On a hot, but beautiful night in Oakland Thursday, the red rubber ball was once again flying around Mosswood Park. With Krusty Krab Pizza and Ginger Balls the only two undefeated teams left in the Fall 2015 – Oakland Division, would these teams stay undefeated for another week? How about an unbeaten Whistle Kicks team who settled for a tie in Week 2? Let’s get to the recaps on this America themed night in Oakland and see how your favorite team did.
Baby Bouncies Bounce away Whistle Kicks to their First Win
In a tale of two different teams, the veteran Whistle Kicks looked to extend their unbeaten streak, while rookie team Baby Bouncies were searching for their first win of the Fall campaign. The game was a defensive powerhouse for the first 4 innings with both teams loading the bases multiple times, but getting key defensive plays to out of the jam. In the top of the 5th, Baby Bouncies, got their lead off runner to third base on an errant throw to first. A sac fly would get the runner home and give Bouncies a 1-0 lead. The wheels fell off for the Kicks in the top of the 6th via the walk and then giving up key base hits, which allowed the Bouncies to add 5 more runs to make it 6-0. However, Whistle Kicks wouldn’t go down without a fight. With the top of their lineup in play, the Kicks would get 3 runs of their own to make it 6-3. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as a pop out to third ended the game securing the win for Baby Bouncies. In Week 4, Baby Bouncies looks for a win against Ginger Balls, while Whistle Kicks looks to bounce back with a win against Wasted Wookies.
I’d Hit That Execute against Welcome to Death Row, Win 5-0
Searching for their first win of the season, Welcome to Death Row found themselves down early after I’d Hit That plated a run in the top of the first. While they were able to get on base, they couldn’t find a way to get the runner home. In the top of the second, I’d Hit That did indeed hit that, sending several balls into the outfield. By the time the third out was recorded, they led 3-0. Both teams were able to keep runners out of scoring position through the third and fourth innings with tight defense and sharp pitching. IHT were able to post runs in the fifth and sixth. WDR found themselves down 5-0 in the final frame. With runners on first and second, Death Row were down to their final out. A well struck ball found open grass in the middle of the infield. The catcher quickly secured the ball, but couldn’t find a base to throw to. All the runners were safe, bases loaded. With the pressure on, the kicker launched the ball into shallow left-center field, but the outfielder was able to make the catch, ending the game. Next week, I’d Hit That go for 3 consecutive wins when they face off against Krusty Krab Pizza, while Welcome to Death Row look to overturn their misfortune against Almost Classy.
Green Grenades Blow away Almost Classy, 17-2
Looking to rebound from a loss in Week 2, Green Grenades came out with a ton of firepower in this one muscling their way to a 17-2 victory. The Grenades wasted no time getting their kicking legs going in this one. After a nice bunt single in the bottom of the first, Grenades plated 5 runs on big kicks to the outfield capped by a two run home run to close the mercy rule inning. Almost Classy had a number of opportunities on defense to shut down the Grenades, but dropped balls and miscues let them down. Shaky defense for Classy was a theme in this one as again, more dropped balls in the outfield allowed Green Grenades to push the score to 8-1 after just three innings. Classy never gave up however and tried to remain in high spirits scoring runs in the third and fifth attempting to rally their way back into the game. Green Grenades would have none of it and began piling on in the later innings taking advantage of Classy’s outfield scoring four more runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth. The big legs were out for the Grenades on this night as kick after kick seemed to find a hole in the outfield allowing their base runners to take the extra base and score at will running away for a 17-2 win. In Week 4, Green Grenades hope to keep their winning streak alive against Throwback Thursdaze, while Almost Classy search for their first win of the season against Welcome to Death Row.
Wasted Wookies Devour Krusty Krab Pizza, 5-1
In a game between two evenly matched teams, clutch kicks for Wasted Wookies and failed opportunities for Krusty Krab Pizza proved to be the difference. The hairy drunkards wasted no time getting their offense rolling in this one plating three runs in the top of the first on a couple of singles and an extra base kick to the outfield. In the bottom of the first, Krusty Krab responded by putting runners in scoring position, but couldn’t find that clutch kick and found themselves behind 3-0 after the first. In the second, excellent defense by Krabs prevented the Wookies from scoring on a nice throw out at home plate. However Krabs keep the wasted off the board in the third as the Wookies would score on a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the third, Pizza would close the gap on a run scoring double but would get no more, kicking into a rally killing force out. Wookies, realizing their 3 run lead might not be enough, tacked on an insurance run in the fourth on a single stretching the lead to 5-1. Pizza bunted their first two kickers on in the bottom of the fourth putting pressure on the Wookies defense. That defense would respond however, and shut down the Krabs threat once again with strong pitching and solid defense stranding both runners. In the bottom of the sixth, with the bases loaded, KKP were down to their final out. Down 5-1, the kicker let the first two pitches go by for balls. The next pitch was rocketed into deep right-center field. The outfielder sprinted backward, looking over their shoulder before leaping into the air and making a brilliant fingertip catch to seal the victory for Wasted Wookies. In Week 4, Wasted Wookies look to stretch their win streak to three in a row as they take on Whistle Kicks, while Krusty Krab Pizza looks to get back in the win column against I’d Hit That.
Ginger Balls Claim easy 10-2 victory versus Throwback Thursdaze
The undefeated Ginger Balls captured their third straight victory in a one sided affair as they downed the defenseless Throwback Thursdaze. Ginger Balls opened the scoring right away in the bottom of the first on a controversial interference call that put runners on first and third two kickers into the Balls’ lineup. Excellent bunting and kicking ensued and with a little help from Thursdaze defense, Ginger Balls found themselves up 5-0 after the first inning. The scoring continued for the Balls in the third as the plated four more runs highlighted by a two out two run double into the outfield. A run in the fourth made it 10-0. Thursdaze looked completely overmatched offensively and defensively as their leaky defense contributed to this high scoring affair. Offensively, the boys and girls of Thursdaze did not lack for base runners or scoring opportunities. In the first second and fourth, Thursdaze had runners on base only to find themselves stranded their, failing to find that clutch kick. The Balls’ defense had a lot to do with those stranded runners, however, playing airtight d when it mattered to shut out Thursdaze through five innings. With the game in hand Gingies defense faltered in the sixth as Thursdaze finally got those kicks they were looking for on a couple of nicely laced singles to the outfield. Their mini sixth inning rally would produce 2 runs and no going down to Ginger Balls 10-2 at the final out. In Week 4 Ginger Balls look for their fourth win in a row as they face off against Baby Bouncies while Throwback Thursdaze try for their second win of the season against Green Grenades.
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