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Eastbound & Dahn Rallies for Seven Runs in Bottom of the Sixth, Capped by Nate’s Walk-off Homer, to Stun Cookies & Cream 13-12

7 Aug
Nate had a legendary performance in game 1, hitting two homers in the bottom of the sixth, including the epic walk-off homer than capped Eastbound & Dahn's fantastic 13-12 win

Nate had a legendary performance in game 1, hitting two homers in the bottom of the sixth, including the epic walk-off homer than capped Eastbound & Dahn’s fantastic 13-12 win

Eastbound & Dahn took a 1-0 series lead over Cookies & Cream after a highly improbable and phenomenally dramatic seven-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Nate’s walk-off homer gave Eastbound a 13-12 win in one of the most exciting playoff games in league history.

The two teams came into their first round matchup on completely different trajectories. Eastbound had been pummeled in their final two games and would enter the playoffs without their star player, Morrison, who moved to Washington DC weeks earlier. Cookies, on the other hand, had snapped a long losing streak with a blowout win over Eastbound to end the season, and they entered the series with a full roster for the first time in months. In a rare late-season trade, Dustin was claimed off waivers from Cookies & Cream by Eastbound & Dahn, plugging a hole left in their lineup by Morrison’s departure.

Helal started on the mound for Eastbound, and Cookies would hit him hard early. Joey led off the game with a solo homer, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 1-0 immediately. Blose followed with a triple, and he scored when Dinger grounded out for the first out of the inning. Guthrie followed with a one-out solo homer, and Cookies led 3-0. Helal then retired Joey to end the inning, but Eastbound trailed by three runs.

Cookies & Cream turned to their ace, Guthrie, to start the playoffs, and he retired the side in order in the bottom of the first.

Guthrie uses his claw-like hands to snag a fly ball to the mound

Guthrie uses his claw-like hands to snag a fly ball to the mound

Helal got back on track in the top of the second, retiring Blose and Dinger for a scoreless inning.

Eastbound got on the board in the bottom of the second, cutting into the Cookies lead. Dustin led off the inning with a triple, and he scored when Christian grounded out for the first out of the inning. Helal followed with a double, but he was caught trying to extend the hit into a triple, and the score was 3-1 after two innings.

Blose tripled and scored in the top of the first to put Cookies & Cream ahead early in game 1

Blose tripled and scored in the top of the first to put Cookies & Cream ahead early in game 1

Joey hit a one-out solo homer, his second of the game, to put Cookies & Cream ahead 4-1 in the top of the third. Helal then retired Blose to end the inning.

Joey led Cookies & Cream with three homers and 5 RBI and helped them jump out to a lead in the fourth

Joey led Cookies & Cream with three homers and 5 RBI and helped them jump out to a lead in the fourth

Eastbound drew even with Cookies & Cream in the bottom of the third with a three-run rally. Tim started the inning with a solo homer, cutting the score to 4-2. Two batters later Dustin hit a one-out single, and Christian drove him in with an RBI triple to make the score 4-3. Helal then hit an RBI single to tie the game at 4-4. Tim followed with a double, putting runners on second and third with one out, but Guthrie buckled down, retiring Nate to end the inning and strand two runners.

With the game tied at 4-4, Cookies & Cream exploded for six runs in the top of the fourth to take a commanding lead. Dinger led off the inning with a single, and Guthrie followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Joey followed with a three-run homer, and Cookies led 7-4. Blose then homered, and his solo shot put Cookies ahead 8-4. After a Dinger double, Guthrie hit a two-run bomb to left-center, and Cookies had pulled in front 10-4. Eastbound had seen enough from Helal and turned to Christian from the bullpen. He gave up a single to the first batter he faced, Joey, but then retired Blose and fanned Dinger to end the inning, stranding the runner.

Christian, delivering a pitch to Dinger, was effective in relief for Eastbound & Dahn

Christian, delivering a pitch to Dinger, was effective in relief for Eastbound & Dahn

Guthrie cruised through the bottom of the fourth, and Cookies led by six runs after four complete innings.

Christian continued to pitch effectively in the top of the fifth, pitching a scoreless inning, and the score remained 10-4.

Eastbound cut into the Cookies lead in the bottom of the fifth. Helal doubled to lead off, and he scored when Tim hit an RBI triple to make the score 10-5. Nate then hit an RBI single to score Tim, cutting the score to 10-6. Dustin followed with a single, but Nate was caught in between bases on the play for the first out of the inning. Guthrie then retired Christian to end the inning.

Christian and Eastbound & Dahn put on their game faces in the bottom of the sixth of game 1

Christian and Eastbound & Dahn put on their game faces in the bottom of the sixth of game 1

Cookies would make up the two runs with two insurance runs in the top of the sixth. Joey led off the inning with a single, but was caught trying to advance the hit into a double for the first out of the inning. Blose followed with a double, and he scored from second when Dinger hit an RBI single to make the score 11-6. Guthrie then singled, and Dinger scored from first to put Cookies ahead 12-6. Christian retired Joey to end the inning, and Cookies led by six runs as Eastbound went into their final at-bat.

Two outs away from a 1-0 series lead, Cookies proceeded to complete one of the most dramatic collapses in EWL playoff history, as Eastbound put together an epic string of hits to come from behind in the bottom of the sixth in the most improbable fashion. Helal led off the inning with a solo homer, giving Eastbound life and cutting the score to 12-7. Tim followed with a double, and then Nate connected with a two-run blast, making the score 12-9. With their lead cut in half, Cookies removed Guthrie from the mound and brought Blose in for the save. The first batter he faced, Dustin, hit a mammoth solo shot to right-center, and Eastbound had cut the score to 12-10 before recording an out. Blose then retired Christian for the first out of the inning, and Cookies were not one out away from clinching a victory in game 1. Helal then followed with his second homer of the inning, and Eastbound had pulled with a run with the score 12-11.

Eastbound & Dahn celebrate at the plate as they build momentum in the bottom of the sixth

Eastbound & Dahn celebrate at the plate as they build momentum in the bottom of the sixth

Tim followed with a homer, and the back-to-back homers had tied the game at 12-12. Eastbound had scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend the game at least one more batter. One more batter is all that it would take, as Nate came to the plate and crushed a solo homer to left, his second of the inning, and Eastbound & Dahn had won the game on a walk-off homer. They homered six times in the bottom of the sixth to score a miraculous seven runs and win game 1 by the score of 13-12.

Nate revels in victory after hitting the game-winning walk-off blast to give Eastbound & Dahn a 1-0 series lead

Nate revels in victory after hitting the game-winning walk-off blast to give Eastbound & Dahn a 1-0 series lead

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Christian earned the win for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and striking out one in 3 innings of relief. Helal got the no-decision, giving up 10 runs on 10 hits and striking out one in 3 innings.
– Blose took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits in 0.5 innings pitched. Guthrie earned a no-decision, surrendering 9 runs on 14 hits in 5 innings pitched.
– Helal led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going a perfect 5-for-5 with a single, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Tim went 5-for-6 with 2 doubles, a triple, 2 homers, 4 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Nate hit two home runs in the bottom of the sixth, including the walk-off game-winning homer. He became the first player since Dinger in 2013 to hit a walk-off homer in the playoffs.
– Joey led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 6-for-7 with 2 singles, a double, 3 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 5 RBI.
– Dinger tied the record of strikeouts in a game with 2, previously set by Charlie (Ham Slams) in 2013.
– Eastbound & Dahn’s 3 triples broke the previous record of 2 set by many prior teams.
– Cookies & Cream tied the record for strikeouts with 2, previously set by the Ham Slams in 2013 and 2014.
– Eastbound & Dahn tied the record for pitching strikeouts with 2, previously set by Questionable Outfit in 2013 and Cookies & Cream in 2014.

Questionable Outfit Take Game 1 Against Ham Slams with Greatest Offensive Performance in EWL History

7 Aug
Questionable Outfit celebrated at home 26 times, including here as Tom greets Bob at the plate

Questionable Outfit celebrated at home 26 times, including here as Tom greets Bob at the plate

Questionable Outfit, the defending EWL champions, unleashed an offensive attack unlike any the league has ever seen in game 1, as they hit a record 19 home runs en route to a 26-10 win over the Ham Slams. Many of the Ham Slams were playing in their first playoff game, and Questionable Outfit sent them a clear message that they are the favorites to repeat as champions in 2015. Questionable Outfit shattered many single-game playoff records as both individuals and a team, and the game will go down in history as the most prolific display of power ever exhibited on the wiffle diamond.

Questionable Outfit threw a curveball before the game even started, looking outside of their normal rotation of Reilly and Mike and starting Bob on the mound for game 1 of the best-of-five series with the Slams. He used an unusual approach, pitching left-handed to lefties and right-handed to righties, hoping to be more effective than Mike had been in recent outings. He got into trouble early, as the Ham Slams took an early lead. With one out, Dan hit a solo homer to left-center, putting the Slams up 1-0. Alan followed with a solo shot, and the back-to-back homers gave the Ham Slams a 2-0 lead. Adam followed with a single, but Bob retired Steve to end the inning after allowing only two runs.

Dustin, the third base umpire, and Steve, the Ham Slams left-fielder, look up as one of Mike's five homers sails over the left-field fence

Dustin, the third base umpire, and Steve, the Ham Slams left-fielder, look up as one of Mike’s five homers sails over the left-field fence

The Questionable Outfit onslaught started in the bottom of the first. The Slams sent Charlie to the mound, and after finishing the regular season on fire, his fire was put out immediately in game 1. Bob led off the game with a solo homer to cut the score to 2-1. Tom followed with a triple, and he scored on a Reilly RBI single that tied the game at 2-2. Mike followed with a single to put runners on first and second, and Bob connected on his second homer of the inning, a three-run shot that put Questionable Outfit ahead 5-2. Charlie retired Tom, but Questionable would add two more runs. Reilly connected on a solo homer, and Mike followed with another home run. The back-to-back homers put Questionable ahead 7-2, and after Charlie retired Bob for the second out, the Ham Slams trailed by five runs after an inning.

Tim led off the top of the second with a solo homer, cutting the score to 7-3, but Bob avoided a big Ham Slams rally. He retired Dan, and after giving up a one-out double to Alan, he stranded him by retiring Adam to end the inning.

Questionable extended their lead in the bottom of the second. Tom led off the inning with a solo homer, and all four Questionable Outfit players had homered after the Slams had only recorded two outs. Reilly followed with a double and moved to third on a Mike single. Bob was retired for the first out of the inning on a towering fly ball that became a sacrifice fly, as Reilly scored to put Questionable ahead 9-3. Tom then followed with his second homer of the inning, a two-run blast that made the score 11-3. Charlie then retired Reilly to end the inning.

The Ham Slams started their second consecutive inning with a homer when Steve led off the top of the third with a solo homer, and the score was 11-4. Bob, however, retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Questionable continued to pile on in the bottom of the third. Mike led off the inning with a triple, and then Bob hit his third homer of the game, a two-run bomb that made the score 13-4. Two batters later Reilly doubled, and he scored on a Mike RBI single that extended the lead to 14-4. Charlie then retired Bob to end the inning, and the Ham Slams trailed by ten runs through three innings.

Steve and Tim of the Ham Slams collide as they approach a fly ball

Steve and Tim of the Ham Slams collide as they approach a fly ball

For the third straight inning, the Slams got on the board quickly when Alan started things off with a solo homer, making the score 14-5. Two batters later Steve hit a one-out double, but Bob stranded him, and the Slams trailed by nine runs.

Questionable had put on a superb display of offense thus far in the game, but the game became legend in the bottom of the fourth. Questionable went on an incredible offensive run as the Ham Slams inexplicably did not make a pitching change, and the game went from a comfortable win to a blow out. Questionable Outfit demolished the record for consecutive home runs, as they started the bottom of the fourth with seven consecutive homers and hit a total of eight home runs in the inning. Tom started the inning with a solo homer, and he was followed by Reilly, Mike, and Bob each hitting homers to make the score 18-5. Tom then homered again, as did Reilly and Mike, and after seven consecutive home runs, Questionable Outfit led 21-5. Charlie finally retired Bob for the first out of the inning, but Tom followed with yet another homer, his third of the inning and fifth of the game, and Questionable pulled ahead 22-5. Reilly grounded out to left to end the inning, but Questionable now led by seventeen runs, they had obliterated league records, and Tom had tied the all-time single-game record for homers with 5.

Mike makes a spectacular one-handed jumping catch in right field

Mike makes a spectacular one-handed jumping catch in right field

The Ham Slams showed some signs of life in the top of the fifth and maintained respectability. Dan led off the inning with a double, and two batters later Adam singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Steve doubled to score Dan, and the score was 22-6. Tim then hit a three-run bomb, clearing the bases and making the score 22-9. Dan followed with a solo homer, and the back-to-back homers cut the score to 22-10. Bob then retired Alan to end the inning.

Dan had a solid game at the plate, but the Ham Slams needed a lot more help to keep up with Questionable Outfit in game 1

Dan had a solid game at the plate, but the Ham Slams needed a lot more help to keep up with Questionable Outfit in game 1

Up by twelve, Questionable would add a few more runs and a few more lines to the record books in the bottom of the fifth. Mike led off the inning with a homer, his fourth of the game, and the score was 23-10. Bob followed with a homer, tying his own record and his teammate Tom with his fifth of the game. Tom then followed with his sixth home run, breaking the all-time EWL record, and Questionable Outfit had started the inning with three straight homers, making the score 25-10. Charlie retired Reilly for the first out of the inning, but Mike followed with his second homer of the inning and fifth of the game, and the score was 26-10. Bob was retired for the second out of the inning, and Questionable led by 16 runs heading into the final frame.

Bob hit five home runs and broke the single-game playoff record for RBIs in Questionable Outfit's historic game 1 blowout

Bob hit five home runs and broke the single-game playoff record for RBIs in Questionable Outfit’s historic game 1 blowout

Demoralized, the Slams went quietly in the top of the sixth. Bob retired Adam and Steve consecutively, and Questionable Outfit won game 1 26-10 to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

W: Bob (1-0)
L: Charlie (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 10 runs on 14 hits in 6 innings.
– Charlie took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up 26 runs on 27 hits in 5 innings pitched.
– Charlie and the Ham Slams 26 earned runs broke the previous record of 14 set by Holly and Downtown Bobby Brown in 2012, and the 27 hits allowed broke the previous record of 18 also set by Holly and Downtown Bobby Brown in 2012.
– Tom led Questionable Outfit, going 7-for-9 with a triple, 6 home runs, 7 runs scored, and 7 RBI. He homered in his final four at-bats.
– Mike went a perfect 9-for-9 with 3 singles, a triple, 4 home runs, 8 runs scored, and 6 RBI. He also homered in his final four at-bats.
– Dan led the Ham Slams on offense, going 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, two home runs, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Mike’s 9 hits broke Mark’s (Downtown Bobby Brown) previous record of 8 from 2012.
– Mike’s 8 runs scored broke the previous record of 5 held by Guthrie (Caucasians) from 2011, Morrison (Caucasians) from 2012, and Mark (Downtown Bobby Brown) from 2012.
– Bob and Mike hit 5 homers and broke the record of 4 homers in a game previously set by Mark (Downtown Bobby Brown), who did it twice in 2012, Steve (Ham Slams) from 2012, Morrison (Cookies & Cream) from 2013, and Guthrie (Cookies & Cream) from 2013. Then Tom broke Bob and Mike’s record by hitting 6 home runs.
– Bob’s 9 RBI broke the previous record of 7 set by Morrison, who did it in 2011 (Caucasians) and again in 2013 (Cookies & Cream), and Bob who did it in 2013 and 2014.
– Tom’s 27 total bases broke the record of 22 that was set by Mark in 2012 with Downtown Bobby Brown.
– Questionable Outfit’s 27 hits broke the previous playoff record of 18 set by the Caucasians in 2012.
– Questionable Outfit’s 19 home runs broke the previous record of 8 set by Downtown Bobby Brown in 2012 and Cookies & Cream in 2014.
– Questionable Outfit’s 7 consecutive home runs broke the previous record of 4 set by 4 out of 5 Dentists in 2011.
– Questionable Outfit’s 26 runs broke the previous record of 14, set by the Caucasians in 2012.

Bob Homers Three Times As Questionable Outfit Open Wiffle Series with Impressive Game 1 Victory

6 Aug
Bob had 3 homers and 5 RBI to lead Questionable Outfit's late surge past Cookies & Cream in the game 1 win

Bob had 3 homers and 5 RBI to lead Questionable Outfit’s late surge past Cookies & Cream in the game 1 win

Questionable Outfit were the betting favorites heading into their 2013 Wiffle Series matchup with Cookies & Cream after earning the #1 seed and cruising through the first round of the playoffs. However, they were shocked in a stunning four game sweep at the hands of Cookies & Cream, as Cookies celebrated their first title, drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon on the wiffle diamond in front of them.

Questionable have been on a mission all of 2014, hoping to redeem themselves and make up for the disappointing performance in the 2013 championship series. After sweeping Eastbound & Dahn in the first round, they watched Cookies & Cream narrowly escape the Ham Slams to force a rematch in the 2014 championship.

Questionable Outfit would once again enter the Wiffle Series as the heavy favorites. This year they added Morrison, a key cog for the 2013 Cookies & Cream team, while Cookies added Blose, the star of the 2011 and ’12 Fish Sticks’ teams. Cookies are looking to repeat as champions, while Questionable Outfit seek their first title and a spot in wiffleball history. The two best teams had once again earned their way to the final series, and Questionable Outfit would land the first blow in game 1.

Reilly, perhaps the best pitcher during the 2014 regular season, started on the mound for Questionable Outfit. Cookies & Cream would play without Guthrie, one of the best postseason performers in EWL history and the MVP of the 2012 and 2013 Wiffle Series.

Dinger led off the 2014 Wiffle Series with a bang, crushing a solo homer to left field, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 1-0 early. Reilly retired the next two batters to end the inning without allowing another run.

Dinger was named the starting pitcher for Cookies & Cream, and he breezed through the bottom of the first, retiring the side in order.

Reilly got back on track in the top of the second, pitching a scoreless inning. The score remained 1-0.

Questionable Outfit would even things up in the bottom of the second. Morrison led off the inning with a single, and he moved from first to third when Reilly followed with a single. Tom followed with a deep fly to center field, and Morrison tagged and scored to tie the game at 1-1. Dinger retired the next batter, Bob, to strand the runner and end the inning.

Cookies & Cream pulled back ahead in the top of the third. Blose led off the inning with a solo homer, making the score 2-1. Reilly then retired the next two batters to avoid further damage.

Morrison doubled to lead off the bottom of the third, but Dinger maintained the lead, retiring the next two hitters to strand the runner.

Cookies would add to their lead in the top of the fourth with another Blose homer. With one out, he crushed a solo shot to right-center, making the score 3-1. Cookies couldn’t extend their lead, as Reilly retired Joey to end the inning.

Blose went 2-for-4 with two solo homers in the Cookies & Cream loss

Blose went 2-for-4 with two solo homers in the Cookies & Cream loss

Down 3-1, Questionable had looked impotent halfway through the first game of the series. However, like they had all season, they found a way to explode for a big inning, and they would take the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Bob led off the inning with a solo homer, making the score 3-2. Morrison followed with a double, and Tom later singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Bob would then crush his second homer of the inning, a three-run blast, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 5-3. Morrison singled, and it looked as if Questionable would open up a huge lead, but Dinger retired Reilly, holding the deficit at two runs.

Tom continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI

Tom continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI

Reilly was in command in the top of the fifth, retiring the side in order.

Questionable extended their lead in the bottom of the fifth. Tom led off the inning with a homer, and Bob would make it back-to-back jacks with a solo homer of his own. Dinger retired Morrison and Reilly, but Cookies & Cream now trailed by four runs.

Reilly got behind early but finishing strong, allowing 3 earned runs on only 4 hits in the complete game win

Reilly got behind early but finishing strong, allowing 3 earned runs on only 4 hits in the complete game win

Reilly shut things down in the top of the sixth. Joey would single with one out, but Cookies never threatened.

Questionable held on for a 7-3 game 1 victory, taking an early lead in the Wiffle Series.

W: Reilly (2-1)
L: Dinger (1-3)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Reilly pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 3 runs on only 4 hits in 6 innings.
– Dinger took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up 7 runs on 10 hits in 5 innings.
– Bob led the way for Questionable, going 3-for-5 with 3 homers, 3 runs scored, and 5 RBI.
– Morrison also went 4-for-5 for Questionable Outfit with 2 singles, 2 doubles, and 2 runs scored.
– Blose was the only Cookies & Cream player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.

Morrison’s Walk-Off Homer Wins Game 1 as Cookies & Cream Top Eastbound & Dahn 3-2

6 Aug
Morrison tied the game with a two-run homer in the fifth, and won Game 1 with a walk-off in the bottom of the sixth

Morrison tied the game with a two-run homer in the fifth, and won Game 1 with a walk-off in the bottom of the sixth

Morrison homered twice, including game-tying and game-winning home runs, as Cookies & Cream came from behind to take game 1 of their first round series against Eastbound & Dahn.

Cookies & Cream sent staff ace Guthrie to the mound to face Eastbound & Dahn, who were depleted and playing with only 3 players. Guthrie started well, retiring the side in order in the top of the first.

Eastbound & Dahn started Helal, their best pitcher during the 2013 season, and also started hot. He send Dinger and Guthrie down consecutively in the bottom of the first.

Guthrie would find himself in some trouble in the top of the second, starting when Ivan led off the inning with a double. The next batter, Mark, ripped an RBI single off the fence, putting Eastbound & Dahn ahead 1-0. Mark moved from first to third when Helal, the next batter, grounded out to right. But Guthrie buckled down, retiring Ivan to end the inning, stranding the runner at third.

Helal rolled through the bottom of the second, retiring the side in order.

Helal, delivering a pitch to Dinger, was dominant on the mound early in game 1

Helal, delivering a pitch to Dinger, was dominant on the mound early in game 1

Eastbound would add to their lead in the top of the third. Mark led off the inning with a single. After Helal flew out for the first out of the inning, Ivan roped a double to right-center, scoring Mark and putting Eastbound & Dahn ahead 2-0. Guthrie escaped further damage, retiring Mark for the second out of the inning.

Ivan's RBI double in the third put Eastbound & Dahn ahead 2-0

Ivan’s RBI double in the third put Eastbound & Dahn ahead 2-0

Helal continued to pitch in command in the bottom of the third. Dinger flew out to right for the first out, and after Guthrie hit a one-out double, Helal stranded him, retiring Joey for the second out of the inning.

Guthrie got back on track in the top of the fourth, retiring the side in order. Morrison led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, but Helal stranded him, retiring the next two batters to end the inning and preserve the 2-0 lead.

Guthrie settled into a groove in the top of the fifth, sending Mark and Helal down consecutively.

Down 2-0, Cookies & Cream finally cracked Helal in the bottom of the fifth. Joey led off the inning with a single, and the next batter, Morrison, ripped a two-run homer to deep left-center, tying the game at 2-2. Dinger followed with a single, and it looked as if Cookies & Cream were about to explode, but Helal settled down, retiring Guthrie and Joey to end the inning.

With the game tied at 2-2, Eastbound & Dahn were unable to regain the lead in the top of the sixth. Guthrie retired his sixth and seventh consecutive batters for a perfect frame, taking the game to the bottom of the sixth.

Guthrie got into a groove, retiring the final seven batters he faced in the game

Guthrie got into a groove, retiring the final seven Eastbound & Dahn batters he faced in the game

After taking 5 innings to score a run, Cookies & Cream had tied the game in the fifth, and would end it in the sixth. The first batter, Morrison, blasted a solo shot to left, and his walk-off homer gave Cookies & Cream a 3-2 game 1 victory.

The win pulled Cookies & Cream into a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five first round series with Eastbound & Dahn.

W: Guthrie (1-0)
L: Helal (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Guthrie pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits in 6 innings pitched.
– Helal took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits in 5 innings.
– Morrison led Cookies & Cream in the win, going 3-for-4 with a single, 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Ivan led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 2-for-5 with 2 doubles, a run scored, and an RBI. Mark also had 2 hits and an RBI for Eastbound.

Kimble Blasts Three Homers, Including Walk-Off, to Lead Questionable Outfit to Game 1 Win

6 Aug
Tom's three homers accounted for all of Questionable Outfit's runs, and his walk-off sealed game 1

Tom’s three homers accounted for all of Questionable Outfit’s runs, and his walk-off sealed game 1

Despite only tallying 4 hits in 7 innings, Questionable Outfit escaped game 1 with a win over the Ham Slams thanks to Kimble’s 3 solo homers which put Questionable on the board in the fourth, tied the game in the sixth, and won the game in the seventh.

Questionable Outfit’s ace Bob started the first playoff game of the 2013 season, and he and the #1 seed got into trouble early. Kyle led off the game for the Ham Slams with a single, and moved to third when Anthony followed with a double. The Ham Slams were threatening early, with two runners in scoring position and no outs. The next batter, Steve, flew out to shallow right, and no runners were able to advance on the play. But the next batter, Josh, hit a hard single to right, scoring Kyle to put the Ham Slams up 1-0. The Slams had runners on the corners with one out, but Bob struck out Charlie for the second out, ending the inning and stranding two.

Bob of Questionable Outfit delivers the first pitch of the 2013 EWL postseason to Kyle of the Ham Slams

Bob of Questionable Outfit delivers the first pitch of the 2013 EWL postseason to Kyle of the Ham Slams

The Ham Slams started their ace, Charlie, and he got off to a more favorable start. He retired Tom for the first out, and after Reilly hit a one-out single, Bob flew out to left for the second out of the inning.

Bob had an easier top of the second, starting by retiring Kyle for the first out of the inning. Anthony hit a one-out single, but was stranded when Bob retired Steve to end the inning. Charlie cruised through the bottom of the second, retiring Questionable Outfit in order.

Bob pitched a perfect frame in the top of the third, sending down Josh and Charlie consecutively. Charlie matched Bob in the bottom of the third, retiring the side without a hit.

Charlie held the dominant Questionable Outfit offense in check for most of game 1

Charlie held the dominant Questionable Outfit offense in check for most of game 1

Bob continued to roll in the top of the fourth, pitching a scoreless inning. Questionable Outfit, the league’s most prolific offense, would finally get on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Charlie retired Mike for the first out of the inning, but the next batter, Tom, crushed a solo bomb to deep left, tying the game at 1-1. Charlie minimized the damage, retiring Reilly to end the inning.

The Ham Slams took the lead right back in the top of the fifth. Bob retired Steve for the first out, Josh followed with a solo homer to left-center, putting the Ham Slams back ahead 2-1. Bob fanned Charlie for the second out of the inning, but Questionable Outfit would trail again.

Charlie held two of the league’s best hitters, Bob and Mike, in check in the bottom of the fifth, retiring the side in order, preserving the Ham Slams lead.

The Slams were unable to add to their lead in the top of the sixth, as Bob retired the side consecutively.

Questionable Outfit would head into their last at-bat in game 1 trailing the Ham Slams 2-1. They had only managed two hits in the first five innings, and were two outs away from a stunning loss to start their postseason. The first batter of the inning, Tom, who had one of their two hits, launched a deep fly ball to left, clearing the fence and tying the game at 2-2. Despite trailing nearly the entire game, Questionable Outfit was one run away from stealing game 1. But Charlie buckled down and retired Reilly and Bob to end the sixth, sending the game to extra innings.

Bob and Tom of Questionable Outfit celebrate at the plate after his game-tying homer in the bottom of the sixth

Bob and Tom of Questionable Outfit celebrate at the plate after his game-tying homer in the bottom of the sixth

Bob remained in the game, and he retired Steve for the first out in the top of the seventh. The next batter, Josh, hit a one-out single, putting the go-ahead runner on base. But Bob retired Charlie for the second out, ending the inning.

With the score tied at 2-2, Charlie retired Mike for the first out in the bottom of the seventh. The next batter, Tom, had homered in his previous two at-bats. Remarkably, with one out, he destroyed a pitch over the left field fence, and his walk-off solo homer gave Questionable Outfit an incredible 3-2 win in game 1.

Tom watches his game-winning walk-off homer sail over the left field fence

Tom watches his game-winning walk-off homer sail over the left field fence

The win put Questionable Outfit ahead 1-0 in the best of 5 first round series against the Ham Slams.

W: Bob (1-0)
L: Charlie (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob picked up the win for Questionable Outfit, going 7 innings while allowing 2 earned runs on 6 hits and striking out 2.
– Charlie took the loss for the Ham Slams, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits in 7 innings.
– Tom led the way for Questionable Outfit at the plate, going 3-for-5 with 3 homers, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI. The only other Questionable Outfit player to register a hit was Reilly, who singled.
– Josh led the Ham Slams on offense, going 3-for-4 with 2 singles, a home run, a run scored, and 2 RBI.

Fish Sticks Surprise Caucasians Behind Blose Homers and Dinger’s Pitching to Take 1-0 Series Lead

5 Aug

Dinger gave up only three hits in a shutout of the Caucasians in Game 1, outdueling the 2011 Pitch King

The Fish Sticks handed Pitch King Guthrie his first loss of the 2011 postseason as they hit three solo home runs and Dinger pitched a shutout in a 3-0 Game 1 win.

The #2 seed Fish Sticks and #1 seed Caucasian Vaginas prepare to start the first ever Wiffle Series

Fresh off a perfect game, and having given up only one hit in 12 innings in the Caucasians’ first round sweep of Pumice on Slow!, Guthrie started Game 1 of the Wiffle Series on the mound against the Fish Sticks. It was a picture perfect matchup to begin the first ever Wiffle Series, as EWL Wiffler of the Year Blose led off the game against Guthrie. Both were members of the All-EWL team, and both had carried their teams to this moment.

Guthrie prepares to deliver the first pitch of the inaugural Wiffle Series to Blose

Guthrie had been unhittable, but Blose led off the game with a thunderclap, pounding the first pitch he swung at over the right-center field fence for a leadoff home run. The bomb put the Fish Sticks up 1-0 early and was the first run Guthrie had surrendered in the postseason. He settled down after the homer, retiring Dinger and Joey to end the inning, and the Caucasians headed into the bottom of the first inning with their first deficit in weeks.

EWL Wiffler of the Year Blose led off the Wiffle Series with a solo homer

The Fish Sticks sent Dinger to the mound to start Game 1 of the championship, and he found himself in trouble early. He retired All-EWL player Morrison for the first out of the inning, but Les followed with a one-out single. Guthrie helped himself out, hitting a double. Les was unable to score on the play, but the Caucasians had runners at second and third with one out. But Dinger and the Sticks defense buckled down, getting Higgins to groundout to left field, stranding both runners to end the first inning.

Vassallo led off the top of the second with a single, and Guthrie had given up more hits in the first four batters of the Wiffle Series than all 25 hitters in the first round. But the Sticks couldn’t move Vassallo past first, as Guthrie retired Blose and Dinger in order to end the inning.

Dinger got into a groove that lasted several innings starting with the bottom of the second. Morrison and Les were each sent down for a scoreless inning.

Up 1-0, the Sticks couldn’t add to their lead in the top of the third. Guthrie retired Joey and Adam, who each flew out, to keep the deficit at one run through two and a half innings.

Guthrie showed his first signs of weakness in Game 1, but still gave up only four hits

The Caucasians struggled to hit Dinger in the bottom of the third, as he retired Guthrie and Higgins in order.

Guthrie had retired four straight hitters, and Blose led off the top of the fourth. He got to Guthrie again, hitting his second homer of the game, putting the Sticks up 2-0. Dinger and Joey were retired to end the top of the fourth, and the Caucasians were down two runs.

Blose hit two homers in Game 1, leading the Fish Sticks offensively

Dinger kept firing in the bottom of the fourth, retiring Morrison and Les in order to maintain a 2-0 lead through four innings.

Vassallo and Blose were retired in order in the top of the fifth, and the Caucasians had four outs left to tie the game.

It didn’t happen in the bottom of the fifth, as Dinger retired Guthrie for the first out of the inning. Higgins followed with a one-out double, the first Caucasian hit since the bottom of the first inning. Morrison stepped to the plate as the tying run, but he couldn’t advance Higgins, as Dinger retired him by groundout to end the fifth inning.

Guthrie retired Dinger, the first batter in the top of the sixth, when he grounded out to left field. The next batter, Joey, extended the Fish Sticks lead to 3-0 when he hit a one-out solo home run, the third Guthrie had surrendered. Vassallo was retired to end the sixth, and the Caucasians were down three runs heading into their final at-bat.

Dinger had retired 9 of the previous 10 batters heading into the bottom of the sixth, and the Caucasians couldn’t figure him out in the final frame either. Les and Guthrie were retired in order as each flew out to Vassallo in left field, and the Fish Sticks had shut-out the Caucasians 3-0 to take Game 1 of the 2011 Wiffle Series.

Game Notes:
– Dinger pitched a complete game shutout, giving up only 3 hits and retiring 11 of the final 12 batters
– Guthrie also pitched a complete game, giving up 3 earned runs on 4 hits while taking the loss
– Blose led the Fish Sticks going 2-4 with 2 solo home runs and 2 RBI
– Les, Guthrie, and Higgins each had one hit for the Caucasians, while Morrison went hitless

Box Score

Guthrie Baffles Pumice! as Caucasians Storm to 7-0 Win in Game 1

14 Jul

Guthrie nearly no-hit Pumice on Slow! in his first playoff start, a 7-0 win

Guthrie allowed only 1 hit in a near no-hitter as the Caucasians easily defeated Pumice on Slow! to take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five series.

Morrison recorded two put-outs in the top of the first, as Guthrie retired Brad and Luke in order

John started on the mound for Pumice!, and he began strong, retiring Frosty and Morrison for a scoreless bottom half of the first.

Guthrie picked up where he left off in the top of the second, retiring Gaurav and John in order to keep the game scoreless.

Carrying his momentum to the plate, Guthrie led off the bottom of the second with a double. He remained at second when Les flew out for the first out of the inning, but he scored when the next batter, Frosty, hit a two-run blast to put the Caucasians up 2-0. Morrison extended the lead to 3-0, when he hit a back-to-back homer, a solo shot. John then got Guthrie to fly out for the second out of the inning.

Brad grounded out to left for the first out of the top of the third, and with one out, Luke doubled for the one and only hit Pumice! would get in Game 1. Guthrie stranded Luke at second when Gaurav flew out to left to end the inning.

The Caucasians couldn’t add to their lead in the bottom of the third, as John retired Les and Higgins in order.

Guthrie was again unhittable in the top of the fourth, as John and Brad were sent down by fly-out consecutively.

After Morrison flew out for the first out of the bottom of the fourth, the Caucasians went on a one-out rally to increase their lead. Guthrie and Les each singled to put runners on first and second, and Higgins doubled, scoring Guthrie and putting two runners in scoring position at second and third. Up 4-0, Morrison doubled on a fielding error, driving in both runners. Guthrie flew out, stranding Morrison at second, but the three run inning put the Caucasians up 6-0 through four.

Luke grounded out for the first out of the top of the fifth, and then Guthrie fanned Gaurav for the second out.

Les led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer, his second hit of the game, which extended the Caucasian lead to 7-0. They couldn’t add to the seven run lead though, as Higgins and Frosty were retired to end the fifth.

Down to their last at-bat and needing seven runs to forces extras, John and Brad were retired in order to end the game. Guthrie’s one-hitter gave the Caucasians a 7-0 Game 1 win over Pumice!

Game Notes:
– John gave up 7 ER on 8 hits and took the loss for Pumice!
– Morrison led the Caucasians offensively, going 2 for 4 with a HR, a double, and 3 RBI

Box Score