Dustin Leads Jack Shack to First Round Sweep of Guacamol-yay with 5-2 Win in Game 3

26 Sep

Dustin went a perfect 4-for-4 with two singles, a double, a triple, and three runs, leading Jack Shack back to the Wiffle Series for the second consecutive season

Dustin continued his hot start to the playoffs, going 4-for-4 with two singles, a double, a triple, and three runs scored, leading Jack Shack to a 5-2 win in game 3. Brian pitched the complete game win, scattering two runs on seven hits, his second consecutive strong performance in the 2020 postseason. The Jack Shack franchise has now swept all three series they have appeared in and have a perfect 10-0 franchise record in the EWL playoffs.

Josh K took the mound for Guacamol-yay in the elimination game, and he fell behind early. Brian led off the top of the first with a double, and Dustin drove him in with an RBI triple, making the score 1-0. Two batters later, Doc hit an RBI double to right-center, scoring Dustin to put Jack Shack ahead 2-0. Josh K retired Blaine to strand Doc at second, ending the inning.

Guacamol-yay captain Josh K delivers a pitch to Jack Shack captain Dustin

Jan led off the bottom of the first with a double off Jack Shack’s starter, Brian, but Guacamol-yay couldn’t capitalize. Brian retired Josh K and Jude to strand Jan at second, and the score remained 2-0.

Dustin singled with one out in the top of the second, and he scored from first when Turbo followed with an RBI single, extending the Jack Shack lead to 3-0. Josh K struck out Doc to end the inning.

Dustin prepares for a pitch from Josh K

Brian rolled through the bottom of the second, sending Ryan and Jan down in order.

Josh K matched him in the top of the third, retiring Blaine and Brian, and Guacamol-yay continued to trail by three runs.

Some Guacamol-yay fans root for their squad to extend the series to a fourth game

Guacamol-yay got on the board in the bottom of the third. Josh K doubled to start the inning, and two batters later, Ryan hit a one-out RBI double to score Josh K, cutting the deficit to 3-1. Brian then retired Jan to strand Ryan at second, ending the inning.

Jack Shack made up the different in the top of the fourth. Dustin singled, and he advanced to second when Turbo grounded out to center for the first out of the inning. Doc hit another double off the fence, and Dustin scored on the play, putting Jack Shack in front 4-1. Blaine followed with a single, scoring Doc, and the lead was 5-1. Josh K then retired Brian to end the inning.

Josh went 4-for-5 with three doubles and a triple to lead Guacamol-yay on offense

Josh K doubled to start the bottom of the fourth, and Jude followed with a single, putting two runners on with no outs. Ryan followed with a sacrifice fly to center, moving Josh K to third and Ryan to second. Guacamol-yay couldn’t take advantage of the runners in scoring position, however, as Brian retired Jude to strand both runners, ending the inning and maintaining the four-run Jack Shack lead.

Dustin doubled to lead off the top of the fifth, but he was caught in between second and third when Turbo grounded out, and the double play ended the inning.

Brian started the game with a double, scored a run, and pitched the complete game win for Jack Shack

Josh K doubled for his third consecutive at-bat to start the bottom of the fifth, and he scored from second when Jude followed with a sacrifice fly. Brian then retired Ryan to end the inning with the score 5-2.

Josh K fanned Doc to start the top of the sixth, and then retired Brian for the second out, as Guacamol-yay trailed by three runs heading into their final at-bat of the game.

Brian remained on the mound to close things out for Jack Shack. He retired the first batter he faced, Jan. Josh K, the last hope for Guacamol-yay, tripled, but he was caught out trying to extend the hit into an inside-the-park home run. The out ended the game and the series, as Jack Shack sealed a first round sweep with a 5-2 win in game 3 and a 3-0 win in the best-of-five series.

Jack Shack and Guacamol-yay exchange pleasantries after Jack Shack clinched a sweep in the first round series between the teams

Jack Shack advanced to the Wiffle Series for the second consecutive season. They won the 2019 Wiffle Series in a 4-0 sweep of Shady Characters.

W: Brian (2-0)
L: Josh K (0-3)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Brian pitched the complete game win for Jack Shack, allowing two runs on seven hits.
– Josh K took the loss for Guacamol-yay, giving up five runs on nine hits and striking out two in six innings.
– Josh K tied the single-game postseason record for pitching strikeouts, with two. He tied Bob who struck out two in 2013, and Guthrie who struck out two in 2014.
– Guacamol-yay tied the single-game team postseason record for pitching strikeouts, with two. They tied Questionable Outfit from 2013 and Cookies & Cream from 2014.
– Dustin led Jack Shack on offense, going 4-for-4 with two singles, a double, a triple, three runs scored, and an RBI.
– Josh K led Guacamol-yay at the plate, going 4-for-5 with three doubles, a triple, and two runs scored.
– Doc tied the single-game postseason record for strikeouts, with two. He tied Charlie, who struck out twice in 2013, and Dinger, who struck out twice in 2015.
– Jack Shack tied the single-game team postseason record for strikeouts, with two. They tied Ham Slams from 2013, Ham Slams from 2014, and Cookies & Cream from 2015, who all struck out twice in a single game.

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