Shady Characters Cruise Past Cheap Goats 7-4 as Goats Drop Fifth Straight

16 Jul

After starting the season 6-2, Cheap Goats dropped their fifth straight to drop under .500 to 6-7 as Shady Characters stormed past them 7-4. Dylan, Mike, Nate, and Lucas each delivered three or more hits, and Tom had two hits in addition to pitching a complete game victory for Shady Characters, who extended their first place lead in the 2021 EWL standings.

Dinger took the mound for Cheap Goats, and he fell behind early. He allowed a leadoff single to Dylan, and Mike followed with a double, putting two runners in scoring position with no outs. The next batter, Tom K, grounded out to center for the first out of the inning, but both runs scored on the play, putting Shady Characters ahead 2-0. Nate then doubled, and Lucas drove him in with an RBI double, extending the Shady Characters lead to 3-0. Dinger retired Dylan to escape the inning, and Shady Characters had taken an early three run lead.

Cheap Goats cut into the lead in the bottom of the first. Joey doubled with one out, and Miller drove him in with an RBI single, making the score 2-1. Tom K, Shady Characters starter, then retired Dinger to end the inning, stranding Miller at first.

Mike singled to start the top of the second, but Dinger stranded him, retiring Tom K and Nate to end the inning.

Tom K rolled through the bottom of the second, retiring Jordan and Joey in order.

Shady Characters extended their lead in the top of the third. Lucas and Dylan each singled to start the inning, and Mike cleared the bases with a three-run blast to right-center, putting Shady Characters in front 6-1. Tom K followed with a single, and after Nate flew out for the first out of the inning, Tom K moved from first to third when Lucas hit a one-out double. Shady Characters had two runners in scoring position, but Dinger escaped the inning, retiring Dylan to strand both runners, and Shady Characters led by five runs.

Cheap Goats bounced back in the bottom of the third. Miller led off the inning with a double, and Dinger drove him in with an RBI double, cutting the score to 6-2. Two batters later, Joey hit an RBI double, scoring Dinger, and Cheap Goats trailed 6-3. Miller then doubled to score Joey, and Cheap Goats were down two runs. Tom K retired Dinger to end the inning, stranding Miller at second.

Shady Characters got one run back in the top of the fourth. Tom K doubled with one out, and Nate drove him in with an RBI double, giving Shady Characters a 7-4 lead. Dinger then retired Lucas to strand Nate at second, ending the inning.

Jordan singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth, but he was caught out trying to extend the hit into a double. Tom K then retired Joey for the second out of the inning.

Dylan doubled to start the top of the fifth. When Mike, the next batter, singled, Dylan was throw out trying to score on the play. Dinger then retired Tom K, stranding Mike at first and ending the inning.

Tom K retired the side in order in the bottom of the fifth, sending Miller and Dinger down consecutively.

Nate led off the top of the sixth with a double, but Shady Characters couldn’t add an insurance run. Dinger retired Lucas and Dylan, stranding Nate at second and ending the inning.

Down three runs, Cheap Goats couldn’t rally in the bottom of the sixth. Jordan led off the inning with a single, but Tom K retired Joey and Miller, stranding Jordan, and ending the game to give Shady Characters a 7-4 win.

The win moved Shady Characters to 10-3 on the season, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats to 6-7.

W: Tom K (8-1)
L: Dinger (2-3)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Tom K pitched the complete game win for Shady Characters, giving up four runs on eight hits.
– Dinger took the loss for Cheap Goats, allowing seven runs on fifteen hits in a complete game effort.
– Mike led Shady Characters on offense, going 4-for-5 with two singles, a double, a homer, two runs scored, and three RBI.
– Dylan, Nate, and Lucas each had three hits for Shady Characters. Dylan went 3-for-6 with two singles, a double, and two runs scored. Nate went 3-for-5 with three doubles, a run scored, and an RBI. Lucas went 3-for-5 with a single, two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.
– Miller led Cheap Goats in the loss, going 3-for-5 with a single, two doubles, a run scored, and two RBI.

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