Porkswords Hang on to Narrowly Defeat Shady Characters 9-8

5 Jun

The Porkswords celebrate at the plate after Adam’s solo homer in the fifth inning.

After trailing late, the Porkswords pulled ahead in the top of the sixth with a rally led by Josh and Steve, and held on to beat Shady Characters 9-8. Josh, Steve, and Adam homered and contributed three hits each, and Steve’s two-run homer put the Porkswords ahead for good in the sixth inning.

Tom K started for Shady Characters with two innings of eligibility remaining in week 5. He fell behind early, as the Porkswords jumped out to a lead in the top of the first. Josh led off the game with a double, and two batters later, Rair Smokers, making his debut for the Porkswords, drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 1-0. Adam then tripled, scoring Rair, and the Porkswords led 2-0. Tom K retired Josh to end the inning, and his offense would bounce back in the bottom of the first.

Josh took the mound for the Porkswords, and the first batter he faced, Dylan, hit a solo homer to right-center, cutting the score to 2-1. Erich followed with a double, and he scored when Tom K drove him in with an RBI triple that tied the game at 2-2. Josh got Levi Sanders to ground out for the first out of the inning, but Tom K scored on the play, putting Shady Characters ahead 3-2. Dylan followed with a double, but the Shady Characters inning would end there, as Josh retired Erich to strand the runner at second and end the inning.

The Porkswords bounced back in the top of the second to tie the game when Steve led off the inning with a solo homer. Tom K retired the next two batters to end the inning, and the score was tied at 3-3.

Levi singled with one out in the bottom of the second, but Shady Characters couldn’t regain the lead, as Josh retired Dylan to strand the runner, ending the inning with the game tied.

Josh of the Porkswords delivers a pitch to Dylan, who went 4-for-6 with a double and three homers to lead Shady Characters on offense

The Porkswords pulled back ahead in the top of the third. With Tom K at his innings limit for the week, Dylan entered the game, and the first batter he faced, Josh, hit a solo homer to right. Steve followed with a triple, and two batters later, Adam hit an RBI double to drive him in, putting the Porkswords ahead 5-3.

Tom K singled with one out in the bottom of the third, but Josh stranded a Shady Characters runner for the second consecutive inning, retiring Levi to end the inning and the Porkswords maintained a two run lead.

Erich of Shady Characters makes a play in the field.

Dylan retired the Porkswords in order in the top of the fourth, and Shady Characters would take the lead with a big inning in the bottom of the fourth.

Dylan started the inning by providing his own run support, hitting a solo homer to right, which cut the score to 5-4. Erich followed with a solo shot, and Tom K also followed with a homer, his first career round-tripper. Shady Characters had hit three consecutive home runs, and Levi completed the rare feat of a team going 1-through-4 in the lineup with four consecutive homers when he crushed a solo shot to right. Shady Characters had hit four consecutive solo homers to start the inning, and had taken a 7-5 lead without recording an out. Dylan had a chance to tie the EWL record of five consecutive homers, but Josh got him to fly out to right-center for the first out of the inning. Josh then retired Erich for the second out to end the inning, but Shady Characters had gone from trailing by two runs to taking a two-run lead heading into the fifth.

The Porkswords cut into the deficit in the top of the fifth when Adam led off the inning with a solo homer. Dylan retired Josh and Steve to end the inning, and Shady Characters led 7-6.

Josh retired Shady Characters in order in the bottom of the fifth, and the Porkswords trailed by a run heading into their final at-bat.

Rair doubled to start the top of the sixth, and he moved from second to third on Adam’s sacrifice fly. The Porkswords were down to their last out with the tying run on third, when Josh hit a single, scoring Rair to tie the game at 7-7. Steve came to the plate with Josh on first and crushed a solo bomb to right-center, and the Porkswords now led 9-7. Dylan retired Rair to end the inning, but Shady Characters one-run lead had turned into a two-run deficit in the sixth.

Steve’s two run homer in the top of the sixth put the Porkswords ahead 9-7.

Down two, Dylan helped himself out in the bottom of the sixth, leading off the inning with his third homer of the game. The solo shot cut the Porkswords lead to one, and the score was 9-8. The next batter, Erich, went down on strikes, and Shady Characters were down to their final out. Tom K singled, putting the tying run on base, but Josh buckled down and retired Levi for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving the Porkswords a dramatic 9-8 win.

The win, the Porkswords’ third straight, moved their record to 4-5 on the season, and the loss dropped Shady Characters to 4-5.

W: Josh (2-1)
L: Dylan (1-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Josh pitched the complete game win for the Porkswords, allowing eight runs on twelve hits and striking out one in six innings.
– Dylan took the loss for Shady Characters, giving up six runs on seven hits in four innings of relief.
– Tom K started the game for Shady Characters, and earned a no decision. He allowed three runs on four hits in two innings.
– Steve and Josh each went 3-for-6 for the Porkswords. Josh had a single, a double, a home run, three runs scored, and two RBI. Steve had a triple, two homers, three runs scored, and three RBI.
– Adam also went 3-for-4 for the Porkswords with a sacrifice fly, a double, a triple, a home run, a run scored, and three RBI.
– Dylan led Shady Characters on offense, going 4-for-6 with a double, three home runs, three runs scored, and three RBI.

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