2001 Game Summaries and Box Scores

June 3rd . June 9th . June 16th . June 30th . July 21st . July 22nd . July 29th

Slugfest on Opening Day

June 3rd - Unlike Opening Days of the past, Opening Day 2001 belonged to the hitters and not the pitchers. The latest start date of Chair Baseball history (June 3) provided warm weather and plenty of hitting in the first game of the doubleheader.

The team of Greg Howard, Dustin Waldrop, and Lyndell Wright lit up Josh Massey early and often thanks to clutch hitting from Waldrop. Waldrop hit a grand slam in the 2nd, and Howard added a two run shot in the 4th, and the lead was already 7-0. Patrick Cork tried to pull his team back into the contest with a solo shot and a 2-run shot in the bottom of the 4th, and eventually cut the lead to 7-5, but Waldrop responded with another grand slam in the 6th to push the lead back up to 11-5. Each team would tack on several runs for the 16-8 final. Waldrop had only 4 hits in the contest, but all four left the park and he finished with a career high 12 RBI. Greg Howard had his most consistent day at the plate going 10-16 with a pair of homers and 4RBI. Patrick Cork paced the losers with an 8-15 day including 3 homers, but it was not nearly enough. Howard was the winner giving up 6 runs over 8 innings, while Massey took the loss going the distance and giving up 14 earned runs.

STATISTICS FOR 6-3-01 (Game 1)

(Greg Howard, Dustin Waldrop, Lyndell Wright) VS. (Tony Cork, Patrick Cork, Josh Massey)

GH/DW/LW - 140 204 302- 16 18 0
TC/PC/JM - 000 320 012 - 8 18 2

HITTING
Greg Howard 10-16, 2 3B, 2HR, 4RBI, 8R; Dustin Waldrop 4-16, 4HR, 12RBI, 5R; Lyndell Wright 4-15, 3R
Tony Cork 5-15, 2B, 2RBI, R; Patrick Cork 8-15, 2B, 3HR, 5RBI, 4R; Josh Massey 5-14, 2B, HR, RBI, 3R

PITCHING
Greg Howard W) 8IP, 6ER, 16H, 6K; Josh Massey (L) 9IP, 16R, 14ER, 18H, 10K; Dustin Waldrop IP, 2ER, 2H

Game 2 was much more tame, and was a pitcher's duel right from the start. Lyndell Wright started the scoring in the top of the 1st with a 2-run homerun, for what would be his only hit of the game. Neither team scored again until the 9th inning thanks to outstanding pitching from Wright and Dustin Waldrop. The two teams would only tally 10 hits over the next 7+ innings. In the top of the 9th, Robert Trimble belted his first homer of the year with a man on to push the lead to 4-0. However, the home team had a shot in the bottom of the inning after a Waldrop triple drove in a pair, but they could only score 3 runs and fell 4-3.

Wright picked up the victory going 5 2/3 innings and allowing no runs and only 4 hits. Trimble pitched the final 3 1/3 giving up 3 runs to pick up the save. Waldrop was the loser despite giving up only 8 hits and 4 runs over 9 innings.

STATISTICS FOR 6-3-01 (Game 2)

(Lyndell Wright, Robert Trimble, Greg Howard) VS. (Tony Cork, Dustin Waldrop, Josh Massey)

LW/RT/GH - 200 000 002 - 4 8 1
TC/DW/JM - 000 000 003 - 3 8 0

HITTING
L. Wright 1-11, HR, 2RBI, R; R. Trimble 6-11, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 3R; G. Howard 1-11
T. Cork 4-12, RBI, R; D. Waldrop 4-12, 3B, 2RBI, 2R; J. Massey 0-11

PITCHING
Lyndell Wright (W) 5 2/3IP, 0ER, 4H, 6K; Dustin Waldrop (L) 9IP, 4ER, 8H, 0K; Robert Trimble (S) 3 1/3IP, 3ER, 4H, 2K

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Chair Baseball of to Roaring Start

The 2nd day of play of the 2001 season provided just as much excitement as the first, with a couple of closely contested battles coming down to the final innings.

In Game One, Greg Howard and Lyndell Wright squared off on the hill. The team of Wright, Chris Cork, and Dustin Waldrop jumped out to an early 2-0 lead thanks to a two run shot by Chris in the bottom of the first inning. However, Howard, Josh Helton, and Patrick Cork would take the lead in the 4th on RBI hits by each player adding up to 4 runs. Waldrop and Wright both homered in the 5th to regain the lead at 5-4, but Helton tripled to drive in a run and Patrick homered to move the seesaw battle back into a 7-7 tie. The tie wouldn't last as Wright and Waldrop both homered in the bottom of the 6th, but once again couldn't hold the lead. Waldrop, who relieved Wright in the 6th, gave up 2-run homers to Howard and Patrick in the 7th and 8th innings and ended up taking the loss by the score of 12-8.

HITTING
Team #1 - Greg Howard 3-15, 2HR, 3RBI, 3R; Josh Helton 6-14, 2B, 3B, 3RBI, 4R; Patrick Cork 6-14, 3HR, 5RBI, 5R
Team #2 - Lyndell Wright 4-13, 2B, 2HR, 2RBI, 3R; Chris Cork 4-13, 2B, 3B, 2HR, 3RBI, 2R; Dustin Waldrop 3-13, 2HR, 3RBI, 2R

PITCHING
Greg Howard (W) 9IP, 8R, 7ER, 11H, 6K; Lyndell Wright 5IP, 4ER, 7H, 4K; Dustin Waldrop (L) 4IP, 8ER, 8H

GJP 000 403 221 - 12 15 1
LCD 200 032 010 - 8 11 1

In Game 2, Tony Cork made his first start of the season facing Josh Helton on the mound. Helton's control caused him problems early as he got himself into trouble and gave up a solo homerun to Josh Williamson and a 2-run shot to Lyndell Wright in the 2nd inning to fall behind 3-0 early. Patrick Cork came out of the bullpen to start the 3rd in place of Helton and quickly struck out the side, however, he gave up three solo shots (2 to Wright and one to Waldrop) in the 4th. The lead would eventually grow to 7-0 before the home bats started to heat up. Patrick got his team on the board with an RBI single and Helton drove in a pair with a double to cut the lead to 7-3. Patrick Cork drove a ball over the wall in right field in the 7th for a 2 run shot and added an RBI single in the 8th, and suddenly the lead was 7-6. With one shot left in the bottom of the 9th, Cork hit a towering fly that was caught in medium deep right field to end the game.

Tony picked up his first win of the year keeping hitters off balance with a mixture of "Eefus" balls that baffled hitters at times. After giving up the four solo homeruns, Patrick settled down and allowed just two more hits over his 7 innings of relief, including 13 strikeouts.

HITTING
Team #1 - Lyndell Wright 5-13, 2B, 3HR, 4RBI, 3R; Dan Inboden 2-11; Josh Williamson 1-2, HR, RBI, R; Dustin Waldrop 4-13, 2HR, 2RBI, 3R
Team #2 - Greg Howard 4-14, 2B, 2R; Josh Helton 2B, 2RBI, R; Patrick Cork 7-14, 2HR, 4RBI, 3R

PITCHING
Tony Cork (W) 9IP, 6ER, 12H, K; Josh Helton (L) 2IP, 3ER, 6H, 4K; Patrick Cork 7IP, 4ER, 6H, 13K

LDD - 030 310 000 - 7 12 1 GJP - 000 003 210 - 6 14 0

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Pitching Dominates on Saturday

June 16 - After plenty of hitting, the pitchers finally had a day of their own on Saturday with a pair of low-scoring games. Greg Howard and Josh Massey matched up in the first game of the day. Chris Cork bashed a solo homerun in the 3rd for a 1-0 lead, but Howard responded with a solo shot of his own in the 4th to tie the game at 1-1. The game would remain a 1-1 tie until the top of the 8th when Patrick Cork broke the tie with a solo bomb to left and Chris Cork would tally a 2-run triple later in the inning to give Massey the 4-1 win. After getting bombed in his first outing, Massey had a tremendous outing giving up just one run and allowing only 5 hits. Chris Cork finished 7-13 and hit for the cycle while driving in 3 runs.

Stats for 6/16/01 (Game #1)

(Chris Cork, Patrick Cork, Josh Massey) vs. (Greg Howard, Lyndell Wright, Josh Williamson)

CC/PC/JM 001 000 030 - 4 11 0
GH/LW/JW 000 100 000 - 1 5 0

Hitting
C.Cork 7-13 2B, 3B, HR, 3RBI, 2R; P. Cork 3-13 HR, RBI, 2R; J. Massey 1-12
G. Howard 4-11, HR, RBI, R; L. Wright 1-11; J.Williamson 0-10

Pitching
J.Massey (W) 9IP, ER, 5H, 6K; G.Howard (L) 9IP, 4ER, 11H, 3K

Game 2 - Game 2 featured a few more runs, but the pitching still came out on top. Tony Cork took the mound looking for back-to-back victories to start the season against Lyndell Wright. Wright helped himself with a 2 run homer in the bottom of the 2nd, but couldn't hold the lead as Chris Cork would crush a 3-run shot in the 4th to take a 3-2 lead. Patrick answered with a solo in the bottom of the 4th to tie the game, but Chris hit a 2-run homer in the fifth to push the lead to 5-3. Dan Inboden's solo homer in the 7th would be the only other run as Tony Cork moved to 2-0 on the year thanks to a 6-3 win. Cork allowed just 3 runs and 8 hits in the game while Wright surrendered 6 runs over 7 innings. Chris Cork drove in 5 runs on the day. Patrick Cork struggled mightily at the plate going only 6-25 on the day, but had a season high 7 outfield assists in the two games.

Stats for 6/16/01 (Game #2)

(Tony Cork, Dan Inboden, Chris Cork) vs. (Lyndell Wright, Patrick Cork, Josh Massey)

TC/DI/CC 000 320 100 - 6 11 1
LW/PC/JM 002 100 000 - 3 8 0

Hitting
T.Cork 4-13, 2R; D.Inboden 4-13 HR, RBI, 2R; C.Cork 3-12, 2B, 2HR, 5RBI, 2R
L. Wright 3-12, HR, 2RBI, R; P.Cork 3-12, HR, RBI, R; J.Massey 2-12, R

Pitching
T.Cork (W) 9IP, 3ER, 9H, 3K; L.Wright (L) 7IP, 6ER, 9H, 4K; P.Cork 2IP, 2H, K

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Pair of Shutouts highlight weekend

June 30 - Pitching has not been the strong point this season, but Saturday's games proved differently. Josh Massey continued to be hot on the mound following his disastrous opening game. Massey flirted with history as he took a no-hitter through 7 innings. With one out in the 8th, brother Ross fisted a little liner into shallow left for the first hit. Massey would give up just one more hit and finished with complete game 2-hitter and 10 strikeouts. Patrick Cork and Dan Inboden added the offense as Cork went 6-11 with a homer and Inboden added a pair of homeruns in the 5-0 victory.

Stats for 6/30/01 (Game #1)

(Ryan Tomlinson, Ross Massey, Greg Howard) vs. (Josh Massey, Dan Inboden, Patrick Cork)

RT/RM/GH 000 000 000 - 0 2 1
JM/DI/PC 200 002 10X - 5 13 1

Hitting
R.Tomlinson 0-10; R.Massey 1-10; G.Howard 1-10
J.Massey 4-12, 2R; D.Inboden 3-12, 2HR, 3RBI, 2R; P.Cork 6-11 HR, 2RBI, R

Pitching
J.Massey (W) 9IP, 0R, 2H, 10K; G.Howard (L) 9IP, 5ER, 13H, 4K

Game 2 - Game two was very similar to the first as Patrick Cork dominated opposing hitters all afternoon, but the big story was the debut of Kirby Newell. Newell, a hot prospect for the past several years in the minors, finally got his chance to shine in the big leagues. Newell sparked the offense all afternoon reaching base 3 times and scoring three runs. He just missed his first career homerun in the 6th when Greg Howard robbed him with a leaping catch deep in left field. Cork had a huge day offensively and on the mound. At the plate, Cork was 10-15 with 2 homeruns, 6 RBI, and 7 runs scored. On the mound, he was even more effective going 8 2/3 innings without allowing a run on 5 hits and striking out 16 batters (just one shy of the record). Newell closed out the 9th by retiring the last batter and Josh Massey belted his first ever grand slam in the 11-0 win. The team of Howard, Tomlinson, and R.Massey struggled all afternoon as they failed to score a run and hit a combined 7-62 (.113).

Stats for 6/30/01 (Game #2)

(Kirby Newell, Josh Massey, Patrick Cork) vs. (Ryan Tomlinson, Ross Massey, Greg Howard)

KN/JM/PC 202 030 041 - 11 15 0
RT/RM/GH 000 000 000 - 0 5 4

Hitting
K.Newell 2-16, 3R; P.Cork 10-15, 2 2B, 2HR, 6RBI, 7R; J.Massey 3-15, 3B, HR, 5RBI, 2R
G.Howard 2-11; R.Massey 0-11; R.Tomlinson 3-10

Pitching
P.Cork (W) 8 2/3IP, 0ER, 5H, 16K; R.Tomlinson (L) 7 2/3IP, 11R, 10ER, 14H, 3K; G.Howard 1 1/3IP, R, 0ER, H; K.Newell 1/3IP, 0R, 0H

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Judy Cork Breaks the Barrier

July 21 - Patrick Cork ended the game, but his mother was the real story on Saturday. Judy became the first female to participate in an official Chair Baseball game as she joined her husband and son on the field. It wasn't quite Jackie Robinson, but it was close. "It was like a movie watching the events take place," remarked Commissioner Patrick Cork. "And someday, I'm sure this story will find it's way onto the big screen."

As for the game, Tony Cork and Josh Massey went head-to-head on the mound. After falling behind 1-0, Cork gave up a pair of runs in the top of the 6th, but Patrick cut the deficit in the bottom of the inning with a 2 run homerun to make the score 3-2. The game remained 3-2 until the bottom of the 8th when Cork unloaded on a pitch to left center off of Lyndell Wright that landed in the pine trees to tie the game at 3. Tony and Wright would duel through 10 innings and then Patrick took over on the hill. He buried opposing hitters striking out 6 batters in 2 innings and ended the game with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 12th after Tony had singled to lead off the inning.

As for Judy Cork, she finished the day 1-13 with a single, and nearly had another hit in the 5th, but was thrown out from medium-deep center field. Her place in the Chair Baseball Hall of Fame, however, is certain as her number was retired following the game.

Stats for 7/21/01

(Josh Massey, Ross Massey, Lyndell Wright) vs. (Tony Cork, Patrick Cork, Judy Cork)

JM/RM/LW 010 002 000 000 - 3 13 0
TC/PC/JC 000 002 010 002 - 5 11 1

Hitting
J.Massey 4-16, 2B, R; R.Massey 5-15, 2 2B, RBI, R; L.Wright 4-15, 2B, 2RBI, R
T.Cork 4-16, 2R; P.Cork 6-16, 3B, 3HR, 5RBI, 3R; J.Cork 1-13

Pitching
T.Cork 10IP, 3R, 2ER, 11H, 8K; J.Massey 6IP, 2ER, 6H, 2K; P.Cork (W) 2IP, H, 6K; L.Wright (L) 5 1/3IP, 3ER, 5H, 3K

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Rain Can't Drown Out Doubleheader

July 22 - Despite a strong summer shower, a pair of games were played on Sunday afternoon. Patrick Cork got the scoring started in the third hitting a solo homer and a 2-run blast to stake his team to a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the 3rd, a heavy shower delayed the game for 50 minutes, and when play resumed, Patrick made the lead 4-0 with an RBI double. The lead would remain 4-0 until the 8th when the home team finally got to Josh Massey for a pair of runs on solo homers by Josh Williamson and Dan Inboden, but would draw no closer and lose 4-2.

Stats for 7/22/01 (Game #1)

(Tony Cork, Josh Massey, Patrick Cork) vs. (Josh Williamson, Ross Massey, Dan Inboden)

TC/JM/PC 003 100 000 - 4 10 1
JW/RM/DI 000 000 020 - 2 9 1

Hitting
T.Cork 3-13, R; J.Massey 2-13; P.Cork 5-12, 2B, 2HR, 4RBI, 3R
J.Williamson 3-13, 2B, HR, RBI, R; R.Massey 5-12, 2B; D.Inboden 1-12 HR, RBI, R

Pitching
J.Massey (W) 9IP, 2ER, 9H, 9K; D.Inboden (L) 5IP, 4R, 2ER, 8H, 2K; J.Williamson 4IP, 2H

Game 2 - Patrick Cork took the hill looking to remain undefeated on the season and he didn't disappoint. Another excellent outing from Cork led his team to a 6-1 win. Patrick homered in the 3rd and later drove in two with a triple in the 5th. Tony Cork followed with an RBI single and added a 2 run double later and finished the game 7-13 with a season high 3 runs batted in. Patrick went the distance giving up only one earned run on 5 hits and struck out 11 batters. On the mound this year, Cork is 3-0 and has allowed just one run over his last 25 2/3 innings. In 28 2/3 innings this year, he has allowed just 19 hits and has struck out 47 batters. More history was made as Patrick added to his remarkable homerun streak by homering in both games of the doubleheader. Cork has now homered in each of his last 24 games - a streak dating back to July 3rd of 2000.

Stats for 7/21/01 (Game #2)

(Josh Williamson, Ross Massey, Dan Inboden) vs. (Tony Cork, Josh Massey, Patrick Cork)

JW/RM/DI 000 000 001 - 1 5 1
TC/JM/PC 001 030 20X - 6 13 0

Hitting
J.Williamson 1-11, HR, RBI, R; R.Massey 2-11; D.Inboden 2-10
T.Cork 7-13 2B, 3RBI, 2R; J.Massey 2-13, 2B, R; P.Cork 4-12, 3B, HR, 3RBI, 3R

Pitching
P.Cork (W) 9IP, ER, 5H, 11K; R.Massey (L) 4IP, 4R, 3ER, 6H, K; D.Inboden 2IP, H, K; J.Williamson 2IP, 2ER, 6H, K

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Cork Powers Team to Doubleheader Sweep

July 29 - Patrick Cork exploded at the plate on Sunday as he helped lead his team to a pair of afternoon victories. In the first game, Lyndell Wright faced Tony Cork on the hill and helped his own cause early by hitting a solo homer and a 2 run shot in the first inning. Patrick followed with a solo blast of his own, and proceeded to homer in his next three at-bats (all solo) and suddenly the lead was 7-1. Greg Howard responded with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 4th off of Wright, but 7-4 was as close as they would get. Patrick would finish the game for Wright - pitching the final 3 1/3 innings in the 9-6 victory. Cork was 8-14 with 4 homers in the game and Wright was 6-14 with 2 homeruns and 4RBI. Greg Howard finished 5-11 with a pair of homers in the loss. The loss was Tony's first of the season.

Stats for 7/29/01 (Game #1)

(Lyndell Wright, Patrick Cork, Ryan Tomlinson) vs. (Tony Cork, Robert Trimble, Greg Howard)

LW/PC/RT 421 000 110 - 9 17 0
TC/RT/GH 103 010 100 - 6 11 0

Hitting
L.Wright 6-14, 2HR, 4RBI, 3R; P.Cork 8-14, 4HR, 5RBI, 5R; R.Tomlinson 3-12, R
T.Cork 4-12, 2B, RBI, R; R.Trimble 2-12, 3B, 2R; G.Howard 5-11, 2B, 2HR, 5RBI, 3R

Pitching
L.Wright (W) 5 2/3IP, 5ER, 8H, 1K; T.Cork (L) 9IP, 9R, 7ER, 17H, 3K; P.Cork (S) 3 1/3IP, ER, 3H, 2K

Game 2 - The second half of the doubleheader lasted only 5 innings, but there wasn't a lack of offense in the short contest. Wright, Cork, and Tomlinson tallied 6 runs on 13 hits in just 5 innings including another torrid game from Patrick. Again, Patrick homered 4 times and was 7-9 in the game when it ended at 6-2. Tomlinson started on the mound, but was knocked out of the game after taking a line drive off his pitching hand. He battled for an inning after the injury, but could only go 3 1/3 innings. Lyndell Wright threw the final 1 2/3 innings and picked up the win. Tomlinson did go 4-9 at the plate in the game. Patrick finished the doubleheader 15-23 with 8 homeruns and 10RBI - extending his homerun stretch to 26 games. Tomlinson broke out for his best effort of the year with a 7-21 day and Greg Howard was 7-18 with 3 homeruns and 6RBI.

Stats for 7/29/01 (Game #2) - 5 innings

(Robert Trimble, Caleb Mendenhall, Greg Howard) vs. (Lyndell Wright, Patrick Cork, Ryan Tomlinson)

RT/CM/GH 110 00 - 2 5 0
LW/PC/RT 001 14 - 6 13 3

Hitting
R.Trimble 2-8, 2B; C.Mendenhall 1-7, HR, RBI, R; G.Howard 2-7, HR, RBI, R
L.Wright 2-9, 3B, RBI, R; P.Cork 7-9, 2B, 4HR, 5RBI, 4R; R.Tomlinson 4-9, R

Pitching
R.Tomlinson 3 1/3IP, 2ER, 4H; L.Wright (W) 1 2/3IP, H, K; R.Trimble 4IP, 2ER, 6H, 2K; C.Mendenhall (L) 1/3IP, 2ER, 2H; G.Howard 2/3IP, 2ER, 4H

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