Kessler Hits for Cycle, Tim Breaks Record as Ham Slams Pound Eastbound & Dahn 15-0

5 Jun
Tim doubled in his first three at-bats, and added two more later in the game, setting the single-game record for doubles

Tim doubled in his first three at-bats, and added two more later in the game, setting the single-game record for doubles

Kessler snapped out of an early season slump, going 6-for-8 and hitting for the cycle, and Tim set the single-game record for doubles, with five, as the Ham Slams rolled through Eastbound & Dahn 15-0.

Josh took the mound for the Ham Slams, and he avoided trouble early. Nate doubled with one out in the top of the first, but Josh stranded him, retiring Dustin, making his first appearance of the season, to end the inning.

The Slams would provide immediate run support for Josh in the bottom of the first. Josh singled to lead off the inning, but was caught trying to extend the hit into a double, making the first out of the inning. The Ham Slams would rally with one out to take an early lead. Tim hit the first of his five doubles, and he scored on a Dan triple that made the score 1-0. Kessler then followed with a triple, scoring Dan, and the score was 2-0. Josh doubled on a lazy fly ball, and although Kessler didn’t score on the play, Tim followed with his second double of the inning, scoring one and pushing the lead to 3-0. It looked as if things would get worse for Helal, Eastbound’s starting pitcher, but he retired Dan for the second out of the inning, stranding runners on second and third.

Josh cruised through the top of the second, retiring the side in order.

Kessler led off the bottom of the second with a double, and two batters later, Tim hit his third consecutive double, scoring Kessler and making the score 4-0. Helal buckled down, retiring Dan to end the inning.

Kessler had five extra-base hits, including 2 doubles, a triple, and 2 homers, and added a single to hit for the cycle

Kessler had five extra-base hits, including 2 doubles, a triple, and 2 homers, and added a single to hit for the cycle

Helal went down on strikes for the first out in the top of the third, and after Nate doubled, Dustin was retired, stranding the runner and maintaining the shutout.

Kessler continued to swing a hot bat in the bottom of the third, starting the inning with a solo shot that made the score 5-0. Josh then doubled, and two batters later, Dan hit a one-out double to score him, pushing the score to 6-0. Kessler followed with a double, but Helal avoided further damage, retiring Josh to end the inning.

Josh retired Christian to start the top of the fourth, and BK followed with a out-out double. The next batter, Helal, singled, but BK was caught in between first and second, ending the inning and the scoring threat.

Trailing 6-0, Eastbound removed Helal from the mound in the bottom of the fourth, switching to BK. The first batter he faced, Tim, tripled, and he scored on a Dan groundout, making the score 7-0. BK then retired Kessler, ending the inning.

Nate led off the top of the fifth with a single, his third hit in as many at-bats, but Josh continued to strand Eastbound runners. He fanned Dustin for the first out of the inning, and retired Christian for the second out.

Josh was in control on the mound, scattering six hits and striking out two in a complete game shutout for the Ham Slams

Josh was in control on the mound, scattering six hits and striking out two in a complete game shutout for the Ham Slams

Up 7-0, the Ham Slams would deliver the finishing blow in the bottom of the fifth, adding eight runs to their lead. Josh led off with a single and moved from first to third on Tim’s fourth double of the game. Dan then singled, scoring Josh to make the score 8-0. Kessler then hit a three-run blast, his second homer of the game, and the Slams led 11-0. Josh singled, and two batters later, Dan hit a one-out single, scoring Josh from first and extending the lead to 12-0. Only a single away from the cycle, Kessler singled in his next at-bat, hitting for the cycle for the first time in his career. Dan scored on the play, and the lead was 13-0. Josh then singled, and Tim cleared the bases with his record-setting fifth double of the game. Dan then hit an RBI double, his third hit of the inning, and the Ham Slams led 15-0. BK finally retired Kessler to end the inning, but the Slams had built an insurmountable lead.

Josh remained in the game to close things out in the top of the sixth. BK singled to start the inning, but the next batter, Helal, flew out to the mound, and BK was doubled up at first, ending the inning and the game.

The win moved the Ham Slams to 3-4 on the season, and the loss dropped Eastbound to 0-7.

W: Josh (2-1)
L: Helal (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Josh pitched the complete game shutout for the Ham Slams, scattering 6 hits in 6 innings pitched and striking out 2.
– Helal took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing 6 runs on 12 hits in 3 innings.
– BK pitched 2 innings of relief for Eastbound, giving up 9 runs on 11 hits.
– Kessler hit for the cycle for the Ham Slams, going 6-for-8 with a single, 2 doubles, a triple, 2 homers, 4 runs scored, and 5 RBI.
– Tim set the single-game record for doubles, with five. In total, he went 6-for-8 with 5 doubles, a triple, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI.

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