Erich’s Bat and Dinger’s Arm Lift Cookies & Cream in Tight 2-1 Win Over Ham Slams

4 Aug

Dinger was in control all game against the Ham Slams, and stranded runners on multiple occasions to earn the complete game win for Cookies & Cream

Erich’s two solo home runs were the difference in Cookies & Cream’s 2-1 win over the Ham Slams, and Dinger pitched a complete game, allowing only one run on six hits, a third inning home run to Dustin. The win gave Cookies & Cream a 4-3 edge in the seven game season series between the teams, which could play an important factor in playoff seeding.

Dan took the mound for the Ham Slams, and he rolled through the top of the first, retiring the side in order. Dinger allowed a one-out triple to Levi Sanders in the bottom of the first, but he stranded the runner, retiring Dustin to end the inning with the game scoreless.

Joey led off the top of the second with a double, but Cookies couldn’t plate him, as Dan retired Dinger and Jordan to strand the runner and end the inning. Dinger matched him in the bottom half, retiring the Ham Slams in order.

Cookies got on the board in the top of the third when Erich led off the inning with a solo homer to right, making the score 1-0. Joey followed with a double, and it looked as if Cookies would string together some hits. But Dan buckled down, retiring Dinger and Jordan to end the inning while only allowing a single run.

The Ham Slams even things up in the bottom of the third when Dustin hit a one-out solo homer to left-center, tying the game at 1-1. They couldn’t take the lead, as Dinger retired Steve to end the inning.

Dan races toward the first base line to catch a fly ball to retire Jordan

Erich started the top of the fourth with a single, but he wouldn’t advance past first, as Dan sent down Joey and Dinger, and the score remained 1-1. Levi Sanders hit his second triple of the game with one out in the bottom of the fourth, but the Slams couldn’t pull ahead, as Dinger retired Dustin to strand him, maintaining the tie.

Cookies would pull ahead again in the top of the fifth. With one out, Erich launched his second solo shot of the game, a towering bomb to right that put Cookies & Cream ahead 2-1.

The Slams looked like they’d bounce back again in the bottom of the fifth. Steve led off with a double, and he moved to third on a Dan single, putting runners on the corners and no outs. The Ham Slams had the tying run in scoring position and the lead run on base, but they couldn’t capitalize. Dinger got Sanders to fly out to shallow right, and Dustin flew out to deep left, stranding both runners, and the Slams trailed 2-1.

Jordan goes up to grab a fly ball in shallow right field

Dan sent Cookies & Cream down in order in the top of the sixth, and the Ham Slams needed a run to extend the game.

With one out, Dan doubled, putting the tying run in scoring position. But yet again, the Slams stranded a runner, as Dinger retired Sanders for the second out, ending the game and giving Cookies & Cream the 2-1 win.

The win moved Cookies & Cream to 10-8 on the season, and the loss dropped the Ham Slams to 9-9.

W: Dinger (3-2)
L: Dan (2-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dinger pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, allowing only one run on six hits in six innings pitched.
– Dan took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up two runs on five hits in six innings.
– Erich led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 3-for-4 with a single, two home runs, two runs scored, and two RBI.
– Joey had the only other hits for Cookies & Cream, going 2-for-4 with two doubles.
– Levi Sanders led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 2-for-5 with two triples.

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