Some more photos have surfaced of Mayor Bill Peduto’s legendary appearance at the wiffle diamond this past Tuesday night.
It was a historic night for the Ellsworth Wiffleball League, as Mayor Bill Peduto returned to his old stomping grounds for an appearance prior to the first round playoff action Tuesday night.
The EWL superstars cheered as Pittsburgh’s 60th Mayor strolled into the wiffle diamond and greeted players and fans alike. The Mayor accepted a plaque designating him as a Wiffle Ambassador before posing for several photos with the league. As a Wiffle Ambassador, Mayor Peduto will be charged with “promoting the great past time of wiffleball, testifying to the majesty of the game, representing the wiffle spirit, and exemplifying true wiffleosity.” After accepting the honor, the Mayor then took the mound for a ceremonial first pitch. He stomped in, wound up, and delivered a sinking left-handed wiffle curve across the plate for what appeared to be a strike. The crowd erupted, and the mayor shook hands with the EWL Commissioner before speaking briefly with the league about what they do for a living, where they live, and the history of the league. The Mayor explained that years ago he often played dek hockey on the same grounds which now host the Ellsworth wiffle diamond.
The EWL would like to thank the Mayor for making an appearance and would also like to thank his office for coordinating the event.
Due to a previously scheduled Boys & Girls Club event at the wiffle diamond, only one playoff game was completed Tuesday night. The Ham Slams held on for a dramatic 4-3 win over Cookies & Cream, forcing a pivotal and deciding game 5 which will be played Thursday night. With the series tied at 2-2, the winner will move on the Wiffle Series.
Meanwhile, Eastbound & Dahn and Questionable Outfit will settle their series next week to determine who will advance to the championship round. Questionable Outfit is up 2-1 in the series, and Eastbound & Dahn will have to win two consecutive games to pull off the first round upset.
Stay tuned for photos and a recap of the Ham Slams/Cookies & Cream game 4 matchup.
History will be made at the wiffle diamond in Shadyside tomorrow, as Bill Peduto, the Mayor of Pittsburgh, will be in attendance to throw out the first pitch prior to the start of the regularly scheduled playoff games. The Mayor plans to unleash his “mean, left-handed wiffle curve” as the stars of the Ellsworth Wiffleball League look on. Fans and former EWL players are invited to attend what will go down as one of the most important wiffle events in wiffle history.
Questionable Outfit holds a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-five wiffle series against Eastbound & Dahn. The strong favorites to win the title heading into the playoffs, Questionable looks to advance to the Wiffle Series for the second consecutive year. Eastbound & Dahn stunned Questionable Outfit in the opener of the series, and they hope to win two straight games to pull off the greatest upset the league has seen to date.
Cookies & Cream are ahead of the Ham Slams 2-1 in their best-of-five first round matchup. The series has went back and forth with Cookies & Cream winning games 1 and 3 easily and the Ham Slams controlling the scoring in game 2. Cookies & Cream are the defending champions of the EWL and will attempt to become the first repeat champions, while the Ham Slams hope to advance past the first round for the first time in franchise history.
Wiffle action starts at 6:30PM sharp and will go until approximately 8:30PM.
Reilly bounced back from his game 1 struggles and followed Bob’s game 2 perfect game with a strong performance on the mound, holding Eastbound & Dahn in check as Questionable Outfit took a 2-1 series lead after an 8-2 game 3 victory.
Nate, who was utterly dominant in game 1 of the series, returned to the mound as the game 3 starter for Eastbound & Dahn. Things didn’t fare so well this time around, as Questionable Outfit appeared to have figured out his breaking ball. Tom led off the game with a solo homer, and Questionable was ahead 1-0 early. Morrison would then double, and he scored when Bob followed with a double, making the score 2-0. Reilly grounded out to left-center for the first out of the inning, and Bob moved to third on the play. Tom followed with a one-out single, scoring Bob and putting Questionable ahead 3-0. Morrison followed with a single, and just when it looked like Questionable Outfit would blow the game open, Nate got Bob to fly out to the mound for the second out of the inning, stranding two runners.
Down three runs, Eastbound would respond in the bottom of the first. Ivan led off the a single, and Hartley followed with a two-run shot to left-center, making the score 3-2. It looked as if Reilly’s struggles would continue, but he retired the next two batters, ending the inning and maintaining a one run lead.
The struggles continued for Nate and Eastbound in the top of the second inning. Reilly led off the inning with a double and moved to third when Kimble grounded out for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Morrison, crushed a two-run homer, and the score was 5-2. Bob followed with a single, and Reilly collected his second hit of the inning with a two-run home run, extending the Questionable Outfit lead to 7-2. Eastbound had seen enough from Nate, and after only 1.5 innings he was replaced by Helal on the mound. Helal retired Tom for the second out of the inning, and Eastbound would trail by 5 runs early.
Ivan would single with one out in the bottom of the second, but Eastbound couldn’t cut the deficit, as Reilly retired Hartley to strand the runner.
Morrison doubled to start the top of the third, and he moved to second when Bob grounded out to right for the first out of the inning. Reilly followed with a one-out double, scoring Morrison to extend the lead to 8-2. Helal retired Kimble to end the inning, and Questionable Outfit had a commanding six run lead.
Reilly rolled through the bottom of the third, retiring the side in order.
Helal pitched his first scoreless frame in the top of the fourth, sending Morrison and Bob down consecutively.
Reilly maintained the lead in the bottom half of the inning. After retiring Helal, Ivan hit a one-out triple, but Eastbound couldn’t capitalize, as Hartley was retired for the second out of the inning.
Helal held the lead in the top of the fifth, pitching another scoreless frame. Reilly matched him in the bottom of the fifth, getting Christian to fly out to the mound before striking out Nate to retire the side.
Questionable couldn’t add to their lead in the top of the sixth, as Helal retired Morrison and Bob. Helal had sent down 7 of the last 8 batters he faced, but got no run support to spark a comeback.
Down to their final at-bat, Eastbound went quietly in the bottom of the sixth, as Reilly got both Helal and Ivan to fly out, ending the inning and the game.
The 8-2 win put Questionable Outfit ahead 2-1 in the best-of-five series and one win away from clinching their second consecutive berth in the Wiffle Series.
W: Reilly (1-1)
L: Nate (1-1)
- Reilly pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits while striking out 1 in 6 innings.
- Nate took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, giving up 7 runs on 9 hits in 1.5 innings. Helal pitched 4.5 innings of relief, allowing 1 earned run on 2 hits.
- Morrison led Questionable Outfit on offense, going 4-for-6 with a single, 2 doubles, a homer, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
- Reilly also had 3 hits on the day, going 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
- Ivan led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 3-for-4 with 2 singles, a triple, and a run scored.
After losing game 1 to Eastbound & Dahn in their worst performance of the 2014 season, Questionable Outfit bounced back in game 2 and Bob, the 2013 EWL Wiffler of the Year, pitched one of the most historic outings in league history. Two years after Guthrie pitched the only perfect game in EWL history during the 2012 playoffs, Bob matched him, retiring 12 consecutive Eastbound & Dahn hitters in order in a truly remarkable display.
Bob retired Ivan and Hartley in order in the top of the first, and Questionable Outfit took an early lead in the bottom of half of the inning, providing the only run support Bob would need. Eastbound & Dahn sent Christian to the mound, and he got into trouble after retiring Tom for the first out of the inning. Morrison hit a one out triple, and he scored when Bob followed with a double, making the score 1-0. Reilly would then single, putting runners on first and third. Kimble doubled, scoring both runners, making the score 3-0. Eastbound recorded the second out of the inning when Tom tried to extend the double into a triple and was caught out in between bases.
Christian and Nate were retired in order in the top of the second, and Questionable would add to their lead in the bottom of the inning. Morrison led off the inning with a single, and the next batter, Bob, crushed a two-run blast to right field. Christian retired Reilly for the first out of the inning, but Tom followed with a solo shot, extending the Questionable lead to 6-0. Morrison would fly out for the second out the inning, and Eastbound trailed by 6 runs.
Helal and Ivan were sent down consecutively in the top of the third, and Bob was halfway to perfection. Christian pitched his first scoreless frame in the bottom of the third, and the score remained 6-0.
Hartley and Christian each flew out to the mound in the top of the fourth. Christian pitched another perfect inning in the bottom of the fourth.
Bob retired Nate and Helal, who each grounded out to Kimble in left, in the top of the fifth, and he had retired the game’s first 10 batters. Reilly hit a one-out triple in the bottom of the fifth, but Christian stranded him, retiring Tom to end the inning.
Up 6-0, Bob was two outs away from history in the top of the sixth. Ivan grounded out to left for the first out of the inning, and only Hartley stood between Bob and a perfect game. He hit a high fly to shallow right field, and Morrison camped under it, making the catch and securing only the second no-hitter in EWL history for Bob and Questionable Outfit.
Bob had retired all 12 Eastbound & Dahn hitters in order, and the 6-0 win evened the best-of-five series at 1-1.
W: Bob (1-0)
L: Christian (0-1)
- Bob’s perfect game included 6 innings of shutout, hitless ball. Morrison recorded 7 of the putouts, including the final two in the sixth inning. Seven hitters were retired by groundout, and five were retired by fly out.
- Christian took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing 6 earned runs on 8 hits in 5 innings pitched.
- Tom and Bob led Questionable Outfit at the plate, each going 2-for-5 with a double and a homer, and each producing 3 RBI.
- Morrison and Reilly both went 2-for-4 with a triple and a single.
- Ivan and Hartley each went 0-for-3 for Eastbound, and Christian, Nate, and Helal each went 0-for-2.