Tom K Quiets Jack Shack Bats in 5-3 Victory as Shady Characters Get First Win of Season

10 Jul

Tom K was effective on the mound, allowing only three runs in a complete game effort, helping Shady Characters to their first win of the season

Shady Characters picked up their first win of the 2020 season in a 5-3 win over Jack Shack on Tuesday. Tom K was effective on the mound, and with a strong defense behind him, pitched a complete game win, allowing three runs on six hits. Tom K and Mike (making his EWL debut) each contributed two hits and scored a combined three of Shady Characters’ five runs in the win.

As a light rain fell on the Wiffle Diamond, Tom K cruised through the first inning, retiring Adam and Brian in order.

Shady Characters provided run support immediately in the bottom of the first. Dylan led off with a double and moved to third when Tom K followed with a single. With no outs and runners on the corners, Mike doubled in his first career at-bat, scoring Dylan to make the score 1-0. With two runners in scoring position, the Jack Shack starter, Dustin, got Brad to ground out for the first out of the inning, but both runs scored on the play. Dustin then retired Lucas to end the inning, and Shady Characters led 3-0.

Dylan practices good COVID infection precautions after hitting a double in the first inning

Jack Shack bounced back in the top of the second. Turbo doubled with one out, and Adam followed with an RBI triple, cutting the score to 3-1. Brian then doubled, scoring Adam, and Jack Shack narrowed the deficit to 3-2. Tom K then fanned Dustin to end the inning.

Dustin rolled in the bottom of the second, retiring Sam and Dylan consecutively.

Tom K matched him in the top of the third, putting Turbo and Adam down in order.

Mike gets his first career hit, crushing a pitch into the left field tree for a ground-rule double

Tom K doubled to lead off the bottom of the third, but Shady Characters couldn’t capitalize. Dustin retired Mike and Brad, stranding the runner at second and ending the inning.

Jack Shack drew even in the top of the fourth when Brian led off the inning with a solo inside-the-park homer. Dustin followed with a double, but Tom K limited the damage. He retired Turbo and Adam to strand the runner at second, and the score was 3-3.

Turbo shows off his quads after landing at second safely for a double in the second inning

Shady Characters took the lead right back in the bottom of the fourth. Lucas led off with a double, and Sam followed with a single, putting runners on the corners. Dylan flew out in foul territory, but Lucas tagged and scored on the play, and the sac fly gave Shady Characters a 4-3 lead. Dustin then retired Tom K to end the inning, with Jack Shack trailing by a run.

Brian doubled to start the top of the fifth, but once again, Tom K buckled down. Dustin hit a sac fly, which advanced Brian to third, but Tom K retired Turbo for the second out, stranding the runner at third.

Shady Characters added one additional insurance run in the bottom of the fifth. Mike led off the inning with a triple, and he scored when Brad grounded out for the first out of the inning. Dustin retired Lucas to end the inning, and Jack Shack were down two heading into the sixth.

Tom K went 2-for-3 with a single and a double in the Shady Characters win

Tom K remained on the mound to close things out for Shady Characters in the top of the sixth, and he made quick work of Jack Shack. He sent Adam and Brian down in order, ending the game, giving Shady Characters the 5-3 win, their first of the season.

The win moved Shady Characters to 1-2 on the season, and the loss dropped Jack Shack to 1-2.

W: Tom K (1-2)
L: Dustin (0-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Tom K pitched the complete game win for Shady Characters, allowing three runs on six hits and striking out one.
– Dustin took the loss in the complete game effort for Jack Shack, giving up five runs on seven hits in five innings.
– Tom K and Mike each had two hits for Shady Characters. Tom K went 2-for-3 with a single, a double, and a run scored. Mike, making his wiffle debut, went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, a run scored, and an RBI.
– Brad went 0-for-3 for Shady Characters, but drove in three runs.
– Brian led Jack Shack on offense, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, a run scored, and two RBI.

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