Tim and Helal Return, Eastbound & Dahn Beat Ham Slams 6-4 for Second Win of Season

7 Jul
Tim made his 2016 debut after returning from injury and led Eastbound & Dahn to a 6-4 win over the Ham Slams

Tim made his 2016 debut after returning from injury and led Eastbound & Dahn to a 6-4 win over the Ham Slams

One of Eastbound & Dahn’s all-time greatest players, Tim, made his first appearance of the 2016 season after recovering from multiple injuries, and their former team captain, Helal, also made a return to the diamond, playing in his first game since week four. The result; Eastbound picked up their second win of the year, beating the Ham Slams 6-4 as all five Eastbound players had at least one hit.

Kessler made his first appearance on the mound this season and was penciled in as the starting pitcher for the Ham Slams. He retired the side in order in the top of the first, sending Tim and Nate down consecutively.

Helal took the mound for Eastbound & Dahn, and he fell behind early. Dave led off the game with a double, and he scored when Dan hit an RBI triple that put the Slams ahead 1-0. Josh then singled, but Dan didn’t score on the play, putting runners on the corners. The Ham Slams were threatening, but Helal escaped the jam, retiring Kessler and Dave to strand both runners and minimize the damage to a single run.

Kessler continued to roll in the top of the second, sending Dustin and Kyle down, and the score remained 1-0.

Dan tripled for the second consecutive at-bat to lead off the bottom of the second, but once again he was stranded at third, as Helal retired Josh and Kessler to end the inning.

Dan went 3-for-6 with three extra-base hits including 2 triples and a homer, but the Ham Slams fell short against Eastbound & Dahn

Dan went 3-for-6 with three extra-base hits including 2 triples and a homer, but the Ham Slams fell short against Eastbound & Dahn

Eastbound would get on the board in the top of the third. BK singled to lead off, and two batters later, Nate crushed a two-run homer to left, putting Eastbound ahead 2-1. Dustin followed with a single, but Kessler avoided further trouble, retiring Helal to end the inning.

The Slams bounced right back in the bottom of the third, reclaiming the lead. Dave tripled to get things started, and Dan followed with a two-run shot, giving the Ham Slams a 3-2 lead. Two batters later Kessler doubled with one out, but the Slams couldn’t add more runs, as Helal retired Dave for the second out of the inning.

Dave, who has replaced Tim on the Ham Slams roster, makes a play in the field. He went 3-for-6 with a single and 2 doubles.

Dave, who has replaced Tim on the Ham Slams roster, makes a play in the field. He went 3-for-6 with a single and 2 doubles.

The back-and-forth battle continued in the top of the fourth, when Eastbound & Dahn bounced back to take the lead. BK singled to start the inning, and Tim followed with his first hit of the 2016 season, a two-run homer that put Eastbound ahead 4-3. Kessler struck out Nate and retired Dustin to end the inning, and the Ham Slams trailed by one.

Josh singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, and he scored from first when Kessler hit an RBI double that tied the game at 4-4. BK, who had come into the game in relief for Helal, retired Dave for the second out of the inning.

Dustin makes a leaping catch in right field for Eastbound & Dahn

Dustin makes a leaping catch in right field for Eastbound & Dahn

Helal started the top of the fifth with a single, and two batters later, Tim hit an RBI double, scoring Helal to put Eastbound back on top 5-4. Kessler retired Nate for the second out of the inning, and the Slams had fallen behind once again.

Josh hit a one-out double in the bottom of the fifth, but BK maintained the lead, retiring Kessler for the second out of the inning and stranding the tying run at second.

Eastbound would add an insurance run in the top of the sixth when Helal hit a one-out solo homer, putting his squad up 6-4. The Ham Slams would be down by two runs heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Helal returned to the Wiffle Diamond for the first time in six weeks and went 2-for-4 with a single, a homer, and two runs scored

Helal returned to the Wiffle Diamond for the first time in six weeks and went 2-for-4 with a single, a homer, and two runs scored

Dave led off the final frame with a single, and he moved from first to third when Dan grounded out for the first out of the inning. The tying run was at the plate, but BK shut the door, retiring Josh to end the game and give Eastbound & Dahn a 6-4 win.

The win moved Eastbound to 2-17 on the season, and the loss dropped the Ham Slams to 8-12.

W: BK (2-4)
L: Kessler (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– BK earned the win for Eastbound & Dahn, and allowed 1 run on 4 hits in 3 innings pitched.
– Helal started for Eastbound and took a no decision, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits in 3 innings.
– Kessler took the loss for the Ham Slams, allowing 6 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings with one strikeout.
– Tim led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, a run scored, and 3 RBI.
– Helal also went 2-for-4 for Eastbound with a single, a home run, 2 runs scored, and one RBI.
– Dan led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 3-for-6 with 2 triples, a home run, a run scored, and 3 RBI.

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