Ham Slams Shock Cookies & Cream with Incredible Comeback to Win 8-7 in Extras

5 Jun

Josh and Steve helped lead one of the most incredible comebacks in EWL history as the Ham Slams, down to their last out, rallied from 7-0 to win in extra innings

The Ham Slams completed one of the most remarkable come-from-behind victories in the history of the EWL, as Cookies & Cream choked away a seven-run lead, eventually losing to the Ham Slams 8-7 in extra innings. Cookies & Cream had dominated the game and were one out away from a shutout victory before the Ham Slams scored seven unanswered runs to send the game to extra-innings. The Ham Slams eventually won the game with a walk-off home run by Steve in the bottom of the eighth, the first walkoff in the EWL since 2015.

Steve started on the mound for the Ham Slams, and he got off to a good start, retiring Jordan and Guthrie in order in the top of the first.

Guthrie took the mound for Cookies & Cream, and after allowing a leadoff double to Josh, he retired Dan and Steve to strand the runner and end the inning.

Cookies would take the lead in the top of the second when Erich led off the inning with a solo shot to right, making the score 1-0. Joey followed with a double, but Steve buckled down, retiring Jordan and Guthrie to strand the runner and end the inning after allowing only one run.

Josh doubled again in the bottom of the second, this time with out one, and once again he was stranded at second, as Guthrie retired Dan to end the inning and maintain the 1-0 lead.

Steve cruised through the bottom of the second, retiring Erich before striking out Joey to end the inning. Guthrie matched him in the bottom of the third, sending Steve and Levi down in order.

Cookies & Cream would open up a substantial lead in the top of the fourth. Jordan led off with a triple, and Guthrie drove him in with a two-run homer to left, putting Cookies ahead 3-0. Two batters later, Joey tripled, and he scored on a Jordan RBI double that made the score 4-0. Guthrie then singled, scoring Jordan from second, and the score was 5-0. Erich came to the plate and crushed a two-run bomb, his second homer of the game, and Cookies had pulled ahead 7-0. Steve retired Joey for the second run of the inning, and the six-run inning had put Cookies & Cream ahead by seven.

Guthrie continued to roll in the bottom of the fourth, sending Josh and Dan down in order, and the score remained 7-0.

The Ham Slams removed Steve from the mound and turned to Dan heading into the top of the fifth. He allowed a leadoff single to Jordan, but when Guthrie flew out for the first out of the inning, Jordan was doubled up in between first and second, ending the inning.

Guthrie continued to mow down Ham Slams hitters in the bottom of the fifth, retiring Steve and Levi consecutively to end the inning.

Erich singled to lead off the top of the sixth, but Cookies & Cream couldn’t add any additional runs, as Dan retired Joey and Jordan to strand Erich and end the inning.

Guthrie remained on the mound in the bottom of the sixth to close things out, and retired the first batter he faced, Josh, for the first out of the inning. Then, the wheels fell off. In one of the most epic collapses in EWL history, one out away from victory, Cookies & Cream allowed the Ham Slams to reach base safely in seven straight at-bats. With one out, Dan doubled, and he scored from second on a Steve RBI single that put the Ham Slams on the board, making the score 7-1. Levi, subbing in for the Ham Slams, then hit a two-run homer to right, making the score 7-3. After Josh and Dan each singled, Steve came to the plate and crushed a three-run homer to center, and the Ham Slams had cut the lead to 7-6. After allowing two hits against the first thirteen batters he faced, Guthrie had allowed six straight hits and the Slams were within a run of tying the game. Cookies & Cream turned to the bullpen, bringing Jordan to the mound to relieve Guthrie. The first batter he faced, Levi, strolled to the plate and hit his second homer of the inning, a floating solo-shot to right, and the Ham Slams had tied the game at 7-7. After seven consecutive hits and seven consecutive runs, the Ham Slams were a run away from winning the game. The magic would end there, however, for the moment, as Jordan retired Josh, who flew out to left, ending the inning.

Dan, who earned the in for the Ham Slams in relief, also went 2-for-6 at the plate with a single and a double. Both hits came during the dramatic bottom-of-the-sixth Ham Slams rally.

Cookies & Cream, dazed from the remarkable turn of events in the bottom of the sixth, went down in order in the top of the seventh, as Dan retired Guthrie and Erich to end the inning.

Jordan remained on the mound for Cookies & Cream, and he retired the first batter he faced, Dan. Steve came to the plate, and he would dramatically end one of the most exciting regular season games in EWL history. He hit a towering fly ball to right that barely cleared the fence, and his walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh gave the Ham Slams an unbelievable 8-7 win in extra innings.

The win moved the Ham Slams to 3-4 on the season, and the loss dropped Cookies & Cream to 3-4.

W: Dan
L: Jordan (1-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dan earned the win for the Ham Slams, pitching three innings of scoreless relief, allowing only two hits. Steve took the no decision for the Slams, giving up seven runs on eight hits with one strikeout in four innings.
– Jordan took the loss for Cookies & Cream, allowing two runs on two hits in an inning of relief. Guthrie got a no decision, giving up six runs on eight hits in 5.5 innings.
– Steve led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 3-for-6 with a single, a three-run homer in the sixth inning rally, and the walk-off game-winning homer in the bottom of the seventh. He scored three runs and drove in five.
– Levi went 2-for-5 for the Ham Slams with two homers, two runs scored, and three RBI.
– Erich led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 3-for-6 with a single, two home runs, two runs scored, and three RBI.
– Steve’s walk off home run was the first in the EWL in nearly two years, when Nate O hit a walk-off for Eastbound & Dahn in June of 2015.

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