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Cookies & Cream Push Series to Pivotal Game Five with 11-6 Game Four Win Over Ham Slams

16 Aug

Joey, who hit for the cycle in game 4, stands at the plate while teammate Erich watches on. The two players combined for ten hits and ten runs in the game 4 win.

After losing games one and two of their first round series with the Ham Slams, Cookies & Cream followed a narrow victory in game three with a runaway win in game four, beating the Ham Slams 11-6. Joey, Erich, and Jordan each contributed five hits as Cookies forced a deciding game five, which will determine who will play Questionable Outfit in the 2017 EWL Wiffle Series. This will mark the fifth consecutive postseason that Cookies & Cream will play in game five of a first round series. Cookies & Cream has a 4-0 record in game five of the first round, including 2-0 against the Ham Slams.

Josh started on the mound for the Ham Slams, and he fell behind early. Joey led off the game with a solo homer to left, and Cookies & Cream led 1-0 immediately. Erich followed with a triple, and he scored when Jordan grounded out to left for the first out of the inning. Josh retired Dinger to end the inning, and the Ham Slams trailed 2-0.

Jordan returned to the mound for Cookies & Cream after earning the win in game three, and he made quick work of the Ham Slams in the bottom of the first, retiring the side in order.

Joey started the top of the second with a double, and two batters later, Jordan drove him in with an RBI single that extended the Cookies lead to 3-0. Josh retired Dinger to end the inning, and Cookies & Cream led by three.

The Ham Slams would get on the board in the bottom of the second and cut into the Cookies & Cream lead. With one out, Kessler, in only his second game of 2017, crushed a solo homer to deep left field, making the score 3-1. Jordan retired Steve to the the inning, and the Slams had narrowed the deficit to two runs.

Cookies & Cream made up the run right away in the top of the third. Joey tripled to start the inning, and two batters later, Jordan drove him in with a one-out RBI single that made the score 4-1. Dinger followed with a single, putting runners on first and third with one out, but Josh avoided further damage. He retired Joey for the second out of the inning, stranding both runners.

Josh singled with one out in the bottom of the third, and he moved to second when Kessler followed with a single. The Ham Slams were threatening, with two runners on and the tying run at the plate, but Jordan escaped the inning. He retired Steve, who flew out to deep center, stranding both runners and ending the inning with the score 4-1.

Jordan earned the win on the mound for Cookies & Cream in game 4, and he also had five hits at the plate.

Cookies & Cream would open up a big lead in the top of the fourth. Erich singled to lead off, and two batters later, he moved from first to third on a Dinger single. With one out and runners on the corners, Joey tripled, clearing the bases and putting Cookies & Cream ahead 6-1. Erich singled for the second time in the inning, scoring Joey from third to extend the Cookies lead to 7-1. Jordan drove in Erich with an RBI triple, and the score was 8-1. Josh retired Dinger for the second out of the inning, and the Ham Slams trailed by seven.

Jordan retired the first batter in the bottom of the fourth, Dustin, and then was removed from the game. Dinger came to the mound, and he retired the first batter that he faced as well, Josh, ending the inning.

Cookies & Cream added a few insurance runs in the top of the fifth. Joey led off with a single, giving him the cycle for the game, and he moved to second when Erich followed with a single. Jordan then doubled, scoring Joey to make the score 9-1. Josh got Dinger to ground out for the first out of the inning, but Erich scored on the play, and Cookies & Cream led 10-1. Joey flew out to left to end the inning, leaving Jordan stranded at second.

Dinger retired the Ham Slams in order in the bottom of the fifth, sending Kessler and Steve down consecutively.

Erich added one more run to the Cookies & Cream lead when he started the top of the sixth with a solo homer, which pushed the score to 11-1. Jordan followed with a single, his fifth hit of the game, but Josh stranded him, retiring Dinger and Joey to end the inning.

The Ham Slams would head into the bottom of the sixth down ten runs, and they would need a miraculous inning to extend the game. If any team in the EWL has been known for an inability to close games, it is Cookies & Cream, and it looked as if they may experience deja vu early in the sixth inning. Dustin started the inning with a triple, and two batters later, Kessler drove him in with an RBI double that cut the score to 11-2. Steve followed with a double, scoring Kessler, and the score was 11-3. Dustin then doubled, scoring Steve, and the Ham Slams had narrowed the deficit to 11-4. Josh came to the plate and hit a towering fly ball to right-center that cleared the fence, and his two-run homer made the score 11-6. Just when it looked like Cookies & Cream were on the verge of another epic collapse, Dinger finally escaped the inning. He got Kessler to ground out to center for the second out, ending the game with Cookies & Cream holding on to win 11-6.

The Cookies & Cream win tied the best-of-five first round series at 2-2. The two teams have pushed the series to the distance for the second year in a row, and the winner of game five will face Questionable Outfit in the Wiffle Series.

W: Jordan (2-1)
L: Josh (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Jordan earned the win for Cookies & Cream, allowing one run on three hits in 3.5 innings.
– Dinger pitched 2.5 innings of relief for Cookies & Cream, surrendering five runs on five hits.
– Josh took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up eleven runs on seventeen hits in six innings.
– Joey led Cookies & Cream on offense, hitting for the cycle while going 5-for-8 with a single, a double, two triples, a home run, five runs scored, and three RBI.
– Erich also had five hits for Cookies & Cream, going 5-for-7 with three singles, a triple, a home run, five runs scored, and two RBI.
– Jordan also reached base safely five times, going 5-for-7 with three singles, a double, a triple, and five RBI.
– Kessler led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a single, a double,a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI.

Questionable Outfit Sweep Eastbound & Dahn with 16-0 Game Three Win, Advance to Wiffle Series

13 Aug

Questionable Outfit and Eastbound & Dahn shake hands at the conclusion of their first round playoff series. Questionable Outfit earned the sweep, winning the first three games of the best-of-five series.

The three-time defending champions of the EWL, Questionable Outfit, earned a fifth consecutive trip to the EWL Wiffle Series by completing a first round sweep of Eastbound & Dahn with a 16-0 win in game three. Miller hit for the cycle, going 7-for-8, and all four Questionable players pitched effectively in what was nearly a no-hitter (until the final inning). Eastbound & Dahn’s season ended with twenty consecutive losses in what will go down as perhaps the most challenging season in EWL history. Questionable Outfit will await the winner of the first round series between the Ham Slams and Cookies & Cream to determine who they will face off against for the championship.

BK started on the mound for Eastbound & Dahn, and he fell behind early. Bob led off the game with a triple, and Tom drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 1-0. Rairigh then singled to put runners on the corners, and when Miller grounded out to center for the first out, Tom score, putting Questionable ahead 2-0. Bob followed with a single, scoring Rairigh, and the lead was 3-0. Tom then singled to put runners on first and second with one out, but BK avoided further damage, retiring Rairigh for the second, out stranding two runners and ending the inning.

Bob took the mound to start the game for Questionable Outfit, and he retired the side in order in the bottom of the first.

Bob pitched two scoreless innings for Questionable Outfit and earned the win in game 3.

Miller led off the top of the second with a double, but Questionable couldn’t score him, as BK retired Bob and Tom to strand the runner and end the inning with the score 3-0.

Questionable put Rairigh on the mound in the bottom of the second, and he retired Kyle and BK consecutively.

Questionable Outfit would open up a big lead in the top of the third. Rairigh led off with a triple, and Miller drove him in with a two-run bomb to left-center, making the Questionable lead 5-0. Bob then singled and move to third when Tom doubled. Mike came to the plate with two runners in scoring position, and he scored them both with an RBI single that made the score 7-0. Miller then tripled, scoring Mike, and the lead was 8-0. The big inning would end there, as BK retired Bob and Tom, and Eastbound & Dahn trailed by eight.

Rairigh launches one of his five hits in the game. He also pitched two scoreless innings of relief in the Questionable Outfit win.

Questionable Outfit turned to Miller on the mound in the bottom of the third, and he retired Adam and Nate C in order, making Questionable Outfit perfect through three innings.

Rairigh led off the top of the fourth with a single, and he moved from first to third when Miller followed with a single that gave him the cycle for the game. BK got Bob to ground out to center for the first out of the inning, but Rairigh scored on the play, making the score 9-0. Tom then grounded out to left, ending the inning.

Questionable continued their rotating cast of pitchers, switching to Tom in the bottom of the fourth. He retired the side in order, the seventh and eighth consecutive batters retired to start the game.

Questionable added more to their lead in the top of the fifth. Rairigh led off with a double and moved to third when Miller followed with a double. Bob grounded out to center for the first out of the inning, but both baserunners scored on the play, and Questionable Outfit led 11-0. Tom then hit a solo homer to left, pushing the Questionable lead to 12-0. BK retired Rairigh to end the inning, and the lead was now twelve runs.

Bob went 5-for-9 in the Questionable Outfit victory with 3 singles, a double, a triple, and 6 RBI

Bob returned to the mound in the top of the fifth, and he send Nate O and Christian down in order, making Questionable Outfit perfect through five innings with a twelve run lead.

Miller started the top of the sixth with a double, and Bob drove him in with an RBI single that made the score 13-0. Tom singled to put runners on first and second, and two batters later, Miller hit a one-out double, clearing the bases, and Questionable Outfit’s lead was 15-0. Bob then doubled, scoring Miller from second, and the score was 16-0. BK retired Tom to end the inning, and Eastbound & Dahn would head into the bottom of the sixth needing sixteen runs to extend their season and a hit to break up the perfect game.

Miller, who hit for the cycle and broke the single-game playoff record for doubles, connects on a hit off BK in the blazing August sun

The rotation of pitchers turned to Rairigh, who pitched a perfect frame in the bottom of the second for Questionable Outfit. He retired Adam, the first batter he faced, and he was one out away from sealing a first round sweep and a perfect game no-hitter. But Eastbound & Dahn showed a glimpse of life on their way out of the 2017 season. Nate C came to the plate as the last out, but he managed to hit a seeing-eye single that fell in for a base hit, breaking up the no hitter. After retiring the first eleven hitters of the game, the twelfth hitter, Nate C., had broken up the perfect game. Eastbound got another hit when Nate O. followed with a single, and Eastbound had two runners on. They had broken up the historical no-hit bid, but a sixteen run rally wasn’t in the cards. Rairigh cracked down and retired Christian for the second out of the inning, stranding both runners and ending the game.

Questionable Outfit had completed a first round sweep of Eastbound & Dahn, winning the best-of-five series 3-0 and advancing to the Wiffle Series for the fifth consecutive year.

W: Bob (1-0)
L: BK (0-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob earned the win for Questionable Outfit, pitching two innings without allowing a hit or a run.
– Mike pitched two innings of relief for Questionable Outfit, and was the only pitcher to allow a hit, giving up two hits and no runs in two innings.
– Miller and Tom each pitched one inning of relief for Questionable Outfit, each allowing no hits and no runs.
– BK took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, giving up sixteen runs on twenty-two hits in six innings.
– Miller led Questionable Outfit at the plate, hitting for the cycle while going 7-for-8 with a single, a single-game playoff record four doubles, a triple, a home run, four runs scored, and six RBI.
– Nate C. and Nate O. had the only hits for Eastbound & Dahn, both singles.

Cookies & Cream Comes Alive in Game Three, Top Ham Slams 13-10

13 Aug

Jordan got hit hard on the mound, but earned the win, and made up the difference on offense going 5-for-7 with a single, three doubles, a home run, and four runs scored.

With their backs against the wall and facing a first round sweep at the hands of the Ham Slams, the Cookies & Cream bats resurrected, as each player had at least four hits in a 13-10 win. Erich and Jordan each had four extra-base hits, Joey reached base safely in his first five at-bats, and Dinger set the single-game playoff record for singles, with five. The win pushed the series to a fourth game, and the Ham Slams will try to close out the series while Cookies & Cream attempts to force a fifth game.

After scoring one run in games one and two combined, Cookies & Cream needed a revival on offense, and they got it started immediately in the top of the first inning against the Ham Slams starter, Dustin. Joey led off the game with a single, and Cookies took an early lead when Erich followed with a two-run homer, making the score 2-0. Jordan then doubled, and Dinger followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Joey then singled, scoring Jordan, and Cookies led 3-0. Cookies had runners on first and second when Dustin retired Erich for the first out of the inning. Dinger attempted to score from second on the play and was gunned out for the second out of the inning by Kessler, making his first appearance of the 2017 season, filling in for Dan.

The Ham Slams bounced back in the bottom of the first and cut into the Cookies & Cream lead. Steve started the bottom half of the inning by launching a solo homer to right-center off the Cookies & Cream starter, Jordan, and the score was 3-1. After Jordan retired Josh for the first out of the inning, the next three Ham Slams batters singled. Dustin singled and moved to second on Kessler’s single. Steve then singled, scoring Dustin, and the score was 3-2. The Slams had runners on first and second, but Jordan escaped the inning, retiring Josh to strand both runners.

Steve helped to keep the Ham Slams in the game, going 4-for-7 with a single, three home runs, and six RBI.

Dustin retired Cookies & Cream in order in the top of the second, and the Ham Slams took command of the lead in the bottom of the second.

Dustin led off the inning with a solo homer, tying the game at 3-3. After Kessler doubled, Steve crushed his second homer of the game, a two-run bomb that put the Ham Slams ahead 5-3. Two batters later, Dustin hit a one-out triple, and he scored from third on Dustin’s RBI double that pushed the Ham Slams lead to 6-3. Jordan then retired Steve to end the inning, and the Slams led by three.

Cookies & Cream had lost their early lead, but they followed up with their biggest inning of the playoffs in the top of the third. Joey led off the inning with a double, and two batters later, Jordan hit a one-out RBI double to make the score 6-4. Dinger then singled, scoring Jordan from second, and the score was 6-5. Joey followed with a double, putting runners on second and third, and Erich cleared the bases with an RBI double that put Cookies & Cream back on top 7-6. Jordan then crushed a two-run home run to left-center, and Cookies led 9-6. Dinger followed with a single, and Joey drove him in with a two-run homer to left, and the lead jumped to 11-6. Erich made back-to-back jacks when he followed Joey’s homer with a solo shot, and the Cookies lead was 12-6. Jordan singled, and when Dinger followed with a single, Jordan was caught out trying to advance from second to third, ending the inning. Cookies & Cream had scored nine total runs in the inning, eight of them coming with one out, tying an EWL playoff record set by Downtown Bobby Brown in 2012.

Erich prepares to unload on a pitch while his teammates, Joey and Jordan, watch. Erich went 4-for-7 in the big game three win, with a double, a triple, and two home runs.

Trailing by six, the Ham Slams put a dent in the Cookies & Cream lead in the bottom of the third. Josh led off the inning with a double, and he scored from second when Dustin followed with an RBI double. Dustin’s double gave him the cycle for the game, and it cut the score to 12-7. Jordan retired the next two batters to end the inning, and Cookies & Cream led by five.

Erich tripled with one out in the top of the fourth, but Dustin avoided further damage, retiring Jordan to strand the runner and end the inning.

Down 12-7, the Ham Slams cut deeper into the Cookies & Cream lead in the bottom of the fourth. Dustin doubled with one out, his fifth consecutive at-bat with a hit, and he scored when Kessler followed with an RBI single, making the score 12-8. Steve came to the plate and hit his third round-tripper of the game, a mammoth blast to right-center than narrowed the Cookies & Cream lead to 12-10. Jordan was removed from the game, and Cookies & Cream turned to Dinger from the bullpen. The first batter he faced, Josh, singled, but Dinger would end the inning by retiring Dustin for the second out.

Dustin retired Cookies & Cream in order in the top of the fifth, and the score remained 12-10. Dinger matched him in the bottom of the fifth, retiring Kessler and Steve consecutively.

Cookies & Cream would add one insurance run in the top of the sixth. Jordan doubled with one out, and Dinger drove him in with his record-setting fifth single of the game, making the score 13-10. Dustin retired Joey to end the inning, and the Ham Slams would need three runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend the game.

Dinger made quick work of the Slams in the sixth, retiring Josh and Dustin in order, ending the game, and giving Cookies & Cream a 13-10 win and a chance to play another game.

The Ham Slams continue to lead the best-of-five series 2-1, and will attempt to close out the series in game four and advance to their first Wiffle Series.

W: Jordan (1-1)
L: Dustin (1-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Jordan earned the win for Cookies & Cream, allowing ten runs on fourteen hits in 3.5 innings pitched.
– Dinger pitched 2.5 innings of relief for Cookies & Cream, giving up no runs and one hit.
– Dustin took the loss for the Ham Slams, surrendering thirteen runs on nineteen hits in six innings.
– Jordan led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 5-for-7 with a single, three doubles, a home run, four runs scored, and three RBI.
– Erich went 4-for-7 with a double, a triple, two homers, three runs scored, and five RBI.
– Joey reached base safely in his first five at-bats, going 5-for-8 with two singles, two doubles, a home run, four runs scored, and three RBI.
– Dinger set the single-game playoff record for singles, with five, going 5-for-7 with five singles two runs scored, and two RBI.
– Steve led the Ham Slams on offense, going 4-for-7 with a single, three home runs, three runs scored, and six RBI.
– Dustin hit the cycle for the Ham Slams, going 5-for-7 with a single, two doubles, a triple, a home run, four runs scored, and an RBI.

Mike and Tom Lead Questionable Outfit to 5-2 Game Two Win Over Eastbound & Dahn

7 Aug

Kyle of Eastbound & Dahn attempts to peg Bob with the ball as he approaches third base. Bob went 2-for-4 with two singles, a sac fly, and two runs scored in the game 2 Questionable Outfit victory.

Questionable Outfit moved one step closer to clinching a spot in the 2017 Wiffle Series with a 5-2 win over Eastbound & Dahn in game two of their best-of-five series. After getting beaten soundly in game on of the series, Eastbound showed life in game two, keeping the game close throughout. Ultimately, Questionable Outfit’s hitting and Eastbound & Dahn’s weak defense led to a second consecutive victory for Questionable, as Tom and Mike each went 3-for-5 to lead them on offense. Mike and Bob split the pitching duties, allowing only two runs in the victory. Questionable Outfit can close out the series in game 3 and advance to the Wiffle Series for the fifth consecutive year.

Mike took the mound for Questionable Outfit, and he retired the side in order in the top of the first, sending Nate O and Christian down consecutively.

Questionable got on the board in the bottom of the second, starting when Bob singled off BK and moved to second when BK retired Tom for the first out of the inning. Mike then tripled, scoring Bob, and Questionable led 1-0. BK then retired Miller to end the inning, and Eastbound & Dahn trailed by a run.

Mike rolled through the top of the second, retiring Kyle and BK in order.

Questionable would extend their lead in the bottom of the second. Bob singled and moved to third when Tom followed with a double. Mike then singled to load the bases for Miller, who had a rare opportunity for a grand slam. He didn’t homer, but he singled, scoring Bob, and the score was 2-0. Bob then had an opportunity for a grand slam as well, but he hit a high fly ball to center. Nate O caught the ball for the first out of the inning, but Tom tagged up and scored on the play, making the score 3-0. Tom then doubled, scoring Mike, and Questionable Outfit led 4-0. BK escaped the inning by retiring Mike for the second out, and Eastbound was down by four.

Adam tripled to start the top of the third, the first Eastbound hit of the game. Eastbound couldn’t capitalize on the runner in scoring position, as Mike retired Nate C and Nate O, stranding the runner, and ending the inning.

Miller led off the bottom of the third with a double, and two batters later, Tom hit an RBI single to score him, pushing the score to 5-0. BK then retired Mike to end the inning.

Questionable removed Mike from the mound in the top of the fourth and brought Bob in from the bullpen. He struck out the first batter he faced, Christian, and then retired Kyle to end the inning. BK matched him in the bottom of the fourth, retiring the side in order, and the score remained 5-0.

Eastbound would get on the board in the top of the fifth. BK singled to lead off, and he scored from first when Adam followed with an RBI double that made the score 5-1. Bob then retired both Eastbound Nates to strand Adam at second and end the inning with Eastbound down four runs.

Mike singled with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but Questionable couldn’t add to their lead, as BK retired Miller to strand the runner and end the inning.

Christian led off the top of the sixth with a double, and he moved to third when Kyle grounded out for the first out of the inning. Bob, not paying attention on the mound, allowed Christian to essentially steal home on the play, and Eastbound cut the lead to 5-2. The rally would end there, however, as Bob retired BK for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Questionable Outfit a 5-2 victory.

The win gave Questionable Outfit a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series and put them one win away from clinching a spot in the 2017 Wiffle Series.

W: Mike (1-0)
L: BK (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Mike earned the win for Questionable Outfit, allowing only one hit and no runs in three innings.
– Bob pitched three innings of relief for Questionable, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out one.
– BK took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, surrendering five runs on ten hits in five innings.
– Mike and Tom each went 3-for-5 to lead Questionable Outfit on offense. Mike had two singles, a triple, a run scored, and an RBI. Tom had a single, two doubles, a run scored, and two RBI.
– Adam led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 2-for-2 with a double, a triple, and an RBI.

Dan Dominates Cookies & Cream Bats, Leads Ham Slams to 2-0 win and 2-0 Lead in Series

7 Aug

Dan was unhittable on the mound, scattering three hits in a complete game shutout of Cookies & Cream in game 2. He also drove in the game-winning RBI.

The Ham Slams, led by Dan who pitched a complete game shutout, put Cookies & Cream firmly against the wall after winning game 2 of the their first round series 2-0. The win put the Ham Slams one victory away from sweeping Cookies & Cream, advancing out of the first round for the first time in franchise history, and earning a spot in the 2017 Wiffle Series. Dan allowed only three hits, and Cookies & Cream never threatened, as the Slams have now allowed only two runs on six hits in the first two games of the series combined. Steve went 2-for-4 to lead the Ham Slams on offense, with a triple and a solo homer. The Slams will attempt to close out the series in week 2 of the playoffs, while Cookies & Cream will attempt to come back from an 0-2 hole in the first round for the second time in franchise history.

The Ham Slams took an early lead in the top of the first when the game’s first batter, Steve, tripled off Cookies & Cream’s starter Guthrie. Guthrie got the next batter, Dan, to ground out to left, but Steve scored on the play, and the Ham Slams led 1-0. Guthrie then retired Josh to end the inning.

Erich singled with one out in the bottom of the first, but Cookies & Cream couldn’t capitalize, as Dan retired Joey to strand the runner and end the inning.

Guthrie cruised through the top of the second, retiring the side in order.

Dinger singled with one out in the bottom of the second, but once again Dan buckled down, retiring Guthrie to strand the runner, and the Slams continued to lead 1-0.

The Ham Slams threatened in the top of the third when Dan led off the inning with a double and moved to third on Josh’s single. The Slams had two runners in scoring position with no outs, but Guthrie avoided damage, retiring Dustin and Steve to strand them both, ending the inning without allowing a run.

Cookies couldn’t get on the board in the bottom of the third, as Dan retired Erich and Joey in order. Guthrie matched him in the top of the fourth, sending Dan and Josh down consecutively.

Josh secures a fly ball in right field for the Ham Slams, with Dustin backing him up.

Dan continued to roll in the bottom of the fourth, retiring Jordan and Dinger.

The Slams would add an insurance run in the top of the fifth. With one out, Steve launched a solo homer to right-center, putting the Ham Slams ahead 2-0. Guthrie retired Dan to end the inning, and Cookies trailed by two runs.

Guthrie led off the bottom of the fifth with a double, but once again, Dan stranded a Cookies runner. He retired Erich and Joey to end the inning, maintaining the shutout and the two run lead.

Guthrie retired the Slams in order in the top of the sixth, and Cookies would head into their final at-bat down two.

Dan contemplated bringing in a reliever for the save, but he remained on the mound to close things out for the Slams, and it was the right decision. He retired Jordan and Dinger in order, ending the game, and giving the Ham Slams a 2-0 win in game two of the best-of-five series.

The win moved the Ham Slams to only one victory away from winning the series and clinching a spot in the 2017 Wiffle Series.

W: Dan (1-0)
L: Dinger (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dan pitched the complete game shutout for the Ham Slams, allowing only three hits in six innings. This was the 12th shutout in EWL playoff history.
– Guthrie took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up two runs on four hits in six innings.
– Steve led the Ham Slams on offense, going 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run, and he scored both Ham Slams runs.
– Erich, Guthrie, and Dinger each had a hit for Cookies & Cream in the loss.

Questionable Outfit Offense Too Much for Eastbound & Dahn in 16-2 Game One Rout

6 Aug

Miller, who prepares to catch a fly ball late in the game, earned the win on the mound for Questionable in game one and went 5-for-6 at the plate

Both Questionable Outfit and Eastbound & Dahn continued where they left off in the regular season in game one of their best-of-five first round series, as Questionable’s offense was explosive and Eastbound’s defense was porous. Questionable Outfit took advantage of countless fielding errors, jumping out to a large lead in the first inning, and they never looked back, cruising to a 16-2 victory. Bob went 6-for-7, hitting for the cycle, with a single, three doubles, a triple, and a home run, while his teammate, Miller, went 5-for-6 with a single, three doubles, a home run, and four RBI.

Miller started on the mound for Questionable Outfit, and he retired Eastbound in order in the top of the first.

Christian started for Eastbound & Dahn, and his defense failed him immediately and often. After an unthinkable number of fielding errors, which Questionable Outfit took full advantage of, Eastbound & Dahn trailed 9-0. Questionable reached base safely in seven of their first eight at-bats, all eight of which should have been recorded as outs.

Bob led off the game with a single and moved to third when Tom followed with a double. Mike then hit an RBI single, scoring Bob to make the score 1-0. Miller followed with an RBI double to score Tom, and the score was 2-0. Christian retired Bob for the first out of the inning, but Tom followed by clearing the bases with an RBI double, and Questionable led 4-0. Mike doubled to score Tom, pushing the Questionable lead to 5-0, and Miller followed with a two-run blast to left, and Questionable led 7-0. Bob then tripled, and Tom belted a two-run homer to left-center, making the score 9-0. Christian finally retired Mike for the second out of the inning, but the game was all but over after an inning.

Miller struck out Kyle to start the top of the second, and then retired BK to end the inning.

The two Nates of Eastbound & Dahn settle under a fly ball to retire Bob, who went 6-for-7 in the Questionable Outfit win

Miller doubled to lead off the bottom of the second, and Bob drove him in with an RBI double, making the score 10-0. Mike then hit out of turn in the lineup, recording the first out of the inning, and Tom grounded out to left, ending the inning with Questionable ahead by ten.

Miller continued to roll on the mound, retiring Eastbound in order in the top of the third, and he had retired Eastbound’s first six batters without allowing a base runner.

Mike started the bottom of the third with a double, and Miller drove him in with an RBI single, making the score 11-0. Bob doubled to put runners on second and third, and Tom cleared the bases with an RBI double, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 13-0. Mike followed with a single, but he was doubled off when Miller flew out to center and Mike did not tag up, ending the inning.

Eastbound & Dahn would get on the board in the top of the fourth when Nate O led off the inning with a solo shot to left-center, and the score was 13-1. Christian followed with a double, and he moved to third when Kyle singled, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Miller got BK to ground out to center for the first out of the inning, but Christian scored on the play, cutting the Questionable lead to 13-2. Miller then retired Adam to end the inning, stranding Kyle at second.

Bob scoots into second base safely for a double as Nate C tries unsuccessfully to peg him with the ball for an out

Bob doubled to lead off the bottom of the fourth, and he scored from second when Tom grounded out to center for the first out of the inning. Christian then retired Mike for a relatively quick inning, and Questionable Outfit led 14-2.

Tom entered the game in relief of Miller in the top of the fifth. The first batter he faced, Nate C, singled, and he moved from first to third when Nate O followed with a double. Eastbound was threatening, but Tom cracked down, retiring Christian and Kyle to strand both runners without allowing a run, and the score remained 14-2.

Miller started the bottom of the fifth with a double, and Bob drove him in with a two-run homer to right-center, giving him the cycle for the game and putting Questionable Outfit ahead 16-2. Christian retired Tom and Mike to end the inning, and Eastbound trailed by fourteen runs heading into their final at-bat.

Tom ended the game quickly in the top of the sixth, retiring BK and Adam in order, giving Questionable Outfit a 16-2 victory in game one of the first round series.

Questionable Outfit would now be two wins away from advancing the Wiffle Series for the fifth consecutive season.

W: Miller (1-0)
L: Christian (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Miller earned the win for Questionable Outfit, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out one in four innings.
– Tom pitched two innings of relief for Questionable, giving up two hits and no runs.
– Christian took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, surrendering sixteen runs on nineteen hits in five innings.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit at the plate, going 6-for-7 with a single, three doubles, a triple, a home run, five runs scored, and three RBI. He also hit for the cycle.
– Miller also went 5-for-6 for Questionable Outfit, with a single, three doubles, a home run, five runs scored, and four RBI.
– Tom and Mike each had four hits for Questionable Outfit in the victory.
– Nate O led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, a run scored, and an RBI.

Dustin Outduels Jordan on Mound in Ham Slams 2-1 Game One Victory over Cookies & Cream

6 Aug

Dustin scored the game’s first round and was in prime form on the mound, allowing only one run on three hits to the streaking Cookies & Cream offense, and earned the victory in game 1 of the first round series

The Cookies & Cream offense came into the 2017 EWL playoffs surging, but Dustin cut their legs out from under them, allowing only one run on three hits as the Ham Slams jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series with a 2-1 victory. Jordan had a strong performance on the mound, giving up only two runs to the Ham Slams, but they were enough for the Slams to hold on to steal game one. Josh’s timely double in the top of the sixth was the difference, as he later scored on a strange single from Steve off the centerfield wall, giving Dustin all of the run support that he would need.

Steve singled off Jordan to start the game in the top of the first, but the Slams wouldn’t move him from first. Jordan got Dan to fly out to shallow left, and then fanned Josh to end the inning.

Dustin got off to a strong start in the bottom of the first, retiring Guthrie and Erich in order.

The Slams would get on the board in the top of the second, taking an early lead. Dustin singled to lead off, and two batters later, Dan hit an RBI double to left-center, scoring Dustin from first to put the Slams ahead 1-0. Jordan then retired Josh to end the inning, and the Ham Slams led by one.

Dustin moves into scoring position in the top of the second, and would later score the first run of the game on Dan’s RBI double

Joey tripled to start the bottom of the second, and the tying run was in scoring position, but Dustin buckled down and Cookies couldn’t capitalize. He retired Jordan and Dinger to strand the runner, and the score remained 1-0.

Jordan rolled through the top of the third, retiring the side in order.

Dustin delivers a pitch to Joey, who went 1-for-3 with a triple in the Cookies & Cream loss

Erich doubled with one out in the bottom of the third, but Dustin stranded another runner in scoring position, retiring Joey to end the inning.

Dan doubled to lead off the top of the fourth, but the Slams couldn’t extend their lead. Jordan sent down Josh and Dustin, stranding the runner, and Cookies continued to trail by a run.

Dustin retired Jordan and Dinger in order in the bottom of the fourth, and Jordan matched him in the top of the fifth, sending Steve and Dan down consecutively.

Jordan snatches a fly ball in foul territory for an out

Dustin continued to dominate on the mound in the bottom of the fifth, retiring Guthrie and Erich in order, and the Ham Slams would head into the final inning up 1-0.

Josh led off the top of the sixth with a double, and two batters later, Steve hit a line drive to right-center. The ball hit the bottom of the fence, and Josh raced around to score on the play. After some debate as to whether Steve had reached first safely and whether the run would score, Steve was ruled safe at first but out trying to extend the hit into a double. The inning was over, but the run counted, and the Ham Slams had a two run advantage entering the bottom of the sixth.

Down to their last at-bat, Cookies & Cream showed some life in the bottom of the sixth, but not enough. With one out, Jordan roped a solo homer to deep left-center, breaking up the shutout and putting Cookies & Cream on the board at 2-1. Dinger then came to the plate, and Dustin got him to fly out, ending the inning and the game, as the Ham Slams won game one 2-1.

The Ham Slams would now need two more wins in the series to advance beyond the first round and into the Wiffle Series for the first time in franchise history.

W: Dustin (1-0)
L: Jordan (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dustin pitched the complete game win for the Ham Slams, allowing only one run on three hits in six innings.
– Jordan took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings.
– Dan led the Ham Slams on offense, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.
– Jordan provided the only offense for Cookies & Cream, going 1-for-3 with a solo home run.