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Mike’s Game 2 Walk-Off Homer Gives Loss Mitigation 2-0 Series Lead Over Porkswords

2 Aug

After an incredible game 1, Mike came through yet again, and his walk-off homer in the bottom of the sixth gave Loss Mitigation a two game lead in the best-of-five first round series with the Porkswords

After carrying his team to victory in game 1, Mike put Loss Mitigation on his shoulders again in game 2. His walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth capped another great performance and gave his team a comfortable lead in the best-of-five first round series with the Porkswords.

Norris took the mound for Loss Mitigation, and he looked good early. After allowing a leadoff double to Adam, he retired Frosty and Josh to strand the runner, ending the inning.

With three innings of eligibility left after game 1, Josh started once again for the Porkswords. He rolled through the bottom of the first, retiring Mike and Nate in order.

A family of three watches the EWL playoff action from the third base line stands.

Bob singled to start the top of the second, but the Porkswords couldn’t get on the board, as Norris retired Adam and Frosty to strand the runner and end the inning.

Loss Mitigation would take a lead in the bottom of the second. Norris tripled to start the inning, but he was caught out in between third and home trying to extend the hit into an inside-the-park homer. Reggie followed with a triple, and Mike drove him in with a two-run blast, making the score 2-0. Josh retired Nate to end the inning, and he had met his innings limit for the week.

Adam of the Porkswords fields a ball off the left field fence while teammate Bob watches from center field

With a two-run lead, Norris rolled through the top of the third, sending Josh and Bob down consecutively.

Norris is pleased with his squad’s performance in game 2.

Loss Mitigation extended their lead in the bottom of the third. Adam entered the game for Josh, and he was hit hard right away. Norris singled, and Reggie drove him in with a two-run homer, making the score 4-0. The next batter, Mike, tripled, but similar to Norris in the previous inning, he was caught out between third and home trying to extend the hit into an inside-the-park homer. Nate followed with a single, but Josh avoided further damage, retiring Norris for the second out of the inning.

The Porkswords cut into the four run deficit in the top of the fourth. Frosty doubled with one out, and Josh drove him in with a two-run homer to right center. Norris retired Bob to end the inning, and the Porkswords had cut the score to 4-2.

Reggie singled to start the bottom of the fourth, and two batters later, Nate hit an RBI triple, pushing the Loss Mitigation lead to 5-2. Josh retired Norris to end the inning, and the Porkswords trailed by three runs.

Norris connects on one of his two hits in the game.

The Porkswords rallied once again in the top of the fifth, tying the game. Adam led off with a triple, and he scored from third on Frosty’s RBI single that cut the score to 5-3. Two batters later, Bob doubled to put runners on second and third, and Adam cleared the bases with an RBI triple, his second three-bagger of the inning. Norris retired Frosty for the second out of the inning, but he had allowed three runs, and the game was tied at 5-5.

Frosty, who made his triumphant return to the wiffle diamond, celebrates after scoring a run in the fourth inning.

Loss Mitigation pulled back ahead in the bottom of the fifth. Reggie tripled for the second time in the game, and Mike drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 6-5. Adam retired Nate and Norris to end the inning, and the Porkswords needed a run in the top of the sixth to extend the game.

Nate, who went 2-for-5 with a single and a triple for Loss Mitigation, poses for the wiffle camera.

Josh led off the final frame with a triple, and Bob came through in the clutch, hitting an RBI single to tie the game at 6-6. Norris retired Adam and Frosty to end the inning, but the Porkswords had evened the game for yet another time.

With a chance to walk-off with a two game lead in the series, Mike and Loss Mitigation did just that, on cue. Reggie singled for his fifth hit of the game, and Mike, who had reached base safely in nine of his first eleven at-bats of the series, came to the plate. He delivered for Loss Mitigation again, crushing a two-run bomb to right-center, ending the game, and giving Loss Mitigation an 8-6 victory.

The win put Loss Mitigation ahead 2-0 in the best-of-five first round series with the Porkswords, one win away from clinching a berth in the 2018 EWL Wiffle Series.

W: Norris (1-0)
L: Adam (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Norris pitched the complete game win for Loss Mitigation, allowing six runs on ten hits in six innings.
– Adam took the loss in relief for the Porkswords. He gave up six runs on ten hits in three innings pitched.
– Josh started for the Porkswords and earned a no-decision, giving up two runs on three hits in two innings.
– Mike led Loss Mitigation on offense, going 4-for-6 with a double, a triple, two home runs, two runs scored, and five RBI. He became the first player to hit a walk-off home run in the EWL playoffs since Nate hit two for Eastbound & Dahn in the 2015 playoffs.
– Reggie White was a perfect 5-for-5 in the game, with two singles, two triples, a home run, five runs scored, and two RBI.
– Adam led the Porkswords at the plate, going 3-for-6 with a double, two triples, a run scored, and two RBI.

Erich Unstoppable as Shady Characters Destroy Cheap Goats 19-5 to Even First Round Series

1 Aug

Erich had a historically dominant performance in game 2, going 8-for-8, hitting for the cycle twice.

After sputtering on offense in a game 1 loss, Shady Characters exploded for nineteen runs in game 2, as Erich hit for the cycle twice in the same game, and the best-of-five first round series was evened at 1-1. Erich was 8-for-8 with two singles, two doubles, two triples, two home runs, six runs scored, and five RBI, becoming the first player in EWL history to hit for the cycle twice in one playoff game. Dylan, Tom W, and Jason each had five hits, and Shady Characters scored nineteen unanswered runs after falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first. Dylan pitched the complete game win, and he also set the EWL single-game playoff record for triples, with four, shattering the previous mark of two.

Cheap Goats got to Dylan early in the top of the first, but after taking an early lead, they wouldn’t score again until late in the game when they trailed by double digits. Jordan led off the game with a triple, and he scored when Joey followed with an RBI triple that made the score 1-0. Christian then singled, scoring Joey, and Cheap Goats led 2-0. Just when it looked like Cheap Goats may jump out to a big lead in both the game and the series, Dylan retired Dinger and Jordan to end the inning, and his offense took over in the bottom half of the inning.

Tom W had five extra-base hits, including three two-run bombs, propelling Shady Characters to the big game 2 victory.

Dinger took the mound for Cheap Goats, and he got into trouble early. Dylan led off the inning with a triple, and Tom W tied the game with a two-run homer, making the score 2-2. Erich followed with a triple, and he scored from third when Jason grounded out for the first out of the inning. Dinger then retired Dylan to end the inning, and Shady Characters led 3-2.

Joey led off the top of the second with a double, but Cheap Goats couldn’t tie the game. Dylan retired Christian and Dinger to strand the runner, maintaining the one-run lead.

Shady Characters would pull ahead to a comfortable lead in the bottom of the second. Tom W doubled, and he scored from second on Erich’s RBI single, making the score 4-2. Jason then doubled, scoring Erich, and Shady Characters led 5-2. Dylan followed with his second triple of the game, scoring Jason, giving Shady Characters a 6-2 lead. Tom W grounded out for the first out of the inning, but Dylan scored on the play, extending the lead to 7-2. Erich followed with a double, but Dinger finally got out of the inning, retiring Jason to strand the runner, and Cheap Goats trailed by four runs.

Dylan rolled through the top of the third, retiring Jordan and Joey in order, and Shady Characters blew the game open in the bottom of the third.

Dylan had a strong game at the plate and also kept Cheap Goats in check on the mound, producing scoreless innings in four of the six innings he pitched.

Dylan led off the inning with his third triple of the game, breaking the single-game playoff record. Tom W followed with his second two-run home run of the game, pushing the lead to 9-2. Erich tripled for the second time in the game, and Jason followed with a two-run shot, making the score 11-2. Dylan tripled yet again, extending his single-game record to four triples, and Tom W hit his third two-run blast of the game, and Shady Characters now led 13-2. Dinger was removed from the game, and Cheap Goats turned to Christian from the bullpen. The first batter he faced, Erich, doubled, and Jason drove him in with an RBI triple. The inning finally ended when Christian retired the next two batters, Dylan and Tom W, but Shady Characters had scored seven runs in the inning, essentially putting Cheap Goats away with a 14-2 lead through three innings.

Christian doubled to start the top of the fourth, but Cheap Goats couldn’t rally, as Dylan retired Dinger and Jordan to strand the runner, ending the inning.

Shady Characters continued to pile it on in the bottom of the fourth. Erich led off the inning with a solo homer, giving him the cycle, and the lead was 15-2. Jason followed with his second triple of the game, and Dylan drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 16-2. Two batters later, Erich hit a one-out single, scoring Dylan from second, and Shady Characters led 17-2. Christian retired Jason for the second out of the inning, and Cheap Goats trailed by fifteen runs.

Dylan connects on one of his EWL single-game playoff record four triples.

Dylan continued to mow down Cheap Goats hitters in the top of the fifth, sending Joey and Christian down in order.

Shady Characters finished their offensive onslaught in the bottom of the fifth. Joey came to the mound, making his first pitching appearance of the 2018 season. He retired the first batter he faced, Dylan, but then Shady Characters would add a few more insurance runs. Tom W doubled, and Erich completed his second cycle in the game, hitting a mammoth two-run shot to right, putting Shady Characters ahead 19-2. Jason followed with a double, but Joey escaped further damage, retiring Dylan to end the inning. Shady Characters had scored two or more runs in every inning, with nineteen unanswered runs, and led by seventeen runs heading into the sixth.

Joey connects on a solo homer in the top of the fifth. He was 3-for-5 with three extra-base hits in the blowout loss.

Cheap Goats showed some life in the top of the sixth, but it was far too little too late. Dinger started the inning with a single, and Jordan followed with a two-run homer than cut the score to 19-4. Joey followed with a solo homer, and the back-to-back jacks made the score 19-5. The rally would end there. Dylan fanned Christian for the first out of the inning, and then retired Dinger to end the inning and the game.

The 19-5 Shady Characters win evened the best-of-five first round series at 1-1.

W: Dylan (1-0)
L: Dinger (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dylan pitched the complete game win for Shady Characters, allowing five runs on eight hits, striking out one in six innings.
– Dinger took the loss for Cheap Goats, giving up thirteen runs on fourteen hits in 2.5 innings pitched.
– Christian and Joey both pitched out of the bullpen for Cheap Goats. Christian pitched two innings, allowing four runs on six hits. Joey pitched a single inning, giving up two runs on three hits.
– Erich led Shady Characters on offense, becoming the first player in EWL playoff history to hit for the cycle twice in one game. He went a perfect 8-for-8 with two singles, two doubles, two triples, two home runs, six runs scored, and five RBI.
– Dylan went 5-for-9 for Shady Characters, with a double, a record-breaking four triples, five runs scored, and two RBI.
– Tom W went 5-for-8 for Shady Characters, with two doubles, three home runs, five runs scored, and seven RBI.
– Joey led Cheap Goats at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI.

Mike Hits for Cycle, Perfect 6-for-6, and Carries Loss Mitigation to 8-6 Game 1 Win Over Porkswords

31 Jul

Mike was dominant in game 1, going 6-for-6 and hitting for the cycle, carrying his team to victory

Playing without their MVP candidate and team captain Bob, Loss Mitigation relied heavily on their other MVP candidate, Mike, who did the heavy lifting in a game 1 win over the Porkswords. Mike went a perfect 6-for-6 with a single, two doubles, a triple, and two homers, hitting for the cycle and driving in four of the Loss Mitigation runs. His two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth gave Loss Mitigation a two-run lead, which the Porkswords couldn’t overcome in the top of the sixth. Nate pitched the complete game win for Loss Mitigation, and overcame big games from Adam and Frosty on offense.

Nate of Loss Mitigation delivers a pitch to Adam of the Porkswords as members of the league and some fans look on

Nate started on the mound for Loss Mitigation, and after a strong regular season as a starting pitcher, the Porkswords hit him harder than anticipated in game 1. Adam led off the game with a double, and Josh gave the Porkswords a 1-0 lead with an RBI double before Loss Mitigation had recorded an out. Nate buckled down, retiring the next two batters, Bob and Frosty, to strand Josh at second and end the inning.

Frosty, who hadn’t been seen on the wiffle diamond in years, appeared on the Porkswords playoff roster. Here he is with his new teammate, Bob.

Josh took the mound for the Porkswords, and he escaped the first inning unscathed. Mike led off the game with a double, but Loss Mitigation couldn’t capitalize. Josh retired Nate and Norris to end the inning, and the score was 1-0 through an inning.

Nate rolled through the top of the second, retiring the side in order, and Loss Mitigation would provide him with plenty of run support in the bottom of the second. Reggie led off the inning with a single, and Mike drove him in with an RBI triple that tied the game at 1-1. Nate followed with a two-run blast to left-center, and Loss Mitigation led 3-1. Norris then tripled, and Reggie drove him in with a two-run blast to center, putting Loss Mitigation ahead 5-1. Mike then hit a solo shot to the absolute deepest part of center field, and the score was 6-1. Josh retired the next two batters to end the inning, but Loss Mitigation had posted six runs in the bottom of the second, taking an early five-run lead.

Nate, who earned the win on the mound for Loss Mitigation, connects on a two-run homer in the bottom of the second.

The Porkswords bounced back in the top of the second. Frosty, an EWL playoff legend making his first wiffle appearance in years, doubled with one out, and Adam drove him in with an RBI triple that made the score 6-2. Josh followed with a triple, scoring Adam, and the score was 6-3. Nate struck out Bob to end the inning, and Loss Mitigation led by three runs.

Reggie and Mike each singled to start the bottom of the third, but Josh escaped the inning, retiring Nate and Norris to strand both runners, and the score remained 6-3.

Adam snags a fly ball for the Porkswords in left field

The Porkswords would continue to chip away at the Loss Mitigation lead in the top of the fourth. Adam hit a solo homer with one out, cutting the deficit to 6-4. Nate retired Josh to end the inning, and the Porkswords trailed by two runs.

Adam led the Porkswords in the game 1 loss, going 4-for-6 with four extra-base hits, including two doubles, a triple, and a home run.

Josh struck out Reggie to start the bottom of the fourth, and after Mike doubled, Josh retired Nate to strand him at second, ending the inning.

The Porkswords drew closer yet in the top of the fifth. With one out, Frosty connected on a solo homer to right-center, cutting the score to 6-5. Adam followed with a double, but Josh couldn’t tie the game, as Nate retired him to strand the runner, ending the inning with the Porkswords trailing by a run.

Norris connects on one of his two hits for Loss Migitation. He went 2-for-5 with a single and a triple, scoring two runs.

Loss Mitigation hadn’t scored since putting up six runs in the bottom of the second, and their lead had diminished to a run, but Nate would get more run support in the bottom of the fifth. Norris led off the inning with a single, and two batters later, Mike hit a two-run homer, his second blast of the game, putting Loss Mitigation ahead 8-5. Josh retired Nate to end the inning, and the Porkswords trailed by three runs heading into the sixth.

Mike and Loss Mitigation celebrate at the plate after his second homer of the game, a two-run shot that gave Loss Mitigation an unsurmountable lead in the bottom of the fifth

Nate remained in the game to close things out for Loss Mitigation, and he retired Bob for the first out of the inning. Frosty then hit a one-out solo homer, his second round-tripper of the game, giving the Porkswords life and making the score 8-6. The rally would end there, however, as Nate retired Adam for the second out, ending the inning and the game.

The 8-6 win gave Loss Mitigation a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series with the Porkswords.

W: Nate (1-0)
L: Josh (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Nate pitched the complete game win for Loss Mitigation, allowing six runs on nine hits and striking out one in six innings.
– Josh took the loss for the Porkswords, giving up eight runs on twelve hits and striking out one in five innings pitched.
– Mike led Loss Mitigation on offense, going 6-for-6 with a single, two doubles, a triple, two home runs, three runs scored, five RBI, and he hit for the cycle for the second time in his playoff career.
– Adam led the Porkswords at the plate, going 4-for-6 with two doubles, a triple, a home run, three runs scored, and two RBI.

Joey Leads Cheap Goats to 6-4 Victory in Game 1 of First Round Matchup with Shady Characters

30 Jul

Tom K pitches to Joey, who set the pace for Cheap Goats, going 5-for-6 with a single, three doubles, and a solo homer.

Joey went 5-for-6, with four extra-base hits, and Christian was effective on the mound, as Cheap Goats upset Shady Characters 6-4 in game one of the best-of-five first round series. Christian allowed only four runs on eight hits, and he also homered in the game, as Cheap Goats took an early lead in the series.

Tom K, who had been diagnosed with a torn labrum, started on the mound for Shady Characters. He allowed a double to Joey in the top of the first, but stranded him, retiring Christian to end the inning.

Christian started for Cheap Goats, and after allowing a leadoff double to Dylan to start the bottom of the first, he retired Tom W and Erich to end the inning with the game scoreless.

Cheap Goats got on the board in the top of the second. Jordan doubled with one out, and Joey drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 1-0. The next batter, Christian, hit a two-run blast to right field, and Cheap Goats led 3-0. Dinger followed with a single, but Tom K escaped the inning, retiring Jordan for the second out.

Christian and Cheap Goats celebrate at the plate after his two-run homer in the top of the second put his squad ahead 3-0.

Shady Characters bounced right back in the bottom of the second. Jason led off the inning with a single, and he moved from first to third on Dylan’s second double of the game. Christian fanned Tom W for the first out of the inning, but the next batter, Erich, crushed a three-run homer to right field, and the game was tied at 3-3. Christian then retired Jason to end the inning.

Christian delivers a pitch to Erich, who went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a three-run homer, and an intentional walk for Shady Characters

Cheap Goats pulled back ahead in the top of the third when Joey led off the inning with a solo homer. Tom K retired Christian and Dinger to end the inning, and Shady Characters trailed 4-3.

Christian retired the side in order in the bottom of the third, and the score remained 4-3. Tom K matched him in the top of the fourth, as he sent Jordan and Joey down in order.

Dinger, who went 3-for-5 with three singles, awaits a pitch from Tom K.

Shady Characters evened the score in the bottom of the fourth. Erich led off with a triple, and he scored from third when Jason grounded out for the first out of the inning. Christian retired Dylan for the second out, and the score was 4-4.

Christian led off the top of the fifth with a single, and he moved from first to third when Dinger followed with a single. Tom K retired Jordan for the first out of the inning, but Joey followed with an RBI single, scoring Christian to make the score 5-4. Tom K then retired Christian to strand Joey and Dinger on base, ending the inning.

Erich doubled with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but Christian stranded him, retiring Jason to end the inning, maintaining Cheap Goats’ one-run lead.

Cheap Goats added an insurance run in the top of the sixth. Dinger led off the inning with a single, and two batters later, Joey hit a one-out double, scoring Dinger to put Cheap Goats ahead 6-4. Tom K retired Christian to end the inning, and Shady Characters trailed by two runs heading into the final frame.

Christian remained on the mound for Cheap Goats to close out the game. He retired Dylan for the first out of the inning, and Tom W followed with a one-out double, putting the tying runner at the plate. Erich, who had extra-base hits in his previous three at-bats, was intentionally walked, putting the tying run on base and the winning run at the plate. Jason came up with runners on first and second and one out, but he couldn’t deliver. Christian got him to ground out to center, stranding both runners, and ending the inning and the game.

Cheap Goats had held on to win 6-4, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series with Shady Characters.

W: Christian (1-0)
L: Tom K (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Christian pitched the complete game win for Cheap Goats, allowing four runs on eight hits with one strikeout and one walk in six innings.
– Tom K took the loss for Shady Characters, giving up six runs on eleven hits in six innings.
– Joey led Cheap Goats on offense, going 5-for-6 with a single, three doubles, a home run, two runs scored, and four RBI.
– Erich led Shady Characters at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a home run, two runs scored, three RBI, and an intentional walk.

Cookies & Cream’s Offense Surges to 10-5 Win Over Questionable Outfit in Final Regular Season Game of 2017

5 Aug

Jordan had four hits, including a double, two triples, and a two-run homer, and also pitched a complete game win as Cookies & Cream topped Questionable Outfit 10-5

All four members of Cookies & Cream had three of more hits, and Jordan, Erich, and Joey each homered as Cookies & Cream beat Questionable Outfit 10-5, ending the 2017 regular season on a four game winning streak. Jordan pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, keeping the powerful Questionable Outfit offense in check, allowing only one big inning, which his offense more than made up for with run support. For the second consecutive season, Questionable Outfit will enter the playoffs as the #1 seed with Cookies & Cream as the #2 seed behind them.

Tom started on the mound for Questionable Outfit, and he got off to a strong start, retiring Jordan and Erich in order in the top of the first. Jordan, Cookies & Cream’s starter, matched him in the bottom of the first, sending Bob and Tom down consecutively.

Cookies & Cream would get on the board in the top of the second, taking an early lead, when Joey led off the inning with a solo homer to left. Two batters later, Jordan hit a one-out triple, and Erich drove him in with a triple, making the score 2-0. Tom then retired Joey to end the inning, and Cookies led by two runs.

Jordan continued to roll in the bottom of the second, retiring Mike and Miller in order.

Joey stretches to catch a fly ball in left-center

Cookies added to their lead in the top of the third. Guthrie doubled to start the inning, and two batters later, Erich hit a two-run blast to right field, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 4-0. Tom then retired Joey to end the inning.

Jordan maintained control in the bottom of the third, retiring Bob and Tom, and he had completed half of the game without allowing a base runner.

Cookies & Cream took a commanding lead in the top of the fourth, scoring six runs in the inning. Guthrie singled, and he scored on Jordan’s RBI triple that made the score 5-0. Erich then grounded out to left for the first out of the inning, but Jordan scored on the play, extending the Cookies lead to 6-0. Joey followed with his second homer of the game, a solo shot that pushed the score to 7-0. Guthrie tripled, and Jordan drove him in with a two-run homer to left, making the score 9-0. Erich then tripled, and Joey drove him in with an RBI single, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 10-0. Tom finally escaped the inning by retiring Guthrie, and Questionable found themselves in a rare ten-run deficit.

Questionable Outfit finally got a base runner in the bottom of the fourth when Miller singled, but they couldn’t plate a run. Jordan retired Bob to strand the runner, and Cookies & Cream led 10-0 through four innings.

Joey had two home runs in the game for Cookies & Cream

Jordan doubled with one out in the top of the fifth, but Tom avoided further damage, retiring Erich to strand the runner and end the inning.

Questionable Outfit finally got out their bats in the bottom of the fifth, putting a dent in the Cookies & Cream lead. Mike hit a one-out double, and Miller followed with a two-run homer, breaking Jordan’s shutout bid and making the score 10-2. Bob followed with a triple, and Tom drove him in with a two-run blast, cutting the lead further to 10-4. Mike then tripled, and it looked as if Cookies were crumbling. However, Jordan buckled down, retiring Miller to strand Mike at third and end the inning while maintaining a six-run lead.

Miller connects on a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth as Questionable Outfit cracked into the Cookies & Cream lead

Tom retired the side in order in the top of the sixth, and Questionable Outfit would need a six run inning to extend the game.

Bob singled to start the bottom of the sixth, and he moved from first to third on Tom’s single, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Two batters later, Miller hit a single, scoring Bob from third to make the score 10-5. Questionable once again had runners at the corners, but the rally would end there, as Jordan got Bob to fly out to left, ending the game as Cookies & Cream held on to win 10-5.

Erich, who went 3-for-5 with two triples and a two-run home run, fires a ball into the pitcher’s mound from center field

The win moved Cookies & Cream to 12-8 on the season. With the loss, Questionable Outfit finished 16-4, tying their league single-season record for best regular season record.

Cookies & Cream and Questionable Outfit shake hands after concluding the 2017 regular season

W: Jordan (6-3)
L: Tom (2-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Jordan pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings.
– Tom took the loss for Questionable Outfit, giving up ten runs on thirteen hits in six innings.
– Jordan led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 4-for-7 with a double, two triples, a home run, three runs scored, and three RBI.
– Erich went 3-for-6 with two triples, a home run, two runs scored, and four RBI.
– Joey also had three hits for Cookies & Cream, going 4-for-7 with a single, two homers, two runs scored, and three RBI.
– Miller led Questionable Outfit at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two singles, a home run, a run scored, and three RBI.

Steve and Josh Combine for Two-Hitter and Lead Ham Slams Offense in 8-1 Win Over Eastbound & Dahn

5 Aug

Josh earned the win on the mound for the Ham Slams and had a single, two doubles, and a triple, as the Slams finished at .500, their best regular season in franchise history

Josh and Steve were dominant on the mound as they combined to allow only one run on two hits, and they each contributed four hits on offense as the Ham Slams beat Eastbound & Dahn 8-1 in both teams’ final regular season game for 2017. The Ham Slams finished the season 10-10, their best regular season record as a franchise and their first time finishing a season without being under .500. Eastbound & Dahn finished the season at 2-18 on the longest losing streak in EWL history.

BK started on the mound for Eastbound & Dahn, and the Ham Slams would get all of the run support they needed in the top of the first. Orick (filling in for Dan, who was out), doubled to lead off, and Josh followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Jergens (filling in for Dustin, who was also out), singled, scoring Orick to make the score 1-0. Steve then doubled, scoring Josh, and the Ham Slams led 2-0. Orick grounded out to right for the first out of the inning, but Jergens scored on the play, pushing the Ham Slams lead to 3-0. BK escaped the inning when he got Josh to ground out to center for the second out of the inning.

Josh got the start for the Ham Slams, and he retired Eastbound in order in the bottom of the first.

The Ham Slams added to their lead in the top of the second. Jergens doubled, and Steve followed with a two-run blast to right-center, making the score 5-0. Josh would later double with one out, but BK stranded him and Eastbound & Dahn trailed by five.

Josh continued to roll, retiring Kyle and Nate C in order in the bottom of the second.

Steve doubled to start the top of the third, and he scored on an Orick sacrifice fly, making the score 6-0. Josh followed with a double, but he was caught out trying to extend the hit into a triple, ending the inning.

Josh had reached his innings limit for the week, and Steve came into the game to relieve him on the mound. He allowed a one-out single to BK, Eastbound’s first hit of the game, but Eastbound couldn’t capitalize, as Steve retired Nate O for the second out of the inning, stranding the runner.

Steve, who went 4-for-6 with a single, two doubles, and a home run, makes a great one-handed catch in left field

Steve singled with one out in the top of the fourth, his fourth consecutive at-bat with a hit, but BK escaped the inning without allowing further damage, retiring Orick to strand the runner and end the inning.

Steve cruised through the bottom of the fourth, retiring Christian and Kyle in order.

Josh led off the top of the fifth with a triple, his fourth hit of the game, and he scored on a Jergens groundout, making the score 7-0. BK then retired Steve for the first time in the game, ending the inning.

Steve once again sent Eastbound & Dahn down in order in the bottom of the fifth, retiring Nate C and Adam.

Orick started the top of the sixth with a triple, and he scored when Josh grounded out to left. Jergens followed with a triple, but BK retired Steve for the second out, and Eastbound & Dahn trailed 7-0.

Down to their final at-bat of the 2017 regular season, Eastbound & Dahn showed some life when Nate O hit a one-out solo homer, getting them on the board. Steve retired the next batter, Christian, to end the game, and the Ham Slams had topped Eastbound 7-1 as both teams would head into the post-season to face the same opponents they matched up against in 2016.

W: Josh (3-6)
L: BK (1-7)

Box Score

Game Notes::
– Josh earned the win for the Ham Slams, pitching two perfect innings, allowing no hits and no runs.
– Steve pitched four innings of relief for the Ham Slams, giving up one run on two hits.
– BK took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, giving up eight runs on thirteen hits in six innings.
– Steve led the Ham Slams on offense, going 4-for-6 with a single, two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBI.
– Josh also went 4-for-6 for the Ham Slams with a single, two doubles, a triple, two runs scored, and an RBI.
– Nate O had the only offensive production for Eastbound & Dahn, going 1-for-3 with a home run, a run scored, and an RBI.

Mike Hits and Pitches Questionable Outfit to 7-1 Win Over Ham Slams

5 Aug

Mike continued to roll as the EWL’s hottest player, going 5-for-6 at the plate and pitching a complete game in Questionable Outfit’s 7-1 win over the Ham Slams

Mike continued his torrid late second half pace, going 5-for-6, and also pitched the complete game win, allowing only one run on seven hits in a 7-1 Questionable Outfit win over the Ham Slams. Mike has now reached base safely in fifteen of his last sixteen at-bats, one of the hottest streaks in the history of the EWL, and he is now threatening for the batting title. Josh had three hits in the loss, which clinched the #3 seed in the 2017 playoffs for the Ham Slams.

Josh took the mound for the Ham Slams, and he fell behind early. Bob led off the game with a triple, and Tom followed with an RBI triple to make the score 1-0. Mike then doubled, scoring Tom, and Questionable led 2-0. Josh retired the next two Questionable hitters, and the Ham Slams trailed by two runs.

Mike allowed a one-out double to Josh in the bottom of the first, but the Ham Slams couldn’t capitalize, as Mike got out of the jam without allowing a run, and the score remained 2-0.

Questionable Outfit extended their lead in the top of the second. Tom led off with a triple, his second in as many at-bats, and he scored when Mike hit an RBI double that made the score 3-0. Miller then doubled, scoring Mike, and Questionable led 4-0. Two batters later, Tom hit a one-out two-run blast to left, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 6-0. Mike followed with a double, his third of the game, but the run would end there, as Josh retired Miller for the second out, ending the inning.

Steve hit a one-out double in the bottom of the second, but once again, Mike stranded the runner, retiring Josh to end the inning with the score 6-0.

Tom went 3-for-5 with two triples, a homer, three runs scored, and 3 RBI

Josh retired the side in order in the top of the third, and the Ham Slams got on the board in the bottom half of the inning.

Jergens Von Strangler hit a one-out double, and Steve drove him in with an RBI single that cut the score to 6-1. Josh followed with a single, putting runners on first and second with no outs, but once again, Mike escaped stranding two more runners and ending the inning.

Questionable made up the run in the top of the fourth when Miller hit a one-out triple, and Bob drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 7-1. Josh then retired Tom to end the inning.

Mike retired the side in order in the bottom of the fourth, and the Slams trailed by six.

Mike led off the top of the fifth with a double, his fourth of the game, but Josh avoided further damage, retiring Miller and Bob to strand the runner and end the inning.

Steve, the Ham Slams left fielder, looks at a ball that a Questionable Outfit roped into the fence for a ground-ruled double


Josh started the bottom of the fifth with a double, but yet again, Mike escaped the inning and stranded yet another Ham Slams runner, as the score remained 7-1.

Mike singled with one out in the top of the sixth, his fifth hit of the game, but Questionable couldn’t plate him, as Josh retired Miller to end the inning.

Down six runs, the Ham Slams couldn’t rally in the bottom of the sixth. Mike retired the side in order, giving Questionable Outfit the 7-1 win.

The win moved Questionable to 16-3 on the season, one win away from breaking the team regular season record for wins. The loss dropped the Ham Slams to 9-10 on the season.

W: Mike (2-0)
L: Josh (2-6)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Mike pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing one run on seven hits in six innings.
– Josh took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up seven runs on twelve hits in six innings.
– Mike led Questionable Outfit on offense, going 5-for-6 with four doubles, a single, a run scored, and two RBI.
– Josh led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a single and two doubles.