Tom W’s Bat and Tom K’s Arm Carry Shady Characters to 8-1 Win Over Guacamol-yay

9 May

Tom W. started the 2019 season hot, with extra-base hits in his first three at-bats. He went 3-for-5 with a double and two homers to lead Shady Characters to an 8-1 win in their season opener.

In their first game since falling to Loss Mitigation in the 2018 Wiffle Series, Shady Characters dusted off their bats and arms and handed Guacamol-yay a loss in the new squad’s first game as an EWL franchise. Tom W led Shady Characters on offense, going 3-for-5, with two homers a double, and five RBI, and Tom K was dominant on the mount, allowing only one run on three hits in a complete game win.

EWL rookie, Jude, took the mound for Guacamol-yay, and he fell behind early as Shady Characters jumped out to a lead in the top of the first. Joe, also a rookie, led off with a single in his first career at-bat. Two batters later, Tom W hit a towering two-run blast to left, putting Shady Characters up 2-0.

Tom K, a finalist for EWL Pitch King during his 2018 rookie season, retired Guacamol-yay in order in the bottom of the first.

Shady Characters celebrate at the plate after Tom W’s two-run homer in the top of the second

Shady Characters would add to their lead in the top of the second. Mike singled in his first career EWL at-bat, and two batters later, Dylan drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 3-0. Tom W then hit a towering fly that was misplayed, and after several throwing errors, Tom raced around the bases for an inside-the-park two-run homer that extended the Shady Characters lead to 5-0. Tom K singled for his first hit of the 2019 season, but Jude escaped further damage, retiring Mike to end the inning.

Dylan, who went 2-for-5, connects on an RBI double in the top of the second

Josh singled in his first career at-bat for Guacamol-yay, but his squad couldn’t rally. Tom K retired Jude and Ben in order to strand the runner, ending the second inning.

Shady Characters continued to hit Jude in the top of the third. Joe singled, and two batters later, Tom hit an RBI double, making the score 6-0. Tom K then singled, scoring Tom W from second, and the lead extended to 7-0. Jude retired Mike to end the inning, and it would be the last batter he faced in the game.

Joe, standing on first after a single, went 3-for-5 in his EWL debut for Shady Characters

Tom K continued to roll in the bottom of the third, retiring Adam and fanning Cody to maintain the seven run lead.

Guacamol-yay turned to bullpen by committee in the top of the fourth. Josh made his first career pitching appearance, and after giving up a one-out double to Dylan, he retired Tom W to strand the runner, ending the inning.

Jude got hit hard on the mound and took the loss for Guacamol-yay. He also went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in his first EWL game.

Guacamol-yay threatened and showed signs of life in the bottom of the fourth. Josh singled, and Jude drove him in with an RBI double, putting Guacamol-yay on the board and cutting the score to 7-1. The rally ended there, however, as Tom K retired Ben and Adam to strand Jude, ending the inning.

Cory made his first career pitching appearance in the top of the fifth. He gave up a one-out double to Mike, and Joe drove him in with an RBI double, making the score 8-1. Cory then retired Dylan to end the inning.

Tom K went 2-for-5 at the plate with two singles.

Tom K got back on track in the bottom of the fifth, sending Cory and Josh down in order, and the score remained 8-1.

Guacamol-yay turned to Adam in the top of the sixth, and he was effective, sending Tom W and Tom K down consecutively.

Tom K remained in the game to close things out in the bottom of the sixth, and he did so quickly. Jude and Ben each grounded out, securing the 8-1 win for Shady Characters.

Tom K. was in control on the mound, allowing only three hits and one run in the complete game win.

The win moved Shady Characters to 1-0 on the season, and Guacamol-yay dropped to 0-1.

W: Tom K (1-0)
L: Jude (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Tom W led Shady Characters at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs, three runs scored, and five RBI.
– Joe also had three hits for Shady Characters. In his first career game, he went 3-for-5 with two singles, a double, two runs scored, and an RBI.
– Josh was the only player with multiple hits for Guacamol-yay. He went 2-for-3 with two singles and a run scored.
– Tom K earned the complete game win for Shady Characters. He allowed one run on three hits, and struck out one.
– Jude took the loss for Guacamol-yay, giving up seven runs on nine hits in three innings.
– Josh, Cory, and Adam each pitched one inning of relief for Guacamol-yay. Josh allowed one hit and no runs, Cory gave up one run on two hits, and Adam did not allow a run or hit.

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