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Mike of Loss Mitigation Doubles Up: Wins PBR Wiffler of the Week for Second Consecutive Week

16 May

Mike, seen here eating a bag of Doritos, was named Pabst Blue Ribbon Wiffler of the Week for the second consecutive week.

Mike of Loss Mitigation became the third player in league history to be named Pabst Blue Ribbon Wiffler of the Week for both of the first two weeks of the regular season. He joins Guthrie, who was named Wiffler of the Week for week 1 and week 2 in 2016, and Bob, who accomplished the feat in 2014.

Mike led Loss Mitigation to two wins in week 2, going 8-for-11 with with two triples and an incredible six homers, maintaining his place atop the EWL League Leaders. His bat was nearly unstoppable as he crushed opposing pitchers inning after inning. He also continued to dominate defensively, coming through with big plays in the field, recording critical putouts for Loss Mitigation.

This is Mike’s ninth PBR Wiffler of the Week Award. He was named Wiffer of the Week in weeks two and three of the 2013 season, the only time he has previously won in consecutive weeks.

Christian’s Walk-Off Homer in Extra Innings Caps Cheap Goats’ Incredible 11-10 Win Over Shady Characters

12 May

Down to their final out with the tying run on base, Christian hit a two-run walk-off home run to give Cheap Goats a highly improbable 11-10 win that will go down in the annals of EWL history.

Trailing by a run and down to their final out, Cheap Goats came from behind in remarkable fashion, as Christian’s two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the 8th inning ended the best game of the 2018 EWL season thus far. As darkness began to fall on the Wiffle Diamond, both teams kept battling, and Cheap Goats ultimately prevailed 11-10 in extra innings, handing Shady Characters their first loss the year.

With Dinger out for week 2, Andrew made his first career start for Cheap Goats, and he fell behind early. Tom W led off the game with a single, and he scored from first on a Tom K RBI single that put Shady Characters ahead 1-0. Andrew retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Andrew, who pitched six innings for Cheap Goats, delivers a pitch to Tom K of Shady Characters

Tom K made his second consecutive start for Shady Characters, and he cruised through the bottom of the first, retiring Jordan and Joey in order.

Shady Characters would add to their lead in the top of the second. Tom W once again singled to start the inning, and he moved from first to third on another Tom K single. With runners on the corners, Dylan grounded out, but Tom W scored on the play, and Shady Characters led 2-0.

Tom K continued to roll in the bottom of the second, again retiring the side in order to maintain a two-run lead.

Andrew send Tom W and Tom K down consecutively in the top of the third, and Cheap Goats would pull ahead in the bottom of the third.

With Tom K at his innings limit for week 2, Shady Characters turned to Dylan from the bullpen, and he retired the first batter he faced, Jordan. With one out, Joey hit a solo homer to deep left, cutting the score to 2-1. Andrew followed with a solo shot, and the back-to-back home runs tied the game at 2-2. Christian then doubled, and Jordan drove him in with a two-run homer to left, putting Cheap Goats ahead 4-2. Dylan had given up four runs and three home runs, and Shady Characters removed him from the mound, and Tom W made his first career pitching appearance in relief. He allowed a single to Joey, but then retired Andrew for the second out, ending the inning with the score 4-2.

Dylan, who got hit hard in 0.5 innings of relief, delivers a pitch to Joey

Cheap Goats had taken the lead, but it wouldn’t last long, as Shady Characters bounced back immediately. Cheap Goats inserted Christian into the game, and he was hit hard. The first batter he faced, Dylan, launched a solo homer to center, narrowing the deficit to 4-3. Erich followed with a double, and he scored from second on Tom W’s RBI double, tying the game at 4-4. Two batters later, Dylan crushed his second homer of the inning, a two-run blast that put Shady Characters ahead 6-4. Erich followed with a solo homer, and the back-to-back jacks extended the Shady Characters lead to 7-4. Tom W then doubled, and it looked as if Shady Characters would blow the game wide open. Christian buckled down, however, retiring Tom K for the second out of the inning. Shady Characters had scored five runs to take a three-run lead.

Erich went 4-for-7 with a single, two doubles, a home run, and four runs scored, continuing his hot start to the 2018 season.

Tom W retired the Cheap Goats in order in the bottom of the fourth, and the score remained 7-4.

Erich singled with one out in the top of the fifth, and Tom W drove him in with an RBI double, making the score 8-4. Tom K followed with a single, but Tom W was caught out trying to score on the play, ending the inning.

Joey connects on one of his four hits in the contest

Joey led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer, his second of the game, cutting the Shady Characters lead to 8-5. Cheap Goats couldn’t rally, however, as Tom W retired Andrew and Christian to end the inning.

Cheap Goats celebrate at the plate after one of Joey’s two home runs in the game

Cheap Goats returned Andrew to the mound in the top of the sixth. Erich doubled with one out, and for the second consecutive inning, Tom W drove him in, this time with another RBI double. Andrew retired Tom K to end the inning, and Cheap Goats trailed 9-5 heading into their final at-bat.

With their backs against the wall and facing a three game losing streak, Cheap Goats rallied. Jordan started the rally with a solo homer, his second blast of the game, which cut the score to 9-6. Joey then singled, and Andrew followed with another single, putting the tying run at the plate. Christian flew out to right, and Tom W was one out away from securing the win. Jordan came to the plate and saved the day for Cheap Goats. He crushed a three-run homer to left, his second of the inning and third of the game, tying the game at 9-9. Tom W then had to face Joey, who had reached base safely in his past four at-bats. Joey couldn’t come through, however, and flew out to center to end the inning. Cheap Goats had scored four runs, three with one out, to tie the game and force extra innings.

Jordan hit three homers, including an epic three-run blast that tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, forcing extra innings.

Andrew remained on the mound for Cheap Goats, and he retired Shady Characters in order in the top of the 7th.

Christian singled with one out in the bottom of the seventh, putting the winning run on base, but Cheap Goats couldn’t capitalize. Jordan, who had carried Cheap Goats back into the game, couldn’t come through this time, as Tom W got him to fly out to center, ending the inning.

Andrew went 3-for-7 with two singles and a home run. He also scored three runs and drove one in.

Shady Characters would pull ahead again in the top of the 8th. Tom W, who had doubled in his last four at-bats, started the inning with a solo homer to left-center, and Shady Characters took the lead, 10-9. Andrew retired the next two batters, Tom K and Dylan, ending the inning, and Cheap Goats once again had their backs against the wall.

Joey started the inning, and he hit a high fly ball to right-center that was caught for the first out of the inning. Down to their last out, Cheap Goats stayed alive when Andrew singled, putting the tying run on base. Christian came to the plate with hopes to extend the game. Instead, he ended it, when he launched a towering blast to right field, which cleared the fence. The two-run walk-off homer ended the extra innings instant classic between Cheap Goats and Shady Characters, giving Cheap Goats an 11-10 victory.

Christian awaits a pitch in extra innings. He had hits in both the seventh and eighth innings, including the game-winning walk-off homer.

The win moved Cheap Goats to 2-2 on the season, and Shady Characters dropped to 3-1.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joey and Jordan led Cheap Goats on offense. Joey went 4-for-7 with two singles, two home runs, three runs scored, and two RBI. Jordan went 3-for-7 with three homers, three runs scored, and six RBI.
– Tom W led Shady Characters at the plate, going 7-for-8 with two singles, four doubles, a home run, four runs scored, and five RBI.
– Andrew earned the win for Cheap Goats, allowing four runs on seven hits in six innings.
– Christian pitched two innings of relief for Cheap Goats, giving up six runs on nine hits.
– Tom W took the loss for Shady Characters. He allowed seven runs on nine hits in five innings of relief.
– Tom K started the game for Shady Characters and earned a no decision, allowing no runs or hits in two innings.
– Dylan also pitched 0.5 innings of relief for Shady Characters, giving up four runs on four hits.

Shady Characters Rally Late to Top Porkswords 7-6 and Remain Undefeated

11 May

Erich was once again electric at the plate, going 4-for-5 with four extra-base hits, and he also scored the winning run in Shady Characters victory over the Porkswords

After trailing 6-2 midway through their week two matchup with the Porkswords, Shady Characters scored five unanswered runs over the final three innings, punctuated by Tom W’s game-winning RBI double in the sixth, to win 7-6 and move to 3-0 on the season. 2017 EWL Wiffler of the Year, Erich, scored the game-winning run and continued to dominate, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two home runs, and five RBI to lead Shady Characters. Tom K pitched the complete game win, becoming the first EWL pitcher with multiple wins in 2018.

Following what was likely the worst outing of his EWL career, Miller took the mound for the Porkswords in his second start of the young season, and he fell behind early. Tom W led off the game with a double, and two batters later, Dylan singled to put runners on the corners with one out. Erich cleared the bases with an RBI double, and Shady Characters led 2-0. Miller then retired Tom W to end the inning.

Steve connects on one of his doubles in the Porkswords loss.

The Porkswords bounced right back in the bottom of the first, tying the game. Josh started the inning with a double, and two batters later, Dustin crushed a two-run blast to left, and the score was 2-2.

Miller settled down on the mound in the top of the second, and after Dylan singled with one out, Erich was retired to strand the runner and end the inning. He would get run support in the bottom half of the second.

Miller, captain of the Porkswords, instructs his fielders from the mound

John reached base safely in his third consecutive at-bat to start his EWL career, hitting a triple to start the inning. Two batters later, Steve drove him in with an RBI double that put the Porkswords ahead 3-2. Dustin followed with an RBI single to score Steve, and the score was 4-2. Miller then doubled to score Dustin, and John collected another hit, an RBI single that scored Miller to push the score to 6-2. Tom K finally escaped the inning, retiring Josh for the second out.

Tom W led off the top of the third with a single, but Shady Characters couldn’t rally, as Miller retired the next two batters to strand the runner and end the inning. Tom K matched him in the bottom of the third, and the score remained 6-2.

Shady Characters started their rally in the top of the fourth, as their bats came alive. Erich led off the inning with a double, and Tom W followed with an RBI single. Tom was caught in between first and second on the play, recording the first out, but the deficit was cut to 6-3. Tom K and Dylan each singled, and Erich once again cleared the bases with a three-run blast to right that tied the game at 6-6. Miller then retired Tom W to end the inning, but the four run lead had been blown and the game was tied.

Miller started the bottom of the fourth with a double, but the Porkswords couldn’t plate him, as Tom K retired John and Josh to strand the runner and end the inning.

Tom K moved to 2-0 on the season, pitching the complete game victory for Shady Characters

Shady Characters went down in order in the top of the fifth, as did the Porkswords, and the game was tied at 6-6 entering the final inning.

Erich doubled for the third time in the game to start the top of the sixth, and Shady Characters pulled back ahead when Tom hit an RBI double. The hit scored Erich and pushed the score to 7-6. Miller avoided further damage, retiring Tom K and Dylan to strand Tom W at third, and the Porkswords trailed by a run.

Miller led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, putting the tying run on base. John then singled, but Miller was forced out at second for the first out of the inning. Josh was at the plate as the winning run, with John, the tying run, on first. But Tom K cracked down, getting Josh to ground out to right for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Shady Characters a 7-6 come-from-behind win.

The win moved Shady Characters to 3-0 on the season, and the loss dropped the Porkswords to 1-2.

W: Tom K (2-0)
L: Miller (0-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Erich led Shady Characters on offense, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two home runs, three runs scored, and five RBI.
– Tom W also contributed four hits for Shady Characters, going 4-for-6 with two singles, two doubles, a run scored, and two RBI.
– Miller and John each had three hits for the Porkswords. Miller went 3-for-4 with a single, two doubles, and a run scored. John went 3-for-4 with two singles, a triple, a run scored, and an RBI.
– Tom K earned the complete game win for Shady Characters, giving up six runs on eleven hits in six innings.
– Miller took the loss for the Porkswords, allowing seven runs on twelve hits in six innings.

Mike and Bob Dominant as Loss Mitigation Pounds Cheap Goats 12-4

10 May

Questionable Outfit celebrate at the plate after one of Mike’s four homers. He went deep in his first four at-bats, leading Loss Mitigation to their first win of the 2018 season.

Mike continued his torrid start to the 2018 season, hitting home runs in his first four at-bats of the game and later adding a triple, as Loss Mitigation pulled ahead early and never looked back in a 12-4 win over Cheap Goats. Four time EWL Wiffler of the Year, Bob, started to warm up his bat as well, going 5-for-6 with a single, two triples, and two homers in a game that was never in question.

Norris started on the mound for Loss Mitigation, and he gave up an early lead to Cheap Goats. Joey singled with one out, and Andrew followed with a two-run blast to left, putting Cheap Goats ahead 2-0. Loss Mitigation would make up the runs, and more, in the bottom half of the inning.

After a strong performance in week one, Christian was pelted by Loss Mitigation in week two. Bob tripled to start the bottom of the first, and Mike followed with a two-run homer to left-center, tying the game at 2-2. Two batters later, Norris hit a triple, and Bob drove him in with an RBI triple that gave Loss Mitigation a 3-2 lead. Mike then homered for the second time in the inning, and his two-run blast made the score 5-2. Nate then singled, but Christian ended the rough first inning by retiring Norris. Loss Mitigation led by three runs after an inning, and they wouldn’t look back.

Mike makes yet another leaping catch, as his pitcher, Norris, watches.

Down by three, Cheap Goats put a dent in the deficit in the top of the second when Joey hit a one-out solo homer. Norris then retired Andrew to end the inning, and the score was 5-3.

Loss Mitigation made up the run in the bottom of the second. With one out, Mike homered in his third consecutive at-bat, putting Loss Mitigation ahead by three runs with the score 6-3.

Norris retired Cheap Goats in order in the top of the third, and Loss Mitigation added a few more in the bottom half of the inning. Bob homered with one out, and his solo shot made the score 7-3. For the fourth time in as many at-bats, Mike crushed yet another homer, and his fourth blast extended the Loss Mitigation lead to 8-3.

Bob watches one of his five hits take flight. He returned to classic Bob form, going 5-for-6 with four extra-bast hits in the Loss Mitigation win.

Joey led off the top of the fourth with a solo homer, which cut the score to 8-4. Andrew followed with a double, but was caught out trying to extend the hit into a triple. Christian also doubled in the inning, but Norris retired Jordan to strand the runner and end the inning.

Mike of Loss Mitigation makes a tough catch on a towering fly ball, retiring Joey

Loss Mitigation kept tallying runs in the bottom of the fourth. Bob singled with one out, and although Christian finally kept Mike in the park, he gave up an RBI triple, scoring Bob to make the score 9-4. Nate followed with an RBI single to score Mike, putting Loss Mitigation ahead 10-4.

Norris kept the Cheap Goats’ bats in check, allowing four runs on six hits in a complete game win.

Cheap Goats went down in order in the top of the fifth, and Loss Mitigation added a few more in the bottom half of the inning. Bob started the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer, his second blast of the game, making the score 11-4. Two batters later, Nate hit a one-out solo homer, and Loss Mitigation led 12-4 heading into the sixth.

Nate’s late solo homer was the last of twelve runs in a Loss Mitigation blowout win.

Norris sent Cheap Goats down quietly in the top of the sixth, retiring Christian and Jordan in order, as Loss Mitigation picked up their first win of the season with the 12-4 victory.

The win moved Loss Mitigation to 1-2 on the year, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats to 1-2.

W: Norris (1-1)
L: Christian (1-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Mike had a legendary performance at the plate, going 5-for-6 with four home runs, a triple, five runs scored, and seven RBI.
– Bob also had a big game for Loss Mitigation, going 5-for-6 with a single, two triples, two home runs, five runs scored, and three RBI.
– Joey led Cheap Goats on offense, going 3-for-4 with a single, two home runs, three runs scored, and two RBI.
– Norris earned the win for Loss Mitigation, allowing four runs on six hits in six innings.
– Christian took the loss for Cheap Goats, giving up twelve runs on fourteen hits in five innings.

Les Hits Walk-Off Single to Give Cookies & Cream 7-6 Win Over Eastbound & Dahn

29 May

After a dramatic at-bat, Les hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to give Cookies & Cream their first win in 2017

In what may be his final career appearance on the Wiffle Diamond, Les, who has played sparingly since being an original member of 2012 champions the Caucasians, suited up for Cookies & Cream and hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to lead them to victory. After an epic at-bat that included nearly ten foul balls, Les roped a single to left, scoring Jordan from second and giving Cookies & Cream the win.

Guthrie started on the mound for Cookies & Cream, and after giving up a one-out single to BK in the top of the first, he retired Helal to strand the runner and end the inning.

BK took the mound for Eastbound, and he cruised through the bottom of the second, retiring the side in order, and the game was tied through an inning.

Guthrie continued to roll in the top of the second, sending both of Eastbound’s Nates down in order.

Cookies would get on the board in the bottom of the second immediately when Erich led of the inning with a solo shot to right, and the score was 1-0. Two batters later, Les hit a one out single, and Guthrie followed with a two-run shot to left-center, putting Cookies ahead 3-0. BK then retired Joey, ending the inning.

Guthrie remained effective in the top of the third, sending BK and Helal down in order, and Cookies led 3-0.

Guthrie would provide himself some insurance runs in the bottom of the third. Erich and Jordan each singled, and after a Les groundout that advanced the runners, Guthrie hit a one-out double that cleared the bases, and Cookies & Cream led 5-0. Helal retired Joey for the second out of the inning, and Eastbound trailed by five.

After dominating the first half of the game, Guthrie got into trouble in the fourth and wouldn’t make it through the inning. The first batter he faced, Nate O, tripled, and Nate C drove him in with an RBI double to put Eastbound on the board. After a BK single put runners on the corners, Helal doubled to empty the bases, and the score was 5-3. The Eastbound rally continued when Nate O hit a two-run blast to center, tying the game at 5-5. Eastbound had chased Guthrie from the game and tied the score with five consecutive hits in the bottom of the third. Cookies brought Joey into the game, and he escaped the inning with the game tied. He retired Nate C for the first out of the inning, and after a BK single, Helal was retired for the second out of the inning.

Eastbound also made a pitching change, bringing Helal to the mound in the bottom of the fourth. He retired the side in order, and the score was 5-5 heading into the fifth.

Nate C would single with out out in the top of the fifth, but he was stranded when BK grounded out to end the inning.

Cookies & Cream would reclaim the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Guthrie hit a one-out solo homer, making the score 6-5. Helal retired Joey to end the inning, and Eastbound trailed by a run heading into their final at-bat.

Joey retired Helal to start the inning, and Eastbound was down to their last out when Nate O hit a line drive off the fence. After a series of fielding and throwing errors, Nate raced around the bases for an inside-the-park homer, tying the game at 6-6. Joey retired Nate C to end the inning, and Eastbound had rallied the for the second time in the game.

Helal remained on the mound in the bottom of the sixth, and he retired Erich for the first out of the inning. Jordan followed with a single, and the tying run was on base. Les came to the plate, and he fouled off pitch after pitch, as the drama escalated. Les finally connected on a towering fly ball to left, and just as it looked like he would hit a walk-off two run homer, the ball trailed into foul territory for yet another foul. A few foul balls later, Les finally connected on a frozen rope off the fence in left. Jordan raced around the bases from first and scored. Les’s walk-off hit gave Cookies & Cream the 7-6 win.

Cookies & Cream earned their first win of the year, moving to 1-3. The loss dropped Eastbound & Dahn to 2-2.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joey earned the win for Cookies & Cream, pitching three innings of relief, giving up a run on three hits. Guthrie took the no decision in three innings, allowing five runs on six hits.
– Helal took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing four runs on five hits in 2.5 innings. BK got a no decision, pitching three innings and giving up three runs on four hits.
– Guthrie led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs, two runs scored, and five RBI.
– Nate O led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 3-for-5 with a triple, two homers, three runs scored, and five RBI.

Questionable Outfit Outlasts Ham Slams 6-4 in Epic Eight Inning Battle

29 May

Mike’s two-run homer in the top of the eighth put Questionable Outfit ahead for good

In one of the best regular season games in recent memory, the Ham Slams and Questionable Outfit battled back and forth for eight innings before Questionable Outfit finally pulled way to a 6-4 victory. Mike’s two-run homer in the top of the eight put Questionable Outfit ahead for good, and after multiple comebacks earlier in the game, the Ham Slams were out of gas. Bob pitched all eight innings for the complete game win, and Questionable Outfit remained undefeated for the season.

Dustin took the mound for the Ham Slams, and after giving up a leadoff single to Bob, he escaped the inning by getting Tom to groundout to left, and Bob was doubled up on the play, ending the inning.

Bob cruised through the bottom of the first, retiring Josh before striking out Dustin for the second out of the inning.

Questionable Outfit would jump out to a lead in the top of the second. Mike led off the inning with a double, and Miller drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 1-0. Bob followed with a two-run blast to right, and Questionable Outfit led 3-0. Tom then singled, and when Mike followed with a single, it looked as if Questionable would blow the game open. However, when the next batter, Miller, grounded out to Dustin, he stepped on the mound to double up Tom, and the inning was over. The Ham Slams trailed 3-0, but the deficit could have been bigger.

The Ham Slams bounced back in the bottom of the second, cutting into the Questionable Outfit lead. Eric led off the inning with a single, and two batters later, Josh hit a two-run homer, and the score was 3-2. Dustin followed with a single, but Bob stranded him, retiring Eric to end the inning.

Dustin rolled through the top of the third, retiring Bob and Tom in order, and the Ham Slams would draw even in the bottom of the third, when Steve led off the inning with a solo homer. Bob retired Josh and Dustin to end the inning, but the Slams had tied the game at 3-3.

Dustin remained effective in the top of the fourth, retiring Mike and Miller consecutive.y Bob matched him in the bottom half of the inning, and the score was 3-3 through four innings.

Kimble doubled with one out in the top of the fifth, but Questionable couldn’t plate a run, as Dustin retired Mike for the second out of the inning, stranding the runner. Bob pitched a scoreless frame in the bottom of the fifth, and the game remained tied.

Bob pitched all eight innings for the complete game win and also went 3-for-6 at the plate with a single, a double, and a two-run homer

Questionable couldn’t take the lead in the top of the sixth, as Miller and Bob were sent down in order, and the Slams had a chance to walk off with a win in the bottom of the sixth.

Eric singled to lead off the inning, but the Slams couldn’t capitalize, as Bob retired Dustin and Josh to strand the runner and sent the game to extra innings.

Questionable would pull back ahead in the top of the seventh, when Mike hit a one-out homer to deep left center, making the score 4-3. Dustin retired Miller to end the inning, and the Slams would need to score to extend the game.

Dustin helped his own cause in the bottom half of the inning, leading off with a solo homer to tie the game at 4-4. The Slams once again couldn’t walk off with a win, as Bob retired Eric and Steve to end the inning and send the game to the eighth.

Dustin’s solo homer to lead off the bottom of the seventh sent the game to the eighth inning

Bob started the top of the eighth with a double, and two batters later, Mike hit a towering two-run bomb to left, his second extra-innings homer of the game, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 6-4. Dustin retired Miller to end the inning, and the Slams would once again have to rally to stay alive in the game.

For the second consecutive inning, Dustin came through for the Slams, doubling with one out. The tying runner was at the plate, but the Slams couldn’t come through this time, as Bob retired Eric for the second out, ending the game and giving Questionable Outfit the 6-4 win.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob pitched all eight innings for Questionable Outfit, earning the complete game win, while allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out one.
– Dustin also pitched all eight innings for the Ham Slams, taking the loss and giving up six runs on ten hits.
– Both pitchers tied the single game record for innings, with eight.
– Mike led Questionable Outfit at the plate, going 4-for-6 with a single, a double, two home runs, three runs scored, and three RBI. Mike put Questionable ahead in the seventh and then hit the game-winning homer in the eighth.
– Dustin led the Ham Slams on offense, going 3-for-6 with a single, a double, a home run, a run scored, and an RBI.

Nate and BK Lead Eastbound & Dahn to 6-2 Win Over Ham Slams

21 May

BK allowed only two runs on seven hits in the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn

Nate O’s three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth put the game out of reach for the Ham Slams, and Eastbound & Dahn’s 6-2 win gave them a winning record in the standings for the first time in nearly a year and a half. BK allowed only two runs in a complete game win, and Nate went 2-for-4, driving in four runs in his first appearance on the Wiffle Diamond in 2017.

BK gave up a leadoff single to Josh to start the top of the first, and he stranded him, retiring Dustin and striking out Steve to end the inning.

Josh took the mound for the Ham Slams, and he matched BK in the bottom of the first. After allowing a leadoff single to Nate C, he got BK to groundout to left, and Nate was doubled up on the play, ending the inning.

The Ham Slams took the lead in the top of the second. Josh singled with one out, and Dustin hit an RBI triple, scoring Josh from first to make the score 1-0. The Slams couldn’t plate Dustin from third, however, as BK got Steve to fly out to right to end the inning.

Eastbound bounced right back in the bottom of the second. Helal tripled to start the inning, and Nate O, in his first at-bat of 2017, grounded out to center, allowing Helal to score on the play to tie the game at 1-1. Nate C put Eastbound ahead when he followed with a solo homer to center, the first of his career. Josh retired BK to end the inning, and Eastbound led 2-1.

BK cruised through the top of the third, retiring Dan and striking out Josh to maintain the one-run lead.

Nate O got his first hit of 2017 when he doubled with one out in the bottom of the third, but Josh stranded him, retiring Nate C to end the inning.

The Slams would even things up in the top of the fourth. Steve hit a one-out double, and Dan got his first hit of 2017, an RBI single to score Steve and tie the game at 2-2. The Slams couldn’t pull ahead, as BK retired Josh to strand Dan at first and end the inning.

Eastbound’s two Nates converge on a fly ball in deep right center field. The Nates combined for five hits and drove in five of the six Eastbound & Dahn runs.

Josh rolled through the bottom of the fourth, retiring BK and Helal in order, and the score remained 2-2.

BK matched Josh in the top of the fifth, sending Dustin and Steve down consecutively.

Eastbound would break the game open in the bottom of the fifth, pulling away from the Slams with a series of hits. Josh retired Nate O for the first out of the inning, but Nate C followed with a one-out single. BK then singled to put runners on first and third, and when Helal became the third consecutive Eastbound hitter to single, Nate scored from second, making the score 3-2. With one out and runners on first and second, Nate O put the game away, hitting a three-run blast to clear the bases and put Eastbound ahead 6-2. Josh retired Nate C to end the inning, but the Slams, who came into the inning tied with Eastbound, now trailed by four heading into the sixth.

BK stayed on the mound to close things out, and it looked as if he would be in trouble. Dan and Josh each singled to start the top of the sixth, and the Ham Slams had two runners on with no outs. But BK buckled down, getting Dustin to fly out to shallow right for the first out of the inning, and the runners did not advance. Steve then flew out for the second out of the inning, stranding both runners to end the game, giving Eastbound & Dahn the 6-2 win.

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

W: BK (1-1)
L: Josh (0-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– BK pitched the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out two in six innings.
– Josh took the loss for the Ham Slams, givinv up six runs on eight hits in five innings.
– Nate O led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, a run scored, and four RBI.
– Nate C went 3-for-5 for Eastbound, with two singles, a home run, two runs scored, and an RBI.
– Josh led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three singles and a run scored.