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Jack Shack Take Control of First Place in Standings with 4-3 Win Over Guacamol-yay

4 Aug

Brian went 3-for-4 with a single, a triple, a home run, and two RBI to lead Jack Shack.

2019 EWL Wiffle Series Champions, Jack Shack, climbed to first place in the EWL standings for the first time in 2020 with a win over Guacamol-yay, the last game of the first half of the 2020 EWL season. Jack Shack led 4-0 midway through the game, and Jack Shack starter, Dustin, held off a late Guacamol-yay rally to win 4-3, moving them to 6-4 on the season in sole possession of first place. Dustin pitched the complete game win, and Brian went 3-for-4 with a single, a triple, and a home run to lead Jack Shack in victory. The defending champs will head into the second half of the season with a one game lead on the team they beat in last year’s Wiffle Series, Shady Characters, and Cheap Goats.

Josh K took the mound for Guacamol-yay, and the first batter he faced, Brian, hit a leadoff homer, putting Jack Shack ahead 1-0 immediately. Turbo followed with a single, but Josh K limited the damage, retiring Dustin and Blaine to strand Turbo, ending the inning.

Dustin rolled through the bottom of the first, sending Jan and Josh K down in order.

Jack Shack extended their lead in the top of the second. John, making his 2020 EWL debut, singled to start the inning. Two batters later, Brian hit a one-out triple, scoring John to make the score 2-0. Turbo then singled, scoring Brian, and Jack Shack led 3-0. Dustin grounded out to right to end the inning, and Jack Shack had pulled ahead by three.

John, making his debut for Jack Shack, singled in his first EWL at-bat in nine years.

Jude singled to start the bottom of the second, but Guacamol-yay couldn’t plate a run. Dustin retired Ryan and Jan, stranding the runner and ending the inning.

Blaine singled to start the top of the third, but he was caught attempting to extend the hit for the first out of the inning. Josh K then retired Josh to end the inning.

Dustin continued to pitch effectively in the bottom of the third, sending Josh K and Jude down consecutively, and the score remained 3-0.

Brian makes an acrobatic catch for an out in left-center.

Doc led off the top of the fourth with a double, and he moved to third when Brian followed with a single. With no outs and runners on the corners, Turbo grounded out to center, scoring Doc on the play. Josh K then got Dustin to fly out to left, and Jack Shack led 4-0.

Jan singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, but Dustin stranded another Guacamol-yay runner. He retired Josh K, ending the inning, and maintaining the four run lead.

Josh K got back into somewhat of a groove in the top of the fifth. He retired Blaine and John consecutively, and he would get some run support in the bottom of the fifth.

Down 4-0, Guacamol-yay started a rally when Jude led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo shot to right, and the score was 4-1. Ryan followed with a triple, and when Jan grounded out for the first out of the inning, Ryan scored. Dustin then retired Josh K to end the inning, and Guacamol-yay had narrowed the deficit to 4-2.

Josh K retired his fifth and sixth consecutive batters in the top of the sixth, when he sent Doc and Brian down in order.

Dustin delivers a pitch to Ryan with Jude on first. Dustin pitched the complete game win for Jack Shack, allowing only three runs on seven hits.

Down 4-2, Guacamol-yay would once again need two runs to extend the game. Jude led off the second consecutive inning with a solo blast, and Guacamol-yay trailed 4-3. Ryan singled, putting the tying run on base, and Jan followed with a single, putting the go-ahead run on base. Dustin remained on the mound despite Gucamol-yay starting the sixth with three consecutive hits and threatening to tie or win the game with no outs. But things came together for Jack Shack when Josh K came to the plate and flew out to Dustin along the third base line. Dustin doubled up Ryan on the play, ending the inning and the game, stranding both runners and giving Jack Shack the 4-3 win.

The win moved Jack Shack to 6-4 on the season, and the loss dropped Guacamol-yay to 4-6.

W: Dustin (1-2)
L: Josh K (4-4)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dustin pitched the complete game win for Jack Shack, allowing three runs on seven hits.
– Josh K took the loss for Guacamol-yay, giving up four runs on eight hits in six innings.
– Brian led Jack Shack on offense, going 3-for-4 with a single, a triple, a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI. The home run was the first leadoff homer of Brian’s career.
– Jude led Guacamol-yay in the loss, going 3-for-4 with a single, two home runs, two runs scored, and two RBI.

Shady Characters Ride Two Big Innings to Fourth Straight Win in 8-6 Victory Over Cheap Goats

3 Aug

Dinger delivers a pitch to Mike, who went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, and four RBI to lead Shady Characters

After a rough start to the 2020 season, Shady Characters pulled even at .500 for the first time after winning their fourth straight, an 8-6 victory over Cheap Goats. They scored four runs in two different innings, and weathered a six-run inning by Cheap Goats, en route to the win. Mike, Dylan, and Tom K each contributed three hits, and Tom K, Sam, and Dylan combined on the mound to send Cheap Goats to their fourth consecutive loss.

Dinger took the mound for Cheap Goats, and he was effective in the first, retiring Dylan and Mike in order.

Tom K started for Shady Characters, and he matched Dinger in the bottom of the first, sending Joey and Brett down consecutively.

Shady Characters took an early lead in the top of the second. Sam led off with a double, and Tom K drove him in with an RBI single that made the score 1-0. Two batters later, Dylan doubled, putting runners on second and third with one out. Mike came to the plate and crushed a three-run blast to right-center, putting Shady Characters ahead 4-0. Dinger finally escaped the inning, retiring Sam, but Cheap Goats trailed by four.

Shady Characters celebrate at the plate after Mike’s three run homer in the second.

Tom K rolled through the bottom of the second, retiring Jordan and Christian in order.

Dinger got back on track in the top of the third, sending Tom K and Lucas down in order, as they both grounded out to Joey in center.

Sam relieved Tom K on the mound in the bottom of the third, and he picked up where his starter left off. He retired Dinger, and then fanned Joey to end the inning, and Shady Characters were perfect through three.

Mike connects on one of his two doubles with his trademark inside-out swing to the opposite field

Shady Characters doubled their lead in the top of the fourth. Dylan led off the inning with a triple, and Mike drove him in with an RBI double, making the score 5-0. Sam grounded out on the next play, but Mike scored from second, extending the Shady Characters lead to 6-0. Tom K then doubled, and Lucas singled, putting runners on first and third with one out. Dylan cleared the bases with an RBI double, and Shady Characters pulled ahead 8-0. Dinger got Mike to fly out to right, ending the inning, and Shady Characters had once again scored four runs in an inning.

Through three innings, Cheap Goats hadn’t registered a hit, but they broke up the no-hitter bid when Brett led off the bottom of the fourth with a single. They wouldn’t threaten, however, as Sam retired Christian and Dinger to strand him at first, maintaining the eight run lead.

Brett connects on one of his three hits in the game. He went 3-for-4 with a single and two doubles in the Cheap Goats loss.

Tom K doubled with one out in the top of the fifth, but Shady Characters couldn’t add to their lead, as Dinger retired Lucas to strand him at second, ending the inning.

Down 8-0, Cheap Goats finally showed some spark in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Joey hit a solo homer, the first run Cheap Goats had scored in the first ten innings of week 5. Brett followed with a double, and Jordan drove him in with an RBI double, cutting the score to 8-2. Christian launched a ball to right-center, and after a series of throwing and fielding errors, he lumbered around the bases for an inside-the-park two run homer that made the score 8-4. Dinger then doubled, and Joey drove him in with his second home run of the inning, a two-run blast that narrowed the deficit to 8-6. Brett then doubled, the seventh consecutive Cheap Goats hit after only having one in the first four innings. Despite trailing by eight heading into the inning, Cheap Goats had the tying run at the plate, but the rally would end there. Sam finally got out of the inning, getting Jordan to fly out to center, stranding Brett at second.

Joey hit his league leading 12th and 13th homers in the fifth inning, but it was too little too late for Cheap Goats

Mike doubled with one out in the top of the sixth, but Shady Characters couldn’t add an insurance run, as Dinger got Sam to fly out to right, stranding the runner.

After scoring six runs in the fifth to make it a ballgame, Cheap Goats had a chance to rally for a tie or upset in the bottom of the sixth. Shady Characters brought Dylan into the game for the save, and he closed things down. He retired Christian and Dinger in order, ending the game, and giving Shady Characters the 8-6 win.

Tom K earned the win on the mound for Shady Characters, and he also went 3-for-4 with a single and two doubles

The win moved Shady Characters to 5-5 on the season, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats to 5-5.

W: Tom K (3-4)
L: Dinger (2-3)
S: Dylan (1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Tom K earned the win for Shady Characters, pitching two perfect innings to start the game.
– Sam pitched three innings of relief, allowing six runs on eight hits and striking out one.
– Dylan earned the save, pitching the sixth inning without allowing a hit or run. It was the first save of the 2020 EWL season.
– Dinger took the loss for Cheap Goats, giving up eight runs on eleven hits in six innings.
– Dylan, Mike and Tom K each had three hits for Shady Characters. Dylan went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, two runs scored, and two RBI. Mike went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored, and five RBI. Tom K went 3-for-5 with a single, two doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI.
– Brett went 3-for-4 with a single, two doubles, and a run scored to lead Cheap Goats. Joey also went 2-for-4 with two homers and three RBI.

Brian Pitches Five-Hit Shoutout of Cheap Goats to Outduel Christian in 3-0 Jack Shack Win

2 Aug

Brian threw the first shutout of his career and the first shutout in the EWL in 2020, allowing only five hits in a complete game win for Jack Shack

Brian and Christian both delivered outstanding performances on the mound, but Brian and his defense were a little better, as Jack Shack sent Cheap Goats to their third consecutive loss in a 3-0 win. Brian allowed only five hits in the shutout win, and he also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and a two-run homer, the only Jack Shack player with multiple hits. Christian allowed only five hits as well, but Jack Shack scored one in the first and two in the fourth, and it was enough run support for Brian to get the win.

Brian allowed a one-out single to Brett in the top of the first, but he wouldn’t move past first base, as Jordan was retired for the second out, stranding the runner.

Jack Shack would provide all the run support Brian needed in the bottom of the first. Turbo doubled with one out, and Dustin followed with an RBI double, making the score 1-0. Christian retired Doc to strand Dustin at second, ending the inning.

Dustin connects on an RBI double that put Jack Shack ahead 1-0 in the first

Dinger doubled with one out in the top of the second, but Cheap Goats couldn’t even up the score, as Brian retired Joey to strand Dinger at second, maintaining the one-run lead.

Brian hit a ground rule double with one out in the bottom of the second, but Christian held him, getting Turbo to groundout to center to end the inning.

Cheap Goats were at their most threatening in the top of the third. Brett led off the inning with a double, and he moved from second to third when Jordan followed with a single. With no outs and two runners in scoring position, Cheap Goats had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Brian buckled down. He got Christian to groundout to right, and Dinger to fly out to center, stranding both runners and ending the inning without allowing a run.

Christian rolled through the bottom of the third, sending Dustin and Doc down consecutively.

Christian, who was also effective on the mound, allowing only three runs on five hits, delivers a pitch to Brian

Joey doubled to lead off the top of the fourth, but once again, Brian stranded a Cheap Goats runner in scoring position. He sent Brett and Jordan down, and the score remained 1-0.

Jack Shack added a few insurance runs in the bottom of the fourth. Blaine led off the inning with a ground rule double, and Brian provided his own run support with a two-run homer, extending the Jack Shack lead to 3-0. Christian retired Turbo and Dustin to end the inning, but with Brian strong on the mound, Jack Shack had built an insurmountable lead.

Jordan prepares for a pitch from Brian in Cheap Goats’ 3-0 loss to Jack Shack

Brian retired the side in order in the top of the fifth. Christian matched him in the bottom of the fifth, and Cheap Goats trailed 3-0 heading into their final at-bat.

Brian finished as he started, and retired the top of the Cheap Goats lineup, Joey and Brett, in order to end the inning and the game, giving Jack Shack the win.

The win moved above .500 to 5-4 on the season, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats to 5-4.

W: Brian (4-1)
L: Christian (3-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Brian pitched the complete game shutout for Jack Shack, the first of his career and the first of the 2020 season. He allowed five-hits in six innings.
– The last shutout was in July of 2019, a combined effort by Tom K and Mike for Shady Characters.
– Christian took the loss for Cheap Goats, giving up three runs on five hits in five innings pitched.
– Brian led Jack Shack on offense, going 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, a run scored, and two RBI.
– Brett was the only Cheap Goats player with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a single and a double.

Shady Characters, Led by Mike and Tom K, Hold Off Late Guacamol-yay Rally to Win 6-5

1 Aug

Mike led Shady Characters on offense, going 3-for-4 with a single, two doubles, and three RBI

Shady Characters went up 5-0 in the bottom of the first inning, and Tom K fought off multiple Guacamol-yay rallies, as Shady Characters held on to win 6-5, their third straight victory. Tom K pitched the complete game win and also went 3-for-4 at the plate, and he was supported by Mike, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.

Tom K rolled through the top of the first, retiring Jan and Josh in order. He would get some run support from his offense in the bottom half of the inning.

Jan makes a catch for an out in foul territory along the right field fence

Dylan led off the inning with a triple off Jude, the Guacamol-yay starter. Mike followed with an RBI single, scoring Dylan to give Shady Characters a quick 1-0 lead. Sam followed with a single, which put runners on the corners. Tom K singled, scoring Mike, and the score was 2-0. Two batters later, Dylan hit a one-out double, scoring Sam, and Shady Characters led 3-0. Mike followed with a double, clearing the bases, and Guacamol-yay had fallen into a 5-0 deficit. Jude retired Sam to finally escape the inning, and Shady Characters led by five.

Dylan connects on one of his two hits in the Shady Characters win

Tom K cruised in the top of the second as well, sending Jude and Ryan down consecutively.

Tom K started the bottom of the second with a single, but Jude stranded him, retiring Lucas and Dylan to end the inning.

Guacamol-yay cracked into the Shady Characters lead in the top of the third. Josh K singled with one out, and Jude followed with a two-run bomb to right, cutting the score to 5-2. Ryan then flew out to the mound to end the inning.

Guacamol-yay celebrate at the plate after Jude’s two run homer in the third

Shady Characters got one back in the the bottom of the third. Mike doubled, and when the next batter, Sam, grounded out for the first out, Mike raced home to score on the play, making the score 6-2. Tom K followed with a single, and Lucas doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Jude avoided further damage, however, getting Dylan to fly out to right, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

Guacamol-yay counter-punched in the top of the fourth. Jan singled, and Josh K followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Jude then singled, loading the bases for Ryan. Ryan grounded out left for the first out of the inning, but Jan scored on the play, and it was 6-3. Jan then singled, scoring Josh K, and the lead was cut to 6-4. Guacamol-yay had two runners on, but the rally ended there, as Tom K got Josh K to ground out to left, ending the inning.

Josh K went 3-for-5 with three singles in the Guacamol-yay loss

Sam doubled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, but Shady Characters couldn’t extend their lead, as Jude retired Tom K to strand the runner and end the inning.

Tom K retired Guacamol-yay in order in the top of the fifth, and the score remained 6-4.

Tom K returned to the diamond after a week off and went 3-for-4 with three singles

Jude struck out Lucas to start the bottom of the fifth, and then retired Dylan to end the inning with Guacamol-yay down two runs heading into the sixth.

Josh K singled with one out in the top of the sixth, putting the tying runner at the plate. Jude followed with an RBI double, scoring Josh K and narrowing the score to 6-5. Ryan came to the plate as the go-ahead run with the tying run, Jude, in scoring position. But Tom K buckled down, and got Ryan to fly out to center, stranding the runner and ending the game, giving Shady Characters the 6-5 win.

Tom K delivers a pitch to Ryan as the sun shines on the week 5 Wiffle Diamond

The win moved Shady Characters to 4-5 on the season, and the loss dropped Guacamol-yay to 4-5.

W: Tom K (2-4)
L: Jude (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Tom K pitched the complete game win for Shady Characters, allowing five runs on eight hits.
– Jude took the loss for Guacamol-yay, giving up six runs on eleven hits and striking out one in five innings.
– Mike and Tom K each went 3-for-4 to lead Shady Characters on offense. Tom K had three singles, a run scored, and an RBI. Mike had a single, two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBI.
– Jude led Guacamol-yay at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a home run, a run scored, and three RBI.

Mike of Shady Characters Voted Pabst Blue Ribbon Wiffler of the Week for Week 4

31 Jul

Mike had four home runs, including a rare Grand Slam, to lead Shady Characters to two victories in week 4. He also received a record number of votes for Wiffler of the Week.

After receiving the most votes a player has ever received in the ten year history of the EWL (29), Mike of Shady Characters was named Pabst Blue Ribbon Wiffler of the Week for week 4 of the 2020 season.

Mike has been the spark that ignited Shady Characters revival after a disappointing start to the season, and his play at the plate and in the field has lifted them into contention, particularly his dominant week 4 performance.

In Shady Characters’ revenge win over Cheap Goats, when they scored thirteen runs in the top of the first inning, Mike went 6-for-7 with three singles, a double, two home runs, five runs scored, and five RBI. He also hit only the fifth ever regular season Grand Slam in the history of the EWL.

Against Jack Shack, Mike went 4-for-8 with a single, a double, two home runs, three runs scored, and five RBI in the 15-9 Shady Characters victory.

In total for the week, he went 10-for-15 with four homers, and he also registered nine putouts in the field, leading Shady Characters.

As the number two hitter in the Shady Characters lineup, Mike has quickly become one of the most dangerous hitters in the league, and he has made the two-time runners-up a legit championship contender in 2020.

This is the first time in Mike’s career that he has been honored as Wiffler of the Week.