Central Ohio Wiffleball League
Week 1 Results
League In Conf Out Conf. Overall Winning % Back
Legends 3 - 0 0 - 0 3 - 0 1.000 - .000 -
GDE 0 - 0 1 - 2 1 - 2 .000 - .333 2.0
PVB 1 - 2 0 - 0 1 - 2 .333 - .000 2.0
Knights 0 - 3 0 - 0 0 - 3 .000 - .000 3.0
League In Conf Out Conf. Overall Winning % Back
The U 0 - 0 2 - 1 2 - 1 .000 - .666 -
Brothers x2 2 - 1 0 - 0 2 - 1 .666 - .000 -
Redlegs 1 - 2 2 - 1 3 - 3 .500 - .333 1.0
Blade Sharp 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 - 0 .000 - .000 2.0
2011 COWL Week 1 Series Summaries
COWL Week 1 was one of surprises. First, the new teams were surprisingly competitive. Secondly,
all the 3 game series were extremely close. Thirdly, some solid teams from last year have improved
significantly and stand poised to make lots of noise during the year.
The 3 new teams, The Redlegs, Brother's Squared and the Knights all turned in excellent games.
The Redlegs played 2 series, falling in the first to the Brother's Squared 2-1, but rebounding to win
their second series 2-1 against PVB, an upper echelon team a year ago. The Redlegs were very consistent
through out their lineup with their 1-3 hitters all hitting 5 - 8 HRs. Ron Anderson crushed 8 HRs to drive in
an impressive 18 RBIs and Brad Miller went yard 6 times en route to 19 RBIs. At this point the Redlegs
own the most dangerous lead off batter as Drew Nichols led all lead off men with 6 HRs and 12 RBIs. The
Redlegs have decent team speed, have obviously played a fair amount of baseball and will improve quickly
as their feel for our rules and the COWL brand of wiffleball improves. In both of their series they out scored
their opponents narrowly. When it all comes together they will contend for their division title.
The Brothers Squared won their first series against the Redlegs 2-1, playing with only 3 players in game
1. Corbin Hill showed he will be a serious long ball threat, slamming 7 HRs in the series. Ashley Flautt
also did serious damage smashing 6 HRs of her own. They are a sleeper team in our opinion. They will not
over power many teams but are one of those teams where you look at the scoreboard in the last inning and
they will be ahead or dangerously close. Once they are at full strength they will be able to beat anyone in
the league and have staked their current claim already at the top of the American League.
PVB was slightly short-handed, but still narrowly missed winning their first series of the year against
the Redlegs. Gabe Fisher and Zach each had a good series, smashing 5 amd 4 HRs respectively. If Dave
Fisher would have had his normal night, PVB could have very well went undefeated. Still, no one doubts that
Dave will again contend for title of HR king as he is one of the most dangerous hitters in the league, as
well as being one of the best fielders. If Dave is able to get his full team of Brett and Brent in the lineup 1/2
the time and can be as competitive with the young version of PVB as they were this past week, they will
be a factor in the National League race and will be capable of winning any series.
The Knights drew a tough assignment, with their opening series being against the 2010 COWL World
Series Champion the Legends. After struggling in game 1 they narrowed the gap to 8-5 in game 2 and
actually had the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the 5th of game 3. It will be interesting to watch
how dramatically they improve in the next few weeks as they get used to playing together and to the rules.
The Knights have excellent team speed, they all field well and their hitting improved by magnitudes in just
the 3 games they played. By mid season they too will be a team to be reckoned with.
The Legends had a strange night, racing out to an impressive 25-5 opening game victory but then
slumping to only score 19 runs the rest of the series. Ben Cydrus had a great night, crushing 3 homers in
game 1 and not making an out in the final game. Ben also racked up 2 pitching wins on the night to tie him
for league lead with Drew Nicols of the Redlegs. Jerry had a very workman like night, book ending 2 four
HR efforts in games 1 and 3 around a 2 HR effort in game 2 to complement the 21 RBIs for the series.
Levi "Crush" Driggs had an off night hitting only 4 HRs, which still places him in the top 10 on the leader
board. Likewise, Phil "Scorpion" King struggled somewhat at the plate, ending the night with lots of hits
but no HRs. Phil did record 2 saves on the night but needs to work on his weak Francisco Cordero impression.
The surprise upset of the week belongs to the U, as they shocked 2010 COWL World Series Runner
Up GDE 2-1. The U demonstrated they are taking no prisoners in 2011. They were led by stalwart Brent
Hoover who crushed 7 HRs and drove in 13 RBIs in his opening bid to improve upon his 6th place finish
in the HR and RBI races. The U has improved steadily and have served notice they will compete for the
National League Crown this year.
I do not believe there is any call for panic among the GDE, as they started off slowly last year but won
a league record 20 games in a row to finish the season. Andy Russell is making an early bid for league MVP,
as he is in mid-season form already, crushing 8 HRs and a whopping 19 RBIs in their losing cause. The rest
of the normally very consistent and dangerous GDE crew had a relatively quiet night, but it is inevitable
they will right the ship and be one of the most difficult teams to beat, as their normally consistent offense
is rivaled only by their extremely stingy defense and possibly best overall pitching staff in the league.
Of the 5 series played, 4 had a total run differential of 3 or less between the 2 teams for the entire series.
Should that result become the norm, this season should be the extremely exciting as each series could come
down to the final at bat of the final inning of the final game. It is obvious the league has a great combination of
new and returning teams, with a fun mix of old and young players (some on the same teams even). It will be
interesting to watch the old guys try to hang in against the stellar young athletes on most teams.
For the up coming week, both Blade Sharp and Legends will play 2 series. Blade Sharp to catch up
and Legends to make up for upcoming vacation. The Redlegs and Brothers Squared both have off weeks as
they are enjoying vacation time.
COWL Wiffler of the Week Return to Top
Brent Hoover of The "U"
The 1st COWL Wiffler of the Week was a difficult decision. Many of the new teams had players who
turned in fantastic weeks and receive Honorable Mention thereby. Ron Anderson had a big first night,
smashing 7 HRs and 18 RBIs for the Redlegs. Fellow Redlegs Brad Miller and Drew Nichols also
crushed 6 HRs in their first night of play and both added pitching victories en route to a season opening
series win vs PVB.
Corbin Hill had a superb debut by smashing 7 HRs and 13 RBIs and team mate Ashley Flautt represented
the fairer half by crushing 6 HRs and 11 RBIs as Brothers Squared opened their first series in COWL with
a 2-1 series win over the Redlegs.
Gabe Fisher carried the PVB on his back with 5 HRs and 8 RBIs in a PVB victory over the Redlegs.
Andy Russell picked up where he left off last season for GDE, going yard 8 times while driving in 19 RBIs
against The U. Ben Cydrus from the Legends earns Honorable Mention for his 4 HR 9 RBI and 2 pitching
victory performance against the Kinghts.
But the Wiffler of the Week comes from the surprise upset of the week as The U staked claim to their
1st series victory of the year over 2010 American League Champs GDE 2 -1. For the U, Shay Nett earns
honorable mention by crushing 5 HRs and 9 RBIs filling in for Jordan Nelson.
Brent Hoover wins his 2nd career Wiffler of the Week award by delivering 7 HRs, 13 RBIs and a pitching
victory in The U's upset win over GDE.
For being chosen as Wiffler of the Week Brent Hoover will receive a free Wiffler of the Week t-shirt
complements of Shelleys Nursery and Garden Center. Congratulations Brent !
Game Scores (Home team on top) Return to Top
Gabe Fisher PVB (2) Drew Nichols RL (3)
Ron Anderson RL (1) Ron Anderson RL (2)
Dave Fisher PVB (1) Brad Miller RL (1)
Dave Fisher PVB (1)
Ashley Flautt B2(2) Drew Nichols RL (2) Ashley Flautt B2(2)
Ron Anderson RL (2) Ron Anderson RL (1) Ron Anderson RL (2)
Blake Rinehart RL (1) Drew Nichols RL (1)
Brad Miller RL (1) Collin Hill B2(1)
GDE 12 The U 12 GDE 9
Shondrick Locklear U(3) Shay Netter U(3) Dave Page GDE(1)
Brent Hoover U(2) Andy Russell GDE(4) Brent Hoover U(4)
Shay Netter U(2) Blake Lansing GDE(1)
Dave Page GDE(1)
Knights 6 Legends 8 Knights 10
Ben Cydrus Leg(3) Levi Driggs Leg(2) Walter Schauseil KN(2)
Levi Driggs Leg(2) Nathan Rinehart KN(1) Amos Jones KN(1)
Dustin Weaver KN(1) Ben Cydrus Leg(1)
2011 Player Stat Summary