Eastbound & Dahn Rise to First Place in EWL Standings

26 May
Nate, who snapped out of an early slump with a career game in week 3, has helped direct Eastbound & Dahn to first place

Nate, who snapped out of an early slump with a career game in week 3, has helped direct Eastbound & Dahn to first place

For the first time in franchise history, Eastbound & Dahn has claimed sole possession of first place in the EWL standings. At 5-1 after three weeks, Eastbound is the EWL’s biggest surprise in 2015. Led by offseason free agent acquisition Morrison, who is having yet another great season on the wiffle diamond, Eastbound has won three straight and has been able to win low and high scoring games. Helal is off to one of the greatest starts on the mound in EWL history, and every member of Eastbound has contributed.

Steve and Eastbound & Dahn have flexed their muscles and their bats in 2015

Steve and Eastbound & Dahn have flexed their muscles and their bats in 2015

Guthrie Pitches Gem as Cookies & Cream Roll Past Questionable Outfit 11-1

26 May
Guthrie was back in classic form, allowing only one run in the Cookies & Cream win

Guthrie was back in classic form, allowing only one run in the Cookies & Cream win

The Cookies & Cream offense came alive for the first time in 2015, as all five players homered and Guthrie kept the Questionable Outfit offense in check in an 11-1 win.

After retiring Reilly for the first out of the game, Bob came to the plate and launched a solo bomb to deep right-center, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 1-0 early. However, this would be the only run Questionable would score in the game. Despite getting at least one base runner in every inning of the game, Questionable could not produce runs, and Guthrie pitched scoreless frames starting in the second inning.

Bob's solo homer in the first was the only offense Questionable Outfit could muster off Guthrie and Cookies & Cream

Bob’s solo homer in the first was the only offense Questionable Outfit could muster off Guthrie and Cookies & Cream

Down 1-0, it didn’t take long for Cookies & Cream to even things up against Mike and Questionable Outfit. Blose led off the bottom of the second with a solo homer, tying the game at 1-1. Vassallo followed with a single, and he scored from first with the help of throwing errors when Guthrie grounded out for the first out of the inning. Joey followed with a double, but Mike stranded him to keep the score at 2-1.

Mike led off the top of the second with a sharply hit ball of the fence. After rounding first and heading toward second, Blose pump-faked throwing the ball at Mike, causing him to skip past second base and allowing Blose to tag him for the first out. Reilly followed with a single, but despite allowing two hits, Guthrie escaped the inning without surrendering the 2-1 Cookies lead.

Mike pitched a scoreless inning in the bottom of the second, and Guthrie matched him in the top of the third.

Cookies would extend their lead in the bottom of the third inning. Joey led off with a single, and after Les flew out to the mound, Blose crushed a two-run bomb, his second homer of the game, to make the score 4-1. Vassallo followed with a solo-shot, and the back-to-back homers gave Cookies & Cream a 5-1 lead.

Vassallo connects on a solo homer off Mike in the bottom of the third

Vassallo connects on a solo homer off Mike in the bottom of the third

Bob singled to lead off the top of the fourth, but Guthrie continued to roll, retiring the side to strand the runner.

Cookies added a few more in the bottom of the fourth. Joey led off the inning with a solo homer, making the score 6-1. Les followed with another solo blast, and Cookies’ second back-to-back homers in the game made the score 7-1.

With Joey on third, Tom approaches a high, looping fly ball

With Joey on third, Tom approaches a high, looping fly ball

Bob hit a one-out double in the top of the fifth, but Questionable struggled to hit Guthrie consistently, as he stranded another runner to maintain the lead.

Cookies & Cream put the game away in the bottom of the fifth. Guthrie led off the inning with a solo homer, and the score was 8-1. Joey doubled, and Les followed with another double, scoring Joey to push the score to 9-1. Blose then hit an RBI single to put Cookies ahead 10-1. Vassallo grounded out for the first out of the inning. Guthrie doubled off the fence, scoring Blose to make the score 11-1. Guthrie was caught in between bases trying to extend the double into a triple, ending the inning.

Les hits an RBI double to drive in Joey from third

Les hits an RBI double to drive in Joey from third

In an unusual position, down 10 runs, Questionable couldn’t rally in the top of the sixth. Reilly hit a one-out double, but as he did all game, Guthrie stranded the runner, ending the inning and the game.

The win moved Cookies & Cream to .500 at 3-3 on the year. The loss dropped Questionable Outfit to 4-2 and into a position other than first place (second place) in the standings for the first time since early 2014.

W: Guthrie (1-1)
L: Mike (2-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:

– Guthrie pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, allowing a single run while scattering 7 hits in 6 innings.
– Mike took the loss for Questionable Outfit, giving up 11 runs on 14 hits in 5 innings.
– Blose led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a single, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Joey also had a good game at the plate, going 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, a triple, a home run, 3 runs scored, and an RBI.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit, going 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a homer, a run scored, and an RBI.

Nate’s Monster Game Carries Eastbound & Dahn to 14-7 Win Over Ham Slams

26 May
Nate went 6-for-7, hitting for the cycle for the first time in is career in an Eastbound & Dahn blowout win

Nate went 6-for-7, hitting for the cycle for the first time in is career in an Eastbound & Dahn blowout win

Nate hit for the cycle, Morrison continued to swing a hot bat, and Christian did enough on the mound, as Eastbound pulled away from the Ham Slams in a 14-7 win.

Tim led off the game for the Ham Slams, and in a rare lefty-lefty matchup, Christian fanned him for the game’s first out. The Slams would get on the board, however, when Steve followed with a solo homer, making the score 1-0. Josh followed with a one-out double, but Christian stranded him to minimize the damage.

Tim also made his first career start on the mound for the Ham Slams. The game’s first batter, Nate, hit a single off the wall, but was caught out trying to extend the hit into a double. Morrison followed with a double, but Tim retired Helal to end the inning, and the Slams remained ahead 1-0.

Dan led off the top of the second with a double, but Christian stranded him at second for a scoreless inning.

Eastbound would pull ahead in the bottom of the second. Christian led off the inning with a triple, and Nate followed with an RBI triple, tying the game at 1-1. Morrison followed with a deep fly ball out to left, but Nate tagged and scored on the play, and the sacrifice fly made the score 2-1. Helal followed with a double, but Tim stranded him to end the inning.

The Ham Slams bounced back in the top of the third to regain the lead. Steve hit a double to lead off the inning, but was caught in between second and third trying to extend the hit into a triple for the first out of the inning. Josh followed with a one-out solo bomb, tying the game at 2-2. After Adam hit a one-out double, Dan drove him in with his second double of the game, and the Slams were ahead 3-2. Alan got the first hit of his young EWL career, an RBI single which scored Dan, putting the Slams in front 4-2.

The back-and-forth battle continued int he bottom of the second when Eastbound would even things up. Nate led off the inning with a double, and Morrison followed with a two-run bomb, tying the game at 4-4. Helal would then double, but Tim stranded him to maintain the tie, striking out Christian and retiring Nate for the first time in the game.

Christian got back on track in the top of the fourth, retiring the side in order. With the game tied at 4-4, Eastbound would pull away in the bottom of the fourth with a historic inning.

Christian scattered 7 runs and had more than enough run support to move Eastbound to 5-1 on the year

Christian scattered 7 runs and had more than enough run support to move Eastbound to 5-1 on the year

In one of the most unusual sequences in EWL history, Eastbound started the bottom of the fourth inning with 7 consecutive singles, which were followed by 2 consecutive homers. The 9 straight hits accounted for 9 runs, and the big inning essentially put the game away. For the second consecutive week, Eastbound had scored 8 or more runs in a single inning late in the game to pull away.

Morrison led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a Helal single. Christian loaded the bases with a single, and Nate drove in two runners with an RBI single to make the score 6-4. Morrison then singled to load the bases, and Helal’s single scored two runs to put Eastbound ahead 8-4. Christian followed with yet another RBI single, the seventh consecutive single, and Eastbound led 9-4. Nate then came to the plate and capped his cycle with a three-run bomb to left-center, clearing the bases and giving Eastbound a 12-4 lead. Morrison put the icing on the cake with a solo homer, and the score was 13-4. Tim would retired Helal and strikeout Christian for the second time in the game to end the inning, but Eastbound’s offense explosion gave them a 9 run lead through four innings.

The Ham Slams chipped away at the lead in the top of the fifth with some singles of their own. Adam led off with a single and moved to second on a Dan single. Alan then singled, scoring Adam to cut the score to 13-5. Tim grounded out to deep center for the first out of the inning. Dan scored on the play, but after the run scored, Alan was caught in between bases for the second out of the inning, and the score was 13-6.

Eastbound would add one more in the bottom of the fifth, when Nate capped his already stellar game with a solo homer, his second bomb of the game, to make the score 14-6.

Christian remained on the mound to close out the game in the top of the sixth. Josh hit a one-out homer to cut the score to 14-7, but the rally ended there, as Christian retired Adam to end the game.

Josh went 3-for-4 with a double, two homers, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI in a Ham Slams loss

Josh went 3-for-4 with a double, two homers, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI in a Ham Slams loss

The win moved Eastbound to 5-1 on the year and into sole possession of first place for the first time in franchise history. The loss dropped the Ham Slams to 0-6.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:

– Christian pitched the complete game win for Eastbound, giving up 7 runs on 12 hits and striking out one in 6 innings.
– Tim took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up 14 runs on 18 hits and fanning 2 in 5 innings pitched.
– Nate led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate in the best game of his career, going 6-for-7 and hitting for the cycle. He had 2 singles, a double, a triple, 2 homers, 5 runs scored, and 7 RBI.
– Morrison also had a big game on offense, going 5-for-7 with 2 singles, a double, 2 home runs, 4 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Josh led the Ham Slams on offense, going 3-for-4 with a double, 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Dan also went 3-for-3 for the Slams with a single, 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, and an RBI.

Morrison’s Bat and Helal’s Arm Lead Eastbound to 2-1 Win Over Questionable Outfit

26 May

Morrison’s two solo homers were the only offense Helal needed, as he stymied the red hot Questionable Outfit bats in a 2-1 win, giving Questionable their first loss of the season.

Reilly started for Questionable, and came into the game 2-0 in 2015, continuing where he left off in 2014. He retired the side in order in the top of the first.

Helal, who pitched two 3-hitters against Cookies & Cream in the first two weeks of the season, also came into the game 2-0. He matched Reilly in the bottom of the first, retiring the side in order and striking out Bob.

Reilly continued to roll in the top of the second, and Helal maintained the scoreless tie with a perfect bottom half of the inning.

Nate led off the top of the third with a single, but was caught out in between bases trying to extend the hit into a double. The next batter, Morrison, crushed a solo shot to deep left-center, putting Eastbound ahead 1-0. Helal followed with a single, but Reilly retired Christian to strand the runner and end the inning.

Questionable bounced right back in the bottom of the third. Tom hit a one-out solo shot to left, tying the game at 1-1. Mike followed with a double, but Helal fanned Reilly for his second strikeout of the game, and the score remained tied.

For the second time in as many innings, Morrison hit a one-out solo homer off Reilly, putting Eastbound ahead 2-1. Eastbound couldn’t muster any more runs off Reilly, but they wouldn’t need any, as Helal continued to dominate.

Bob led off the bottom of the fourth with double, but Helal stranded him at second, and Eastbound led 2-1 through four.

Reilly cruised through the top of the fifth, but Helal did the same in the bottom half of the inning.

Helal singled with one out in the top of the sixth, but Reilly stranded him, and Questionable would head into the bottom of the sixth trailing 2-1.

Down to their final two outs, Questionable continued to struggle against Helal, as he retired Tom and Mike in order, giving Eastbound & Dahn a 2-1 win.

The win moved Eastbound to 4-1 and into a tie for first int he standings. The loss, Questionable’s first of the year and their first since game 2 of the 2014 Wiffle Series, dropped them to 4-1.

W: Helal (3-0)
L: Reilly (2-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:

– Helal pitched the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing only a single run on 4 hits while striking out 2.
– Reilly took the loss for Questionable Outfit, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits in 6 innings pitched.
– Morrison led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 2-for-4 with 2 homers, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Tom provided the only offensive production for Questionable in the loss, going 1-for-4 with a solo homer, a run scored, and an RBI.

Les Homers Late to Lift Cookies & Cream to Dramatic 7-6 Win over Ham Slams

25 May
Les connects on a 3-run homer that put Cookies & Cream ahead 7-6 in the bottom of the fifth

Les connects on a 3-run homer that put Cookies & Cream ahead 7-6 in the bottom of the fifth

In a back-and-forth game, Les’s late 3-run homer was the deciding factor as Cookies & Cream rallied late to top the Ham Slams 7-6.

Joey returned to the mound for Cookies & Cream after taking a week off and he got off to a good start, striking out Steve, the games first batter en route to a scoreless first inning.

Cookies would get on the board early in the bottom of the second. Blose led off the game with a double, and Guthrie’s one-out RBI single made the score 1-0. Joey would follow with a single to put runners on first and second, but Josh, the Slam’s starting pitcher, avoided further trouble by retiring Les to end the inning.

Joey went 3-for-4 at the plate with two singles, a double, and a run scored

Joey went 3-for-4 at the plate with two singles, a double, and a run scored

The Slams bounced back in the top of the second to tie the game. Dan led off the inning with a double, and Steve followed with another double, which scored Dan to make the score 1-1.

Steve went 3-for-5 for the Ham Slams with a single, a double, a triple, a run scored, and 3 RBI

Steve went 3-for-5 for the Ham Slams with a single, a double, a triple, a run scored, and 3 RBI

Cookies fought back in the bottom of the second, as Blose led off the inning with a triple. Vassallo followed with an RBI triple, and the score was 2-1. Guthrie then singled in Vassallo to make the score 3-1 before Josh retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Joey pitched a perfect frame in the top of the third, and Josh matched him, as the score remained 3-1.

Dan was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, with a single, 3 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI

Dan was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, with a single, 3 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI

The Slams got out their bats in the top of the fourth, putting together what was likely their best inning in 2015. Dan led off the inning with a double and scored on a Steve RBI single to make the score 3-2. After Adam singled to put runners on the corners with one out, Tim doubled off the fence, scoring a run to tie the game at 3-3. Dan then hit his third double of the game, clearing the bases to put the Ham Slams back ahead 5-3. With Dan on second, Steve tripled to collect his second RBI of the inning, extending the Slams lead to 6-3. Joey retired the next batter to end the inning, but the Slams had pulled ahead by three runs.

Adam singled and scored during the Ham Slams 5-run top of the fourth

Adam singled and scored during the Ham Slams 5-run top of the fourth

Josh allowed a one-out single to Joey in the bottom of the fourth, but stranded the runner, maintaining the Ham Slams lead.

Joey retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, and Cookies & Cream would bounce back again in the bottom of the fifth.

Joey held the Ham Slams in check before turning the ball over the Blose for the save

Joey held the Ham Slams in check before turning the ball over the Blose for the save

Blose led off the inning with a triple, his second of the game, and scored on a Vassallo groundout to left to cut the deficit to 6-4. Guthrie hit a one-out single and moved to third when Joey followed with a double. With runners on second and third and one out, Les came to the plate and parked one deep over the left field fence. The three-run bomb put Cookies & Cream ahead 7-6, regaining the lead for the second time in the game. Josh retired Blose to end the inning, but the Slams had surrendered the lead again.

For the first time in 2015, Cookies turned to their closer, Blose, to get the last two outs in the top of the sixth. The first batter he faced, Dan, singled to put the tying run on base. But Blose buckled down, retiring Steve and Josh to end the inning, collecting his first save of the season.

The win moved Cookies & Cream to 2-3 on the season, and the Ham Slams remained winless at 0-5.

W: Joey (1-1)
L: Josh (0-1)
S: Blose (1)

Box Score

Game Notes:

– Joey got the win for Cookies & Cream, allowing 6 runs on 9 hits with one strikeout in 5 innings pitched. Blose allowed one hit in one inning, recording the save.
– Josh took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up 7 runs on 11 hits in 5 innings pitched.
– Blose led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, 2 triples, and 3 runs scored.

Eastbound & Dahn Ride 8-Run Inning to 9-3 Win Over Cookies & Cream

25 May
Helal pitched a 3-hitter and went 2-for-4 at the plate in the Eastbound win

Helal pitched a 3-hitter and went 2-for-4 at the plate in the Eastbound win

After managing only one hit off Guthrie of Cookies & Cream through the first four innings, Eastbound erupted in the top of the fifth for 8 runs, pulling away from Cookies in a 9-3 win.

Guthrie made his first start of 2015 for Cookies, and after retiring the game’s first batter, Nate, he gave up a solo homer to Hartley, putting Eastbound ahead 1-0. It would be the last hit Guthrie allowed until Eastbound’s big fifth inning.

Helal started for Eastbound, looking to repeat on the success he had in week 1 when he pitched a three-hit shutout against Cookies & Cream. He cruised through the top of the first, retiring the side in order.

Guthrie pitched a scoreless frame in the top of the second, and Cookies would even things up in the bottom half. Vassallo hit a one-out blast to left, tying the game at 1-1.

Both pitchers retired the sides in order in the third, and the game remained tied at 1-1 through three innings.

Helal, who was dominantn in the Eastbound win, delivers a pitch to Joey

Helal, who was dominantn in the Eastbound win, delivers a pitch to Joey

Guthrie continued to roll in the top of the fourth, and Cookies & Cream pulled ahead for the first time in the game in the bottom of the fourth. Guthrie provided his own run support, leading off the inning with a solo homer. Cookies led 2-1 after four innings, and then things fell apart.

Helal matched Guthrie’s solo homer to lead off the top of the fifth, tying the game at 2-2. Nate followed with another solo homer, and Hartley made it three in a row when he crushed one to dead center. The back-to-back-to-back homers made the score 4-2. Christian followed with a double, and Helal later drove him in with an RBI single to make the score 5-2. Nate then hit a towering two-run bomb, his second blast of the inning, to put Eastbound ahead 7-2. The barrage continued with a Hartley single, followed by Christian hitting a two-run homer to right. Eastbound came into the inning with only one hit, but collected 9 hits in the top of the fifth, and pulled ahead 9-2.

Christian had two extra-base hits in the win, including a double and a 2-run homer that capped Eastbound's 8-run top of the fifth

Christian had two extra-base hits in the win, including a double and a 2-run homer that capped Eastbound’s 8-run top of the fifth

Cookies couldn’t respond in the bottom of the fifth, and Guthrie bounced back with a perfect frame in the top of the sixth.

Down seven, Cookies couldn’t rally in the bottom of the sixth. Vassallo hit a one-out homer to make the score 9-3, but it was too little too late. Helal closed the door, giving Eastbound & Dahn the 9-3 win.

The win moved Eastbound & Dahn to 3-1 on the year, while Cookies & Cream fell to 1-3.

W: Helal (2-0)

L: Guthrie (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:

– Helal pitched the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn, scattering 3 runs on 3 hits in 6 innings.
– Guthrie took the loss for Cookies & Cream, allowing 9 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings.
– Hartley led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 3-for-5 with a single, 2 homers, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Nate, Christian, and Helal also homered for Eastbound in the game.
Vassallo led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 2-for-3 with 2 homers, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored.

Questionable Outfit, led by Reilly’s Four Homers, Top Ham Slams in 17-6 Romp

25 May
Reilly went 6-for-8 at the plate with 4 homers to lead Questionable Outfit in a historic offensive performance against the Ham Slams

Reilly went 6-for-8 at the plate with 4 homers to lead Questionable Outfit in a historic offensive performance against the Ham Slams

Questionable Outfit continued to dominate their opponents, hitting a combined 10 homers as Bob hit for the cycle in his second consecutive game, as they moved to 4-0 with a 17-6 victory over the Ham Slams.

Mike started for Questionable, and he pitched a perfect frame in the top of the first.

The Ham Slams started Charlie on the mound, and he got into trouble immediately in the bottom of the first. Reilly homered to start the game, putting Questionable ahead 1-0. Bob tripled and scored on a Tom double, making the score 2-0. Mike provided his own run support with a two-run bomb, and Questionable was ahead 4-0 through one.

The Slams got on the board in the top of the second when Adam led off the inning with a solo homer. Reilly stopped the damage there, and Questionable led 4-1.

Charlie got the axe after only one inning, as the Slams turned to their bullpen and brought Josh to the mound. He was crushed immediately, putting the Slams in a hole they couldn’t recover from.

Tom led off the bottom of the second with a triple, and he scored when Mike followed with a double, making the score 5-1. Reilly hit an RBI single to score Tom, pushing the score to 6-1, and after Bob doubled, Tom hit a three-run bomb to clear the bases, making the score 9-1. Josh retired Mike, but Reilly followed with a solo-shot to extend the lead to 10-1. Bob singled, and Tom hit his second homer of the inning to make the score 12-1. Tom’s homer was the first of five consecutive homers for Questionable Outfit, a new EWL record. After Tom’s two-run blast, Mike, Reilly, Bob, and Tom, again, hit homers to make the score 16-1. Tom had hit an EWL record three homers in one inning, Questionable had hit 8 homers in the inning, and they had scored 12 runs on 12 hits. The Slams intentionally walked Mike to disrupt the home run streak, and Josh retired Reilly to end the historic inning.

The Slams tried to make the game respectable in the top of the third, putting a few runs on the board. Tim doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on an Adam single. Dan followed with a single, driving in both runners to make the score 16-3, but the rally ended there.

Josh was removed from the mound after the disastrous second inning, and Tim made his first career pitching appears, retiring the side without allowing a run in the bottom of the third.

Both pitchers were perfect in the fourth, and the score remained 16-3.

The Slams would add a few more int he top of the fifth. Josh hit a one-out double, and Tim followed with a two-run homer, cutting the score to 16-5.

Questionable extended the lead in the bottom of the fifth, when Reilly hit a one-out solo homer, his fourth blast of the game, to make the score 17-5.

Dan led off the inning with a single in the top of the sixth, and moved from first-to-third on a Steve double. Josh grounded out for the first out of the inning, and Dan scored on the play to make the score 17-6. Mike then fanned Tim for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Questionable Outfit win.

Questionable Outfit moved to 4-0 on the year, while the Ham Slams dropped to 0-4.

W: Mike (2-0)
L: Charlie (0-4)

Box Score

Game Notes:

– Mike pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 6 runs on 11 hits in 6 innings.
– Charlie took the loss for the Ham Slams in only one inning, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits. Josh pitched one inning of relief, allowing 12 runs on 12 hits with a walk. Tim also pitched 3 innings out of the bullpen, allowing 1 earned run on 4 hits.
– Bob hit for the cycle for the second consecutive game, going 6-for-8 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, a triple, a home run, 4 runs scored, and an RBI.
– Reilly led Questionable, going 6-for-8 with a single, a double, 4 homers, 5 runs scored, and 5 RBI.
– Tom also had a big game at the plate, going 5-for-8 with a double, a triple, 3 homers, 5 runs scored, and 7 RBI.
Tim led the Ham Slams on offense, going 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a home run, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI, and a strikeout.

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