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Hard Fought Fall Classic

Scott and Benny took the day series two games to one against Gus and Teddy, Lily sabotaged the night game, and Benny walked away with victory on Sunday.
Fall Classic 2006 (5 photos in album)

We had a day of hard-fought, evenly matched, mostly well pitched wiffle. Scott and Benny were in from Vermont trading on their West Bolton credentials. Teddy was in from Maine, bringing the game to a new level with cleats. The first argument started in the first inning of the first game - the West Bolton players will stop at nothing to get an edge.

Benny got on the board in the first with a walk and a homer, 2-0. Scott's pitching was dominant for the Vermonters, with a hard fastball and tough curve which Gus and Teddy had a hard time catching up with. In the third, Gus got on the board with a walk, double and dirty single to make it 2-1. Teddy followed with a single and a double to put them ahead 3-2. Gus added another run in the fifth with a walk, double and single. Final: 4-2.

      1  2  3  4  5  6  7     R
BS    2  0  0  0  0  0  0     2
GT    0  0  3  0  1  0        4

The second game was another pitching duel. Benny busting batters inside, Scott blowing fastballs by hitters, Teddy working neatly around the plate, and Gus finding ways to get out of trouble on a regular basis. Teddy got on the board in the fourth with a walk, single and double, 1-0. It looked like that would hold up, until the sixth. Gus came out to pitch the sixth, with Teddy slated for the seventh. Scott was able to work a dirty single to get a man on and then put one over the fence in left to take a 2-1 lead. That was all the runs they needed as Scott pitched a clean 6th and 7th for the win.

      1  2  3  4  5  6  7     R
SB    0  0  0  0  0  2  0     2
GT    0  0  0  1  0  0  0     1

The pitching started to wear down in game three, the deciding game of the day series. Gus and Teddy optioned to change the rotation after the loss in game two. Scott came right at Teddy in the top of the first, hitting back-to-back short porchers to left, 2-0. After that it was quiet until the fourth, when Gus started to have major control problems. Scott and Benny combined for four runs on a combination of walks, singles and doubles, 6-0 after four. Things looked good for the Vermonters as Scott was slated to pitch the fifth, sixth and seventh. Gus and Teddy had noticed a change in the pitches Scott was throwing - his arm angle was down and he was thowing more offspeed junk than earlier in the day. In the bottom of the fifth they caught up to him. Teddy put two across with a walk and a big homer, 6-2, followed by a walk and a single. Gus brought in those two runners with a fence ball to left center, 6-5. The rally was on, but not for long. Scott came back to add two runs in the top of the sixth with a triple and a series of singles. Final, 8-5.

      1  2  3  4  5  6  7     R
SB    2  0  0  4  0  2  0     8
GT    0  0  0  0  0  5  0     5

The night game was a bit unorganized. Clem and Lily came on for the three-on-three matchup. Let's just say that Lily was having some reality issues. Clem and Teddy combined for seven runs over six innings to win 7-0. Scott had a neat double play on a grounder to right.

      1  2  3  4  5  6  7     R
SLB   0  0  0  0  0  0  0     0
GCT   0  1  2  0  4  0        7

Scott, Benny and Gus played a three-side game on Sunday morning. Benny won, 7-9-5, although he refused to pitch his half inning to Gus which could have made the difference in the game. All three had dead arms and the game was called early to avoid resorting to pitching underhand.

We're looking forward to the Fall Classic '07. Location: TBA.

Created by adm
Last modified 2006-10-16 11:15 AM
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