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Brian’s Walk-Off Homer Wins Game Four as Jack Shack Force Pivotal Game 5 Against Cheap Goats

3 Sep

With the game tied at 3-3 in after seven innings, and as darkness settled over the Wiffle Diamond, game four of the first round series between Jack Shack and Cheap Goats was suspended. When the game was resumed a week later, Jack Shack escaped a jam in the top of the eighth, and they walked off with a win in the bottom of the eighth when Brian hit a two-run bomb that forced a decisive game five to determine the winner of the best-of-five first round series. The defending champs lived to fight another game, extending the series against Cheap Goats, who they beat in the 2020 Wiffle Series.

Adam started on the mound for Jack Shack, and Cheap Goats took an early lead in the top of the first. After retiring Brett, Adam allowed a one-out triple to Joey. Miller singled, scoring Joey, and Cheap Goats led 1-0. Adam then retired Christian to strand Miller at first, ending the inning.

Dinger took the mound for Cheap Goats, and he fought his way out of trouble in the bottom of the first. After retiring Adam to start the inning, he allowed back-to-back singles to Josh D and Brian, putting runners on first and second with one out. Dinger buckled down, getting Turbo to ground out to center, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

Adam rolled through the top of the second, retiring Dinger and Brett in order.

Dinger allowed a one-out double to Adam in the bottom of the second, but retired Josh D to strand him at second, ending the inning, and the score remained 1-0.

Cheap Goats extended their lead in the top of the third. Joey led off with a double, and Miller drove him in with an RBI double, making the score 2-0. Two batters later, Dinger hit a one-out double, scoring Miller, and Cheap Goats led 3-0. Adam then retired Brett to end the inning, stranding Dinger at second, and Jack Shack trailed by three.

Jack Shack cut into the deficit in the bottom of the third. With one out, Turbo hit a solo homer to right-center, and Jack Shack trailed 3-1. Dinger then retired Doc to end the inning.

Jack Shack turned to the bullpen in the top of the fourth, bringing their ace Brian to the mound. He retired Joey and Miller in order.

Dinger matched Brian in the bottom of the fourth, retiring Adam and Josh D in order.

Brian continued to roll in the top of the fifth, sending Christian and Dinger down consecutively.

Once again, Dinger did the same, retiring Brian and Turbo in the bottom of the fifth.

Cheap Goats could not add to their lead in the top of the sixth, as Brian send Brett and Joey down in order, and Jack Shack trailed 3-1 heading into what could have been their final at-bat of the 2021 season.

As they have for the last three seasons, when their backs were against the wall, Jack Shack rallied. Needing two runs to extend their 2021 season, they did just that in the bottom of the sixth. Doc led off with a double, and Adam followed with a two-run homer, tying the game at 3-3. Jack Shack needed one more run to end the game, but Dinger regrouped, and retired Josh D and Brian to send the game to extra innings.

Brian continued to dominate on the mound, retiring Miller and Christian in the top of the seventh, the seventh and eighth consecutive batters he retired since entering the game.

Dinger remained on the mound in the the bottom of the seventh, and he retired Turbo and Doc in order.

At this point the Wiffle Diamond had become very dark, and considering the stakes, the game was called due to darkness.

Several weeks later, after a rainout, the game was resumed.

Brian remained on the mound in the top of the eighth. After retiring Dinger, he allowed a one-out triple to Brett, putting the go-ahead run on third. Jack Shack elected to walk Joey to face Miller. With one out and runners on the corners, Brian got Miller to fly out to left, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

After escaping the jam in the top of the eighth, Brian provided more heroics in the bottom of the inning. Christian took over on the mound for Cheap Goats, and he retired Adam, the first batter he faced. The next batter, Josh D, singled, putting the winning run on base. Brian came to the plate and with one swing, he ended the game and extended the series. His walk-off two-run homer gave Jack Shack a 5-3 win, forcing game five to determine who would advance to the 2021 Wiffle Series.

W: Brian (2-2)
L: Christian (0-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Brian earned the win on the mound for Jack Shack, pitching five scoreless innings of relief, allowing only one hit.
– Christian took the loss for Cheap Goats, allowing two runs on two hits in half an inning of relief.
– Both starting pitchers earned no decisions. Adam allowed three runs on five hits in three innings, and Dinger gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings.
– Brian led Jack Shack on offense, going 2-for-5 with a single, the walk-off two-run homer to win the game, a run scored, and two RBI.
– Adam also went 2-for-5 for Jack Shack with a double, a home run, a run scored, and two RBI.
– Joey led Cheap Goats on offense, going 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, two runs scored, and an intentional walk.

Jason Hits Three Homers to Eliminate Guacamol-yay and Advance Shady Characters to Wiffle Series

2 Sep

Jason homered three times and drove in five of Shady Characters’ six runs in game four, beating Guacamol-yay 6-4, sealing the series, and advancing Shady Characters to the Wiffle Series for the first time since 2019. Mike and Lucas also contributed three hits, and the #1 seed Shady Characters will await the conclusion of the Jack Shack vs. Cheap Goats series to see who their opponent will be in the 2021 EWL Wiffle Series.

Josh K started on the mound for Guacamol-yay, and he fell behind early. Dylan led off the top of the first with a triple, and when Mike grounded out for the first out of the inning, Dylan scored, putting Shady Characters ahead 1-0. Josh K then retired Jason to end the inning.

With Tom K out for the week, Lucas took the mound for Shady Characters. After retiring Jan to start the game, Lucas allowed a one-out triple to Josh K. Josh K got overly aggressive on the play, attempting to complete an inside-the-park homer, and was caught out, ending the inning.

Josh K allowed a leadoff single to Lucas in the top of the second, but stranded him, retiring Dylan and Mike to end the inning.

Guacamol-yay pulled ahead in the bottom of the second. Kyle singled with one out, and Jude followed with a two-run shot to right-center, giving Guacamol-yay a 2-1 lead. Ryan followed with a single, but the rally ended there, as Lucas retired Jan to strand Ryan at first, ending the inning.

Josh K had reached his innings limit for the week, and Jude came to the mound from the bullpen for Guacamol-yay. The first batter he faced, Jason, launched a solo shot to deep right field, tying the game at 2-2. Jude retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Guacamol-yay rallied once again in the bottom of the third. Lucas fanned Josh K to start the inning, but Sean followed with a solo homer, putting Guacamol-yay in front 3-2. Kyle followed with a double, and Jude drove him in with an RBI single, making the score 4-2. Lucas retired Ryan to end the inning, stranding Jude at first, and Shady Characters trailed by two.

Shady Characters bounced back in the top of the fourth. Mike led off with a single, and Jason drove him in with a two-run bomb to right-center, tying the game at 4-4. Two batters later, Dylan hit a one-out single, but Jude stranded him at second, retiring Mike to end the inning.

Lucas had met his innings limit for the week, and Shady Characters brought Dylan in from the bullpen in the bottom of the fourth. He retired Jan and Josh K in order, and the game remained tied 4-4.

Lucas hit a one-out single in the top of the fifth, but Jude stranded him, retiring Dylan to end the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, Dylan became the first player in the eleven year history of the EWL to strike out the side in a playoff game, fanning Sean and Kyle consecutively, and the game was tied 4-4 heading into the sixth inning.

Facing a potential game five with a loss in game four, Shady Characters pulled away in the top of the sixth. Mike singled to lead off the inning, and Jason drove him in with his third homer of the game, another two-run shot that put Shady Characters in front 6-4. Lucas followed with a single, and two batters later, Mike singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Guacamol-yay intentionally walked Jason, loading the bases for Lucas. The move worked, as Lucas grounded out to left, stranding three runners and ending the inning.

With their 2021 season on the line, Guacamol-yay came into the bottom of the sixth needing two runs to force extra innings. Dylan remained on the mound for Shady Characters, and he made quick work of Guacamol-yay. He retired Jude and Ryan in order, ending the game, giving Shady Characters a 6-4 victory.

The win clinched the best-of-five first round series for Shady Characters, as they advance to the 2021 Wiffle Series, their third Wiffle Series appearance in franchise history.

The loss ended Guacamol-yay’s 2021 season, their third consecutive first round exit.

W: Dylan (1-0)
L: Jude (0-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dylan earned the win for Shady Characters, pitching three perfect innings of relief, and becoming the first player in league history to strike out the side in a playoff game.
– Jude took the loss for Shady Characters, allowing five runs on nine hits in four innings.
– Both starting pitchers earned no decisions. Lucas allowed four runs on seven hits and struck out one in three innings for Shady Characters. Josh K allowed one run on two hits in two innings for Guacamol-yay.
– Jason led Shady Characters in the win, going 3-for-5 with three home runs, three runs scored, five RBI, and an intentional walk.
– Lucas and Mike also had three hits each for Shady Characters. Mike went 3-for-6 with three singles, two runs scored, and an RBI. Lucas went 3-for-6 with three singles.
– Kyle and Jude each had two hits for Guacamol-yay in the loss. Kyle went 2-for-3 with a single, a double, and two runs scored. Jude went 2-for-3 with a single, a home run, a run scored, and three RBI.

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.