Central Ohio Wiffleball League
2012 Week 3 Results
PVB - Pleasant Valley Boys UMH - Uncle Muscles' Hour
AP - Abusement Park YG - Young Guns
2012 Current Division Standings Return to Top
2012 COWL Week 3 Series Summaries Return to Top
2012 COWL Week 3 nearly turned into TV Sweeps week, as an unexpected sweep took shape and a very unexpected
sweep was narrowly avoided in our Series-of-the-Week.
The Dirt Dogs and the U hooked up in a cross division struggle between last place teams. The U have been struggling
of late to score while the Dirt Dogs have had a number of close game losses as they settle into the Wiffle Ball scene. The U
was home team on J & M but found themselves down 7-1 after 4 innings in game 1 after HRs by the Dirt Dogs, Matt Cox (2)
Eric Cox (1) and Lucas Detty (1). While the U rallied in the final frame they fell short 11 - 4 with Lucas Detty claiming
game 1 on the mound. Game 2 saw the U staking a 2-0 lead but clutch hitting by the Cox boys and Lucas Detty again drove
the U into a sizeable hole, trailing 7-2 in the 4th. A furious rally for the U eventually fell short in a 9-6 loss with Eric Cox
winning his 2nd game of the year for the Dogs. Game 3 was a pitching duel as the Dogs staked a 3-2 lead in the 1st and
never trailed, winning 4-3 behind the clever pitching of Steve Clever for the series sweep. For the series Eric Cox had his
biggest night of the year, smashing 3 HRs for 11 RBIs. Matt Cox matched him with 3 HRs and 5 RBIs while Lucas Detty
added 7 RBIs on 2 HRs. For the U Jordan Nelson returned from vacation to crush 3 HRs & 5 RBIs, matching the totals put
up by Tyler Wiget. The U will have a chance to get healthy in week 4 as they tangle once again with the bottom dwelling
team in the Contenders Division, Abusement Park.
Abusement Park took home team on Shelley field against the Legends, who again were without ace Ben Cydrus and
took the field with just 3 defenders. The Legends started quickly tallying 6 runs in the top of the 1st on HRs by Jerry and
Levi, inaugurating the new field. The game was something of a drawn out affair with neither team mounting much of an
offensive surge and the Legends eventually claiming a 12-5 victory with Jerry getting his 3rd win on the mound. Jerry also
added 4 HRs and 9 RBIs while Emily led AP with 3 RBIs. Game 2 was much more energetic as AP led off the top of the 1st
with 6 runs on HRs by Collin Hill and JD Callihan. The Legends responded with 5 of their own as Levi crushed 2 HRs in
the inning to pull the Legends back. Both teams added runs in each inning and AP added 4 in the last frame to close the
final score at 18-12 Legends with Phill King securing the win. Levi led all hitters with 6 HRs and 8 RBIs while Collin added
2 HRs and 5 RBIs. Game 3 was all Legends as they staked a 12-0 lead thru 4 enroute to a 14-3 win for Levi. Jerry tied a
league season high 7 HRs with 10 RBIs while Collin had the only AP HR. Levi added 2 HRs for the Legends. For the
series Jerry led all hitters with 15 HRs and 26 RBIs, league highs for the year. Collin Hill paced AP with 3 HRs and 9 RBIs.
Our evaluation of Shelley field after our first series there is positive. The short left field porch is balanced by the
threat of trees knocking cheap HRs back in play and by the mega deep center field fence. The bases are easy to run and
first base is no longer uphill. The very short but tall right field fence will entice both leftys and rightys who go the other
way but makes for easy put outs on ground balls hit to this side. The field favors HRs to score runs rather than small ball,
but the depth of the center field fence makes scoring from second or taking first to third possible on line drives to the fence.
Overall, we are very pleased with the way Shelley turned out.
The final series of the week featured PVB against the league leading UMH on CC field. PVB was the visiting team
and began the game in fast fashion, lighting up the score board for 5 runs on HRs by Gabe and Brent. UMH responded
with 1 in the bottom of the 1st and after holding PVB scoreless in the 2nd, tacked on 3 more on an Andy Russell HR.
AFter PVB got back in the game with 4 runs in the 3rd, UMH exploded for 17 total runs in the next 2 innings to break
open a close game eventually winning 21-11 with Dave Page picking up the win on the mound. For the game Andy Russell
crushed 4 HRs while Blake Lansing added 3. Dave, Brandon and Brent all hit 2 HRs for PVB. Game 2 was all UMH from
the start as they got out to an early 5-0 lead and tacked on 15 more in the next 2 innings, desposing of PVB by the mercy
rule 20-5 after 4 innings. For the game UMH used a balanced attack as Blake, Eric and Andy all hit 2 HRs with John
Bruce adding his 1st HR of the evening. For PVB Brett Fisher made his 1st appearance of the year, crushing 2 HRs in
the losing effort. John Bruce picked up the win on the mound. Game 3 was a much closer affair as PVB fell behind 6-0
but roared back with 7 runs in the top of the 4th to take the lead 10-6. Some poor fielding and a timely HR by Andy put
UMH back in the lead 11-10 after 4. UMH claimed the win with a 4 run 5th. Dave page drove UMH to victory hitting
4 HRs in the game with Andy adding 3 more. Brandon led PVB with 3 9 HRs and 20 RBIs. Lead off man Blake Lansing
added 5 HRs and 11 RBIs while Dave Page added 5 and 12. John Bruce contributed 2 HRs and 7 RBIs. Brandon
Kennedy led PVB with 5 HRs and 9 RBIs, Dave, Brett and Gabe Fisher all hit 3 HRs and brother Brent added 2 more.
Upset Award of the Week Return to Top
The surprise upset of the week was an entire series, as 2 very equally matched teams - the U and the
Dirt Dogs squared off in the battle of last place teams.
The Dirt Dogs' bats came to life to claim a series sweep against the struggling U, and in turn move
the Dirt Dogs into a tie for 3rd place in the Contenders division - just a single game back of PVB.
To the credit of the U, even though they did not play particularly well at the plate, they hung in
there and kept swatting away - and obviously had a good time in spite of the circumstances. They will
get things worked out and my prediction is it will be against one of the best teams in the league - as
they have "gotten well" against us several times in the last couple years.
Congratulations to the Dirt Dogs for getting off the porch and running with the big dogs - now all
they have to do is keep up the pace.
Series of the Week Return to Top
Our 1st Series of the week paired two surprising teams, both vying for league lead in the Contenders Division.
The 4-2 Redlegs versus the 3-3 Knights. The Redlegs win the award for making the most of what you have, and the
Knights with the additions of Corey White and Josh Wonderleigh, paired with dramatically improved play by Amos
Jones and Dustin Weaver have the 2011 last place Knights in contention for a 2012 division crown.
The Knights won the flip and elected home team. Inning 1 was an omen of what was in store for the Knights as
Blake Rinehart crushed 2 HRs in inning 1 and Kyle Urigh and newbie Adam McGuire both added a solo shots. Corey
White countered with a solo shot in the bottom of 1 to narrow the gap to 5-1 Redlegs. Adam homered again in the 2nd
and the Knights could not get going and were blanked for the frame, heading into the 3rd down 8-1. After a scoreless
top the Knights did manage to put 2 runs up in the bottom of the 3rd on solo shots by Corey and Josh and the score
stood at 8-3 after 3. Adam added another solo shot in the 4th for the Reds and the Knights went to work in the bottom
half by adding 4 runs on solo shots by Amos and Corey. Adam added his 4th HR in the top of the 5th and the Reds
carried a 9-7 lead into the bottom of the 5th. Amos led off the inning with a solo HR to close within 1 and after a double
by Josh, Blake stabbed a line drive by Corey to right for out 1, but Josh tagged to 3rd to move the tying run just 45'
from pay dirt. Pitcher Travis Rinehart enticed Dustin Weaver to ground right back to pitcher's mound bringing up
leadoff man Amos Jones with 2 down and the tying run in Josh still on 3rd and a potential walk off HR for Amos.
Travis nibbled around the corners and managed to get a looking strike and a foul ball strike on Amos. With a 4-2 count
Travis made a perfect pitch and struck Amos out swinging to preserve the 9-8 victory for the Redlegs in game 1.
The Knights started quickly in game 2, pushing 3 across as Amos crushed a bb to left center for a 2 run shot and
small ball added another run. The Redlegs began their turn in identical fashion to game 1, with Blake crushing 2 HRs in
the 1st off of Knights starter Corey and Adam and Travis adding solo shots for a total of 5 runs in the 1st. The Knights
responded with 2 more in the top of the 2nd courtesy of a another 2 run bb by Amos to left center.
Inning 3 was good to the Redlegs as Blake crushed a 2 run HR and Adam added a 3 run shot for 5 in the inning. The
Knights were unable to reciprocate in the bottom of the inning and trailed 10-5 into the 4th. The Reds power surge
continued in the bottom of the 4th as Blake, Adam and Travis hit back-to-back-to-back solo HRs in the frame to drive
their lead to 13-5 heading into the 5th. The Knights were able to add a single run on a Dustin Weaver bomb, but fell to
the Redlegs 13-8 as Travis Rinehart picked up the victory. Blake and Adam both contributed 3 HRs in the effort while
Travis found his stroke and added 2 of his own. Kyle was a setup man in the effort delivering only 1 HR but leading the
team with 5 runs scored. For the Knights Amos led all hitters with 2 Hrs with Dustin added one.
Game 3 presented the last opportunity for the home Knights to avoid a sweep and they reversed the trend of the
until the 3rd when Josh and Dustin again crushed impressive HRs for 5 more runs in the inning. That would supply all
the runs needed as the Reds were unable to get anything going at the plate, falling 12-1 as Josh picked up the victory
from the mound. Josh also led all hitters with 3 HRs and 5 RBIs. Dustin added 2 HRs and Corey added a single HR
in the winning effort.
For the series newbie Adam McGuire led all hitters with 7 HRs and 10 RBIs. Blake Rinehart continues his
fantastic start as he added 5 HRs and 8 RBIs, plus a pitching win to his impressive 2012 start. Kyle and Travis added
a respectable 2 HRs each and contributed significant time on the mound in superb fashion. The Redlegs were out scored
by the Knights in the series 28 to 23, but managed to pick up 2 crucial division wins in the series. They continue to
surprise at the plate, hitting an impressive 16 HRs in the series and making some solid plays in the field.
Josh and Amos led the Knights with 4 HRs each while Corey and Dustin had 3. Corey and Josh both tallied 8 HRs
on the uncharacteristically tame night for the Knights at the plate.
Before the series Levi and I placed a bet with Levi picking the Knights to sweep the Reds. My bet was that the Reds
would win the series 2-1. I based my prognostication on the Redlegs uncanny knack of making however few runs they score
just enough to win. They did it all last year and have gotten even better at the very handy skill. The cliche is that good
pitching always beats good hitting and I think this series was a great example. In close games a single bad pitch or two can
be the difference between the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat - and overall, the Redlegs have to rank up there as
one of the best pitching rotations in the league. Every player seems to have the nuanced skill of where to throw pitches so
they become pop outs instead of HRs.
Our choice for series MVP goes to Blake Rinehart. In both of their victories Blake led off with 2 HR innings in the
1st, and really produced every time runners were in scoring position. Add a pitching win and several key defensive plays,
like his stab of Corey's wicked line drive with 0 outs in the bottom of the 5th of game 1 and Blake compiled a fantastic
series in a very crucial division battle to claim the top spot in the division.
The Redlegs will be tested this Friday as they play the Champions Division leader Legends on TLC in a battle of
Division leaders - our next Series of the Week
COWL Wiffler of the Week - Week 3 Return to Top
Blake Rinehart - Redlegs
Our COWL Wiffler of Week 3 comes from the Series of the Week, where the crafty Redlegs bested the hard
hitting Knights in a 2-1 game series victory. All Reds' players made strong contributions to the effort, including
a most impressive showing by newbie Adam McGuire, who crushed 7 HRs and drove in 10 RBIs in his first series.
But the Captain leader of the Redlegs also led them on the field and Blake Rinehart had a stellar night in the
biggest series to date in the Contenders Division. Blake accumulated 5 HRs, 8 RBIs and 10 runs scored, plus a
pitching win in the first game of the series. How Blake did this wins him Wiffler of the Week honors.
As leadoff man Blake led off both Redleg victories with dual HRs in the Redlegs first at bat, as the Redlegs
scored 5 runs and jumped out to early leads in both games. When loose the Knights can hit with any team in the
league and Blake's early power surge and solid pitching kept the Knights in check to give the Reds their chance.
With game 1 on the line and the Redlegs clutching to a tenuous 9-8 lead with the tying run on 2nd and the
winning run at the plate in sweet swinging Corey White and no outs retired, Blake batted and stabbed a curving
line drive by Corey. The drive would have went to the fence and easily scored Josh from 2nd. The Redlegs
went on to record a ground out and strike out to claim game 1 and set themselves up for a series victory in game 2.
For his clutch hitting, pitching and fielding Blake Rinehart claims COWL Week 3 Wiffler of the Week and
wins a Wiffler of the Week T and other Reds plunder courtesy of Herbie Strange State Farm.
Well done Blake !
Box Scores (Home team on top) Return to Top
Tyler Wiget U(2) Lucas Detty DD(1) Eric Cox DD(1)
Lucas Detty DD(1) Eric Cox DD(1) Tyler Wiget U(1)
Eric Cox DD(1) Brent Hoover U(1)
Brent Hoover U(1) Jordan Nelson U(1)
Abusement Park 5 Legends 18 Abusement Park 5
Legends 12 Abusement Park 12 Legends 12
Levi Driggs Leg(1) Jerry Driggs Leg(4) Levi Driggs Leg(2)
Phill King Leg(1) Collin Hill AP(2) Collin Hill AP(1)
Phill King Leg(1)
JD Clalihan AP(1)
Knights 8 Redlegs 13 Knights 12
Blake Rinehart RL(2) Adam Mcuire RL(3) Dustin Weaver KG(2)
Amos Jones KG(2) Travis Rinehart RL(2) Corey White KG(1)
Corey White KG(2) Amos Jones KG(2)
Kyle Urigh RL(1) Kyle Urigh RL(1)
Josh Wonderleigh KG(2) Dustin Weaver KG(1)
UMH 21 PVB 5 UMH 14
Blake Lansing UMH(3) Eric Lewis UMH(2) Andy Russell UMH(3)
Eric Lewis UMH(1) Andy Russell UMH(2) Brandon Kennedy PVB(3)
John Bruce UMH(1) Brett Fisher PVB(2) Eric Lewis UMH(1)
Dave Page UMH(1) John Bruce UMH(1) John Bruce UMH(1)
Dave Fisher PVB(2) Gabe Fisher PVB(1) Dave Fisher PVB(1)
Brandon Kennedy PVB (2) Gabe Fisher PVB(1)
Brent Fisher PVB(2) Brett Fisher PVB(1)
Gabe Fisher PVB(1)
Weekly Team Stats - Thru 3 Weeks Return to Top