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Mike’s Game 2 Walk-Off Homer Gives Loss Mitigation 2-0 Series Lead Over Porkswords

2 Aug

After an incredible game 1, Mike came through yet again, and his walk-off homer in the bottom of the sixth gave Loss Mitigation a two game lead in the best-of-five first round series with the Porkswords

After carrying his team to victory in game 1, Mike put Loss Mitigation on his shoulders again in game 2. His walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth capped another great performance and gave his team a comfortable lead in the best-of-five first round series with the Porkswords.

Norris took the mound for Loss Mitigation, and he looked good early. After allowing a leadoff double to Adam, he retired Frosty and Josh to strand the runner, ending the inning.

With three innings of eligibility left after game 1, Josh started once again for the Porkswords. He rolled through the bottom of the first, retiring Mike and Nate in order.

A family of three watches the EWL playoff action from the third base line stands.

Bob singled to start the top of the second, but the Porkswords couldn’t get on the board, as Norris retired Adam and Frosty to strand the runner and end the inning.

Loss Mitigation would take a lead in the bottom of the second. Norris tripled to start the inning, but he was caught out in between third and home trying to extend the hit into an inside-the-park homer. Reggie followed with a triple, and Mike drove him in with a two-run blast, making the score 2-0. Josh retired Nate to end the inning, and he had met his innings limit for the week.

Adam of the Porkswords fields a ball off the left field fence while teammate Bob watches from center field

With a two-run lead, Norris rolled through the top of the third, sending Josh and Bob down consecutively.

Norris is pleased with his squad’s performance in game 2.

Loss Mitigation extended their lead in the bottom of the third. Adam entered the game for Josh, and he was hit hard right away. Norris singled, and Reggie drove him in with a two-run homer, making the score 4-0. The next batter, Mike, tripled, but similar to Norris in the previous inning, he was caught out between third and home trying to extend the hit into an inside-the-park homer. Nate followed with a single, but Josh avoided further damage, retiring Norris for the second out of the inning.

The Porkswords cut into the four run deficit in the top of the fourth. Frosty doubled with one out, and Josh drove him in with a two-run homer to right center. Norris retired Bob to end the inning, and the Porkswords had cut the score to 4-2.

Reggie singled to start the bottom of the fourth, and two batters later, Nate hit an RBI triple, pushing the Loss Mitigation lead to 5-2. Josh retired Norris to end the inning, and the Porkswords trailed by three runs.

Norris connects on one of his two hits in the game.

The Porkswords rallied once again in the top of the fifth, tying the game. Adam led off with a triple, and he scored from third on Frosty’s RBI single that cut the score to 5-3. Two batters later, Bob doubled to put runners on second and third, and Adam cleared the bases with an RBI triple, his second three-bagger of the inning. Norris retired Frosty for the second out of the inning, but he had allowed three runs, and the game was tied at 5-5.

Frosty, who made his triumphant return to the wiffle diamond, celebrates after scoring a run in the fourth inning.

Loss Mitigation pulled back ahead in the bottom of the fifth. Reggie tripled for the second time in the game, and Mike drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 6-5. Adam retired Nate and Norris to end the inning, and the Porkswords needed a run in the top of the sixth to extend the game.

Nate, who went 2-for-5 with a single and a triple for Loss Mitigation, poses for the wiffle camera.

Josh led off the final frame with a triple, and Bob came through in the clutch, hitting an RBI single to tie the game at 6-6. Norris retired Adam and Frosty to end the inning, but the Porkswords had evened the game for yet another time.

With a chance to walk-off with a two game lead in the series, Mike and Loss Mitigation did just that, on cue. Reggie singled for his fifth hit of the game, and Mike, who had reached base safely in nine of his first eleven at-bats of the series, came to the plate. He delivered for Loss Mitigation again, crushing a two-run bomb to right-center, ending the game, and giving Loss Mitigation an 8-6 victory.

The win put Loss Mitigation ahead 2-0 in the best-of-five first round series with the Porkswords, one win away from clinching a berth in the 2018 EWL Wiffle Series.

W: Norris (1-0)
L: Adam (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Norris pitched the complete game win for Loss Mitigation, allowing six runs on ten hits in six innings.
– Adam took the loss in relief for the Porkswords. He gave up six runs on ten hits in three innings pitched.
– Josh started for the Porkswords and earned a no-decision, giving up two runs on three hits in two innings.
– Mike led Loss Mitigation on offense, going 4-for-6 with a double, a triple, two home runs, two runs scored, and five RBI. He became the first player to hit a walk-off home run in the EWL playoffs since Nate hit two for Eastbound & Dahn in the 2015 playoffs.
– Reggie White was a perfect 5-for-5 in the game, with two singles, two triples, a home run, five runs scored, and two RBI.
– Adam led the Porkswords at the plate, going 3-for-6 with a double, two triples, a run scored, and two RBI.

Mike Hits for Cycle, Perfect 6-for-6, and Carries Loss Mitigation to 8-6 Game 1 Win Over Porkswords

31 Jul

Mike was dominant in game 1, going 6-for-6 and hitting for the cycle, carrying his team to victory

Playing without their MVP candidate and team captain Bob, Loss Mitigation relied heavily on their other MVP candidate, Mike, who did the heavy lifting in a game 1 win over the Porkswords. Mike went a perfect 6-for-6 with a single, two doubles, a triple, and two homers, hitting for the cycle and driving in four of the Loss Mitigation runs. His two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth gave Loss Mitigation a two-run lead, which the Porkswords couldn’t overcome in the top of the sixth. Nate pitched the complete game win for Loss Mitigation, and overcame big games from Adam and Frosty on offense.

Nate of Loss Mitigation delivers a pitch to Adam of the Porkswords as members of the league and some fans look on

Nate started on the mound for Loss Mitigation, and after a strong regular season as a starting pitcher, the Porkswords hit him harder than anticipated in game 1. Adam led off the game with a double, and Josh gave the Porkswords a 1-0 lead with an RBI double before Loss Mitigation had recorded an out. Nate buckled down, retiring the next two batters, Bob and Frosty, to strand Josh at second and end the inning.

Frosty, who hadn’t been seen on the wiffle diamond in years, appeared on the Porkswords playoff roster. Here he is with his new teammate, Bob.

Josh took the mound for the Porkswords, and he escaped the first inning unscathed. Mike led off the game with a double, but Loss Mitigation couldn’t capitalize. Josh retired Nate and Norris to end the inning, and the score was 1-0 through an inning.

Nate rolled through the top of the second, retiring the side in order, and Loss Mitigation would provide him with plenty of run support in the bottom of the second. Reggie led off the inning with a single, and Mike drove him in with an RBI triple that tied the game at 1-1. Nate followed with a two-run blast to left-center, and Loss Mitigation led 3-1. Norris then tripled, and Reggie drove him in with a two-run blast to center, putting Loss Mitigation ahead 5-1. Mike then hit a solo shot to the absolute deepest part of center field, and the score was 6-1. Josh retired the next two batters to end the inning, but Loss Mitigation had posted six runs in the bottom of the second, taking an early five-run lead.

Nate, who earned the win on the mound for Loss Mitigation, connects on a two-run homer in the bottom of the second.

The Porkswords bounced back in the top of the second. Frosty, an EWL playoff legend making his first wiffle appearance in years, doubled with one out, and Adam drove him in with an RBI triple that made the score 6-2. Josh followed with a triple, scoring Adam, and the score was 6-3. Nate struck out Bob to end the inning, and Loss Mitigation led by three runs.

Reggie and Mike each singled to start the bottom of the third, but Josh escaped the inning, retiring Nate and Norris to strand both runners, and the score remained 6-3.

Adam snags a fly ball for the Porkswords in left field

The Porkswords would continue to chip away at the Loss Mitigation lead in the top of the fourth. Adam hit a solo homer with one out, cutting the deficit to 6-4. Nate retired Josh to end the inning, and the Porkswords trailed by two runs.

Adam led the Porkswords in the game 1 loss, going 4-for-6 with four extra-base hits, including two doubles, a triple, and a home run.

Josh struck out Reggie to start the bottom of the fourth, and after Mike doubled, Josh retired Nate to strand him at second, ending the inning.

The Porkswords drew closer yet in the top of the fifth. With one out, Frosty connected on a solo homer to right-center, cutting the score to 6-5. Adam followed with a double, but Josh couldn’t tie the game, as Nate retired him to strand the runner, ending the inning with the Porkswords trailing by a run.

Norris connects on one of his two hits for Loss Migitation. He went 2-for-5 with a single and a triple, scoring two runs.

Loss Mitigation hadn’t scored since putting up six runs in the bottom of the second, and their lead had diminished to a run, but Nate would get more run support in the bottom of the fifth. Norris led off the inning with a single, and two batters later, Mike hit a two-run homer, his second blast of the game, putting Loss Mitigation ahead 8-5. Josh retired Nate to end the inning, and the Porkswords trailed by three runs heading into the sixth.

Mike and Loss Mitigation celebrate at the plate after his second homer of the game, a two-run shot that gave Loss Mitigation an unsurmountable lead in the bottom of the fifth

Nate remained in the game to close things out for Loss Mitigation, and he retired Bob for the first out of the inning. Frosty then hit a one-out solo homer, his second round-tripper of the game, giving the Porkswords life and making the score 8-6. The rally would end there, however, as Nate retired Adam for the second out, ending the inning and the game.

The 8-6 win gave Loss Mitigation a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series with the Porkswords.

W: Nate (1-0)
L: Josh (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Nate pitched the complete game win for Loss Mitigation, allowing six runs on nine hits and striking out one in six innings.
– Josh took the loss for the Porkswords, giving up eight runs on twelve hits and striking out one in five innings pitched.
– Mike led Loss Mitigation on offense, going 6-for-6 with a single, two doubles, a triple, two home runs, three runs scored, five RBI, and he hit for the cycle for the second time in his playoff career.
– Adam led the Porkswords at the plate, going 4-for-6 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, three runs scored, and two RBI.

Jordan Blanks Ham Slams 2-0 in Game Five as Cookies & Cream Advance to Wiffle Series

20 Aug

Jordan came up big on the mound in game five, allowing only two hits in a complete game shutout of the Ham Slams

For the second time in the past three years, Cookies & Cream climbed out of a 2-0 hole in their best-of-five first round series, this time beating the Ham Slams in games three, four, and five to earn a berth in the Wiffle Series against Questionable Outfit. Jordan was electric on the mound, pitching a complete game shutout while allowing only two hits, and Dinger and Joey each had three hits for Cookies & Cream. A combination of timely hitting and great fielding helped Cookies & Cream pull off the improbable comeback, and the Ham Slams (who played game five shorthanded) will look to next season to finally escape the first round of the playoffs.

Jordan retired the Ham Slams in order in the top of the first, including a strikeout of Dustin to end the inning. Cookies & Cream would get him some run support in the bottom half of the inning.

Joey led off the game with a double, and Erich followed with a double, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Dustin, the Ham Slams starter, got Jordan to ground out to left for the first out, and Joey scored on the play to make the score 1-0. Dustin then got Dinger to fly out to the mound to end the inning, stranding Erich at third.

Joey went 3-for-5 with a single and two doubles, leading Cookies & Cream on offense

Jordan cruised through the top of the second, retiring Josh and Steve in order.

Joey led off the bottom of the second with his second double of the game, but Dustin clamped down, retiring Erich and Jordan, and the score remained 1-0 through two innings.

Dustin stranded Cookies & Cream base runners inning after inning, and pitched effectively, but didn’t get the run support he needed from his offense

Dustin led off the top of the third with a triple, and when Josh flew out to right, it looked like the Ham Slams would even things up. Dustin tagged up and raced toward home, but was called out after Dinger gunned the ball into the mound. Cookies had recorded a double play and escaped the inning with a one-run lead.

Dinger started the bottom of the third with a single, but once again Dustin wouldn’t allow Cookies to extend their lead. He retired Joey and Erich in order, ending the inning.

Dustin delivers a pitch to Dinger, who went 3-for-5 with three singles

Jordan retired the site in order in the top of the fourth, sending Steve and Dustin down consecutively. He would get one more run from his offense in the bottom of the fourth.

With one out, Dinger singled, and he moved from first to third when Joey followed with a single. With runners on the corners, Erich singled, scoring Dinger from third, and Cookies & Cream led 2-0. Jordan came to the plate with runners on the corners, but Dustin stranded two more Cookies & Cream runners, getting Jordan to fly out to left, ending the inning.

Jordan delivers a pitch to Dustin, who went 2-for-4 for the Ham Slams

Down 2-0, the Slams continued to struggle on offense. Josh and Steve were retired consecutively in the top of the fifth, and the score remained 2-0.

Dinger singled to start the bottom of the fifth, his third in as many at-bats. Two batters later, with one out, the Ham Slams issued the first intentional walk of the 2017 season, giving Erich a free pass to first. Cookies & Cream had one out and runners on first and second with a chance to extend their lead. But once again, Dustin avoided damage, retiring Jordan to strand both runners, ending the inning.

The Ham Slams had led the series 2-0 and were one win away from advancing to the Wiffle Series, but trailed 2-0 in game five and down to their last at-bat. Dustin led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, the Ham Slams second hit of the game. The Slams had the tying runner at the plate with no outs. Jordan remained on the mound, and he retired Josh for the first out of the inning. Steve, the Ham Slams best hitter in 2017, came to the plate with a chance to extend the game, but Jordan came out on top yet again. He got Steve to groundout to center, ending the game and the series.

With the win, Cookies & Cream had completed another first round comeback, topping the Ham Slams 3-2 in the best-of-five series and advancing to the Wiffle Series for the fifth season in a row.

W: Jordan (3-1)
L: Dustin (1-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Jordan pitched the complete game shutout win for Cookies & Cream, allowing only two hits and striking out one.
– Dustin took the loss for the Ham Slams in a complete game effort, giving up two runs on five hits in six innings.
– Joey led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 3-for-5 with a single, two doubles, and a run scored.
– Erich went 2-for-4 for Cookies with a single, a double, an RBI, and an intentional walk.
– Dinger also went 3-for-5 for Cookies & Cream, with three singles and a run scored.
– Dustin had both of the Ham Slam hits, going 2-for-4 with a single and a triple.

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.