Cookies & Cream Top Ham Slams 21-14 in Highest Scoring Game in League History

14 Jun
Charlie delivers a pitch to Joey, who had 3 doubles, 2 homers, and 8 RBI in the Cookies & Cream win

Charlie delivers a pitch to Joey, who had 3 doubles, 2 homers, and 8 RBI in the Cookies & Cream win

Cookies & Cream outscored the Ham Slams 21-14 in the most prolific display of offense in the history of the Ellsworth Wiffleball League. The teams combined for 35 runs on 16 home runs in what was also the longest game, in terms of duration, that the league has ever seen.

Dinger started on the mound for Cookies & Cream, and remarkably, he retired the game’s first two batters in order. Cookies & Cream provided him with immediate run support, hitting Charlie early and often. Joey led off the bottom of the first with a solo homer, making the score 1-0. With one out, Dinger went deep, and Vassallo followed with a home run. The back-to-back home runs put Cookies & Cream ahead 3-0 after the first.

Tim, who had 2 home runs and 6 RBI, waits on a pitch from Dinger

Tim, who had 2 home runs and 6 RBI, waits on a pitch from Dinger

The Ham Slams bounced back in the top of the second, taking the lead from Cookies. Dinger retired Dan to start the inning, and then he got into trouble. Alan hit a solo homer to make the score 3-1, and after a Steve double, Tim crushed a two-run shot to right, tying the game at 3-3. Adam followed with a triple, and Dan drove him in with a two-run homer, putting the Slams ahead 5-3. Dinger retired the next batter, Alan, but the lead had been surrendered.

Adam connects on a pitch off Dinger

Adam connects on a pitch off Dinger

Fortunately for Dinger, the Cookies offense would reclaim the lead in a big way in the bottom of the second. Blose led off the inning with a homer, pulling Cookies within a run at 5-4. Dinger singled, and two batters later Joey doubled to put runners on second and third. Blose then crushed a three-run blast, his second homer of the inning, which put Cookies ahead 7-5. Dinger and Vassallo each followed with singles, and with runners on the corners, Joey hit a three-run homer, extending the lead to 10-5. Blose then doubled, but Charlie avoided further damage by retiring Dinger to end the inning.

Blose and Joey of Cookies & Cream watch Dan's second inning homer clear the right-center field fence

Blose and Joey of Cookies & Cream watch Dan’s second inning homer clear the right-center field fence

Down five runs, the Slams would narrow the margin in the top of the third. Steve led off the inning with a single, and Tim followed with his second homer of the game, a two-run blast which made the score 10-7. Cookies then removed Dinger from the mound, bringing in Vassallo for relief. He retired the first two batters he faced to end the inning.

Steve of the Ham Slams makes a leaping catch in foul territory

Steve of the Ham Slams makes a leaping catch in foul territory

After scoring seven runs in the second, Cookies would do it again in the third, piling seven more runs on the Ham Slams. Tim replaced Charlie on the mound, and he didn’t fare much better. Vassallo started the inning with a double and scored when Joey followed with a double, making the score 11-7. Blose then hit an RBI double, followed by Dinger who drove in a run with an RBI single to make the score 13-7. Vassallo then singled to put runnres on the corners, and Joey drove in a run on a groundout to extend the lead to 14-7. Blose then followed with a two-run blast, and Cookies led 16-7. Dinger then doubled, and Vassallo drove him in with a double, his second of the inning, to put Cookies ahead 17-7. Tim finally escaped the inning by retiring Joey, but Cookies had claimed a ten-run lead after three innings.

Blose and Joey converge on a fly ball in right field

Blose and Joey converge on a fly ball in right field

The Slams showed resilience in the top of the fourth, cutting into the Cookies lead a few runs at a time. Alan led off the inning with his second home run of the game, a solo shot that made the score 17-8. Steve followed with a homer, and the back-to-back jacks made the score 17-9. Two batters later, Adam hit the Slams third homer of the inning, a one-out solo homer that cut the score to 17-10. Dan followed with a triple, but Vassallo retired the next batter to end the inning and the rally.

Cookies & Cream had scored 14 runs over the past two innings, but they weren’t finished. Blose led off the inning with a single and moved from first to third on a Dinger double. Vassallo then doubled off the fence, scoring both runners to give Cookies a 19-10 lead. Joey followed with a two-run homer, his third blast of the game, and the score was 21-10. Tim retired the next two batters to end the inning, and the Slams trailed by eleven through four.

Blose took the mound in relief for Cookies in the top of the fifth, and after giving up a one-out triple to Tim, he stranded the runner to end the inning and maintain the big lead. Tim finally got back on track in the bottom of the fifth, producing his first perfect frame by retiring the side in order.

Blose delivers a pitch to Adam, who had a triple and two home runs in the Ham Slams loss

Blose delivers a pitch to Adam, who had a triple and two home runs in the Ham Slams loss

Down 21-10, the Ham Slams needed eleven runs in the top of the sixth to extend the game. Blose retired the first batter of the inning before the Slams started to rally. Alan and Steve each singled, and Tim followed with an RBI single that cleared the bases to make the score 21-12. Adam followed with a two-run bomb, his second homer of the game, and the Slams trailed 21-14. The rally would end there, however, as Blose got Dan to groundout to left to end the longest game in wiffle history.

The win moved Cookies & Cream to 5-4 on the year, while the loss dropped the Ham Slams to 1-9 heading into the regular season’s midway point.

W: Dinger (2-2)
L: Charlie (0-7)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dinger picked up the win for Cookies & Cream, giving up 7 earned runs on 7 hits in 2 innings pitched.
– Vassallo pitched two innings of relief for Cookies, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits in 2 innings. Blose also pitched 2 innings of relief, surrendering 4 runs on 5 hits.
– Charlie took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up 10 runs on 11 hits in 2 innings pitched. Tim pithced 3 innings of relief, allowing 11 runs on 12 hits.
– Every player for Cookies & Cream had a stellar day at the plate. Joey led the way and went 5-for-9 with 2 doubles, 3 homers, 5 runs scored and 8 RBI.
– Blose went 6-for-8 with a single, 2 doubles, 3 home runs, 5 runs scored, and 7 RBI.
– Vassallo went 6-for-8 with 2 singles, 3 doubles, a home run, 5 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Dinger went 6-for-8 with 3 singles, 2 doubles, a homer, 6 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Tim led the Ham Slams on offense, going 4-for-6 with a single, a triple, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 6 RBI.

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