Cookies & Cream Comes Alive in Game Three, Top Ham Slams 13-10

13 Aug

Jordan got hit hard on the mound, but earned the win, and made up the difference on offense going 5-for-7 with a single, three doubles, a home run, and four runs scored.

With their backs against the wall and facing a first round sweep at the hands of the Ham Slams, the Cookies & Cream bats resurrected, as each player had at least four hits in a 13-10 win. Erich and Jordan each had four extra-base hits, Joey reached base safely in his first five at-bats, and Dinger set the single-game playoff record for singles, with five. The win pushed the series to a fourth game, and the Ham Slams will try to close out the series while Cookies & Cream attempts to force a fifth game.

After scoring one run in games one and two combined, Cookies & Cream needed a revival on offense, and they got it started immediately in the top of the first inning against the Ham Slams starter, Dustin. Joey led off the game with a single, and Cookies took an early lead when Erich followed with a two-run homer, making the score 2-0. Jordan then doubled, and Dinger followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Joey then singled, scoring Jordan, and Cookies led 3-0. Cookies had runners on first and second when Dustin retired Erich for the first out of the inning. Dinger attempted to score from second on the play and was gunned out for the second out of the inning by Kessler, making his first appearance of the 2017 season, filling in for Dan.

The Ham Slams bounced back in the bottom of the first and cut into the Cookies & Cream lead. Steve started the bottom half of the inning by launching a solo homer to right-center off the Cookies & Cream starter, Jordan, and the score was 3-1. After Jordan retired Josh for the first out of the inning, the next three Ham Slams batters singled. Dustin singled and moved to second on Kessler’s single. Steve then singled, scoring Dustin, and the score was 3-2. The Slams had runners on first and second, but Jordan escaped the inning, retiring Josh to strand both runners.

Steve helped to keep the Ham Slams in the game, going 4-for-7 with a single, three home runs, and six RBI.

Dustin retired Cookies & Cream in order in the top of the second, and the Ham Slams took command of the lead in the bottom of the second.

Dustin led off the inning with a solo homer, tying the game at 3-3. After Kessler doubled, Steve crushed his second homer of the game, a two-run bomb that put the Ham Slams ahead 5-3. Two batters later, Dustin hit a one-out triple, and he scored from third on Dustin’s RBI double that pushed the Ham Slams lead to 6-3. Jordan then retired Steve to end the inning, and the Slams led by three.

Cookies & Cream had lost their early lead, but they followed up with their biggest inning of the playoffs in the top of the third. Joey led off the inning with a double, and two batters later, Jordan hit a one-out RBI double to make the score 6-4. Dinger then singled, scoring Jordan from second, and the score was 6-5. Joey followed with a double, putting runners on second and third, and Erich cleared the bases with an RBI double that put Cookies & Cream back on top 7-6. Jordan then crushed a two-run home run to left-center, and Cookies led 9-6. Dinger followed with a single, and Joey drove him in with a two-run homer to left, and the lead jumped to 11-6. Erich made back-to-back jacks when he followed Joey’s homer with a solo shot, and the Cookies lead was 12-6. Jordan singled, and when Dinger followed with a single, Jordan was caught out trying to advance from second to third, ending the inning. Cookies & Cream had scored nine total runs in the inning, eight of them coming with one out, tying an EWL playoff record set by Downtown Bobby Brown in 2012.

Erich prepares to unload on a pitch while his teammates, Joey and Jordan, watch. Erich went 4-for-7 in the big game three win, with a double, a triple, and two home runs.

Trailing by six, the Ham Slams put a dent in the Cookies & Cream lead in the bottom of the third. Josh led off the inning with a double, and he scored from second when Dustin followed with an RBI double. Dustin’s double gave him the cycle for the game, and it cut the score to 12-7. Jordan retired the next two batters to end the inning, and Cookies & Cream led by five.

Erich tripled with one out in the top of the fourth, but Dustin avoided further damage, retiring Jordan to strand the runner and end the inning.

Down 12-7, the Ham Slams cut deeper into the Cookies & Cream lead in the bottom of the fourth. Dustin doubled with one out, his fifth consecutive at-bat with a hit, and he scored when Kessler followed with an RBI single, making the score 12-8. Steve came to the plate and hit his third round-tripper of the game, a mammoth blast to right-center than narrowed the Cookies & Cream lead to 12-10. Jordan was removed from the game, and Cookies & Cream turned to Dinger from the bullpen. The first batter he faced, Josh, singled, but Dinger would end the inning by retiring Dustin for the second out.

Dustin retired Cookies & Cream in order in the top of the fifth, and the score remained 12-10. Dinger matched him in the bottom of the fifth, retiring Kessler and Steve consecutively.

Cookies & Cream would add one insurance run in the top of the sixth. Jordan doubled with one out, and Dinger drove him in with his record-setting fifth single of the game, making the score 13-10. Dustin retired Joey to end the inning, and the Ham Slams would need three runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend the game.

Dinger made quick work of the Slams in the sixth, retiring Josh and Dustin in order, ending the game, and giving Cookies & Cream a 13-10 win and a chance to play another game.

The Ham Slams continue to lead the best-of-five series 2-1, and will attempt to close out the series in game four and advance to their first Wiffle Series.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Jordan earned the win for Cookies & Cream, allowing ten runs on fourteen hits in 3.5 innings pitched.
– Dinger pitched 2.5 innings of relief for Cookies & Cream, giving up no runs and one hit.
– Dustin took the loss for the Ham Slams, surrendering thirteen runs on nineteen hits in six innings.
– Jordan led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 5-for-7 with a single, three doubles, a home run, four runs scored, and three RBI.
– Erich went 4-for-7 with a double, a triple, two homers, three runs scored, and five RBI.
– Joey reached base safely in his first five at-bats, going 5-for-8 with two singles, two doubles, a home run, four runs scored, and three RBI.
– Dinger set the single-game playoff record for singles, with five, going 5-for-7 with five singles two runs scored, and two RBI.
– Steve led the Ham Slams on offense, going 4-for-7 with a single, three home runs, three runs scored, and six RBI.
– Dustin hit the cycle for the Ham Slams, going 5-for-7 with a single, two doubles, a triple, a home run, four runs scored, and an RBI.

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