A Defensive Stalemate at Wiffmorial

A 12 inning epic without a conclusive victor, is that even possible?
Regular Season - Marquee
Game Date: 
May 28, 2012
Epicocity of Game: 

On a day ripe with controversy and intrigue, the world famous LowBall league saw a first, a tie game. While there were mixed emotions concerning the outcome, the epicocity was not debated. It would be easy to surmise a simple pitcher's battle if one were to only look at the theoretical stats. However, buried under the numbers was a masterpiece layered with defensive super plays.

In an interesting start to play, the two rookies, The Show and The Scientist, chose teams in a secret draft that landed The Surgeon, Black Cloud, and Lonichiro on the same team for the first time since prohibition.

West Coast took the mound to start the match, fresh off a bike ride where he evidently swiped random beers to give the illusion of arriving with purchased beverages. He looked quite spry, diving headfirst for a flyball, earning a double dun dun dunt sportscenter salute from the Cloud and El Guapo. There were no further fireworks in the first as both teams hung goose eggs. The top of the second started with West Coast back on the mound where he quickly let a man on. The next batter hit a dribbler to right that WC fielded and threw to a charging J-Mac. J-Mac stepped on second and botched the throw home.
It will come as no surprise to the seasoned LowBall fan that controversy would flare up at Burnham Field, the site of the infamous Beerman argument, and once again J-Mac found himself in the middle of it. The core of the argument that followed was whether J-Mac was required to be on second at the time that he caught the throw from West Coast or not.
Despite a very lively and animated reenactment by Lonichiro, the play was deemed legit and the out stood. As it turns out, the incorrect call was made by the ump, a fictitious man of questionable character. The official rules of LowBall clearly state "The fielder must field the ball cleanly (no juggle), toss the ball to a team mate standing on second, who must then throw the ball and hit the designated ground out zone." It may surprise the reader to learn that I, celebrated wiffle journalist Hugh Wifflerton, agree with the call on the field and believe that the rules should allow for reasonable motion to the bag in a double play situation.
The home Loggers would be the first to score, bringing a man across on a walk. They would add to their lead by enacting the seldom, if ever, used tag rule. Once again controversy would boil forth from the cauldron of wiffle stew. The loud debate centered around whether or not the tag call was made. In very similar fashion to the infamous Lucky Charms admission, the farthest Lager from the play, Lonichiro, claimed to have heard the call. By way of the rules, which state, "Defense will make the decision if “TAG” wasn't yelled soon enough or not loud enough.", Lonichiro's admission automatically made the play legit.

Once again, I must protest the nature of this rule and the way in which it is being used, if at all. To my recollection, there has never been an instance, in all the alleged occurrences of the tag call, that the fielder has actually made an attempt to throw home. It is nearly impossible to hear a called tag while fielding a ball and because of this, the play has become less about an honest effort of skill and more about the ability to "slip" it in. I feel that the fielder should have the chance to make the throw regardless if they heard the call and reacted immediately.

The Loggers would get a bit of karmic revenge late in the game. They were within one run of the Loggers, 1-2. Black Cloud stepped up following a long triple by the Scientist. The Cloud scuffed a deep fly off of El Guapo that was caught by Chin Music. The Logger bench had called tag and shockingly Chin did not hear and did not attempt the throw.
A flurry of sensational defensive plays and lights out pitching from the Ox and Lonichiro insured that the score remained knotted after 12 innings. This collection included a diving/thudding grab by Lonichiro, a handful of snags by a lumbering Ox, and the defensive play of the game, a tripping/diving snag by the Black Cloud. It was concluded that the game would be decided by home run derby. Unfortunately the exhausted wifflers could not get anything out of the devilish Burnham field. And so, for the first time ever, the game ended in a draw. To be continued...
To close, I would like to make a few more remarks on the arguments. First, there are some nasty parallels to Season IV which started off strong and ended in the near destruction of the LowBall league. That season saw multiple large scale arguments in the early games (check here and here). We all hope that we do not see a repeat end to the season. Second, all major arguments in LowBalls sorted history have revolved around the two "advanced plays", a sacrifice fly (three controversial calls) and the double play (at least 3, but probably 239 controversial calls). As stated previously, I think the rules should be clarified on both to prevent arguments while promoting skilled play.
Astroglide Smooth Defense
Defensive Highlights: 
Really only one play, a fly ball caught over the shoulder deep in foul territory while being tripped by the outfield fence line.
Quote of the Game
I got a hole or something there
Player quoted: 
after stumbling off the mound