Archive | May, 2016

Rain Ends Week 2 Early, Eastbound Continues to Struggle, Cookies & Cream Remain in First Place

15 May
Nate and Eastbound & Dahn have been displeased with their performance through two weeks, as they have been outscored by their opponents 68-6 in four games.

Nate and Eastbound & Dahn have been displeased with their performance through two weeks, as they have been outscored by their opponents 68-6 in four games.

The wiffle squads returned to the diamond for week 2 of wiffle action, and rain would eventually bring the games to a halt with one game being postponed until week 3.

In the first game of the week, Cookies & Cream pulled away from the Ham Slams late to win 6-3. Joey looked strong in his first pitching appearance of the season, and Guthrie continued to tear through opposing pitchers, going 4-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 homers, and 3 RBI. Former Wiffler of the Year Blose played in his first game in 2016, also going 4-for-6.

Questionable Outfit dominated Eastbound & Dahn for the second time this year in the second game of the night, winning 16-2. Bob hit for the cycle, going 7-for-8 with 3 singles, 2 doubles, a triple, a home run, 6 runs scored, and 3 RBI. Mike was also on fire, going 5-for-7 with a single, 2 doubles, 2 homers, 3 runs scored, and a whopping 8 RBI. Tom pitched well for Questionable, earning the complete game win while allowing only 2 runs on 7 hits.

Cookies & Cream continued the league’s piling on of Eastbound & Dahn, beating them 15-2 in a wet, rainy game. Joey led Cookies, going 5-for-8 with 2 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs (including a grand slam), 4 runs scored, and 9 RBI. Guthrie and Blose also went 5-for-8 in the game, with Guthrie hitting two more homers and Blose registering 5 singles. Guthrie pitched the complete game win, allowing 2 runs on 8 hits and moving to 2-0 on the season.

The fourth and final game of week 2 between Questionable Outfit and the Ham Slams was postponed, as the rain that fell during the third game left the field conditions unplayable. The two teams will meet twice in week 3, as weather permits.

Cookies moved to a perfect 4-0 and in sole possession of first place with two wins in week 2. Meanwhile, Eastbound fell to 0-4 and is off to one of the worst starts in team history. They will look forward to getting the big bat and trusty fielding of Tim back in their lineup in week 3.

Wiffle action continues next week on Tuesday, May 17th.

Joey Hits Grand Slam, Drives in Nine in Cookies & Cream 15-2 Win over Eastbound & Dahn

15 May
Joey drove in nine runs in the Cookies & Cream win, including four on a grand slam in the sixth inning

Joey drove in nine runs in the Cookies & Cream win, including four on a grand slam in the sixth inning

Joey hit only the fourth regular season grand slam in EWL history and drove in five more runs as Cookies & Cream stormed past Eastbound & Dahn in a rain-soaked game. This would be the final game of week 2, as the fourth game between Questionable Outfit and the Ham Slams was postponed due to wet conditions.

Cara made her first career start on the mound for Eastbound & Dahn, and she cruised through the top of the first, retiring Guthrie and Blose in order.

Eastbound took an early lead in the bottom of the first. Guthrie, Cookies & Cream’s starting pitcher, gave up a leadoff double to Nate, and he moved to third on a Christian single. Cara then grounded out for the first out of the inning, but Nate scored on the play, making the score 1-0. Guthrie buckled down, retiring BK to strand Christian, ending the inning while only allowing a single run.

Cookies & Cream bounced back in a big way in the top of the second, taking the lead back from Eastbound. Joey led off with a double, and he scored on a Jordan RBI single that tied the game at 1-1. After Blose hit a one-out single to put runners on first and second, Joey tripled, clearing the bases and putting Cookies ahead 3-1. Jordan then followed with his second RBI single of the inning, scoring Joey to make the score 4-1. Cara then retired Guthrie to strand Jordan, ending the inning.

Guthrie rolled through the bottom of the second, retiring Kyle and Nate in order to maintain the three-run lead.

Eastbound & Dahn pulled Cara from the mound in the top of the third, switching to BK. He retired Blose and Joey in order, and the score remained 4-1.

Christian started the bottom of the third with a double, but Eastbound couldn’t cut into the Cookies lead, as Guthrie retired Cara and BK to strand the runner and end the inning.

Nate makes an acrobatic catch in left field for Eastbound & Dahn

Nate makes an acrobatic catch in left field for Eastbound & Dahn

Guthrie got some more run support from his offense in the top of the fourth. He tripled with one out, and Blose knocked him in with an RBI single, making the score 5-1. Joey then doubled, scoring Blose, and Cookies led 6-1. BK avoided further damage, retiring Jordan to end the inning.

Down five, Eastbound would cut into the deficit in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Nate launched a solo shot to left-center, and the score was 6-2. Christian followed with a single, and he moved to second on a Cara single. BK then singled, and Eastbound had the bases loaded with one out. Helal came to the plate as the tying run, and he is also one of the only players in EWL to hit a grand slam (which he did in the playoffs). Guthrie’s back was against the wall, but Eastbound couldn’t capitalize, as Kyle grounded out to Blose in left for the second out of the inning, stranding all three runners.

Eastbound put Cara back on the mound in the top of the fifth, and Guthrie provided his own run support, leading off the inning with a solo homer. Cara then retired Blose and Joey to end the inning, and Cookies led 7-2.

Guthrie retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, retiring Nate and Christian consecutively.

Cookies led by five heading into the final frame, and they would blow the game open in the top of the sixth. Jordan led off with a single, and he moved to second when Guthrie followed with a single. Blose then singled, and for the second time in the game, a team had the bases loaded. This time Joey came to the plate, one of two players in EWL history to hit a regular season grand slam. He launched a high fly to left field, and it cleared the fence and the bases, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 11-2. The grand slam was the third of Joey’s career, and Cookies wasn’t done yet. Jordan singled, and Guthrie followed with a two-run shot, making the score 13-2. Blose followed with a single, and Joey hit his second blast of the inning, a two-run homer that put Cookies ahead 15-2. Cara had yet to record an out, and Cookies had scored eight runs. She finally retired Jordan for the first out of the inning, and after it looked like Cookies would continue the onslaught when Guthrie and Blose each singled, she retired Joey for the second out of the inning. She stranded two runners, but Eastbound had fallen behind by thirteen runs.

Guthrie would close things out in the bottom of the sixth. BK singled with one out, but Kyle grounded out to center for the second out of the inning, giving Cookies & Cream the win.

The win moved Cookies & Cream to 4-0, and Eastbound fell to 0-4 on the season.

W: Guthrie (2-0)
L: Cara (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Guthrie pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, allowing 2 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings.
– Cara took the loss for Eastbound, giving up 13 runs on 16 hits in 4 innings. BK pitched two innings of relief, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits.
– Joey led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 6-for-8 with 2 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs, 4 runs scored, and 9 RBI.
– Joey hit his third career grand slam. Of the four regular season grand slams, Joey has three of them. Brad of Pumice on Slow! also hit a grand slam in the regular season.
– Blose hit a career high five singles in the game.
– Christian led Eastbound at the plate, going 3-for-4 with 2 singles and a double.
– Nate also went 2-for-4 for Eastbound with a double, a home run, an RBI, and scored both Eastbound runs.

Mike Drives in Eight, Bob Hits for Cycle in Questionable Outfit’s 16-2 Blowout of Eastbound & Dahn

14 May
Mike had a two-run homer, a three-run homer, and eight total RBI in a runaway win for Questionable Outfit

Mike had a two-run homer, a three-run homer, and eight total RBI in a runaway win for Questionable Outfit

Bob went 7-for-8, hitting for the cycle with three singles, two doubles, a triple, a home run, six runs scored, and 3 RBI as Questionable Outfit rolled through Eastbound & Dahn for the second week in a row. Questionable Outfit has now outscored Eastbound 38-2 over the course of their two meetings this season.

Tom took the mound for Questionable Outfit in his first start of the 2016 season, and he escaped an early jam in the top of the first. With one out, Christian singled and moved from first to third when Cara singled in her first career at-bat. Eastbound & Dahn threatened with runners on the corners, but Tom buckled down, retiring BK to strand both runners and end the inning.

Cara went 2-for-4 with two singles in her first career EWL game

Cara went 2-for-4 with two singles in her first career EWL game

Questionable Outfit took an early lead in the bottom of the first. Tom tripled with one out in his first at-bat of the season, and he scored on a Mike RBI double that put Questionable ahead 1-0. Christian, Eastbound & Dahn’s starting pitcher, then retired Nate to strand Mike and end the inning.

Kyle led off the top of the second with a double, but Eastbound couldn’t capitalize, as Tom retired Nate and Christian to strand the runner and end the inning.

Questionable would open up a bigger lead in the bottom of the second. Bob started with a single, and after Tom grounded out for the first out, Mike hit a two-run bomb to left, making the score 3-0. Nate then singled, and Bob drove him in with a two-run shot, putting Questionable ahead 5-0. Tom followed with a double, but Christian avoided a catastrophic inning, retiring Mike for the second out.

Tom rolled through the top of the third, striking out Cara and retiring BK for a scoreless inning.

Questionable added more run support for Tom in the bottom of the third. Nate led off the inning with a solo homer to make the score 6-0. Bob then tripled, and Mike hit a one-out single to score him, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 7-0. Nate then flew out to end the inning.

Tom retired the side in order in the top of the fourth, and Questionable continued to lead by seven runs.

Tom was in control all game against Eastbound, pitching five scoreless innings before allowing two runs in the sixth

Tom was in control all game against Eastbound, pitching five scoreless innings before allowing two runs in the sixth

Questionable blew the game open in the bottom of the fourth. Bob led off with a double and moved to third on a Tom sacrifice fly. Mike then hit an RBI double, scoring Bob to make the score 8-0. Nate followed with a double, scoring Mike to extend the Questionable lead to 9-0. Bob then doubled for the second time in the inning, scoring Nate to make the score 10-0. With Bob on second, Tom crushed a two-run blast to left-center, and Questionable Outfit led 12-0. Christian would retire Mike for the second out, finally ending the inning.

Christian led off the top of the fifth with a single, but Eastbound continued to strand runners, as Tom retired Cara and BK to end the inning and maintain the twelve run lead.

Christian went 2-for-4 at the plate, but was hit hard all game by Questionable, including a line drive to the face

Christian went 2-for-4 at the plate, but was hit hard all game by Questionable, including a line drive to the face

Questionable added insult to injury in the bottom of the fifth, piling on more runs. Nate led off the inning with a solo shot, making the score 13-0. Bob then doubled, and he moved to third on a Tom double. With two runners in scoring position, Mike hit a three-run blast, putting his RBI tally at eight for the game, and putting Questionable Outfit ahead 16-0. Nate then singled, but was caught trying to extend the hit into a double by BK for the first out of the inning. Bob singled for his seventh hit in the game, but Christian retired Tom to end the inning.

Down 16-0, Eastbound would finally score against Questionable in the top of the sixth. Kyle led off with a single, and Nate followed with a two-run homer to left, cutting the deficit to fourteen runs at 16-2. Cara later hit a one-out single, but Tom avoided further damage, retiring BK for the second out of the inning, ending the game.

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

W: Tom (1-0)
L: Christian (0-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Tom pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 2 earned runs on 7 hits with a strikeout in 6 innings pitched.
– Christian took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, giving up 16 runs on 21 hits while pitching a complete game.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit at the plate, going 7-for-8, hitting for the cycle with 3 singles, 2 doubles, a triple, a home run, 6 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Mike drove in 8 runs for Questionable, going 5-for-7 with a single, 2 doubles, 2 homers, and 3 runs scored.
– Christian, Cara, and Kyle each had two hits for Eastbound. Nate provided the only offense with a 2-run homer, his only hit in the game.

Guthrie Homers Twice to Carry Cookies & Cream Past Ham Slams 6-3

14 May
Guthrie continued to swing a hot bat for Cookies & Cream, leading his squad to a 6-3 win over the Ham Slams with a 4-for-6 performance including two homers

Guthrie continued to swing a hot bat for Cookies & Cream, leading his squad to a 6-3 win over the Ham Slams with a 4-for-6 performance including two homers

Joey scattered three runs on six hits in a complete game effort, and he got timely late-game hits from the Cookies & Cream offense as Cookies remained undefeated after a 6-3 win over the Ham Slams.

Josh made the first start of his EWL career for the Ham Slams, and he got off to a strong start in the top of the first. After allowing a one-out double to Blose in Blose’s first at-bat of the season, he retired Joey to strand the runner and end the inning.

Joey took the mound for Cookies & Cream in his first start of the 2016 season, and he retired the Ham Slams in order in the bottom of the first.

Josh continued to roll in the top of the second, sending Jordan and Guthrie down consecutively.

Josh was effective early in his first career start for the Ham Slams, but Cookies & Cream got to him late in the game

Josh was effective early in his first career start for the Ham Slams, but Cookies & Cream got to him late in the game

The Ham Slams would take an early lead in the bottom of the second. Tim led off the a double, and he scored when Dan followed with an RBI double to make the score 1-0. The Slams couldn’t capitalize further, as Joey retired Josh and Andrew to strand Dan at second and minimize the damage at a single run.

Cookies & Cream evened things up in the top of the third. Blose led off with a double, and he scored when Joey grounded out to left for the first out of the inning. Josh then retired Jordan to end the inning, and the game was tied at 1-1.

Joey rolled through the bottom of the third with a two pitch inning, retiring Tim and Dan.

Guthrie started the top of the fourth with a single, but Josh retired Blose and Joey to strand the runner and end the inning.

The Ham Slams couldn’t get to Joey in the bottom of the fourth, as he retired Josh and Andrew in order.

Cookies & Cream would take the lead in the top of the fifth. Jordan led off the inning with a solo shot to left-center, and Guthrie followed with another solo homer to make back-to-back jacks. Joey would later single with one out, but Josh stranded him and Cookies led 3-1.

The Ham Slams would get one run back in the bottom of the fifth. Tim started the inning with a double and moved to third on a Dan single. Josh grounded out for the first out of the inning, but Tim scored on the play to make the score 3-2. Joey then retired Andrew to end the inning and maintain a one-run lead.

Cookies & Cream provided more run support in the top of the sixth and extended their lead. Guthrie started the inning with his second homer of the game, making the score 4-2. Blose followed with a single, and he moved to third on a Joey double, putting two runners in scoring position. Jordan then singled to score Blose, making the score 5-2. Guthrie followed with an RBI single, scoring Joey, and Cookies led 6-2. With a runner on first, Blose hit a fly ball that fell into play, but Guthrie was caught in between first and second for the first out of the inning. Josh then retired Joey to end the inning.

The Ham Slams trailed by three runs heading into the final frame. Joey retired Tim for the first out of the inning, but Dan followed with a solo homer to keep the Slams alive and cut the deficit to 6-3. Josh followed with a double, and it looked like the Slams would rally, but Joey retired Andrew to strand the runner and the game.

The win moved Cookies & Cream to 3-0 on the year, and the loss dropped the Ham Slams to 1-2 on the season.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joey pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings pitched.
– Josh took the loss in a complete game effort for the Ham Slams, giving up 6 runs on 12 hits in 6 innings.
– Guthrie led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 4-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 homers, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Blose also went 4-for-6 for Cookies & Cream with 2 singles, a double, a triple, and 2 runs scored.
– Dan led the Ham Slams on offense, going 3-for-4 with a single, a double, a home run, a run scored, and 2 RBI.

Guthrie of Cookies & Cream Named PBR Wiffler of the Week for Week 1

11 May
Guthrie lead Cookies & Cream to two Opening Day wins against the Ham Slams and Questionable Outfit

Guthrie lead Cookies & Cream to two Opening Day wins against the Ham Slams and Questionable Outfit

Guthrie of Cookies & Cream was unanimously voted the Pabst Blue Ribbon Wiffler of the Week for week 1 of the 2016 EWL season. Guthrie was electric at the plate, going 9-for-10 with 6 extra-base hits, including 3 doubles and 3 homers. He scored 7 runs and had 5 RBI, two of which were the game-winning RBI for his team’s two wins. He also pitched a complete game win in the season opener, defeating the Ham Slams while allowing only 2 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings pitched. Guthrie reached base safely in his first 9 at-bats of the season before finally being retired for the first time in his 10th at-bat.

Guthrie was named PBR Wiffler of the Week in back-to-back playoff weeks in 2013 en route to leading his team to the 2013 Wiffle Series title and being named Wiffle Series MVP. He won Wiffler of the Week in week 3 of the 2012 season, and took home the award again in the final playoff week of 2012 when he also led his team to the Wiffle Series title and won Wiffle Series MVP. In 2011, he won Wiffler of the Week in week 9 and again in the first round of the Wiffle Playoffs.

In total this is the seventh time Guthrie has been named PBR Wiffler of the Week.

The Ellsworth Wiffleball League Returns for a Sixth Season

6 May
Bob, of Questionable Outfit and EWL Wiffler of the Year in 2013, 2014, and 2015, throws out the ceremonial first pitch of the 2016 season to EWL commissioner, Joey, of Cookies & Cream.

Bob, of Questionable Outfit and EWL Wiffler of the Year in 2013, 2014, and 2015, throws out the ceremonial first pitch of the 2016 season to EWL commissioner, Joey, of Cookies & Cream.

The sixth season of wiffleball at the wiffle diamond in Shadyside kicked off on Tuesday night, as Questionable Outfit, Cookies & Cream, The Ham Slams, and Eastbound & Dahn united to exchange blows with the ultimate dream of a Wiffle Series title in mind.

The festivities started with three-time defending MVP Bob of Questionable Outfit throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to EWL commissioner Joey, of Cookies & Cream. The sun shined down on the wiffle diamond, and the wiffle action began as the wiffle gods had intended.

In the first game, Cookies & Cream narrowly defeated the Ham Slams, who featured three rookies. Guthrie, an EWL legend, started the season on fire, carrying his squad to a win with a perfect performance at the plate and a strong performance on the mound.

Next, Questionable Outfit, coming off back-to-back EWL Championships, dominated Eastbound & Dahn 22-0. Despite missing a regular player for week 1 and one of the franchise’s best players, Reilly, for the entire season, Questionable picked up where they left off in 2015, crushing the ball. Nate, Questionable’s newest addition, had the single best EWL debut in history, homering three times and reaching base in his first five at-bats, in addition to pitching a shutout.

For the third game, the upstart Ham Slams trounced Eastbound & Dahn 15-2 as 2015 EWL Rookie of the Year Tim hit for the cycle. Eastbound struggled to hit or field, and the Ham Slams took full advantage of the opportunities.

In the final game, Cookies & Cream exacted some revenge on Questionable Outfit, beating the team they lost to in the 2014 and 2015 Wiffle Series by a score of 10-3, despite missing their best player, Blose, for week 1.

The wiffle action continues next week and will take place at the wiffle diamond every Tuesday night at 6:30PM through August.

Cookies & Cream Pull Away Early, Top Questionable Outfit 10-3

6 May
Jordan went 3-for-6 with 2 singles, a double, and 3 runs scored

Jordan went 3-for-6 with 2 singles, a double, and 3 runs scored

Guthrie and Joey combined to drive in eight of the ten Cookies & Cream runs, as Cookies took a big lead early and never looked back in a 10-3 win over Questionable Outfit.

Mike made his first start of the year for Questionable Outfit, and he avoided trouble in the top of the first. Guthrie continued his hot streak from game one, hitting a double to lead off the game. Cookies couldn’t capitalize early, however, as Joey and Dinger were retired in order to strand the runner, and Mike had pitched a scoreless inning.

Dinger took the mound in his first start of the season for Cookies & Cream. He gave up a leadoff single to Bob, but retired Mike and Nate to end the inning, and the game was scoreless after one.

Cookies got out their bats in the top of the second. Jordan doubled to lead off, and he moved to third on a Guthrie double. With out out, Dinger singled off the left-center field wall, scoring but Jordan and Guthrie to put Cookies ahead 2-0. Jordan then singled to put runners on first and second, and Guthrie hit a three-run cannon to left field, giving Cookies a 5-0 lead. Mike would then retire Joey to end the inning.

Dinger cruised through the bottom of the second, sending Bob and Mike down in order.

Cookies would add to their lead in the top of the third. With one out, Jordan singled, and Guthrie followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Joey came to the plate and got his first hit of the 2016 season, a three-run blast to left that made the score 8-0. Mike then got Dinger to fly out to end the inning.

Joey had two home runs and 5 RBI in the 10-3 Cookies & Cream win over Questionable Outfit

Joey had two home runs and 5 RBI in the 10-3 Cookies & Cream win over Questionable Outfit

Questionable would get on the board in the bottom of the third. Bob doubled with one out, and Mike hit a line-drive to left-center, scoring him to make the score 8-1. However, on the play, Mike tried to extend a double into a triple and was caught in between bases for the second out, ending the inning.

Up seven runs, Cookies & Cream piled on in the top of the fourth. With one out, Guthrie singled, and Joey followed with a two-run homer, his second blast of the game, to make the score 10-1. Dinger then singled, but Mike retired Jordan to end the inning.

With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Bob hit a solo homer, pulling Questionable within eight runs at 10-2. Mike followed with a double, but Dinger held the Questionable offense in check, retiring Nate to end the threat.

Bob went 5-for-7 with a single, 2 doubles, 2 homers, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI in a losing effort

Bob went 5-for-7 with a single, 2 doubles, 2 homers, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI in a losing effort

Questionable turned to their bullpen in the top of the fifth, putting Nate on the mound. He retired Guthrie and Joey in order.

Questionable continued to chip away in the bottom of the fifth. For the second consecutive inning, Bob led off with a solo homer, and the score was 10-3. Mike then doubled, and Nate followed with a single. Bob came to the plate with runners on first and second, and he laced a line-drive to right center. Joey made a surprising one-handed catch, and the runners were unable to tag or advance. Dinger then got Mike to fly out to right, and he escaped the jam without allowing additional runs.

Cookies & Cream fielded well in week 1, here Jordan and Joey converge on a groundball in left field

Cookies & Cream fielded well in week 1, here Jordan and Joey converge on a groundball in left field

Nate continued to pitch effectively in the top of the sixth, sending Dinger and Jordan down consecutively.

Down 10-3, Questionable couldn’t rally in the bottom of the sixth. Dinger retired Nate to start the inning, and after Bob hit a one-out double, Mike was retired for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Cookies & Cream the win.

The win moved Cookies & Cream to 2-0 on the season, and the loss dropped Questionable Outfit to 1-1.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dinger pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings.
– Mike took the loss for Questionable Outfit, giving up 10 runs on 12 hits in 4 innings.
– Nate pitched 2 innings of relief for Questionable, and didn’t give up a run or a hit.
– Nate has now pitched 8 consecutive scoreless innings, five shy of Guthrie’s record streak.
– Guthrie led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 5-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, a homer, 4 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Guthrie reached base safely in his first 9 at-bats of the season, only failing to reach base in his 10th and final at-bat of week 1.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit, going 5-for-7 with a single, 2 doubles, 2 homers, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.