Adam Leads Jack Shack to 9-7 Win Over Shady Characters in Season Opener

2 Jul

Adam led Jack Shack, starting the season with a leadoff homer and going five-for-five in the season opening win.

Adam went 5-for-5 with four runs scored, leading 2019 EWL champions Jack Shack to a 9-7 win over Shady Characters in the first game of the 2020 season. Brian pitched the complete game win, and Dustin and Turbo each contributed three hits for Jack Shack.

Dylan led off the top of the first with a single for Shady Characters, but Brian retired the next two hitters, Tom K and Lucas, ending the inning.

Brian snags a fly ball for a Jack Shack out.

Jack Shack jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first, when the Co-MVP of the 2019 Wiffle Series, Adam, led off the game with a homer, his second career lead-off home run. Shady Characters’ starter, Tom K, fanned Turbo for the first out of the inning, and after giving up a one-out triple to Dustin, retired Brian to strand the runner, and Jack Shack led 1-0.

Brian struck out Sam for the first out of the second inning, then retired Ryan to end the inning with the score 1-0.

Brian delivers a pitch to EWL rookie Sam.

Jack Shack extended their lead in the bottom of the second. Doc singled in his first career EWL at-bat, and he moved to second when Adam followed with a single. Turbo then hit an inside-the-park homer, taking advantage of Shady Characters’ fielding and throwing errors, putting Jack Shack ahead 4-0. Tom K avoided further damage, retiring Dustin and Brian to end the inning.

Brad makes a common rookie error on a fly ball in left field.

Shady Characters got on the board and cut into the deficit in the top of the third. Brad led off the inning with a single, and two batters later, Tom K hit a one-out single to put two runners on. Lucas then doubled, scoring Brad, and the score was 4-1. Sam followed with a single, clearing the bases and cutting the Jack Shack lead to 4-3. Brian escaped the inning, retiring Ryan for the second out of the inning.

EWL rookie Brad connects on a pitch for Shady Characters. He went 2-for-4 with a single and a home run.

Adam doubled with one out in the bottom of the third, and Turbo drove him in with an RBI single, making the score 5-3. Turbo was caught trying to extend the hit into a double, ending the inning.

Shady Characters drew even in the top of the fourth. Dylan singled with one out, and the next batter, Tom K, hit a two-run shot to right, tying the game at 5-5. Brian then retired Lucas to end the inning.

Tom K and Lucas connect at the plate after Tom K’s two run blast in the fourth.

Jack Shack would take a big lead in the bottom of the fourth. Dustin led off the inning with his second triple of the game, and scored when Brian hit an RBI double, making the score 6-3. Doc then singled, but was caught in between bases when the next batter, Adam, also singled. With one-out and runners on the corners, Turbo doubled, scoring Brian, and the score was 7-3. Dustin then followed with an RBI single, clearing the bases, putting Jack Shack ahead 9-5. Tom K then retired Brian to end the inning, but Jack Shack led by four runs.

Turbo went 3-for-5 with a single, double, and a home run, and drove in five of the nine Jack Shack runs.

Brian retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, including striking out Ryan to end the inning.

Shady Characters put Dylan on the mound in the bottom of the fifth. He struck out Doc for the first out of the inning, and after giving up a one-out double to Adam, he retired Turbo to strand the runner, ending the inning.

Down four, Shady Characters would rally in the top of the sixth. Brad led off the inning with his first career homer, and the solo shot cut the score to 9-6. Dylan then singled, and moved from first to third when Tom K followed with a single. Lucas also singled, scoring Dylan, and the score was 9-7. With no outs and runners on the corners, Sam also singled, the fourth consecutive Shady Characters batter to single. No runners scored on the play, but the bases were loaded with no outs. Brian and Jack Shack were reeling, but he buckled down, retiring Ryan and Brad consecutively, as Shady Characters left the bases loaded, and Jack Shack held on to win 9-7.

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

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Brian pitched the complete game win for Jack Shack, allowing seven runs on twelve hits and striking out two.
– Tom K took the loss for Shady Characters, giving up nine runs on twelve hits and striking out one in five innings.
– Dylan pitched one inning of relief for Shady Characters, allowing no runs and one hit, striking out one.
– Adam led Jack Shack on offense, going 5-for-5 with two singles, two doubles, a home run, four runs scored, and an RBI.
– Dustin and Turbo each had three hits for Jack Shack. Dustin went 3-for-4 with a single, two triples, a run scored, and two RBI. Turbo went 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a homer, and five RBI.
– Tom K led Shady Characters at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two singles, a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI.

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