tripper of the game, making the score 7-3. Reilly followed with a solo homer, and the back-to-back jacks put Questionable ahead 8-3. After retiring Bob for the first time in the game, Christian gave up his third homer of the inning, a solo shot to Tom, making the score 9-3. Eastbound turned to the bullpen, brining in Hartley, who retired the first batter he faced to end the inning.

Christian provided some run support in the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer, cutting the score to 9-4.

Questionable Outfit pulled away for an easy victory in the top of the sixth, scoring six runs. Reilly doubled to lead off the inning, and Bob followed with a two-run bomb, making the score 11-4. After a Tom single, Mike hit a two-run blast, extending the lead to 13-4. Later in the inning, Bob singled, and Tom hit Questionable’s third two-run homer of the inning, and the score was 15-4.

Eastbound went down quickly in the bottom half of the sixth, as Reilly retired the side in order to end the game and give Questionable Outfit the victory.

The win moved Questionable Outfit to 3-0 on the season, while the loss dropped Eastbound & Dahn to 2-1.

W: Reilly (2-0)

L: Christian (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:

– Reilly pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 4 hits on 4 runs in 6 innings.
– Christian took the loss for Eastbound, giving up 9 runs on 10 hits in 4.5 innings. Hartley pitched 1.5 innings of relief, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit on offense, hitting for the cycle. Overall, he went 6-for-7 with a single, a double, a triple, 3 home runs, 5 runs scored, and 5 RBI.
– Mike and Tom each had big games at the plate for Questionable as well. Mike went 4-for-7 with a single, 3 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 5 RBI. Tom also went 4-for-7 with a single, a double, 2 homers, 4 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Tim, Christian, Steve, and Helal each hit solo homers for Eastbound, accounting for all of the team’s hits in the game.

Questionable Outfit Thrash Ham Slams 11-0 in Mike’s Return to the Mound

10 May
Reilly became the first player in 2015 to hit for the cycle in an 11-0 Questionable Outfit win

Reilly became the first player in 2015 to hit for the cycle in an 11-0 Questionable Outfit win

After missing over a year of wiffle action due to the birth of his daughter, Mike made his first start on the mound in 2015 for Questionable Outfit, and it was dominant. He allowed only four hits in a complete game shutout, as no Ham Slams base runner advanced past second base.

With four innings of eligibility left in week 1, Charlie made his second start of the week pitching for the Ham Slams. His first inning was quiet, as he retired the seise in order. Mike matched him in the bottom half of the inning, and the game was scoreless through one.

The wheels fell off for the Ham Slams in the top of the second, as Questionable had a huge inning and built an insurmountable lead with a barrage of hits. Kimble led off the inning with a double and moved to third when Mike followed with a double. Reilly then tripled, scoring both runners and putting Questionable ahead 2-0. Bob followed with a single, scoring Reilly to make the score 3-0. Charlie retired Kimble for the first out of the inning, but Mike followed with an RBI triple, and the score was 4-0. Reilly, Bob, and Kimble hit three consecutive doubles, after which Charlie retired Mike for the second out of the inning, but Questionable had jumped out to a 7-0 lead.

Bob connects on an RBI double off Charlie

Bob connects on an RBI double off Charlie

Mike retired the side in order in the bottom of the second, and Questionable would continue to pound the Ham Slams in the top of the third. Reilly led off with a single and moved to third when Bob grounded out for the first out of the inning. Kimble then hit an RBI single, making the score 8-0. Mike followed with a single, and with runners on first and second, Reilly hit a three-run blast, his first of the year, making the score 11-0.

Mike continued to dominate in the bottom of the third, maintaining the 11-0 lead. The Ham Slams would manage three more hits throughout the game, two singles and a double, but never threatened. The Ham Slams replaced Charlie with Josh, who was much more effective than in his appearance in the first game of week 1, but to no avail. Questionable Outfit’s lead was too large, and they held on to win.

Questionable moved to 2-0 on the season, while the Ham Slams dropped to 0-2.

W: Mike (1-0)
L: Charlie (0-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Mike pitched the complete game shutout and victory for Questionable Outfit, allowing four hits in six innings pitched.
– Charlie took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up 11 runs on 12 hits in 4 innings pitched. Josh pitched two innings of relief, allowing no runs on one hit.
– Reilly became the first player in 2015 to hit for the cycle, going 4-for-7 with a single, double, triple, and a homer. He scored 4 runs and had 6 RBI.
– Josh led the Ham Slams on offense, going 2-for-4 with a single and a double.

Helal Hurls Three-Hitter as Eastbound Top Cookies & Cream 4-0

10 May
Eastbound and Dahn, led by free agent addition Morrison, won both of their opening games for the first time in franchise history

Eastbound and Dahn, led by free agent addition Morrison, won both of their opening games for the first time in franchise history

Eastbound & Dahn moved to 2-0 for the first time in franchise history as Helal’s gem of a performance on the mound quieted the Cookies & Cream bats in the final game of week 1.

Helal allowed a one-out triple to Blose in the top of the first inning, but he stranded the runner by retiring Joey, a theme that would repeat itself throughout the game.

With Guthrie out for week 1, Joey made his first start of 2015 for Cookies & Cream, and he got off to a rough start when the game’s first batter, Tim, crushed a solo homer to left-center, putting Eastbound ahead 1-0. Morrison would follow with a single, but Joey retired the side to minimize the damage.

Helal allowed a one-out double to Joey in the top of the second, but again stranded the runner, maintaining the 1-0 lead.

Helal was in command on the mound, keeping the Cookies & Cream offense in check in a 4-0 win

Helal was in command on the mound, keeping the Cookies & Cream offense in check in a 3-0 win

Eastbound would add to their lead in the bottom of the second, although they already had all of the run support they would need. Helal led off the inning with a single and moved to third when Tim followed with a double. The next batter, Morrison, hit a blazing line drive over the left field wall, and the three-run homer put Eastbound ahead 4-0.

Helal continued to roll in the top of the third, allowing another one-out double to Joey, but again stranding the runner and preserving the shutout bid.

Up 4-0, Eastbound would only manage one more hit the rest of the game, a one-out triple by Christian in the bottom of the third. Joey pitched much more effectively, but Helal matched him inning-for-inning.

Helal was flawless in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, retiring the side in order.

The 3-hit shutout was one of the most dominating opening day performances in league history. Eastbound moved to 2-0 on the season, and Cookies & Cream dropped to 0-2, their first winless Opening Week in franchise history.

W: Helal (1-0)
L: Joey (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Helal allowed three hits in six innings pitched for the complete game shutout and victory.
– Joey surrendered four runs on six hits in five innings pitched for the complete game loss.
– Tim and Morrison led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate. Tim went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, two runs scored, and an RBI. Morrison went 2-for-3 with a single, a home run, a run scored, and three RBI.
– When Morrison was retired in the bottom of the fourth inning, it was the first time he had recorded an out in 2015. He started the season 6-for-6 before being retired and finishing the week 6-for-7.

Morrison Leads Late Charge as Eastbound & Dahn Pull Away from Ham Slams 10-4

8 May
Morrison went 4-for-4 in his Eastbound & Dahn debut to lead his new team to a victory

Morrison went 4-for-4 in his Eastbound & Dahn debut to lead his new team to a victory

Morrison went a perfect 4-for-4 in his first game with his new team, leading Eastbound & Dahn to a 10-4 victory over the Ham Slams.

The Ham Slams boasted a brand new roster to start the 2015 season, returning Charlie, Josh, and Steve from 2014 but adding three EWL rookies in Tim, Dan, and Adam. They returned to their workhorse, Charlie, who took the mound to start the game. He struck out the first batter he faced, Tim, and pitched a scoreless top of the first inning.

Eastbound penciled in Nate as their Opening Day starter, and the first batter he faced, Josh, pelted a solo shot to left, putting the Ham Slams up 1-0 immediately.

Nate delivers a pitch to Josh, who had two home runs in the game, including a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first inning

Nate delivers a pitch to Josh, who had two home runs in the game, including a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first inning

Charlie and Nate each cruised through the second, and the Slams led 1-0 after two innings.

Eastbound would get on the scoreboard in the top of the third. Tim and Morrison each doubled, putting runners on second and third. Nate flew out to short left for the first out of the inning, but Christian followed with a one-out double off the fence, clearing the bases and putting Eastbound ahead 2-1. Charlie fanned Helal to end the inning, but the Ham Slams had surrendered the lead.

Christian went 3-for-4 in the season opener, and drove in Eastbound's first two runs with a double off the fence

Christian went 3-for-4 in the season opener, and drove in Eastbound’s first two runs with a double off the fence

Nate rolled through the bottom of the third, and Eastbound would add to their lead in the top of the fourth. Steve led off the inning with a single, and Morrison’s one-out two-run blast extended the lead to 4-1.

The Slams would fight back in the bottom of the fourth. Dan led off the inning with a double, the first hit of his career, and after Adam grounded out to left, Josh crushed a two-run homer, his second blast of the game, cutting the score to 4-3.

After four innings on the mound, the Ham Slams relieved Charlie with Josh, saving some innings of eligibility for their second game of the week against Questionable Outfit. Josh pitched a perfect frame in the top of the fifth, and the score remained 4-3.

Nate allowed a one-out triple to Dan in the bottom of the fifth, but stranded the runner, preventing the Slams from tying the game.

Nate backpedals to catch a towering fly ball

Nate backpedals to catch a towering fly ball

With the score 4-3, Eastbound got out their sticks in the top of the sixth. Steve led off the inning with a double, and with one out, Morrison hit a two-run homer, his second in as many at-bats, making the score 6-3. Nate then doubled, and after Christian singled to put runners on the corners, Helal got his first hit of the season, a three-run bomb to clear the bases. Steve followed with a homer, and the back-to-back jacks made the score 10-3. Josh finally retired Tim to end the inning, but Eastbound had pulled away in decisive fashion.

The Slams tried to rally in the bottom of the sixth, as Josh led off the inning with a double and scored on a Steve single, cutting the score to 10-4. But Nate got out of the inning without further damage, retiring Tim and Adam to strand runners on base, giving Eastbound & Dahn a win to start the season.

Eastbound & Dahn moved to 1-0 on the year, while the Ham Slams dropped to 0-1.

W: Nate (1-0)
L: Charlie (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
Nate pitched the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings pitched.
Charlie took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits in 4 innings while striking out two. Josh pitched two innings of relief for the Slams, surrendering 6 runs on 6 hits.
Morrison led the way for Eastbound, going 4-for-4 with a single, a double, two homers, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
Steve and Christian each went 3-for-4 in the Eastbound win. Steve had a single, a double, a home run, 3 runs scored and an RBI, while Christian had 2 singles, a double, a run scored, and 2 RBI.
Josh led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, 2 homers, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI. Dan also went 3-for-4 in his EWL debut, with a single, a double, a triple, and a run scored.