Dustin Outduels Jordan on Mound in Ham Slams 2-1 Game One Victory over Cookies & Cream

6 Aug

Dustin scored the game’s first round and was in prime form on the mound, allowing only one run on three hits to the streaking Cookies & Cream offense, and earned the victory in game 1 of the first round series

The Cookies & Cream offense came into the 2017 EWL playoffs surging, but Dustin cut their legs out from under them, allowing only one run on three hits as the Ham Slams jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series with a 2-1 victory. Jordan had a strong performance on the mound, giving up only two runs to the Ham Slams, but they were enough for the Slams to hold on to steal game one. Josh’s timely double in the top of the sixth was the difference, as he later scored on a strange single from Steve off the centerfield wall, giving Dustin all of the run support that he would need.

Steve singled off Jordan to start the game in the top of the first, but the Slams wouldn’t move him from first. Jordan got Dan to fly out to shallow left, and then fanned Josh to end the inning.

Dustin got off to a strong start in the bottom of the first, retiring Guthrie and Erich in order.

The Slams would get on the board in the top of the second, taking an early lead. Dustin singled to lead off, and two batters later, Dan hit an RBI double to left-center, scoring Dustin from first to put the Slams ahead 1-0. Jordan then retired Josh to end the inning, and the Ham Slams led by one.

Dustin moves into scoring position in the top of the second, and would later score the first run of the game on Dan’s RBI double

Joey tripled to start the bottom of the second, and the tying run was in scoring position, but Dustin buckled down and Cookies couldn’t capitalize. He retired Jordan and Dinger to strand the runner, and the score remained 1-0.

Jordan rolled through the top of the third, retiring the side in order.

Dustin delivers a pitch to Joey, who went 1-for-3 with a triple in the Cookies & Cream loss

Erich doubled with one out in the bottom of the third, but Dustin stranded another runner in scoring position, retiring Joey to end the inning.

Dan doubled to lead off the top of the fourth, but the Slams couldn’t extend their lead. Jordan sent down Josh and Dustin, stranding the runner, and Cookies continued to trail by a run.

Dustin retired Jordan and Dinger in order in the bottom of the fourth, and Jordan matched him in the top of the fifth, sending Steve and Dan down consecutively.

Jordan snatches a fly ball in foul territory for an out

Dustin continued to dominate on the mound in the bottom of the fifth, retiring Guthrie and Erich in order, and the Ham Slams would head into the final inning up 1-0.

Josh led off the top of the sixth with a double, and two batters later, Steve hit a line drive to right-center. The ball hit the bottom of the fence, and Josh raced around to score on the play. After some debate as to whether Steve had reached first safely and whether the run would score, Steve was ruled safe at first but out trying to extend the hit into a double. The inning was over, but the run counted, and the Ham Slams had a two run advantage entering the bottom of the sixth.

Down to their last at-bat, Cookies & Cream showed some life in the bottom of the sixth, but not enough. With one out, Jordan roped a solo homer to deep left-center, breaking up the shutout and putting Cookies & Cream on the board at 2-1. Dinger then came to the plate, and Dustin got him to fly out, ending the inning and the game, as the Ham Slams won game one 2-1.

The Ham Slams would now need two more wins in the series to advance beyond the first round and into the Wiffle Series for the first time in franchise history.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dustin pitched the complete game win for the Ham Slams, allowing only one run on three hits in six innings.
– Jordan took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings.
– Dan led the Ham Slams on offense, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.
– Jordan provided the only offense for Cookies & Cream, going 1-for-3 with a solo home run.

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