Cheap Goats Rally Late to Top Jack Shack 7-4 in 2019 EWL Season Opener

8 May

Dinger went 2-for-4 at the plate, with a two-run homer, a single, a sacrifice fly and three RBI, in addition to earning a complete game win in Cheap Goats 7-4 victory over Jack Shack.

After trailing 4-3 at the midpoint of the first game of the 2019 EWL season, Cheap Goats rallied with four unanswered runs in the final two innings to pull ahead of Jack Shack and win 7-4. Joey went 4-for-5 with four doubles to lead Cheap Goats, and Dinger pitched the complete game win, finishing the outing with four scoreless innings.

EWL veteran Josh delivers a pitch to EWL commish Joey in the 2019 EWL season opener.

Cheap Goats scored the first run of the EWL season right away, when Jordan led off the top of the first with a double, and Joey drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 1-0. Josh, Jack Shack’s starter, then retired Dinger and EWL rookie, Emily, to end the inning.

Jack Shack bounced back in the bottom of the first, tying the game. Josh started the inning with a double, and two batters later, Brian drove him in with an RBI single in the first at-bat of his wiffle career.

Josh, who went 4-for-5 to lead Jack Shack, awaits a pitch at the plate while his teammates watch.

With the score tied at 1-1, Josh retired Cheap Goats in order in the top of the second.

Jack Shack would pull ahead in the bottom of the second. Adam tripled with one out, and Bryan drove him in with an RBI double that put Jack Shack ahead 2-1. Turbo followed with a two-run blast to left-center, and Jack Shack led 4-1. Josh followed with a double, but Dinger retired Adam to escape the inning.

Bryan reached base safely in his first two career EWL at-bats, going 2-for-5 with a single, a double, a run scored, and an RBI.

Cheap Goats would claw back in the top of the third. Joey led off the inning with a double, and Dinger followed with a two-run homer than made the score 4-3. Two batters later, Dave registered his first career wiffle hit with a one-out double, but Josh stranded him, retiring Jordan to end the inning and preserve the one-run lead.

Dinger was effective in his first start of 2019, allowing four runs on nine hits in the complete game win.

Dinger retired the side in order in the bottom of the third, and the score remained 4-3.

Josh matched Dinger in the top of the fourth, sending Joey and Dinger down consecutively.

Josh leaves the mound to catch a fly ball hit by Jordan.

Josh led off the bottom of the fourth with a double, but Jack Shack couldn’t extend the lead, as Dinger retired Adam to strand Josh at second, ending the inning.

Down 4-3, Cheap Goats would take the lead in the top of the fifth. Dave doubled with one out, and Jordan followed with an RBI double that tied the game at 4-4. Joey then doubled, scoring Jordan and giving Cheap Goats a 5-4 lead. Dinger followed with a single, putting runners on first and third. Emily hit an RBI single, the first hit of her EWL career, scoring Joey to extend the Cheap Goats lead to 6-4. Josh retired Dave to end the inning, and Jack Shack trailed by two runs.

Joey went 4-for-5 to lead Cheap Goats, and all four of his hits were doubles, one shy of the single-game EWL record.

Turbo led off the bottom of the fifth with a double off the fence, but was caught out as he ran past second base. Josh followed with a triple, his fourth extra-base hit of the game, but Dinger got out of the jam when Adam hit a line drive to right-center that Joey snagged for the second out of the inning.

Cheap Goats would add an insurance run in the top of the sixth. Jordan singled to lead off the inning, and Joey doubled to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Dinger hit a high fly in right field territory, which Josh caught for an out, but Jordan tagged to score on the play, extending the Cheap Goats lead to 7-4. Josh then retired Emily to end the inning, and Jack Shack trailed by three heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Jordan went 3-for-5 for Cheap Goats, with a single, two doubles, an RBI, and three runs scored.

Dinger closed things out quietly in the final frame, retiring Bryan and Turbo in order, giving Cheap Goats the 7-4 opening game victory.

The win moved Cheap Goats to 1-0 on the season, and the loss dropped Jack Shack to 0-1.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joey led Cheap Goats on offense, going 4-for-5 with four doubles, two runs scored, and two RBI.
– Josh led Jack Shack at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three doubles, a triple, and a run scored.
– Dinger pitched the complete game win for Cheap Goats, allowing four runs on nine hits.
– Josh took the complete game loss for Jack Shack, giving up seven runs on twelve hits.

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