Tag Archives: First Round

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.

Joey Homers Three Times to Power Cookies & Cream into Wiffle Series with Game 5 Victory Over Ham Slams

31 Jul
Despite being hobbled by an ankle injury, Joey went 4-for-5 and pitched the complete game win to lead Cookies & Cream back to the Wiffle Series with a win in game 5

Despite being hobbled by an ankle injury, Joey went 4-for-5 and pitched the complete game win to lead Cookies & Cream back to the Wiffle Series with a win in game 5

Cookies & Cream clinched a return trip to the Wiffle Series and completed their comeback against the Ham Slams by winning the final two games in their first round series, capped by an 8-5 win in game 5. Joey homered in his first three at-bats, went 4-for-5 with 6 RBI, and pitched the complete game win to lead Cookies & Cream to victory, setting the stage for a Wiffle Series rematch against Questionable Outfit next week.

After winning game 4, Joey took the mound again for Cookies & Cream in game 5. Dan went 3-for-5 against Joey in game 4, and he continued to have success in game 5. After Joey retired Josh to start the game, Dan hit a solo bomb to left field, putting the Ham Slams up 1-0. Joey then retired Joe to end the inning, and Cookies trailed by a run.

Kessler and Dan celebrate at the plate after Dan's solo homer in the first inning put the Ham Slams ahead 1-0

Kessler and Dan celebrate at the plate after Dan’s solo homer in the first inning put the Ham Slams ahead 1-0

Joey would provide his own run support in the bottom of the first. After Blose singled with one out, Joey hit a two-run homer to left, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 2-1. Joe, the Ham Slams starter, then retired Dinger to end the inning.

Josh tripled with one out in the top of the second, but the Ham Slams couldn’t even the score, as Dan grounded out to left to end the inning, stranding the runner.

Cookies & Cream would add to their lead in the bottom of the second. Guthrie started the inning with a solo homer, making the score 3-1. Blose followed with a single, and for the second consecutive inning, Joey hit a two-run blast to drive him in. Joe retired Dinger to end the inning, but Cookies had pulled out to a 5-1 lead through two innings.

Joe helped himself out in the top of the third, starting the inning with a deep solo homer to left, making the score 5-2. Joey retired the next two batters, Kessler and Josh, to end the inning.

Cookies continued to hit Joe hard in the bottom of the third. Joey led off the inning with a solo homer, his third consecutive bomb, and Cookies led 6-2. Dinger followed with a single, and two batters later, Blose hit a one-out triple to drive him in, making the score 7-2. Joey then singled, scoring Blose, pushing the score to 8-2. Joey, hobbled by an ankle injury, was caught in between first and second for the second out of the inning.

Cookies & Cream celebrate at the plate after one of Joey's three home runs

Cookies & Cream celebrate at the plate after one of Joey’s three home runs

Joe singled with one out in the top of the third, and he moved to second when Kessler followed with a single. The Ham Slams had two runners on, but Josh flew out to left for the second out of the inning, stranding both runners.

Joe pitched his first perfect frame in the bottom of the fourth, retiring Dinger and Guthrie in order, and the score remained 8-2.

The Ham Slams were running out of time, and they started a comeback in the top of the fifth. Joe tripled with one out, and he scored when Kessler followed with an RBI double, making the score 8-3. Josh then hit a ball off the fence, and after a series of fielding errors, raced around the bases for a two-run inside-the-park homer. Cookies were showing signs similar to their collapse in the final game of the season against Questionable Outfit, and the Ham Slams were gaining momentum. Dan hit a double, and the Ham Slams trailed 8-5 with one out and a runner on second. Joey buckled down, retiring Joe for the second out of the inning, stranding the runner at second.

Cookies & Cream couldn’t add any insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth, as Joe retired the side in order, including sending Joey down for the first time in the game.

The Ham Slams were down to their final at-bat of the season, trailing 8-5 in the top of the sixth. Joey got the first batter, Kessler, to fly out to center, and Cookies & Cream were one out away from advancing to the Wiffle Series. The next batter, Josh, hit a towering fly ball to left. Blose camped under it, caught the ball for the second out of the inning, and Cookies & Cream had won game 5 by the score of 8-5.

The victory clinched a Wiffle Series berth for Cookies & Cream, where they will face Questionable Outfit for the fourth consecutive season. The loss ended the Ham Slams season, and they will look to contend for a title in 2017.

W: Joey (2-0)
L: Joe (2-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joey pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, allowing 5 runs on 9 hits in 6 innings.
– Joe took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up 8 runs on 10 hits in 5 innings.
– Joey led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 4-for-5 with a single, three home runs, three runs scored, and six RBI.
– Joe led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a single, a triple, a homer, 2 runs scored, and one RBI.
– Cookies & Cream are now 4-0 in game 5s in franchise history.

Blose and Guthrie Lift Cookies & Cream to Game 4 Win Over Ham Slams and Force Pivotal Game 5

31 Jul
Blose went 4-for-6 to lead Cookies & Cream, driving in four of the seven Cookies & Cream runs

Blose went 4-for-6 to lead Cookies & Cream, driving in four of the seven Cookies & Cream runs

After falling behind 2-1 in the best-of-five series with the Ham Slams, Cookies & Cream bounced back in game 4, winning 7-4 and forcing a game 5 where the winner will advance to the Wiffle Series to face Questionable Outfit. Blose and Guthrie each went 4-for-6 to lead Cookies, with Blose contributing a single, two doubles, and a homer and Guthrie collecting a single, two doubles, and a triple.

The Ham Slams ace, Josh, took the mound for the Ham Slams, and he fell behind early. Guthrie led off the game with a triple, and Blose drove him in with an RBI double that put Cookies & Cream ahead 1-0. Two batters later, Dinger singled, putting runners on the corners with one out. Guthrie then singled, scoring Blose to make the score 2-0. Cookies had two men on and were threatening to take a big lead, but Josh retired Blose to end the inning, stranding both runners.

Cookies & Cream started Joey in his first pitching appearance of the 2016 postseason. After retiring Josh to start the bottom of the first, Dan tripled. Joe continued to swing a hot bat, hitting an RBI double to make the score 2-1. Joey then retired Adam to strand Joe and end the inning, and Cookies & Cream led by a run after one.

Josh fanned Joey for the first out in the top of the second, and he got Dinger to fly out to center for the second out. Joey allowed a one-out double to Dan in the bottom of the second, but stranded him, retiring Joe to end the inning.

Cookies & Cream would jump out to a big lead in the top of the third. Guthrie doubled to start the inning, and when Blose followed with a single, Guthrie was caught trying to get from first to third for the first out of the inning. With one out and a runner on first, Joey tripled, scoring Blose, and Cookies led 3-1. Dinger then singled, scoring Joey to put Cookies ahead 4-1. Guthrie followed with a double to put runners on second and third, and Blose cleared the bases with a two-RBI double, extending the Cookies lead to 6-1. Josh finally escaped the inning by retiring Joey, stranding Blose at second.

Down 6-1, the Ham Slams were retired in order in the bottom of the third, as Adam and Josh flew out to Jordan in center field. Josh matched Joey in the top of the fourth, sending Dinger and Guthrie down consecutively.

The Ham Slams cut into the Cookies & Cream lead in the bottom of the fourth. Joe triple with one out, and Kessler drove him in with a two-run blast to left, making the score 6-3. Joey then retired Josh to end the inning, and Cookies & Cream led by three runs.

Kessler squares up a pitch. His two-run homer in the fourth inning narrow the Cookies & Cream lead.

Kessler squares up a pitch. His two-run homer in the fourth inning narrow the Cookies & Cream lead.

Blose led off the top of the fifth with a solo shot to left, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 7-3. Joey followed with a double, but Cookies couldn’t add more insurance runs, as Josh retired Dinger and Guthrie to strand the runner and end the inning.

Dan tripled to start the bottom of the fifth, and he scored on a Joe groundout to right field. Joey then retired Kessler for the second out of the inning, and Cookies led 7-4 heading into the sixth.

Guthrie went 4-for-6 with three extra-base hits in game 4

Guthrie went 4-for-6 with three extra-base hits in game 4

Josh retired the side in order in the sixth, as Blose and Joey both popped out.

Up four runs, Joey remained in the game to close things out in the bottom of the sixth. He got Josh to fly out to Blose in left for the first out of the inning, and Dan flew out to deep center field for the second out, ending the inning and the game.

The 7-4 Cookies & Cream win tied the series, forcing a decisive game 5 in the first round series.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joey pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings.
– Josh took the loss for the Ham Slams, allowing 7 runs on 12 hits and striking out one in 6 innings.
– Blose and Guthrie each went 4-for-6 to lead Cookies & Cream. Blose had a single, 2 doubles, a home run, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI. Guthrie had a single, 2 doubles, a triple, 2 runs scored, and one RBI.
– Dan led the Ham Slams on offense, going 3-for-5 with a double, two triples, and two runs scored.
– Cookies & Cream have played in a game 5 the past four consecutive years in the first round of the playoffs.
– Dan tied the single-game playoff record for triples, with two.

Dominant Performance by Bob Fuels 7-3 Win, Questionable Outfit Sweep Eastbound & Dahn

31 Jul
Bob turned in another legendary playoff performance, going 6-for-7 at the plate and pitching the complete game win to carry Questionable Outfit back to the Wiffle Series

Bob turned in another legendary playoff performance, going 6-for-7 at the plate and pitching the complete game win to carry Questionable Outfit back to the Wiffle Series

Bob went 6-for-7 at the plate and pitched a complete game win as Questionable Outfit finished a sweep in their best-of-five first round series with Eastbound & Dahn. The two-time defending champions Questionable Outfit will advance to the Wiffle Series for the fourth consecutive year, and they will await the conclusion of the Ham Slams vs. Cookies & Cream series which will determine their opponent.

BK took the mound for Eastbound & Dahn to start game 3, as Eastbound looked to extend the series and their 2016 season. He allowed a single to the leadoff hitter, Bob, and two batters later, Mike hit an RBI single that scored Bob from first, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 1-0. BK then retired Miller to end the inning.

In an odd managerial decision, Bob started for Questionable Outfit in place of their ace, Miller. After retiring the first batter he faced, Tim, Nate hit a double. Helal followed with an RBI single, scoring Nate to tie the game at 1-1. Helal was caught in between first and second on the play for the second out, ending the inning.

BK allowed a one-out single to Tom in the top of the second, but Questionable couldn’t take another lead, as Mike was retired to end the inning. Bob retired Eastbound in order in the bottom of the second, and the game remained tied.

Miller singled to start the top of the third, but he was caught trying to extend the hit to a double, and BK had the first out of the inning. Bob followed with a solo homer, putting Questionable ahead 2-1. BK then retired Tom to end the inning.

Eastbound bounced back in the bottom of the third, taking the lead. Tim doubled with one out, and Nate followed with an RBI triple that tied the game at 2-2. Helal then hit a triple, scoring Nate, and Eastbound led 3-2. Bob struck out Christian for the second out of the inning, stranding the runner at third.

Nate was solid in the field, recording 9 putouts, and led Eastbound at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple

Nate was solid in the field, recording 9 putouts, and led Eastbound at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple

Eastbound was halfway to forcing a game 4 when Questionable had a big offensive inning, which has become their trademark. Mike led off the top of the fourth with a homer, and Miller followed with a titanic blast. The back-to-back jacks put Questionable Outfit back in front 4-3. Bob then hit a line drive off the fence, and a series of fielding errors led to an inside-the-park homer, and Questionable led 5-3. Tom hit a deep blast to left, and Questionable Outfit had homered in four consecutive at-bats to take a 6-3 lead. BK finally retired Mike for the first out of the inning, but Miller followed with a triple. Bob singled on an error, and although Miller couldn’t score, Questionable had runners on first and third. BK escaped further damage, however, getting Tom to ground out to left to end the inning, stranding both runners.

Bob cruised through the bottom of the fourth, retiring the side in order.

Tom scoops up a ball in center field with Mike looking on

Tom scoops up a ball in center field with Mike looking on

Eastbound removed BK from the mound and turned to the bullpen, inserting Christian into the game in the top of the fifth. After retiring Mike, he gave up a single to Miller and a double to Bob, putting two runners in scoring position with one out. Questionable couldn’t add to their lead though, as Tom grounded out to Tim in center, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

Bob continued to roll in the bottom of the fifth, sending Tim and Nate down consecutively.

Questionable would add one more run of support in the top of the sixth. Mike doubled to start the inning, and two batters later Bob hit an RBI single to make the score 7-3. Christian then retired Tom to end the inning, and Eastbound trailed by four runs heading into the bottom of the sixth.

With their season on the line, Eastbound couldn’t string together enough hits, or any hits, as Bob retired Helal and Christian in order to end the inning.

Questionable Outfit and Eastbound & Dahn exchange handshakes after Questionable completed a three game sweep in the best-of-five first round series

Questionable Outfit and Eastbound & Dahn exchange handshakes after Questionable completed a three game sweep in the best-of-five first round series

The 7-3 victory put Questionable Outfit back into the Wiffle Series where they will attempt to defend their title and three-peat. Eastbound & Dahn finished a difficult season and will look to return to their 2015 form in 2017.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and striking out one in 6 innings.
– BK took the loss for Eastbound, allowing 6 runs on 11 hits in 4 innings.
– Christian pitched two innings of relief for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing 1 run on 4 hits.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit on offense, going 6-for-7 with 3 singles, a double, a home run, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Nate led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, 2 runs scored, and an RBI.

Joe Pitches Gem and Hits Three-Run Homer to Put Ham Slams on Brink of Wiffle Series with 6-2 Game 3 Win

30 Jul
Joe scattered only four hits in a complete game win for the Ham Slams, and he provided three runs of run support for himself, going 4-for-5 at the plate

Joe scattered only four hits in a complete game win for the Ham Slams, and he provided three runs of run support for himself, going 4-for-5 at the plate

Joe is only three games into his EWL career, but he has already made his presence felt in a big way. After leading his team to a game 2 victory last week, he picked up where he left off, pitching another complete game win in game 3 and putting the Ham Slams ahead for good with a three-run blast in the bottom of the third. The win put the Slams ahead 2-1 in the best-of-five series with Cookies & Cream and one win away from the franchise’s first Wiffle Series berth.

Although Joe kept Cookies & Cream in check throughout the game, he got behind early. After retiring Guthrie to start the game, Blose launched a solo homer to center, and Cookies & Cream led 1-0 quickly. Joe then retired Joey, playing somewhat hobbled one week after sustaining an ankle injury in game 2 against the Slams.

Guthrie took the mound for Cookies & Cream, and he avoided trouble in the bottom of the first. Josh led off with a double and moved to third on a Dan groundout. Joe then singled, putting runners on the corners with one out. Guthrie maintained the one-run lead, however, getting Kessler to fly out to the mound for the second out, stranding both runners.

Joe cruised through the top of the second, retiring the side in order, and his team would pull ahead in the bottom half of the inning.

Josh led off with a solo homer to right-center, tying the game at 1-1. Two batters later, Joe doubled, and Kessler followed with an RBI single that gave the Ham Slams a 2-1 lead. Josh then doubled, and the Ham Slams had two runners in scoring position. Guthrie once again escaped a jam, getting Dan go fly out to right, stranding two more runners and ending the inning.

Joe continued to roll in the top of the third, sending Guthrie and Blose down consecutively.

Dan fires a ball into the pitcher after securing an out in left field

Dan fires a ball into the pitcher after securing an out in left field

The Slams would open up a big lead in the bottom of the third. Joe led off with a double, and he scored when Kessler followed with his second RBI single of the game. Kessler was caught trying to extend the single into a double, and Guthrie had the first out of the inning. Josh and Dan then each hit singles, and the Slams had runners on the corners with one out. Joe came to the plate and crushed a three-run homer to deep left field, putting the Ham Slams ahead 6-1. Guthrie retired Kessler to end the inning, and the Ham Slams had pulled ahead by five runs.

Dinger would double with one out in the top of the fourth, but Cookies & Cream couldn’t capitalize, as Jordan was retired for the second out of the inning, stranding the runner at second.

Guthrie retired the side in order in the bottom of the fourth, and Cookies would cut into the Ham Slams lead in the top of the fifth.

Guthrie tripled to start the inning, and he scored when Blose grounded out for the first out of the inning. Joe then retired Joey to end the inning with the score 6-2.

The Slams couldn’t add any insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth, and they would head into the final frame with a four run lead.

Jordan tripled with one out in the top of the sixth, but Cookies couldn’t put together a rally. Joe retired Guthrie to strand the runner, ending the inning and the game.

The 6-2 game 3 win put the Hams Slams ahead 2-1 in the best-of-five series with Cookies & Cream. A win in game 4 would earn a berth in the 2016 EWL Wiffle Series.

W: Joe (2-0)
L: Guthrie (1-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joe pitched the complete game win for the Ham Slams, giving up 2 runs on only 4 hits in 6 innings pitched.
– Guthrie earned the loss in the complete game effort for Cookies & Cream, giving up 6 runs on 11 hits in 5 innings.
– Joe led the Ham Slams on offense, going 4-for-5 with a single, 2 doubles, a home run, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Josh also went 4-for-5 with the Ham Slams with a single, 2 doubles, a home run, 2 runs scored, and one RBI.
– Guthrie, Blose, Dinger, and Jordan each had one hit for Cookies & Cream in the loss.