Hoboken, NJ – Sunday night gave us three games with Wicked Wolf and Louise & Jerry’s each playing a double header. In addition to their matchup, Wicked Wolf took on Bad Intentions in game one and Louise & Jerry’s faced off with Madd Hatter in the nightcap. Game one wasn’t exactly a pretty one. It’s not often that a team more than doubles their opponent’s hit total but loses, and it wasn’t close. The culprit? Walks. Wicked Wolf outhit Bad Intentions 9 to 4, but those four hits were more than Bad Intentions needed to take the game by a score of 9-1. Their patience at the plate made up for the lack of hit production, working 11 base on balls. Six of those eleven walks came around to score. Luis Cruz, however, did send one deep to left center for a solo homerun. Some more questionable plays for Wicked Wolf came when a runner got thrown out at the plate to end the second inning, rather than allow their best hitter, Bobby Bailey, to come to the plate with the bases loaded. Bailey had already accounted for their only run of the game with his first inning blast over the left field fence. It was a game, and night, to forget for Wicked Wolf, but there’s plenty of games ahead to put this one behind them. Bad Intentions cruised to their first victory of the season.
Game two saw perennial juggernaut Louise & Jerry’s matchup with Wicked Wolf in a quick turnaround game. Wicked Wolf did play better in this one, but were just outgunned by the defending champs. Louise & Jerry’s jumped on their opponent from the start. They saw their first three hitter reach base and score. Wicked Wolf did manage a run in the top of the second, but Louise & Jerry’s followed up their three run first inning with a seven spot in the second. This time, their first 5 batters reached base and scored, seven of their first eight, with the scoring bookended by a pair of homeruns. Zac Gonsalves lead off the inning with a solo shot and pitcher Steven Percy, helping his own cause, capped off the scoring with a two-run blast. They weren’t done yet. Taking advantage of a Wicked Wolf miscue in the field, Louise & Jerry’s would plate another four runs in the third by stringing hits together. The big blows came from back-to-back two out doubles off the bats of Chris “Cutty” Lyons and Evie Claussell. No runs for either team in the fourth, and closer Anthony Romano came in to shut the door on Wicked Wolf in the 5th. Louise & Jerry’s earned the 14-1 victory via mercy rule.
The night cap saw a coed rematch of the men’s league championship game. This one was definitely closer, but the result was ultimately the same. Both teams got off to a bit of a sluggish start, with Louise & Jerry’s accounting for the only run over the first two innings. Things began to pick up in the third though. Jason Freeman singled in a run for Louise & Jerry’s in the top of the inning before Ted Serro brought them both home when he launched a homer deep to left center. However, Madd Hatter answered right back with a 3-run homer that was crushed off the bat of Jason Hattersley, cutting the deficit back to just one run. Louise & Jerry’s tacked on a run in both the fourth and the fifth innings, aided by a solo shot from Steven Percy, but Hattersley countered again with a 2-run shot in the bottom of the fifth. Louise & Jerry’s used small ball to plate another run in the sixth, but this time it was Trevor Dunne who answered for Madd Hatter with his solo shot in the bottom of the frame. The five inning stalemate would end in the seventh. Zac Gonsalves connected for a deflating 3-run homer in the top of the inning, giving Louise & Jerry’s more than enough cushion with a 10-6 lead heading into the bottom of the inning. Madd Hatter got two runners on base to make it interesting, but Louise & Jerry’s closed it out without surrendering another run for their second victory of the night.