Central Ohio Wiffleball League
2012 Week 4 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 4 Series Summaries Return to Top
2012 COWL Week 4 began with wild swings in the Contenders Division once again, as teams in the division are
bunching up in the middle, setting the stage for a wild finish as every division game will be huge in the remaining 3 weeks
of play. Plus, the winless U jumps into the win column in a big way and several make ups are yet to be played.
The U entered week 4 still looking for their 1st win and they got it early squeaking by Abusement Park on J&M field
10-9, nullifying a career game by Collin Hill who hit 5 HRs and had 7 RBIs in the game. For the U a very balanced attack
was a winning formula as John Kepler, Tyler Wiget and Shane all had 3 RBIs and Brent added the game winner. Johnny
picked up his 1st win for the year on the mound. Game 2 was not as close as the U is showing signs of breaking their scoring
slump. Tyler Wiget bettered Collin Hill's first game by 1, crushing 6 HRs with 9 RBIs while John added a HR and 5 RBIs of
his own. Collin again carried the load for AP as he added 4 HRs to his game 1 total, but only had 6 RBIs with them - a sure
indicator that the U is returning to defensive form by denying base runners. Tyler picked up the win from the mound. Game 3
was a low scoring affair with the U finally pulling away late by playing small ball as they hit no HRs in the win. Brent led all
hitters with 4 RBIs while Johnny came in as pitching relief to close out the game for his 2nd win on the night. Emily Manson
had the only HR. The U picks up their first wins of the year in a 3-0 series sweep of the struggling U.
Upset Award of the Week Return to Top
No surprise upset of the week with 2 series left to play for the week.
Series of the Week Return to Top
Legends vs. Redlegs
Our COWL “Series of the week” for week 4 pitted the Legends (7-1) vs. the Redlegs (6-3) in a battle of division
leaders. This game represented the age old rivalry of power pitching versus power hitting. The Redlegs entered the
series allowing just 6.5 runs p/g, placing them squarely in 2nd defensively. The Redlegs averaged 6.3 runs of offense
p/g using a balanced attack led by defending COWL “Wiffler of the Week”, Blake Rinehart and his 10 homeruns.
The Legends came in as the number one offense averaging 16.7 runs p/g and averaging over 10 homeruns
as a team p/g led by Jerry and Levi Driggs 70 combined bombs. Also, in need of a fourth, the Legends added Janae
Driggs to fill up the lineup card. This series not only signified the clash of division powers, but also it was a bench mark
series that put the COWL season passed its halfway point. The series took place on TLC Field with the Redlegs serving
as the home team.
GAME ONE - Starting Pitchers: Jerry Driggs (3 wins) vs. Brad Miller (1 win)
The Legends sent perennial ace Jerry Driggs (24 career wins) to the mound as the Redlegs countered with
last year’s 4-game winner, Brad Miller. The wind and the pitching prevailed through inning number one as both teams
were held scoreless. After another goose egg for the Legends offensively, the Redlegs exploded for a 5-run bottom
of the 2nd with Brad Miller helping his own cause at the plate batting in the first of his three bombs. After going quietly
for two innings, the Legends found their stroke in the top half of inning number three, scoring 11 runs, most notably led
by the Legends first grand slam of the year, walloped by Levi Driggs.
This prompted the Redlegs to go to the bullpen for the first time in the series, bringing in Kyle Uhrig. Jerry began
to hit his spots on the mound, blanking the Redlegs in the bottom half of the 3rd inning. Then, in the top of the 4th it
was like Déjà vu all over again (quote Berra), as Levi again blasted a grand slam to put the Legends on top 15-5. The
Redlegs added one more run in the bottom half of the inning to bring the tally to 15-6 heading to the 5th. The Legends
added four more runs, and Jerry pitched through the final inning allowing one run to bring the final tally to 19-7.
FINAL: 19-7, Legends
(Leg) Levi Driggs-5 HRs. 11 RBI’s (2 grand slams)
(Leg) Jerry Driggs- 4 HRs. 7 RBI’s. 4 Innings pitched. 6 runs against. Win.
(Red) Brad Miller- 3 HRs. 4 RBI’s. 3 Innings pitched. 11 runs against.
(Red) Adam, Kyle, Blake- Each 1 Homerun. 1 RBI.
GAME TWO - Starting Pitchers: Phill King (2 wins) vs. Klye Uhrig
Game two was by far the best game of the series. The Redlegs were the away team, and quickly struck for two
runs off the bat of Kyle Uhrig. The Legends also played long ball as the wind began to subside with Levi Driggs knocking
his 6th HR of the day. The Redlegs would tack on two runs in the top of the second after a Blake Rinehart dinger. Again,
the power pitching of the Redlegs would stymie the Legends as they were held scoreless for two full innings.
The top of the 4th began with the Redlegs leading 6-2 with a big opportunity to play add on and bury the Legends.
The Redlegs were unable to pad their lead any and set the stage for another bit of magic from the bat of Levi Driggs.
After hitting a solo shot earlier in the inning, Levi stepped into the batter’s box of a 6-3 game with a chance to put the
Legends on top with one swing. Again, Levi delivered for his third grand slam of the day. Trailing by a run in the top of
the 5th, the Redlegs got down to business. After a sharp liner, Adam McGuire stood in and hit a clutch two-run HR to
put his Redlegs up 8-7. A few more runners would reach base but the Redlegs were unable to bring them home.
The Legends managed to manufacture a run to tie it at 8-8 with one out.
With a man on first, Jerry hit a sharp line drive that was caught, bringing up man-child Levi Driggs with yet another
chance to be the hero. After contemplating an intentional walk, the Redlegs thought better of it and pitched to the slugger.
The Redlegs fears were realized as Levi crushed a 1-0 pitch well over the left field fence, sending the Legends to a
dramatic 10-8 victory.
FINAL: 10-8, Legends
(Leg) Levi Driggs- 4 HRs. 8 RBI’s (Grand Slam)
(Red) Kyle Uhrig- 2 HRs. 5 RBI’s.
(Red) Blake Rinehart. 2 HRs. 2 RBI’s.
GAME THREE - Starting Pitchers: Levi Driggs (1 win) vs. Adam McGuire
The finale to the three game series pitted offensive standouts against each other on the mound ala Levi Driggs and
Adam McGuire. The Legends, as the road team compiled three runs in the top half of the first inning, powered by Janae
and Levi Driggs. The Redlegs answered with two runs of their own helped by Brad Miller and Kyle Uhrig. As the innings
continued on the Legends used a steady pace of bloops and blasts to keep the Redlegs at bay. The array of pitching
from the Redlegs managed to keep both King and the elder Driggs off balance, while the Driggs siblings carried the load.
The Redlegs showed signs of life in the 4th inning, with Blake Rinehart and Kyle Uhrig sparking rallies, but ultimately fell
13-6 to finish off the night.
FINAL: 13-6, Legends
(Red) Kyle Uhrig- 1 HRs. 3 RBI’s
(Red) Brad Miller- 1 HRs. 1 RBI.
(Leg) Levi Driggs- 3 HRs. 8 RBI’s. 5 Innings Pitched. 6 runs allowed. Win.
(Leg) Janae Driggs- 2 HRs. 5 RBI’s.
On a night that was advertised as pitching versus hitting, it’s safe to say that both components won at different
junctures of each game. Though dropping all three games, the Redlegs proved that they are indeed a defensive force
with their dizzying pitch-by-committee tactic that gives the batters a wide array of different styles. Top to bottom they
may have the best pitching staff, which is a heavily overlooked piece to the slow pitch Wiffle ball puzzle.
Despite the series’ result, the Redlegs still power on as the leaders of the Contenders division with an even-keeled
6-6 record. Top to bottom, this team is as consistent as you will find. They sport 4-5 guys that can hit, pitch, and field in the
top half of the league with a powerful lefty, and an array of righties who can pull the ball a mile. On a different night, they
might have had the Legends, and maybe at some point the will get their shot. All in all, the Redlegs will be just fine.
As for the Legends, they carry on as an 11-1 team tied atop the Champions Division with UMH. Things haven’t
come easily for them this year, but with timely hitting and solid defense, they have managed to keep their head above water
against stiff competition.
Levi Driggs deserves the credit for this week as he pulls in the COWL “Wiffler of the Week” award. If you couldn’t
tell by the numbers, it almost would have been more appropriate to label this as Levi vs. the Redlegs, for “Series of the Week”.
Time and time again he pulled the Legends out of their lull, and is well deserving of this week’s honors.
COWL Wiffler of the Week - Week 4 Return to Top
Levi Driggs - Legends
Our COWL Wiffler of Week 4 comes once again from the Series of the Week, where two time COWL World
Series champions Legends crashed head on with the Contenders Division leading Redlegs.
There were some serious contenders in other series. Tyler Wiget led the U's sweep over AP, crushing 7 HRs,
including 6 in game 2, and 12 RBIs while picking up a win on the mound. Collin Hill had a very solid night, drilling 9
HRs while collecting 13 RBIs in the loss.
This night, however, belonged to Levi Driggs. With Redlegs pitchers doing a fantastic job holding other Legends
hitters in check, Levi loaded the Legends on his back and carried them. Game 1 was highlighted by 2 Levi grand slams,
in decisive 16 run 4th and 5th innings. Levi bested his game 1 effort in game 2 by blasting a 3rd granny to accompany
a walk off 3 run HR with 1 down in the bottom of the 5th, claiming game 2 by a score of 10-8. Game 3 moved Levi to
the mound where he held the Redlegs to a series low 6 runs, while adding 3 more HRs for a total of 13 HRs and a COWL
record books 28 RBIs in the series.
Congratulations Levi on claiming a much coveted Herbie Strange State Farm Wiffler of the Week T shirt,
a pennant of his choice (Reds), a mug and a free car wash from TLC Car Wash !
Box Scores (Home team on top) Return to Top
The U 10 Abusement Park 8 The U 5
Abusement Park 9 The U 19 Abusement Park 2
Tyler Wiget U(1) Collin Hill AP(4)
John Kepler U(1) John Kepler U(1)
Brent Hoover U(1)
Emily Mansonl AP(1)
Redlegs 0-5-0-1-1= 7 Legends 2-0-0-5-3= 10 Redlegs 2-0-3-1-0= 6
Legends 0-0-11-4-4= 19 Redlegs 3-2-1-0-2= 8 Legends 3-3-2-4-1= 13
Jerry Driggs Leg(4) Kyle Uhrig RL(2) Janae Driggs Leg(2)
Brad Miller RL(3) Blake Rinehart RL(2) Kyle Uhrig RL(1)
Janae Driggs Leg(1) Brad Miller RL(1)
Kyle Uhrig RL(1)
Blake Rinehart RL(1)
Adam McGuire RL(1)
Knights 6-3-0-3-0=12 UMH 1-0-7-1-1=10 Knights 1-1-0-5-1= 8
John Bruce UMH(2) Amos Jones KG(2) Corey White KG(2)
Amos Jones KG(2) Eric Lewis UMH(1) Dave Page UMH(1)
Corey White KG(2) Corey White KG(1) Josh Wonderleigh KG(1)
Eric Lewis UMH(1) Josh Wonderleigh KG(1) Dustin Weaver KG(1)
Josh Wonderleigh KG(1)
Weekly Team Stats - Thru 4 Weeks Return to Top
Sunday, June 24th - 8 PM - Knights vs UMH - (J&M - flip for home)
In this match up of 2 of the best hitting teams from each division,
with arguably the best overall athletes, will the experience of 2010
COWL World Series Runners Up UMH prevail against the
retooled power lineup of Corey, Josh, Amos & Dustin of the Knights ?