Christian’s Walk-Off Homer in Extra Innings Caps Cheap Goats’ Incredible 11-10 Win Over Shady Characters

12 May

Down to their final out with the tying run on base, Christian hit a two-run walk-off home run to give Cheap Goats a highly improbable 11-10 win that will go down in the annals of EWL history.

Trailing by a run and down to their final out, Cheap Goats came from behind in remarkable fashion, as Christian’s two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 8th inning ended the best game of the 2018 EWL season thus far. As darkness began to fall on the Wiffle Diamond, both teams kept battling, and Cheap Goats ultimately prevailed 11-10 in extra innings, handing Shady Characters their first loss the year.

With Dinger out for week 2, Andrew made his first career start for Cheap Goats, and he fell behind early. Tom W led off the game with a single, and he scored from first on a Tom K RBI single that put Shady Characters ahead 1-0. Andrew retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Andrew, who pitched six innings for Cheap Goats, delivers a pitch to Tom K of Shady Characters

Tom K made his second consecutive start for Shady Characters, and he cruised through the bottom of the first, retiring Jordan and Joey in order.

Shady Characters would add to their lead in the top of the second. Tom W once again singled to start the inning, and he moved from first to third on another Tom K single. With runners on the corners, Dylan grounded out, but Tom W scored on the play, and Shady Characters led 2-0.

Tom K continued to roll in the bottom of the second, again retiring the side in order to maintain a two-run lead.

Andrew send Tom W and Tom K down consecutively in the top of the third, and Cheap Goats would pull ahead in the bottom of the third.

With Tom K at his innings limit for week 2, Shady Characters turned to Dylan from the bullpen, and he retired the first batter he faced, Jordan. With one out, Joey hit a solo homer to deep left, cutting the score to 2-1. Andrew followed with a solo shot, and the back-to-back home runs tied the game at 2-2. Christian then doubled, and Jordan drove him in with a two-run homer to left, putting Cheap Goats ahead 4-2. Dylan had given up four runs and three home runs, and Shady Characters removed him from the mound, and Tom W made his first career pitching appearance in relief. He allowed a single to Joey, but then retired Andrew for the second out, ending the inning with the score 4-2.

Dylan, who got hit hard in 0.5 innings of relief, delivers a pitch to Joey

Cheap Goats had taken the lead, but it wouldn’t last long, as Shady Characters bounced back immediately. Cheap Goats inserted Christian into the game, and he was hit hard. The first batter he faced, Dylan, launched a solo homer to center, narrowing the deficit to 4-3. Erich followed with a double, and he scored from second on Tom W’s RBI double, tying the game at 4-4. Two batters later, Dylan crushed his second homer of the inning, a two-run blast that put Shady Characters ahead 6-4. Erich followed with a solo homer, and the back-to-back jacks extended the Shady Characters lead to 7-4. Tom W then doubled, and it looked as if Shady Characters would blow the game wide open. Christian buckled down, however, retiring Tom K for the second out of the inning. Shady Characters had scored five runs to take a three-run lead.

Erich went 4-for-7 with a single, two doubles, a home run, and four runs scored, continuing his hot start to the 2018 season.

Tom W retired the Cheap Goats in order in the bottom of the fourth, and the score remained 7-4.

Erich singled with one out in the top of the fifth, and Tom W drove him in with an RBI double, making the score 8-4. Tom K followed with a single, but Tom W was caught out trying to score on the play, ending the inning.

Joey connects on one of his four hits in the contest

Joey led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer, his second of the game, cutting the Shady Characters lead to 8-5. Cheap Goats couldn’t rally, however, as Tom W retired Andrew and Christian to end the inning.

Cheap Goats celebrate at the plate after one of Joey’s two home runs in the game

Cheap Goats returned Andrew to the mound in the top of the sixth. Erich doubled with one out, and for the second consecutive inning, Tom W drove him in, this time with another RBI double. Andrew retired Tom K to end the inning, and Cheap Goats trailed 9-5 heading into their final at-bat.

With their backs against the wall and facing a three game losing streak, Cheap Goats rallied. Jordan started the rally with a solo homer, his second blast of the game, which cut the score to 9-6. Joey then singled, and Andrew followed with another single, putting the tying run at the plate. Christian flew out to right, and Tom W was one out away from securing the win. Jordan came to the plate and saved the day for Cheap Goats. He crushed a three-run homer to left, his second of the inning and third of the game, tying the game at 9-9. Tom W then had to face Joey, who had reached base safely in his past four at-bats. Joey couldn’t come through, however, and flew out to center to end the inning. Cheap Goats had scored four runs, three with one out, to tie the game and force extra innings.

Jordan hit three homers, including an epic three-run blast that tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, forcing extra innings.

Andrew remained on the mound for Cheap Goats, and he retired Shady Characters in order in the top of the 7th.

Christian singled with one out in the bottom of the seventh, putting the winning run on base, but Cheap Goats couldn’t capitalize. Jordan, who had carried Cheap Goats back into the game, couldn’t come through this time, as Tom W got him to fly out to center, ending the inning.

Andrew went 3-for-7 with two singles and a home run. He also scored three runs and drove one in.

Shady Characters would pull ahead again in the top of the 8th. Tom W, who had doubled in his last four at-bats, started the inning with a solo homer to left-center, and Shady Characters took the lead, 10-9. Andrew retired the next two batters, Tom K and Dylan, ending the inning, and Cheap Goats once again had their backs against the wall.

Joey started the inning, and he hit a high fly ball to right-center that was caught for the first out of the inning. Down to their last out, Cheap Goats stayed alive when Andrew singled, putting the tying run on base. Christian came to the plate with hopes to extend the game. Instead, he ended it, when he launched a towering blast to right field, which cleared the fence. The two-run walk-off homer ended the extra innings instant classic between Cheap Goats and Shady Characters, giving Cheap Goats an 11-10 victory.

Christian awaits a pitch in extra innings. He had hits in both the seventh and eighth innings, including the game-winning walk-off homer.

The win moved Cheap Goats to 2-2 on the season, and Shady Characters dropped to 3-1.

W: Andrew (1-0)
L: Tom W (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joey and Jordan led Cheap Goats on offense. Joey went 4-for-7 with two singles, two home runs, three runs scored, and two RBI. Jordan went 3-for-7 with three homers, three runs scored, and six RBI.
– Tom W led Shady Characters at the plate, going 7-for-8 with two singles, four doubles, a home run, four runs scored, and five RBI.
– Andrew earned the win for Cheap Goats, allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings.
– Christian pitched two innings of relief for Cheap Goats, giving up six runs on nine hits.
– Tom W took the loss for Shady Characters. He allowed seven runs on nine hits in five innings of relief.
– Tom K started the game for Shady Characters and earned a no decision, allowing no runs or hits in two innings.
– Dylan also pitched 0.5 innings of relief for Shady Characters, giving up four runs on four hits.

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