Bobby Rayburn’s three-run HR off Tamina capped a four-run ninth inning as Wonderboy salvaged the final game of the series over a shocked Girl Power squad 6-5.
In what was a great pitching duel early on Girl Power lost a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning as Tamina imploded. Sonya Deville was becoming the stopper with all of her 3 wins coming after Girl Power losses. Steve Nebraska was also pitching great in his 3 starts. So when there were runs scored by each team in the first inning the thought was that we are heading for one of those games.
Bobby Rayburn drove in Juan Primo in the top of the first inning. Carmella drove in Mandy Rose with a double in the bottom of the first. Then the pitching duel began with no runs scored until the bottom of the seventh inning. Deville was brilliant during that stretch. Nebraska tired in the seventh. Girl Power using errors by Stan Ross and Rayburn to push across three runs. Natalya’s RBI double and Carmella’s run-scoring single highlighted the inning. Kit Keller replaced Nebraska with two outs and two runners on and allowed the run-scoring single to Carmella.
Roy Hobb’s leadoff solo HR in the top of the eighth inning cut the lead to 4-2. Nia Jax drove in Sarah Logan with a ground out but just like they did all game long Girl Power left men in scoring position to end the inning.
We go to the ninth inning and Paige replaced Deville with her closer Tamina. After striking out Dottie Henson to lead off the inning Tanner Boyle’s double provided a spark. Primo struck out but Stan Ross drove her in with a double. Paige then opted to intentional walk Hobbs. That set the stage for Bobby Rayburn’s three-run HR. Jim Bowers pitched a quick bottom of the ninth inning for the save.
Lou Brown went to his bullpen today and it appeared to be the wrong choice but he was not at the center after the game. Everyone was waiting for Paige to discuss pitching Tamina for the third straight game and not sticking with Deville.
Here is Paige after the game. “This loss took away from what we did this series and it shouldn’t. The girls are down right now but we have battled all year long and today will be no different. Tamina is my closer and I trust her. Case closed.” Carmella had this to say. “Man that was tough. We had the series won. Losing games like this are really tough to handle. But we can’t wait for the next series.”
Next up for Girl Power is a series at Brotherhood. For Wonderboy they visit the Outlaws
Sarah Logan clubbed two HR’s and Billie Kay was impressive in relief as Girl Power defeated Wonderboy 6-4 winning their fourth straight game.
Girl Power starting pitcher Bayley gutted through five innings giving up four runs two of them earned. Both teams had issues with defense as there were five errors in total. In the top of the first inning, Mandy Rose’s error set up Wonderboy to score two runs. Roy Hobbs had a sacrifice fly and Bo Gentry’s singled home the second run. In the bottom of the second inning, Girl Power tied the game on Nia Jax’s two-run HR. Wonderboy came right back in the top of the third inning as Gentry again had an RBI single and Davis Birch reached on an error by Jax scoring Jack Elliott. In the fourth inning, Logan’s two-run HR scored Charlotte Flair tying the game at four.
Paige replaced Bayley with Kay while Lou Brown kept Nuke in the game perhaps showing the faith he has in the star pitcher. The game remained tied at four through seven innings. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Girl Power got something started. Mandy Rose led off the inning with a triple. Gentry’s error allowed Rose to score the eventual winning run. Logan’s second HR of the game gave Girl Power a 6-4 lead. Tamina closed out the game for her second save in as many games.
Pop Fisher’s decision to keep Nuke in the game was the topic of discussion after the game. “You guys need to stir up some crap all the time. There is no story here. I believe in Nuke. I believe in my bullpen. Next question.”
Paige was giddy after the game. “It’s nice to win four straight games but we need to keep going. Winning the series is nice. But we need to put the hammer down tomorrow.”
Tomorrow’s starters are Steve Nebraska (2-0) vs Sonya Deville (3-0)
Charlotte Flair hit a go-ahead two-run HR in the bottom of the seventh to key Girl Power’s 8-6 victory over Wonderboy.
In a back and forth game we saw Girl Power absorb every blow Wonderboy had and outlasted their opponents to win their third straight game. Bo Gentry’s double scored Bobby Rayburn giving Wonderboy a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Girl Power came right back and tied the game in the bottom of the inning on Ruby Riott’s RBI groundout. Wonderboy took the lead back in the top of the fourth inning with Rayburn’s solo HR and RBI’s by Pat Corning and Rudy Suarez. Girl Power came right back with a two-run HR by Nia Jax.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Girl Power took a 6-5 lead when Carmella singled and stole a run with her speed. Carmella stole second and scored on an error to tie the game. Ronda Rousey singled home Charlotte Flair to give Girl Power the lead. Paige took starting pitcher Lana out after 6 innings in position for the win. Asuka gave up the lead in the top of the seventh inning on a run-scoring double by Jack Elliott and Gentry’s rbi single gave Wonderboy a 6-5 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Carmella walked. Carmella did damage in this game as she stole 4 bases in total. After she stole second Charlotte hit a two-run HR to give Girl Power the lead. Sasha Banks walked with the bases loaded giving Girl Power an 8-6 lead and eventual win.
Paige was excited after the game by her team’s fire. “Momentum. We need to keep building every game.”
Tomorrow’s starting pitchers are Nuke (2-0) vs Bayley (0-1).
Crash Davis had a two-run walk-off single giving Wonderboy a 5-4 sweep over Legendary. This was the second straight game-winning hit for Crash in as many games. Wonderboy won all 3 games in this series in their last at-bat.
Mike McGrevey started the game for Wonderboy and was coming off a shutout in his last start against Wild Thing. McGrevey picked up where he left off and was firing blanks again. Stan Ross and Bo Gentry had back to back RBI singles in the bottom of the third to give Wonderboy a 2-0 lead. Pat Corning added an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning giving Wonderboy a 3-0 lead. With the way, McGrevey was dealing this game looked over.
With one out in the top of the ninth inning, Edge and Andre the Giant had back to back singles. McGrevey was working on 17 and one-third scoreless innings when Hacksaw Jim Duggan hit a fly ball to T Rex Pennebaker in left field. Pennebaker dropped the ball allowing Edge to score and Andre to go to third. The streak was over but now the game was in jeopardy. McGrevey struck out HHH but Steve Austin hit a two-run double tie the game at three.
Three unearned runs cost McGrevey the streak and the game. The bullpens then took over and we go to the eleventh inning. Carmen Ronzoni who pitched a scoreless tenth inning came out for the eleventh. Andre led off the inning with a solo HR to give Legendary a 4-3 lead.
In the bottom of the inning Curt Henning “The Perfect Closer” was brought into the game to close it out. Curt blew the save in the first game of the series so he was looking for payback. Corning led off the inning with a walk. Tanner Boyle tried to sacrifice Corning to second but Corning was cut down. HBK’s error on a Davis Birch groundball sent Boyle to third while he took second. Next up was Crash Davis and just like he did the game before he drove in the winning runs and Wonderboy had a 3 game sweep.
“What a game,” says Pop Fisher. “The way Mike was pitching we should have never let it get to extra innings. It was good to see Crash get the big hit.”
Michael Hayes had this to say, “We had the lead at the right time every game. We could not close out the games which is disappointing. We will regroup.”
Legendary will play at Brotherhood and Wonderboy plays at Girl Power
Rigo Sanchez was absolutely brilliant pitching a complete game victory over Legendary 3-1. Rigo gave up 8 hits and did not issue a walk in retiring 14 of the last 15 batters he faced. Roddy Piper was great too but tired in the eighth inning allowing Wonderboy to break the 1-1 tie.
In the top of the fifth inning, The Undertaker hit a double and was driven in by Christian’s double. In the bottom of the inning, Pat Corning hit a triple and scored on Tanner Boyle’s single. This game was mirroring each other every step of the way. Not only did both teams score in the fifth inning but the eight and ninth place hitters did the damage.
After Rigo cruised by the eight inning Piper gave up a leadoff single to Juan Primo who stole second base. Crash Davis followed with a two-run HR to give Wonderboy a 3-1 lead. Roy Hobbs then hit a double chasing Roddy Piper. Kevin Nash came in relief and stranded the runner second keeping the game 3-1. Rigo made quick work of Legendary in the ninth for the complete game victory.
“Rigo was so dominant today. It’s the best I have ever seen him pitch. It was good to see Crash get such a big hit,” said Pop Fisher.
Michael Hayes had this to say, “Piper was good today and he deserved better. Sometimes you face a pitcher who was just on like Sanchez was today. We need to get the win tomorrow.”
Tomorrow’s game has the Rock(2-0) pitching against Mike McGrevy(1-1)
Juan Primo hit a walk-off 2 run double off Curt Henning giving Wonderboy a 5-4 win over Legendary.
The first 6 innings of this game were dominated by the starting pitchers as only Roy Hobbs solo HR in the bottom of the first inning was the only run scored. Chris Jericho for Legendary and Steve Nebraska for Wonderboy were both locked in and rolling.
In the top of the seventh inning, this game got interesting. Hulk Hogan had an RBI single scoring Andre The Giant and Randy Savage’s RBI single scored Hacksaw Jim Duggan to give Legendary their first lead of the game at 2-1. In the top of the eight inning after a Christain single, Andre hit his league-leading 11th HR to give Legendary a 4-1 lead.
Then the game really turned for Legendary. With Jericho cruising, he gave up a leadoff double to Rudy Suarez. He was pulled for Devon Dudley. Devon retired Tanner Boyle but Juan Primo hit a triple scoring Suarez. After walking Bennie The Jet Rodriguez Devon was pulled for the Perfect Closer, Curt Henning. Henning gets Hobbs to hit into an inning-ending double play.
We head to the bottom of the ninth and Henning gave up a leadoff single to Bobby Rayburn followed by a walk to Crash Davis. Jack Elliott hit into a fielders choice sending Rayburn to third. Davis Birch hit a sacrifice fly scoring Rayburn. Then Stan Ross pinch hit for Suarez who walked followed by T Rex Pennebaker pinch-hitting for Boyle who also walked setting the game up for Primo.
Much speculation will be on the pitching changes made by Michael Hayes and the change he didn’t make. We caught up with Hayes after the game. “I thought Jericho was gassed. He never told me he wasn’t gassed. Pitching changes aside. My money bullpen pitchers failed miserably today. That is my concern right now.”
Pop Fisher had this to say, “Big win. We came back against some really good pitching.”
Next up we have pitching for Roddy Piper(1-1) against Rigo Sanchez(1-1).
In a game where Sammy Bodeen and Wild Things were dominating for 5 innings, The Big Dog Roman Reigns and Brotherhood get the last laugh in a 5-3 victory.
Wild Things jumped out early with Clue Heyward’s RBI Double in the top of the first inning off Robert Roode. Two innings late Roger Dorn had an RBI single driving in Darryl Palmer. On that play, there was an error by Big E which let Pedro Cerrano score giving Wild Things a 3-0 lead. Meanwhile, Bodeen pitched 5 shut out innings on 4 hits.
Finally, in the bottom of the 6th inning Brotherhood got things going. Kofi Kingston led off the inning with a walk. The Big Show then had a base hit forcing Kofi to second. Roman Reigns cracked a three-run HR to tie the game up at 3. Bodeen settled down and got the next 2 guys out before walking Aleister Black and giving up a hit to EC3. After Jimmy Uso walked his brother Jey also walked forcing in the go-ahead run.
After the third inning, Roode pitched gloriously for the next 4 innings before handing the game to the bullpen. Wild Things scratched out another run in the 8th to lead 5-3. Xavier Woods and Zack Ryder closed out the last 2 innings to give Brotherhood an unlikely win.
Tomorrow’s matchup has Finn Balor vs Chet Steadman.
Wild Things coach Jake Taylor had this to say. “Sammy was in complete control. The walks killed us. Give credit Roode for shutting us down.” Reigns on his big HR. “After Show gets on base I was figuring I would get a good pitch to hit.”
Wild Things hit 3 home runs off Nuke and knock off Wonderboy 5-4 in ten innings. In a game where Wonderboy got off running scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the first inning, it was surprising to see how this game turned out.
Juan Primo led off the game for Wonderboy with a double and Benny The Jet Rodriguez singled him in. After Roy Hobbs hit a double the red hot Jack Elliott reached on a error scoring the Jet. Bobby Rayburn drove in Hobbs with the third run in the bottom of the first giving Wonderboy the 3-0 lead.
Nuke does not often give up runs in bunches so Wild Things began to chip away starting with Pedro Cerrano’s solo HR in the top of the second inning. A key moment in this game came in the bottom of the fourth inning. With runners on first and second and two outs Elliott hit a single and The Jet was held at third. Elliott was visibky upset. Davis Birch drove in the fourth run on the next pitch but Roy Hobbs was held at third before Rayburn grounded out to end the inning.
With the score 4-1 Wonderboys in the top of the sixth inning Clue Heyward hit a triple and Cerrano drove him in with a single. However Nuke left the bases loaded without further damage.
Then in the top of the eight inning Roger Dorn hit a solo HR off Nuke making the score 4-3. The very next batter was Rube Baker who tied the game with a solo HR. Two batters later after a Mickey Scales double Nuke was removed from the game for Blackout Gatling. Willie Mays Hays hit a single but Scales was thrown out trying to score by Primo.
The game remained tied at four as we headed to the bottom of the ninth with hog Ellis pitching. The Jet and Hobbs opened the inning with back to back singles. Next came up Elliott and he hit a single but The Jet was thrown out trying to score by Kelly Leak. Jack shrugged his shoulders as Hog pitched out of the inning. In the 10th inning with Kit Keller on the mound, Dorn hit a double and after an error by Elliott moved to third and Scales drove him in with a sacrifice fly which proved to be the game winner.
Pop Fisher on this game. “Weird. Nuke does not blow leads like that. Give credit to them. We had several chances to blow the game open and we need to take advantage of that.”
When asked about Jack Elliott’s antics, “Jack is emotional. With Collins out, he is playing well. I won’t talk about what we discussed. But this is why players don’t coach.”
“Big Time Win. Gut check time for this team. We passed with flying colors.” Says Lou Brown.
Next up for Wild Things is a trip to play Brotherhood. Wonderboy has a home series vs Legendary.
Kelly Leak hit his second solo HR of the game in the top of the 13th inning as Wild Things outlasted Wonderboy 4-3. In a game that had two ace pitchers on the mound, we never expected the bullpens to star in this game. But that is exactly what we got.
Rick Vaughn started for Wild Things and was given an early 2-0 lead to work with. Wonderboy ace Billy Chapel blinked first in this star-studded matchup allowing an RBI single by Roger Dorn scoring Jack Parkman in the top of the second inning to give Wild Things the 1-0 lead. The next inning it was Parkman driving in Willie Mays Hayes with his own RBI single. Leak then hit his first 2olo HR of the game in the top of the 7th inning giving Wild Things what seemed to be an insurmountable 3-0 lead.
Finally in the bottom of the seventh inning Wonderboy got something going. Jack Elliott led off the inning with a double. Vaughn retired the next 2 batters but Tanner Boyle reached on an error by Roger Dorn pushing Elliott to third. Rudy Suarez then doubled home Elliott making it a 3-1 game. Bobby Rayburn’s solo HR in the bottom of the 8th inning cut the lead to 3-2.
As we headed to the bottom of the ninth inning, Wild Things closer The Duke was ready to go but manager Lou Brown opted to keep Vaughn in the game. Stan Ross led off the inning with a sole HR tying the game at 3. With no one else warming up Brown opted to use his best reliever in a non-save situation as he replaced Vaughn after the HR by Ross. It then became a battle of the bullpens.
Chapel lasted only seven innings and Wonderboys was able to piece together 5 unspectacular but scoreless innings. Blackout Gatling and Carmen Ronzoni each had a scoreless inning each pitching in and out of trouble. Monte Brewster pitched three scoreless innings allowing four hits and pitching out of jams in two of the four innings. Meanwhile, Ryan Dunne entered the game in the tenth inning for Wild Things and pitched 3 scoreless innings allowing only one hit and one walk.
In the top of the thirteenth inning, Wonderboy put Rudy Stein in the game and Leak hit his second HR of the game giving Wild Things what turned out to be a 4-3 win. Cliff Youngsberry pitched a scoreless bottom of the 13th inning to end the game. Tomorrow we have Eddie Harris facing Nuke who has been dominant so far this season.
After the game, we caught up with Wild Things manager Lou Brown. “Rick was pitching great. I wanted to give him the chance to complete the game. Duke was ready and I just got caught using a big bullet in a non-save situation. At least Cliff got back on track.” When asked about facing Nuke tomorrow. “We need to be ready.”
“We battled hard today. That’s a good team we played and Vaughn was nasty. But we feel like we have two aces and today is an important game,” says Pop Fisher
Mike McGrevey pitched a 6 hit shutout as the Wonderboys defeated Wild Things 6-0 in the first game of a three game set. McGrevey who also walked 4 batters was in complete control and you never felt Wild Things were going to break through.
Roy Hobbs cracked a two run HR in the bottom of the first inning to give McGrevey all he needed. Wonderboys spread 13 hits around as eight of the nine batters had at least one hit. In the second inning T Rex Pennebaker drove in Bo Gentry with the third run. In the fifth inning Wonderboy added three more runs. Crash Davis and Bobby Rayburn led off the inning with basehits. Jaxk Elliott doubled home Crash. Davis Birch had a RBI groundout and Tanner Boyle closed out the scoring with an RBI single.
With McGrevey in complete control that lead seemed insurmountable. Tomorrow’s matchup is a classic with Rick Vaughn set to go against Billy Chapel. Wonderboy mamager Pop Fisher had this to say after the game. “That was huge today. Even though we have Chapel pitching tomorrow it’s never easy to face Vaughn. So getting a win was crucial today.”
“Vaughn is our money pitcher and he needs to step up and not let this become a losing streak. He will be ready,” said Jake Taylor.