Ivan’s Return to the Wiffle Diamond Powers Eastbound & Dahn to First Win of Season

24 Jun
Ivan's dramatic guest appearance on the wiffle diamond carried Eastbound to their first win of 2016

Ivan’s dramatic guest appearance on the wiffle diamond carried Eastbound to their first win of 2016

After completing the worst first half of an EWL season in league history, Eastbound & Dahn picked up their first win of 2016 as their former star Ivan made a guest appearance on the wiffle diamond. He went 4-for-5 and scored three runs, as Eastbound topped the Ham Slams 7-3 and finally earned a tally in the win column.

BK started on the mound for Eastbound & Dahn, and the Ham Slams would get on the board in the top of the first. Josh singled with one out, and he moved to second when Dave, making his first EWL appearance, followed with a single. Tim then singled, scoring Josh to make the score 1-0. The Ham Slams had two runners on, but BK retired Dan to strand them both and end the inning.

Ivan, who was a cornerstone of the Eastbound lineup for years, took the leadoff position in the Eastbound lineup while he was in town from Chicago. He singled in his first at-bat of the season, and moved to second when Nate followed with a sacrifice fly. Christian then hit an RBI triple, and Eastbound had manufactured a run in a way that they had previously been unable to in 2016. The Ham Slams starter, Dan, retired BK to end the inning, and the game was tied at 1-1.

Dave would single with one out in the top of the second, but BK retired Tim to strand the runner, and the game remained tied.

Eastbound would jump out to a lead in the bottom of the second. Nate doubled with one out, and he moved to third on a Christian single. With one down and runners on the corners, BK doubled off the fence, scoring both runners to put Eastbound ahead 3-1. Ivan then followed with an RBI triple, scoring BK, and Eastbound led 4-1. Dan then retired Nate to end the inning, and the Slams trailed by three.

Nate stands on second base after one of his two doubles

Nate stands on second base after one of his two doubles

Josh would single with one out in the top of the third, but BK continued to strand Ham Slams runners, sending Dave down to maintain the three run lead.

Dan got back to form in the bottom of the third, retiring Christian and BK in order. BK matched him in the top of the fourth, sending Tim and Dan down consecutively.

Eastbound extended their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Ivan led off with a single and moved to third on a Nate double. Christian then grounded out for the first out of the inning, but Ivan scored on the play, putting Eastbound ahead 5-1. Dan avoided further damage, retiring BK to strand Nate and end the inning.

The Slams would cut into the deficit in the top of the fifth. Dave doubled with one out, and Tim drove him in with an RBI double to make the score 5-2. On the play, however, Tim was caught trying to extend the double into a triple, and he was retired for the second out of the inning.

BK pitched the complete game win and drove in two runs with an RBI double in the bottom of the second

BK pitched the complete game win and drove in two runs with an RBI double in the bottom of the second

Eastbound would make up for the runs in the bottom of the fifth. Ivan started the inning with a single, and Nate followed with a two-run blast to left-center. Dan retired Christian and BK to avoid a big rally, but Eastbound led 7-2 heading into the final frame.

Josh started the top of the sixth with a single, and he moved to third on a Dave double. Tim then followed with an RBI single, scoring Josh, but Dave was caught out trying to score on the play. BK then retired Dan for the second out of the inning, and Eastbound held on to win 7-3.

The win moved Eastbound to 1-10 on the season, and the loss dropped the Ham Slams to 6-5.

W: BK (1-4)
L: Dan (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– BK pitched the complete game win for Eastbound, allowing 3 runs on 11 hits in 6 innings pitched.
– Dan took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up 7 runs on 10 hits in 5 innings.
– Ivan led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 4-for-5 with 3 singles, a triple, 3 runs scored, and an RBI.
– Nate also went 3-for-5 for Eastbound with 2 doubles, a homer, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– In his first EWL appearance, Dave led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 4-for-5 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, and a run scored.

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