Guacamol-yay Get First Win of 2021 in Epic Ten-Inning Victory Over Jack Shack

24 Jun

In one of the most unusual games in the eleven year history of the EWL, Guacamol-yay and Jack Shack were scoreless through nine innings before Guacamol-yay took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 10th and held on to win 2-1. Over the first nine innings, Guacamol-yay stranded four runners and Jack Shack stranded eight, with both teams unable to score. Guacamol-yay didn’t register their first hit until the fifth inning, but they played solid defense until Josh K hit a two-run homer in the 10th, allowing them to pull away for their first win of the season.

Brian took the mound for Jack Shack, and he had one of the best outings of his wiffle career. He retired Jan and Josh in order in the top of the first.

Josh K started for Guacamol-yay, and he was also very effective both pitching and fielding the ball to generate outs. He matched Brian in the bottom of the first, sending Adam and Turbo down consecutively.

Brian rolled through the top of the second, retiring Kyle and Jude.

Dustin led off the bottom of the second with a double, and he moved to third when Brian followed with a single. Jack Shack had runners on the corners with no outs, but Josh K buckled down and escaped the jam. He retired Josh D and Doc, stranding both runners to end the inning.

Brian continued to pitch effectively in the top of the third, retiring Ryan before striking out Jan.

Josh K cruised through the bottom of the third, retiring Adam and Turbo, and the game was scoreless through three innings.

Brian struck out his second consecutive batter when he fanned Josh K to start the fourth. He then retired Kyle to end the inning, and he was perfect through four.

Dustin doubled for the second consecutive at-bat to lead off the bottom of the fourth, and for the second consecutive inning, Brian also singled, once again putting runners on the corners with no outs. Unfortunately for Jack Shack, for the second consecutive inning Josh K escaped trouble, retiring Josh D and Doc to once again strand two runners, and the game was scoreless through four innings.

Brian’s no-hit bit was broken up in the top of the fifth when Jude became Guacamol-yay’s first baserunner of the game, leading off the inning with a double. Guacamol-yay had a runner in scoring position, but they couldn’t capitalize. Brian retired Ryan and Jan to end the inning, stranding Jude at second.

Josh K rolled through the bottom of the fifth, retiring Adam before striking out Turbo, ending the inning.

Brian returned to prime form in the top of the sixth, retiring Josh K and Kyle, and he had effectively pitched a shutout, allowing zero runs through six innings.

Unfortunately for Brian, he continued to get zero run support from his offense. Josh K retired Dustin and Brian in order, also effectively pitching a shutout, and for the first time in league history, a game went to extra innings tied at 0-0.

Brian retired Jude to start the top of the seventh. Ryan then doubled, but he was thrown out trying to extend the hit into a triple, ending the inning.

Doc singled with one out in the bottom of the seventh, putting the winning run on base, but Josh K continued to strand Jack Shack runners. He retired Adam to strand Doc at first, ending the inning and sending the game to the eighth inning.

Jan doubled to lead off the top of the eighth, and Guacamol-yay had the go-ahead run in scoring position. The next batter, Josh K, grounded out to the mound, and Jan was doubled up on the play, caught in between bases, ending the inning.

Turbo singled to start the bottom of the eighth, and Dustin followed with a single, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Jack Shack were threatening to win the game with two men on, but yet again, Josh got out of the jam. He retired Brian and Josh D, stranding both Jack Shack runners, ending the inning.

Brian had pitched eight shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out two, turning in one of the best pitching performances in EWL history. However, he had reached his innings limit, and Dustin replaced him on the mound in the ninth. Kyle doubled to start the inning, and Guacamol-yay once again had the go-ahead run in scoring position. Jude grounded out to right-center for the first out of the inning, and when Kyle tried to score on the play, he was gunned down by Josh D, ending the inning.

Josh K had also delivered one of the most dominant pitching performances in league history, pitching eight shutout innings, allowing seven hits and striking out one. He had also reached his innings limit, and Kyle came to the mound. He allowed a one-out double to Adam, but retired Turbo to strand him at second, sending the game to the tenth inning.

After eighteen combined scoreless innings between the teams, Guacamol-yay finally broke through in the top of the tenth. Ryan doubled to lead off the inning, once again putting the go-ahead run in scoring position. Two batters later, Josh K put Guacamol-yay on the board with a two-run homer, making the score 2-0. Dustin then fanned Kyle to end the inning, but after nine and a half innings, Guacamol-yay was in front and two outs away from their first win of the 2021 season.

Jack Shack responded in the bottom of the tenth, and it looked as if it may be disaster for Guacamol-yay. The first batter of the inning, Dustin, hit a shot into the left-center field gap. After a series of fielding and throwing errors, Dustin raced around the bases for an inside-the-park homer, making the score 2-1. Kyle wasn’t phased, however, and he regrouped, retiring Brian and Josh D to end the inning, giving Guacamol-yay the 2-1 victory and ending Guacamol-yay’s eight game losing streak.

The win moved Guacamol-yay to 1-8 on the season, and the loss dropped Jack Shack to 3-6 for the year.

W: Kyle (1-1)
L: Dustin (1-3)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Kyle earned Guacamol-yay’s first win of the year, pitching two innings of relief, allowing one run on two hits.
– Dustin took the loss for Jack Shack, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out one in two innings of relief.
– Josh K picked up a no-decision for Guacamol-yay, pitching eight shutout innings, allowing seven hits and striking out one.
– Brian took a no-decision for Jack Shack, also pitching eight shutout innings, giving up three hits and striking out two.
– Josh K’s two-run homer in the top of the tenth was the decisive play in the game. Ryan was the only Guacamol-yay player with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, a sacrifice fly, and a run scored.
– Dustin set the pace for Jack Shack on offense, going 4-for-5 with a single, two doubles, a home run, a run scored, and an RBI.

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