Shady Characters Destroy Guacamol-yay 20-8 with Historic Offensive Performance

29 May

Shady Characters erupted for twenty runs on twenty-five hits in a thorough demolition of Guacamol-yay, moving to 3-1 on the season with a 20-8 victory. Tom had a career game with five extra-base hits and eight RBI, Mike contributed six hits and was intentionally walked, and free agent acquisition Nate had seven hits, hitting for the cycle.

Josh K started for Guacamol-yay, and he fell behind in the first inning. Mike doubled with one out, and Tom drove him in with an RBI single. Josh K retired Nate to end the inning, and Shady Characters led 1-0.

Guacamol-yay bounced back in the bottom of the first, taking the lead. Tom, Shady Characters’ starter, allowed a leadoff single to Alec. Two batters later, Kyle hit a two-run homer, putting Guacamol-yay in front 2-1. Tom then retired Ryan to end the inning.

Down a run, Shady Characters took the lead again in the top of the second, and they never looked back. Dylan led off the inning with a double, and Mike followed with an RBI double, tying the game at 2-2. Tom then doubled, scoring Mike to put Shady Characters in front 3-2. Nate hit the fourth consecutive double for Shady Characters, moving Tom to third to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Dylan followed with a sacrifice fly, scoring Tom to make the score 4-2. Mike then singled, scoring Nate, and Shady Characters led 5-2. Tom hit his second double of the inning, scoring Mike, and the lead was 6-2. Nate then cleared the bases with a two-run bomb, and Shady Characters led 8-2. Josh K finally escaped the disastrous inning, retiring Dylan for the second out.

Tom allowed a one-out single to Alec in the bottom of the second, but fanned Josh K for the second out, stranding the runner at second.

Guacamol-yay made a call to the bullpen in the top of the third, bringing Alec to the mound. Initially, it worked, as he retired Mike and Tom in order to end the inning.

Shady Characters also turned to their bullpen in the third, bringing Dylan to the mound to relieve Tom. With one out, Ryan hit a solo homer to left-center, cutting the deficit to 8-3. Dylan then retired Jude to end the inning.

Up five runs, Shady Characters scored a few more in the top of the fourth. Dylan singled with one out, and Mike drove him in with a two-run homer, extending the Shady Characters lead to 10-3. Tom followed with a single, and he moved from first to third when Nate doubled. Shady Characters had two runners in scoring position with one out, but Alec escaped the jam, retiring Dylan to strand both runners, ending the inning.

Guacamol-yay continued to show life in the bottom of the fourth. Alec singled, and he moved from first to third when Josh K followed with a double. Kyle then singled, loading the bases with no outs. Ryan came to the plate having homered in his previous at-bat, but he couldn’t double up with a grand slam. He grounded out to left for the first out of the inning, but Alec scored on the play, making the score 10-4. Jude then singled, scoring Josh K, and the score was 10-5. Dylan got out of the inning by retiring Alec for the second out, and Shady Characters led by five runs.

Shady Characters blew the game open in the top of the fifth. Alec retired Mike for the first out of the inning, and then it got ugly. Tom hit a solo homer, making the score 11-5. Nate followed with a single, and Dylan also singled, putting runners on first and second with one out. Guacamol-yay intentionally walked Mike to load the bases with Tom coming to the plate. This exact sequence of events had worked for Cheap Goats in the previous game, but given a second opportunity, Tom made his opponents pay. He hit an RBI double, clearing the bases to score all three runs, and Shady Characters led 14-5. Nate then singled for the second time in the inning, scoring Tom from second, and the score was 15-5. Dylan also singled, putting runners on first and third with one out. Mike singled, scoring Nate to put Shady Characters in front 16-5. Dylan was caught in between second and third on the play, ending the inning, but Shady Characters had scored six runs to take an eleven run lead.

Josh K doubled to start the bottom of the fifth, and two batters later, Ryan hit an RBI triple to cut the Shady Characters lead to ten runs at 16-6. Dylan then retired Jude to end the inning.

Shady Characters weren’t finished yet, and they pushed their run total to twenty in the top of the sixth. Tom led off the inning with a solo homer, his second of the game, making the score 17-6. Nate then tripled, completing the cycle. Dylan then cleared the bases with a two-run homer to right-center, putting Shady Characters ahead 19-6. Mike doubled for the third time in the game, and two batters later, Nate hit an RBI single, scoring Mike and giving Shady Characters a 20-6 lead. Alec finally closed out another rough inning by getting Dylan to fly out to the mound for the second out.

Down fourteen runs, Guacamol-yay would need a legendary rally in the bottom of the sixth. Dylan remained on the mound to close things out, and he allowed a leadoff single to Alec. Josh K followed with a two-run homer, making the score 20-8. Guacamol-yay showed some spunk, but the comeback effort would end there. Dylan retired Kyle and Ryan to end the inning and the game, giving Shady Characters a twelve run victory.

The win moved Shady Characters to 3-1 on the season, one game out of first place. Guacamol-yay remained winless for the 2021 season, dropping to 0-4.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Tom started for Shady Characters and earned the win, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out one in two innings pitched.
– Dylan pitched four innings of relief for Shady Characters, giving up six runs on nine hits.
– Josh K took the loss for Guacamol-yay, giving up eight runs on nine hits in two innings.
– Alec also pitched four innings of relief, allowing twelve runs on sixteen hits.
– Nate, who joined Shady Characters earlier that day, hit for the cycle for the sixth time in his career, going 7-for-9 with three singles, two doubles, a triple, a home run, five runs scored, and four RBI.
– Tom had the best game of his EWL career, going 7-for-9 with two singles, three doubles, two homers, five runs scored, and eight RBI.
– Mike also went 6-for-8 in the Shady Characters win, with two singles, three doubles, a home run, six runs scored, five RBI, and an intentional walk (his second in as many games).
– Josh K led Guacamol-yay in the losing effort, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homer, three runs scored, and two RBI.
– Alec also had the best game of his short wiffle career, going 4-for-5 with four singles and three runs scored.

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