2013 Division Standings
Champions Division - ML
Contenders Division - AAA
Weekly Team Stats Return to Top
2013 3CWL Playoff Week 1 Series Summaries
The 3CWL Playoffs kicked off on Thursday, July 27th with the Tralfamadorians playing host to
WTP on TLC field on a crisp night - with light air. WTP had given TRLF all they wanted in their regular
season series - losing 2 games to 1 but with the margin of defeat at 2 runs in game 1.
Although we anticipated some fireworks, none developed. TRLF jumped on WTP from the get-go,
scoring 8 runs in the bottom of 1 on HRs by all Tralfamadorians. Inning 2 was even worse for WTP as Josh
Wonderleigh, Amos Jones and Dustin Weaver all had a 2 HR inning to run the score to 17-7. Amos
Jones held on for the win 17-12 as Eli McKee provided some last inning heroics with a 2 HR inning
of his own. Game 2 moved to J&M field and the score reflected the change for WTP as they could
only manage 2 runs of their own - on solo shots by Ben Davis and Eli McKee. TRLF had no such
problems as a 7 run 1st featuring 2 HRs each by Corey White and Josh Wonderleigh all but sealed WTP's
fate. Amos Jones added 2 HRs in the later innings for insurance as Josh Wonderleigh got the win.
For the series Amos Jones led all hitters with 5 HRs and 8 RBIs while both Josh and Corey added 4
HRs and 8 RBIs. Dustin added 3 HRs and 5 RBIs to the fray. For WTP Eli McKee continued his hot
ways, crushing 3 HRs and 4 RBIs while Ben Davis added 2 and 3 and Aarron Drake and Michael Brown
checked in with 1 HR each.
WTP concludes a good year 1. With some hitting improvements and maybe a key addition they
could be right in the thick of league contention next year.
The Tralfamadorians have the unenviable task of tangling with one of the best Wiffle ball teams in
Ohio in the Tigers. They will need to bring their A game and have some luck to overcome the Tigers in
the best of 5 series. I believe pitching and fielding will be the keys - and consistent run production. You
will likely not beat the Tigers by scoring less than 15 runs, and to have any chance at all you must take
away some hits and not give them any extra outs...good luck TRLF !
The next series was a grudge replay match of the Contenders Division championship between NFC
and PVB with PVB choosing J&M as their home field. I think the summation of this entire series was
NFC could just simply not get anything going at the plate. Game 1 saw PVB jumping out to a 9-2 lead
after 3 innings behind 3 Dave Fisher HRs. Tyler Depugh did his best to stem the tide with 2 HRs of
his own, but a 7 run 4th keyed by 2 Jarren Iles HRs sealed the fate of NFC in game 1 16-3 with the ever
tough John Kepler picking up the win on the mound. Needing a win in game 2 to continue the series,
NFC turned to ace Tyler Depugh against Dave Fisher. The score remained close as PVB took a 2-1
lead in the 2nd on a 2 run blast by Jarren. NFC tied the game in the bottom of the 3rd on a Matt Cox
2 run dinger, and both teams scored 3 in the 4th on 2 more HRs by Darren and a 2nd HR by Matt.
NFC had opportunities to close out PVB with a couple of runs in the top of the 5th but a pop up and a
grounder were misplayed and PVB, specifically, Jarren, took advantage by hitting 2 more crucial HRs,
including a decisive granny after 5 runs were already in. NFC could not rally in the bottom of the last
and fell 14-5 to a very solid PVB team.
There are few nights where PVB will be beaten with 3 and 5 runs - even with exceptional defense and
good pitching. For the series Jarren Iles led all hitters with 7 HRs and 13 RBIs while Dave Fisher added
5 HRs and 9 RBIs. Son Gabe added a lone HR. For NFC both Tyler and Matt had 3 HRs and 3 RBIs -
a key indicator that NFC was struggling to get men on base.
That said - NFC had a very successful year - improving from winning a few games last year to strongly
contending for a division championship. Their major off-season needs are all offensive as they do a solid
job pitching and adequate job on defense. Either a key acquisition with some HR power or perhaps
consideration of AA status would be to their advantage - and, I think, would spice the league up even
more. 6 runs are a lot to make up, especially on J&M field.
If there were to be any upsets in round 1, the smart money was on series 3, the Tigers versus UMH.
UMH has struggled inexplicably this season and the question entering this playoff series was whether
they could right the ship and put on their old wardrobe as giant killers. The Tigers just needed to
continue their absolute consistency of 10+ HRs per game, solid pitching and fantastic defense which
have become their calling cards.
Unfortunately for UMH the suspense was short lived. The Tigers, using CC field as home, raced to
a 10-2 lead after 3 innings on 9 solo HRs by the Tiger pride. The Tigers won game 1 15-6 behind 12
solo HRs and the pitching of ace Adam Ellars. Chris Gerrard had 4 HRs, while Justin Collins and Adam
Ellars had 3 each. Kevin Flax and Jeremy Porter added a HR each. Dave Page crushed 2 HRs for the
struggling UMH while Cody Burdett added 1. Game 2 moved to TLC field where UMH has had major
offensive explosions in the past. UMH did a much better job of keeping the game close - trailing 6-3
after 3 innings. Neither team was able to score after the 3rd as Justin Collins claimed the win.
For the series the Tigers had 2 batters, Chris Gerrard and Adam Ellars, with 5 HRs. Once again
demonstrating their consistently both Jeremy Porter and Justin Collins had 4 HRs apiece while Kevin
Flax checked in with 3 HRs. UMH was led by Dave Page with 2 HRs while Cody Burdett, Blake
Lansing and Eric Lewis each had 1 HR.
Certainly this was a most frustrating year for UMH as their production by player dropped precipitously.
I will not hazard a guess as to why because I have no idea. Their defense was likewise more porous than
in previous years as evidenced by their elevated runs allowed per game. I guess teams go thru slumps just
like players do - and sometimes they are difficult to extract yourself from.
The Tigers will face last year's COWL World Series Runners Up, the Tralfamadorians in a 5 game
series with the winner earning a berth in the 2013 3CWL World Series.
The last playoff series was most notable for who played in it. Iron man Blake Rinehart, just a week
away from a full week of chemo, full body radiation and a bone marrow transplant led the veteran Redlegs
against the Legends, who had only 3 players to start. The Redlegs have shown they can compete with
the Legends, having beaten them at least once each of the last 2 regular seasons. The Legends chose
TLC as home field and the Redlegs quickly made the score 5-0 on a Blake Rinehart HR. The Redlegs
added 3 more in the 2nd on an Adam McGure 3 run dinger to lead 8-1. The Legends got things in gear
in the 3rd as Levi hit 2-2 run dings and Jerry added a 3 run and 2 run bomb. Inning 4 provided an extra
Legend as Phill joined the melee, in time to make a double play and end the 4th with the Redlegs
scoring 2. The bottom of the 4th was an explosion for the Legends as they pushed across 18 runs, led
by 3-3 run HRs by Jerry, 2-2 runners by Collin Hill and 2 more blasts by Levis, including a 3 run shot
to end the game 28-12 by the mercy rule. Jerry picked up the win on the mound and Levi the DRP save.
Game 2 moved to J&M field was considerably closer, and lacked any real explosions. The Legends
trailed 4-3 after HRs by Jerry and Levi, but jumped ahead in the top of the 4th on a 2 run blast by
Collin, adding 5 in the inning. The Legends added 4 more in the final frame on HRs by Jerry and Levi.
The Redlegs could not mount a rally and fell 12-4 to the expert pitching of Phill.
For the series Jerry led all hitters with 9 HRs and 23 RBIs while Levi added 7 HRs and 11 RBIs.
Collin added 3 HRs and 4 RBIs to the mix. The Redlegs were led by Adam McGuire with 3 HRs and 6
RBIs while Blake added 2 HRs to his yearly total and Brad Miller 1.
The amazing thing about the Redlegs this year is that they kept on keeping on - in spite of their
Captain battling the dreaded C word. A huge thank you to all who played for them in through out the
year and a special thanks to Brad Miller who was a constant for them.
The Legends advance to play PVB - the 2 oldest franchises in the league. This should be a very
interesting series as despite their history the 2 teams have never "officially" met in a playoff series.
Upset Award of the Week
The biggest surprise this week was that there were absolutely no surprises. Not a single
game. I am not sure why except the 4 teams that won have been on the upswing since the
2nd half of the season.
Herbie Strange State Farm
3CWL Wiffler of the Week Return to Top
Due to the lack of upsets and any real outstanding efforts statistics wise, we will name the 4
teams advancing as 3CWL Wifflers of the Week for Playoff Week 1.
Game Scores (Home team on top) Return to Top
TRLF 8-9-0-0-X= 17 WTP 3-1-0-1-0= 5
WTP 3-1-8-0-0= 12 TRLF 4-5-0-1-2= 12
WP – Amos Jones WP – Josh Wonderleigh
HRs - Amos Jones TR(3) HRs - Corey White TR(3)
Dustin Weaver TR(3) Josh Wonderleigh TR(2)
Josh Wonderleigh TR(2) Amos Jones TR(2)
Corey White TR(3) Ben Davis WTP(1)
Eli McKee WTP(3)
Ben Davis WTP(1)
Michael Brown WTP(1)
Aaron Drake WTP(1)
Tigers 5-2-3-5-X= 15 UMH 0-0-3-0-0= 3
UMH 0-1-2-0-3= 6 Tigers 1-4-1-0-0= 6
WP – Adam Ellars WP – Justin Collins
HRs - Chris Gerrard TIG(4) HRs - Adam Ellars TIG(2)
Justin Collins TIG(3) Jeremy Porter TIG(2)
Adam Ellars TIG(3) Chris Gerrard TIG(1)
Jeremy Porter TIG(1) Justin Collins TIG(1)
Kevin Flax TIG(1) Kevin Flax TIG(1)
Dave Page UMH(2) Blake Lansing UMH(1)
Cody Burdett UMH(1) Eric Lewis UMH(1)
PVB 4-3-2-7-X= 17 NFC 1-0-1-3-0= 5
NFC 0-2-0-1-0= 3 PVB 0-2-0-3-8= 13
WP – John Kepler WP – Dave Fisher
HRs - Dave Fisher PVB(3) HRs - Jarren Iles PVB(4)
Jarren Iles PVB(2) Dave Fisher PVB(2)
Gabe Fisher PVB(1) Matt Cox NFC(2)
Tyler Depugh NFC(2) Tyler Depugh NFC(1)
Matt Cox NFC(1)
Legends 1-9-15-3= 28 Redlegs 4-0-0-0-0= 4
Levi Driggs LG(4) Jerry Driggs LG(2)
Collin Hill LG(2) Collin Hill LG(1)
Blake Rinehart RL(2) Adam McGuire RL(1)
Adam McGuire RL(2)
Brad Miller RL(1)