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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.

Ham Slams Look to Shock Wiffle World in First Round Matchup with Questionable Outfit

27 Jul
The #4 seed Ham Slams hope to carry their second half momentum into the first round and pull off a historic upset of the #1 seed defending champions Questionable Outfit

The #4 seed Ham Slams hope to carry their second half momentum into the first round and pull off a historic upset of the #1 seed defending champions Questionable Outfit

Although it is the #4 vs. #1 seed matchup, the first round playoff series between the Ham Slams and Questionable Outfit will be the most anticipated first round series in recent memory. The Ham Slams are hoping to make history as the first #4 seed to win an EWL series, and Questionable Outfit are planning to repeat their history of first round success, return to the Wiffle Series for the third consecutive season, and become the first team in EWL history to repeat as Wiffle Champions.

The Ham Slams have history going against them, as the #1 seeds have a 4-0 all-time series record in the first round of the playoffs, and #1 seeds have went 12-2 in first round games. Questionable Outfit is 2-0 in first round series and 6-1 overall in first round games, with their only loss coming in their first playoff game last season, when they lost to Eastbound & Dahn in game 1 before winning games 2, 3, and 4. The Ham Slams are 0-3 in first round series, 4-9 in first round games, and have never advanced to the second round.

The Ham Slams have threatened in the first round, but have narrowly missed advancing to the Wiffle Series multiple times. In 2012, in their first year of existence, they pushed the eventual champion Fish Sticks to the brink, losing in game 5 of the first round. In 2013 they were swept by eventual runners-up Questionable Outfit, and last year, in 2014, they took eventual runners-up Cookies & Cream to a decisive game 5 before falling short.

Tim has led the Ham Slams second half resurgence

Tim has led the Ham Slams second half resurgence

Questionable Outfit are the defending EWL champions, and, like the three champions before them, have an opportunity to become the first repeat champions in history. By advancing past the first round, they would also become the first team to reach the Wiffle Series in three consecutive seasons. Questionable Outfit swept the Ham Slams in 2013 before being swept in the Wiffle Series by Cookies & Cream. Last year, in 2014, they defeated Eastbound & Dahn in 4 games before beating Cookies & Cream in 5 games to claim the title.

The Ham Slams finished in last place in the league standings with an 8-12 record, but they are likely the strongest #4 seed in EWL playoff history. After finishing the first half 1-9, the Ham Slams experienced a dramatic turnaround, going 7-3 in the second half of the season, which included a franchise-record five game winning streak.

Questionable Outfit were consistent, as usual, going 7-3 in both the first and second half, and put together a six game winning streak before losing their last game of the regular season, which had no playoff implications.

Bob and Tom combined for 69 home runs and 99 RBI in 2015

Bob and Tom combined for 69 home runs and 99 RBI in 2015

Questionable Outfit were historically dominant on offense in 2015, breaking multiple records, particularly with their power bats. All four players are a threat to go deep, but they also had three players in the top 5 league leaders for batting average and were the only team to hit over .500 for the season. With Morrison out for the playoffs, Bob is likely the most feared bat in the league, and his historic numbers back it up. Reilly has improved on offense each year and is a dominant power threat. Tom may be the most underrated and overlooked hitter in the league, and Mike picked up where he left off in 2013 after missing 2014, finishing 4th in batting average and slugging while tying the league record for triples. They are as strong as any team defensively, but they present as a Jekyll and Hyde from the mound. Reilly turned in another elite pitching season, but their other pitchers were spotty and inconsistent.

The Ham Slams had the league’s worst run differential, but most of that could be attributed to a few terrible losses. The Slams finished third in most offensive categories, but turned on the gas in the second half of the season. In particular, Tim went on a rampage at the plate after starting the season ice cold, hitting .698 over his final 7 games. Dan was consistent throughout the season, finishing 3rd in batting average. and going deep in 6 of his final 7 games. Alan played in only 2 games in July, but hit well and became a strong fielder as the season progressed. Steve took a step back from his 27 homer All-EWL campaign in 2014, but when on his game, he is as good a fielder as any player in the league and hit 7 home runs in his final 5 games after hitting 2 in his first 10 games. Adam hit .590 with 6 homers in his final 4 games, but has only played in 4 games in the past 6 weeks. The Slams have improved in fielding dramatically over the course of the season, and it may not be a liability for them in the first round series. Their pitching has also improved, and is anchored by Charlie, who started the season 0-7 before reeling off 4 consecutive victories on the mound.

Questionable Outfit won the season series 6-1 and won the first 6 matchups between the two teams before the Ham Slams beat them in their final matchup, the next-to-last game of the 2015 regular season. The Slams have been on the rise all season, but Questionable Outfit are the defending champs with the most potent offense in league history. It should be a great series as the Slams try to carry their momentum and confidence from a strong week 10 into the first round against the legends of the wiffle diamond on Questionable Outfit.

Probable Starters
Game 1 Ham Slams (Charlie) at Questionable Outfit (Reilly)
Game 2 Ham Slams (Tim) at Questionable Outfit (Mike)

Questionable Outfit Storm Past Eastbound & Dahn 10-6 to Return to Wiffle Series

6 Aug
Tom had 6 hits in the series-clinching win to lead Questionable Outfit to a second consecutive Wiffle Series berth

Tom had 6 hits in the series-clinching win to lead Questionable Outfit to a second consecutive Wiffle Series berth

Despite a late rally, Eastbound & Dahn couldn’t extend their series with Questionable Outfit, as the Questionable offense was too much in a 10-6 series clinching victory.

Nate, who had pitched brilliantly in Eastbound’s game 1 victory over Questionable Outfit, started on the mound in game 4. He got into trouble early, and he didn’t last long.

Kimble led off the game with a single, and he scored when the next batter, Bob, crushed a two-run homer to put Questionable ahead 2-0. Morrison followed with a solo homer, and the back-to-back home runs gave Questionable a 3-0 lead before registering an out. Tom would later triple with one out, but Nate avoided further damage in the first, stranding the runner.

Bob would take the hill for Questionable Outfit, and ​he got off to a much better start than Nate. Steve led off the bottom of the first with a single, but he was stranded as Bob pitched a scoreless inning.

Nate bounced back in the top of the second, allowing a leadoff single to Morrison but retiring the next two batters to hold the score at 3-0.

Eastbound would get on the board in the bottom of the second. With one out, Steve crushed a solo homer to left, making the score 3-1. Frosty, an EWL postseason legend making his first appearance of 2014 and his first career appearance with Eastbound, followed with a solo bomb, and the back-to-back homers cut the deficit to 3-2. Bob then retired Nate to end the inning and maintain the one-run lead.

Nate got into more trouble in the top of the third, and he didn’t give himself much leeway before removing himself from the game. Morrison singled with one out, and the next batter, Reilly, crushed a two-run homer to left-center, making the score 5-2. Nate pulled himself from the mound, and Eastbound turned to Christian from the bullpen. The first batter he faced, Tom, doubled, and he moved to third when Bob followed with a single. Questionable had runners on second and third and it looked as if they would blow the game open, but Christian retired Morrison to end the inning, stranding two runners.

Morrison went 5-for-7 with a solo homer in the win

Morrison went 5-for-7 with a solo homer in the win

Eastbound would chip away at the Questionable lead in the bottom of the third. With one out, Steve hit a solo homer to left, his second of the game, cutting the score to 5-3. Eastbound couldn’t add any more runs in the bottom of the third.

Questionable would make up for the lost run sin the top of the fourth. Reilly led off the inning with a double and moved to third when Tom also doubled. Bob then hit a groundball to right, which Nate scooped up for an out, but both Reilly and Tom scored on the play. Christian retired the next batter, Morrison, but Questionable had extended their lead to 7-3.

Bob breezed through the bottom of the fourth, retiring the side in order.

Questionable would add more to their lead in the top of the fifth. Tom singled with one out, and Bob followed with his second two-run homer of the game, moving the score to 9-3. Morrison would follow with a single, but Christian retired Reilly to avoid further damage.

Down 9-3 and with their season slipping away, Eastbound showed heart in the bottom of the fifth inning. Steve led off the inning with a solo homer, his third bomb of the game, cutting the score to 9-4. Frosty followed with a triple, and with one out, Christian lined a two-run homer to right field, making the score 9-6. Steve came back to the plate with one out, but couldn’t hit a fourth homer in as many at-bats, and Bob escaped with a three-run lead.

Tom led off the top of the sixth with a triple, and he scored when Bob hit a sacrifice fly, making the score 10-6. Morrison and Reilly each followed with one out singles, and it looked as if Questionable would put the game away for certain, but Christian retired Tom, stranding both runners.

Trailing four runs and down to their last two outs of the 2014 season, Eastbound couldn’t put together another rally in the bottom of the sixth. Frosty flew out to Bob for the first out of the inning, and Nate grounded out to Tom in left for the second out, ending the game and giving Questionable Outfit a 10-6 win.

Questionable Outfit had won the best-of-five first round series 3 games to 1, clinching a spot in the Wiffle Series for the second consecutive season. They will face their rival, Cookies & Cream, in a rematch of last year’s final.

After taking Cookies & Cream to the brink in round 1 of the 2013 playoffs, Eastbound & Dahn bowed out early again in 2014.

W: Bob (2-0)
L: Nate (1-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob picked up the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings pitched.
– Nate took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits in 2.5 innings. Christian pitched 3.5 innings of relief, allowing 5 runs on 10 hits.
– Bob tied an EWL playoff record with 7 RBI in the game. He went 3-for-6 with a single, 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 7 RBI.
– Tom tied an EWL playoff record with 2 doubles in the game. He went 6-for-8 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, 2 triples, and 4 runs scored.
– Morrison went 5-for-7 with 4 singles, a homer, 2 runs scored, and one RBI.
– Steve led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 4-for-5 with a single, 3 homers, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI.

2013 EWL Playoff Matchups Set

22 Jul

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After 10+ weeks and 20 games, the 2013 EWL regular season has come to a close. Questionable Outfit, a team full of rookies who started the season 0-2, got into a groove midseason and finished 13-7. Their regular season dominance of Cookies & Cream, who also finished 13-7, earned them the tiebreaker and, in their first season as a franchise, the 2013 pennant. As the #1 seed, they will face the Ham Slams, who struggled throughout the season, but started to show signs of improvement toward the end of the regular season. Cookies & Cream will face #3 seed Eastbound & Dahn, who were at times dominant and other times dormant. The first round best-of-five series start this week.

(1) Questionable Outfit (13-7) vs. (4) Ham Slams (6-14)

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Pitching Probables
Game 1: Ham Slams (Charlie) @ Questionable Outfit (Bob)
Game 2: Ham Slams (Josh) @ Questionable Outfit (Mike)
Game 3: Questionable Outfit @ Ham Slams
Game 4: Questionable Outfit @ Ham Slams (if necessary)
Game 5: Ham Slams @ Questionable Outfit (if necessary)

(2) Cookies & Cream (13-7) vs. (3) Eastbound & Dahn (8-12)

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Pitching Probables
Game 1: Eastbound & Dahn (Mark) @ Cookies & Cream (Guthrie)
Game 2: Eastbound & Dahn (Helal) @ Cookies & Cream (Dinger)
Game 3: Cookies & Cream @ Eastbound & Dahn
Game 4: Cookies & Cream @ Eastbound & Dahn (if necessary)
Game 5: Eastbound & Dahn @ Cookies & Cream (if necessary)

Alec’s 8th Inning 2-Run Homer Helps Ham Slams Even Series

29 Jul
The Ham Slams celebrate at home after Alec's 2-run homer in the top of the eighth put them ahead 3-1

The Ham Slams celebrate at home after Alec’s 2-run homer in the top of the eighth put them ahead 3-1

After struggling at the plate all game, Alec took Joey deep for a 2-run homer in the top of the 8th inning, putting the Ham Slams ahead for good 3-1 to even the best-of-five series with the Fish Sticks at one game apiece.

Joey, who had a disappointing season pitching for the Fish Sticks, started game 2 on the mound. Things didn’t start well, as Anthony, the game’s first batter, crushed a solo homer to left-center, putting the Ham Slams ahead 1-0 early. Joey struck out the next batter, Alec, and after Charlie singled with one out, Steve was retired to end the inning.

Steve started for the Ham Slams, and pitched one of the best games of his EWL career. He retired Ivan to start the game, and after Joey singled with one out, Dinger was retired for the second out of the inning, stranding the runner at first.

Joey started to pitch well in the top of the second, retiring Anthony and Alec in order in the top of the second.

Steve cruised through the bottom of the second, retiring Blose and Vassallo in order.

The pitcher’s duel continued in the top of the third. Charlie flew out to center for the first out of the inning, and after Steve singled with one out, Anthony grounded out to left to end the inning.

Ivan flew out to lead off the bottom of the third. Joey doubled with one out, but Steve stranded him at second, getting Dinger to fly out to left for the second out of the inning.

Joey continued to roll in the top of the fourth, sending down Alec and Charlie in order for a scoreless inning.

With the score 1-0, the Fish Sticks would even things up in the bottom of the fourth. Blose grounded out to left for the first out of the inning, but Vassallo followed with a towering fly to deep right-center field. The solo homer tied the game at 1-1. With one out, it looked like the Sticks were set to take the lead when Ivan singled, and Joey followed with a single putting runners on first and second with one out. But Steve got Dinger to ground out to the mound, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

The Sticks would maintain the tie in the top of the fifth, as Joey retired Steve and Anthony in order.

Blose led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a double, and the go-ahead runner was on second with no outs. But Steve buckled down, retiring Vassallo and Ivan by ground out in order, stranding the runner and maintaining the 1-1 tie.

Joey continued to retire Ham Slams in the top of the sixth, as Alec and Charlie were retired consecutively, each flying out to Ivan in right field.

The Sticks were one-run away from a 2-0 series lead, but couldn’t get a base-runner in the bottom of the sixth. Steve retired Joey and Dinger in order, ending the sixth and sending the game to extra innings.

Joey stated on the mound for the Sticks in the top of the seventh, and he continued to pitch well. He retired Steve, and Craig, who was inserted into the lineup, to end the inning.

The Ham Slams also kept their starting pitcher on the mound, and Steve continued to roll. Blose grounded out to left for the first out of the inning, and after a Vassallo single with one out, Ivan grounded out to center for the second out of the inning, stranding the runner at first.

The game headed to the eighth inning, the last inning that either starting pitcher would be available due to the 8 inning pitching limit. Anthony led off the inning with a single, the first hit for a Ham Slam since the third inning. Alec, who was 0-4 with a strikeout at that point, came to the plate and crushed a two-run home run to right field, putting the Ham Slams up 3-1. Joey avoided any further damage, retiring Charlie and Steve to end the inning.

Down two runs, the Sticks would need to respond to extend the game. Joey flew out to the mound for the first out of the inning, and down to their final batter, Steve fanned Dinger to end the inning and the game.

Steve and the Ham Slams had outlasted the Fish Sticks 3-1 in a marathon defensive struggle, and had tied the series at 1-1 with the Ham Slams heading home for games 3 and 4.

W: Steve (1-0)
L: Joey (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Steve pitched the complete game win for the Ham Slams, scattering 7 hits and giving up only 1 ER in 8 innings.
– Anthony led the Ham Slams offensively, going 2 for 5 with a single, a homer, an RBI, and 2 runs scored. Alec went 1 for 5, but his 2-run homer in the top of the 8th won the game for the Ham Slams.
– Vassallo led the Fish Sticks at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a single, a homer, and their only RBI and run scored. Joey also went 3 for 5 with 2 singles and a double.

Les Carries Caucasians to Come-From-Behind Win as Caucasians Take 2-0 Series Lead

29 Jul
Les pitched a gem and went 4 for 4 at the plate as he carried the Caucasians to a 3-2 comeback win

Les pitched a gem and went 4 for 4 at the plate as he carried the Caucasians to a 3-2 comeback win

The Caucasians trailed most of the game, but prevailed late as Les pitched well and had the game-winning RBI in a 3-2 win over Bobby Brown in game 2 of their best-of-five series.

After getting destroyed in game 1, Bobby Brown had a much stronger defensive performance in game 2 against the Caucasians. Les started on the mound against Bobby Brown, and fell behind early. After retiring Mark to start the game, Brad blasted a solo shot to deep left field, putting Bobby Brown up 1-0 early. Les retired Cody to end the inning with a one-run deficit.

Brad's solo bomb in the top of the first put Bobby Brown up 1-0 early

Brad’s solo bomb in the top of the first put Bobby Brown up 1-0 early

Morrison led off the bottom of the first with a double, and moved to third when Ron grounded out to left for the first out of the inning. With one out and a runner on third, Guthrie singled, scoring Morrison and tying the game at 1-1. Les followed with a single, putting runners on first and second with one out, and it looked like the Caucasians were about to repeat their huge first inning in game 1. But Mark, Bobby Brown’s starting pitcher, got out of the jam, retiring the red-hot Morrison to end the first and strand both runners.

Les retired Holly to lead off the top of the second, and after Mark singled with one out, Brad flew out to center for the second out of the inning.

Mark had a much easier second inning, retiring Ron and Guthrie in order for a scoreless frame.

Cody grounded out to left for the first out in the top of the third, and following a Holly single, Mark was retired to end the inning.

Les singled to lead off the bottom of the third, but Mark stranded him at first, retiring Morrison and Ron in order.

Brad grounded out to center for the first out of the top of the fourth, but Bobby Brown would take the lead when Cody hit a solo bomb to center field, making the score 2-1. Les retired Holly to end the inning and minimize the damage.

Cody went deep in the top of the fourth, putting Bobby Brown ahead 2-1

Cody went deep in the top of the fourth, putting Bobby Brown ahead 2-1

As they did in the bottom of the first, the Caucasians immediately responded in the bottom of the fourth. Mark retired Guthrie to start the inning, but Les followed with a solo blast to center, tying the game at 2-2. Morrison followed with a single, but fell down in between first and second trying to extend the hit into a double, and was retired for the second out of the inning.

With the game tied at 2-2, Bobby Brown couldn’t regain the lead in the top of the fifth. Les cruised through the inning, retiring Mark and Brad in order.

Ron led off the bottom of the fifth by flying out to Mark at the mound, and Bobby Brown was an out away from heading into the final frame with the game tied. But the Caucasians, as they have all season, responded when it mattered most. Guthrie singled with one out, and Les followed with a double off the fence. Guthrie raced from first to home to score, putting the Caucasians ahead for the first time in the game 3-2. Morrison followed with a single, putting runners at first and third with one out. But Mark avoided a big inning, getting Ron to ground out to left for the second out of the inning, stranding both runners.

Guthrie singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth and scored when the next batter, Les, hit an RBI double off the fence

Guthrie singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth and scored when the next batter, Les, hit an RBI double off the fence

Down 3-2, Bobby Brown was down to their final at-bat. Cody led off the inning by grounding out to Morrison in left for the first out, but Holly followed with a one-out single. With the tying run at first, Mark doubled, pushing Holly to third and putting runners on second and third. With out one, the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on second, Brad came to the plate. But Les locked down and got Brad to ground out to Morrison in left, stranding both runners to end the inning and the game.

The 3-2 put the Caucasians up 2-0 over Downtown Bobby Brown in their best-of-five series, and putting the Caucasians one win away from returning to the Wiffle Series for the second consecutive season.

W: Les (1-0)
L: Mark (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Les led the Caucasians, going 4 for 4 in the game with 2 singles, a double, a homer, and 2 RBI. He also pitched the complete game win, giving up 2 ER while scattering 6 hits.

Ron Belts Two Homers, Pitches Dentists Past Fish Sticks for 2-1 Series Lead

21 Jul

Ron carried the Dentists to a 4-3 win, putting them up 2-1 in their best-of-five series

Ron went 2 for 3 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI in addition to giving up only 3 earned runs on 3 hits in a complete game win for 4 out of 5 Dentists, giving them a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five series against the Fish Sticks.

After their dramatic comeback victory in game 2, the Dentists were dealt a major blow on gameday coming into game 3. Chris, their staff ace and Pitch King candidate, was ruled out for the week with a herniated disc, leaving Ron as their only regular starter available to pitch. He started game 3, and took command of the game on the mound after early troubles.

He retired Blose in the top of the first for the first out, but the next batter, Dinger, hit a solo laser to left field, putting the Sticks up 1-0 early. Ron retired Joey for the second out of the inning.

Dinger went to the mound for the Fish Sticks, and he also found himself in trouble after retiring Braydn for the first out of the bottom of the first. Marr singled when Blose misplayed a ball in centerfield, and the next batter, Ron, crushed a two-run homer to left-center, putting the Dentists on top 2-1. Dinger then retired Spads for the second out of the inning.

Ron started to get in a groove on the mound in the top of the second, retiring Vassallo and Blose in order.

The Dentists added to their lead in the bottom of the second, as Braydn led off with a home run to deep right field, making the score 3-1. Dinger retired Marr and Ron to end the second, but the Dentists lead had doubled.

Braydn went 1 for 4 with a solo homer, which gave the Dentists a 3-1 lead

Ron continued to remain in control in the top of the third, as Dinger and Joey were retired consecutively be groundout.

Dinger had his first scoreless inning in the bottom of the third, as he retired Spads and Braydn to maintain the two-run deficit.

Ron retired Vassallo to start the top of the fourth, his sixth consecutive retired batter. But the next batter, Blose, had his first hit of Game 3, a solo homer, cutting the score to 3-2. Dinger, who had homered earlier, stepped to the plate next and crushed his second bomb of the game, making back-to-back homers and tying the game a 3-3. The Fish Sticks had drawn even, but couldn’t take the lead, as Ron retired Joey for the second out to end the inning.

Dinger went 2 for 4 with 2 homers, including one that tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fourth

The Dentists took no time at all to regain the lead. Dinger retired Marr for the inning’s first out, but Ron matched Dinger with his second homer of the game, putting the Dentists back on top 4-3. Dinger retired Spads for the second out of the inning, and the Dentists had a one run lead through four innings.

Ron wouldn’t let the Sticks rally in the top of the fifth, as he retired Vassallo and Blose in order for a perfect inning.

Dinger held the Dentists in check in the bottom of the fifth, retiring Braydn and Marr, sending the game to the sixth inning.

The Sticks came to the plate in the top of the sixth inning down a run, needing to plate one to extend the game and avoid falling behind in the series for the first time. But Ron buckled down, getting Dinger and Joey to fly out, ending the game, and securing a 4-3 win for the Dentists. The After losing Game 1, the Dentists had rallied back to take Games 2 and 3 and a 2-1 lead in the series.

Game Notes:
– Dinger led the Sticks at the plate and on the mound. He went 2 for 4 with 2 home runs and 2 RBI, and despite taking the loss pitching a complete game, giving up 4 ER on only 4 hits.
– Ron led the way for the Dentists, picking up the complete game victory by giving up only 3 ER on 3 hits. He also went 2 for 3 at the plate with 2 HR and 3 RBI.

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