2007 Game Summaries and Box Scores

Opening Day - April 29 . May 5 . May 28 . June 16 . July 1 . July 7 . July 14 . August 18 . September 1 . September 15

A Pair of Pitching Gems on Opening Day. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

April 29th - In one of the earliest opening days in history, the pitchers had the advantage most of the day as Tony and Patrick Cork both picked up wins as their teams split a doubleheader Sunday afternoon. With a steady breeze blowing out to left, it would take some excellent pitching to slow down the offenses and that's exactly what Tony Cork provided in the opener. Evan Woodard, making the first start on the mound of his career, ran into trouble in the second inning as Kyle Shimer, David Ulrich and Tony Cork reached on three consecutive singles with nobody out. Each of them would eventually drive in a run on a single as they strung together 6 hits in the inning (all singles) to take an early 3-0 lead. The only blemish of Tony Cork's outing came in the top of the 4th as Patrick Cork homered to left to cut the lead to 3-1, but that would be the only run Tony would allow en route to a 4-hit complete game victory. "We got singled into the ground today," commented Patrick. "They continued to pile up the hits, but Evan did a great job working out of trouble all afternoon. We, on the other hand, never threatened all game."

Tony was brilliant once again going the distance and striking out 9. Woodard had a very solid outing in his pitching debut allowing just 3 runs (2 earned) on 15 hits (14 singles). He also struck out 5. Ulrich, Shimer and Tony all finished with 5 hits apiece.

Stats for 4/29/07 (Game #1) 

(Evan Woodard, Patrick Cork, Luke Yochum) vs. (David Ulrich, Kyle Shimer, Tony Cork)

EW/PC/LY 000 100 000 - 1 4 2
DU/KS/TC 030 000 00X - 3 15 1

E.Woodard 1-11; P.Cork 2-10, HR, RBI, R; L.Yochum 1-10
D.Ulrich 5-14, RBI, R; K.Shimer 5-14, RBI, R; T.Cork 5-13, 2B, RBI, R

T.Cork (W) 9IP, ER, 5H, 9K; E.Woodard (L) 8IP, 3R, 2ER, 15H, 5K;

Assists:  P.Cork 3
Errors: E.Woodard 2, D.Ulrich 1

Game 2 - In the second game, Patrick Cork faced off against David Ulrich on the mound. Cork fell behind early as Tony Cork pulled a hanging curve ball down the line in left field for his first homerun since last June to stake Ulrich to a 1-0 lead in the top of the 4th inning. The lead didn't last long as Patrick Cork and Evan Woodard each hit solo homers in the bottom of the 4th to take a 2-1 lead. Cork cruised from there on allowing just 5 hits. He provided more offense in the 6th with a 2-run homer to left and then added a pair of RBI singles in the 8th. Luke Yochum tacked on another run in the 8th with an RBI single of his own for the final score of 7-1.

As was the case in the first game with father Tony, Patrick allowed just one run in the victory. He gave up 5 hits and struck out 14 batters. Ulrich worked well early, but ran into trouble from the 6th inning on and finished the game allowing 7 runs (5 earned) and 13 hits. Patrick led the way offensively with a 6-for-13 game including 2 homeruns and 6 RBI. Evan Woodard had one of the best games of his career going 5-for-13, with a homerun and scored 4 times. Tony Cork led all hitters on the day with 9 hits in 23 at bats. Patrick Cork finished 8-for-23 with 3 homeruns and 7 RBI.

Stats for 4/29/07 (Game #2) 

(David Ulrich, Kyle Shimer, Tony Cork) vs. (Evan Woodard, Patrick Cork, Luke Yochum)

DU/KS/TC 000 100 000 - 1 5 1
EW/PC/LY 000 202 03X - 7 13 0

D.Ulrich 0-11, K.Shimer 1-10; T.Cork 4-10, HR, RBI, R
E.Woodard 5-13, HR, RBI, 4R; P.Cork 6-13, 2B, 2HR, 5RBI, 3R; L.Yochum 2-13, RBI

P.Cork (W) 9IP, 1R, 5H, 14K; D.Ulrich (L) 8IP, 7R, 5ER, 13H, 5K

Assists:  K.Shimer 2, P.Cork 1
Errors: K.Shimer 1

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Hackney Nearly Perfect, Culp Returns. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

May 5th - Corey Culp made his first appearance at Corklestick Park in a decade, but it was Donnie Hackney that stole the show in the opening game of Saturday's doubleheader. Culp, who played 12 games in the inaugural season in 1998, returned for Saturday's doubleheader. "It was great to be back on the field," commented Culp. "I wasn't sure I'd make it back, but when I stepped on the field today it was like I had never left." Hackney squared off against Kevin Ryan in the opener, and let his bat do the talking early. Hackney blasted a 3-run homerun in just his second at bat of the season in the 2nd inning and then he went back-to-back with Patrick for a pair of solo blasts in the 3rd for an early 5-0 lead. Cork heated up in the middle innings connecting for five consecutive hits, including a two-run homer in the 4th and another 2-run homer in the 6th to push the lead to 9-0. Hackney, meanwhile, was cruising. He had yet to allow a hit into the 8th inning when teammate Evan Woodard pushed the lead to 10-0 with a towering blast over the garage in right field for his second homerun of the season. Hackney stayed perfect through the 8th and entered the 9th inning just 3 outs away from the first no-hitter in Chair Baseball history. The first batter of the inning, Tony Cork, hit a hard grounder down the left field line and Hackney narrowly missed the chair on the throw from just over 40 feet away and the no-hitter was history. He retired the final 3 batters in order for the 10-0 shutout. The last one-hitter thrown was nearly one year to the day of Hackney's gem when Patrick Cork threw a one-hitter on Opening Day on May 6 last year. "You hate to see him come that close and not get the no-hitter," said teammate Evan Woodard. "But he can't be too upset with a one-hit shutout."

Hackney was dominate from start to finish allowing just the one hit while striking out 7. He also went 3-for-13 at the plate with 2 homeruns and 4 RBI. Woodard was 4-for-13 with a solo homer and Patrick finished 7-for-14 with 3 homeruns, 5 RBI and 6 runs scored. Kevin Ryan suffered the loss giving up 9 runs in 7 innings of work.

Stats for 5/5/07 (Game #1) 

(Patrick Cork, Evan Woodard, Donnie Hackney) vs. (Tony Cork, Corey Culp, Kevin Ryan)

PC/EW/DH 032 202 010 - 10 14 0
TC/CC/KR 000 000 000 - 0 1 0

P.Cork 7-14, 2B, 3HR, 5RRBI, 6R; E.Woodard 4-13, HR, RBI, 2R; D.Hackney 3-13, 2HR, 4RBI, 2R
T. Cork 1-10; C.Culp 0-9; K.Ryan 0-9

D.Hackney (W) 9IP, 0ER, 1H, 7K; K.Ryan (L) 7IP, 9ER, 13H, 4K; C.Culp 2IP, ER, H, 2K

Assists:  none
Errors: none

Game 2 - The second game was scheduled for just five innings as Corey Culp faced off against Tony Cork on the mound with Culp and Hackney switching teams. Culp staked himself to an early lead with a solo homerun to left in the top of the 2nd inning (his first homerun since August 14, 1998 which was also the date of his only career pitching victory). Patrick followed with a solo shot of his own later in the inning for a 2-0 advantage. They nearly added more in the 3rd inning when Patrick sent a liner deep to center with two runners on, but Kevin Ryan made a sprawling catch into the flowers and banged into the flag pole to save two runs. They would get those two runs back when Cork hit a 2-run homerun into nearly the identical spot of the "flag pole catch" to push the lead to 4-0 in the top of the 5th. Culp handled the rest as he cruised through his 5 innings of work allowing just 3 hits to pick up the second win of his career.

Tony Cork suffered the loss allowing 7 hits and 4 runs. Patrick was 3-for-8 with 2 homeruns and 3 RBI and Culp was 3-for-8 with a homerun. For the day, Patrick led all hitters with a 10-for-21 performance including 5 homeruns, 8 RBI and 8 runs. Evan Woodard had his second consecutive solid performance going 5-for-20 with a homerun and 2 runs scored. Hackney was 4-for-19 with 2 homeruns and 4 RBI and Culp was 3-17 with a homerun in his first action since 1998.

Stats for 5/5/07 (Game #2) 

(Corey Culp, Evan Woodard, Patrick Cork) vs. (Tony Cork, Donnie Hackney, Kevin Ryan)

CC/EW/PC 020 02 - 4 7 0
TC/DH/KR 000 00 - 0 3 0

C.Culp 3-8, HR, RBI, 2R; E.Woodard 1-7; P.Cork 3-7, 2HR, 3RBI, 2R
T.Cork 1-6, 2B; D.Hackney 1-6; K.Ryan 1-6

C.Culp (W) 5IP, 0R, 3H, 2K; T.Cork (L) 5IP, 4ER, 7H, 3K

Assists:  none
Errors: none

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Cork and Rueth Lead the Way in Lopsided Holiday Win. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

May 28th - A warm Memorial Day led to quite a bit of offense on Monday in a game that saw Dustin Waldrop play his first game since July 1, 2006 and Chris Cork and Dave Rueth return to Corklestick Park for the first time since July 29 of last year. Waldrop matched up against Patrick Cork on the mound and the offenses wasted little time getting going. Patrick pulled a solo homerun down the line in left in the second inning and added an RBI single as well to stake himself to a 2-0 lead. Waldrop got both runs back in the bottom of the third with a long 2-run homerun into the ditch in left field to tie the game at 2-2. Patrick drove in a run with his first of three triples into the dog's pen in the top of the 4th and Rueth followed with a 2-run blast to push the lead to 5-2. However, the home team responded once again in the bottom of the inning as Kevin Ryan hit a 2-run bomb over the garage in right center to cut the lead to 5-4. Rueth hit his second 2-run homerun in the top of the 6th to move the lead to 7-4 and Patrick took care of the rest as he allowed just 2 hits the rest of the way. The visitors put the game out of reach in the top of the 9th thanks to an Evan Woodard RBI triple, Patrick's RBI single and Rueth's third two-run homer of the day for the final 11-4 score.

Patrick moved to 2-0 on the year allowing 4 earned runs and 7 hits. He struck out a season-high 17 batters on the day. Waldrop took the loss allowing 11 runs and 17 hits while striking out 6. Patrick and Rueth led the way offensively with Patrick reaching base all afternoon and Rueth providing the power. Patrick finished 9-for-15 with a double, three triples and a homerun. He drove in 4 and scored 5 times. Rueth went 5-for-14 in his first game of the year with 3 homeruns and 6 RBI. Woodard was 3-for-15 with an RBI triple. Kevin Ryan and Dustin Walrop each went 3-for-12 with a 2-run homer and Chris Cork was 1-for-12 with a triple and run scored.

Stats for 5/28/07 

(Patrick Cork, Evan Woodard, Dave Rueth) vs. (Kevin Ryan, Dustin Waldrop, Chris Cork)

PC/EW/DR 020 302 004 - 11 17 0
KR/DW/CC 002 200 000 - 4 7 0

P.Cork 9-15, 2B, 3 3B, HR, 4RRBI, 5R; E.Woodard 3-15, 3B, RBI, 2R; D.Rueth 5-14, 3B, 3HR, 6RBI, 4R
K.Ryan 3-12, 3B, HR, 2RBI, 2R; D.Waldrop 3-12, HR, 2RBI, R; C.Cork 1-12, 3B, R

P.Cork (W) 9IP, 4ER, 7H, 17K; D.Waldrop (L) 9IP, 11ER, 17H, 6K

Assists:  K.Ryan 2, D.Waldrop 1
Errors: none

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Cork, Williamson Win Short-Handed

June 16th - Being a player short didn't seem to hurt Josh Williamson in his first game of the year at Corklestick Park. When Kevin Ryan failed to make the game, Williamson and Patrick Cork played 2 on 3 against Donnie Hackney, Evan Barmes and David Ulrich and came away with a one-run victory. Despite not playing a game since July 1st of 2006, Williamson was sharp early as he teed off on a Donnie Hackney fastball for a solo homerun in his first at bat in the bottom of the 1st inning. He knocked in a pair of runs in the second inning with a two-run triple as well to move the lead to 3-0. Meanwhile, on the mound, Williamson was twirling a gem. He didn't allow a hit until the 4th when Hackney blasted a solo homerun to left, but Patrick and Williamson each hit solo shots of their own in the bottom of the inning to push the lead to 5-1. Evan Barmes knocked in a run with an RBI double in the sixth to make the game 5-2 and Hackney hit his second homerun into the road in left in the 6th to shave the lead to 5-3. Patrick Cork relieved in the ninth and allowed a solo shot to Barmes, but managed to pick up his first save of the year in the 5-4 win.

"We really thought we would have trouble on defense with only one outfielder, but where the real problem came was at the plate," commented Williamson. "As the game wore on, we just ran out of gas trying to swing the bat." Cork and Williamson each ended with solid offensive numbers, but most of the work came early as they tired late. They scored all 5 of their runs in the first four innings, and only tallied 3 hits over the final 4 frames. Williamson finished the game 5-for-17 with 2 triples, 2 homeruns and 4 RBI while Cork was 6-for-17 with a homerun. Williamson also picked up the win on the mound baffling hitters with a variety of offspeed pitches. He went 8 innings and allowed just 3 runs and 7 hits. Hackney suffered the loss going 6 innings and allowing 5 runs (3 earned) and 10 hits. He was 3-for-12 at the plate with 2 solo homeruns. David Ulrich was 3-for-11 with a triple and Barmes was 2-for-11 with a homerun and 2 RBI.

Stats for 6/16/07 

(Josh Williamson, Patrick Cork) vs. (Donnie Hackney, David Ulrich, Evan Barmes)

DH/DU/EB 000 101 011 - 4 8 1
JW/PC 120 200 00X - 5 11 0

D.Hackney 3-12, 2HR, 2RRBI, 2R; D.Ulrich 3-11, 3B, R; E.Barmes 2-11, 2B, HR, 2RBI, R
J.Williamson 5-17, 2 3B, 2HR, 4RBI, 3R; P.Cork 6-17, 3B, HR, RBI, 2R

J.Williamson (W) 8IP, 3ER, 7H, 2K; D.Hackney (L) 6IP, 5R, 3ER, 10H, 4K; P.Cork (S) IP, ER, H, K; E.Barmes 2IP, 0R, H, 3K

Assists:  none
Errors: D.Ulrich

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Windy Day Leads to Low Scoring Doubleheader

July 1st - With a steady wind blowing in front left field the runs were hard to come by on the first day of July as a pair of rookies made their first apperances at Corklestick Park. Kale Barmes and Chase Mattingly took the field for the first time as they joined Donnie Hackney for both games. Hackney faced off against Tony Cork in the opener and started the scoring with a solo homerun into the teeth of the wind in the bottom of the first inning. Unfortunately, it would be the only run they would score. After a Hackney error extended the inning in the 4th, Patrick Cork tripled to center to drive in two runs to give his dad a 2-1 advantage. It was all the runs Tony would need as he retired 18 consecutive batters after Hackney's homer. Patrick came on in the 8th and struck out 6 batters over the final 2 innings for his second save of the year. The two teams combined for just 9 hits in the game. Patrick was 3-for-12, Tony was 2-for-12 and Hackney was 2-for-10 with a solo homerun. Tony moved his record to 2-1 on the year throwing 7 shutout innings and allowing just 2 hits. Hackney took the loss despite not allowing an earned run in 9 innings. His ERA dropped to 1.17, but he fell to 1-2 on the year.

Stats for 7/1/07 (Game #1) 

(Tony Cork, Evan Barmes, Patrick Cork) vs. (Kale Barmes, Chase Mattingly, Donnie Hackney)

TC/EB/PC 000 200 000 - 2 6 0
KB/CM/DH 100 000 000 - 1 3 3

T.Cork 2-12, R; E.Barmes 1-12, R; P.Cork 3-12, 2 3B, 2RBI,
K.Barmes 1-10; C.Mattingly 0-10; D.Hackney 2-10, HR, RBI, R

T.Cork (W) 7IP, 1ER, 2H, 7K; D.Hackney (L) 8IP, 2R, 0ER, 6H, 5K; P.Cork 2IP, H, 6K; K.Barmes IP, 0R, 0H, 3K

Assists:  D.Hackney 1, T.Cork 1, E.Barmes 1
Errors: D.Hackney 3

Game 2 - The second game was much of the same as Evan Barmes started against Chase Mattingly. After a Tony Cork triple down the right field line, Patrick Cork drove in what would turn out to be the lone run of the game in the bottom of the second with an RBI single to right. Barmes used the conditions to his advantage as the visitors continued to fly out to left field into the teeth of the wind as they failed to get a rally started until the top of the 9th inning. Kale Barmes led off the 9th with a triple down the right field line, but was left stranded as Mattingly struck out, Hackney flew out and Kale struck out to end the game with a 1-0 score.

Barmes threw 9 shutout innings to pick up the first win of his career, allowing just 5 hits and striking out 12. Mattingly took the loss pitching 3 innings and allowing one earned run. Hackney and Kale combined to throw 5 shutout innings of relief. After just 9 hits in the opener, the teams combined for only 10 in the second game with 8 coming from two players. Hackney was 4-for-10 and Patrick was 4-for-9 with a triple and RBI. For the day, Patrick led all hitters going 7-for-21 while Hackney was 6-for-20.

Stats for 7/1/07 (Game #2) 

(Donnie Hackney, Chase Mattingly, Kale Barmes) vs. (Tony Cork, Evan Barmes, Patrick Cork)

DH/CM/KB 000 000 000 - 0 5 0
TC/EB/PC 020 000 000 - 1 5 0

D.Hackney 4-10; C.Mattingly 0-10; K.Barmes 1-10, 3B
T.Cork 1-10, 3B, R; E.Barmes 0-10; P.Cork 4-9, 3B, RBI

E.Barmes (W) 9IP, 0R, 5H, 12K; C.Mattingly (L) 3IP, ER, 3H, K; D.Hackney 4IP, 0R, 2H, 2K; K.Barmes IP, 0R, 0H, 2K

Assists:  none
Errors: none

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Massey Dazzles in 2007 Debut

July 7th - Josh Massey made his first appearance of the year at Corklestick Park and got some help from a somewhat unlikely source as he picked up the win. Chris Cork, who was just 1-for-12 in his only other game this season was red-hot all afternoon and provided Massey all the offense he would need. Chris got the scoring started in the top of the 2nd as he lined a 2-out triple to center off of father Tony to stake Massey to a 1-0 lead. Chris put another run on the board with a solo homer to center in the top of 3rd as Massey held Tony, Patrick and rookie Josh Hoeppner hitless through the first 4 innings. He ran into trouble in the 5th as the home team loaded the bases with one out, but Patrick and Hoeppner couldn't drive in a run. The did tack on one in the 6th on a solo homer by Patrick over the garage, but Chris answered with a solo shot of his own to move the lead to 3-1. Tony, Patrick and Hoeppner loaded the bases again in the 7th with just one out, but again Massey wiggled out of trouble enducing Patrick and Hoeppner into a pair of ground outs and they never threatened again. Chris kept his outstanding day going in the 9th with an RBI single to cap the 4-1 win.

Massey allowed 9 hits and struck out 8 to pick up the win. Tony had trouble finishing innings all day as he allowed 4 runs (3 with 2 outs) on 13 hits and also struck out 8. Chris had a huge day going 6-for-12 with a double, triple and 2 homeruns. He drove in 3 and scored all 4 runs for his team. Kyle Shimer was 4-for-13 and Massey was 3-for-13 with an RBI triple. Tony Cork was 4-for-13, Patrick Cork was 3-for-12 with a solo homer and Hoeppner was 2-for-12 in his debut.

Stats for 7/7/07 (Game #1) 

(Kyle Shimer, Josh Massey, Chris Cork) vs. (Tony Cork, Patrick Cork, Josh Hoeppner)

KS/JM/CC 011 000 101 - 4 13 1
TC/PC/JH 000 001 000 - 1 9 0

K.Shimer 4-13, 3B; J.Massey 3-13, 3B, RBI; C.Cork 6-12, 2B, 3B, 2HR, 3RBI, 4R
T.Cork 4-13; P.Cork 3-12, HR, RBI, R; J.Hoeppner 2-12, 2B

J.Massey (W) 9IP, 1ER, 9H, 8K; T.Cork (L) 9IP, 4ER, 13H, 8K

Assists:  P.Cork 1, K.Shimer 1, J.Hoeppner 1
Errors: K.Shimer 1

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Tony Cork Throws Shutout; Massey Hits Walk-Off Homerun

July 14th - Coming off his second loss of the year, Tony Cork made sure his record moved back over .500 with a dazzling outing in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader. Cork was perfect through 3 innings and then got some offensive support in the bottom of the 5th. Massey committed an error that led to a bases loaded jam with Evan Woodard at the plate with two outs. Woodard, who was hitless up to that point in the game, drove a pitch deep into the dog pen in right for a three-run triple. Woodard tripled again in the sixth inning and scored on a Tony Cork double to move the lead to 4-0. Cork took care of the rest on the mound allowing just four hits in his first shutout of the year. Massey took the loss allowing 4 runs (1 earned) on 8 hits.

Stats for 7/14/07 (Game #1) 

(Josh Massey, Donnie Hackney, Daniel Dix) vs. (Tony Cork, Evan Woodard, Patrick Cork)

JM/DH/DD 000 000 000 - 0 4 3
TC/EW/PC 000 031 00X - 4 8 0

J.Massey 2-11; D.Hackney 1-10, 3B; D.Dix 1-10
T.Cork 4-12, 2B, RBI, 2R; E.Woodard 2-12, 2 3B, 3RBI, R; P.Cork 2-11, R

T.Cork (W) 9IP, 0R, 4H, 6K; J.Massey (L) 8IP, 4R, 1ER, 8H, 5K;

Assists:  J.Massey 1, P.Cork 1, E.Woodard 1
Errors: J.Massey 2, D.Dix 1

Game 2 - The second game of the day was a wild back and forth affair that ended in dramatic fashion. As the temperature rose, the wind picked up and a steady 10-15 mph breeze blew out to left for the entirety of the game. The scoring got started in the top of the 4th when Patrick Cork hit a pair of solo homeruns off Donnie Hackney. However, Hackney got his revenge as he took Patrick deep in the bottom of the 5th for a 3-run blast to vault himself into the lead. Hackney left after 5 innings of work and helped out Massey in the sixth and seventh innings as he threw out a potential homerun from Patrick and robbed Tony of what would have been a 2-run homer with a running catch near the road. Despite the defensive heroics, Massey gave up the lead in the top of the 7th when Patrick hit a two-run homerun to move his team back in front 4-3. Again, Hackney answered with a solo shot down the line in left to tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the 7th. The game remained tied into the 9th when a one-out rally started with Hackney at the plate. Hackney hit a high fly to left that Tony lost in the sun which fell for a double. One batter later Massey stepped in and drove a pitch deep into center just over the outstretched glove of Tony for a game-winning homerun. It was just Massey's second hit of the game.

Massey picked up the win in relief allowing two runs in 4 innings of work. Cork suffered the loss allowing just 6 hits, all of which scored in the 6-4 defeat. He struck out 10 and led all hitters with a 5-for-13 game with 3 homeruns and 4 RBI. Hackney was 3-for-10 with 2 homeruns and 4 RBI.

Stats for 7/14/07 (Game #2) 

(Tony Cork, Patrick Cork, Evan Woodard) vs. (Josh Massey, Donnie Hackney, Daniel Dix, Hali Skaggs)

TC/PC/EW 000 200 200 - 4 11 0
JM/DH/DD/HS 000 030 102 - 6 6 1

T.Cork 2-13, 2B, R, P.Cork 5-13, 3HR, 4RBI, 3R; E.Woodard 4-12, 2B
J.Massey 2-11, HR, 2RBI, 2R; D.Hackney 3-10, 2B, 2HR, 4RBI, 3R; D.Dix 0-4; H.Skaggs 1-6, R

D.Hackney 5IP, 2ER, 5H, 3K; J.Massey (W) 4IP, 2R, ER, 6H, 3K; P.Cork (L) 8 1/3IP, 6ER, 6H, 10K

Assists:  D.Hackney 1, J.Massey 1
Errors: J.Massey 1

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Woodard Gets First Win on the Mound

August 18th - After a one-month layoff, the 2007 chair baseball season resumed on Saturday on an unseasonably cool afternoon. The temperature hovered in the mid 70's most of the day as a steady breeze blew in from left all game. Woodard had his work cut out for him as he squared off against all-time wins leader Tony Cork. Woodard got some offensive support from Patrick Cork in the bottom of the 2nd when Cork lined a homerun into the wind in left that tipped off the glove of a leaping Kyle Shimer for the first run. Cork and Woodard each cruised through the early innings until Woodard ran into trouble in the 6th. With two outs and one runner on, Josh Hoeppner and Kyle Shimer each chopped grounders in front of the plate, but Woodard missed back-to-back short throws for a pair of errors to load the bases. Tony took advantage with a line drive single to left to tie the score at 1-1. Woodard got the lead back in the bottom of the inning when Patrick reached on a three-base error to lead off the inning and then knocked himself in with a single to move the score to 2-1. Again Woodard ran into trouble in the top of the 7th as Shimer led off the inning with a single and Tony followed with a double to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Patrick Cork came on in relief and escaped the jam by striking out three consecutive batters. Cork added a solo homer in the 8th to make the lead 3-1 and pitched two more scoreless innings to pick up the three-inning save.

Woodard pitched himself out of trouble en route to his first career win allowing one unearned run on 10 hits (9 singles) while striking out three. Tony took the loss despite striking out 12. He gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 10 hits. Patrick led all hitters with an 8-for-12 day that included a pair of solo homeruns. Tony finished the day 6-for-12 with a double and RBI.

Stats for 8/18/07 (Game #1) 

(Tony Cork, Josh Hoeppner, Kyle Shimer) vs. (Patrick Cork, Evan Woodard, Luke Yochum)

TC/JH/KS 000 001 000 - 1 10 1
PC/EW/LY 010 001 01X - 3 10 3

T.Cork 6-12, 2B, RBI, R; J.Hoeppner 1-11; K.Shimer 3-11
P.Cork 8-12, 3B, 2HR, 3RBI, 3R; E.Woodard 2-12, 3B; L.Yochum 0-11

E.Woodard (W) 6+IP, 1R, 0ER, 10H, 3K; T.Cork (L) 8IP, 3R, 2ER, 10H, 12K; P.Cork (S) 3IP, 0R, 0H, 7K

Assists:  P.Cork 2, T.Cork 1
Errors: E.Woodard 2, L.Yochum 1, J.Hoeppner 1

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Trimble and Corks Shine in Doubleheader

September 1st - The bats came alive on Labor Day weekend despite another afternoon of tough hitting conditions. A steady 10-15 mph breeze blew in from left field, but it didn't seem to bother all the hitters on Saturday. Robert Trimble made his 2007 debut as he faced off against Josh Massey in the first game. Trimble ran into trouble immediately as Donnie Hackney hit a 2-run homer in the bottom of the 1st inning. His offense finally came to life in the top of the 4th as Chris Cork drove in a run on a triple and Patrick followed with a 2 run homerun down the line in left to give Trimble his first lead at 3-2. Trimble helped blow the game wide open in the top of the 5th as he hammered a bases loaded triple into the dog's pen to clear the bases and Chris followed with a 2-run homer onto the garage to move the game to 8-2. They would tack on three more in the 8th with a solo shot a 2-run blast from Patrick for the final score of 11-2.

For the victors, 11 of their 14 hits came in just three innings and 8 of their 11 runs came with two outs. The 11 runs were scored in just three innings (4th, 5th and 8th). After allowing the two first-inning runs, Trimble retired 25 of the final 28 hitters he faced for the five-hit win. Massey took the loss giving up 8 runs (6 earned) in 5 innings. Patrick and Chris led the way offensively as Patrick was 6-for-14 with 3 homeruns and 5 RBI. Chris hit for the cycle in the first 5 innings, and finished 5-for-14 with two triples, a homerun and 3 RBI.

Stats for 9/1/07 (Game #1) 

(Robert Trimble, Chris Cork, Patrick Cork) vs. (Donnie Hackney, Nathan Eubank, Josh Massey)

RT/CC/PC 000 350 030 - 11 14 0
DH/NE/JM 200 000 000 - 2 5 2

R.Trimble 3-15, 3B, 3RBI, 2R; C.Cork 5-14, 2B, 2 3B, HR, 3RBI, 3R; P.Cork 6-14, 3HR, 5RBI, 6R
D.Hackney 2-11, HR, 2RBI, 2R; N.Eubanks 1-11; J.Massey 2-10

R.Trimble (W) 9IP, 2ER, 5H, 4K; J.Massey (L) 5IP, 8R, 6ER, 10H, 4K; D.Hackney 4IP, 3ER, 4H, 3K

Assists:  N.Eubanks 1, D.Hackney 1
Errors: N.Eubanks 2

Game 2 - In the second game, Trimble and Nathan Eubanks switched teams and Trimble attempted to continue his superb pitching matching up against Patrick Cork. Trimble and Cork traded zeros through the first three innings before Trimble ran into trouble in the bottom of the 4th. With two men on, Eubanks smashed a double into right field to drive in the first run of the game and a wave of offense followed. In consecutive at bats, Patrick followed with an RBI single, Eubanks drove in a run with another double to right and Chris Cork capped the 5-run inning with a two-run triple that chased Trimble from the mound. The visitors finally cracked the scoring column in the 7th with an RBI triple from Trimble, but could not mount a late charge thanks to a pair of late outfield assists. In the 8th, Eubanks threw out a deep potential single and Chris Cork did the same in the 9th to kill any chance of late-inning heroics in the 5-1 victory.

Patrick moved to 3-1 on the year allowing just one run and 4 hits while striking out 8. Trimble took the loss giving up 5 runs (all in the 4th inning) in 3 2/3 innings. Eubanks was the offensive hero finishing the game 3-for-12. All three hits came in the decisive 5-run fourth inning. He drove in two and scored three times. Patrick was 5-for-11 with an RBI and Chris Cork had just two hits, but drove in a pair of runs.

For the day, Patrick was 11-for-25 with 3 homeruns, 6 RBI and 8 runs scored. Chris Cork had another solid day at the plate going 7-for-26 with three triples a homerun and 5 RBI. Trimble was 6-for-25 with four triples and 4 runs batted in.

Stats for 9/1/07 (Game #2) 

(Josh Massey, Donnie Hackney, Robert Trimble) vs. (Nathan Eubanks, Chris Cork, Patrick Cork)

JM/DH/RT 000 000 100 - 1 4 1
NE/CC/PC 000 500 00X - 5 10 0

J.Massey 0-11; D.Hackney 1-10, R; R.Trimble 3-10, 3B, RBI
N.Eubanks 3-12, 2 2B, 2RBI, 3R; C.Cork 2-12, 3B, 2RBI; P.Cork 5-11, RBI, 2R

P.Cork (W) 9IP, 1ER, 4H, 8K; R.Trimble (L) 3 2/3IP, 5ER, 8H, 5K; J.Massey 4 1/3IP, 0R, 2H, 2K

Assists:  P.Cork 2, R.Trimble 2, D.Hackney 1, N.Eubanks 1, C.Cork 1
Errors: J.Massey 1

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Alf Returns, Zehr Debuts in Season Finale Doubleheader. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

September 15th - Paul Alf made his much-anticipated annual return to Corklestick Park on Saturday, in what turned out to be an exciting doubleheader with both games being decided by one run. With rosters expanding in September, rookie Aaron Zehr was called up from AAA earlier in the week and had an excellent debut on the mound and at the plate.

In the opener, Alf and Kevin Ryan squared off on the mound in what turned out to be a wild back and forth game. Ryan ran into immediate trouble in the first allowing back-to-back singles to Alf and Tad Goldman and then a two-run triple to Patrick Cork for a 2-0 lead. Alf got more support on a solo homerun from Cork in the 4th and made the lead 4-0 with an RBI single of his own in the fifth. Alf was cruising thru the first four innings, but his defense let him down in the bottom of the fifth. Zehr led off the inning with a fly ball to left, but Goldman was unable to haul it in for a three-base error. Kevin Ryan followed with a towering homerun to right field to cut the lead in half at 4-2. Evan Woodard tripled to right and one out later Ryan hit a lazy fly to Goldman in left that he bobbled and dropped again, allowing another run to score. With two outs, Woodard drove a ball deep to center for a two-run homerun and the 4-0 lead had suddenly become a 5-4 deficit. Alf allowed 5 runs in the inning, but only one was earned and he gave up just three hits. Cork hit another solo homer in the top of the seventh to knot the game at 5-5 and the game remained tied into the ninth. Kevin Ryan ended it quickly with an opposite field blast to left for the walk-off 6-5 win.

Despite racking up 15 hits, Alf, Goldman and Cork only managed to push across 5 runs as they left runners stranded all afternoon. Ryan picked up the win allowing 5 earned runs and striking out 4. Alf dropped to 2-1 in his career despite another solid outing. He allowed 6 runs, but only two were earned and he gave up just 8 hits while striking out 5. Kevin Ryan was 3-for-12 and hit a pair of homeruns, including the game winner and drove in 3. Woodard was 3-for-11 with a triple, homerun and 2 RBI and Zehr had a pair of hits and scored once in his debut. Patrick Cork was 8-for-14 in the loss with two triples, two homeruns and 4 RBI. Alf was 5-for-14 with an RBI and Goldman was 2-for-14 with a run scored.

Stats for 9/15/07 (Game #1) 

(Paul Alf, Tad Goldman, Patrick Cork) vs. (Kevin Ryan, Evan Woodard, Aaron Zehr)

PA/TG/PC 200 110 100 - 5 15 2
KR/EW/AZ 000 050 001 - 6 8 0

P.Alf 5-14, RBI, R; T.Goldman 2-14, R; P.Cork 8-14, 2B, 2 3B, 2HR, 4RBI, 3R
K.Ryan 3-12, 2HR, 3RBI, 3R; E.Woodard 3-11, 3B, HR, 2RBI, 2R; A.Zehr 2-11, 3B, R

K.Ryan (W) 9IP, 5ER, 15H, 4K; P.Alf (L) 8+IP, 6R, 2ER, 8H, 5K;

Assists:  A.Zehr 2, P.Alf 1
Errors: T.Goldman 2

Game 2 - The teams remained the same for game number two as Goldman and Zehr took the mound. Once again defense played a major factor. In the top of the 3rd, Goldman missed a seemingly harmless short throw to start the inning, but once again the team of Woodard, Ryan and Zehr took advantage of the error. With two outs in the inning, Zehr blasted his first career homerun into left field and Woodard followed it up with a solo bomb of his own for a 4-0 advantage. Again they were able to capitalize late in an inning as they scored four unearned runs with two outs. Patrick cut the lead in half with an RBI single in the third and a solo homer in the fifth, but Zehr homered again in the top of the 6th to move the lead to 5-2. Zehr was outstanding all afternoon allowing just 5 hits through 8 innings, but finally ran into trouble in the bottom of the 9th. Attempting the second walk-off win of the day, Alf rallied the home squad with a two-run blast down the line in left to make it a 5-4 game and singled with two outs in the inning, but Zehr was able to retire Goldman on a groundout to hang on for the 5-4 win.

In his first appearance on the mound, Zehr picked up the win allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits. He had a huge game at the plate as well going 5-for-12 with 2 homeruns and 4 RBI. Goldman suffered the loss allowing 5 runs (1 earned) on 13 hits while striking out 10. Woodard was 3-13 with a solo homerun in the win. Cork was 5-for-12 with a homerun and 2 RBI and Alf was 3-for-13 with a two-run homerun in a losing effort.

Ryan, Woodard and Zehr won both games of the doubleheader as they were able to score late in innings thanks, in part, to sloppy defense. 9 of their 11 runs were scored with two outs and 8 were unearned. "We made mistakes and they took advantage of them," commented Alf. "You have to take your hat off to them for making the most of their extra outs." The battle of youth pastors was as good as expected as Zehr and Alf both had good days on the mound and at the plate. Zehr was 7-for-23 with 2 homeruns, 4 RBI and 3 runs scored in his debut while Alf went 8-for-27 with a homerun, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Cork led all hitters with a 13-for-26 day with 2 triples, 3 homeruns, 6 RBI and 5 runs scored. Woodard was 6-for-24 with a pair of homeruns and Ryan was 7-for-22 with 2 homeruns, 3 RBI and 5 runs scored. Goldman finished the day 2-for-27 and Tony Cork was 1-for-3 as a late inning replacement.

Stats for 9/15/07 (Game #2) 

(Evan Woodard, Kevin Ryan, Aaron Zehr, Tony Cork) vs. (Paul Alf, Tad Goldman, Patrick Cork)

EW/KR/AZ/TC 004 001 000 - 5 13 2
PA/TG/PC 001 010 002 - 4 8 2

E.Woodard 3-13, HR, RBI, R; K.Ryan 4-10, 2R; A.Zehr 5-12, 2HR, 4RBI, 2R; T.Cork 1-3, 2B
P.Alf 3-13, HR, 2RBI, R; T.Goldman 0-13, R; P.Cork 5-12, 2B, HR, 2RBI, 2R

A.Zehr (W) 9IP, 4R, 3ER, 8H, 2K; T.Goldman (L) 9IP, 5R, ER, 13H, 10K

Assists:  E.Woodard 2
Errors: E.Woodard 2, T.Goldman 2

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