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Dustin Pitches Gem as Jack Shack Take Commanding Series Lead with 4-2 Win in Game Two

11 Oct

Dustin was in control on the mound, stifling the powerful Cheap Goats lineup, as Jack Shack won game two 4-2

Dustin allowed only two runs on six hits in five innings, silencing the Cheap Goats lineup that tore through the EWL in the second half of the regular season, as Jack Shack won game two 4-2 and took a two-games-to-zero lead in the best-of-seven Wiffle Series championship. Brian had three extra base hits, scored two runs, and earned the save on the mound, putting Cheap Goats in a hole and moving Jack Shack two wins away from a second title.

Christian started on the mound in game two, and after getting shelled in game one, he returned to form early. He retired Brian and Dustin in order in the top of the first.

Jack Shack’s starting pitcher, Dustin, matched him in the bottom of the first, sending Brett and Joey down consecutively, and the game was scoreless through one.

Christian continued to pitch effectively in the top of the second, retiring Turbo and Doc in order.

Dustin once again kept the pace in the bottom of the second, as Christian and Dinger were retired consecutively.

Jack Shack broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third. Blaine led off with a single, and he moved from first to third when Brian followed with a double. With no outs and two runners in scoring position, Dustin grounded out to right for the first out of the inning. Blaine scored on the play, and Jack Shack led 1-0. Brian moved to third on the play, but Christian avoided further damage, retiring the next batter, Turbo, to strand the runner and end the inning.

Brett lands at second after one of his three doubles in the game

Cheap Goats pulled even in the bottom of the third. Brett started the inning with a double, and two batters later, Christian hit a one-out RBI double to score him, tying the game at 1-1. Dustin retired Dinger for the second out of the inning, stranding Christian at second.

Christian got back on track in the top of the fourth, sending Doc and Blaine down in order.

Joey snags a ball in centerfield for an out

Brett led off the bottom of the fourth with a double, and Joey followed with a single, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Cheap Goats were threatening, but Dustin buckled down. He retired Christian and Dinger, who each flew out to center, stranding two runners and ending the inning with the score tied at 1-1.

Jack Shack would pull ahead in the top of the fifth. Brian started the inning with a triple, and the next batter, Dustin, hit an RBI single to score him, putting Jack Shack ahead 2-1. Two batters later, Doc hit a one-out RBI single, and Dustin scored from first on the play, extending the Jack Shack lead to 3-1. Christian then retired Blaine, stranding Doc at first, and ending the inning.

Brian went 3-for-4 with three extra-base hits, and he earned the save on the mound, closing out game two for Jack Shack

Brett doubled to lead off the bottom of the fifth, and two batters later, Christian hit an RBI double to score him, narrowing the score to 3-2. Dustin then retired Dinger to strand Christian at second, ending the inning.

Brian led off the top of the fourth with a solo homer, putting Jack Shack back in front by two runs, 4-2. Two batters later, Turbo hit a one-out triple, but Christian stranded him at third, retiring Doc to end the inning.

Dustin delivers a pitch to Christian, who he outdueled on the mound in Jack Shack’s game two victory

Heading into the bottom of the sixth, Cheap Goats trailed 4-2. Jack Shack turned to their bullpen, bringing Brian to the mound to close things out. He retired the first batter he faced, Brett, before allowing a one-out double to Joey. Cheap Goats had the tying run at the plate, but they couldn’t rally. Brian retired Christian to strand Joey at second, ending the inning, and giving Jack Shack a 4-2 victory in game two.

The win gave Jack Shack a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship series.

W: Dustin (2-0)
L: Christian (1-3)
S: Brian (2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dustin earned the win for Jack Shack, allowing two runs on six hits in five innings.
– Brian pitched one inning of relief for Jack Shack, allowing one hit, no runs, and picking up the save.
– Christian took the loss for Cheap Goats, giving up four runs on seven hits in six innings.
– Brian led Jack Shack on offense, and was the only Jack Shack player with multiple hits. He went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, home run, two runs scored, and an RBI.
– Brett, Joey, and Christian each had multiple hits for Cheap Goats. Brett went 3-for-5 with three triples and two runs scored. Joey went 2-for-5 with a single and a double. Christian went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI.

All Five Jack Shack Players Homer in 10-6 Game One Win Over Cheap Goats

10 Oct

Brian had two hits, including a leadoff homer in the first at-bat of the Wiffle Series, and pitched the complete game win, as Jack Shack remained undefeated as a franchise in their playoff history

The defending EWL champions picked up where they left off in both the first round of the 2020 playoffs and in the 2019 Wiffle Series, as they all homered at least once, combining for seven home runs in a 10-6 game one win over Cheap Goats. Dustin and Turbo each had two homers, Brian homered and picked up the complete game win on the mound, and Doc and Blaine also hit home runs as Jack Shack cruised to an early lead in the best-of-seven Wiffle Series.

Christian took the mound for Cheap Goats, and he fell behind early. Brian led off the game and the Wiffle Series with a solo shot to left-center, putting Jack Shack ahead immediately 1-0. Two batters later, Turbo hit a solo homer to right-center, and Jack Shack led 2-0. Christian then retired Doc to end the inning.

Brian started for Jack Shack, and he faced a similar fate to Christian, as Brett led off the inning with a solo homer, making the score 2-1. Joey followed with a single, but Cheap Goats couldn’t tie the game. Brian retired Christian and Dinger to end the inning, and Jack Shack led by a run.

Jack Shack continued to swing a hot bat in the top of the second. Blaine led off the inning with a solo homer, pushing the score to 3-1. Two batters later, Dustin homered, putting Jack Shack ahead 4-1. Turbo followed with his second consecutive homer, and the back-to-back jacks gave Jack Shack a 5-1 lead. Cheap Goats removed Christian from the mound and brought Dinger in from the bullpen. He retired the first batter he faced, Doc, ending the inning.

With one out in the bottom of the second, Joey hit a solo homer to left, cutting the deficit to 5-2. Cheap Goats couldn’t rally, however, as Brian retired Christian to end the inning.

Joey drove in five of the six Cheap Goats runs

Dinger rolled through the top of the third, retiring the side in order.

Dinger led off the bottom of the third with a double, but Brian stranded the runner, retiring Brett and Joey, and the score remained 5-2.

Dustin hauls in a high fly for an out in center field

Jack Shack extended their lead in the top of the fourth. Turbo singled with one out, and Doc drove him in with a two-run homer to right, putting Jack Shack in front 7-2. Dinger retired Blaine to end the inning, and Cheap Goats trailed by five.

Doc’s two-run homer in the fourth put Jack Shack ahead 7-2.

Dinger singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, and he moved from first to third when Brett followed with a double. Joey cleared the bases with an RBI double, scoring both runners to narrow the Jack Shack lead to 7-4. Brian then retired Christian to strand Joey at second, ending the inning.

Jack Shack immediately made up the difference in the top of the fifth. Brian started the inning with a double, and Dustin drove him in with his second homer of the game, a two-run shot that made the score 9-4. Dinger retired the next two batters to end the inning, and Cheap Goats once again were behind by five runs.

Christian snags a fly ball for an out in right field

Brett doubled with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but Brian stranded yet another Cheap Goats base runner, retiring Joey to end the inning.

Jack Shack added one insurance run in the top of the sixth. Blaine led off the inning with a single, and two batters later, Dustin hit a one-out triple to drive him in, making the score 10-4. Dinger then retired Turbo to end the inning, and Cheap Goats trailed by six heading into their final at-bat.

Dustin went 3-for-5 with a triple, two homers, and four RBI to help lead Jack Shack to victory in game one.

Christian started the bottom of the sixth with a single, and two batters later, Brett doubled to move Christian to third. With one out and two runners in scoring position, Joey doubled, driving in both runners to cut the score to 10-6. Brian would end the rally there, however, as he retired Christian for the second out of the inning, giving Jack Shack a 10-6 victory in game one.

Jack Shack took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven championship series.

W: Brian (3-0)
L: Christian (1-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Brian pitched the complete game win for Jack Shack, allowing six runs on eleven hits.
– Christian took the loss for Cheap Goats, giving up five runs on five hits in 1.5 innings.
– Dinger pitched 4.5 innings of relief for Cheap Goats, allowing five runs on seven hits.
– Dustin and Turbo each had three hits to lead Jack Shack on offense. Dustin went 3-for-5 with a triple, two home runs, two runs scored, and four RBI. Turbo went 3-for-5 with a single, two home runs, three runs scored, and two RBI.
– Brett and Joey led Cheap Goats at the plate, both going 4-for-6. Brett had three doubles, a home run, three runs scored, and an RBI. Joey had a single, two doubles, a home run, a run scored, and five RBI.

Christian of Cheap Goats Voted Pabst Blue Ribbon Wiffler of the Week for Week 2 of the 2020 Playoffs

9 Oct

With one of Cheap Goats’ stars out due to injury, Christian stepped up and delivered one of the best weeks of his career, leading Cheap Goats to the 2020 Wiffle Series and earning Wiffler of the Week honors.

After steadily improving throughout the season, Christian’s 2020 Wiffle campaign peaked during week 2 of the EWL playoffs, when he had six extra-base hits, leading Cheap Goats to a first round win in their series against Shady Characters and the franchise’s first berth in the Wiffle Series.

Christian turned in career numbers during the 2020 regular season and consistently delivered timely hits during Cheap Goat’s second half surge to the regular season pennant. Without veteran Jordan in the lineup, Christian stepped up, making key plays in the field and propelling the Cheap Goats offense to a series-clinching win over Shady Characters.

In a 6-2 loss in game three of the series, Christian went 2-for-3 with two doubles. He was the only Cheap Goats player with multiple hits in the game, and had two of the team’s four hits.

In a 13-6 win in game four of the series, Christian went 5-for-7 with a single, three doubles, a triple, and four runs scored. He also pitched one inning of scoreless relief, closing out the final inning that sent Cheap Goats to the Wiffle Series.

In total, Christian went 7-for-10 with a single, five doubles, a triple, and four runs scored.

This is the first time Christian has been voted PBR Wiffler of the Week in his wiffle career.

Cheap Goats and Jack Shack Meet in Tenth EWL Wiffle Series Championship

29 Sep

Defending champions Jack Shack look to become only the second franchise in EWL history to repeat as champions, as they face Cheap Goats, making their first appearance in the best-of-seven Wiffle Series championship, which begins Tuesday.

Despite the COVID pandemic, a full twenty-game regular season was completed, as well as the best-of-five first round series, and now, only two teams remain.

Jack Shack, the 2019 EWL Champions, finished the regular season 10-10 and earned the #2 seed via tiebreaker. They lost 2019 Wiffle Series Co-MVP Adam R to injury early in the season, and the other 2019 Wiffle Series Co-MVP, Josh D, opted out of the 2020 season. Despite missing two proven veterans and stars, Jack Shack persevered, and with the help of free agent Blaine, they swept Guacamol-yay in the first round of the playoffs. The Jack Shack franchise is now 10-0 in their playoff history, and they have swept all three series that they have been a part of. New captain, Dustin, finished the season swinging a ferocious bat, which carried over to the postseason, as he was named Wiffler of the Week for week 1 of the playoffs. Turbo took a leap from 2020 and became one of the EWL’s elite hitters in 2020, and Brian continued to be a force at the plate and on the mound, setting career highs on both sides of the plate. Doc, an EWL rookie, contributed timely hits in Jack Shack victories, and free-agent signing Blaine was consistently productive with bursts of monster power. Despite being the lower seed, the defending champions will likely be favored heading into the series.

Cheap Goats are making their first appearance in the Wiffle Series after several years of disappointing first round exits. They made the biggest improvement of any team from 2019 to 2020, finishing 13-7 and clinching the #1 seed in the playoffs. Team captain and 2019 Wiffler of the Year Joey produced the best numbers of his ten-year career, setting multiple career highs, and was among the league leaders in every major category throughout the year. Cheap Goats only addition, Brett, won the 2020 EWL batting title, had arguably the best rookie season in the history of the EWL, and is a favorite for multiple 2020 Wiffle Awards. Christian made dramatic offensive improvements in 2020, becoming a key contributor to the Cheap Goats powerful lineup, particularly in the first round of the playoffs, and he also had a strong season on the mound. Ten year EWL veteran Dinger continued to deliver clutch hits and was a workhouse on the mound. Jordan steadily improved at the plate over the course of the season and had started to hit his stride offensively, but suffered a season-ending injury in game four of Cheap Goats’ first round series. The loss of Jordan likely makes #1 seed Cheap Goats the underdog in the series, but a tightly contested series is anticipated.

Cheap Goats won the season series between the teams 4-2, including winning their last three matchups.

The best-of-seven series is scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 29th.

Cheap Goats Lose Jordan to Injury but Clinch Wiffle Series Berth with 13-6 Win Over Shady Characters in Game 4

28 Sep

Christian had the best game of his EWL playoff career, going 5-for-7 with a single, three doubles, and a triple, leading Cheap Goats to a series-clinching game 4 win over Shady Characters

After exiting in the first round at the hands of Shady Characters for the past two seasons, Cheap Goats finally got over the hump, beating Shady Characters 13-6 in game 4, winning the best-of-five first round series 3-1 and advancing to the Wiffle Series for the first time in franchise history. The win didn’t come without damage, however, as Cheap Goats lost their veteran outfielder Jordan to an achilles injury which will likely end his 2020 season. All four Cheap Goats players had three or more hits, including Christian who went 5-for-7 with a single, three doubles, a triple, and four runs scored, and Dinger, who went 6-for-7 with two singles, three doubles, a triple, and five RBI. Dinger also earned the win on the mound, landing Cheap Goats in the 2020 Wiffle Series where Jack Shack await them.

Sam, who was dominant on the mound for Shady Characters in game 3, started game 4 as well. He retired the first batter he faced, Brett, but then got into trouble. Joey doubled, and he scored from second when Jordan followed with an RBI single, putting Cheap Goats ahead 1-0. Christian doubled, putting runners on second and third with one out. Dinger emptied the bases with an RBI triple, scoring Jordan and Christian to put Cheap Goats in front 3-0. Sam then retired Brett to strand Dinger at third, ending the inning.

Jordan is examined by Dustin after injuring his lower left leg in the bottom of the first inning

Dinger took the mound for Cheap Goats, and he was effective early. The first batter he faced, Dylan, grounded out to the mound for the first out of the inning. Jordan, playing left field, took only a few steps on the play, but came up lame with a lower left leg injury. Upon evaluation, Cheap Goats feared that he had ruptured his achilles, and he was sent to the emergency room for further inspection. Dinger allowed a one-out single to Mike, but he retired Sam to strand the runner at first, ending the inning.

Cheap Goats celebrate at the plate after Joey’s solo homer in the top of the second made the score 4-0

Cheap Goats extended their lead in the top of the second. Joey led off the inning with a solo shot to left, and Cheap Goats led 4-0. Christian followed with a single, and he moved from first to third when Dinger followed with a single. Brett flew out to left for the first out of the inning, but Christian tagged and scored on the play, pushing the Cheap Goats lead to 5-0. Sam then retired Joey to strand Dinger at third, ending the inning.

Christian tags and scores on Brett’s sacrifice fly in the second inning

Shady Characters got on the board in the bottom of the second. Dylan singled with one out, and Mike hit an RBI double to score him, cutting the deficit to 5-1. Shady Characters couldn’t extend the rally, however, as Dinger retired Sam to strand Mike at second, ending the inning with Cheap Goats leading by four runs.

Mike went 4-for-6 with two singles, a double, a triple, and two RBI in the loss.

Shady Characters turned to their bullpen, bringing Dylan to the mound, and Cheap Goats took a significant lead in the top of the third. Christian led off with a double, and he moved to third when Dinger singled. With no outs and runners on first and third, Brett crushed a three-run bomb to right, putting Cheap Goats ahead 8-1. Sam retired Joey for the first out of the inning, but Christian followed with a triple. Dinger then doubled, scoring Christian, and Cheap Goats led 9-1. Sam retired Brett to strand Dinger at second, ending the inning, but Shady Characters now trailed by eight runs.

Dinger went 6-for-7 to help carry Cheap Goats, collecting two singles, three doubles, a triple, and five RBI

Dylan hit a one-out double in the bottom of the third, and Mike drove him in with an RBI single, making the score 9-2. Dinger once again avoided further damage, retiring Sam to strand Mike at first, ending the inning.

Christian doubled with one out in the top of the fourth, but Dylan escaped the inning, retiring Dinger to strand the runner at second, and the score remained 9-2.

Christian connects on one of his five hits in the game

Dylan singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, but Dinger continued to strand Shady Characters runners, getting Mike to ground out to left, ending the inning.

Joey doubled with one out in the top of the fifth, but Dylan also stranded more runners, retiring Christian to end the inning, and Shady Characters continued to trail by seven.

Lucas doubled with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but Shady Characters couldn’t plate the run. Dinger retired Dylan for the second out of the inning, stranding Lucas at second.

Up seven, Cheap Goats added some insurance runs in the top of the sixth. Dinger started the inning with a double, and Brett followed with a double, scoring Dinger to extend the Cheap Goats lead to 10-2. Joey then singled, putting runners on first and third with no outs. Dylan retired Christian for the first out of the inning, but Dinger emptied the bases, hitting an RBI double to push the score to 12-2. Brett then tripled, scoring Dinger to put Cheap Goats in front 13-2, but he was caught out trying to extend the hit into an inside-the-park home run, ending the inning.

Dinger was strong on the mound, allowing only two runs in the first five innings before getting into trouble in the sixth

Shady Characters trailed by eleven runs heading into the bottom of the sixth. They would need a miracle to extend their season, which they didn’t get, but they showed heart in their final at-bat of 2020. Mike led off the inning with a triple, and Sam followed with an RBI single, scoring Mike to cut the deficit to ten runs. Lucas then singled, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Dylan came to the plate and launched a three-run blast to right-center, and Shady Characters had cut the score to 13-6. Cheap Goats made a call to the bullpen, bringing Christian to the mound to close things out. Christian retired the next two batters, Mike and Sam, ending the inning, game, and series. Cheap Goats had won game 4 by the score of 13-6, winning the best-of-five series three games to one.

Shady Characters and Cheap Goats shake hands after Cheap Goats win the best-of-five series three games to one, advancing to the 2020 Wiffle Series

The win advanced Cheap Goats to the Wiffle Series, where they will face Jack Shack for the 2020 EWL Wiffle Series Championship.

W: Dinger (2-0)
L: Sam (1-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dinger earned the win for Cheap Goats, allowing six runs on eleven hits in five innings.
– Christian pitched one inning of relief for Cheap Goats, retiring both batters he faced.
– Sam took the loss for Shady Characters, giving up five runs on seven hits in two innings.
– Dylan pitched four innings of relief for Shady Characters, allowing eight runs on twelve hits.
– Christian and Dinger led Cheap Goats on offense. Christian went 5-for-7 with a single, three doubles, a triple, and four runs scored. Dinger went 6-for-7 with two singles, three doubles, a triple, three runs scored, and five RBI.
– Joey also went 4-for-7 in the Cheap Goats win, with a single, two doubles, a home run, three runs scored, and an RBI.
– Mike and Dylan led Shady Characters in the loss. Mike went 4-for-6 with two singles, a double, a triple, a run scored, and two RBI. Dylan went 4-for-6 with two singles, a double, a home run, three runs scored, and three RBI.