Another weekend and another draft. All of the usual suspects threw their names into the draft pool, and our four captains were aiming to claim wiffleball supremacy along with their selected squads. This week we had Ben, Adam, Trench, and Jeremy in the captain slots. Each of them having past experience as a captain and a pedigree of losing to Adam.
The captains’ prior experience showed, and each of them managed to craft a solid and respectable team. Adam’s experience perhaps showing the most by drafting a squad entirely comprised of undervalued sleepers.
Round Robin Recap
Team Trench vs Team Jeremy
Final Score: 6-2
Trench: 3-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Sam: 3-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI
Team Adam vs Team Ben
Final Score: 11-0
Adam: 4-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Heather: 2-4, 1 HR, 4 RBi
Dani: 3-4, 1 RBI
Team Ben vs Team Jeremy
Final Score: 3-5
Paul: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Traz: 2-3, 3 RBI
Team Adam vs Team Trench
Final Score: 13-0
Adam: 4-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Jacob: 2-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Dani: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Team Ben vs Team Trench
Final Score: 0-9
Trench: 4-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Sam: 3-5, 2 2B, 1 RBI
Ellen: 1 HR, 1 RBI
Team Adam vs Team Jeremy
Final Score: 7-0
Adam: 4-5, 3 HR, 3 RBI
Jacob: 3-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI
Dani: 4-5, 1 RBI
The Elimination Game
In his third time being a captain, Ben also managed to qualify for his third elimination game. A rather impressive feat. This time he would be facing off against Jeremy. This would be a true test to really see if ole 40 Card is uncancellable.
Team Ben came out of the gate quickly. Debbi ripped a double batting from the left side, and then she scored off a Yada single in the cleanup spot. In his last elimination game, Ben’s 1-0 lead in the first inning held for the entirety of the game. Could history repeat itself?
It was certainly looking like it could after three innings of play. Team Ben made some noise with a few hits, but they failed to convert. Meanwhile, Team Jeremy was struggling to get anything at all going offensively. They had sent 9 batters up, and they sat 9 batters down at this point in the game.
Team Ben added to their lead in the top of the 4th with a solo shot from Debbi. While it failed to ignite a rally, it bolstered their lead with a much-needed insurance run. Up 2-0 against a hitless team with only an inning and a half left of play, it was looking good for Team Ben.
Jeremy leadoff for his team in the bottom of the 4th. And after a big strikeout, it was looking like they were heading for another hitless inning. But Vanessa managed to break up the no-hitter with a single immediately after. Then Traz came through with one of the biggest hits in the game. A double from him put his team on the board, reduced the lead to one, and put the tieing run in scoring position. Cool Dave remained cool under pressure and roped a ball down the line with two outs, but a piece of the ball was touched as it crossed the line. This meant Traz only advanced to third, and a strikeout from Caroline to end the inning stranded him there.
Team Ben failed to add to their lead in the top of the 5th inning, and they were going to need to shut them down here if they wanted their 2-1 lead to hold.
Jeremy had different plans for his team though, and he leadoff with a solo homerun to tie up the game. It was the only hit in the inning, but it was all that was needed. They had a second chance at life in extra innings.
Jeremy then came through for his team again and recorded the game-winning single in the bottom of the 6th after Team Ben failed to score in the top half of the inning.
The loss makes Ben the first person to be demoted from captaincy twice.
Having won every draft thus far and outscoring opponents 31-0 on the day, the playing of this game really just seemed like a formality for Team Adam. Everyone was ready to crown them and leave. But despite all of this, Team Trench was gonna give it their best effort.
Trench has led a team to victory over Adam in the past, and he was clearly looking to show his team that it could be done again. He leadoff the game with a statement in the form of a monster homerun. The hit set the tone for the game and handed Team Adam their first deficit of the day. The foot stayed on the gas as Sam followed up Trench’s homerun with a double. A single from Ellen drove in Sam, and Team Trench found themselves with a 2-0 lead after a half-inning of play.
Adam responded to Trench’s statement with a leadoff homerun of his own, but the bats remained quiet from there.
Trench’s 2-1 lead remained intact until Adam hit another solo homerun to tie the game at two in the bottom of the 3rd inning. This time his team also came through in the inning. A single from Jacob into a double from Brandon gave Team Adam their first lead of the game at 3-2.
A quick 4th inning that saw only six batters led into a hectic 5th. A Trench single, into a Sam triple, into an Ellen single, restored the lead for Team Trench. Down 3-4, the onus was once again on Team Adam to get something going.
A double paired with a couple of strikeouts and a flyball failed to shift the lead in Team Adam’s favor. If this wasn’t the championship, the game would’ve ended here with a 4-3 win for Team Trench. But because it was the championship, Team Adam still had another two innings to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
Team Trench refused to lay off though and added some insurance runs in the sixth. Hits from Sam, Todd, Mav, and Trench resulted in an additional three runs. Team Adam was now down 3-7 heading into last inning and a half of play.
Team managed to put two more runs on the board off a key double from Elisa, but this only reduced the lead to two. If they were going to win, they would need to make something happen in the last inning.
Team Trench had no intentions of making that an easy task. They put up another three runs with hit singles from Trench, Todd, Ellen, and a double from Mav. Now down five runs in the last half-inning, it was going to take a miracle.
Dani led the inning off with a hard hit flyball to left field. It looked like it had a shot to clear the wall, but the win pulled it down straight into the hands of Trench. But to follow that up, Brandon hit a no-doubter to dead center. Team Adam was hitting the ball hard, and with only one out and a manageable four-rub deficit, the comeback was looking like a real possibility. After a hit from Heather into an absolute Bomb from Adam, the script was writing itself. Only down two with two outs left to play, it was now not only looking possible but likely. We play the game for a reason though. A strikeout out from Elisa into a Flyball to leftfield from Jacob ended the inning and the game. 10-8. Trench does it again.
- Adam – 9
- Trench – 4
- Jacob – 2
- Heather – 1
- Dani – 1
- Ellen -1
- Debbi -1
Best Offensive Male: Adam
Best Defensive Male: Trench
Best Offensive Female: Sam
Best Defensive Female: Yada