Led by Dylan, Shady Characters Hang On to Beat Cheap Goats 6-5

6 May

Dylan had four hits, including two home runs, and pitched the complete game win as Shady Characters moved to 2-0 on the season

Dylan pitched the complete game and added two homers as Shady Characters took a late lead against Cheap Goats and held off a sixth inning rally to win 6-5, moving to 2-0 on the season. Dylan went 4-for-6 with a single, a double, two homers, and he scored four of the Shady Characters’ six runs. Erich’s two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth put Shady Characters ahead for good, and after one week, the Characters stand as the only undefeated team in the EWL.

Cheap Goats got on the board early in the top of the first. Jordan started the game with a single and moved from first to third when Joey followed with a single. Andrew then doubled, scoring Jordan, and Cheap Goats led 1-0. Cheap Goats had two runners in scoring position and no outs, but Dylan avoided further damage, striking out Christian and retiring Dinger to end the inning.

Dinger took the mound for Cheap Goats, and after allowing a one-out single to Tom K, he retired Tom W to strand the runner and end the inning.

Dylan cruised through the top of the second, and he provided his own run support in the bottom half of the inning, tying the game. With one out, he hit a solo homer, making the score 1-1.

Dylan continued to roll in the top of the third, retiring Andrew and Christian in order, and Shady Characters took the lead in the bottom of the third. Tom W led off the inning with a solo homer, and the score was 2-1. Erich and Dylan each followed with singles, but Dinger cracked down, retiring Tom K to strand both runners and end the inning.

Cheap Goats bounced back in the top of the fourth to take the lead. Dinger led off with a single, and two batters later, Joey hit a two-run homer to left. Andrew followed with a single, but Cheap Goats couldn’t extend the lead. Dylan struck out Christian for the second time in the game, and the score was 3-2.

Shady Characters celebrate at the plate after Tom W’s solo homer in the third.

Shady Characters pulled even in the bottom of the fourth. Dylan doubled with one out, and Tom K drove him in with an RBI single that tied the game at 3-3. Tom followed with a double to put runners on second and third, and Cheap Goats utilized the intentional walk, putting Erich on first to load the bases for Dylan. The maneuver paid off, as Dylan flew out to right-center, stranding three runners and ending the inning.

Dinger singled to start the bottom of the fifth, but Cheap Goats couldn’t pull ahead, as Dylan retired Jordan and Joey to end the inning, and the game remained tied at 3-3.

Tom K led off the bottom of the fifth with a single, and two batters later, Erich crushed a two-run bomb to right, putting Shady Characters ahead 5-3. Dylan added an insurance run, hitting his second homer of the game, extending the Shady Characters lead to 6-3. Dinger retired Tom K to end the inning, and Cheap Goats trailed by three heading into the sixth.

Tom K went 3-for-6 with three singles and scored two runs in the Shady Characters win

Cheap Goats got to work in the top of the sixth, starting when Andrew led off the inning with a solo homer that cut the deficit to 6-4. Christian followed with a double, and two batters later, Jordan singled to put the tying runs in scoring position with Joey at the plate. Joey hit the ball to left, and Christian scored on the play. It looked like Shady Characters were in trouble, but Joey and Jordan got tied up on the bases, as Joey overran Jordan, who got caught between second and third. Tom W made the heads up play, tagging Jordan for the second out of the inning. Cheap Goats stranded the tying and go-ahead run, and Shady Characters held on to win 6-5.

The win moved Shady Characters to 2-0 on the season, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats to 1-1.

W: Dylan (1-0)
L: Dinger (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dylan led Shady Characters on offense, going 4-for-6 with a single, a double, two homers, three runs scored, and two RBI.
– Joey led Cheap Goats at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a home run, a run scored, and three RBI.
– Dylan pitched the complete game win for Shady Characters, allowing five runs on eleven hits in six innings, and striking out two.
– Dinger took the loss for Cheap Goats, giving up six runs on eleven hits in five innings.

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