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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.

Erich Unstoppable as Shady Characters Destroy Cheap Goats 19-5 to Even First Round Series

1 Aug

Erich had a historically dominant performance in game 2, going 8-for-8, hitting for the cycle twice.

After sputtering on offense in a game 1 loss, Shady Characters exploded for nineteen runs in game 2, as Erich hit for the cycle twice in the same game, and the best-of-five first round series was evened at 1-1. Erich was 8-for-8 with two singles, two doubles, two triples, two home runs, six runs scored, and five RBI, becoming the first player in EWL history to hit for the cycle twice in one playoff game. Dylan, Tom W, and Jason each had five hits, and Shady Characters scored nineteen unanswered runs after falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first. Dylan pitched the complete game win, and he also set the EWL single-game playoff record for triples, with four, shattering the previous mark of two.

Cheap Goats got to Dylan early in the top of the first, but after taking an early lead, they wouldn’t score again until late in the game when they trailed by double digits. Jordan led off the game with a triple, and he scored when Joey followed with an RBI triple that made the score 1-0. Christian then singled, scoring Joey, and Cheap Goats led 2-0. Just when it looked like Cheap Goats may jump out to a big lead in both the game and the series, Dylan retired Dinger and Jordan to end the inning, and his offense took over in the bottom half of the inning.

Tom W had five extra-base hits, including three two-run bombs, propelling Shady Characters to the big game 2 victory.

Dinger took the mound for Cheap Goats, and he got into trouble early. Dylan led off the inning with a triple, and Tom W tied the game with a two-run homer, making the score 2-2. Erich followed with a triple, and he scored from third when Jason grounded out for the first out of the inning. Dinger then retired Dylan to end the inning, and Shady Characters led 3-2.

Joey led off the top of the second with a double, but Cheap Goats couldn’t tie the game. Dylan retired Christian and Dinger to strand the runner, maintaining the one-run lead.

Shady Characters would pull ahead to a comfortable lead in the bottom of the second. Tom W doubled, and he scored from second on Erich’s RBI single, making the score 4-2. Jason then doubled, scoring Erich, and Shady Characters led 5-2. Dylan followed with his second triple of the game, scoring Jason, giving Shady Characters a 6-2 lead. Tom W grounded out for the first out of the inning, but Dylan scored on the play, extending the lead to 7-2. Erich followed with a double, but Dinger finally got out of the inning, retiring Jason to strand the runner, and Cheap Goats trailed by four runs.

Dylan rolled through the top of the third, retiring Jordan and Joey in order, and Shady Characters blew the game open in the bottom of the third.

Dylan had a strong game at the plate and also kept Cheap Goats in check on the mound, producing scoreless innings in four of the six innings he pitched.

Dylan led off the inning with his third triple of the game, breaking the single-game playoff record. Tom W followed with his second two-run home run of the game, pushing the lead to 9-2. Erich tripled for the second time in the game, and Jason followed with a two-run shot, making the score 11-2. Dylan tripled yet again, extending his single-game record to four triples, and Tom W hit his third two-run blast of the game, and Shady Characters now led 13-2. Dinger was removed from the game, and Cheap Goats turned to Christian from the bullpen. The first batter he faced, Erich, doubled, and Jason drove him in with an RBI triple. The inning finally ended when Christian retired the next two batters, Dylan and Tom W, but Shady Characters had scored seven runs in the inning, essentially putting Cheap Goats away with a 14-2 lead through three innings.

Christian doubled to start the top of the fourth, but Cheap Goats couldn’t rally, as Dylan retired Dinger and Jordan to strand the runner, ending the inning.

Shady Characters continued to pile it on in the bottom of the fourth. Erich led off the inning with a solo homer, giving him the cycle, and the lead was 15-2. Jason followed with his second triple of the game, and Dylan drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 16-2. Two batters later, Erich hit a one-out single, scoring Dylan from second, and Shady Characters led 17-2. Christian retired Jason for the second out of the inning, and Cheap Goats trailed by fifteen runs.

Dylan connects on one of his EWL single-game playoff record four triples.

Dylan continued to mow down Cheap Goats hitters in the top of the fifth, sending Joey and Christian down in order.

Shady Characters finished their offensive onslaught in the bottom of the fifth. Joey came to the mound, making his first pitching appearance of the 2018 season. He retired the first batter he faced, Dylan, but then Shady Characters would add a few more insurance runs. Tom W doubled, and Erich completed his second cycle in the game, hitting a mammoth two-run shot to right, putting Shady Characters ahead 19-2. Jason followed with a double, but Joey escaped further damage, retiring Dylan to end the inning. Shady Characters had scored two or more runs in every inning, with nineteen unanswered runs, and led by seventeen runs heading into the sixth.

Joey connects on a solo homer in the top of the fifth. He was 3-for-5 with three extra-base hits in the blowout loss.

Cheap Goats showed some life in the top of the sixth, but it was far too little too late. Dinger started the inning with a single, and Jordan followed with a two-run homer than cut the score to 19-4. Joey followed with a solo homer, and the back-to-back jacks made the score 19-5. The rally would end there. Dylan fanned Christian for the first out of the inning, and then retired Dinger to end the inning and the game.

The 19-5 Shady Characters win evened the best-of-five first round series at 1-1.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dylan pitched the complete game win for Shady Characters, allowing five runs on eight hits, striking out one in six innings.
– Dinger took the loss for Cheap Goats, giving up thirteen runs on fourteen hits in 2.5 innings pitched.
– Christian and Joey both pitched out of the bullpen for Cheap Goats. Christian pitched two innings, allowing four runs on six hits. Joey pitched a single inning, giving up two runs on three hits.
– Erich led Shady Characters on offense, becoming the first player in EWL playoff history to hit for the cycle twice in one game. He went a perfect 8-for-8 with two singles, two doubles, two triples, two home runs, six runs scored, and five RBI.
– Dylan went 5-for-9 for Shady Characters, with a double, a record-breaking four triples, five runs scored, and two RBI.
– Tom W went 5-for-8 for Shady Characters, with two doubles, three home runs, five runs scored, and seven RBI.
– Joey led Cheap Goats at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI.

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

7 Aug

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Box Score

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

Bob and Mike Each Hit for Cycle as Questionable Outfit take Commanding Series Lead with 13-9 Win in Game 2

28 Jul
Bob went 6-for-7 with a single, 2 doubles, 2 triples, and a homer, hitting for the cycle and earning the win on the mound for Questionable Outfit

Bob went 6-for-7 with a single, 2 doubles, 2 triples, and a homer, hitting for the cycle and earning the win on the mound for Questionable Outfit

Questionable Outfit put Eastbound & Dahn on the brink of elimination and took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five first round series with a 13-9 win in game 2. Bob and Mike each hit for the cycle, becoming the first teammates to hit for the cycle in the same game in EWL playoff history. Bob had six hits and scored five runs, and Mike had five hits, as Questionable held off a late Eastbound & Dahn rally to win and put themselves one win away from a fourth consecutive Wiffle Series berth.

Bob started on the mound for Questionable Outfit, and he cruised in the top of the first, retiring Nate and Christian in order.

Questionable Outfit would immediately provide Bob with run support, taking a significant lead in the bottom of the first. Bob singled to lead off the inning, and he moved from first to third on a Tom single. Mike then doubled, scoring Bob, and the score was 1-0. Miller came to the plate with runners on second and third, and he cleared the bases with a three-run bomb, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 4-0. Bob followed with a double, and after five consecutive hits to start the game, it looked like Questionable Outfit would have a huge inning. Christian buckled down, however, and avoided further damage, retiring Tom and Mike to strand the runner at second and end the inning.

Eastbound & Dahn showed resolve in the top of the second, bouncing back and cutting into the Questionable Outfit lead. Dustin singled, and he moved to second when BK followed with a single. Two batters later, Christian cleared the bases and rounded them all himself when Questionable Outfit unleashed a series of fielding errors that resulted in a three-run inside-the-park homer. Bob then retired Dustin to end the inning, but Eastbound had cut the lead to 4-3.

Christian's three-run inside-the-park homer pulled Eastbound & Dahn within a run in the top of the second

Christian’s three-run inside-the-park homer pulled Eastbound & Dahn within a run in the top of the second

Christian pitched a perfect frame in the bottom of the second, sending Miller and Bob down in order. Bob matched him in the top of the third, as BK and Nate were retired consecutively.

Questionable would add to their lead in the bottom of the third. Tom led off the inning with a solo shot, and Mike made it back-to-back homers with a solo homer of his own. Two batters later Bob tripled, and Tom drove him in with an RBI single that made the score 7-3. Mike followed with a single, and Questionable had runners on first and third, but Christian retired Miller to strand both runners and end the inning.

Tom went 6-for-7 with a record-tying four singles, a double, a homer, and four runs scored

Tom went 6-for-7 with a record-tying four singles, a double, a homer, and four runs scored

Eastbound continued to hang in, narrowing the deficit in the top of the fourth. Christian doubled to start the inning, and he scored when Dustin followed with an RBI triple. BK then singled, scoring Dustin, and Eastbound trailed 7-5. Nate followed with a single, but BK was caught in between first and second for the first out of the inning. Bob then retired Christian to end the inning, and Questionable led by two.

Mike, who hit for the cycle in the Questionable Outfit win, comes up firing in left field

Mike, who hit for the cycle in the Questionable Outfit win, comes up firing in left field

Bob led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer, completing the cycle in only five at-bats. Tom followed with a single, but Christian retired Mike and Miller to strand him, and Questionable Outfit led 8-5 after four innings.

Bob retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, and Questionable would extend their lead by a considerable margin in the bottom of the inning.

Bob tripled for the second time in the game to lead off the inning, and he scored when Tom drove him in with an RBI single that made the score 9-5. Mike then tripled, completing the cycle, and Tom scored on the play to put Questionable ahead 10-5. Two batters later, Bob doubled to score Mike, and the score was 11-5. Tom then doubled to score Bob, and Mike followed with an RBI single to score Tom. Christian finally retired Miller to end the inning, but Questionable had scored five runs to pull ahead 13-5.

Nate's two-run homer cut the Questionable Outfit lead to 13-9, but it was the end of a dramatic late-game rally for Eastbound

Nate’s two-run homer cut the Questionable Outfit lead to 13-9, but it was the end of a dramatic late-game rally for Eastbound

Down eight heading into their final at-bat, Eastbound & Dahn made things interesting in the top of the sixth. Nate led off the inning with a triple, and Christian hit a deep sacrifice fly to center, scoring Nate to make the score 13-6. Dustin then singled, and he scored from first when BK hit an RBI single, and the score was 13-7. Nate then hit a towering two-run homer to left-center, and Eastbound had cut the Questionable lead to 13-9. Questionable Outfit removed Bob from the mound and brought in Tom from the bullpen. He immediately put an end to the Eastbound rally, striking out Christian for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Questionable Outfit the 13-9 win.

Questionable Outfit pulled ahead 2-0 in the best-of-five first round series with Eastbound & Dahn. A win in game 3 would put them in the Wiffle Series for the fourth consecutive season. No team has come back from an 0-2 deficit to win a first round series.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob earned the win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 9 runs on 10 hits in 5.5 innings pitched.
– Tom pitched 0.5 innings of relief, and struck out the only batter he faced.
– Christian took the loss for Eastbound in the complete game effort, giving up 13 runs on 18 hits in 5 innings.
– Bob went 6-for-7 and hit for the cycle with a single, 2 doubles, 2 triples, a home run, 5 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Mike also hit for the cycle, going 5-for-6 with 2 singles, a double, a triple, a homer, a sacrifice fly, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– All four Eastbound & Dahn players had at least two hits. They were led by Dustin, who went 3-for-5 with 2 singles, a triple, 3 runs scored, and an RBI.

Ham Slams Even Series with Cookies & Cream, Win Game Two 7-5

24 Jul
Playing in only his second career EWL game, Joe pitched a complete game win and went 3-for-5 at the plate with a triple, two home runs, 3 runs scored, and two RBI.

Playing in only his second career EWL game, Joe pitched a complete game win and went 3-for-5 at the plate with a triple, two home runs, 3 runs scored, and two RBI.

After dropping game one, the Ham Slams, led by free agent addition Joe, won game two 7-5 and evened the best-of-five first round series with Cookies & Cream at one game apiece. Joe pitched the complete game win and went 3-for-5 with a triple, two homers, three runs scored, and two RBI. Cookies & Cream suffered a blow as Joey left the game early with one of the most significant wiffle injuries in league history, and they may be without him for the rest of the series.

Dinger took the mound for Cookies & Cream, and he fell behind early when Josh led off the game with a solo homer to right-center, putting the Ham Slams up 1-0. Dinger then got Dan and Joe to fly out to center to end the inning.

Cookies & Cream evened the score immediately when Guthrie led off the bottom of the first with a solo homer, making the score 1-1. Blose followed with a triple, and Cookies were in position to pull ahead, but Joe got Joey to fly out in foul territory and got Dinger to fly out to center, ending the inning and stranding the runner.

The Slams took another lead in the top of the second. Kessler doubled to start the inning, and two batters later Dan hit a two-run blast to center, and the Slams led 3-1. Joe followed with a triple, and he scored when Kessler hit an RBI double. Dinger retired Josh to strand Kessler at second and end the inning, but the Slams had pulled ahead 4-1.

Dan's two-run homer in the second put the Ham Slams ahead 3-1.

Dan’s two-run homer in the second put the Ham Slams ahead 3-1.

Guthrie doubled with one out in the bottom of the second, and he scored when Blose hit an RBI single. Joe then retired Joey to end the inning, and Cookies had cut the deficit to 4-2.

Dan led off the top of the third with a towering fly ball to center. Joey backed up against the fence and jumped to catch the ball and record the out. He came down awkwardly, however, twisting his ankle severely. He was carried off the field by his teammates and went to the hospital to seek medical attention. When play resumed, Joe provided his own run support with a solo homer, putting the Ham Slams ahead 5-2. Kessler followed with a solo shot, and the back-to-back homers made the score 6-2. Josh followed with a double, and Cookies & Cream made a pitching change, bringing Guthrie into the game. He retired the first batter he faced, Dan, for the second out, ending the inning and stranding the runner at second.

Kessler went 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.

Kessler went 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.

Joe rolled through the bottom of the third, retiring Dinger and Jordan in order, and the score remained 6-2.

Joe continued to help himself at the plate, leading off the top of the fourth with a solo homer. Guthrie retired the next two batters to end the inning, and the Ham Slams led 7-2.

Cookies would narrow the margin in the bottom of the fourth. Guthrie led off with a double, and Blose followed with a two-run homer, cutting the score to 7-4. Dinger followed with a double, and just when it looked like Cookies would rally, Joe retired Jordan and Guthrie to strand the runner and end the inning.

Blose went 4-for-5 with a single, 2 triples, and a homer. Here he connects on a two-run blast in the fourth that cut the Ham Slams lead to 7-4.

Blose went 4-for-5 with a single, 2 triples, and a homer. Here he connects on a two-run blast in the fourth that cut the Ham Slams lead to 7-4.

Guthrie retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, and he had met his innings limit for the week.

Blose tripled to start the bottom of the fifth, and he scored on a Dinger groundout to cut the deficit to 7-5. Joe then retired Jordan to end the inning, and Cookies trailed by two runs.

Dinger returned to the mound in the top of the sixth, and he had more success than earlier in the game, retiring Kessler and Josh consecutively.

Down two runs in the bottom of the sixth with their two best hitters due up, Cookies couldn’t string together a rally to extend the game. Joe retired Guthrie and Blose, ending the inning and giving the Ham Slams a 7-5 win.

With the win, the Ham Slams evened the best-of-five series with Cookies & Cream at 1-1.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joe pitched the complete game win for the Ham Slams, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings.
– Dinger took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits in 4 innings.
– Guthrie pitched two innings of relief for Cookies, and gave up one run on one hit.
– Joe led the Ham Slams on offense, going 3-for-5 with a triple, a homer, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Kessler also went 3-for-5 for the Slams with 2 doubles, a homer, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Blose led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a single, 2 triples, a homer, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Guthrie also went 3-for-5 for Cookies with 2 doubles, a home run, 3 runs scored, and an RBI.

Nate Does it Again, Walk-Off Homer Lifts Eastbound & Dahn for Second Consecutive Game

8 Aug
Eastbound & Dahn mob Nate at the plate after he hit a game-winning walk-off home run for the second consecutive game in their series against Cookies & Cream

Eastbound & Dahn mob Nate at the plate after he hit a game-winning walk-off home run for the second consecutive game in their series against Cookies & Cream

For the second straight game, Eastbound & Dahn came into the bottom of the sixth trailing; and for the second straight game, Nate hit a walk-off game-winning homer, as Eastbound & Dahn took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series with Cookies & Cream in an incredible, dramatic game 2 victory. The win put Eastbound & Dahn on the brink of their first playoff series win and one game away from a trip to the 2015 Wiffle Series.

Nate started on the mound for Eastbound & Dahn, and after giving up a leadoff single to Joey in the top of the first, he retired Blose and Dinger to strand the runner and end the inning.

Dinger took the mound for Cookies & Cream, and he fell behind early. Tim led off the game with a double, and Nate provided his own run support, crushing a two-run bomb to left field, putting Eastbound ahead 2-0. Dustin followed with a single, and he moved to second on a Christian single. Helal then hit a ground ball to right field, which Joey scooped up for the first out of the inning. Dustin scored on the play, but Christian was caught trying to score for the second out of the inning.

Down 3-0, Cookies & Cream cut into the deficit in the top of the second. With one out, Joey hit a solo homer to center, and the score was 3-1. Blose followed with a solo homer, and the back-to-back jacks cut the Eastbound lead to 3-2. Dinger then doubled, but Nate retired Guthrie to strand the runner and end the inning with a one-run lead.

Blose's homer in the second pulled Cookies & Cream closer to Eastbound

Blose’s homer in the second pulled Cookies & Cream closer to Eastbound

Dinger allowed a one-out single to Nate in the bottom of the second, but he retired Dustin to pitch a scoreless inning.

Nate allowed a one-out triple to Blose in the top of the third, but Cookies couldn’t tie the game, as Nate retired Dinger to strand the runner, and the score remained 3-2.

Dinger pitched a perfect frame in the bottom of the third, retiring Christian and Helal in order.

Guthrie led off the top of the fourth with a single, but Cookies failed to tie the game again, as Nate retired Joey and Blose to end the inning.

Eastbound would add one more to their lead in the bottom of the fourth, when Hartley led off the inning with a solo homer. Dinger retired Nate and Dustin to end the inning, but Eastbound had pulled ahead 4-2 after four innings.

Cookies drew even with Eastbound in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs to tie the game. Guthrie singled with one out, and Joey followed with a two-run homer, his second blast of the game, tying the game at 4-4. Nate then retired Blose to end the inning.

Joey led Cookies & Cream, going 4-for-6 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI

Joey led Cookies & Cream, going 4-for-6 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI

Dinger cruised through the bottom of the fifth, retiring the side in order, and the game was tied heading into the final frame.

Dinger led off the top of the sixth with a single, and he moved to second on a Guthrie groundout. The go-ahead run was in scoring position, and Joey drove him in with an RBI single, putting Cookies & Cream ahead for the first time in the game 5-4. Nate then retired Blose, and Eastbound would trail by a run heading into their final at-bat.

Nate prepares to deliver a pitch as Dinger looks on from third base

Nate prepares to deliver a pitch as Dinger looks on from third base

Eastbound had rallied from six runs down in the bottom of the sixth inning of game 1, and they would need a run to tie and two runs to win in the bottom of the sixth of game 2. Dinger remained in the game, and the first batter he faced, Hartley, hit a single, putting the tying runner on base. Nate had hit two homers in the bottom of the sixth of game 1, including the game-winning walk-off solo homer than gave Eastbound the 13-12 win. He came to the plate as the winning run, and for the second consecutive game, he did the improbable, crushing a two-run titanic shot to left field, and the walk-off home run gave Eastbound & Dahn a 7-6 win in game 2. Nate had gone a combined 3-for-3 with 3 home runs in the bottom of the sixth innings of games 1 and 2, and Eastbound & Dahn had pulled ahead 2-0 in the best-of-five first round series with Cookies & Cream.

Nate came through again in the bottom of the sixth, putting Eastbound within a game of the Wiffle Series

Nate came through again in the bottom of the sixth, putting Eastbound within a game of the Wiffle Series

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Nate pitched the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing 5 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings.
– Dinger took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings.
– Nate led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a single, 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Joey led Cookies & Cream on offense, goinf 4-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI.

Reilly’s Arm and Bat Help Questionable Outfit Fend Off Late Ham Slams Rally in 5-4 Game 2 Win

8 Aug
Reilly kept the Ham Slams offense in check and hit three homers to lead Questionable Outfit to victory in game 2

Reilly kept the Ham Slams offense in check and hit three homers to lead Questionable Outfit to victory in game 2

Questionable Outfit pulled ahead 2-0 in their best-of-five series with the Ham Slams, escaping with a win in a game they likely should have lost, as Reilly pitched effectively and crushed three homers to carry his squad. The Ham Slams made costly base running errors in the fifth and sixth innings which proved to be critical in a close game that they narrowly lost. The loss put the Ham Slams against the wall, as they now must win games 3, 4, and 5 to advance beyond the first round for the first time in franchise history, and Questionable Outfit are a win away from clinching a third consecutive Wiffle Series appearance.

After a surprising decision not to start Reilly in game 1 of the series, Questionable Outfit returned to their ace in game 2. He gave up a one-out double to Dan in the top of the first, but stranded the runner for a scoreless inning.

The Ham Slams turned to Tim, their #2 starter, to take the mound for game 2. Questionable hit him early and took a quick lead in the bottom of the first. Bob led off the inning with a single, and two batters later, Reilly provided his own run support with a two-run blast to make the score 2-0. Mike followed with a single, but he was caught out trying to extend the hit into a double, ending the inning.

The Ham Slams bounced right back in the top of the second, tying the game. With one out, Steve hit a solo homer to right, cutting the score to 2-1. Tim followed with a solo shot, and the back-to-back homers tied the game at 2-2. Dan then singled, but Reilly retired Alan to strand the runner and end the inning.

Bob catches a fly ball deep against the left-center field fence

Bob catches a fly ball deep against the left-center field fence

Questionable made up for the two runs in the bottom of the second. Bob doubled to lead off, and he scored from second when Tom grounded out to deep right, making the score 3-2. Reilly then followed with his second homer in as many at-bats, putting Questionable ahead 4-2. Tim then retired Mike to end the inning.

Reilly cruised through the top of the third, retiring the side in order. Tim matched him in the bottom half of the inning, retiring Bob and Tom consecutively.

The Slams pulled closer in the top of the fourth when Tim led off the inning with his second homer of the game, cutting the deficit to 4-3. Dan followed with a double, but the Slams couldn’t drive in the tying run, as Reilly retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Tom shows excellent form scooping up a ground ball in left field as two Ham Slams' fans look on

Tom shows excellent form scooping up a ground ball in left field as two Ham Slams’ fans look on

Reilly got the run back immediately in the bottom of the fourth, leading off the inning with his third homer of the game. Tim retired the next two batters, and Questionable led 5-3 through four innings.

The Ham Slams continued to fight back in the top of the fifth. Steve led off the inning with his second homer of the game, and the score was 5-4. Tim followed with a double, and the tying run was on second base. Reilly got the next batter, Dan, to ground out to left for the first out of the inning. Tim, thinking it was the second out of the inning, wandered off of third base and was caught out for what was actually the second out of the inning. The Slams would have had the tying runner on third, but the base running error ending the inning.

Tim was solid on the mound for the Slams, allowing Questionable Outfit to accumulate only 6 hits, but it wasn't enough, as the Slams fell into an 0-2 hole in the first round series

Tim was solid on the mound for the Slams, allowing Questionable Outfit to accumulate only 6 hits, but it wasn’t enough, as the Slams fell into an 0-2 hole in the first round series

Tim made up for the gaffe by retiring the Questionable side in order in the top of the sixth. The Ham Slams would enter the bottom of the sixth down a single run.

Alan led off the inning with a double, putting the tying runner in scoring position. Adam came to the plate and hit a single, moving Alan to third. The Ham Slams had runners at the corners with the tying run 13 steps away from home and the winning run on first. Steve then hit a towering fly ball to right field. Questionable Outfit fielders scrambled to get under the ball, and at the last second Mike called for it and made the catch. Adam had wandered off of first base, and Mike got the ball to the mound before Adam made it back to the base, doubling him up to end the inning and the game. The Ham Slams had committed another base running error, this one fatal, as Questionable Outfit held on to win the game 5-4 and take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series.

W: Reilly (1-0)
L: Tim (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Reilly pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 4 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings.
– Tim took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits in 5 innings.
– Reilly led Questionable Outfit at the plate, going 3-for-4 with 3 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Tim led the Ham Slams on offense, going 3-for-4 with a double, 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.