Tom’s Career Game Carries Shady Characters to 13-9 Victory Over Jack Shack

6 Aug

Tom is congratulated by his teammates as he crosses the plate after one of his three homers, which were part of a perfect 7-for-7 performance that included hitting for the cycle in Shady Characters 13-9 win over Jack Shack

Tom had the best game of his EWL career, going 7-for-7 with six extra-base hits, hitting for the cycle, and earning the win on the mound as he led Shady Characters to a 13-9 win over Jack Shack. Tom collected two doubles, a triple, three homers, and drove in eight of Shady Characters’ runs, and Lucas went deep three times as two-time defending champions Shady Characters extended their lead atop the league standings.

Jon started on the mound for Jack Shack, and Shady Characters blew him up in the first inning. Jon allowed a leadoff single to Nate, got Mike to fly out to left for the first out of the inning, and then the wheels fell off. Tom drove in Nate with a two-run homer, putting Shady Characters in front 2-0. Lucas followed with a solo shot, and the back-to-back homers gave Shady Characters a 3-0 lead. Nate and Mike each singled, putting runners on the corners with one out. Tom unloaded on the ball and cleared the bases, blasting a three-run homer to extend the Shady Characters lead to 6-0. Lucas homered again, and the second round of back-to-back homers between Tom and Lucas in the first inning made the score 7-0. Nate followed with a solo homer, and the back-to-back-to-back jacks dropped Jack Shack into an 8-0 hole. Mike singled, and he scored from first when Tom followed with an RBI single, giving Shady Characters a 9-0 advantage. Lucas then singled, putting runners on the corners once again, but Jon finally escaped the disastrous opening inning by retiring Nate for the second out. Shady Characters had reached base on ten consecutive at-bats and scored eight runs with one out to take a nine-run lead after half an inning.

Ryan started the bottom of the first by hitting a leadoff homer, making the score 9-1. Jon doubled, and he moved to third when Chris followed with a single. Jack Shack had runners on the corners with no outs, and it looked as if they would rally, but Tom buckled down. He retired Ader, filling him for a depleted Jack Shack roster, and Ryan, stranding two runners and ending the inning.

Tom tripled with one out in the top of the second, but Jon avoided further damage, retiring Lucas to strand the runner at third, ending the inning with the score 9-1.

Jack Shack narrowed the deficit further in the bottom of the second. Chris hit a one-out single, and Ader drove him in with a two-run homer to right, cutting the score to 9-3. Ryan followed with a double, but Tom stranded him, retiring Jon to end the inning, and Shady Characters led by six runs.

Jon struck out Nate to start the top of the third and then retired Mike to end the inning.

Jack Shack continued to chip away at the Shady Characters lead in the bottom of the third. With one out, Ader his his second home run in as many at-bats, a solo shot that made the score 9-4. Tom then retired Ryan to end the inning.

Tom doubled to leadoff the top of the fourth, completing the cycle for the second time in his wiffle career. Lucas followed with a two-run homer, his third home run of the game, and Shady Characters led 11-4. Jon then fanned Nate and retired Mike to end the inning.

Lucas and Tom went back-to-back twice in the first inning, and in total Lucas went 4-for-7 with a single, three home runs, three runs scored, and four RBI in the Shady Characters victory

Jon singled to start the bottom of the fourth, and he moved from first to third when Chris followed with a double. Tom got Ader to ground out to center for the first out of the inning, and Jon scored on the play to cut the Shady Characters lead to 11-5. Ryan then singled, scoring Chris, and the score was 11-6. Tom retired Jon to strand Ryan at first, ending the inning, and Jack Shack were behind by five runs.

Tom doubled to lead off the top of the fifth, but Jon stranded him, retiring Lucas and Nate, and the score remained 11-6.

Jack Shack kept fighting back in the bottom of the fifth. Ader hit a one-out triple, and Ryan drove him in with an RBI double, cutting the score to 11-7. Jon then doubled, scoring Ryan, and Jack Shack had reduced the Shady Characters lead to 11-8. Tom retired Chris to strand Jon at second, and Jack Shack trailed by three runs heading into the sixth.

Shady Characters picked up a few insurance runs in the top of the sixth. Mike singled, and Tom hit his third round-tripper of the game, a two-run show that put his squad ahead 13-8. Jon retired the next two batters, Lucas and Nate, to end the inning, and Jack Shack were down five runs.

Ader led off the bottom of the sixth with his third homer of the game, a solo blast that made the score 13-9. The Jack Shack rally would end there, however, as Tom retired Ryan and Jon to end the inning and the game, giving Shady Characters a 13-9 victory.

The win moved Shady Characters to 7-2 on the year, and Jack Shack dropped to 3-6.

W: Tom (5-0)
L: Jon (1-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Tom pitched the complete game win for Shady Characters, allowing nine runs on fourteen hits.
– Jon took the loss in a complete game effort for Jack Shack, giving up thirteen runs on seventeen hits and striking out two in six innings.
– Tom had the best game of his EWL career and likely the best game of the 2023 EWL season among all players with a perfect 7-for-7 performance, which included a single, two doubles, a triple, three homers, four runs scored, eight RBI, and he hit for the cycle for the second time in his career (the other coming in 2020).
– Lucas also went 4-for-7 for Shady Characters with a single, three home runs, three runs scored, and four RBI.
– Ader, rounding out a short-handed Jack Shack roster, led his team, going 4-for-6 with a triple, three homers, four runs scored, and five RBI.

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