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Jordan Blanks Ham Slams 2-0 in Game Five as Cookies & Cream Advance to Wiffle Series

20 Aug

Jordan came up big on the mound in game five, allowing only two hits in a complete game shutout of the Ham Slams

For the second time in the past three years, Cookies & Cream climbed out of a 2-0 hole in their best-of-five first round series, this time beating the Ham Slams in games three, four, and five to earn a berth in the Wiffle Series against Questionable Outfit. Jordan was electric on the mound, pitching a complete game shutout while allowing only two hits, and Dinger and Joey each had three hits for Cookies & Cream. A combination of timely hitting and great fielding helped Cookies & Cream pull off the improbable comeback, and the Ham Slams (who played game five shorthanded) will look to next season to finally escape the first round of the playoffs.

Jordan retired the Ham Slams in order in the top of the first, including a strikeout of Dustin to end the inning. Cookies & Cream would get him some run support in the bottom half of the inning.

Joey led off the game with a double, and Erich followed with a double, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Dustin, the Ham Slams starter, got Jordan to ground out to left for the first out, and Joey scored on the play to make the score 1-0. Dustin then got Dinger to fly out to the mound to end the inning, stranding Erich at third.

Joey went 3-for-5 with a single and two doubles, leading Cookies & Cream on offense

Jordan cruised through the top of the second, retiring Josh and Steve in order.

Joey led off the bottom of the second with his second double of the game, but Dustin clamped down, retiring Erich and Jordan, and the score remained 1-0 through two innings.

Dustin stranded Cookies & Cream base runners inning after inning, and pitched effectively, but didn’t get the run support he needed from his offense

Dustin led off the top of the third with a triple, and when Josh flew out to right, it looked like the Ham Slams would even things up. Dustin tagged up and raced toward home, but was called out after Dinger gunned the ball into the mound. Cookies had recorded a double play and escaped the inning with a one-run lead.

Dinger started the bottom of the third with a single, but once again Dustin wouldn’t allow Cookies to extend their lead. He retired Joey and Erich in order, ending the inning.

Dustin delivers a pitch to Dinger, who went 3-for-5 with three singles

Jordan retired the site in order in the top of the fourth, sending Steve and Dustin down consecutively. He would get one more run from his offense in the bottom of the fourth.

With one out, Dinger singled, and he moved from first to third when Joey followed with a single. With runners on the corners, Erich singled, scoring Dinger from third, and Cookies & Cream led 2-0. Jordan came to the plate with runners on the corners, but Dustin stranded two more Cookies & Cream runners, getting Jordan to fly out to left, ending the inning.

Jordan delivers a pitch to Dustin, who went 2-for-4 for the Ham Slams

Down 2-0, the Slams continued to struggle on offense. Josh and Steve were retired consecutively in the top of the fifth, and the score remained 2-0.

Dinger singled to start the bottom of the fifth, his third in as many at-bats. Two batters later, with one out, the Ham Slams issued the first intentional walk of the 2017 season, giving Erich a free pass to first. Cookies & Cream had one out and runners on first and second with a chance to extend their lead. But once again, Dustin avoided damage, retiring Jordan to strand both runners, ending the inning.

The Ham Slams had led the series 2-0 and were one win away from advancing to the Wiffle Series, but trailed 2-0 in game five and down to their last at-bat. Dustin led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, the Ham Slams second hit of the game. The Slams had the tying runner at the plate with no outs. Jordan remained on the mound, and he retired Josh for the first out of the inning. Steve, the Ham Slams best hitter in 2017, came to the plate with a chance to extend the game, but Jordan came out on top yet again. He got Steve to groundout to center, ending the game and the series.

With the win, Cookies & Cream had completed another first round comeback, topping the Ham Slams 3-2 in the best-of-five series and advancing to the Wiffle Series for the fifth season in a row.

W: Jordan (3-1)
L: Dustin (1-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Jordan pitched the complete game shutout win for Cookies & Cream, allowing only two hits and striking out one.
– Dustin took the loss for the Ham Slams in a complete game effort, giving up two runs on five hits in six innings.
– Joey led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 3-for-5 with a single, two doubles, and a run scored.
– Erich went 2-for-4 for Cookies with a single, a double, an RBI, and an intentional walk.
– Dinger also went 3-for-5 for Cookies & Cream, with three singles and a run scored.
– Dustin had both of the Ham Slam hits, going 2-for-4 with a single and a triple.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Box Score

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

Guthrie Throws One-Hitter as Cookies & Cream Rout Eastbound & Dahn 18-1 to Advance to Wiffle Series

10 Aug
Vassallo drove in the first of 18 Cookies & Cream runs and led them on offense, going 5-for-6 with 2 singles, a triple, 2 home runs, 4 runs scored, and 3 RBI.

Vassallo drove in the first of 18 Cookies & Cream runs and led them on offense, going 5-for-6 with 2 singles, a triple, 2 home runs, 4 runs scored, and 3 RBI.

Cookies & Cream clinched a third consecutive Wiffle Series appearance and sealed their comeback in the best-of-five first round series with Eastbound & Dahn by winning game 5 in blowout fashion 18-1. Guthrie was unhittable, allowing only one base runner, and the Cookies bats were on fire as they stormed past Eastbound & Dahn. After losing game 1 and game 2 to walk-off home runs in the bottom of the sixth, Cookies scraped past Eastbound in game 3 to extend the series. They rolled in game 4, and they won even more decisively in game 5, winning three straight games to take the series.

Despite being unable to put Cookies away in games 3 or 4, Eastbound & Dahn remained one win away from winning the series and having a shot at the championship. They returned to Christian as their starting pitcher. He had won game 1 in relief and narrowly lost game 3. He got off to a good start in game 5, retiring Joey and Blose in order for a scoreless inning.

Cookies & Cream started Guthrie on the mound. He was hit hard in game 1 and earned a no decision and was the winning pitcher in game 3 despite a below average performance. He also started well, retiring Nate and Dustin consecutively in the bottom of the first, and the game was tied after an inning.

Cookies would get on the board in the top of the second and break the scoreless tie. Guthrie started the inning with a double, and he scored from second when Dinger grounded out for the first out of the inning. Vassallo followed with a one-out triple, and he scored on a Joey RBI single to make the score 2-0. Blose then singled, and Joey scored from first to put Cookies ahead 3-0. Guthrie followed with his second double of the inning, scoring Blose, and the score was 4-0. Christian then retired Dinger to end the inning, and Eastbound trailed by four.

Joey went 5-for-7 with 3 singles, a double, a homer, 4 runs scored, and 3 RBI

Joey went 5-for-7 with 3 singles, a double, a homer, 4 runs scored, and 3 RBI

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

Up four runs, Cookies extended their lead in the top of the third. Vassallo led off the inning with a solo homer, and the score was 5-0. Joey followed with a double, and Blose drove him in with an RBI triple that made the score 6-0. Guthrie grounded out for the first out of the inning, but Blose scored on the play, pushing the lead to 7-0. Christian then retired Dinger to end the inning.

Blose tied the single-game playoff record with 2 triples,

Blose tied the single-game playoff record with 2 triples,

Down seven, Eastbound got their first hit in the bottom of the third when Nate led off the inning with a solo homer to left-center. The bomb cut the score to 7-1, but it was the last and only hit Guthrie would surrender in the game. Dustin and Christian were retired to end the inning.

Vassallo led off the to of the fourth with a single and moved from first to third when Joey followed with a single. The next batter, Blose, hit a shallow fly to left field. Dustin caught the ball and fired it to the mound, doubling up Joey, who had wandered off of first, for the second out of the inning.

Guthrie continued to cruise in the bottom of the fourth, sending Ryan and Nate down in order.

Up 7-0, Cookies & Cream put the game and the series to rest in the top of the fifth. They unleashed a seven-run inning fueled by home runs and Eastbound fielding errors, and it left little doubt that Cookies would be advancing to the next round. Guthrie led off the inning with a single, and he scored from first when Dinger followed with an RBI double, making the score 8-1. Vassallo followed with a single to put runners on the corners, and Joey singled in Dinger to make the score 9-1. Blose came to the plate with runners on first and second, and he hit an RBI triple, clearing the bases and extending the Cookies lead to 11-1. Guthrie followed with a two-run blast, and Cookies were up 13-1. Dinger then went deep with a solo homer, and the back-to-back jacks gave Cookies & Cream a 14-1 lead. Cookies had started the inning with 7 consecutive hits with all 7 runners scoring. Christian then retired Vassallo and Joey to end the inning, but Cookies & Cream led by 13 runs with only two innings left to play.

Dinger had a single, a double, a homer, and 4 RBI in game 5

Dinger had a single, a double, a homer, and 4 RBI in game 5

Eastbound couldn’t get their bats going in the bottom of the fifth, as Guthrie continued to roll, retiring the side in order.

Cookies would add to their lead in the top of the sixth. Christian retired Blose to start the inning, but Guthrie followed with a double and scored on a Dinger RBI single which made the score 15-1. Vassallo then cleared the bases with a two-run homer, and the score was 17-1. Joey followed with a solo homer, and the back-to-back homers put Cookies & Cream ahead 18-1. Christian then retired Blose to end the inning.

Down seventeen runs, Eastbound had seen the series and their season slip away over the course of games 3, 4, and 5. Guthrie was too much for them in game 5, as he retired Ryan and Nate to end the inning, the game, and the series. Cookies & Cream had won game 5 by the score of 18-1, completing a dramatic comeback in which they won the final three games of the series after losing the first two. Eastbound’s roster, momentum, and spirit had been depleted over the course of the series as Cookies & Cream clawed their way out of the 0-2 hole. Eastbound will look to build on their successful 2015 regular season when they return in 2016 with a new lineup.

With the win, Cookies & Cream advance to the Wiffle Series for the third consecutive season where they will face Questionable Outfit, who beat them in the championship series last season.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Guthrie earned the win for Cookies & Cream, pitching the complete game while allowing only one hit in 6 innings.
– Christian took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, giving up 18 runs on 21 hits in 6 innings pitched.
– Vassallo led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 5-for-6 with 2 singles, a triple, 2 home runs, 4 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Guthrie went 5-for-6 for Cookies with a single, 3 doubles, a home run, 4 runs scored, and 4 RBI. Guthrie’s 3 doubles broke the single-game playoff record of 2, previously set by many other players.
– Blose had 2 triples in the game, tying the single-game playoff record previously set by Brad (Downtown Bobby Brown) in 2012 and Tom (Questionable Outfit) in 2014.
– Joey went 5-for-7 with 3 singles, a double, a home run, 4 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Cookies & Cream tied the team single-game record for triples with 3, previously set by Eastbound & Dahn in this series.
– Nate had the only hit of the game for Eastbound & Dahn, a solo homer.

Questionable Outfit Win Game 5 to Claim 2014 EWL Wiffle Series Championship

13 Aug
The Wiffle Series championship 40 Oz. was on the wiffle diamond in game 5, and Questionable Outfit would cherish its sweet taste after a series-clinching victory

The Wiffle Series championship 40 Oz. was on the wiffle diamond in game 5, and Questionable Outfit would cherish its sweet taste after a series-clinching victory

Cookies & Cream went up early in Game 5 and it looked as if they may be able to extend the Wiffle Series and their season, but ultimately Questionable Outfit did what they have done all season. They strung together a series of big hits, and a huge second inning carried them to a series-clinching win and a claim to wiffleball history.

One year after suffering a painful defeat at the hands of Cookies & Cream in the 2013 Wiffle Series, Questionable Outfit would drink the 40 oz. Pabst as champions of the Ellsworth Wiffleball League in 2014. They were on a mission from Opening Day, dominating the regular season, breaking individual statistical records, earning a rematch in the Wiffle Series with Cookies & Cream, and losing only two total games in their entire playoff run as they avenged their 2013 defeat and became champions of the wiffleball world.

Up 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, Questionable Outfit sent Reilly to the mound. He had his worst outing of the season in game 3 and was pulled from the mound, but Questionable had confidence he could close out the series and return to form as one of the best pitchers in the league.

The first batter he faced, Dinger, continued his strong postseason campaign, crushing a solo homer to left-center, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 1-0 immediately. Blose followed with a single, and the next batter, Joey, launched a two-run bomb to center, making the score 3-0. Reilly retired the next batter, Vassallo, and after giving up a single to Guthrie, he got Dinger to fly out to the mound for the second out of the inning. After giving up 9 earned runs in his last start, Reilly had surrendered 3 runs in the top of the first and was off to a shaky start.

Cookies & Cream would turn to Dinger as their starting pitcher, and he also struggled out of the gate. Tom continued his torrid pace in the Wiffle Series, and led off the game with a solo shot, cutting the score to 3-1. Dinger would retire Bob, but the next two batters, Morrison and Reilly, each singled to put two runners on base with one out. Dinger buckled down and got Tom to fly out to center, stranding both runners and getting out of a big jam.

Cookies & Cream would add to their lead in the top of the second when Blose led off the inning with a solo homer. Reilly retired the next two batters, but Cookies had extended their lead to 4-1.

Blose connects on a solo homer in the top of the second, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 4-1

Blose connects on a solo homer in the top of the second, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 4-1

Through an inning and a half, Reilly was being hit hard again and Cookies had taken an early lead, something they struggled to do throughout the season. Only one team had come back from a 3-1 series deficit in Wiffle Series history; the 2012 Caucasians trailed the Fish Sticks 3-1 before reeling off three straight wins to capture the title. Cookies were on their way to at least forcing a game 6, and then Questionable Outfit got out their wiffle sticks.

Bob led off the bottom of the second with a single and moved to second on a Morrison groundout to left. The next batter, Reilly, provided his own run support, crushing a two-run homer to left, making the score 4-3. Tom followed with a solo shot, his second of the game, and Questionable Outfit had tied the game at 4-4. Bob then doubled, and he scored when Morrison hit an RBI single to give Questionable Outfit their first lead of the game, 5-4. Reilly then connected on his second homer of the inning, a towering two-run bomb, which put Questionable ahead 7-4. Tom would follow with a triple, and just when it looked as if things would get ugly, Dinger retired Bob for the second out of the inning, stranding Tom at third. Questionable Outfit had scored six runs with one out and had went from trailing by three runs to taking a three run lead through two innings.

Dinger didn't get a lot of help in the field as Morrison and Questionable Outfit were all over the base paths in game 5

Dinger didn’t get a lot of help in the field as Morrison and Questionable Outfit were all over the base paths in game 5

After bashing two homers in the second, Reilly got into a groove on the mound in the top of the third. He retired Cookies & Cream in order for his first scoreless inning.

Bob makes a catch on a high fly ball in centerfield as Morrison approaches for back-up

Bob makes a catch on a high fly ball in centerfield as Morrison approaches for back-up

Questionable continued to hit Cookies hard in the bottom of the third. Morrison and Reilly each hit singles to start the inning, putting runners on first and second. But Dinger avoided another disastrous inning, retiring Tom and Bob to strand the runners, and the score remained 7-4.

Cookies would draw closer in the top of the fourth. After Reilly retired Blose for the first out, Joey hit a solo home run to left, his second blast of the game, to make the score 7-5. Reilly then retired Vassallo to end the inning.

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

Up two runs, Reilly went into cruise control in the top of the fifth. He retired Guthrie and Dinger consecutively, maintaining the lead.

Joey and Blose look on as Questionable Outfit make another great play in the field

Joey and Blose look on as Questionable Outfit make another great play in the field

Questionable Outfit wouldn’t add to their lead in the bottom of the fifth, as Dinger retired Tom and got Bob to fly out to the mound to end the inning.

Reilly was the winning pitcher in game 5 and went 4-for-5 at the plate with 2 two-run homers

Reilly was the winning pitcher in game 5 and went 4-for-5 at the plate with 2 two-run homers

Cookies & Cream entered the top of the sixth down 7-5 and two outs away from the end of their 2014 season. Their two hottest batters, Blose and Joey, were due up, and they would need a heroic effort to extend the game. Reilly had retired eight of the last nine hitters, with only Joey reaching base after the second inning. He continued to dominate, as Blose flew out in short foul territory for the first out of the inning. Down to their final out, Joey took a few pitches before hitting a short fly ball just beyond the mound. Reilly took a few steps back, caught the ball, and began to celebrate as he had secured a 7-5 win in game 5, and Questionable Outfit were the 2014 Wiffle Series champions.

Reilly retired 10 of the final 11 hitters he faced in game 5

Reilly retired 10 of the final 11 hitters he faced in game 5

Questionable Outfit won game 1 of the series, and after dropping game 2, had won three straight to capture the title, their first in franchise history.

W: Reilly (3-1)
L: Dinger (1-4)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Questionable Outfit became the fourth different team to win the Ellsworth Wiffleball League Wiffle Series, joining the Fish Sticks (2011), the Caucasians (2012), and Cookies & Cream (2013).
– Cookies & Cream became the second team to lose the Wiffle Series a year after winning the title. The Fish Sticks lost to the Caucasians in 2012 a year after beating them in 2011.
– Reilly pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 5 earned runs on 6 hits in 6 innings.
– Dinger took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up 7 runs on 12 hits in 5 innings pitched.
– Reilly led the way at the plate for Questionable Outfit, going 4-for-5 with 2 singles, 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Tom went 3-for-6 with a triple, 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Joey led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 2-for-4 with 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.

Dinger Delivers Historic Performance in Game 5, Cookies & Cream Advance to Wiffle Series

29 Jul

Cookies & Cream beat the Ham Slams 5-0 in the pivotal fifth game of their first-round series, thanks in large part to Dinger, who delivered one of the best performances in a series-deciding game in EWL history. He pitched a complete game two-hit shutout while also going 4-for-4 with a home run and 3 runs scored.

Dinger came into the game 0-2 in the series and was the losing pitcher in games 2 and 4 despite turning in strong outings in both games. With Guthrie out for game 5, Dinger would return to the mound for the third time in the series.

The game’s first batter, Anthony, ripped a line drive off the fence. However, Vassallo fielded the ball quickly, gunned the ball to the mound, and Cookies & Cream were able to catch him in between bases trying to extend the single into a double for the first out. Dinger then retired Steve, and the game was scoreless after the top of the first.

Charlie started on the mound for the Ham Slams for the fifth consecutive game, and Cookies & Cream would get on the board quickly in the bottom of the first. Joey was retired for the first out of the inning, but with one out, Blose crushed a long solo homer to left-center, making the score 1-0. Charlie then retired Vassallo to end the inning.

Jamie led off the top of the second for the Slams, making his first appearance of the 2014 season in a designated hitter role. Dinger retired him, and then retired Riley to end the inning.

Dinger doubled to lead off the bottom of the second, and after Joey flew out for the first out of the inning, Blose followed with an RBI double, scoring Dinger to make the score 2-0. Charlie avoided further damage after allowing the run, retiring Vassallo to end the inning.

Dinger continued to roll in the top of the third, retiring the side in order.

Up 2-0, Dinger provided his own run support in the bottom of the third. He led off the inning with a solo homer to center, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 3-0. Charlie retired the next two batters to end the inning.

The Ham Slams continued to struggle at the plate in the top of the fourth, as Jamie went down on strikes, followed by Riley grounding out to center.

Cookies & Cream would add two more runs to their total in the bottom of the fourth. Vassallo flew out for the first out of the inning, but Dinger followed with a single. The next batter, Joey, hit a two-run homer to left, extending the Cookies lead to 5-0. Charlie retired Blose for the second out of the inning, but the Slams trailed by five runs late in the game.

Dinger retired Anthony for the first out in the top of the fifth, and Steve followed with a single, only the second Ham Slams hit of the game. But the Slams couldn’t rally, as Dinger retired the next batter, Jamie, stranding the runner and maintaining the five-run lead.

Charlie pitched his first scoreless inning of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Vassallo flew out to start the inning, and after Dinger hit a one-out single, Joey was retired to end the inning.

Trailing 5-0 and down to their final at-bat of the season, the Ham Slams needed a miracle to stun Cookies & Cream and force extra innings. The miracle didn’t come, as Dinger continued to retired Ham Slams hitters. Riley and Anthony were retired in order, ending the game and giving Cookies & Cream a 5-0 game 5 victory.

The win advanced Cookies & Cream, the defending EWL Champions, to the Wiffle Series for the second consecutive season. They will await the winner of the Questionable Outfit/Eastbound & Dahn series which Questionable leads 2-1. The Ham Slams fell in the first round for the third consecutive year. The Slams lost in 5 games to the Fish Sticks in 2012 and were swept by Questionable Outfit in 2013.

For the first time in the four year history of the Ellsworth Wiffleball League, the field was turned upside down and the game was played in an alternative direction on the wiffle diamond. Construction equipment blocked the standard center field fence, so the field was turned sideways and the game was played toward a different side of the fence. The new field had similar dimension to the left and right field foul poles, but there were a few differences, primarily a deeper centerfield, a more spacious outfield, and no tree in left field. Both teams seemed out of place at first on the new field, but they also adapted quickly to the new conditions, and the field was well received by all parties. It was looked upon so favorably that the league may adopt the secondary field for regular use in upcoming seasons.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dinger pitched the complete game shutout for Cookies & Cream in a historically dominant playoff performance. He allowed only 2 hits while striking out one in 6 innings.
– Charlie took the loss for the Ham Slams, allowing 5 earned runs on 7 hits in 5 innings.
– Dinger led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 4-for-4 with 2 singles, a double, a home run, 3 runs scored, and one RBI.
– Blose and Joey also homered for Cookies & Cream.

Caucasians Rally from Two Runs Behind in Sixth Inning to Stun Fish Sticks, Force Game 6

12 Aug

The Caucasians prepare to celebrate at home as Les and Morrison cross the plate after Les's game-winning walk-off homer

Two outs away from claiming the first ever EWL Championship, the Fish Sticks collapsed in historic fashion, as the Caucasians forced extra innings and won Game 5 with a Les walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The Fish Sticks had won Game 4 in dramatic fashion and were one win away from history. The inning-count had been reset after Game 4, so the Sticks put Joey back out on the mound after he had won Games 2 and 4, holding the Caucasians in check at the plate. The Caucasians had the choice to start Guthrie on the mound, but instead went to Les, who had lost Game 2 on the mound. The Caucasians, who were the favorites to win the title coming into the postseason, would need to win Game 5 to extend the Wiffle Series and their season.

Les got off to a good start in Game 5, doing what many pitchers hadn’t been able to do, retire Blose to start the game. After sending Blose down, he retired Dinger for the second out of the inning and had pitched a scoreless top of the first.

The Caucasians had hit Joey hard in the first inning of Game 4, but he also started out well in Game 5. He retired Guthrie and Morrison consecutively, and the game would be scoreless through one inning.

Joey retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced in Game 5

Joey couldn’t translate his pitching success to the plate, however, and continued to struggle in Game 5. He was hitless in Game 4, and was fanned by Les for the first out of the top of the second. Vassallo, the hero of Game 4, flew out to Les for the second out of the inning, and the score remained 0-0.

Les was perfect through four innings on the mound, and struck out Joey in the second inning

Defense continued to prevail in the bottom of the second inning. Les flew out to the mound for the first out of the inning, and Frosty grounded out to left for the second out.

With the game tied at 0-0, Blose was retired for the first out of the inning when he grounded out to left. Frosty then made a running catch on a lazy Dinger fly ball to right field for the second out of the inning.

Frosty makes a running catch in the third inning

Guthrie led off the bottom of the third by flying out to left for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Morrison, hit a rocket into the tree, which fell into play for a single, the first hit of the game for either team. The pitchers had combined to retire the first 11 hitters of the game to that point. But the Caucasians couldn’t break the tie, as Les flew out to left, stranding Morrison at first and ending the third inning.

Les continued to dominate on the mound in the fourth. He retired Joey and Vassallo in order, and he had a no-hitter through four innings of Game 5.

Despite getting a great effort from Les on the mound, the Caucasians were unable to generate any run-support for their pitcher. Joey retired Frosty and Guthrie in order to end the fourth inning, and the game was still scoreless.

Vassallo and Joey converge on a flyball

BLose led off the top of the fifth having been retired in his previous four at-bats, extending back to Game 4. He broke the hitless streak, however, with a single to lead off the top of the fifth, the first hit of the game for the Fish Sticks. Les’s no hitter had come to an end, but he retired Dinger for the first out of the inning by getting him to groundout to right field. Blose moved to second on the play. Joey came to the plate with one out and the go-ahead runner on in scoring position. He had yet to reach base on the day in seven at-bats, but it would all change in the top of the fifth. Joey launched a blast to deep center field, a two-run homer, breaking the scoreless tie and putting the Fish Sticks up 2-0 late in Game 5. Les retired Vassallo to end the fifth, but the Fish Sticks were an inning and a half away from winning the series.

Joey's fifth inning two-run homer put the Fish Sticks up 2-0

Down 2-0, the Caucasians had four outs left in their season. Morrison grounded out to left for the first out in the bottom of the fifth, and Les followed by flying out to the pitcher’s mound to end the inning. The Caucasians were unable to plate a run through five innings.

With one inning to go, the Fish Sticks hoped to add insurance runs to their two-run lead. But Les held them in the top of the sixth, retiring Blose and Dinger in order, sending the game to the final frame.

Joey entered the bottom of the sixth two outs away from pitching complete game victories in Games 4 and 5 and clinching the title for the Fish Sticks. Through five innings in Game 5, he had given up only one hit, a single in the third inning. Only Frosty and Guthrie stood in the way of a Fish Sticks championship. Frosty had the best offensive showing in the Caucasians Game 4 loss, but was 0 for 2 heading into the bottom of the sixth. With their backs against the wall, the Caucasians responded in epic fashion. Frosty led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run, cutting the deficit to 2-1. He rounded the bases and fired up the troops, as the Caucasians were now a run away from tying the game.

Frosty was the catalyst for the Caucasians, sparking their incredible sixth inning rally with a home run

Joey’s shutout had ended, and he needed two outs to get out of the game with a win. The next batter, was 0 for 3, and remained hitless as he grounded out to Blose in center for the first out of the inning. Despite giving up a homer, Joey was now one out away from ending the series. Morrison, the second most dominant offensive force in the league, stepped to the plate with the season on the line. He destroyed a hanging pitch to center field, and with one swing of the bat had tied the game and saved the Caucasian Vaginas’ season. Minutes after it looked as if the trophy would be awarded to the Fish Sticks, the game was tied and the Caucasians were in position to win the game. The Sticks kept Joey on the mound despite his struggles, which continued with the next batter. Les singled with one out, and the game-winning run was on base. Frosty, who had started the rally, came to the plate with a chance to win the game. But he couldn’t deliver again, as he grounded out to left field, stranding Les at first base and ending the sixth. The Caucasians, two outs away from demise, had completed the most stunning sixth inning rally in league history, tying the game and sending Game 5 to a seventh inning.

Joey watches his pitch leave the park as Morrison's game-tying home run sails over the center field fence

After letting the Caucasians back into the game, Joey had a chance to redeem himself in the top of the seventh as he led off the inning. His two-run homer had been the only source of Fish Sticks offense to that point in the game, but he couldn’t repeat his earlier success. Les got him to ground out to Morrison in left for the first out of the inning. Vassallo singled with one out and continued to play well late in postseason games. The game’s best hitter, Blose, came to the plate with the go-ahead run on first. But Les retired Blose, as he grounded out to Frosty in right field for the second out of the inning.

The Caucasians came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh a run away from ending the game. The Sticks kept Joey on the mound, his fifteenth consecutive inning pitched dating back to Game 4. He retired Guthrie for the first out of the inning, as he grounded out to Vassallo in left field. The next batter, Morrison, who had homered to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth, singled with one out, putting the winning run on base. After mowing through Caucasian batters for five innings, the wheels fell off for Joey and the Fish Sticks with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Les, who had kept the Caucasians in the game through seven strong innings on the mound, came to the plate and hit a towering home run to left field, a two-run game-winning homer, scoring Morrison and himself, and capping one of the most legendary comebacks in league history. The Caucasians, who were two outs and two runs, and then one out and one run, away from ending their season, had stormed back to win Game 5 4-2, forcing the series to a sixth game. The Fish Sticks, who had come so close to claiming the title, would need to win Game 6 at home to avoid extending the series to Game 7 on Thursday, August 11th.

Game Notes:
– Les carried the Caucasians at the plate and on the mound. He went 2-5 with a single, a HR, 2 RBI, and the game-winning walk-off home run. He gave up only 2 ER on 3 hits in 7 IP for the complete game win. The win moved him to 1-1 for the Wiffle Series and 2-1 for the Playoffs.
– Joey took the loss for the Sticks, giving up 4 ER on 6 hits in 6.5 IP. He moved to 2-1 for the Wiffle Series and 3-1 for the playoffs. He led the Fish Sticks offensively, driving in their only runs with a two-run homer in the fifth. He was 1-4 with a HR and 2 RBI.
– Morrison also had a good game at the plate, going 3-5 with 2 singles, a HR, one RBI, and 2 runs scored.

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Vassallo’s Walk-Off Home Run in Bottom of the 8th Propels Fish Sticks Into Championship

22 Jul

Vassallo went 3-5 in Game 5 with a single and two home runs, including his series-ending walk-off

It was a fitting end to an incredible five game series that was pushed to the brink. 4 out of 5 Dentists and the Fish Sticks had gone to extra-innings for the second consecutive game, and each team was a run away from winning Game 5 and clinching a spot in the Wiffle Series against the Caucasians. The Fish Sticks, who two innings earlier were two outs away from ending their 2011 season, had come from behind to draw even with the Dentists in the bottom of the sixth. Both teams were scoreless in the seventh, and with darkness setting in, Vassallo led off the bottom of the eighth inning. The homefield advantage the Sticks had clinched only two weeks prior would come to fruition, as Vassallo crushed the first pitch he saw over the centerfield wall to end the game and the series, catapulting his team to the title and bringing the legendary series to a conclusion.

The Dentists and Fish Sticks had gone blow-for-blow in the first four games of the series, with the Sticks winning games 1 and 4 and the Dentists winning games 2 and 3. There was talk to postpone Game 5, but it was decided that the game would be played immediately in order to beat the darkness. Sundown was fast approaching and the stage was set for an amazing finale to the ultra-competitive series.

The Fish Sticks would send Dinger to the mound to start his third game of the series, despite having earned both of the Sticks losses in the series. Ron led off the game, having been responsible for the Dentists only run in Game 4. Dinger retired him, but the next batter, Marr, singled with one out. The Sticks stranded him though, as Dinger retired Braydn to end the first.

The Dentists started Ron for the third consecutive game, with their three best fielders playing where they were most comfortable. Blose led off the game with a single, and moved to third when Dinger grounded out to center. But Joey couldn’t plate the run, as Ron got him to ground out to end the inning, stranding a runner at third.

Dinger started to get in a rhythm in the top of the second, as he retired Spads and Ron in order to keep the game tied at 0-0.

Ron also found himself in a groove, sending Vassallo and Blose down consecutively in the bottom half of the second.

The Dentists couldn’t break the scoreless tie in the top of the third, as both Marr and Braydn grounded out, and Ron kept the train rolling in the bottom of the third, retiring Dinger and Joey in order.

Dinger retired his fifth and sixth consecutive batters in the top of the fourth, getting both Spads and Ron to groundout.

Vassallo singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth, the first baserunner for either team since the first inning. But Blose and Dinger flew out consecutively, unable to move the runner beyond first base, and the game remained tied.

The Dentists would be the first to score in the top of the fifth, as they finally got through Dinger and the Fish Sticks defense. Dinger retired Marr for the first out of the inning, but the next two batters signaled trouble. Braydn launched a solo homer to right-center field, putting the Dentists up 1-0 and giving them the critical first score of the game. The next batter, Spads, who was 0-12 on the day coming in, hit a home run to center field, making back-to-back home runs and putting the Dentists up 2-0. The Sticks made a quick call to the pen to avoid further damage, bringing in Joey from right field. He retired Ron to end the fifth, but the damage had been done and the Dentists had put the Sticks in a hole.

Spads only hit in games 3, 4, and 5 was a timely one, a homer than put the Dentists up 2-0

Ron also showed his first signs of weakness in the fifth inning. Joey led off the bottom of the fifth by flying out to left field, but Vassallo, who had singled in his last at-bat, followed with a one-out solo blast to deep left field, pulling the Fish Sticks within a run at 2-1. Blose was unable to keep the rally alive, as he grounded out for the second out of the inning, and through five innings the Dentists were up a run.

The Dentists couldn’t add to their lead in the top of the sixth, as Marr and Braydn were retired in order.

The Fish Sticks were down to their final at-bat, down a run, with the series and the season on the line. Dinger led off the inning, and he had come through in crucial situations early in the season. He took several pitches, having difficulty picking up the ball. But when he finally swung, he connected, hitting a laser just inches over the left field wall, tying the game in one of the most clutch and dramatic moments in league history. The Sticks had tied the game at 2-2 with no outs and were a run away from taking the game. Ron was unfazed, however, and retired Joey and Adam to end the sixth, pushing the game to extra-innings.

Dinger's home run to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning single-handedly saved the Fish Sticks season

Joey remained on the mound for the Sticks, and he kept the Dentists in check in the top of the seventh, retiring Spads and Ron in order.

Ron pitched into the seventh inning as well, and Blose doubled to lead off the inning. The game-winning run was two bases away with no outs. But Ron clamped down yet again, retiring Dinger and Joey, stranding the winning run on second base, and giving the Dentists another chance.

Blose doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh as the sky grew darker

Marr led off the top of the eighth by flying out to the pitcher’s mound for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Braydn, singled with one out for his second hit of the game. Spads came to the plate and hit a fly ball to right field which Dinger had trouble seeing. Unable to spot the ball, it fell to the ground as Spads raced to first, Braydn around second, and Dinger grabbed the ball. But the umpires ruled the ball foul. Spads came back to the plate, and was unable to move the runner, grounding out to left field for the second out of the inning.

At this time darkness had crept over the field and the ball was becoming increasingly difficult to see for hitters and fielders. An announcement was made that this would be the final half-inning before the game would be postponed. The Fish Sticks came to the plate with one chance to win the game that night. Vassallo had mentioned earlier that he would swing at the first pitch he could see. He swung at the first pitch Ron delivered, and when the ball came to rest it was on the other side of the fence and the game was over. The Sticks mobbed Vassallo at the plate, as he had won Game 5 and clinched a spot in the Wiffle Series for the Fish Sticks. The Dentists were devastated, having poured their sweat into the 2011 season and this five game series in particular. Their season had set like the sun on the EWL diamond that night, one hit away from playing for a title.

Vassallo's Game 5 performance and game-winning home run will go down in history

The greatest series the EWL may ever see had come to an end. Two games alone combined for 21 innings. The Fish Sticks outscored the Dentists 19-17. The Dentists scored 2 runs three different games; the Sticks scored 3 runs three different games. The fielding, pitching, and timely hitting was remarkable. Four of the five games were decided by a single run; the other game was decided by two runs.

The Fish Sticks will now face the Caucasian Vaginas in a best-of-seven series in the Wiffle Series for the 2011 EWL Title.

Game Notes:
– Ron pitched 7 innings, taking the loss while giving up 3 earned runs on 6 hits
– Dinger earned a no-decision, giving up 2 earned runs on 3 hits in 4.5 innings
– Joey got the win for the Sticks, giving up 1 hit and no runs in 3.5 innings
– Braydn led the Dentists offensively, going 2-5 with a home run and a single
– Vassallo carried the Sticks, going 3-5 with 2 home runs, 2 RBI, and a team-high 7 put-outs

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