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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.

Dinger Shuts Out Eastbound & Dahn as Cookies & Cream force Deciding Game 5 with 9-0 Win

9 Aug
Dinger was dominant in game 4, pitching a 3-hit shutout for Cookies & Cream to force game 5

Dinger was dominant in game 4, pitching a 3-hit shutout for Cookies & Cream to force game 5

Dinger had his best outing of the 2015 season when it mattered most for Cookies & Cream, pitching a 3-hit shutout in a 9-0 win that forced a pivotal game 5 in their first round series with Eastbound & Dahn. Cookies had lost game 1 and game 2 in heartbreaking fashion before rallying to win game 3. Now, after winning game 4, they had evened the series, and game 5 will decide who advances to the Wiffle Series to meet Questionable Outfit.

After leading 5-0 late in game 3 with only 6 outs separating them from winning the series, Eastbound looked to bounce back in game 4. They struggled early, as Dinger retired the side in order in the top of the first.

Eastbound started Nate on the mound, and he looked to repeat his winning effort in game 2 of the series. He retired Joey to start the game, but the next batter, Blose, hit a mammoth solo homer to center, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 1-0. Nate avoided further damage, retiring Guthrie to end the inning.

Blose's solo homer in the bottom of the first put Cookies & Cream ahead early

Blose’s solo homer in the bottom of the first put Cookies & Cream ahead early

Dinger rolled through the top of the second, sending Christian and Ryan down in order, and he would get all of the run support he needed in the bottom of the second.

Trailing 2-1 in the series but up 1-0 early in game 4, Cookies sent a message that the series may be turning in the bottom of the second, hitting four consecutive homers to start the inning. Dinger hit a solo homer to start things off, and he was followed by Vassallo, Joey, and Blose, who each went deep, and the back-to-back-to-back-to-back homers put Cookies & Cream ahead 5-0. Nate retired Guthrie to end the streak and Dinger to end the inning, but Eastbound now trailed by five runs.

Joey and Blose celebrate at the plate after Joey hit the second of four consecutive Cookies & Cream homers in the bottom of the second

Joey and Blose celebrate at the plate after Joey hit the second of four consecutive Cookies & Cream homers in the bottom of the second

Eastbound couldn’t get on the board in the top of the third, as Nate and Dustin were sent down in order.

Vassallo led off the bottom of the third with a triple, and he scored on when Joey grounded out to left for the first out of the inning. Blose then singled, but was caught in between first and second for the second out of the inning.

Vassallo went 3-for-4 and was a double shy of the cycle

Vassallo went 3-for-4 and was a double shy of the cycle

With the score 6-0, Eastbound hadn’t registered a hit through three innings. They finally got a base runner when Ryan singled with one out in the top of the fourth, but Dinger stranded him, retiring Nate to end the inning.

Nate pitched his first scoreless inning in the bottom of the fourth, retiring Guthrie and Dinger.

Dustin led off the top of the fifth with a towering fly ball to right field. Joey camped under it, but missed it, and Dustin raced around the bases. He had secured a triple, but tried to extend the hit into an inside-the-park homer. Joey grabbed the ball and fired it to the mound, catch Dustin in between third and home for the first out of the inning. Christian followed with a double, but Dinger continued to strand Eastbound runners, retiring Ryan to end the inning.

Up 6-0, Cookies would add additional insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth. Vassallo started the inning with a single, and scored when Joey followed with an RBI double to make the score 7-0. Blose then doubled to score Joey, extending Cookies’ lead to 8-0. Guthrie followed with an RBI single to score Blose, and Cookies led 9-0. Dinger followed with a single to put runners on first and third, and it looked as if Cookies would blow the game open. Nate then retired Vassallo and Joey to strand both runners, ending the inning with a complete collapse.

Down nine runs heading into the top of the sixth, Eastbound would need a miracle, which they had been able to achieve in game 1 and game 2. The deficit was too substantial, however, as Dinger retired Nate and Dustin in order to end the game. Cookies had taken game 4 by the score of 9-0, tying the best-of-five series at 2-2 and forcing a pivotal game 5 to determine who would advance to the Wiffle Series.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dinger pitched the complete game shutout for Cookies & Cream and earned the win. He allowed no runs on 3 hits in 6 innings.
– Nate took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, giving up 9 runs on 12 hits in 5 innings.
– Blose led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 4-for-4 with a single, a double, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Vassallo also went 3-for-4 for Cookies with a single, a triple, a homer, 3 runs scored, and an RBI.
– Dustin, Christian, and Nate each had one hit for Eastbound.

Morrison Leads Questionable Outfit to Brink of Title with 8-4 Game 4 Victory

11 Aug
Reilly went 3-for-5 in game 4 with a double and an RBI

Reilly went 3-for-5 in game 4 with a double and an RBI

Riding Morrison’s big bat, Questionable Outfit took a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Wiffle Series matchup with Cookies & Cream, and sit one game away from winning the title after beating their rivals 8-4 in game 4. Morrison set the place for Questionable, going 4-for-6 with a double, 3 home runs, 4 runs scored, and 4 RBI in a game that was never in question.

Guthrie, who had missed games one, two and three, started on the mound for Cookies & Cream in game 4. He had had modest success against Questionable Outfit throughout the year, but he was hit hard early in this outing. He retired the game’s first batter, Tom, before giving up a one-out double to Bob. The next batter, Morrison, doubled off the fence to score Bob and put Questionable ahead 1-0. Reilly followed with another double, scoring Morrison to make the score 2-0. Guthrie then retired Tom for the second out of the inning, and Cookies trailed by two runs early.

Blose stretches in attempt to make a catch, but the ball went off the fence for a double

Blose stretches in attempt to make a catch, but the ball went off the fence for a double

Questionable Outfit selected Bob as their game 4 starting pitcher, and he was coming off a narrow defeat in a decent game 2 outing. He gave up a one-out single to Dinger in the bottom of the first, but stranded him, maintaining the 2-0 lead.

Questionable would add to their lead in the top of the second. Guthrie retired Bob to start the inning, but the next batter, Morrison, crushed a solo shot to left, putting his squad ahead 3-0. Reilly followed with a single, and Tom drove him in with a towering two-run bomb to left. Guthrie would retire Morrison after Bob hit a one-out single, but Questionable Outfit had opened up a 5-0 lead.

Joey led off the bottom of the third with a triple, but Cookies & Cream couldn’t capitalize, as Bob retired the next two batters to strand the runner, and the score remained 5-0.

Joey rounds second on his way to a triple

Joey rounds second on his way to a triple in the bottom of the third

Reilly singled to lead off the top of the third, but Guthrie was able to pitch his first scoreless inning, retiring the next two batters to strand the runner.

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

Morrison continued to swing a hot bat in the top of the fourth, leading off the inning with a solo shot, his second of the game. Guthrie would send down the next two hitters, but Questionable had pulled ahead 6-0.

Bob retired Joey for the first out in the bottom of the fourth, but Cookies & Cream would finally get on the board with one out. Vassallo came to the plate and crushed a solo bomb to left, making the score 6-1. Cookies couldn’t rally though, as Bob retired the next batter to end the inning.

Vassallo went deep, but it was too little too late for Cookies & Cream

Vassallo went deep, but it was too little too late for Cookies & Cream

It wouldn’t take long for Questionable to extend the lead back to six runs. With one out in the top of the fifth, Morrison hit another solo homer, his third of the game, making the score 7-1. Guthrie wouldn’t allow any other runs in the inning, but Cookies once again trailed by six.

Guthrie was hit hard in game 4, allowing 8 runs on 11 hits in the complete game loss

Guthrie was hit hard in game 4, allowing 8 runs on 11 hits in the complete game loss

Cookies & Cream got a small rally started in the bottom of the fifth. Dinger led off the inning with a solo homer, cutting the deficit to 7-2. The next batter, Blose, also went deep, and the back-to-back homers made the score 7-3. Bob would retire the next two batters to end the inning, and the Questionable lead had been cut to four runs.

Questionable got one of the two runs back in the top of the sixth, when Tom led off the inning with a solo blast, his second homer of the game. Guthrie retired the next two batters, and Questionable would head into the bottom of the sixth with an 8-3 lead.

Bob earned a complete game victory in game 4, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits

Bob earned a complete game victory in game 4, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits

Down to their final two outs, Cookies & Cream would need a big comeback effort to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole in the Wiffle Series. Bob retired the first batter, Guthrie, but the next hitter, Dinger, launched a solo homer to left, his second of the game, making the score 8-4. But the rally ended there, as Bob got Blose to fly out to center for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Questionable Outfit a big game 3 win.

The win put Questionable Outfit ahead 3-1 in the Wiffle Series, only one win away from clinching their first title in franchise history.

W: Bob (3-1)
L: Guthrie (2-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings pitched.
– Guthrie took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up 8 runs on 11 hits in 6 innings.
– Morrison carried Questionable Outfit on offense, going 4-for-6 with a double, 3 homers, 4 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Tom also went 2-for-6 with 2 homers, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Dinger led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a single, 2 homers, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI. He was the only Cookies & Cream player to collect more than one hit.

Questionable Outfit Storm Past Eastbound & Dahn 10-6 to Return to Wiffle Series

6 Aug
Tom had 6 hits in the series-clinching win to lead Questionable Outfit to a second consecutive Wiffle Series berth

Tom had 6 hits in the series-clinching win to lead Questionable Outfit to a second consecutive Wiffle Series berth

Despite a late rally, Eastbound & Dahn couldn’t extend their series with Questionable Outfit, as the Questionable offense was too much in a 10-6 series clinching victory.

Nate, who had pitched brilliantly in Eastbound’s game 1 victory over Questionable Outfit, started on the mound in game 4. He got into trouble early, and he didn’t last long.

Kimble led off the game with a single, and he scored when the next batter, Bob, crushed a two-run homer to put Questionable ahead 2-0. Morrison followed with a solo homer, and the back-to-back home runs gave Questionable a 3-0 lead before registering an out. Tom would later triple with one out, but Nate avoided further damage in the first, stranding the runner.

Bob would take the hill for Questionable Outfit, and ​he got off to a much better start than Nate. Steve led off the bottom of the first with a single, but he was stranded as Bob pitched a scoreless inning.

Nate bounced back in the top of the second, allowing a leadoff single to Morrison but retiring the next two batters to hold the score at 3-0.

Eastbound would get on the board in the bottom of the second. With one out, Steve crushed a solo homer to left, making the score 3-1. Frosty, an EWL postseason legend making his first appearance of 2014 and his first career appearance with Eastbound, followed with a solo bomb, and the back-to-back homers cut the deficit to 3-2. Bob then retired Nate to end the inning and maintain the one-run lead.

Nate got into more trouble in the top of the third, and he didn’t give himself much leeway before removing himself from the game. Morrison singled with one out, and the next batter, Reilly, crushed a two-run homer to left-center, making the score 5-2. Nate pulled himself from the mound, and Eastbound turned to Christian from the bullpen. The first batter he faced, Tom, doubled, and he moved to third when Bob followed with a single. Questionable had runners on second and third and it looked as if they would blow the game open, but Christian retired Morrison to end the inning, stranding two runners.

Morrison went 5-for-7 with a solo homer in the win

Morrison went 5-for-7 with a solo homer in the win

Eastbound would chip away at the Questionable lead in the bottom of the third. With one out, Steve hit a solo homer to left, his second of the game, cutting the score to 5-3. Eastbound couldn’t add any more runs in the bottom of the third.

Questionable would make up for the lost run sin the top of the fourth. Reilly led off the inning with a double and moved to third when Tom also doubled. Bob then hit a groundball to right, which Nate scooped up for an out, but both Reilly and Tom scored on the play. Christian retired the next batter, Morrison, but Questionable had extended their lead to 7-3.

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

Questionable would add more to their lead in the top of the fifth. Tom singled with one out, and Bob followed with his second two-run homer of the game, moving the score to 9-3. Morrison would follow with a single, but Christian retired Reilly to avoid further damage.

Down 9-3 and with their season slipping away, Eastbound showed heart in the bottom of the fifth inning. Steve led off the inning with a solo homer, his third bomb of the game, cutting the score to 9-4. Frosty followed with a triple, and with one out, Christian lined a two-run homer to right field, making the score 9-6. Steve came back to the plate with one out, but couldn’t hit a fourth homer in as many at-bats, and Bob escaped with a three-run lead.

Tom led off the top of the sixth with a triple, and he scored when Bob hit a sacrifice fly, making the score 10-6. Morrison and Reilly each followed with one out singles, and it looked as if Questionable would put the game away for certain, but Christian retired Tom, stranding both runners.

Trailing four runs and down to their last two outs of the 2014 season, Eastbound couldn’t put together another rally in the bottom of the sixth. Frosty flew out to Bob for the first out of the inning, and Nate grounded out to Tom in left for the second out, ending the game and giving Questionable Outfit a 10-6 win.

Questionable Outfit had won the best-of-five first round series 3 games to 1, clinching a spot in the Wiffle Series for the second consecutive season. They will face their rival, Cookies & Cream, in a rematch of last year’s final.

After taking Cookies & Cream to the brink in round 1 of the 2013 playoffs, Eastbound & Dahn bowed out early again in 2014.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob picked up the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings pitched.
– Nate took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits in 2.5 innings. Christian pitched 3.5 innings of relief, allowing 5 runs on 10 hits.
– Bob tied an EWL playoff record with 7 RBI in the game. He went 3-for-6 with a single, 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 7 RBI.
– Tom tied an EWL playoff record with 2 doubles in the game. He went 6-for-8 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, 2 triples, and 4 runs scored.
– Morrison went 5-for-7 with 4 singles, a homer, 2 runs scored, and one RBI.
– Steve led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 4-for-5 with a single, 3 homers, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI.

Anthony Carries Ham Slams Past Cookies & Cream 4-3 to Force Decisive Game 5 Matchup

24 Jul
The Ham Slams escaped with a narrow win to force game 5 in their best-of-five series with Cookies & Cream

The Ham Slams escaped with a narrow win to force game 5 in their best-of-five series with Cookies & Cream

Anthony went 3-for-4 including a triple and two homers, along with all 4 Ham Slams RBI, to carry the Slams past Cookies & Cream 4-3 and force a pivotal game 5 matchup to determine who will advance to the 2014 Wiffle Series.

Down 2-1 in the best-of-five series, the Ham Slams continued to roll with their ace, Charlie, on the mound. Their stars, Anthony and Steve, were in the lineup along with Riley, who had made a handful of appearances for the Slams throughout the 2013 and 2014 regular seasons.

Charlie gave up a single to Guthrie to lead off the top of the first, but he retired the next two batters, standing the runner and ending the inning.

Due to a scheduling conflict, Cookies & Cream entered the game without their best player and MVP candidate, Blose. Dinger, who pitched a great game despite taking the loss in game 2, started on the mound.

The Ham Slams first batter, Anthony, tripled off the fence to lead off the game. The next batter, Steve, hit a towering fly ball to center field. Joey caught it for the out and relayed the ball to the mound to attempt to retire Anthony, who had tagged up in an effort to score a run on a sacrifice fly. Anthony crossed home before the throw made it to the mound, but the umpires and attending players ruled that he had left third early prior to the ball being caught, and he was called out for the second out of the inning.

Dinger led off the top of the second with a single, and after Charlie retired Guthrie, Vassallo singled to put runners on first and second with one out. Cookies & Cream couldn’t capitalize, however, as Charlie got Joey to fly out to deep center for the second out of the inning, once again stranding both runners.

The Ham Slams would open up a lead in the bottom of the second. Charlie led off the inning with a single to left, and he moved to second when Riley followed with a single. With no outs and two men on base, Anthony crushed a towering home run to left-center. The three-run homer put the Ham Slams ahead 3-0. Dinger would retire the next two batters, but the damage had been done.

Riley singled and scored on an Anthony homer in the third

Riley singled and scored on an Anthony homer in the third

Dinger led off the top of the third with a single, but Charlie continue to strand Cookies & Cream runners, sending Guthrie and Vassallo down in order to end the inning.

Riley was retired to start the bottom of the third, but Anthony followed with a solo shot to center, his second homer in as many at-bats. Dinger retired Steve for the second out, and the Ham Slams were up 4-0 and halfway to a game 4 win.

Anthony led the Ham Slams with three hits and drove in all of the Ham Slams runs

Anthony led the Ham Slams with three hits and drove in all of the Ham Slams runs

Charlie continued to roll in the top of the fourth, retiring the side in order to maintain the four run lead.

Charlie had his best start of the postseason, allowing only 3 earned runs

Charlie had his best start of the postseason, allowing only 3 earned runs

Dinger pitched his first perfect inning in the bottom of the fourth, retiring Charlie and Riley consecutively.

Down 4-0, Cookies & Cream would cut into the Ham Slams lead in the top of the fifth. Guthrie led off the inning with a single and moved from first to third when Vassallo followed with a single. With no outs and runners on first and third, Joey hit another deep fly to center. Guthrie tagged up and scored on the play, and the sacrifice fly made the score 4-1. Dinger then came to the plate and hit a two-run homer to right field, and the score was 4-3. Charlie retired the next batter, Guthrie, to end the inning, but the Slams lead had been cut from four runs to one.

Dinger pitched well and had 3 hits, including a two-run homer, but Cookies & Cream came up short

Dinger pitched well and had 3 hits, including a two-run homer, but Cookies & Cream came up short

Dinger cruised through the bottom of the fifth, retiring the Slams two most potent hitters, Anthony, for the first time this game, and Steve.

Down to their final at-bat and needing a run to to extend the game, Cookies & Cream couldn’t muster any offense in the top of the sixth. Charlie remained in the game, and he retired Vassallo and Joey in order to end the game.

The 4-3 win saved the Ham Slams season and tied the first round series at 2-2. The deciding game of the best-of-five series will be played Thursday, July 24th at the wiffle diamond.

W: Charlie (1-2)
L: Dinger (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Charlie pitched the complete game win for the Ham Slams. He scattered 7 hits, stranding Cookes & Cream runners while allowing only 3 runs in 6 innings pitched.
– Dinger took the complete game loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up 4 earned runs on 5 hits in 5 innings pitched.
– Anthony led the Slams at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a triple, two home runs, two runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Charlie and Riley also singled and scored runs for the Ham Slams.
– Dinger led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two singles, a home run, a run scored, and 2 RBI.
– Vassallo and Guthrie each hit two singles for Cookies & Cream.

Vassallo Hits Three Homers, Including Walk-Off in Bottom of 8th, Puts Fish Sticks Up 3-1 in Wiffle Series

12 Aug

Vassallo's walk-off home run solidified his position as one of the most clutch EWL players, and put the Fish Sticks on the brink of a title

Led by Blose and Vassallo, the Fish Sticks came back from an early deficit to beat the Caucasian Vaginas in extra innings and pull within one game of clinching the 2011 EWL Wiffle Series Championship.

After dropping Games 1 and 2 with little offensive output, the Caucasians resurrected in Game 3 of the Wiffle Series, pounding the Fish Sticks 10-0 and putting themselves back in contention. The Caucasians surprisingly didn’t start their ace, 2011 Pitch King Guthrie in Game 3, but instead turned to Higgins who pitched a complete game shutout. With Higgins out for Week 2 of the Wiffle Series and replaced by Frosty who missed Week 1, the Caucasians went back to their proven star, starting Guthrie on the mound in Game 4. The Fish Sticks #1 starter Dinger was hit hard in Game 3, and Joey started on the mound in Game 4.

Guthrie returned to the mound in Game 4 after taking the loss for the Caucasians in Game 1

After giving up only 1 earned run in a complete game win in Game 2, Joey seemed to have the Caucasians confused. But something changed in the top of the first inning of Game 4, as the Vaginas hit Joey hard and jumped out to an early lead. Joey retired Guthrie for the first out of the inning, but then the Caucasians opened up offensively like they did in Game 3 against Dinger. Morrison clubbed a one-out solo homer, putting the Caucasians up 1-0.

Morrison rounds third after putting the Caucasians up 1-0 early

The next batter, Frosty, followed with another bomb, and the Caucasians were up two runs. Les, batting fourth for the Caucasians, followed with yet another homer, and the Caucasians had hit back-to-back-to-back home runs for the second consecutive game. The Fish Sticks were reeling early, and the Caucasians looked to be on the way to evening up the series at 2-2 and reclaiming momentum. Up 3-0 with one out, Guthrie singled to extend the rally, but Joey retired Morrison for the second out of the inning, stranding Guthrie at first and ending the first inning barrage of runs.

Les capped off first inning back-to-back-to-back home runs for the Caucasians, putting them up 3-0

Guthrie gave up two homers to Blose in Game 1, including a leadoff homer to start the Wiffle Series. Blose didn’t take him deep to start the bottom of the second, but he did single, and the Fish Sticks had a base runner hoping to reduce their early deficit. Dinger grounded out to left for the first out, pushing Blose to second on the play. With a runner in scoring position, Joey was unable to plate a run, grounding out to left for the second out of the inning.

Joey regained composure in the top of the second, retiring Frosty and Les in order for a scoreless half-inning.

Down three, the Fish Sticks showed sparks of life in the bottom of the second. Vassallo led off the inning with a solo home run, pulling the Fish Sticks within two runs. With no outs, Blose continued to scorch Guthrie, hitting a solo home run to deep right field, making the score 3-2. The Fish Sticks couldn’t match the Caucasians back-to-back-to-back homers though, as Guthrie retired Dinger and Joey in order to end the second.

Vassallo put the Fish Sticks on the board in the 2nd inning with his first of three home runs

The Caucasians still had the lead, but were unable to add to it in the to of the third. Guthrie and Morrison were retired consecutively and Joey had retired four straight batters after the disastrous first inning.

Guthrie continued to struggle in the bottom of the third, as history started to repeat itself. One inning after hitting back-to-back jacks, Vassallo and Blose did it again. Vassallo led off the inning by crushing a homer to left field, and Blose followed with another homer. Blose and Vassallo were a combined 5 for 5 at this point with 4 home runs. The Fish Sticks had regained the lead after falling behind in the first inning, and the score was 4-3. Guthrie again retired Dinger and Joey in order to get out of the inning, and the Caucasians headed into the fourth inning down a run.

Blose's second home run of the game gave the Fish Sticks a 4-3 lead, their first in Game 4

Frosty led off the top of the fourth with a single, his second hit of the game and the first Caucasian hit since the first inning. But Les and Guthrie were both retired by Joey at the mound, as Frosty was unable to advance past first base and the Caucasians still trailed.

Vassallo was finally retired in the bottom of the fourth, as he led off by grounding out to right field. Guthrie followed by retiring Blose, and he had pitched his first perfect inning of the game.

Morrison led off the top of the fifth by grounding out to left field, and the Caucasians were three outs away from dropping another game. But with one out, Frosty hit a deep solo home run, his third hit of the game, tying the game at 4-4. After cruising through the past three innings, Joey started to show signs of weakness. Les followed with a out-out single, and the next batter, Guthrie, doubled. Les was unable to score on the play, but the Caucasians had two runners in scoring position, and the go-ahead run on third base. Their best hitter, Morrison, was at the plate, but his struggles in Game 4 continued. He grounded out to left field, stranding both runners, and the game remained tied at 4-4.

Frosty rejuvenated the Caucasians with his bat and his screaming, hitting a game-tying homer in the 5th inning

Guthrie kept rolling in the bottom of the fifth, retiring Dinger and Joey in order, his fifth and sixth consecutive outs.

The game entered the final inning tied at 4-4. Despite getting hit in the fifth inning, Joey stayed in the game on the mound for the Fish Sticks. He retired Frosty and Les in order, putting the Fish Sticks a run away from winning the game in the bottom of the sixth.

The Fish Sticks couldn’t start a rally, however, as Guthrie sent Vassallo and Blose down consecutively, each by groundout, forcing the game into extra innings.

Joey continued pitching for the Fish Sticks, and he got Guthrie and Morrison to each groundout to Blose in center field in the top of the seventh.

Joey retired the final seven batters he faced in Game 4

Guthrie kept firing for the Caucasians, and he extending the game to an eighth inning after retiring Dinger in Joey in order.

Frosty led off the top of the eighth, and became the first player in league history to call himself out. With two strikes, he hit a pop fly in foul territory behind the plate. Joey raced from the mound to attempt to make the catch, and Frosty didn’t get out of the way. In a stunning act of sportsmanship, he called himself out, resulting in the first out of the inning. Joey then retired Les to end the eighth, and the Caucasians were unable to plate a run. Joey had reached his eight inning pitch limit, and the Fish Sticks would have to turn to a new pitcher if the game went to the ninth inning.

The bottom of the eighth would be Guthrie’s final inning on the mound too, two outs away from reaching his limit. But neither team would have to deal with their bullpen, as the Vassallo would cap an incredible game at the plate with his second walk-off home run in the 2011 EWL Playoffs. After taking several pitches, he hit a low-flying laser beam to left field. The fly ball would have been foul, but it clipped the lowest hanging leaf on the left field tree, making it fair. The ball hit the leaf and fell just over the fence, and Fish Sticks had won Game 3. Vassallo had hit his third home run of the game, shocking the Caucasians and uplifting the Fish Sticks. The Fish Sticks had assumed a commanding 3-1 series lead and were now one win away from clinching the championship as the series moved to Game 5 with the Caucasians at home.

Game Notes:
– Vassallo and Blose led the Fish Sticks offensively. Blose went 3-5 with 2 HR, a single, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI. Vassallo went 3-5 with 3 HR, 3 runs scored, 3 RBI, and the game-winning hit.
– Dinger and Joey combined to go 0-10, and were the first and second outs in five of the game’s eight innings.
– Joey pitched 8 innings for the complete game victory, giving up 4 ER on 8 hits. Joey moved to 2-0 for the Wiffle Series and 3-0 in the playoffs on the mound.
– Guthrie pitched 7 innings in the loss, giving up 5 ER on 6 hits. Guthrie moved to 0-2 in the Wiffle Series and 2-2 in the playoffs.
– Frosty led the Caucasians offensively, going 3-6 with a single, 2 HR, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.

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Fish Sticks Survive Thirteen Epic Innings to Extend Series to Decisive Fifth Game

21 Jul

Joey rounds second base after his solo homer gave the Sticks a 3-2 lead in the top of the 13th inning

Two weeks after completing what is considered the greatest game in EWL history, the Fish Sticks and 4 out of 5 Dentists needed 13 innings to decide a winner in Game 4. The Sticks took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 13th inning and held on to win 3-2, tying the series at 2-2 and forcing a game 5.

With the Dentists’ ace Chris out with an injury, Ron started on the mound for the second consecutive game, aware that he could only pitch two innings before reaching his limit. He was effective in game 3, earning a complete game victory and holding the Sticks to three runs. He picked up where he left off to start game 4, fanning the league’s best hitter, Blose for the first out of the game. He then retired Dinger for the second out, and the game was scoreless after the top of the first.

Joey started on the mound for the Sticks. He was hit hard in game 2, as the Dentists started their improbable comeback in the game and series by hitting home runs off of him. He got off to a good start in game 4 though, as he retired Braydn and Marr in the bottom of the second.

Ron retired Joey and Vassallo in order, and he had reached his pitching limit. He pitched two perfect innings to get the Dentists off to a good start.

He helped his own cause in the bottom half of the second, as he led off the inning with a solo homer, his third of the week, which gave the Dentists the first score of the game, a 1-0 lead. Joey wasn’t rattled, though, as he retired Spads and Braydn in order to keep the deficit at one run.

With both of their regular pitchers unavailable, the Dentists would have to turn to a player who had never pitched before to close out the series and send them to the championship. They send Spads to the mound, a southpaw, and the Fish Sticks struggled to hit him. He retired Blose and Dinger in the top of the third, and the Dentists held their 1-0 lead.

Spads made his first pitching appearance of his career in Game 4

After giving up a homer in the bottom of the second, Joey got into gear in the bottom of the third and the Dentists were unable to shake him until he reached his inning limit in the eight inning. He retired Marr and Ron in order for a perfect third inning.

Spads retired Joey for the first out of the top of the fourth, and after going three and a half innings perfect, the Dentists gave up their first hit of the game when Vassallo singled with one out. But Spads stranded him at first, retiring Blose for the second out of the inning.

Joey send Spads and Braydn down in the bottom of the fourth, keeping the score at 1-0.

Joey and Marr collide on the first base line as Joey approached a fly ball in foul territory

Spads brought the Dentists one inning closer to ending the series in the top of the fifth, when he retired Dinger and Joey consecutively.

The Dentists couldn’t add insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth, as Joey retired Marr and Ron in order.

One inning away from advancing to the championship game, Spads needed two outs to end the game. But Vassallo had other plans. The Fish Sticks had their backs against the wall, and with their season on the line, Vassallo led off the top of the sixth with a solo homer, tying the game at 1-1. The Sticks couldn’t take a lead though, as Spads retired Blose and Dinger, maintaining the 1-1 tie.

Vassallo saved the Fish Sticks season, leading off the top of the sixth inning with a game-tying home run

The Dentists came to the plate in the bottom of the sixth needing a run to end the game and the series. This would be the first of eight straight innings where they had a chance to win the game with a run. Joey got both batters, Spads and Braydn, to fly out to the pitchers mound, sending the game to extra innings.

Spads remaining on the mound in the top of the seventh. He retired Joey for the first out of the inning, and Vassallo followed with a single, his third hit of the game, as he had all three of the Sticks hits. But Spads stranded him at first, getting Blose to fly out to center for the second out of the inning.

Joey continued to shut down the Dentists in the bottom of the seventh, retiring Marr and Ron in order.

The Sticks couldn’t score in the top of the eight, as Spads retired Dinger and Joey consecutively.

Spads and the Dentists defense held the Sticks to 2 runs in 8 innings pitched

In his final inning of availability, Joey sent down Spads and Braydn for a scoreless eight, extending the game another inning.

Joey gave up 1 earned run on 1 hit in 8 innings, a blast from Ron in the second inning

Vassallo was retired for the first out of the bottom of the ninth, but the Sticks finally broke the tie with one out. Blose came to the plate and hit a solo homer, his first hit of the game, to put the Fish Sticks up 2-1. Spads retired Dinger for the second out of the inning, and the Sticks were now two outs away from winning Game 4.

With Joey’s innings exhausted, the Sticks opted to save Dinger, who had two innings of availability left, and call Blose from the bullpen for the save opportunity. The decision didn’t work out as planned though, as the first batter of the inning, Marr, crushed a solo homer to left-center field, tying the game at 2-2, saving the Dentists. The back and forth game would continue. Blose avoided the blown save and the loss, however, as he settled down, retiring Ron and Spads, sending the game to the tenth inning.

The tenth inning would be Spads final inning of eligibility. He retired Joey for the first out of the tenth, but Vassallo followed with a single, his fourth hit of the game. But the Sticks couldn’t take another lead, as Spads retired Blose for the second out of the inning.

Blose remained on the mound in the bottom of the tenth. Braydn grounded out to center for the first out of the inning, and the next batter, Marr, crushed a ball into the tree in left. The tree kept the ball in the park, but the Sticks were unable to field it, and Marr had his second consecutive hit off Blose. Ron couldn’t make the Sticks pay though, as he was retired for the second out of the inning, stranding Marr at first.

With Ron and Spads unable to pitch, the Dentists had to utilize their third pitcher of the game. They called Marr from the bullpen to make his first appearance of the season on the mound. He pitched well immediately, retiring Dinger and Joey in order for a scoreless eleventh.

Blose found his groove in the bottom of the eleventh, pitching his first perfect inning by retiring Spads and Braydn in order.

After a shaky start, Blose took control on the mound

Vassallo led off the top of the twelfth inning with a single, his fifth hit of the game. But yet again the Sticks were unable to make the Dentists pay, as Marr retired Blose and Dinger to strand Vassallo at first.

Blose continued to send the Dentists down in the bottom of the twelfth. He retired Marr and Ron in order, and the marathon game would continue into the thirteen inning, making it the longest game in EWL history.

With the score tied at 2-2, and with no runs having been scored for four innings, the Sticks finally put a dent in the Dentists armor. Joey came into this at-bat hitless in his previous 11 at-bats on the day. He finally connected, hitting a solo homer off the top rail of the fence, putting the Fish Sticks up 3-2. Marr held the deficit at one run, retiring Vassallo and Blose.

The Dentists had their backs against the wall for a second time, down 3-2 and needing a run to force a fourteenth inning or two runs to win the game. But Blose clamped down, pitching his third consecutive perfect inning, retiring Spads and Braydn by groundouts, ending the longest game in league history.

The Fish Sticks tied the game in the top of the sixth, went ahead in the top of the ninth only to allow the Dentists to tie the game again, only to take the lead again in the thirteenth inning and hang on to win. The 3-2 victory forced a pivotal game 5 to be played to decide which of the two teams would advance to face the Caucasians in the championship Wiffle Series.

The two teams shake hands before facing off in Game 5

Game Notes:
– Vassallo led the Fish Sticks in victory, going 5 for 8, running out 4 singles and hitting the game-tying home run in the top of the sixth. He also made countless crucial plays in the field.
– Joey set a playoff record with 10 put-outs in the game. He also pitched 8 innings, giving up 1 ER on 1 hit, a solo homer to Ron
– Spads also pitched 8 innings, giving up 2 ER on 5 hits
– Marr took the loss for the Dentists, pitching 3 innings, giving up 1 ER on 2 hits
– Blose claimed the win for the Fish Sticks, giving up 1 ER on 2 hits in 5 innings pitched
– The pitching and defense was spectacular in this game, holding both offenses in check throughout 13 grueling innings

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