Mike Goes 5-for-5 as Shady Characters Pull Away from Cheap Goats 5-2 in Extra Innings

22 Jun

Just days after being name Wiffler of the Week, Mike went 5-for-5 and had the first hit of Shady Characters’ rally in the top of the seventh, as they beat Cheap Goats 5-2. With the game tied 2-2 after six innings, Shady Characters scored three in the top of the seventh, winning their sixth straight contest and extending their lead atop the EWL standings.

Dinger took the mound for Cheap Goats, and he got out of trouble early. Dylan led off the inning with a double, and he moved to third when Mike followed with a double. Shady Characters had two runners in scoring position with no outs, but Dinger pitched his way out of the jam. He got Tom to fly out to the mound before Nate grounded out to center, stranding both runners.

Shady Characters’ ace, Tom, started the game, and the first batter he faced, Brett, launched a solo blast to right-center, putting Cheap Goats in front 1-0. Tom retired the next batters he faced, Joey and Jordan, ending the inning.

Shady Characters drew even in the top of the second. Dylan doubled with one out, and Mike drove him with an RBI double, tying the game at 1-1. Dinger then retired Tom to end the inning.

Tom rolled through the bottom of the second, retiring Dinger and Brett in order.

Nate doubled to lead off the top of the third, but Dinger once again avoided damage. He retired Lucas and Dylan to strand Nate at second, and the score remained tied at 1-1.

Tom cruised once again in the bottom of the third, sending Joey and Jordan down consecutively.

Shady Characters pulled ahead in the top of the fourth. Mike led off the inning with a triple, and he scored when Tom grounded out to center for the first out of the inning. Nate followed with a double, but Dinger stranded him, striking out Lucas for the second out.

Down 2-1, Cheap Goats evened things up in the bottom of the fourth. Dinger started the inning with a single, and he scored from first when Brett followed with an RBI triple, tying the score at 2-2. Tom then got both Joey and Jordan to fly out to the mound, ending the inning.

Dinger struck out his second consecutive batter to start the top of the fifth when he fanned Dylan. Mike followed with a one-out double, but Shady Characters couldn’t capitalize, as Tom flew out to center to end the inning.

Tom retired Dinger to start the bottom of the fifth, and when the next batter, Brett, hit a double, he was caught out trying to extend the hit into a triple, ending the inning.

Lucas doubled with one out in the top of the sixth, putting the go-ahead run in scoring position, but Dinger stranded another Shady Characters runner. He got Dylan to ground out to center, ending the inning.

Cheap Goats went quickly in the bottom of the sixth. Tom retired Joey and Jordan in order for the fourth time in the game, sending the game to extra innings with the score tied at 2-2.

After stranding seven base runners in the first six innings of the game, Shady Characters figured things out in the top of the seventh. Mike led off with a single, and he moved to second when Tom followed with a single. Nate then doubled, scoring Mike, and Shady Characters led 3-2. Lucas followed with an RBI single, scoring Tom, and the score was 4-2. Dinger got Dylan to ground out to center for the first out of the inning. Nate scored on the play, making the score 5-2, but Lucas was also caught in between bases on the play, ending the inning.

Tom remained in the game to close things out for Shady Characters in the bottom of the seventh. He retired the first batter he faced, Dinger, before allowing a one-out triple to Brett. Cheap Goats couldn’t plate a run, however, as Tom struck out Joey to strand the runner at third and end the game, giving Shady Characters a 5-2 win.

The win moved Shady Characters to 8-1 on the season, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats to 6-3.

W: Tom (6-1)
L: Dinger (2-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Tom pitched the complete game win for Shady Characters, pitching all seven innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out one.
– Dinger took the loss, also pitching seven innings, giving up five runs on thirteen hits and striking out two.
– Mike led Shady Characters on offense, going a perfect 5-for-5 with a single, three doubles, a triple, two runs scored, and an RBI.
– Nate also went 3-for-5 for Shady Characters, with three doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.
– Brett was the only Cheap Goats player with multiple hits, going 4-for-5 with a double, two triples, a home run, a run scored, and two RBI.

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