2003 Game Summaries and Box Scores

Preview . May 26th . June 15th . June 28th . June 29th . July 5th . July 11th . July 12th . July 19th . August 30th

2003 Chair Baseball Season Preparing to Begin

April 29th - The Chair Baseball league office has been working diligently recently in preparation for another season at historic Corklestick Park.  The 2003 campaign will mark the 6th official season of Chair Baseball at the Stick.  "Our first stats date back to the 1998 season," remarked Commissioner Patrick Cork.  "We've been playing much longer than that, however, we didn't gain our professional status until '98."    With the new season fast approaching, a number of questions have surfaced regarding the state of the game and the Commish took some time to answer them:

Q:  It seems like every year there is a little something new with the game.  What is it this year?

A:  Like those that were here for Cork Bowl already know, there is a large flag pole in center field now.  It's kind of like old Tigers Stadium where the flagpole was in play.  It shouldn't effect the game, especially since the basketball goal is no longer there.  As far as the field itself goes, moles have ravished the playing surface so hopefully we don't have too many broken ankles this summer.  The dimensions will be the same as they have been with the temporary fence in the dog's pen in right field still marking the homerun.  The biggest change is still in the works.  Since we haven't been able to keep a chair in working condition for more than a year or two, we are looking at hiring a contractor to custom-build the first official chair baseball chair.  I can't give out too many details as we are still in the negotiation process, but I can say if we get it done in time for opening day, it will be quite a treat for all of those who will be here.

Q:  Personally, you had quite a rough season last year healthwise.  How was the offseason?

A:  Well, like many people know, last year during the chair baseball season, I had quite a case of shoulder tendonitis in my throwing arm.  It really flared up a few times and made my right arm pretty much useless.  I couldn't pitch much, couldn't throw out any runners from the outfield and I couldn't extend my arms at the plate.  It was very frustrating.  I haven't had any problems with it in a long time, so hopefully that's in the past.  Of course in the middle of my off-season conditioning I broke my left collarbone, but I've had no ill effects from that in spring training and I'm looking forward to a successful summer.

Q:  The number of games has fallen off dramatically the last two years.  Do you think you'll ever see the league playing 30 games a year again?

A:  For obvious reasons, the frequency of play has dropped off the past few summers.  From 1998-2000, we averaged about 33 games a year.  In 2001 we only had 12 games and last year we only played 13 times, but we would like to get at least 15 games played this summer and start working our way back up.  Some of our founding fathers have really had a tough time getting back here for games, but hopefully that trend will start reversing itself this summer.  One of these days, hopefully soon, we'll be back on the field 25-30 times a summer.  Currently, however, it's just not feasible.

Q:  About those founding fathers you mentioned, who do you see playing major roles in the upcoming season?

A:  Well, obviously myself and Tony Cork will be present for the majority of games again.  We were the only two players to play more than 8 games last summer.  Chris Cork will surely play a number games as well, but we can't expect more than 6-8 out of him.  We have really missed some of the people that have provided great memories recently.  Greg Howard, who played in a record high 38 games in 1999 was only around for 4 last year.  I haven't heard from him regarding his plans for this summer, but I can only hope he can get back often.  When most people think about chair baseball, they think about Greg Howard.  Josh Williamson hit 40 homeruns in 26 games the first year in 1998, but has only played in 22 games over the past 4 years.  I've been in discussions with Josh and he's excited about the upcoming season.  Hopefully he'll get back to the form he was early in his career.  A couple of our staples from previous years, Ryan Tomlinson and Dustin Waldrop, didn't play a single game last season.  These are the kinds of people we need for a successful season.  The fans love the players they know.  We have some promising talent on the way up, but they aren't the draw that these veterans are.  I can tell you on a number of occasions that the fans were rather distraught when they showed up at the game and didn't see Tomlinson on the field.  The everyday fan really relates to him and he has quite a cult following in the area.  It's no wonder our attendance was the lowest it's been in a long time.  Luckily we didn't have any promotional giveaway days for those games otherwise we might have had to pick up logo balls or seat cushions off the field all afternoon.

Q:  Of those young players you spoke of, who do you see making an impact in 2003?

A:  Well, Jake Hoalt really stepped up last year and played in 8 of the 13 games.  We expect him to return for another summer.  He led the league in ERA at 2.84 and made some great strides as the season progressed.  Dave Rueth was an unexpected surprise as well.  He hit 5 homers in the 5 games he played and we hope he can return to Corklestick at least a few more times this year as well.  His attitude and leadership are just what Chair Baseball needs.  Other than that, we kind of had to scramble at times last year.  That's why having proven veterans there week in and week out is so important.  I can tell you I have seen Holly Cork in spring training and she could surprise some folks.  I think last year she was a little overmatched at the big league level, but I believe that is in the past.

Q:  Last year marked the successful debuts of three players:  Jonathan Miller, Dave Rueth, and Holly Cork.  Any word on this year's rookie crop?

A:  Well, we can't really project who will be up in the majors at this time because we don't know how many of our veterans will be taking the field regularly, but I do know of a certain sportswriter for the Robinson Daily News that we've been itching to bring up.  He's proven himself in the minors and he's got big-league potential, but we'll have to see how he progresses as the season goes on. 

Q:  What can we expect from the upcoming season?

A:  Honestly, I think runs will be down a little this year.  I think we'll see less 10-8 and 12-11 games this year than we have in the past.  Runs were down a little last year because we were missing some of the main offensive weapons we've had in the past, and the model for the new chair features a larger strike zone than we've had.  We are looking to enforce the "high strike" more than in the past.  For people of smaller stature (not mentioning any names), this could cause their numbers to drop a little.  The old strike zone was just 24 inches in height.  The new design looks to be about 30 inches.  If we get the new chair ready by Opening Day, I think it will really help the pitchers.  Of course, if the wind is blowing out on game day, no matter how big the strike zone is, runs will be scored.  We would really like to get 15 games in and if we get more, that would be a bonus.  We've got a number of players closing in on milestone marks, and the more games we play the better chance they have to attain them.  Some of them include:  Chris Cork (3 hits away from 250),  Patrick Cork (30 hits from 700,  40 homeruns from 250, and 13 RBI from 400),  Tony Cork (76 hits from 500, 19 RBI from 100, pitching-wise he is 4 wins away from #40, and 18 strikeouts for 300 in his career),  Greg Howard (8 hits from 300, 2 wins from #30, and 20 innings from 600), Ryan Tomlinson (41 at bats from 1000, and 38 hits from 250),  Josh Williamson (1 hit from 200).  The biggest goal though is to get the lifeblood of the game back on the field.  Howard, Tomlinson, Williamson--these guys helped build the foundation for the league and not having them there hurts the game.  These players have a huge fan following, and for them not to be on the field is disappointing.  It's hard to explain to the fans how hard it is to get everyone together for games, but they are paying big money to watch and feel they feel they need to get some more bang for their buck.  The best-case scenario would be to have all of these guys play in 10 games.  The league will do everything in it's power to make it happen. 

Q:  Finally, do you have any predictions for Opening Day?

A:  Right now we are looking at Memorial Day weekend to start the season.  Hopefully, most of the top players will be available that weekend and we can start the season off on the right track.  One way or another, we hope to get a doubleheader in on Memorial Day - Monday, May 26th. 

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Tony Cork and Robert Trimble Shine on the Mound on Opening Day . . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Opening Day Pictures

May 26th - All the conditions seemed ideal for a couple of high scoring shootouts on Monday, but a pair of pitching gems were thrown by Tony Cork and Robert Trimble instead.  With a steady breeze gusting out to right field, and facing a lineup with 2 powerful left-handed hitters in Josh Williamson and Dave Rueth, most assumed Cork and Trimble would have their work cut out for them, but at the end of the day it was the hitters left shaking their heads.  In game one of the doubleheader, Tony was staked to a commanding lead before he ever stepped to the mound.  3 consecutive singles loaded the bases in the first, and Tony drove home the first run of the 2003 season with a sharp single up the middle.  Patrick Cork followed with a grounder to the pitcher, but Jake Hoalt committed what would be a costly error on the throw and Robert Trimble followed with a 2-RBI double to push the lead to 4-0 with no hitter yet retired.  Another RBI single from Tony and one from Trimble made the score 6-0 after just one-half inning.  From there, Tony baffled opposing hitters early allowing just one hit over the first 3 innings while striking out 3.  Patrick would add to the lead in the 4th with a 2-run triple, before the home team finally put a number on the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning after Josh Williamson tallied his 200th career hit with a triple to right which was followed by an RBI single from Jake Hoalt to make the score 8-1.  The visitors would tack on four more runs on homers by Patrick and Trimble for the final of 12-1.  Cork was brilliant on the mound changing speeds and location throughout, and mixing in his fair share of "eefus" balls.  He picked up the first win of the 2003 season by allowing just one run on 5 hits over 9 innings.  He also struck out 9 batters on the day.  "He was phenomenal," remarked Patrick.  "To hold that lineup to 5 hits on a day like this is quite an accomplishment."  Cork's team, on the other hand, had no problem putting runs on the board as they tallied 12 runs on 16 hits.  Jake Hoalt, last year's ERA leader, allowed 12 runs (10 earned) over 9 innings.   

Stats for 5/26/03 (Game #1) 

(Tony Cork, Patrick Cork, Robert Trimble) vs. (Jake Hoalt, Dave Rueth, Josh Williamson, Cory Williamson)

TC/PC/RT 600 201 012 - 12 16 0
JH/DR/JW/CW 000 100 000 - 1 5 3

Hitting
T.Cork 6-16,2RBI, 4R; P.Cork 4-15, 2 3B, HR, 4RBI, 3R; R.Trimble 6-15, 2B, HR, 5RBI, 5R
J.Hoalt 2-11, RBI;  D.Rueth 0-10;  J.Williamson 2-4, 3B, R, C.Williamson 1-6

Pitching
T.Cork (W) 9IP, 1ER, 5H, 9K; J.Hoalt (L) 9IP, 12R, 10ER, 16H, K

Defense
Assists:  P.Cork, J.Williamson, C.Williamson, D.Rueth;  Errors:  J.Hoalt 2,  D.Rueth

Game 2 - Game number two pitted Robert Trimble against Dave Rueth on the mound.  Patrick got the scoring started in the bottom of the second with a solo homerun to left and Trimble picked up right where Tony Cork had left off in the opener shutting down the opposing hitters and allowing just 3 hits over the first 4 innings.  Rueth was relieved to start the 4th inning after allowing just one run on 5 hits over 3 innings of work.  Cory Williamson came out of the pen for his first career appearance and quickly worked through the order until running into trouble in the fifth.  Patrick Cork drove in one with a triple to right, and later scored on a Trimble single to push the lead to 3-0.  Trimble would leave the mound after 6 brilliant shutout innings in which he allowed just 4 hits and struck out 5.  Patrick Cork would close things out over the final 3 innings allowing just one single and striking out 6 of the 10 batters he faced to pick up his first save of the year.  He later added a towering 2-run homerun over the pine trees in left center field for the 6-0 final.  A pair of chair baseball records fell on the day as Patrick recorded a record 3 triples in the second game of the doubleheader.  His 5 triples on the day were also a record for a single-day.  But the stars were on the mound as the victors allowed just one run over 18 innings of work giving up only 10 hits.  They also struck out 20 batters in the sweep.

Stats for 5/26/03 (Game #2) 

(Cory Williamson, Josh Williamson, Dave Rueth) vs. (Tony Cork, Patrick Cork, Robert Trimble) 

CW/JW/DR 000 000 000 - 0 5 2
TC/PC/RT 010 021 02X - 6 12 0

Hitting
C.Williamson 1-11, 3B;  J.Williamson 2-11;  D.Rueth 2-10   
T.Cork 4-13, 2B, 2R; P.Cork 6-12, 3 3B, 2HR, 4RBI, 4R; R.Trimble 2-12, RBI


Pitching

R.Trimble (W) 6IP, 0ER, 4H, 5K; D.Rueth (L) 3IP, 1ER, 5H, K;  P.Cork (S) 3IP, 0R, 1H, 6K; C.Williamson 5IP, 5R, 3ER, 7H

Defense
Assists:  P.Cork ;  Errors:  C.Williamson 2

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New Chair Debuted in Windy Father's Day Game. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

June 15th - The much-anticipated debut of the new chair baseball chair came on Sunday in a Father's Day matinee. "The new chair is slightly taller than the previous editions have been, and much more stable," commented Commissioner Patrick Cork. "Even Tomlinson couldn't break this thing." Although the chair was the main storyline heading into the game, the wind quickly stole the show as the game began. 20 mile per hour winds gusting straight in from left field provided less than ideal conditions for the 3rd game of the 2003 season. Even a double to left seemed a difficult task and any ball hit high to right field was knocked down or pushed foul. "It was definitely not a good hitting day," remarked Tony Cork.

Tony Cork and Jake Hoalt took advantage of the rough conditions on the mound as the game went through 3 innings with neither team threatening to score. Chris Cork led off the fourth with a bloop single to shallow left and Josh Williamson followed with a line drive into the dog's pen for an RBI triple and the day's first run. It looked like that may be enough as neither offense would record another hit until the top of the 8th inning. After Hoalt had retired 15 straight batters, Cory Williamson lined a one-out single to center which was followed by another sharp single by Tony Cork. Patrick Cork, 1-for-8 at the time, followed with a towering blast over the garage in right field and suddenly the lead had changed hands. Tony singled again later in the inning and Patrick followed with another homerun that just reached the garage roof to push the lead to 5-1. The home team did not roll over, however, as they responded in the bottom of the 9th. Leading off the 9th, Hoalt hit his first homerun of the season, just clearing the fence in right field. Patrick's throw into the wind missed the chair by just inches, and the lead was cut to 5-2. With one out, Williamson singled to center and Hoalt nearly hit another homer with a triple to straight away center to drive in another run to cut the lead to 5-3. With the tying run at the plate, Chris Cork grounded out and Williamson popped out to the pitcher to end the threat.

Tony Cork improved to 2-0 on the year, and 3-0 all-time on Father's Day, as he allowed just 7 hits and 3 runs in the complete game victory. Despite hurling 7 shutout innings to start the game, Jake Hoalt took the loss allowing 5 runs on 10 hits while striking out 6. Tony helped his own cause at the plate with a 6-for-12 day and scored 2 runs. Patrick Cork was just 3-for-12, but hit a pair of big homeruns in the 8th inning and drove in all 5 of his team's runs giving him 400 in his career.

Stats for 6/15/03 (Game #1) 

(Tony Cork, Patrick Cork, Cory Williamson) vs. (Chris Cork, Josh Williamson, Jake Hoalt)

TC/PC/CW 000 000 050 - 5 10 1
CC/JW/JH 000 100 002 - 3 7 2

Hitting
T.Cork 6-12, 2B, 2R; P.Cork 3-12, 2HR, 5RBI, 2R; C.Williamson 1-11, R
C.Cork 1-12, R; J.Williamson 3-11, 3B, RBI, R; J.Hoalt 3-11, 3B, HR, 2RBI, R

Pitching
T.Cork (W) 9IP, 3ER, 7H, 4K; J.Hoalt (L) 9IP, 5ER, 10H, 6K

Defense
Assists:  P.Cork 2, C.Cork Errors:  J.Hoalt, T.Cork, J.Williamson

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Corks Dominate Saturday Doubleheader. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

June 28th - A gorgeous Saturday afternoon featured a pair of games at Corklestick Park as Tony and Patrick Cork each had days to remember. In game #1, Tony squared off against Dave Rueth on the hill, and put together one of the best pitching performances of his career. He got plenty of offensive support from son Patrick who got started early with a 2-run homerun to center field in the top of the 2nd inning. A solo shot in the 3rd and another solo shot in the 5th pushed the lead to 4-0. Tony continued to dazzle on the mound, and Patrick struck again in the 8th with a 2-run homerun down the left field line to push the lead to 6-0. Following a Tony Cork RBI single in the top of the 9th, Patrick blasted another 2-run homer, his 5th of the game, to put an exclamation point on the game. Tony fired a 3-hitter and struck out a career-high 12 batters in the shutout 9-0 win. At the plate he was 8-for-17, while Patrick finished 11-for-17 with 5 homeruns and 8 RBI as the visitors banged out 23 hits in the game. Dave Rueth took the loss giving up 9 runs and striking out 12. A pair of rookies made debuts in the game as Nathan Burris went 5-for-17 with a double and a triple for the winners while Nate Owens was 2-for-10 in defeat.

Stats for 6/28/03 (Game #1) 

(Tony Cork, Patrick Cork, Nathan Burris) vs. (Justin Massey, Nate Owens, Dave Rueth)

TC/PC/NB 021 010 023 - 9 23 0
JM/NO/DR 000 000 000 - 0 3 0

Hitting
T.Cork 8-17, 3B, RBI, 3R; P.Cork 11-17, 5HR, 8RBI, 5R; N.Burris 5-17, 2B, 3B, R
J.Massey 0-10; N.Owens 2-10; D.Rueth 1-10

Pitching
T.Cork (W) 9IP, 0ER, 3H, 12K; D.Rueth (L) 9IP, 9ER, 23H, 12K

Defense
Assists:  P.Cork 1, T.Cork . Errors

Game 2 - With a shortage of pitchers for the second game, teams were re-built and Tony Cork took the mound again following his complete win earlier in the day to face off against Patrick - making his first start of the year. It appeared as if Patrick would continue his hot streak as he started the game with 3 hits in his first 4 at bats, however, his team was unable to push a run across with the bases loaded in the first and he would go just 1-for-9 the rest of the game. The game remained scoreless through five until Dave Rueth connected on an opposite field 2-run homer off of Patrick in the top of 6th for the first runs of the game. Tony would leave after 5 innings with a 2-0 lead and Rueth would relieve. In the bottom of the 7th, Patrick connected for a solo homer to left to cut the lead in half at 2-1. Following a pair of errors in the outfield, Cork stepped to the plate later in the inning with the bases loaded and 2 outs. After a long at-bat, Rueth got Patrick swinging on strike three to end the threat and save the game as neither team could push another run across for the 2-1 final. Tony picked up his fourth win of the year with his 5 shutout innings and Rueth picked up his first career save. Rueth broke out of an early season slump with a 4-for-12 day, including his team's only two RBI. The win was number 40 in Tony's career and he also tallied his 300th strikeout in the game. Tony's ERA dropped all the way to 1.12 on the year with his 14 scoreless innings on Saturday. He has allowed just 4 earned runs in 32 innings of work. Patrick allowed 9 hits and struck out 11 in the loss. On the day, Patrick was 15-for-30 with 6 homers and 9 RBI to push his average up to .406, and Tony Cork was 11-for-30 to put his average at .380 for the year. Rookies Nathan Burris and Nate Owens finished their first days 7-for-27 and 6-22, respectively.

Stats for 6/28/03 (Game #2) 

(Tony Cork, Nathan Burris, Dave Rueth) vs. (Justin Massey, Patrick Cork, Nate Owens)

TC/NB/DR 000 002 000 - 2 9 2
JM/PC/NO 000 000 100 - 1 9 1

Hitting
T.Cork 3-13, R; N.Burris 2-12; D.Rueth 4-12, HR, 2RBI, R
J.Massey 1-13; P.Cork 4-13, 2B, HR, RBI, R; N.Owens 4-12, 2B

Pitching
T.Cork (W) 5IP, 0ER, 7H, 4K; P.Cork (L) 9IP, 2ER, 9H, 11K; D.Rueth (S) 4IP, ER, 2H, 4K

Defense
Assists:  P.Cork 1, D.Rueth 1 . Errors: N.Burris 2, N.Owens 1

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Patrick Cork Has Record Day at the Plate. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

June 29th - After a 15-for-30, 6 homerun effort on Saturday, Patrick Cork followed with a record-tying encore performance on Sunday. With rookie Josh Kapper taking the hill for his team, Patrick provided plenty of offense, although it would turn out Kapper wouldn't need much help. With 2 outs in the bottom of the first inning, Patrick blasted a 3-run homerun into the pine trees in left center for an early 3-0 lead. After a costly error in the 2nd kept the inning alive, Patrick hit another 3-run shot to virtually the same spot in left center and suddenly the lead had jumped to 6-0. Kapper took advantage on the mound as he didn't allow a hit through the first 4 innings. Following Kapper's 2-out single in the 6th, Patrick struck again with another drive to left center field as the lead grew to 8-0. With 2 down in the bottom of the 8th, Patrick added one more blast with a grand slam to the trees again for the 12-0 win. Kapper was brilliant in his debut allowing just 6 hits and striking out five in the complete game shutout - already the 3rd this year in just 6 games at Corklestick. Kapper also finished 5-for-13 at the plate, and scored 5 times. Patrick was 7-for-11 with four homeruns, and tied a chair baseball record with his 12 RBI in the game - all coming with 2 outs. Through 6 games, Cork has 15 homeruns and 34 runs batted in. Josh Williamson's bat seems to be returning to form as he was 4-for-10 in the game. Jake Hoalt took the loss allowing 12 runs (8 earned) on 13 hits.

Stats for 6/29/03 

(Tony Cork, Jake Hoalt, Josh Williamson) vs. (Josh Kapper, Patrick Cork, Justin Massey)

TC/JH/JW 000 000 000 - 0 6 2
JK/PC/JM 330 020 04X - 12 13 1

Hitting
T.Cork 1-11; J.Hoalt 1-10, 2B; J.Williamson 4-10
J.Kapper 5-13, 5R; P.Cork 7-13, 3B, 4HR, 12RBI, 7R; J.Massey 1-11, H.Cork 0-2

Pitching
J.Kapper (W) 9IP, 0ER, 6H, 5K; J.Hoalt (L) 9IP, 12R, 8ER, 13H, 3K

Defense
Assists:  P.Cork 1 . Errors: J.Kapper, J.Hoalt, T.Cork

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Winkler Makes Debut, Garrard Returns After 5-Year Absence. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

July 5th - There were plenty of storylines to Saturday afternoon's game as former Chicago Cub prospect Larry Winkler made his much-anticipated debut and Brian Garrard returned to the field that made him a chair baseball icon nearly 5 years ago. With temperatures reaching 90 degrees, and a steady breeze blowing from right to left, conditions seemed ideal for a good scoring day, however good pitching and some excellent defense made runs hard to come by. Patrick Cork got things started in the bottom of the first with a solo homerun to center field off Dan Inboden, and then robbed Inboden of a potential homerun in the 2nd inning with a leaping catch near the pine trees in left-center. In the bottom of the 2nd, Patrick added another homer down the line in left for a 2-0 lead, and tried to make it 3 homers in 3 at-bats with another drive to left center, but Tony Cork made a leaping catch to save a run and keep the score at 2-0. In his fourth at-bat, Patrick again tested his father, but Tony made a nearly identical running catch to rob yet another potential homerun as the score remained 2-0 into the 5th inning. Robert Trimble was outstanding as he retired the first 13 batters he faced, before allowing a single in the top of the 5th to Winkler for his first career chair baseball hit. In the bottom of the inning, Garrard (who was sharing at-bats with Chris Cork) recorded his first hit since 1998 with a single, but was stranded.

The visitors finally put a run on the board in the top of the 8th when Dan Inboden tripled and scored on Larry Winkler's single to cut the lead in half at 2-1. Trimble responded with a huge solo homerun over the road in left off Tony Cork, who relieved Inboden in the 6th, for a much-needed insurance run. Inboden homered in the top of the 9th, but it wasn't enough as his team would fall 3-2. Despite the excellent hitting conditions, the teams combined for just 16 hits in the game. Winkler was 2-for-11 with an RBI in his debut and Garrard finished 2-for-5 in his return. Robert Trimble improved to 2-0, and has allowed just 2 earned runs in 15 innings of work (1.20 ERA). Dan Inboden took the loss despite allowing just 2 runs and 5 hits in 5 innings.

Stats for 7/5/03  

(Tony Cork, Larry Winkler, Dan Inboden) vs. (Chris Cork, Brian Garrard, Patrick Cork, Robert Trimble)

TC/LW/DI 000 000 011 - 2 7 0
CC/BG/PC/RT 110 000 01X - 3 9 1

Hitting
T.Cork 3-11; L.Winkler 2-11, RBI; D.Inboden 2-10, 3B, HR, RBI, 2R
C.Cork 2-16; B.Garrard 2-5; P.Cork 3-11, 2HR, 2RBI, 2R; R.Trimble 2-11, HR, RBI, R

Pitching
R.Trimble (W) 9IP, 2ER, 7H, 3K; D.Inboden (L) 5IP, 2ER, 5H, 7K; T.Cork 3 IP, ER, 4H, K

Defense
Assists:  P.Cork 1 . Errors:  B.Garrard 1

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Controversial Ending to Late Friday Night Game. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

July 11th - The latest start time in recorded history provided a wild, controversial ending on Friday night. Starting at 6:05, the shadows around home plate caused plenty of trouble for the outfielders, but the key factor ended up being a well-placed willow tree. Robert Trimble staked himself to an early 1-0 lead with a solo homer off Tony Cork in the top of the 1st, then took his league-leading ERA to the mound. Trimble, however, was rocked early as the home team responded with 4 runs thanks to an RBI triple from Patrick Cork, an RBI single from Tony and a 2-run homerun from Patrick. Trimble responded with an RBI single in the top of the inning as both starters would settle down and not allow another run through the 5th. Patrick Cork relieved Tony who left with a 4-2 lead, and promptly gave up a 2-out triple to Carter Thorlton. Trimble lofted a pop-up into shallow right field that his father, Joe Trimble (who was making his chair baseball debut), couldn't handle and the unearned run cut the lead to 4-3. The score remained 4-3 into the top of the 9th. Patrick retired the first two batters, and Carter Thorlton stepped to the plate as his team's last hope. Thorlton hit a rocket line drive to right field that appeared to be headed over the orange fence to tie the game, however, the ball hit in the willow tree in the dog's pen and dropped harmlessly in front of the fence for a triple. Robert Trimble had a chance to tie the game, but struck out looking to end the game at 4-3.

"We've never had a game that controversial that I can remember," replied Patrick Cork. "The rules state any ball that doesn't clear that fence is a triple. The league discussed the possibility of a ball hitting in the tree before the season, and we deemed it's much easier to rule the ball must clear the fence than to try to judge whether it would have cleared it or not. Luckily, the green monster worked in our favor this time." Tony Cork moved to 5-0 on the year as his ERA sits at 1.58 and Patrick Cork picked up his second save by strking out 7 in 4 innings of relief. Trimble suffered the loss allowing 4 runs (all in the first) in 8 innings. Patrick was 4-for-11 with 3 RBI in the game, and Tony Cork was 3-for-11. Joe Trimble finished the game 1-for-11 with a single in his debut. Thortlon tied a chair baseball record with 3 triples, and finished 5-for-12.

Stats for 7/11/03  

(Nate Owens, Carter Thorlton, Robert Trimble) vs. (Tony Cork, Joe Trimble, Patrick Cork)

NO/CT/RT 110 001 000 - 3 10 1
TC/JT/PC 400 000 00X - 4 8 1

Hitting
N.Owens 1-12; C.Thorlton 5-12, 2B, 3 3B, 2R; R.Trimble 4-12, HR, 2RBI, R
T.Cork 3-11, RBI, 2R; J.Trimble 1-11; P.Cork 4-11, 3B, HR, 3RBI, 2R

Pitching
T.Cork (W) 5IP, 2ER, 7H, 6K; R.Trimble (L) 8IP, 4ER, 8H, 4K; P.Cork (S) 4 IP, 1R, 0ER, 3H, 7K

Defense
Assists:  R.Trimble 2, C.Thorlton 1 . Errors:  J.Trimble 1, N.Owens 1

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Truitt and Wakefield Have Impressive Debuts. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

July 12th - With a heavy wind gusting out to left field, Chris Wakefield couldn't have picked a better day to make his chair baseball debut. A former RHS baseball star, Wakefield struck early and often in what turned out to be a wild, wind-aided contest. Josh Williamson took the mound for just the second time since 2001, and was roughed up in the early innings. Wakefield blasted a solo homerun in his first plate appearance, and then later added a 2-run bomb in the inning for a quick 3-0 lead as he became the first player to ever homer in his first two at-bats. Patrick Cork cut into the lead in the top of the 2nd with a 2-run blast of his own off of Wakefield, but Chris responded with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the inning and the lead was suddenly 6-2 and the rout appeared to be on. After cutting the lead to 6-5 with homeruns from Patrick and Williamson, Wakefield and Dan Inboden hit back-to-back shots to push it back to 8-5, but again the visitors responded with a homerun and RBI double by Patrick that tied the score at 8 in the top of the 7th. Wakefield would get the last laugh, however, by crushing a ball into the bean field just inches away from Patrick's outstretched glove in the bottom of the 7th and the game ended 10-8. Wakefield finished the game 9-for-13 with 5 homeruns and 9 on his team's 10 RBI and scored 8 of his team's 10 runs. He picked up the win on the mound by allowing 8 runs on 11 hits and striking out 9. Williamson settled down after a rough first 2 innings, but suffered the loss by allowing 10 runs on 16 hits. Patrick led a ballanced attack by finishing the game 4-for-12 with 3 homers and 6 RBI, while Williamson was 3-for-13 with a homer and RBI and Tony Cork was 4-for-13 with a double and a triple. Nate Owens had a career best 5 hits in the game and Dan Inboden added a solo homer and scored twice.

Stats for 7/12/03 (Game 1)  

(Tony Cork, Josh Williamson, Patrick Cork) vs. (Nate Owens, Chris Wakefield, Dan Inboden)

TC/JW/PC 020 211 200 - 8 11 1
NO/CW/DI 330 020 20X - 10 16 0

Hitting
T.Cork 4-13, 2B, 3B, 3R; J.Williamson 3-13, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 2R; P.Cork 4-12, 2B, 3HR, 6RBI, 3R
N.Owens 5-14; C.Wakefield 9-13, 5HR, 9RBI, 8R; D.Inboden 2-13, HR, RBI, 2R

Pitching
C.Wakefield (W) 9IP, 8ER, 11H, 9K; J.Williamson (L) 8IP, 10ER, 16H

Defense
Assists:  J.Williamson 2, C.Wakefield 1, P.Cork 1 . Errors:  J.Williamson 1

Game 2 - After spending his entire 8-year career in the minor leagues, Willy Truitt finally got the call he'd been waiting for before the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. Truitt was called up to the big leagues just hours prior to game time to replace Josh Williamson and pitched a sparkling game in his debut. Truitt struck out four of the first 6 hitters he faced, and then provided some offense of his own in the bottom of the 3rd inning with a solo blast over the garage in right. Patrick Cork followed with a solo homer of his own in the 4th, as Truitt would not allow a hit until the 5th inning when Chris Wakefield homered to center field to cut the lead in half. Tony Cork added some more offense with a 2-run triple in the sixth and Patrick Cork added another solo homer in the 7th as Truitt continued to dominate opposing hitters. The cheers of "Dontrelle Willy" grew louder as the game continued and the lefty would allow just one more run en route to a 5-2 victory. Truitt allowed just 2 runs on 8 hits in the game while striking out 9. "It was a dream come true," remarked Truitt. "You always think about how your first game in the big leagues will go, and to pitch the way I did today was all I could have hoped for. I'm here to stay." Dan Inboden suffered the loss going 6 1/3 innings and yielding 5 runs on 11 hits. Wakefield stayed hot in game two going 6-for-12 with a homerun and 2 RBI in the loss. Tony Cork finished 5-for-13 with a double and triple, and Patrick Cork was 4-for-13 with 2 homers and 3 runs scored. Truitt was 2-for-13, including his first career homerun. Wakefield had a huge doubleheader finishing the day 15-for-25 with 6 homeruns, 11 RBI and 10 runs scored. Tony Cork finished the day 9-for-26 and showed some surprising power with a pair of doubles and two triples. Patrick Cork was just 8-for-25 on the day to drop his average to .388, but did have 6 homeruns and 8 RBI.

Stats for 7/12/03 (Game 2)  

(Chris Wakefield, Nate Owens, Dan Inboden) vs. (Tony Cork, Willy Truitt, Patrick Cork)

CW/NO/DI 000 010 001 - 2 8 1
TC/WT/PC 001 102 10X - 5 11 0

Hitting
C.Wakefield 6-12, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 2R; N.Owens 0-12; D.Inboden 2-11
T.Cork 5-13, 2B, 3B, 2RBI, R; W.Truitt 2-13, HR, RBI, R; P.Cork 4-13, 2HR, 2RBI, 3R

Pitching
W.Truitt (W) 9IP, 2ER, 8H, 9K; D.Inboden (L) 6 1/3IP, 5ER, 11H, K; C.Wakefield 1 2/3IP, 0R, 0H, 2K

Defense
Assists:  C.Wakefield 2, W.Truitt 1, P.Cork 1 . Errors:  N.Owens 1

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Wakefield K's 20, But Loses - Howard and Waldrop Return to The Stick. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

July 19th - A pair of veterans made their first appearances of the year on Saturday, as Greg Howard and Dustin Waldrop returned to Corklestick. With over 160 combined career games, the duo hoped to have the spotlight on them, however, Chris Wakefield did all he could to steal the headlines. Wakefield, pitching in just the second game of his career, was pitted against Greg Howard on the mound who has thrown in a league-leading 79 career games and has logged more than 580 innings. With the breeze blowing in from left, the conditions were prime for a big-time pitcher's duel, and the starters didn't disappoint. Both starters were sharp early as neither would allow a hit through 4 innings. In fact, Wakefield would retire the first 15 hitters he faced, and had already compiled 12 strikeouts in 5 innings. However, Greg Howard led off the 5th with a sharp single to right and Dan Inboden promptly followed with a 2-run blast into the dog's pen and suddenly the no-hitter and shutout were ruined. Wakefield's team would get one run back in the 7th on a Jake Hoalt RBI double, but still trailed 2-1 heading into the 8th despite Wakefield's 16 strikeouts. He would strike out two in the top of the 8th to break the single-game record of 17, but his team still trailed. They seemed to finally figure out Howard in the 8th as Patrick Cork lined what appeared to be a single to right field, however, Inboden threw him out on the play. Hoalt followed with a liner to right center, but Inboden again threw him out. Wakefield blooped what appeared to be a single into center on the next pitch, but Inboden bounced his throw off the backstop and the ball rolled back and rested against the chair to end the inning. The 3 outfield assists in the inning were Inboden's first 3 of the year, and squashed any threat the home team tried to mount as they fell 2-1. Wakefield finished the game with a record-setting 20 strikeouts, but suffered the loss by allowing 4 hits and 2 runs. Howard was masterful in his return allowing just 4 hits and one run while striking out 6. He picked up his 29th career win in his 80th appearance. He was able to to hold hitting leaders Patrick Cork and Chris Wakefield to 3 hits in 21 at bats. The 8 combined hits in the game are believed to be a single-game low.

Stats for 7/19/03 (Game 1)  

(Greg Howard, Dan Inboden, Dustin Waldrop) vs. (Jake Hoalt, Chris Wakefield, Patrick Cork)

GH/DI/DW 000 020 000 - 2 4 1
JH/CW/PC 000 000 100 - 1 4 0

Hitting
G.Howard 2-11,R; D.Inboden 2-10, HR, 2RBI, R; D.Waldrop 0-10
J.Hoalt 1-11, 2B, RBI; C.Wakefield 2-11, 2B, R; P.Cork 1-10

Pitching
G.Howard (W) 9IP, 1ER, 4H, 6K; C.Wakefield (L) 9IP, 2ER, 4H, *20K

Defense
Assists:  D.Inboden 3 . Errors:  G.Howard 1

Game 2 (Waldrop, Wakefield, Howard vs. Kapper, T.Cork, P.Cork) - With conditions still in the pitchers' favor, Tony Cork and Dustin Waldrop faced off in game two of the doubleheader. Waldrop struck early with a solo homer down the line in left field. Chris Wakefield added another run with a solo shot in the top of the 3rd, but Waldrop gave up an RBI single to Patrick in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to 2-1. Tony Cork surprised everyone in the 4th with a solo homerun to left field - his first of the year - to tie the game. After Cork allowed another solo homer to Wakefield in the 5th, Josh Kapper responded with one of his own to tie the game as the home bats came alive. Tony, Patrick and Kapper followed with 3 straight singles, and then Tony drove in a run with an RBI single. After Kapper and Patrick were retired, Tony drove in another run with an RBI single - his third hit of the inning - and the lead was 5-3. Tony would leave after 6 innings with a 5-3 lead and turn things over to Patrick who would allow just one hit over the final 3 innings to pick up his third save of the year. Patrick added a solo homerun in the 8th for the final score of 6-3. Tony Cork picked up the win and moved his record to a perfect 6-0 on the season by allowing 3 runs on just 5 hits in 6 innings as his ERA moved to a sparkling 1.96. Cork is now 42-19 in his career. He also boosted his average up to .357 by going 8-for-13 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. He trails Patrick by just .005 for the league lead. Patrick picked up his third save (15th of his career) with 3 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 0.95 (2 ER in 19 IP). Waldrop took the loss allowing 6 runs (5 earned) in 7 1/3 innings.

Stats for 7/19/03 (Game 2)  

(Dustin Waldrop, Chris Wakefield, Greg Howard) vs. (Jake Hoalt/Josh Kapper, Tony Cork, Patrick Cork)

DW/CW/GH 101 010 000 - 3 6 1
JK/TC/PC 001 130 01X - 6 15 0

Hitting
D.Waldrop 2-11, HR, RBI, R; C.Wakefield 4-10, 2HR, 2RBI, 2R; G.Howard 0-10
J.Hoalt 0-3; J.Kapper 3-10, HR, RBI, 2R; T.Cork 8-13, HR, 3RBI, 2R; P.Cork 4-13, HR, 2RBI, 2R

Pitching
T.Cork (W) 6IP, 3ER, 5H, 6K; D.Waldrop (L) 7 1/3IP, 6R, 5ER, 15H, 2K; P.Cork (S) 3IP, 0R, 1H, 4K; C.Wakefield 2/3IP, 0R, 0H

Defense
Assists:  C.Wakefield 2, J.Kapper 1 . Errors:  D.Waldrop 1

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Tony Cork Wins 7th Game of Year With Shutout. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

August 30th - The chair baseball season came to a close on Saturday with a cool, breezy afternoon game. With a 10-15 mph breeze in from left field, runs figured to be at a premium on Saturday. Tony Cork took the hill looking to complete an undefeated season against Robert Trimble. Neither team could muster any offense early as the two pitchers began the game with 4 shutout innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Tony got his first run support when Nate Owens led off with a single to right. After Tony and Patrick were both retired, Owens tripled down the line in right for the game's first run. Patrick Cork would tack on two more in the 6th inning with a two-run homerun deep into the dog's pen in right, and later doubled in another run in the 8th. That was more than enough offense for Tony who was in and out of trouble all afternoon allowing 10 hits in 8+ innings, but never allowed a runner to cross the plate as he carried a shutout into the 9th. Back to back singles to start the ninth however, chased him from the game, but Patrick Cork would retire all three batters he faced to secure the 4-0 victory. Tony was brilliant again allowing no runs in 8 innings to finish the season 7-0 with a sparkling 1.67 ERA. Trimble was outstanding as well striking out a career high 14 batters, but suffered the loss. Trimble also had a great day at the plate finishing 6-for-11 with a double and a triple. Daniel and Jacob Midgett made their chair baseball debuts with Daniel finishing 1-for-12 and Jacob going 3-for-12 in the defeat. Patrick Cork broke out of his late-season slump with 5 hits in 11 at bats, including his 25th homerun of the season.

Stats for 8/30/03  

(Jacob Midgett, Daniel Midgett, Robert Trimble) vs. (Tony Cork, Patrick Cork, Nate Owens)

JM/DM/RT 000 000 000 - 0 10 0
TC/PC/NO 000 012 01X - 4 10 0

Hitting
J.Midgett 3-12; D.Midgett 1-12, 3B; R.Trimble 6-11, 2B, 3B
T.Cork 3-12, R; P.Cork 5-11, 2B, HR, 3RBI, 2R; N.Owens 2-11, 3B, RBI, R

Pitching
T.Cork (W) 8IP, 0ER, 10H, 1K; R.Trimble (L) 8IP, 4ER, 10H, 14K; P.Cork (S) 1IP, 0R, 0H

Defense
Assists:  P.Cork 3 . Errors:  None

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