Cheap Goats Clinch #1 Seed in Playoffs with 11-0 Shutout of Shady Characters

12 Sep

Christian and the Cheap Goats defense limited Shady Characters to only three hits in their 11-0 win, clinching the #1 seed in the 2020 EWL playoffs

Christian pitched a complete game three-hit shutout, Brett went 4-for-5, and Joey went 5-for-5 as Cheap Goats rolled past Shady Characters 11-0 to clinch the #1 seed in the 2020 EWL playoffs. Cheap Goats have finished third in the EWL standings each of the past two seasons, but rode a wave of momentum in the second half to the top of the standings, and will be the high seed when the playoffs start next week.

Christian rolled through the top of the first, retiring Dylan and Sam in order.

Cheap Goats took an early lead in the bottom of the first. Brett led off with a double, and Joey drove him in with an RBI single that made the score 1-0. Shady Character’s starters, Tom K, got Jordan to fly out for the first out of the inning, and Joey was doubled up on the play, ending the inning.

Lucas and Brad were retired in order in the top of the second, and the score remained 1-0.

Cheap Goats extended their lead in the bottom of the second. Christian led off the inning with a solo homer, putting Cheap Goats ahead 2-0. Two batters later, Brett hit a solo shot, and the score was 3-0. Joey doubled, and Jordan drove him in with an RBI double, pushing the Cheap Goats lead to 4-0. Tom K got Christian to ground out to right for the second out, ending the inning with Shady Characters trailing by four.

Christian sent Dylan and Sam down consecutively in the top of the third, and he was perfect through three innings.

He would get more run support from his offense in the bottom of the third. Brett singled with one out, and Joey followed with a two-run homer, giving Cheap Goats a 6-0 lead. Jordan doubled, but Tom K retired Christian to strand him at second, ending the inning.

Shady Characters got their first hit of the game when Brad singled with one out in the top of the fourth. But they couldn’t rally, as Christian retired Dylan to strand Brad at first, ending the inning.

Shady Characters turned to their bullpen, bringing Dylan in to relieve Tom K, and Cheap Goats continued to add to their lead in the bottom of the fourth. Dinger started the inning with a double and moved to third when Brett followed with a double. With no outs and two runners in scoring position, Joey cleared the bases with a three-run homer, and Cheap Goats led 9-0. Jordan doubled, and two batters later, Dinger hit a one-out RBI single to score Jordan, making the score 10-0. Dylan then retired Brett to strand Dinger at first, ending the inning, and Cheap Goats led by ten runs.

Sam singled to lead off the top of the fifth, but Shady Characters couldn’t string together multiple hits. Christian retired Lucas and Brad in order, ending the inning and stranding Sam at first.

Joey led off the bottom of the fifth with a double, and Jordan drove him in with an RBI double. Dylan retired Christian and Dinger to end the inning, and Cheap Goats led 11-0 heading into the sixth.

Dylan doubled to start the top of the sixth, becoming the first Shady Characters player to advance beyond first base in the game. Christian buckled down once again, retiring Sam and Tom K to strand Dylan at second, ending the inning and completing the shutout, as Cheap Goats won 11-0.

The win moved Cheap Goats to 12-7 on the season, and the loss dropped Shady Characters to 7-12.

The win clinched the #1 seed for Cheap Goats and the #4 seed for Shady Characters, meaning the two teams will meet in the first round for the third consecutive postseason.

W: Christian (7-3)
L: Tom K (3-8)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Christian pitched the complete game shutout for Cheap Goats, allowing only three hits. This was only the second shutout of the 2020 EWL season. It was Christian’s third shutout, with the others coming in 2019 and 2014.
– Tom K took the loss for Shady Characters, giving up six runs on nine hits in three innings.
– Dylan pitched two innings of relief for Shady Characters, allowing five runs on seven hits.
– Joey and Brett led Cheap Goats on offense. Joey went 5-for-5 with a single, two doubles, two home runs, four runs scored, and six RBI. Brett went 4-for-5 with a single, two doubles, a home run, four runs scored, and an RBI.
– Jordan also went 4-for-5 for Cheap Goats with four doubles, a run scored, and two RBI.
– Dylan was the only Shady Characters player to advance beyond first base in the game. He went 1-for-4 with a double.

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