Ham Slams Pull Away Late to Beat Cookies & Cream 7-3

9 May

Steve hit for the cycle for the second time in his EWL career, going 4-for-5 with a single, a double, a triple, a homer, and two RBI

Despite trailing late in the game, the Ham Slams rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fifth to pull ahead of Cookies & Cream and win 7-3. Steve hit for the cycle for the second time in his career to lead the Ham Slams at the plate, and Dustin pitched a complete game win.

Dustin took the mound for the Ham Slams, and after giving up a one-out double to Blose in the top of the first, he retired Joey to strand the runner and end the inning.

Erik and Josh celebrate at the plate after his first inning solo homer

The Slams would get on the board in the bottom of the first. With one out, Erik accomplished a remarkable task, when he hit a solo homer to right and simultaneously threw his bat over the right field wall. It was likely the first time the feat had been accomplished in league history, and it put the Ham Slams ahead 1-0. Guthrie, the Cookies & Cream starting pitcher, then got Dustin to fly out to center to end the inning.

Dustin rolled through the top of the second, striking out Dinger for the first out, and then retiring Jordan for the second. Guthrie matched him in the bottom half of the inning, retiring the side in order.

Cookies would even things up in the top of the third. With one out, Blose hit a towering fly ball off the fence, and after a series of fielding errors, rounded the bases for an inside-the-park homer. Joey followed with a double, but Cookies couldn’t take the lead, as Dustin fanned Dinger for the second out of the inning.

It looked as if the Ham Slams would take the lead back in the bottom of the third. Erik, Dustin, and Steve each singled to start the inning, and the bases were loaded with no outs. Guthrie got Josh to line out to center, and the next batter, Erik, grounded out to right. Guthrie had miraculously escaped the bases loaded jam, and the game remained tied at 1-1.

Cookies would take the lead in the top of the fourth. Guthrie singled with out one out, and Blose hit his second consecutive inside-the-park homer in as many at-bats, putting Cookies & Crea ahead 3-1. Dustin then got Joey to fly out to left, ending the inning.

The Ham Slams chipped back in the bottom of the fourth when Steve hit a one-out triple and scored on an RBI single by Josh. Guthrie retired Erik to end the inning, and the Slams trailed 3-2.

Dustin retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, striking out Dinger for the third time in the game and getting Jordan to fly out to the mound.

Down 3-2, the Slams got out their bats in a big way in the bottom of the fifth. Dustin singled to lead off, and Steve followed with a two-run homer, putting the Ham Slams ahead 4-3. Two batters later, Erik singled with one out, and he moved from first to third on a Dustin singled. Steve then doubled, scoring Erik, and the score was 5-3. Josh followed with an RBI double, clearing the bases and giving the Ham Slams a 7-3 lead. Erik followed with a single to put runners on the corners, and just when it looked like the game would get out of hand, Guthrie finally retired Dustin to end the inning.

Dustin pitched a complete game win for the Ham Slams, scattering three runs on five hits and tying the single-game record for strikeouts, with three

After leading 3-2 in the fifth, Cookies found themselves trailing 7-3 heading into their final at-bat in the sixth. Dustin remained on the mound for the Ham Slams, and he closed out the game in quick fashion. He retired Guthrie and Blose in order, giving the Ham Slams the 7-3 come-from-behind win.

The win moved the Ham Slams to 1-1 on the year, while Cookies & Cream dropped to 0-2.

W: Dustin (1-0)
L: Guthrie (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dustin pitched the complete game win for the Ham Slams, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings.
– Dustin tied the single-game regular season record for strikeouts, with three. Christian also tied this record earlier in week 1.
– Guthrie took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up seven runs on thirteen hits in five innings.
– Steve led the Ham Slams at the plate, hitting for the cycle while going 4-for-5 with a single, a double, a triple, a home run, three runs scored, and three RBI.
– Erik went 4-for-6 for the Ham Slams with three singles, a home run, three runs scored, and an RBI.
– Blose led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs, two runs scored, and three RBI.

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