Shady Characters Rally Late to Top Porkswords 7-6 and Remain Undefeated

11 May

Erich was once again electric at the plate, going 4-for-5 with four extra-base hits, and he also scored the winning run in Shady Characters victory over the Porkswords

After trailing 6-2 midway through their week two matchup with the Porkswords, Shady Characters scored five unanswered runs over the final three innings, punctuated by Tom W’s game-winning RBI double in the sixth, to win 7-6 and move to 3-0 on the season. 2017 EWL Wiffler of the Year, Erich, scored the game-winning run and continued to dominate, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two home runs, and five RBI to lead Shady Characters. Tom K pitched the complete game win, becoming the first EWL pitcher with multiple wins in 2018.

Following what was likely the worst outing of his EWL career, Miller took the mound for the Porkswords in his second start of the young season, and he fell behind early. Tom W led off the game with a double, and two batters later, Dylan singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Erich cleared the bases with an RBI double, and Shady Characters led 2-0. Miller then retired Tom W to end the inning.

Steve connects on one of his doubles in the Porkswords loss.

The Porkswords bounced right back in the bottom of the first, tying the game. Josh started the inning with a double, and two batters later, Dustin crushed a two-run blast to left, and the score was 2-2.

Miller settled down on the mound in the top of the second, and after Dylan singled with one out, Erich was retired to strand the runner and end the inning. He would get run support in the bottom half of the second.

Miller, captain of the Porkswords, instructs his fielders from the mound

John reached base safely in his third consecutive at-bat to start his EWL career, hitting a triple to start the inning. Two batters later, Steve drove him in with an RBI double that put the Porkswords ahead 3-2. Dustin followed with an RBI single to score Steve, and the score was 4-2. Miller then doubled to score Dustin, and John collected another hit, an RBI single that scored Miller to push the score to 6-2. Tom K finally escaped the inning, retiring Josh for the second out.

Tom W led off the top of the third with a single, but Shady Characters couldn’t rally, as Miller retired the next two batters to strand the runner and end the inning. Tom K matched him in the bottom of the third, and the score remained 6-2.

Shady Characters started their rally in the top of the fourth, as their bats came alive. Erich led off the inning with a double, and Tom W followed with an RBI single. Tom was caught in between first and second on the play, recording the first out, but the deficit was cut to 6-3. Tom K and Dylan each singled, and Erich once again cleared the bases with a three-run blast to right that tied the game at 6-6. Miller then retired Tom W to end the inning, but the four run lead had been blown and the game was tied.

Miller started the bottom of the fourth with a double, but the Porkswords couldn’t plate him, as Tom K retired John and Josh to strand the runner and end the inning.

Tom K moved to 2-0 on the season, pitching the complete game victory for Shady Characters

Shady Characters went down in order in the top of the fifth, as did the Porkswords, and the game was tied at 6-6 entering the final inning.

Erich doubled for the third time in the game to start the top of the sixth, and Shady Characters pulled back ahead when Tom hit an RBI double. The hit scored Erich and pushed the score to 7-6. Miller avoided further damage, retiring Tom K and Dylan to strand Tom W at third, and the Porkswords trailed by a run.

Miller led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, putting the tying run on base. John then singled, but Miller was forced out at second for the first out of the inning. Josh was at the plate as the winning run, with John, the tying run, on first. But Tom K cracked down, getting Josh to ground out to right for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Shady Characters a 7-6 come-from-behind win.

The win moved Shady Characters to 3-0 on the season, and the loss dropped the Porkswords to 1-2.

W: Tom K (2-0)
L: Miller (0-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Erich led Shady Characters on offense, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two home runs, three runs scored, and five RBI.
– Tom W also contributed four hits for Shady Characters, going 4-for-6 with two singles, two doubles, a run scored, and two RBI.
– Miller and John each had three hits for the Porkswords. Miller went 3-for-4 with a single, two doubles, and a run scored. John went 3-for-4 with two singles, a triple, a run scored, and an RBI.
– Tom K earned the complete game win for Shady Characters, giving up six runs on eleven hits in six innings.
– Miller took the loss for the Porkswords, allowing seven runs on twelve hits in six innings.

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