If you have played any in our league, you know the man our Spring Charity Benefit
Tournament is for this year. As Captain of the Redlegs, Blake Rinehart has logged almost
100 games in league play. Not only has he developed into an All-Star quality Wiffle Ball
player, he is an all around great guy. Competitive, but soft spoken, trading barbs good
naturedly with his Redlegs teammates and opposing teams. I have never heard Blake
utter a cross word - he is a great example of what Wiffle ball players should be.
Blake fought his first battle with cancer in 1997 when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's
Lymphoma. Undergoing a bone marrow transplant, Blake was virtually cancer free until
until 2007 when cancer returned. The usual routine of chemo and radiation seemed to
overcome the very dangerous strain of cancer he was pitted against and Blake was again
cancer free until this past winter.
Due to the previous radiation treatments, Blake is not a candidate for further treatments
of this kind. Instead, he will undergo 12 weeks of intense chemo in preparation for either
another bone marrow transplant, or the new stem cell transplant that has recently been
pioneered. These are both very serious operations with good records of success for the
recipients and I know you will join us in praying for Blake's full and speedy recovery as he
suits up to do battle against this dreaded foe.
Those who have had a loved one go thru this regimen understand how ironic and
debilitating cancer treatments are - poisoning the patient, killing good and bad cells in an
attempt to eradicate mutant cancerous cells so brand new bone marrow or stem cells can
be used to start the regenerative healing process without the cancerous cells present.
Blake is a warrior and we are certain he will do his part battling valiantly. But we all
understand his war, like all wars, are expensive. There are a whole host of extra costs
(gas, overnight lodging for family, missed work, etc.) that insurance simply does not cover.
Blake would never ask for help - in fact, he has declined our offers to this point and I
have had to gather info about his condition from friends and family as he has been less
than forthcoming about his illness. He is very positive about his path and prognosis but
obviously realizes the challenge that lies before him.
Here is OUR chance to truly help a buddy - defray those extra costs associated with his
struggle - show we care. One of OUR OWN.
YOU, the Wifflers of the COWL have been so generous in the past, donating over $3,000 to
2010 The Matt Howe Childhood Leukemia Benefit, The 2011 Destiny Hitchens / Craig Hitchens
Memorial Scholarship Fund and the 2012 Emilee Coy / Sara Coy Cancer Benefit.
Now, we have the opportunity to help one of our OWN !
I Need Help - and I am not afraid to admit it.
1st - I need ideas how we can raise funds for presention to Blake as a gift.
2nd - I need you to help me get some business sponsors - they make it way easier.
= for HR Derby prizes, direct gifts, etc
3rd - I need you to tell me what contest prizes you think would inspire our league to participate.
= Most Sponsorship $$$, HR Derby, ???? you tell me ????
4th - I need you to noodle on how you could help.
I have left the two things we did last year to raise funds below - and I would recommend we do
them again - with the winners from last year being exempted from winning this year. You tell me
what you think the grand prizes should be. Last year the grand prize for collecting the most
sponsorship funds was an Apple iPhone 4S - but I am open to whatever else you might think would
be relevant and inspiring - an XBox, Play Station 3, iPad, iPhone ?
We will, once again, open our season with a tournament !
The tentative date is set for Friday or Saturday - May 31, June 1. Please check your schedules
to see if this works for your team !
Once again - any sponsorship of $100 or more will give your team the priviledge of choosing
a home field for the 2013 season - meaning all games against teams that don't have a home field
will be on yours - and you will be home the 1st and 3rd games. All other series with teams that
do have a home field will be on a neutral field with coin flip determining home team.
Thanks to These Great Sponsors who have already pledged their support !
4 Ways You Can Join the Fun
1. Get Sponsors and join the HR Derby (great prizes)
2. Support your team - OLD Guys (yea) vs Young Punks (boo)
- Buy a stake in your team and WIN a steak !
3. Any gifts from the free food night will go directly to the Charity
4. Have your team play in the Benefit Tournament
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1. Home Run Madness Return to TOP
Friday, May 31 - 8 PM
Home Run Madness Description :
1. Participants will seek sponsors for each HR they hit (form below) or flat donation
2. Minimum $25 in sponsorship per individual to participate
Teams of $100 can designate 1 participant
Team sponsorship at $200 gets 2 participants
Team sponsorship at $300 2 participants ADD their totals TOGETHER
3. Batter will have 25 swings on TLC field
4. Your pitcher, your pitch - why not get a partner and just switch ?
5. We will record your total HRs - All swings count against 25 total (fair, foul or miss)
6. 4 winners - Total Sponsorship $$, 1st and 2nd, Total HRs, 1st and 2nd
Most Total Sponsorship $$$
1st - iPad, XBox 360, iPhone 4 - tbd
2nd - Giovannis Pizza & Crispie Creme Gift Certificates
1st - Paints, State Farm, TLC & Giovannis Certificates
2nd - Giovannis Pizza & Crispie Creme Gift Certificates
2. Old vs Young Return to TOP
Friday, May 31 - 8 PM
Who rules this league, the Grizzled Old Timers or the Young Punks ?
Here's how we intend to find out ...
1. 2 Teams, one consisting of the league's best over 35 players, one of under 35
2. 5 innings to hit the most HRs as a team, with the game rules listed below
3. YOU support your team by buying a share, and receiving a dividend if they win
- $5 share = Dairy Queen Blizzard if your team wins
- $10 share = Chipotle Gift Certificate
- $25 share = Longhorn Gift Certificate and TLC Carwash Certificate
- $50 share = All of above plus TLC Oilube Free Oil Change
OLD Farts Young PUNKS
Dave Fisher Levi Driggs
Jerry Driggs Dave Page
Matt Hoops Tyler Wiget
Brent Hoover ?????????
Old vs Young Rules
- Old guys (35 and over) against Young Guys (under 35)
- 5 innings
- 4 batters and a pitcher
- Inning break downs as follows;
1st Inning - Every batter gets 5 fair ball hits to see how many HRs they can hit
Teams pitch to their own and pitchers can't be hitters - at bats end only with an out
i.e., as long as a batter keeps hitting HRs, they keep batting
All fair balls not HRs are outs
2nd Inning - With 4 defenders - regular batting order - bat until 3 outs, watched strike is automatic K
Teams pitch to their own and pitchers can't be hitters
Balls beyond baseline in the air are singles, rolling into the fence are doubles,
Off the fence in the air are triples, over the fence HRs, grounders are outs
Base runners but NO base running
3rd Inning - 1 pitch inning - regular batting order - bat until 5 outs
Pitch to the opponent - All watched balls are walks, watched strikes are K's
All fair balls not HRs are outs, foul balls - unless caught, no out, move to next batter
4th Inning - Normal batting rules - regular batting order - bat until 3 outs
Pitch to the opponent - All fair balls not HRs are outs
5th Inning - 1 pitch inning - regular batting order - Each batter lives until they make an out
Pitch to your own and pitchers can't be hitters
Each HR counts for 2 runs
All pitches not hit for HRs are outs
3. Charity Tourney Return to TOP
Saturday, June1 - 9 AM
- See above for full details
- Sponsorship Options
+ $25 individual - HR Derby entry
+ $40 per team - Tourney entry (non league teams - league teams free entry)
+ $100 per team - Tourney entry, 1 HR Derby entry, Pick pick a home field for league play
+ $200 per team - Tourney entry, 2 HR Derby entries, Pick pick a home field for league play
+ $300 per team - Tourney entry, 2 HR Derby entries, Pick pick a home field for league play
Pick your league division
League entry fee
ADD HR Derby scores Together
Free Entry into NWBA OH State Tourney
4. Free Dog & Chip Night / Bake Sale
Friday, May 31 - 7 PM
- Opening Night - 3rd Capital Wiffleball League
- Free Dogs & Chips for all in attendance - donations welcome
- Bake Sale simultaneously
2012 For Emilee Benefit
Home Run Madness Results Return to Top
1st Place - Levi Driggs - 37 of 50 2nd Place - Tyler Wiget - 23 of 50
Winner of Giovanni's Gift Certificate Winner of Paints Gift Pack / hat / shirts /tickets
1st Place - Janae Driggs - $430 2nd Place - Tyler Wiget - $125
Winner of Apple iPhone 4S Winner of New System Bakery &
TLC Oilube Gift Certificates
FRIDAY NIGHT SVC CHALLENGE
1st Place - Uncle Musclez Hour - T Shirt Ross County champs ! 2nd Place - Cavalier Pride - Giovanni's Gift Certificates
Blake Lansing, Dave Page, John Bruce, Andy Russell Hoppin' Dave Fisher, Gabe Fisher, Brandon Kennedy, Jerry Driggs
After losing their first game to Cavs Pride, UMH fought all the way back thru the loser's bracket, defeating nearly every other team
in the tourney, including the Avengers in the LB semifinanal, the U in the LB final, and then defeating Cavalier Pride 14-13 in the thrilling
sudden death championship game. Congratulations to UMH for claiming the Ross County Wiffle Ball Championship !