Cheap Goats Pull Away Late to Top Shady Characters 6-2

13 May

Joey, who led Cheap Goats on offense with four doubles, prepares to connect on a pitch from Dylan

Joey went 4-for-5 with four doubles, Dinger contributed four singles, and on the mound, he combined with Emily to allow only two runs on four hits, as Cheap Goats beat Shady Characters 6-2. Cheap Goats scored four runs in the final two innings to take a lead that Shady Characters couldn’t surpass, and the Goats finished week 1 as the only undefeated team in the EWL.

Dinger delivers a pitch to Tom W, who went 2-for-3 with a double and a homer, to lead Shady Characters

Dylan took the mound for Shady Characters, and he got off to a good start, retiring Jordan and Joey in order in the top of the first. He doubled with one out in the bottom of the first, but Dinger, Cheap Goats’ starter, retired Tom W to strand him at second, and the game was scoreless through an inning.

Dinger led off the top of the second with a single. The next batter, Emily, hit a line drive to Dylan, which he caught, retiring both Emily and Dinger for a double play. Dinger retired Shady Characters in order in the bottom of the second, and he had reached his innings limit for week 1.

Dinger and Jordan watch as Joey approaches a fly ball in center field

Cheap Goats got on the board in the top of the third. Dave led off with a double, and he moved from second to third when Jordan singled. With runners on the corners, Joey doubled, scoring Dave to put Cheap Goats ahead 1-0. Dinger then singled, once again putting runners on the corners with no outs. Emily grounded out to right-center, but Joey scored on the play, and Cheap Goats led 2-0. Dave returned to the plate with Dinger on second, but Dylan escaped further damage, getting him to fly out to left to end the inning.

Emily took the mound in the bottom of the third, making her first career EWL pitching appearance. She retired the side in order, and the score remained 2-0.

Dylan of Shady Characters snags a fly ball near second base

Joey doubled with one out in the top of the fourth, and he moved from second to third when Dinger followed with a single. Emily came to the plate with runners on the corners and one out, but Dylan struck her out, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

Tom W led off the bottom of the fourth with a double, but Shady Characters couldn’t plate a run, as Emily retired Tom K and Mike to strand the runner at second, maintaining the two-run lead.

Dylan delivers a pitch to Emily with Joey and Dinger on base, as the sun sets over the week 1 wiffle diamond .

Cheap Goats added to their lead in the top of the fifth when Jordan hit a powerful one-out solo homer to left, making the score 3-0. Joey followed with a double, but Dylan stranded him, retiring Dinger to end the inning.

Down three runs, Shady Characters finally showed signs of life in the bottom of the fifth. Joe led off with a double, and two batters later, Tom W crushed a two-run blast to right-center, cutting the deficit to 3-2. Emily retired Tom K to end the inning, and Cheap Goats led by a run heading into the final frame.

Cheap Goats provided Emily with some insurance runs in the top of the sixth. Emily singled and moved to second when Dave followed with a single. Two batters later, Joey hit a bases-clearing double, and the two RBIs put Cheap Goats ahead 5-2. Dinger followed with his fourth single of the game, scoring Joey from second to make the score 6-2. Dylan retired Emily to end the inning, and Shady Characters now trailed by four runs.

Emily picked up a save in her first career EWL pitching performance. She kept Shady Characters in check, allowing only two runs on three hits in four innings of relief.

Emily made quick work of Shady Characters in the bottom of the sixth, sending Mike and Joe down in order, giving Cheap Goats a 6-2 win.

The victory moved Cheap Goats record to 2-0 on the year, and the loss dropped Shady Characters to 1-1.

W: Dinger (2-0)
L: Dylan (0-1)
S: Emily (1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joey led Cheap Goats at the plate, going 4-for-5 with four doubles, a run scored, and three RBI.
– Dinger also went 4-for-5 for Cheap Goats, with four singles and an RBI.
– Tom W was the only member of Shady Characters with multiple hits. He went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, a run scored, and two RBI.
– Dinger earned the win for Cheap Goats, pitching two innings and allowing no runs on one hit.
– Emily picked up the first save of the 2019 EWL season, allowing two runs on three hits in four innings of relief.
– Dylan took the loss for Shady Characters, giving up six runs on thirteen hits and striking out one.

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