Jason Hits Three Homers to Eliminate Guacamol-yay and Advance Shady Characters to Wiffle Series

2 Sep

Jason homered three times and drove in five of Shady Characters’ six runs in game four, beating Guacamol-yay 6-4, sealing the series, and advancing Shady Characters to the Wiffle Series for the first time since 2019. Mike and Lucas also contributed three hits, and the #1 seed Shady Characters will await the conclusion of the Jack Shack vs. Cheap Goats series to see who their opponent will be in the 2021 EWL Wiffle Series.

Josh K started on the mound for Guacamol-yay, and he fell behind early. Dylan led off the top of the first with a triple, and when Mike grounded out for the first out of the inning, Dylan scored, putting Shady Characters ahead 1-0. Josh K then retired Jason to end the inning.

With Tom K out for the week, Lucas took the mound for Shady Characters. After retiring Jan to start the game, Lucas allowed a one-out triple to Josh K. Josh K got overly aggressive on the play, attempting to complete an inside-the-park homer, and was caught out, ending the inning.

Josh K allowed a leadoff single to Lucas in the top of the second, but stranded him, retiring Dylan and Mike to end the inning.

Guacamol-yay pulled ahead in the bottom of the second. Kyle singled with one out, and Jude followed with a two-run shot to right-center, giving Guacamol-yay a 2-1 lead. Ryan followed with a single, but the rally ended there, as Lucas retired Jan to strand Ryan at first, ending the inning.

Josh K had reached his innings limit for the week, and Jude came to the mound from the bullpen for Guacamol-yay. The first batter he faced, Jason, launched a solo shot to deep right field, tying the game at 2-2. Jude retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Guacamol-yay rallied once again in the bottom of the third. Lucas fanned Josh K to start the inning, but Sean followed with a solo homer, putting Guacamol-yay in front 3-2. Kyle followed with a double, and Jude drove him in with an RBI single, making the score 4-2. Lucas retired Ryan to end the inning, stranding Jude at first, and Shady Characters trailed by two.

Shady Characters bounced back in the top of the fourth. Mike led off with a single, and Jason drove him in with a two-run bomb to right-center, tying the game at 4-4. Two batters later, Dylan hit a one-out single, but Jude stranded him at second, retiring Mike to end the inning.

Lucas had met his innings limit for the week, and Shady Characters brought Dylan in from the bullpen in the bottom of the fourth. He retired Jan and Josh K in order, and the game remained tied 4-4.

Lucas hit a one-out single in the top of the fifth, but Jude stranded him, retiring Dylan to end the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, Dylan became the first player in the eleven year history of the EWL to strike out the side in a playoff game, fanning Sean and Kyle consecutively, and the game was tied 4-4 heading into the sixth inning.

Facing a potential game five with a loss in game four, Shady Characters pulled away in the top of the sixth. Mike singled to lead off the inning, and Jason drove him in with his third homer of the game, another two-run shot that put Shady Characters in front 6-4. Lucas followed with a single, and two batters later, Mike singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Guacamol-yay intentionally walked Jason, loading the bases for Lucas. The move worked, as Lucas grounded out to left, stranding three runners and ending the inning.

With their 2021 season on the line, Guacamol-yay came into the bottom of the sixth needing two runs to force extra innings. Dylan remained on the mound for Shady Characters, and he made quick work of Guacamol-yay. He retired Jude and Ryan in order, ending the game, giving Shady Characters a 6-4 victory.

The win clinched the best-of-five first round series for Shady Characters, as they advance to the 2021 Wiffle Series, their third Wiffle Series appearance in franchise history.

The loss ended Guacamol-yay’s 2021 season, their third consecutive first round exit.

W: Dylan (1-0)
L: Jude (0-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dylan earned the win for Shady Characters, pitching three perfect innings of relief, and becoming the first player in league history to strike out the side in a playoff game.
– Jude took the loss for Shady Characters, allowing five runs on nine hits in four innings.
– Both starting pitchers earned no decisions. Lucas allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out one in three innings for Shady Characters. Josh K allowed one run on two hits in two innings for Guacamol-yay.
– Jason led Shady Characters in the win, going 3-for-5 with three home runs, three runs scored, five RBI, and an intentional walk.
– Lucas and Mike also had three hits each for Shady Characters. Mike went 3-for-6 with three singles, two runs scored, and an RBI. Lucas went 3-for-6 with three singles.
– Kyle and Jude each had two hits for Guacamol-yay in the loss. Kyle went 2-for-3 with a single, a double, and two runs scored. Jude went 2-for-3 with a single, a home run, a run scored, and three RBI.

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