Nate and BK Lead Eastbound & Dahn to 6-2 Win Over Ham Slams

21 May

BK allowed only two runs on seven hits in the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn

Nate O’s three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth put the game out of reach for the Ham Slams, and Eastbound & Dahn’s 6-2 win gave them a winning record in the standings for the first time in nearly a year and a half. BK allowed only two runs in a complete game win, and Nate went 2-for-4, driving in four runs in his first appearance on the Wiffle Diamond in 2017.

BK gave up a leadoff single to Josh to start the top of the first, and he stranded him, retiring Dustin and striking out Steve to end the inning.

Josh took the mound for the Ham Slams, and he matched BK in the bottom of the first. After allowing a leadoff single to Nate C, he got BK to groundout to left, and Nate was doubled up on the play, ending the inning.

The Ham Slams took the lead in the top of the second. Josh singled with one out, and Dustin hit an RBI triple, scoring Josh from first to make the score 1-0. The Slams couldn’t plate Dustin from third, however, as BK got Steve to fly out to right to end the inning.

Eastbound bounced right back in the bottom of the second. Helal tripled to start the inning, and Nate O, in his first at-bat of 2017, grounded out to center, allowing Helal to score on the play to tie the game at 1-1. Nate C put Eastbound ahead when he followed with a solo homer to center, the first of his career. Josh retired BK to end the inning, and Eastbound led 2-1.

BK cruised through the top of the third, retiring Dan and striking out Josh to maintain the one-run lead.

Nate O got his first hit of 2017 when he doubled with one out in the bottom of the third, but Josh stranded him, retiring Nate C to end the inning.

The Slams would even things up in the top of the fourth. Steve hit a one-out double, and Dan got his first hit of 2017, an RBI single to score Steve and tie the game at 2-2. The Slams couldn’t pull ahead, as BK retired Josh to strand Dan at first and end the inning.

Eastbound’s two Nates converge on a fly ball in deep right center field. The Nates combined for five hits and drove in five of the six Eastbound & Dahn runs.

Josh rolled through the bottom of the fourth, retiring BK and Helal in order, and the score remained 2-2.

BK matched Josh in the top of the fifth, sending Dustin and Steve down consecutively.

Eastbound would break the game open in the bottom of the fifth, pulling away from the Slams with a series of hits. Josh retired Nate O for the first out of the inning, but Nate C followed with a one-out single. BK then singled to put runners on first and third, and when Helal became the third consecutive Eastbound hitter to single, Nate scored from second, making the score 3-2. With one out and runners on first and second, Nate O put the game away, hitting a three-run blast to clear the bases and put Eastbound ahead 6-2. Josh retired Nate C to end the inning, but the Slams, who came into the inning tied with Eastbound, now trailed by four heading into the sixth.

BK stayed on the mound to close things out, and it looked as if he would be in trouble. Dan and Josh each singled to start the top of the sixth, and the Ham Slams had two runners on with no outs. But BK buckled down, getting Dustin to fly out to shallow right for the first out of the inning, and the runners did not advance. Steve then flew out for the second out of the inning, stranding both runners to end the game, giving Eastbound & Dahn the 6-2 win.

The win moved Eastbound to 2-1 on the season, and the Ham Slams dropped to 1-2 with the loss.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– BK pitched the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out two in six innings.
– Josh took the loss for the Ham Slams, givinv up six runs on eight hits in five innings.
– Nate O led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, a run scored, and four RBI.
– Nate C went 3-for-5 for Eastbound, with two singles, a home run, two runs scored, and an RBI.
– Josh led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three singles and a run scored.

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