BROTHERHOOD KNOCKS OFF GIRL POWER IN LEAGUE OPENER
Baseball is in the air and that means it was opening day for the All Star Fantasy Baseball League. Brotherhood took on Girl Power in the inaugural game. On this clear day we saw Girl Power jump out to an early 1-0 lead after Mandy Rose’s solo Homerun in the bottom of the 3rd inning, the first in league history. After John Cena drove in the tying run in the top of the 4th, solo Homeruns from Carmella and Nia Jax gave the Girls the lead right back in the bottom of the inning 3-1. With the score 3-2 the Girls extended the lead on the strength of a 2 run HR by Charlotte Flair. This effectively knocked out starting pitcher Dean Ambrose in the bottom of the 6th inning with GP winning 5-2. GP manager Paige replaced starting pitcher Lana with Billie Kay in the 7th inning after giving up a leadoff single. This move was second guessed by the announce team of Charly Caruso and Renee Young.
Three batters later the lead was gone as Kay gave up a 3 run HR to Matt Hardy to tie the game up at 5. Liv Morgan came on in the 8th inning with the game tied at 5 and gave up a 2 run HR to Roman Reigns and later on in the inning a solo Homerun to Jimmy Uso. GP had runners on base all game long including the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th. Carmella hit into a fielder’s choice and Charlotte grounded to second to end the game. Rey Mysterio picked up the win in relief of the very ineffective Dean Ambrose. Xavier Woods picked up the save despite pitching a very sloppy inning.
Brotherhood skipper Titus O’Neill liked the fact the team picked up Ambrose who struggled. While Paige showed some frustration that her pitching changes blew up in her face.
RICKY VAUGHN AND WILD THINGS OVERPOWER LEGENDARY IN OPENING GAME
Wild Things rode a huge first inning and Ricky Vaughn’s arm to a successful opening day win 12-3 over Legendary. Ric Flair was roughed up for 7 runs in the top of the first as Wild Things were on cruise control in route to an easy victory.
Wild Things showed their offensive prowess by having every member who batted get a base hit and score a run. Willie Mays Hayes and Kelly Leak each had 4 hits and scored 2 runs. Darryl Palmer drove in 2 runs and Jack Parkman knocked in 3. Vaughn gave up back to back Homeruns to Andre the Giant and Hacksaw Jim Duggan in the first inning but took control of the game after that firing a complete game. Vaughn was quoted as saying after the game that we just derailed Space Mountain.
Wild Things manager Lou Brown said “This is how you draw it up. Score a lot in the first inning and your ace dominates on the mound.” Legendary manager Michael Hayes was disappointed in Ric Flairs performance and Flair himself said “I flat out sucked today. But I will be back.”
WONDERBOY OUTLASTS OUTLAWS IN 15 INNINGS TO WIN THEIR OPENER
It was a crazy game that saw blown saves and multiple lead changes but in the end Wonderboy’s power was too much for the Outlaws. Roy Hobbs had an RBI single in the first inning and Lou Collins smashed a sole HR in the second to give ace pitcher Billy Chapel an early lead. Chappy did what he usually does when given an early lead and dominates the opposing team. Outlaws had a rally in the 5th inning but Lio Rush was thrown at home trying to score on a single by Trex Pennebaker. Chapel cruised into the bottom of the 8th inning. But after Elias singled to load the bases with one out Pop Fisher brought in Blackout Gatling who two batters later not only blew the lead but gave it up all together. But this game was far from over. Tyler Breeze blew the save in the top of the ninth after Lou Collins hit his second HR of the game. In the top of the 11th Roy Hobbs hit a sole HR to give Wonderboy a 4-3 lead. However, after retiring the first 2 batters in the bottom of the 11th Jim Bowers blew the save by allowing a walk to Rush and a RBI triple to Sami Zayn.
Innings 12 through 14 had each team held scoreless as Outlaw Pitcher Mojo Rawley retired 9 straight batters. Wonderboy pitcher Montgomery Brewster made each inning interesting but Fisher left him in as he didn’t break. Finally, in the top of the 15th inning Wonderboy’s bats exploded. Mojo started the inning as he was untouched in the previous innings. Bo Gentry led off with a single and Pat Corning sacrificed him to second. Rudy Suarez drove him in with a single followed by Pennebaker’s 2 run HR. Cesaro relieved Mojo and Bobby Rayburn completed the back to back and a belly to belly HR’s for Wonderboy as they clubbed their 5th HR of the game.
Brewster stared the bottom of the 15th and allowed back to back hits with one out scoring a run and Fisher quickly pulled him out of the game and put in Carmen Ronzoni for the save. There was a small price to pay as Catcher Crash Davis hurt his knee and will miss 8 games. Manager Fisher said after the game “We know no one can match our power bats and if the pitching holds up we feel we have the best team.” Later on the status of Davis he said “it’s not a huge concern. We are going to shut him down and we have plenty of depth to pick up the slack. We blew two saves today. That is a bigger concern to me.” Pitcher Chapel comments after the game “I could have stayed in. I told Skip that. He makes the decisions.”
Outlaws manager Shane McMahon said afterwards “We battled back twice today. That is always a good sign. Dolph Ziggler gave us a really good start today. I am a little disappointed in Tyler Breeze’s performance.” Also on Mojo Shane says “He was cruising and no one was hitting the ball hard off him. In hindsight facing the same lineup for the second time is always hard and we need to look at that more.”