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Jack Shack Win Game 5 and Repeat as Wiffle Series Champions

28 Oct

2020 Ellsworth Wiffleball League Champions Jack Shack, after winning the best-of-seven Wiffle Series in five games

After losing their first playoff game in franchise history, Jack Shack fell behind 6-0 to Cheap Goats in game 5. Just when it looked like Cheap Goats would push the series to a sixth game, Jack Shack, in their signature fashion, turned on the gas, scoring ten unanswered runs to win game 5 10-7, clinching their second consecutive Ellsworth Wiffleball League Wiffle Series Championship. Blaine homered twice, Doc had three hits and a homer, Turbo and Adam each contributed two hits, and Brian pitched the complete game win, as Jack Shack became only the second franchise in the ten year history of the EWL to repeat as champions.

The winning pitcher of game 4, Dinger, took the mound for Cheap Goats in game 5, and he started game 5 like he finished game 4. He retired Brian and Adam in order in the top of the first.

Cheap Goats pulled ahead immediately in the bottom of the first when Brett hit a leadoff homer, making the score 1-0. Joey followed with a double, but Brian avoided further damage. He retired Christian and Dinger in order, stranding Joey at second, ending the inning.

Brett went 4-for-6 with a double, three home runs, and five RBI for Cheap Goats

Dinger continued to roll in the top of the second, retiring Turbo and striking out Doc, and the score remained 1-0.

Brett led off the bottom of the second with a double, but once again, Cheap Goats couldn’t capitalize. Brian retired Joey and Christian to strand Brett at second, and Cheap Goats continued to lead by a run.

Jack Shack remained stifled in the top of the third, as Dinger sent Blaine and Brian down consecutively.

Dinger went 3-for-5 with three doubles in the Cheap Goats loss

Cheap Goats opened up a big lead in the bottom of the third. Dinger doubled, and two batters later, Joey hit an RBI single, scoring Dinger to put Cheap Goats ahead 2-0. Christian then singled, putting runners on the corners with one out. Dinger hit his second double of the inning, scoring Joey from third, and Cheap Goats were in front 3-0. Brett came to the plate with one out and runners on first and second, and he emptied the bases with his second homer of the game, a three-run shot that gave Cheap Goats a 6-0 lead. Brian finally retired Joey to escape the inning, and Jack Shack were in a six run hole.

Blaine went 2-for-4 with two homers and five RBI, leading Jack Shack’s late-game comeback

Jack Shack finally got to Dinger, and got on the board, in the top of the fourth. Adam led off the inning with a double, and two batters later, Doc hit a two-run shot, narrowing the deficit to 6-2. Dinger retired Blaine to end the inning, and Jack Shack had cut the Cheap Goats lead to four runs.

Doc, who went 3-for-4 with two singles and a homer, got Jack Shack on the board in the top of the fourth

Dinger doubled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, but Cheap Goats couldn’t capitalize, stranding another runner at second. Brian retired Brett to end the inning, and the score remained 6-2.

Brian earned his fourth win of the postseason, pitching the complete game for Jack Shack in game 5

Jack Shack continued to rally, pulling even in the top of the fifth. Brian doubled to start the inning, and two batters later, Turbo hit a one-out RBI single, scoring Brian to cut the Cheap Goats lead to 6-3. Doc followed with a single, putting runners on the corners. Blaine came to the plate and with one swing, tied the game, crushing a three-run bomb that made the score 6-6. Dinger retired Brian to end the inning, but the six-run Cheap Goats lead had evaporated, and the game was now tied.

Brian rolled through the bottom of the fifth, sending Joey and Christian down in order.

Adam, making a running catch in right field, was critical on defense for Jack Shack in game 5

The Jack Shack knockout blow came in the top of the sixth. Adam tripled to start the inning, and Turbo followed with an RBI double, giving Jack Shack their first lead of the game, 7-6. Doc followed with an RBI single to score Turbo, pushing the lead to 8-6. Blaine then hit his second homer of the game, a two-run blast that extended the Jack Shack lead to 10-6. Dinger retired the next two batters, Brian and Adam, to end the inning, but Jack Shack had taken a four-run lead heading into the final frame.

Cheap Goats had led 6-0 early and it appeared as if they would force a game 6, but after allowing ten unanswered runs, they would need a big rally in the bottom of the sixth to extend the season. Brian retired the first batter of the inning, Dinger. The next batter, Brett, hit his third homer of game 6, a solo shot that cut the score to 10-7. Joey came to the plate, and he was unable to extend the rally, the inning, or the Cheap Goats season. Brian got him to ground out to Turbo in left for the second out of the inning, ending the game and clinching the championship for Jack Shack.

Jack Shack celebrate after clinching the 2020 Wiffle Series Championship

Jack Shack had won the best-of-seven Wiffle Series Championship in five games, repeating as champions after winning the Wiffle Series in 2019.

After winning the Wiffle Series in 2019 and 2020, Jack Shack became only the second franchise in EWL history to repeat as champions

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Brian pitched the complete game win for Jack Shack, allowing seven runs on ten hits.
– Dinger took the loss for Cheap Goats, giving up ten runs on ten hits and striking out one.
– Doc led Jack Shack on offense, going 3-for-4 with a single, two home runs, three runs scored, and three RBI.
– Blaine also went 2-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored, and five RBI.
– Brett led Cheap Goats in the loss, going 4-for-6 with a double, three home runs, three runs scored, and five RBI. He also hit a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first, his third of the 2020 postseason and career.
– Dinger also went 3-for-5 in the loss, with three doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI.

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.