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2011 EWL Season-Ending Awards Presented

6 Aug

The winners of the EWL season-ending awards were presented plaques during the first round playoffs. The awards were voted on by all EWL players who played at least 60% of the league games and the commissioner, and were presented by the commissioner in front of the league. The winners are pictured below.

Ron, manager of 4 out of 5 Dentists, is presented the 2011 EWL Manager of the Year Award

Luke, of Pumice on Slow!, shows off his 2011 EWL Field Master Award as one of the four best defensive players in the league

Morrison, of the Caucasian Vaginas, displays his 2011 EWL Field Master Award and his 2011 All-EWL Team Award

Guthrie, of the Caucasian Vaginas, holds his 2011 All-EWL Team Award and his 2011 Pitch King Award, awarded to the best pitcher during the 2011 EWL season

Blose, of the Fish Sticks, dressed appropriately, shows off his 2011 All-EWL Team Award and his 2011 EWL Wiffler of the Year Award, presented to the most valuable player

The 2011 All-EWL Team; Blose and Joey of the Fish Sticks, and Guthrie and Morrison of the Caucasian Vaginas

(Not pictured: Vassallo, of the Fish Sticks, was a winner of the 2011 EWL Field Master Award, but was not photographed with his plaque)

Vassallo’s Walk-Off Home Run in Bottom of the 8th Propels Fish Sticks Into Championship

22 Jul

Vassallo went 3-5 in Game 5 with a single and two home runs, including his series-ending walk-off

It was a fitting end to an incredible five game series that was pushed to the brink. 4 out of 5 Dentists and the Fish Sticks had gone to extra-innings for the second consecutive game, and each team was a run away from winning Game 5 and clinching a spot in the Wiffle Series against the Caucasians. The Fish Sticks, who two innings earlier were two outs away from ending their 2011 season, had come from behind to draw even with the Dentists in the bottom of the sixth. Both teams were scoreless in the seventh, and with darkness setting in, Vassallo led off the bottom of the eighth inning. The homefield advantage the Sticks had clinched only two weeks prior would come to fruition, as Vassallo crushed the first pitch he saw over the centerfield wall to end the game and the series, catapulting his team to the title and bringing the legendary series to a conclusion.

The Dentists and Fish Sticks had gone blow-for-blow in the first four games of the series, with the Sticks winning games 1 and 4 and the Dentists winning games 2 and 3. There was talk to postpone Game 5, but it was decided that the game would be played immediately in order to beat the darkness. Sundown was fast approaching and the stage was set for an amazing finale to the ultra-competitive series.

The Fish Sticks would send Dinger to the mound to start his third game of the series, despite having earned both of the Sticks losses in the series. Ron led off the game, having been responsible for the Dentists only run in Game 4. Dinger retired him, but the next batter, Marr, singled with one out. The Sticks stranded him though, as Dinger retired Braydn to end the first.

The Dentists started Ron for the third consecutive game, with their three best fielders playing where they were most comfortable. Blose led off the game with a single, and moved to third when Dinger grounded out to center. But Joey couldn’t plate the run, as Ron got him to ground out to end the inning, stranding a runner at third.

Dinger started to get in a rhythm in the top of the second, as he retired Spads and Ron in order to keep the game tied at 0-0.

Ron also found himself in a groove, sending Vassallo and Blose down consecutively in the bottom half of the second.

The Dentists couldn’t break the scoreless tie in the top of the third, as both Marr and Braydn grounded out, and Ron kept the train rolling in the bottom of the third, retiring Dinger and Joey in order.

Dinger retired his fifth and sixth consecutive batters in the top of the fourth, getting both Spads and Ron to groundout.

Vassallo singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth, the first baserunner for either team since the first inning. But Blose and Dinger flew out consecutively, unable to move the runner beyond first base, and the game remained tied.

The Dentists would be the first to score in the top of the fifth, as they finally got through Dinger and the Fish Sticks defense. Dinger retired Marr for the first out of the inning, but the next two batters signaled trouble. Braydn launched a solo homer to right-center field, putting the Dentists up 1-0 and giving them the critical first score of the game. The next batter, Spads, who was 0-12 on the day coming in, hit a home run to center field, making back-to-back home runs and putting the Dentists up 2-0. The Sticks made a quick call to the pen to avoid further damage, bringing in Joey from right field. He retired Ron to end the fifth, but the damage had been done and the Dentists had put the Sticks in a hole.

Spads only hit in games 3, 4, and 5 was a timely one, a homer than put the Dentists up 2-0

Ron also showed his first signs of weakness in the fifth inning. Joey led off the bottom of the fifth by flying out to left field, but Vassallo, who had singled in his last at-bat, followed with a one-out solo blast to deep left field, pulling the Fish Sticks within a run at 2-1. Blose was unable to keep the rally alive, as he grounded out for the second out of the inning, and through five innings the Dentists were up a run.

The Dentists couldn’t add to their lead in the top of the sixth, as Marr and Braydn were retired in order.

The Fish Sticks were down to their final at-bat, down a run, with the series and the season on the line. Dinger led off the inning, and he had come through in crucial situations early in the season. He took several pitches, having difficulty picking up the ball. But when he finally swung, he connected, hitting a laser just inches over the left field wall, tying the game in one of the most clutch and dramatic moments in league history. The Sticks had tied the game at 2-2 with no outs and were a run away from taking the game. Ron was unfazed, however, and retired Joey and Adam to end the sixth, pushing the game to extra-innings.

Dinger's home run to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning single-handedly saved the Fish Sticks season

Joey remained on the mound for the Sticks, and he kept the Dentists in check in the top of the seventh, retiring Spads and Ron in order.

Ron pitched into the seventh inning as well, and Blose doubled to lead off the inning. The game-winning run was two bases away with no outs. But Ron clamped down yet again, retiring Dinger and Joey, stranding the winning run on second base, and giving the Dentists another chance.

Blose doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh as the sky grew darker

Marr led off the top of the eighth by flying out to the pitcher’s mound for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Braydn, singled with one out for his second hit of the game. Spads came to the plate and hit a fly ball to right field which Dinger had trouble seeing. Unable to spot the ball, it fell to the ground as Spads raced to first, Braydn around second, and Dinger grabbed the ball. But the umpires ruled the ball foul. Spads came back to the plate, and was unable to move the runner, grounding out to left field for the second out of the inning.

At this time darkness had crept over the field and the ball was becoming increasingly difficult to see for hitters and fielders. An announcement was made that this would be the final half-inning before the game would be postponed. The Fish Sticks came to the plate with one chance to win the game that night. Vassallo had mentioned earlier that he would swing at the first pitch he could see. He swung at the first pitch Ron delivered, and when the ball came to rest it was on the other side of the fence and the game was over. The Sticks mobbed Vassallo at the plate, as he had won Game 5 and clinched a spot in the Wiffle Series for the Fish Sticks. The Dentists were devastated, having poured their sweat into the 2011 season and this five game series in particular. Their season had set like the sun on the EWL diamond that night, one hit away from playing for a title.

Vassallo's Game 5 performance and game-winning home run will go down in history

The greatest series the EWL may ever see had come to an end. Two games alone combined for 21 innings. The Fish Sticks outscored the Dentists 19-17. The Dentists scored 2 runs three different games; the Sticks scored 3 runs three different games. The fielding, pitching, and timely hitting was remarkable. Four of the five games were decided by a single run; the other game was decided by two runs.

The Fish Sticks will now face the Caucasian Vaginas in a best-of-seven series in the Wiffle Series for the 2011 EWL Title.

Game Notes:
– Ron pitched 7 innings, taking the loss while giving up 3 earned runs on 6 hits
– Dinger earned a no-decision, giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits in 4.5 innings
– Joey got the win for the Sticks, giving up 1 hit and no runs in 3.5 innings
– Braydn led the Dentists offensively, going 2-5 with a home run and a single
– Vassallo carried the Sticks, going 3-5 with 2 home runs, 2 RBI, and a team-high 7 put-outs

Box Score

Fish Sticks Survive Thirteen Epic Innings to Extend Series to Decisive Fifth Game

21 Jul

Joey rounds second base after his solo homer gave the Sticks a 3-2 lead in the top of the 13th inning

Two weeks after completing what is considered the greatest game in EWL history, the Fish Sticks and 4 out of 5 Dentists needed 13 innings to decide a winner in Game 4. The Sticks took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 13th inning and held on to win 3-2, tying the series at 2-2 and forcing a game 5.

With the Dentists’ ace Chris out with an injury, Ron started on the mound for the second consecutive game, aware that he could only pitch two innings before reaching his limit. He was effective in game 3, earning a complete game victory and holding the Sticks to three runs. He picked up where he left off to start game 4, fanning the league’s best hitter, Blose for the first out of the game. He then retired Dinger for the second out, and the game was scoreless after the top of the first.

Joey started on the mound for the Sticks. He was hit hard in game 2, as the Dentists started their improbable comeback in the game and series by hitting home runs off of him. He got off to a good start in game 4 though, as he retired Braydn and Marr in the bottom of the second.

Ron retired Joey and Vassallo in order, and he had reached his pitching limit. He pitched two perfect innings to get the Dentists off to a good start.

He helped his own cause in the bottom half of the second, as he led off the inning with a solo homer, his third of the week, which gave the Dentists the first score of the game, a 1-0 lead. Joey wasn’t rattled, though, as he retired Spads and Braydn in order to keep the deficit at one run.

With both of their regular pitchers unavailable, the Dentists would have to turn to a player who had never pitched before to close out the series and send them to the championship. They send Spads to the mound, a southpaw, and the Fish Sticks struggled to hit him. He retired Blose and Dinger in the top of the third, and the Dentists held their 1-0 lead.

Spads made his first pitching appearance of his career in Game 4

After giving up a homer in the bottom of the second, Joey got into gear in the bottom of the third and the Dentists were unable to shake him until he reached his inning limit in the eight inning. He retired Marr and Ron in order for a perfect third inning.

Spads retired Joey for the first out of the top of the fourth, and after going three and a half innings perfect, the Dentists gave up their first hit of the game when Vassallo singled with one out. But Spads stranded him at first, retiring Blose for the second out of the inning.

Joey send Spads and Braydn down in the bottom of the fourth, keeping the score at 1-0.

Joey and Marr collide on the first base line as Joey approached a fly ball in foul territory

Spads brought the Dentists one inning closer to ending the series in the top of the fifth, when he retired Dinger and Joey consecutively.

The Dentists couldn’t add insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth, as Joey retired Marr and Ron in order.

One inning away from advancing to the championship game, Spads needed two outs to end the game. But Vassallo had other plans. The Fish Sticks had their backs against the wall, and with their season on the line, Vassallo led off the top of the sixth with a solo homer, tying the game at 1-1. The Sticks couldn’t take a lead though, as Spads retired Blose and Dinger, maintaining the 1-1 tie.

Vassallo saved the Fish Sticks season, leading off the top of the sixth inning with a game-tying home run

The Dentists came to the plate in the bottom of the sixth needing a run to end the game and the series. This would be the first of eight straight innings where they had a chance to win the game with a run. Joey got both batters, Spads and Braydn, to fly out to the pitchers mound, sending the game to extra innings.

Spads remaining on the mound in the top of the seventh. He retired Joey for the first out of the inning, and Vassallo followed with a single, his third hit of the game, as he had all three of the Sticks hits. But Spads stranded him at first, getting Blose to fly out to center for the second out of the inning.

Joey continued to shut down the Dentists in the bottom of the seventh, retiring Marr and Ron in order.

The Sticks couldn’t score in the top of the eight, as Spads retired Dinger and Joey consecutively.

Spads and the Dentists defense held the Sticks to 2 runs in 8 innings pitched

In his final inning of availability, Joey sent down Spads and Braydn for a scoreless eight, extending the game another inning.

Joey gave up 1 earned run on 1 hit in 8 innings, a blast from Ron in the second inning

Vassallo was retired for the first out of the bottom of the ninth, but the Sticks finally broke the tie with one out. Blose came to the plate and hit a solo homer, his first hit of the game, to put the Fish Sticks up 2-1. Spads retired Dinger for the second out of the inning, and the Sticks were now two outs away from winning Game 4.

With Joey’s innings exhausted, the Sticks opted to save Dinger, who had two innings of availability left, and call Blose from the bullpen for the save opportunity. The decision didn’t work out as planned though, as the first batter of the inning, Marr, crushed a solo homer to left-center field, tying the game at 2-2, saving the Dentists. The back and forth game would continue. Blose avoided the blown save and the loss, however, as he settled down, retiring Ron and Spads, sending the game to the tenth inning.

The tenth inning would be Spads final inning of eligibility. He retired Joey for the first out of the tenth, but Vassallo followed with a single, his fourth hit of the game. But the Sticks couldn’t take another lead, as Spads retired Blose for the second out of the inning.

Blose remained on the mound in the bottom of the tenth. Braydn grounded out to center for the first out of the inning, and the next batter, Marr, crushed a ball into the tree in left. The tree kept the ball in the park, but the Sticks were unable to field it, and Marr had his second consecutive hit off Blose. Ron couldn’t make the Sticks pay though, as he was retired for the second out of the inning, stranding Marr at first.

With Ron and Spads unable to pitch, the Dentists had to utilize their third pitcher of the game. They called Marr from the bullpen to make his first appearance of the season on the mound. He pitched well immediately, retiring Dinger and Joey in order for a scoreless eleventh.

Blose found his groove in the bottom of the eleventh, pitching his first perfect inning by retiring Spads and Braydn in order.

After a shaky start, Blose took control on the mound

Vassallo led off the top of the twelfth inning with a single, his fifth hit of the game. But yet again the Sticks were unable to make the Dentists pay, as Marr retired Blose and Dinger to strand Vassallo at first.

Blose continued to send the Dentists down in the bottom of the twelfth. He retired Marr and Ron in order, and the marathon game would continue into the thirteen inning, making it the longest game in EWL history.

With the score tied at 2-2, and with no runs having been scored for four innings, the Sticks finally put a dent in the Dentists armor. Joey came into this at-bat hitless in his previous 11 at-bats on the day. He finally connected, hitting a solo homer off the top rail of the fence, putting the Fish Sticks up 3-2. Marr held the deficit at one run, retiring Vassallo and Blose.

The Dentists had their backs against the wall for a second time, down 3-2 and needing a run to force a fourteenth inning or two runs to win the game. But Blose clamped down, pitching his third consecutive perfect inning, retiring Spads and Braydn by groundouts, ending the longest game in league history.

The Fish Sticks tied the game in the top of the sixth, went ahead in the top of the ninth only to allow the Dentists to tie the game again, only to take the lead again in the thirteenth inning and hang on to win. The 3-2 victory forced a pivotal game 5 to be played to decide which of the two teams would advance to face the Caucasians in the championship Wiffle Series.

The two teams shake hands before facing off in Game 5

Game Notes:
– Vassallo led the Fish Sticks in victory, going 5 for 8, running out 4 singles and hitting the game-tying home run in the top of the sixth. He also made countless crucial plays in the field.
– Joey set a playoff record with 10 put-outs in the game. He also pitched 8 innings, giving up 1 ER on 1 hit, a solo homer to Ron
– Spads also pitched 8 innings, giving up 2 ER on 5 hits
– Marr took the loss for the Dentists, pitching 3 innings, giving up 1 ER on 2 hits
– Blose claimed the win for the Fish Sticks, giving up 1 ER on 2 hits in 5 innings pitched
– The pitching and defense was spectacular in this game, holding both offenses in check throughout 13 grueling innings

Box Score

Ron Belts Two Homers, Pitches Dentists Past Fish Sticks for 2-1 Series Lead

21 Jul

Ron carried the Dentists to a 4-3 win, putting them up 2-1 in their best-of-five series

Ron went 2 for 3 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI in addition to giving up only 3 earned runs on 3 hits in a complete game win for 4 out of 5 Dentists, giving them a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five series against the Fish Sticks.

After their dramatic comeback victory in game 2, the Dentists were dealt a major blow on gameday coming into game 3. Chris, their staff ace and Pitch King candidate, was ruled out for the week with a herniated disc, leaving Ron as their only regular starter available to pitch. He started game 3, and took command of the game on the mound after early troubles.

He retired Blose in the top of the first for the first out, but the next batter, Dinger, hit a solo laser to left field, putting the Sticks up 1-0 early. Ron retired Joey for the second out of the inning.

Dinger went to the mound for the Fish Sticks, and he also found himself in trouble after retiring Braydn for the first out of the bottom of the first. Marr singled when Blose misplayed a ball in centerfield, and the next batter, Ron, crushed a two-run homer to left-center, putting the Dentists on top 2-1. Dinger then retired Spads for the second out of the inning.

Ron started to get in a groove on the mound in the top of the second, retiring Vassallo and Blose in order.

The Dentists added to their lead in the bottom of the second, as Braydn led off with a home run to deep right field, making the score 3-1. Dinger retired Marr and Ron to end the second, but the Dentists lead had doubled.

Braydn went 1 for 4 with a solo homer, which gave the Dentists a 3-1 lead

Ron continued to remain in control in the top of the third, as Dinger and Joey were retired consecutively be groundout.

Dinger had his first scoreless inning in the bottom of the third, as he retired Spads and Braydn to maintain the two-run deficit.

Ron retired Vassallo to start the top of the fourth, his sixth consecutive retired batter. But the next batter, Blose, had his first hit of Game 3, a solo homer, cutting the score to 3-2. Dinger, who had homered earlier, stepped to the plate next and crushed his second bomb of the game, making back-to-back homers and tying the game a 3-3. The Fish Sticks had drawn even, but couldn’t take the lead, as Ron retired Joey for the second out to end the inning.

Dinger went 2 for 4 with 2 homers, including one that tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fourth

The Dentists took no time at all to regain the lead. Dinger retired Marr for the inning’s first out, but Ron matched Dinger with his second homer of the game, putting the Dentists back on top 4-3. Dinger retired Spads for the second out of the inning, and the Dentists had a one run lead through four innings.

Ron wouldn’t let the Sticks rally in the top of the fifth, as he retired Vassallo and Blose in order for a perfect inning.

Dinger held the Dentists in check in the bottom of the fifth, retiring Braydn and Marr, sending the game to the sixth inning.

The Sticks came to the plate in the top of the sixth inning down a run, needing to plate one to extend the game and avoid falling behind in the series for the first time. But Ron buckled down, getting Dinger and Joey to fly out, ending the game, and securing a 4-3 win for the Dentists. The After losing Game 1, the Dentists had rallied back to take Games 2 and 3 and a 2-1 lead in the series.

Game Notes:
– Dinger led the Sticks at the plate and on the mound. He went 2 for 4 with 2 home runs and 2 RBI, and despite taking the loss pitching a complete game, giving up 4 ER on only 4 hits.
– Ron led the way for the Dentists, picking up the complete game victory by giving up only 3 ER on 3 hits. He also went 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 HR and 3 RBI.

Box Score

Ron Named 2011 EWL Manager of the Year

15 Jul

2011 EWL Manager of the Year Ron Walker

In a very close vote, Ron, manager and captain of 4 out of 5 Dentists, has been named the 2011 EWL Manager of the Year.

Ron led the Dentists to a .500 record at 10-10 and the #3 seed in the EWL Playoffs. The Dentists started 0-5, but finished the season 10-5, including a five game winning streak. Despite the first quarter of the season with a depleted roster, he pulled the pieces together and molded his squad into a championship contender. The Dentists were within a single win of clinching the #2 seed, and were in the hunt for the pennant through week 9 of the regular season.

Ron went to great efforts to put a full squad on the field, using 8 different players throughout the season for at least one game. The Dentists had 4 or more players more than any other team in the league throughout the regular season. Ron was one of 5 EWL players to play in all 20 regular season games.

Ron played and managed hard, demanding full effort from his team, setting an example with his own play, and respecting the game. He was a loyal ambassador of the EWL and wiffleball, and represented the intensity, dedication, skill, and leadership required of an EWL manager and star.

Guthrie finished second in voting, and had a great season as a manager as well. He led the Caucasians to the best record in the league and the first ever EWL pennant. He earned one more league vote than Ron, and finished second in overall voting after the commissioner vote was placed.

Ron will be presented with the EWL Manager of the Year Award on Tuesday during the Round 1 playoffs.

Manager of the Year Candidate League Vote Commish Vote Total Votes
1 Ron 5 5 10
2 Guthrie 6 3 9
3 Joey 4 1 5
4 Brad 0 0 0

Dentists Rally from Four Down, Stun Fish Sticks 7-6 to Even Series

14 Jul

Braydn had 2 HR, 2 RBI, and 5 put-outs in the Dentists come-from-behind Game 2 win

Up 6-2 through four innings, the Fish Sticks imploded as the Dentists scored five unanswered runs to come from behind and win Game 2 7-6, tying the five game series at one game apiece.

Joey took the mound for the Fish Sticks, coming off a two-win week 10. He retired Braydn and Marr in order in the top of the first.

Pitch King contender Chris started for the Dentists, and got into trouble early. Blose singled to start the game, and moved to second when Dinger grounded out for the first out of the inning. With a runner in scoring position, Joey hit a two-run bomb, putting the Fish Sticks up 2-0. Chris then retired Vassallo for the second out of the inning.

Down two, the Dentists couldn’t cut into the lead in the top of the second. Joey sent down Ron and Chris in order for a perfect second.

The Sticks added to their lead in the top of the second. Chris retired Blose for the first out when he flew out to right field. But the next batter, Dinger, hit a solo homer, moving the score to 3-0. Joey flew out for the second out of the inning.

Joey remained perfect through three innings, as he retired Braydn and Marr in order in the top of the third.

Vassallo led off the bottom of the third by flying out to right field, but Blose followed with a solo homer, his second of the game, putting the Sticks up 4-0. Chris retired Dinger for the second out of the inning.

The Dentists finally got on the board in the top of the fourth, when Ron led off the inning with his team’s first hit, a solo homer, making the score 4-1. Chris flew out for the first out of the inning, but the next batter, Braydn, hit a solo home run, cutting the deficit to 4-2. Marr then grounded out for the second out of the inning.

With the score 4-2, the Fish Sticks made up for the runs they gave up in the top of the fourth by adding to their lead in the bottom half of the inning. Joey led off with a home run, moving the score to 5-2. Vassallo flew out for the first out of the inning, and with one out Blose crushed a solo homer to right, giving the Sticks a 6-2 lead. Dinger grounded out to left for the second out of the inning, and the Sticks were up four runs through four innings.

Despite holding a comfortable lead, the wheels began to fall off for the Fish Sticks in the top of the fifth. Ron led off the inning with his second solo homer in as many at-bats, cutting the score to 6-3. Chris made back-to-back jacks when he followed with a home run, and Braydn followed with a home run of his own, giving the Dentists back-to-back-to-back home runs. The three consecutive home runs chased starter Joey, unable to record an out in the fifth, from the mound, as the Sticks turned to Game 1 starter Dinger. The first batter Dinger faced, Marr, crushed a solo home run to center, tying the game a 6-6, as the Dentists had hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers. The Dentists had surged back to tie the game with no outs, but couldn’t take the lead, as Dinger settled down and retired Ron and Chris to end the disastrous fifth inning.

Joey led off the top of the fifth by grounding out to left, and Vassallo hit a one out double, putting the lead run in scoring position. But Blose couldn’t drive him in, as Chris got him to fly out to right field, ending the bottom of the fifth inning with the game tied.

Dinger retired Braydn to lead off the top of the sixth, but the next batter, Marr, hit his second consecutive homer, giving the Dentists their first lead of the series at 7-6. Dinger retired Ron to end the inning, sending the Fish Sticks to their final at-bat.

Needing a run to extend the game, the Sticks couldn’t get their offense going. Chris retired Dinger and Joey in order to end the game, giving the Dentists a 7-6 win, and evening the series at 1-1.

Game Notes:
– the Dentists became the first team to hit four consecutive home runs
– the Dentists did not have a baserunner in the game, as they scored 7 runs on 7 solo home runs
– seven home runs is a league record for most by a team in a single game
– Braydn, Marr, and Ron each went 2 for 5 with 2 solo homers, and Chris added the final solo homer
– Blose and Joey led the Dentists; Blose went 3 for 5 with 2 HR, a single, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI, while Joey went 2 for 5 with 2 HR, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI
– Joey gave up 5 runs on 5 hits in 4 innings pitched, getting a no-decision
– Dinger gave up 2 runs on 2 hits in 2 innings pitched, taking the loss in relief for the Fish Sticks
– Chris gave up 6 runs on 7 hits, earning the victory for the Dentists

Box Score

Dinger and Defense Hold Dentists to 2 Hits in 4-2 Fish Sticks Win

14 Jul

The Sticks hit 3 HR in a 4-2 win over the Dentists, including a 2-run homer by Joey

The Fish Sticks took Game 1 of their best of 5 series against 4 out of 5 Dentists 4-2 as Blose and Joey each drove in a pair of runs and Dinger gave up only 2 hits.

Braydn was the first batter of the 2011 EWL playoffs, and Dinger retired him as he grounded out to right field. Dinger then retired Marr for the second out of the inning for a scoreless top of the first.

The Dentists sent Ron to the mound, and his arrival in the 2011 playoffs wasn’t as smooth. Blose led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run, picking up where he left off in week 10, putting the Sticks up 1-0. Ron settled down, however, retiring Dinger and Joey, only giving up a single run in the bottom of the first.

Dinger maintained his groove in the bottom of the second, getting both Ron and Chris to fly out to right field consecutively.

Vassallo grounded out for the first out of the bottom of the second, but the Fish Sticks added to their lead with a one out rally. Blose homered for the second time in as many at-bats, to put the Sticks up 2-0. Dinger followed with a one-out single, and Joey drove him in with a two-run homer, moving the Fish Sticks lead to 4-0. Vassallo singled for the fourth consecutive Fish Sticks hit, but Blose couldn’t advance the runner, grounding out to end the inning.

The Dentists couldn’t cut into the Sticks lead in the top of the third, as Dinger got Braydn and Marr to groundout in order.

Ron held the deficit at four runs in the bottom of the third, retiring Dinger and Joey by groundout.

Dinger gave up his first hit of the contest in the top of the fourth, when Ron led off with a single. He moved to second on a Chris groundout, and with one out, Braydn hit a two-run home run to right field, cutting the Dentists deficit in half. Dinger ended the rally there though, retiring Marr for the second out of the inning, keeping the score 4-2.

Vassallo led off the bottom of the fourth by flying out to the pitcher’s mound. Blose hit a one-out single, but the Sticks couldn’t add a run, as Dinger grounded out to end the fourth.

Dinger returned to form in the top of the fifth, retiring the side in order by getting Ron to fly out to the mound and Chris to fly out to left.

Up two runs, Joey singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth. He tagged up and took second base when Vassallo flew out in foul territory. Blose couldn’t plate the runner in scoring position though, as he flew out to the mound for the second out of the inning.

Heading into the top of sixth up 4-2, the Sticks didn’t make the typical call to the bullpen to bring in their closer Blose. Dinger remained on the mound to close it out, and it turned out to be a good decision. He retired Braydn and Marr in order to end the game, giving the Fish Sticks a 4-2 win and a one game lead in the best-of-five first round series.

Game Notes:
– This was the first playoff game in EWL history
– Dinger threw the first pitch, Bradyn was the first batter and made the first out, Blose had the first hit
– Dinger gave up only 2 runs on 2 hits, both coming in the top of the fourth inning
– Ron gave up 4 runs on 7 hits and took the loss for the Dentists
– Blose led the Sticks, going 3 for 5 with 2 HR, a single, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI
– Braydn had the only extra-base hit for the Dentists, and led them offensively going 1 for 4 with a HR and 2 RBI

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