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The 2019 EWL Season is Underway!

8 May

The 2019 Ellsworth Wiffleball League season began on Tuesday, May 7th at the Wiffle Diamond in Shadyside when EWL commissioner Joey threw out the ceremonial first pitch to the league’s longest tenured player, Dinger, of Cheap Goats.

The Commissioner of the EWL, Joey, throws out the ceremonial first pitch to his Cheap Goats teammate, Dinger.

It was a beautiful night on the diamond, as wiffleball returned to Shadyside for the ninth year.

This season marks the largest influx of new players the EWL has ever seen. Defending champions Questionable Outfit/Loss Mitigation have disbanded, and all four of the rosters are loaded with rookies.

The week 1 games were hard fought, and all signs indicate that this season will be another stellar year for wiffleball action. New wiffle legends will be made, and a new champion will be crowned for the first time in six years.

Stay tuned for week 1 wiffle action!

Porkswords Stun Loss Mitigation 9-8 with Walk-Off Win to Conclude Postponed Game

9 May

In only his second career at-bat, John hit his first home run in the EWL, a walk-over solo shot that gave the Porkswords a stunning 7-6 win over Loss Mitigation.

Loss Mitigation led 5-3 when their week one game with the Porkswords was resumed, and they had taken an 8-4 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning before the Porkswords mounted a dramatic and stunning rally. The Porkswords scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth, culminating in John’s walk-off solo homer, to win 9-8 and send Loss Mitigation to 0-2 on the season. Every Porksword reached base or drove in a run during the rally, and the first walk-off win of the 2018 EWL season moved the Porkswords to 1-1 in the standings.

Dustin took the mound for the Porkswords when the game started in week one, and he fell behind early. Bob led off the game with a solo homer, putting Loss Mitigation ahead 1-0. Two batters later Nate doubled with one out, but Dustin stranded the runner, retiring Norris to end the inning.

Nate started for Loss Mitigation, and after giving up a lead off single to Josh, he retired the side, and the score remained 1-0.

Mike makes yet another incredible one-handed catch for Loss Mitigation, as his teammates watch in awe.

Mike continued to swing a hot bat for Loss Mitigation, and in the top of the second, his one-out solo homer extended the score to 2-0. Nate retired the Porkswords in order in the bottom of the second.

Loss Mitigation added several insurance runs in the top of the third. Norris led off the inning with a triple, and Bob drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 3-0. Mike then doubled, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Dustin got Nate to ground out to left for the first out of the inning, but Bob scored on the play, extending the Loss Mitigation lead to 4-0. Mike moved to third on the play, but Dustin stranded him, retiring Norris for the second out of the inning.

Nate continued to roll in the bottom of the third, and Loss Mitigation led by four runs through three innings.

Mike kept punishing the Porkswords in the top of the fourth, hitting another one-out solo homer, making the score 5-0.

Down five, the Porkswords cut into the Loss Mitigation lead in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Josh hit a solo homer, putting the Porkswords on the board at 5-1. Dustin followed with a homer, making the score 5-2. When Miller also homered, the Porkswords’ back-to-back-to-back homers had cut the deficit to 5-3. Nate finally recorded the second out of the inning, and the game was postponed due to darkness with the score 5-3.

The game was resumed in week 2, with Loss Mitigation returning the same lineup, and the Porkswords inserting Steve and John into their lineup, each making their 2018 EWL debuts. Norris led off the top of the fifth with a single, but Dustin stranded him, and the score remained 5-3.

Josh went 4-for-5 for the Porkswords, with two singles, a double, a homer, and three runs scored.

Josh started the bottom of the fifth with a double, and he moved to third on Dustin’s sacrifice fly. Miller followed with an RBI single, cutting the score to 5-4. Norris then retired Steve to end the inning with the Porkswords trailing by a run.

Loss Mitigation would add a few more insurance runs for Nate in the final frame. Nate led off with a solo homer, making the score 6-4. Two batters later, Bob doubled, and Mike followed with his third homer in the contest, a two-run bomb to left that extended the Loss Mitigation lead to 8-4. Dustin retired Nate to end the inning, and the Porkswords trailed by four runs heading into their final at-bat.

Nate delivers a pitch to Dustin, who connected on an RBI single to score John (on third) during the Porkswords’ amazing sixth inning winning rally.

John, making his first career EWL appearance, doubled in his first at-bat, and he moved to third when Josh followed with a single. With no outs and two runners in scoring position, Dustin singled, scoring John and cutting the score to 8-5. Miller came to the plate as the tying run, and he hit an RBI double to score Josh, making the score 8-6. Steve then came to bat as the tying run, with runners on the corners. He grounded out to deep right-center for the first out of the inning, but both runners were able to score on the play. The two-RBI groundout tied the game at 8-8, and the Porkswords had drawn even with Loss Mitigation. Norris remained on the mound, and John came to the plate for his second career at-bat. He looked calm and collected, and he raked a solo homer to deep left-center, ending the game. The walk-off homer was the first ever by an EWL rookie, particularly a rookie in their first career game. The Porkswords had rallied from four runs down to score five in the bottom of the sixth, beating Loss Mitigation in an epic week one (and carry over to week two) game.

The win moved the Porkswords to 1-1 on the season, and the loss dropped Loss Mitigation to 0-2.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Josh led the Porkswords on offense, going 4-for-5 with two singles, a double, a home run, three runs scored, and an RBI.
– Dustin also went 4-for-5 for the Porkswords with a single, a double, a solo homer, two runs scored, and two RBI.
– Mike carried Loss Mitigation on offense, going 4-for-6 with a double, three home runs, three runs scored, and four RBI.
– Dustin earned the win for the Porkswords, giving up eight runs on eleven hits in six innings, and striking out two.
– Nate took the loss for Loss Mitigation, allowing nine runs on twelve hits in 5.5 innings.

Led by Dylan, Shady Characters Hang On to Beat Cheap Goats 6-5

6 May

Dylan had four hits, including two home runs, and pitched the complete game win as Shady Characters moved to 2-0 on the season

Dylan pitched the complete game and added two homers as Shady Characters took a late lead against Cheap Goats and held off a sixth inning rally to win 6-5, moving to 2-0 on the season. Dylan went 4-for-6 with a single, a double, two homers, and he scored four of the Shady Characters’ six runs. Erich’s two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth put Shady Characters ahead for good, and after one week, the Characters stand as the only undefeated team in the EWL.

Cheap Goats got on the board early in the top of the first. Jordan started the game with a single and moved from first to third when Joey followed with a single. Andrew then doubled, scoring Jordan, and Cheap Goats led 1-0. Cheap Goats had two runners in scoring position and no outs, but Dylan avoided further damage, striking out Christian and retiring Dinger to end the inning.

Dinger took the mound for Cheap Goats, and after allowing a one-out single to Tom K, he retired Tom W to strand the runner and end the inning.

Dylan cruised through the top of the second, and he provided his own run support in the bottom half of the inning, tying the game. With one out, he hit a solo homer, making the score 1-1.

Dylan continued to roll in the top of the third, retiring Andrew and Christian in order, and Shady Characters took the lead in the bottom of the third. Tom W led off the inning with a solo homer, and the score was 2-1. Erich and Dylan each followed with singles, but Dinger cracked down, retiring Tom K to strand both runners and end the inning.

Cheap Goats bounced back in the top of the fourth to take the lead. Dinger led off with a single, and two batters later, Joey hit a two-run homer to left. Andrew followed with a single, but Cheap Goats couldn’t extend the lead. Dylan struck out Christian for the second time in the game, and the score was 3-2.

Shady Characters celebrate at the plate after Tom W’s solo homer in the third.

Shady Characters pulled even in the bottom of the fourth. Dylan doubled with one out, and Tom K drove him in with an RBI single that tied the game at 3-3. Tom followed with a double to put runners on second and third, and Cheap Goats utilized the intentional walk, putting Erich on first to load the bases for Dylan. The maneuver paid off, as Dylan flew out to right-center, stranding three runners and ending the inning.

Dinger singled to start the bottom of the fifth, but Cheap Goats couldn’t pull ahead, as Dylan retired Jordan and Joey to end the inning, and the game remained tied at 3-3.

Tom K led off the bottom of the fifth with a single, and two batters later, Erich crushed a two-run bomb to right, putting Shady Characters ahead 5-3. Dylan added an insurance run, hitting his second homer of the game, extending the Shady Characters lead to 6-3. Dinger retired Tom K to end the inning, and Cheap Goats trailed by three heading into the sixth.

Tom K went 3-for-6 with three singles and scored two runs in the Shady Characters win

Cheap Goats got to work in the top of the sixth, starting when Andrew led off the inning with a solo homer that cut the deficit to 6-4. Christian followed with a double, and two batters later, Jordan singled to put the tying runs in scoring position with Joey at the plate. Joey hit the ball to left, and Christian scored on the play. It looked like Shady Characters were in trouble, but Joey and Jordan got tied up on the bases, as Joey overran Jordan, who got caught between second and third. Tom W made the heads up play, tagging Jordan for the second out of the inning. Cheap Goats stranded the tying and go-ahead run, and Shady Characters held on to win 6-5.

The win moved Shady Characters to 2-0 on the season, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats to 1-1.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dylan led Shady Characters on offense, going 4-for-6 with a single, a double, two homers, three runs scored, and two RBI.
– Joey led Cheap Goats at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a home run, a run scored, and three RBI.
– Dylan pitched the complete game win for Shady Characters, allowing five runs on eleven hits in six innings, and striking out two.
– Dinger took the loss for Cheap Goats, giving up six runs on eleven hits in five innings.

Christian Opens Season with Two-Hitter, Cheap Goats Stampede Porkswords 10-2

5 May

Christian allowed only two hits in a complete game win, and also went 3-for-4 with three doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored.

All five Cheap Goats contributed multiple hits, and Christian allowed only two to the Porkswords, as the Goats cruised to a 10-2 win in their 2018 season opener. Joey had three extra-base hits, Goats rookie Andrew homered in his first career at-bat, and Christian provided his own run support with three doubles, as the Porkswords fell behind early and struggled on offense and defense throughout the game.

Christian retired the side in order in the top of the first, and 2017 EWL Pitch King, Miller, making his first start with the new Porkswords franchise, matched him, retiring the Goats in order in the bottom of the first.

Andrew homered in his first career at-bat and later hit a single a triple, scoring two runs and driving in two, to help lead Cheap Goats to a season opening victory.

Christian continued to roll in the top of the second, and he would get all the run support he needed in the bottom half of the inning. Andrew, making his EWL debut, led off the bottom of the second with a solo homer, making the score 1-0. Christian followed with a double, and two batters later, Jordan hit a one-out single, scoring Christian to make the score 2-0. Joey then tripled, scoring Jordan, and the score was 3-0. Andrew followed with a triple, scoring Joey to push the score to 4-0, and Christian then doubled for the second time in the inning, making the score 5-0. Dinger followed with a single, but Christian was caught out trying to score from second, ending the inning.

Joey led Cheap Goats on offense, going 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, a home run, two runs scored, and three RBI.

The Porkswords continued to struggle in the top of the third, as Christian retired Josh and Dustin in order. Miller bounced back in the bottom of the third, retiring Jordan and Joey consecutively.

Christian retired the side in the top of the fourth, making him perfect through four, and he got even more run support in the bottom of the fourth. Christian doubled with one out, and he scored from second on a Dinger RBI single that made the score 6-0. Jordan followed with a double, scoring Dinger from first, and the score was 7-0. Joey then hit a two-run homer to left-center, and Cheap Goats led 9-0. Andrew followed with a single, but when the next batter, Christian, put the ball in play, it hit Andrew while he was in between first and second to end the inning.

Down nine runs, the Porkswords would get on the board in the top of the fifth. Josh led off the inning with a solo homer, ending Christian’s perfect game bid and making the score 1-0. Two batters later, Miller homered, and the Porkswords trailed 9-2.

Cheap Goats would add one more run in the bottom of the fifth when Jordan hit a one-out solo homer to left, extending the lead to 10-2. Joey followed with a double, but Miller retired Andrew to end the inning.

Jordan connects on one of his three hits. He went 3-for-5 in the season opener, with a single, a double, a home run, three runs scored, and three RBI.

Christian continued to mow down the Porkswords in the top of the sixth, retiring Josh and striking out Dustin to end the inning, giving Cheap Goats a 10-2 win.

The win moved Cheap Goats to 1-0 on the season, and the Porkswords dropped to 0-1.

W: Christian (1-0)
L: Miller (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joey, Andrew, Jordan, and Christian each had three hits in the game for Cheap Goats. Christian had three doubles, and Joey had a double, a triple, and a home run.
– Miller and Josh each had solo homers, the only two hits in the game for the Porkswords.
– Christian pitched the complete game win for Cheap Goats, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out two in six innings.
– Miller took the loss for the Porkswords, giving up ten runs on fourteen hits in five innings.

2018 Ellsworth Wiffleball League Season is Underway

3 May

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Opening Day of the 2018 Ellsworth Wiffleball League season has arrived, as four new squads took the field for the 8th year of wiffleball action in Shadyside.

Reigning MVP, Erich, formerly of Cookies & Cream and now at the helm of a new franchise, Shady Characters, delivered the ceremonial first pitch to EWL Commissioner and former teammate, Joey.

The sun shined brightly on the wiffle diamond, and four rookie players made their EWL debut as part of the biggest roster shakeup in the history of the league.

Stay tuned for coverage of the week 1 games, and vote for the Pabst Blue Ribbon Wiffler of the Week.

The Ellsworth Wiffleball League Returns for a Sixth Season

6 May
Bob, of Questionable Outfit and EWL Wiffler of the Year in 2013, 2014, and 2015, throws out the ceremonial first pitch of the 2016 season to EWL commissioner, Joey, of Cookies & Cream.

Bob, of Questionable Outfit and EWL Wiffler of the Year in 2013, 2014, and 2015, throws out the ceremonial first pitch of the 2016 season to EWL commissioner, Joey, of Cookies & Cream.

The sixth season of wiffleball at the wiffle diamond in Shadyside kicked off on Tuesday night, as Questionable Outfit, Cookies & Cream, The Ham Slams, and Eastbound & Dahn united to exchange blows with the ultimate dream of a Wiffle Series title in mind.

The festivities started with three-time defending MVP Bob of Questionable Outfit throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to EWL commissioner Joey, of Cookies & Cream. The sun shined down on the wiffle diamond, and the wiffle action began as the wiffle gods had intended.

In the first game, Cookies & Cream narrowly defeated the Ham Slams, who featured three rookies. Guthrie, an EWL legend, started the season on fire, carrying his squad to a win with a perfect performance at the plate and a strong performance on the mound.

Next, Questionable Outfit, coming off back-to-back EWL Championships, dominated Eastbound & Dahn 22-0. Despite missing a regular player for week 1 and one of the franchise’s best players, Reilly, for the entire season, Questionable picked up where they left off in 2015, crushing the ball. Nate, Questionable’s newest addition, had the single best EWL debut in history, homering three times and reaching base in his first five at-bats, in addition to pitching a shutout.

For the third game, the upstart Ham Slams trounced Eastbound & Dahn 15-2 as 2015 EWL Rookie of the Year Tim hit for the cycle. Eastbound struggled to hit or field, and the Ham Slams took full advantage of the opportunities.

In the final game, Cookies & Cream exacted some revenge on Questionable Outfit, beating the team they lost to in the 2014 and 2015 Wiffle Series by a score of 10-3, despite missing their best player, Blose, for week 1.

The wiffle action continues next week and will take place at the wiffle diamond every Tuesday night at 6:30PM through August.

Tim Hits for Cycle as Ham Slams Crush Eastbound & Dahn 15-2

6 May
Tim led the Ham Slams to a 15-2 win over Eastbound & Dahn, going 5-for-6 and hitting for the cycle

Tim led the Ham Slams to a 15-2 win over Eastbound & Dahn, going 5-for-6 and hitting for the cycle

The Ham Slams, who each had at least three hits and were led by Tim who hit for the cycle, scored early in often against Eastbound, pulling away early for a 15-2 win.

Andrew made his second consecutive start for the Ham Slams, and he pitched a scoreless frame in the top of the first. BK made his first career start for Eastbound, and he matched Andrew, blanking the Slams in the bottom of the first. The game was scoreless after an inning.

Tim stretches out for a high fly ball in center field

Tim stretches out for a high fly ball in center field

Eastbound would score their first run of the season in the top of the second. With one out, BK doubled, and the next batter, Nate, drove him in with an RBI double to make the score 1-0. Eastbound couldn’t extend the rally, as Andrew retired Christian to end the inning.

Dan and Andrew appear to apply some form of intimidation tactic to Nate of Eastbound, who had just hit an RBI double

Dan and Andrew appear to apply some form of intimidation tactic to Nate of Eastbound, who had just hit an RBI double

Down 1-0, the Slams responded in the bottom of the second. Tim doubled to lead off, and he scored when Bobby followed with an RBI double, tying the game at 1-1. Dan then came to the plate and ripped a two-run bomb to left-center, putting the Slams ahead 3-1. BK regrouped, retiring Josh and Andrew to end the inning.

Andrew had met his innings limit for week 1, so the Slams turned to Tim from the bullpen. He started well, retiring Kyle and BK in order in the top of the third.

The Slams would add to their lead in the bottom of the third. Tim led off the inning with a solo inside-the-park homer, making the score 4-1. Bobby then doubled and moved to second on a Dan groundout. With one out, Josh hit an RBI double, scoring Bobby to make the score 5-1. Andrew would single, scoring Josh from second to push the lead to 6-2. For what may be the first time in league history, Tim capitalized on a host of fielding and throwing errors to get his second inside-the-park homer of the inning, and the Ham Slams led 8-1. BK then retired Bobby to end the inning.

Tim gave up a one-out single to Christian in the top of the fourth, but Eastbound couldn’t rally, as Kyle was retired to end the inning.

Christian went 2-for-4 for Eastbound in a losing effort

Christian went 2-for-4 for Eastbound in a losing effort

The Slams piled on in the bottom of the fourth. Dan singled and moved to second on a Josh single, putting runners on first and second. Andrew then hit an RBI single, scoring Dan to make the score 9-1. Tim followed with an RBI single to score Josh, and Bobby hit an RBI double to score Tim. The next two batters were retired to strand Bobby, but the Slams had scored three more runs to give them an 11-1 lead.

Tim continued to roll in the top of the fifth, retiring the side in order.

Kyle lunges for a spectacular run-saving grab in center field

Kyle lunges for a spectacular run-saving grab in center field

The Ham Slams would put the game away officially in the bottom of the fifth. Andrew doubled to start the inning, and Tim followed with an RBI triple, completing the cycle and making the score 12-1. Bobby singled to put runners on first and third, and Dan followed with a three-run homer, and the Slams led 15-1. Josh singled, and it looked as if the inning would continue, but BK fanned Andrew and retired Tim for the first time in the game to end the inning.

Bobby squares up one of his four hits in the Ham Slams win

Bobby squares up one of his four hits in the Ham Slams win

Down 14 runs, Eastbound had a big deficit to overcome in the top of the sixth. Christian led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a Kyle groundout. BK then hit a one-out single, scoring Christian to cut the score to 15-2. Tim wouldn’t allow a spectacular rally, however, retiring Nate for the second out of the inning, giving the Ham Slams a 15-2 win.

The win moved the Ham Slams to 1-1 on the season, and the loss dropped Eastbound & Dahn to 0-2.

W: Andrew (1-1)
L: BK (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Andrew earned the win for the Ham Slams. He pitched just 2 innings, allowing one run on 2 hits.
– Tim pitched 4 solid innings of relief for the Slams, allowing a single run on 3 hits.
– BK took the loss for Eastbound, giving up 15 runs on 18 hits and striking out one batter in 5 innings pitched.
– Tim led the Ham Slams at the plate, hitting for the cycle while going 5-for-6 with a single, a double, a triple, 2 home runs, 4 runs scored and 5 RBI.
– Josh, Andrew, and Dan each had three hits for the Ham Slams, and Bobby contributed four hits.
– BK led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a single, a double, a run scored, and an RBI.