2013 Division Standings
Champions Division - ML
Contenders Division - AAA
Week 4a Schedule - Thursday, June 28th
teams highlighted in orange start at +3 runs as visiting team
Week 4a Schedule - Friday, June 29th
Week 4c Schedule - Sunday, June 30th
Weekly Team Stats Return to Top
2013 3CWL Week 4 Series Summaries
Week 4 in the 3CWL started on Thursday, June 27th with PVB taking on the Tralfamadorians on J&M
field after a couple of days of monsoon like rains. The fields were wet and the air rather heavy, but thanks
to the turf batter's boxes and base areas the field was playable, if somewhat soggy.
This series validated our suspicions that the AAA designation is having an impact - one game was one
by PVB within the margin of the head start, and another was close at the end because of the new rule.
The Tralfamadorians are repeating last year's pattern, where they started off very slowly then went on
a tear to eventually wind up in the COWL World Series. They entered the game with pretty much a full
lineup with Corey White, Josh Wonderleigh, Amos Jones and Brandon Jinks suiting up for the clash. PVB,
seeking to stretch their lead in the Contenders Division, countered with Dave Fisher, John Kepler, Brandon
Kennedy and new star Jarren Iles.
Game 1 was close to the top of the 4th, where TRLF exploded a 7-4 lead into a 15-5 gap. PVB could
not respond and TRLF won Game 1 16-8 behind the pitching of Amos Jones. Josh Wonderleigh started the
series in fine fashion, crushing 5 HRs to accompany his 9 RBIs. Corey added 3 HRs and 3 RBIs while Amos
and Brandon each had an HR. Jarren rapped 2 HRs and John 1 in the losing effort.
Game 2 saw TRLF as the home team and PVB went right to work, building a 7-0 lead heading into the 4th
on some nifty small balling. TRLF got untracked thanks to a 3 run dinger by Corey narrowing the lead to 9-5.
PVB added a run in the top of the 5th on some nifty base running, a run that would prove crucial in the victory.
Josh crushed a 2 run HR and after a couple of hits TRLF had narrowed the score to 10-9 with the tying run on
2nd and 1 out. TRLF could not get the hit they needed and fell in game 2 10-9 - a game in which the 3 run lead
provided to AAA teams proved to be the difference. Jarren picked up the win on the mound.
The rubber match would prove to be a barn burner as both teams hit very well. HRs by Josh, Brandon and
Corey erased the lead PVB was granted and added on by HRs by Dave and John. AFter 4 innings the score was
11-7 PVB. TRLF rallied in the top of the 5th and loaded the bases with 2 outs. Corey calmly stepped to the plate
and delivered a game tying Granny, but TRLF was unable to get any insurance runs. In the bottom half of the
inning Brandon led off. Normally a poke and run guy, and without an HR on the night, Brandon shocked all by
taking a 2 strike pitch from Corey and depositing it on the far side of the left field fence for the game and series
winner. Once again the game fell within the lead margin of error. Brandon also picked up the win on the mound.
For the series Josh led all hitters with 8 HRs and 17 RBIs. Corey added 7 HRs and 11 RBIs while Brandon
Jinks had 3 HRs and Amos 1. PVB had a decidedly low HR count with Jarren leading the way with 3 HRs and 4
RBIs while John added 2 and 6, Brandon 1 and 6 and Dave 1 and 5.
The remainder of the week 4 series I have little 1st hand knowledge of, as, due to golf and building a dirt
bike track, I was unable to see any of the games.
WTP scored a major victory - claiming their very 1st 3CWL series win with a 2-1 win over the Redlegs.
Games 1 and 3 were razor thin wins, first for the Redlegs and then WTP in the rubber match. This series was most
notable for its dearth of HRs - with a grand total of 1 being hit by each team in the entire series. Game 1 was won
by the Redlegs in the 7th inning on a 2 run base hit by newbie Jason Uhrig with Kyle Uhrig picking up the win on
the mound. Game 2 was all wTP as they used a 6 run 3rd inning enroute to a 9-1 spanking of the veteran Reds.
Brad Miller hit the lone series HR for the Reds in this game and WTP scored all 9 runs without the benefit of a
SINGLE HR. Talk about small ball. Kannon Strausbaugh picked up the win for WTP. The rubber match was
another low scoring thriller with the teams WTP scoring single runs in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th and then playing
outstanding D behind the solid pitching of Eli McKee for the 3-1 WTP win to claim the series. Ben Davis hit the
lone WTP series HR in this game - in effect, the game winner.
WTP is competing. When the runs start coming they will be dangerous.
UMH and the Legends locked up in what portended to be a return to Wiffle ball glory - with many of the
league's most thrilling games, and record shattering performances coming at the hands of these 2 teams. To sum
the entire series up in a word - meh. The Legends really had no patented huge innings - with 11 being their biggest
on the night. Their offense was a steady, but light rain that built totals slowly. UMH struggled to get anything
big going, with their biggest inning on the night being a 5 spot. With Blake Lansing still nursing a bum wrist,
swinging with one hand still, and Eric Lewis playing his 1st series in nearly a month, UMH has not found their
mid season rhythm yet and has, in truth, struggled offensively since winning the Blake Benefit Tourney.
The Legends used a 10 run 2nd inning in the opener, sandwhiched by a pair of 5's to build a 20-4 lead on UMH
and claim the game by the mercy rule in the 4th. Levi, Tyler and Jerry combined for 4, 4 and 3 HRs while David
Page had a typical solid night with 3 HRs to match team mate, and surprise of the night, Cody Burdett with 3. Game
2 was more of the same as the Legends built a 20-6 lead enroute to a 28-6 win as Levi and Jerry combined for 9 HRs
while Phill provided the extra pop with his 1st 4 HR effort of the year. Dave Page hit a couple of dingers as Blake
managed to one hand an HR out for UMH. Game 3 was much like the 1st 2 as the Legends used innings of 2,7,2
and finally 11 to outdistance UMH 22-12. Levi and Jerry crushed 4 HRs each while both Phill and Tyler added 3.
Cody Burdett did and excellent stand up routine to compliment his 4 HRs, even calling the last.
For the series, Levi led all players, and secured another place in the record books with his 13 HR 24 RBI
performance. Jerry had a pedestrian night with 11 HRs and 22 RBIs while Tyler and Phill added significant punch
with 9 and 6 HRs respectively. Cody led UMH with 8 HRs and 14 RBIs while Dave smashed line drives all night,
with 6 of them finding their way out of the yard. Blake and Eric Lewis both added 2 HRs.
The final series was a finish to the opening night stem winder between the Tralfamadorians and the Tigers -
a game in which the teams combined for 19 runs in the 5th inning as TRLF scored 9 to tie it, only to have the Tigers
respond with 5 in the top of the 6th - and then fall 1 short with the winning run at the plate, 20-19. Chris Garrard
and Kevin Flax both made grand entrances that night with 5 HRs apiece, while Josh Wonderleigh hit 4 to keep
TRLF close. Corey White and Amos Jones added 2 HRs each and the newest TRLF, Brandon Jinks, crushed his
1st career HR.
Needing some division wins desperately, TRLF quickly fell behind 10-1 in game 2 as Kevin Flax and Jeremy
Porter of the Tigers both had a multi HR 1st. Scoring 4 then 3, TRLF managed to pull within 4, but could get no
closer as the Tigers ujsed HRs by Chris and Adam Ellars to post a 5 in the 4th and seal game 2 17-8. Seeking at
least a moral victory, TRLF again fell behind 5-0 after 2 in game 3 on solo shots by all 5 Tigers. A 7 run 3rd giving
TRLF their first lead of the night was short lived as the Tigers posted 6 of their own on HRs by Kevin, Chris and
Jeremy. TRLF could score no more and the Tigers earned a sweep 10-7 in game 3.
For the series, Kevin Flax led all hitters with 10 HRs and 16 RBIs while team mate Chris Garrard added 10
HRs and 16 RBIs. Jeremy Porter jumped in the scorebook with 5 HRs and 8 RBIs while Adam Ellars hit his first
2 3CWL HRs. For TRLF, both Josh and Corey hit 5 HRs while driving in 11 and 12 RBIs. Amos added 3 HRs
and Brandon hit 1.
The last series of the week - NFC vs Tigers was a wash as a deluge dumped over an inch of rain on Legends \
Park in an hour.
Upset Award of the Week
There were 2 surprise upsets this week and I could not bring myself to choose between them.
The first was a Major League vs AAA series - the first recorded series victory of an AAA team
over a ML team. PVB clashed against 2012 World Series Runner Up the Tralfamadorians.
Despite being outgunned in the HR total 19-7 and being out scored 37-25, PVB managed to win
the series 2 games to 1, in no small part due to the new rules introduced about games between
PVB used good fielding, good pitching and smart base running to score just enough runs to
win the series - the first where a AAA team has defeated a ML team.
Props have to be given to WTP in their first series victory in franchise history. Again, with
only 1 HR in the entire series, WTP used excellent, pitching, fielding and base running to pull
off a 2-1 series victory against Contenders Division foe and front runner the Redlegs. WTP is
beginning to sneak up on teams. When their hitting comes around - watch out !
Herbie Strange State Farm
3CWL Wiffler of the Week Return to Top
Phill "The Scorpion" King
While there were several series upsets in week 4 - WTP over the Redlegs, PVB over the
Tralfamadorians, there were few over-the-top individual performances in those games. I do not
know if it was heavy air, good pitching or something else, but those series would most notable
for their defense and lack of offense. As a matter of stats, in both cases players from the losing
teams had better nights statistically than players from the winning teams. As such, there is
really no stand out representative for Wiffler of the Week from those series.
The Tigers all had an excellent night in their series sweep of TRLF - but it is hard to pick
from among them because their stats are so close.
That leaves the UMH versus Legends series - one which has provided several Wiffler of the
Week in past years. While Levi, Jerry and Tyler all had solid, but pedestrian nights at the plate,
where the Legends gained the biggest advantage was on the mound and in the field. Phill King
simply had a career night on the mound - nearly unhittable. Added to this were some web
gems in key spots, and his best night at the plate this year - and viola ! The few large rallies
the Legends generated were anchored by HR outbursts by Phill, who was almost perfect on the
night from the plate. When Phill is on, the Legends are on. He was - and there is your Wiffler
of Week 4.
Congratulations to Phill for capturing his first solo State Farm 3CWL Wiffler of the Week
highly coveted T-Shirt !
Game Scores (Home team on top) Return to Top
PVB 3-3-1-1-0= 8 TRLF 0-0-0-5-4= 9 PVB 5-3-4-1-1= 14
TRLF 2-1-4-8-1= 16 PVB 5-0-2-2-1= 10 TRLF 2-0-3-1-7= 13
WP – Amos Jones WP – Jarren Iles WP – Brandon Kennedy
HRs - Josh Wonderleigh TR(5) HRs - Josh Wonderleigh TR(2) HRs - Corey White TR(3)
Corey White TR(3) Jarren Iles PVB (2) Josh Wonderleigh TR(2)
Amos Jones TR(1) Corey White TR(1) Brandon Jinks TR(2)
Brandon Jinks TR(1) Dave Fisher PVB (1) Brandon Kennedy PVB(1)
Jarren Iles PVB (2) John Kepler PVB (1)
John Kepler PVB (1) Dave Fisher PVB (1)
Legends 4-10-4-3-X= 21 UMH 0-1-2-3-0= 6 Legends 2-7-2-11-X= 22
SP – Levi Driggs SP – Levi Driggs SP – Levi Driggs
Levi Driggs LG(4) Phill King LG(4) Jerry Driggs LG(4)
Jerry Driggs LG(3) Jerry Driggs LG(4) Tyler Wiget LG(3)
Dave Page UMH(3) Tyler Wiget LG(2) Phill King LG(2)
Cody Burdett UMH(3) Dave Page UMH(2) Cody Burdett UMH(4)
Blake Lansing UMH(1) Blake Lansing UMH(1) ) Eric Lewis UMH(2)
Cody Burdett UMH(1) Dave Page UMH(1)
TRLF 0-2-2-1-9-5= 19 Tigers 10-1-1-5-X= 17 TRLF 0-0-7-0-0= 7
HRs - Chris Garrard TG(5) HRs - Kevin Flax TG(3) HRs - Jeremy Porter TG(3)
Kevin Flax TG(5) Jeremy Porter TG(2) Kevin Flax TG(2)
Josh Wonderleigh TR(4) Chris Garrard TG(2) Chris Garrard TG(2)
Amos Jones TR(2) Adam Ellars TG(1) Justin Collins TG(1)
Corey White TR(2) Corey White TR(2) Adam Ellars TG(1)
Brandon Jinks TR(2) Josh Wonderleigh TR(1) Corey White TR(1)
Amos Jones TR(1)