2013 Division Standings
Champions Division - ML
Contenders Division - AAA
Week 5 Schedule - Sunday, July 7th
Weekly Team Stats Return to Top
2013 3CWL Week 5 Series Summaries
I have been looking forward to Week 5 in the 3CWL for some time as it promised to be a strong
indicator as to if our format change into major league, AAA and AA divisions actually had any impact.
Week 5 was the first full week of Champions Division teams (Major League) versus Contenders
Division teams (AAA). To this point in the 3CWL season the majority of games have been against
The rationale for dividing up the divisions was to provide for more competitive games between
the most skilled teams and those in the middle. We spent a fair amount of time over the winter pouring
over stats and trying to guestimate what the magic number was to spot AAA teams so as to force the
ML teams to struggle to win, without flat giving games away.
After the first full week - I think we have a winner. Although, the comments I received almost
with unanimity from the ML teams (including mine) was that we went too far. Our goal was to even the
score and make the more skilled team play just as proficiently against the AAA teams as they have to
against other ML teams to win.
Our expectation was that the starting allotment for AAA teams would likely swing an average of 1
game per series. We were off, but not by much. My expectation is that ML teams will now approach
games with AAA teams a little more seriously now - and the average will come back to center.
As for this 1st week, however, AAA teams take round 1. The air was extremely heavy - Central
Ohio having received its 14th consecutive day of measurable rain - a record for the summer months.
This made the task faced by ML teams even more formidable as they would have to find ways to
manufacture the additional runs on ways other than HRs.
Series 1 pitted NFC against last year's COWL World Series Runner-Up the Tralfamadorians. TRLF
wasted little time erasing the 3-0 deficit with 10 runs in the first 3 innings. In a preview of things to come,
NFC fought back putting 9 of their own runs on the board, before a big 4th inning anchored by a 3 run Corey
White HR provided the winning tally of 15-12. Corey also took the win on the mound while Lucas Detty of
NFC provided the most fireworks with 3 HRs for 5 RBIs. Game 2 was even closer as NFC added to their
3 run lead on a 3 run Luke HR, then utilized some errant pegs and defensive lapses by TRLF to steal game
2 12-8, a run outside the starting margin. Matt Crawford picked up the win from the mound. Momentum
had shifted NFC's way by game 3 and they added 5 runs to their starting 3 in the first, eventually building
a 12-0 lead by the 3rd on the way to a series clinching 14-1 victory with Eric Cox picking up the pitching win.
For the series Luke Detty led all hitters with 7 HRs and 13 RBIs, while Eric Cox and Tyler Depugh both
add 2 HRs. TRLF was led by Corey with 4 HRs while Brandon Jinks had 3 and both Amos Jones and
Dustin Weaver had 2 each. In short, TRLF just didn't play well enough to overcome the allotted bonus
for AAA NFC - and NFC smartly used their HRs wisely combined with good pitching and defense to take
their first series from a Contenders division team in franchise history. Not only will this format liven up
the post season - it is breathing new live into the Contenders division race also.
Series 2 featured perennial power house UMH versus the always solid and Contenders leading PVB.
We expected PVB to take or be on the verge of taking 1 of these games. Home team UMH tied the game
in the 2nd before PVB surged to a 3 run lead in the 4th, only to have UMH strike back with 4 in the bottom
of the inning. PVB tied the game in the top of the 5th but UMH came through with a clutch 5th, winning the
opening slavo 10-7 with Ashley Flautt taking the win. Cody Burdett led UMH at the plate with 2 HRs while
Dave Page, Blake Lansing and Ashley all added a single HR. Jerran Iles, John Kepler and Dave Fisher
all crushed HRs in the losing effort. Game 2 was a race from the start with UMH erasing the 3-0 start with
5 in the top of the 1st, only to have PVB score 3 of their own to take the lead. UMH reclaimed the lead with
3 more in the 2nd but could manage no additional runs the rest of the game and PVB slowly crawled back
into the game with 2 in te 3rd and then 2 in the 4th, taking and holding a 10-8 lead til the final. Jarren Iles
continued his improvement, winning the game from the mound and crushing 3 HRs in the effort. For UMH
Ashley had 2 HRs while all other UMHers added 1 HR. This game fell within the margin of error. The
rubber match saw PVB racing to a 10-0 lead heading into the 4th before UMH came roaring back with 6 in
the final frame. Dave Fisher was the winning pitcher and provide the offensive spark also, smashing 2 HRs
and driving in 6 of PVB's 7 RBIs.
For the series Jarren led all hitters with 5 HRs, while Dave Fisher added 4 and John Kepler and Brent
Fisher added 1. UMH was led by female phenom Ashley Flautt with 5 RBIS while Dave Page and Cody
Burdett added 3 HRs each and Blake Lansing hit 2. This series was played on J&M field which may have
contributed to the low HR totals - a difficult hurdle to overcome when spotting another team 3 runs.
Series 3 matched up Champions division leader Legends versus the solid Redlegs on CC field. The
Redlegs quickly put the Legends in a hole after several booted defensive plays followed by 2 Blake
Rinehart HRs elevated the score to 8-0. The Legends began the climb back after 3 run HRs by Phill and
Jerry but could not get the last clutch hit as the game ended with the tying run at the plate in Jerry. Brad
Miller did and excellent job pitching for the win. Game 2 started differently with the Legends scoring 8
before the Redlegs pushed their first run across in the bottom of the 4th. Tyler Wiget led all hitters with
3 HRs while Jerry added 2. Phill did his usual fine job from the mound. The rubber match saw the Redlegs
add to their 3 run lead with 1 in the top of the first. The Legends responded with their biggest inning of the
night with 8 runs, including HRs by all 3 players. The Legends continued to add to their lead, taking a 15-4
mark into the top of the 5th on a multi HR game by Phill, Jerry and Tyler. The Redlegs made a valliant
comeback on a 2 HR inning by Blake Rinehart, but eventually fell to the arm of Tyler Wiget 15-10.
For the series Tyler Wiget led all hitters with 7 HRs and 14 RBIs while Jerry added 5 HRs and Phill
crushed 3. The Redlegs were led by ironman Blake Rinehart with 4 HRs and 8 RBIs. In a nutshell, the
Legends sorely missed the huge bat of their Crushman Levi and his 4+ HRs per game. With an off night
by Jerry and some subpar defense - the Redlegs held together to steal a crucial game in the series.
The final series was a 2 game affair by dramatically improved WTP and TRLF. Minus the box score,
I can only surmise game 1 was a wild one as TRLF eventually claimed the game 16-15 - the most runs
scored to date by WTP. I have been warning each week that when the HRs come they will be a handful,
and that night was Sunday. Game 1 saw WTP doubling their total HR output for the year with 6 bombs,
including 3 by Eli McKee. For TRLF Corey did the bulk of the damage with 3 dingers and 11, yes, 11
RBIs. Amos picked up the crucial win on the mound. Game 2 finally saw WTP getting over the hump
and beating a ML team as they actually won outside the margin of eror 11-7, using 2 HRs by Ben and a
single HR from every other WTPer in the lineup. It may be time for them to consider changing their
team name as it may not be warranted very much longer. Ben Davis won the game on the mound and
Corey and Amos both crushed 2 HRs in the losing effort.
Next week we mix in the Tigers in another full slate of inter divisional games - and we will see if
the major league teams can answer the challenge sent in week 5 by all AAA teams.
Upset Award of the Week
There is simply no way we can pick a single game as the upset of the week - with AAA
teams PVB and NFC outright winning series from COWL World Series Runner-Ups UMH and the
Tralfamadorians - the Redlegs stealing a game from the Legends and WTP taking their 1st win
in franchise history over a ML team.
No, the entirety of week 5 was an upset - a shot across the bow from the AAA teams and the
Contender's Division that they are just that - Contenders for the crown.
Will the Champions come to play next week ? We shall soon see.
Herbie Strange State Farm
3CWL Wiffler of the Week Return to Top
Blake Rinehart Eli McKee Jarren Iles Luke Detty
Redlegs WTP PVB NFC
Again, it would be impossible to pick only a single 3CWL State Farm Wiffler of the Week
when so many big upsets occurred - each with their own key player making the difference.
So, we will take the easy way out and denote this week as special in 3CWL history by
picking 1 player from each of the teams scoring the big upsets.
First, Jarren Iles continues to lead PVB in their quest for a Contenders Division crown,
leading PVB over UMH with a pitching win and 5 HRs.
Next, Luke Detty drove a stake into the heart of TRLF with a 7 HR 13 RBI night - key
wins as NFC seeks to stay apace with PVB for the division crown.
The Redlegs stole a game from the Legends with the bat of iron man Blake Rinehart,
with a 2 HR 6 RBI inning in game 1 to cement the win.
WTP joined the big boys club, winning their first game over a ML opponent, using the
hot and improving bat of Eli McKee and his 4 HRs and 8 RBIs.
Congratulations to Jarren, Luke, and Eli for joining the 3CWL State Farm Wiffler of
the Week club - and to Blake for a 2012 repeat performance. I will get you all shirts !
Game Scores (Home team on top) Return to Top
TRLF 15 NFC 12 TRLF 15
NFC 12 TRLF 8 NFC 12
WP – Corey White WP – Matt Crawford WP – Eric Cox
HRs - Corey White TR(2) HRs - Luke Detty NF(1) HRs - Luke Detty NF(3)
Dustin Weaver TR(1) Brandon Jinks TR(2) Eric Cox NF(1)
Luke Detty NF(3) Amos Jones TR(2) Tyler Depugh NF(1)
Eric Cox NF(1) Corey White TR(1) Corey White TR(1)
Tyler Depugh NF(1) Dustin Weaver TR(1)
UMH 3-0-0-3-1 = 7 PVB 6-0-2-2-X = 10 UMH 0-0-0-3-3 = 6
PVB 0-3-0-5-2 = 10 UMH 5-3-0-0-0 = 8 PVB 3-3-0-4-0 = 10
WP – Ashley Flautt WP – Jarren Iles WP – Dave Fisher
HRs - Cody Burdett UMH(2) HRs - Jarren Iles PVB (3) HRs - Dave Fisher PVB (2)
Dave Page UMH(1) Dave Fisher PVB (1) Jarren Iles PVB (1)
Blake Lansing UMH(1) Brent Fisher PVB (1) Ashley Flautt UMH(2)
Ashley Flautt UMH(1) Ashley Flautt UMH(2) Dave Page UMH(1)
Jarren Iles PVB (1) Dave Page UMH(1)
John Kepler PVB (1) Blake Lansing UMH(1)
Dave Fisher PVB (1) Cody Burdett UMH(1)
Brad Miller RL(1) Jerry Driggs LG(1) Jerry Driggs LG(3)
Jerry Driggs LG(1) Phill King LG(2)
Phill King LG(1)
TRLF 16 WTP 11
HRs - Corey White TR(3) HRs - Ben Davis WT(2)
Amos Jones TR(1) Eli McKee WT(1)
Brandon Jinks TR(1) Ryan Holton WT(1)
Eli McKee WT(3) Kannon Strausbaugh WT(1)
Ben Davis WT(1) Corey White TR(2)
Aarom Davis WT(1) Amos Jones TR(2)