Shady Characters Avoid Late Disaster in 15-13 Win Over Jack Shack

7 Sep

Tom K hit for the cycle for the first time in his EWL career, going five-for-five with a single, double, triple, two home runs, five runs scored, and six RBI, leading Shady Characters to victory

Shady Characters led 15-4 heading into the top of the sixth, and it looked like they would cruise to victory. Nine runs later, Jack Shack had cut the score to 15-13, before Tom K and Shady Characters got out of the inning and the game with a narrow victory in what appeared to be a blowout in the early innings. All five Shady Characters players had at least three hits, and Tom K went 5-for-5, hitting for the cycle to lead his squad.

Sam started on the mound for Shady Characters, and the first batter he faced, Brian, hit a leadoff homer. It was the second of the week for Brian, and the third of his season and career. Sam retired the next two batters, and Jack Shack led 1-0.

Shady Characters bounced back and took the lead in the bottom of the first. Mike singled with one out, and Sam provided his own run support, launching a two-run homer to give Shady Characters a 2-1 lead. The next batter, Tom K, also homered, and the back-to-back home runs made the score 3-1. Brian, the Jack Shack starter, retired Lucas for the second out, ending the inning.

Dustin scales the wall attempting to catch a fly ball

Doc doubled to lead off the top of the second, but Sam stranded him, retiring Blaine and Brian, ending the inning.

Mike doubled with one out in the bottom of the second, but Brian also avoided damage, retiring Sam to strand the runner at second.

Brian took the loss on the mound, but hit for the cycle for the second time in his career, going 5-for-6 with a single, double, triple, and two home runs

Sam rolled through the top of the third, retiring Dustin and Turbo consecutively.

Shady Characters took a commanding lead in the bottom of the third. Tom K doubled and moved to third when Lucas followed with a double. Dylan cleared the bases with a three-run blast, giving Shady Characters a 6-1 lead. Two batters later, Sam singled, and he scored when Tom K followed with an RBI triple that made the score 7-1. Lucas then doubled, scoring Tom K, and the score was 8-1. Dylan followed with an RBI double, scoring Lucas, and Shady Characters had taken a 9-1 lead. Brian finally got out of the inning, retiring Mike for the second out.

Mike went 4-for-6 with two doubles and two singles

Blaine continued where he left off in Jack Shack’s previous game, hitting a solo homer with one out in the top of the fourth. Brian followed with a triple, but Sam stranded him, retiring Dustin to end the inning with the score 9-2.

Shady Characters piled on in the bottom of the fourth. Sam tripled, and Tom K drove him in with an RBI single. The single made the score 10-2 and gave Tom K the first cycle of his EWL career. Lucas followed with a two-run blast, his first homer of the year, and Shady Characters led 12-2. Dylan singled, and Mike followed with a single, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Two batters later, Tom K cleared the bases with a one-out three-run homer to right. Brian finally retired Lucas to end the inning, but Shady Characters now led 15-2.

Sam earned the win on the mound and went 3-for-5 with a single, triple, homer, three runs scored, and two RBI.

Jack Shack showed small signs of life in the top of the fifth when Shady Characters turned to their bullpen, bringing Lucas to the mound. Turbo led off the inning with a solo homer, and two batters later, with one out, Blaine hit a solo homer. Brian singled, but Lucas ended the inning by striking out Dustin. The two homers had cut the Shady Characters lead to 15-4.

Mike catches a fly ball in deep center field.

Mike doubled with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but Shady Characters couldn’t add an insurance run, as Brian retired Sam to strand Mike at second, ending the inning.

Blaine continued his career best week and followed up his dominant performance in the first game of week 9 with three more home runs and five RBI

Shady Characters led by eleven runs heading into the top of the sixth. Lucas remained on the mound to close things out, and he made it very interesting. Turbo singled to lead off the inning, and he moved from first to third when Doc followed with a single. Blaine emptied the bases with a towering three-run shot to center, his third homer of the game and seventh of the week, and the score was 15-7. Brian doubled, and two batters later, Turbo hit an RBI single to score Brian, cutting the score to 15-8. Doc then tripled, scoring Turbo, and the score was 15-9. Blaine was intentionally walked, the first intentional walk for any team or player in the 2020 season. With one out and runners on first and third, Brian continued the Jack Shack rally, hitting a three-run homer that had narrowed the score to 15-12. Shady Characters then turned to the bullpen, bringing in Tom K to stop the bleeding. The first batter he faced, Dustin, crushed a solo homer, and the score was 15-13. Trailing by eleven heading into the inning, Jack Shack had scored nine runs to reduce the Shady Characters lead to two runs. But the magic would end there, as Tom K finally got Shady Characters out of the inning, retiring Turbo to end the game, as Shady Characters held on to win 15-13.

Brian delivers a pitch to Dylan, who went 3-for-5 with a double, homer, and four RBI

The win moved Shady Characters to 7-11 on the season, and the loss dropped Jack Shack to 9-9.

W: Sam (3-3)
L: Brian (6-3)
S: Tom K (1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Sam earned the win for Shady Characters, allowing two runs on four hits in four innings.
– Lucas pitched 1.5 innings of relief for Shady Characters, giving up ten runs on ten hits and striking out one.
– Tom K picked up the save for Shady Characters, his first of the season. He recorded one out, and allowed one run on one hit.
– Brian pitched the complete game loss for Jack Shack, giving up fifteen runs on eighteen hits in five innings.
– Tom K led Shady Characters on offense, going a perfect five-for-five with a single, a double, a triple, two home runs, five runs scored, and six RBI. It was the first time Tom K had hit for the cycle in his wiffle career.
– Mike contributed four hits for Shady Characters, going 4-for-6 with two singles, two doubles, and two runs scored.
– Dylan, Lucas, and Sam each had three hits for Shady Characters. Dylan had a single, a double, a homer, and four RBI. Lucas had two doubles, a homer, and three RBI. Sam had a single, a triple, an homer, and two RBI.
– Brian and Blaine led Jack Shack in the loss. Brian went 5-for-6 with a single, a double, a triple, two home runs, three runs scored, and four RBI, hitting for the cycle for the second time in his EWL career. Blaine went 3-for-4 with three home runs, five RBI, four runs scored, and was the first player intentional walked in 2020.

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