2008 Game Summaries and Box Scores

Opening Day - May 25...July 4 .....July 6 .....August 24

Tony Cork Fires 2-Hit Shutout in Season Opener. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

May 25th - Another year has gone by, but Tony Cork showed he still has enough gas left in the tank to dominate a game. Cork struck out five and allowed just two singles in his opening day shutout on Sunday afternoon. "It was a classic case of slow, slower and slowest," said teammate Chris Cork. All the runs were scored in a long third inning thanks to the bats of Chris and Patrick. Donnie Hackney cruised through the first two innings, but ran into trouble in the third. Chris led off the inning with a triple to deep center and Patrick followed it with an RBI double for the game's first run. After Tony singled, Chris drove a pitch onto the garage in right center for a three-run blast to move the lead to 4-0. Patrick connected on a triple for the fifth consecutive hit to start the inning before Hackney retired Tony and Chris and appeared to have righted the ship, but Patrick homered to center for the fifth and sixth runs of the inning. The six-run third was more than enough as Tony didn't allow a hit until a shallow single off the bat of Hackney in the top of the fifth. The only other hit he allowed was a ninth inning single to left from Hackney.

Tony picked up his 56th career win with his two-hit shutout performance. Hackney suffered the loss allowing 6 runs (all in the third) and 10 hits in three innings of work. Aaron Zehr relieved Hackney and threw five scoreless innings - thanks in part to a long outfield assist from Hackney in the fifth that took away a potential grand slam from Chris Cork on a blast that nearly made the road down the left field line. Even without the grand slam, Chris had a huge day at the plate going 6-for-14 with a double, triple and homerun. He drove in 3 and scored twice. Patrick was 5-for-14 with a pair of doubles, a triple and homerun and scored three runs. He also drove in three runs. Tony Cork had a solid day at the plate as well with 5 singles in 13 at bats. Hackney had the only two hits with a pair of singles for the visitors.

Stats for 5/25/08 

(Aaron Zehr, Donnie Hackney, Evan Woodard) vs. (Chris Cork, Patrick Cork, Tony Cork )

AZ/DH/EW 000 000 000 - 0 2 1
CC/PC/TC 006 000 00X - 6 16 0

A.Zehr 0-10; D.Hackney 2-10; E.Woodard 0-9
C.Cork 6-14, 2B, 3B, HR, 3RBI, 2R; P.Cork 5-14, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 3RBI, 3R; T.Cork 5-13, R

T.Cork (W) 9IP, 0R, 2H, 5K; D.Hackney (L) 3IP, 6ER, 10H, K; A.Zehr 5IP, 0R, 6H, 3K

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

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Chair Baseball Debuts in Vincennes over Holiday Weekend

July 4th - For only the second time in chair baseball history, an official game was played outside of Corklestick Park in Robinson, IL. Oubache Trails in Vincennes, IN was the site of the first non-Corklestick game since 2002. A new chair and slightly different field dimensions gave the game a unique twist. "It was definitely different. Having played almost two hundred games in one place, it took a little getting used to, but I think it's a good thing for the league," stated commissioner Patrick Cork. "Baseball is about adapting to different parks and environments so although it didn't have the same feel as Corklestick, it is definitely something we'll be doing again."

Isaac Salters and Donnie Hackney matched up on the mound and Hackney was promptly greeted with a solo homerun from Kale Barmes in the top of the first. It was Barmes's first homerun of his career. Hackney responded in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff triple and scored on an error by Salters on a short grounder off the bat of Patrick Cork to tie the game at 1-1. Salters went deep in the top of the 3rd to make the game 2-1, but Cork put his team ahead for the first time with a 2-run shot in the bottom of the inning. Salters tried to tie the game in the sixth with what appeared to be a homer to right center, but Patrick's throw came to rest against one of the bungee cords of the newly designed chair for a long outfield assist. "It's one of the things that is different about playing with a new chair, and obviously it helped us out that time," said Cork. Salters blasted a solo homer in the 7th way out of reach of the outfielders to tie the game at 3-3. The game stayed tied into the bottom of the 9th. Patrick led off with a short grounder near the pitcher's mound, but Salters' throw missed to help start the rally. Luke Yochum blasted a double into center (his first hit of the day) to set the stage for Donnie Hackney. With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Hackney lined a sharp single into center for a walk-off 4-3 victory.

Hackney picked up the win allowing just three runs on 7 hits while striking out 11. Salters suffered the loss giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 12 hits. He also struck out 11. Cork led the way for the victors going 6-for-12 with a homerun and 2 RBI. Hackney was 5-for-13 with a pair of triples and the game winning RBI. Salters was 4-for-12 with a pair of solo homeruns in defeat.

Stats for 7/4/08 - Game 1 

(Isaac Salters, Kale Barmes, Evan Woodard) vs. (Donnie Hackney, Patrick Cork, Luke Yochum)

IS/KB/EW 101 000 100 - 3 7 1
DH/PC/LY 102 000 001 - 4 12 0

I.Salters 4-12, 2HR, 2RBI, 2R; K.Barmes 2-11, HR, RBI, R; E.Woodard 1-11, 2B
D.Hackney 5-13, 2 3B, RBI, 2R; P.Cork 6-12, HR, 2RBI, 2R; L.Yochum 1-12, 2B

D.Hackney (W) 9IP, 3ER, 7H, 11K; I.Salters (L) 8+IP, 4R, 3ER, 12H, 11K

Assists:  I.Salters 2, D.Hackney 2, P.Cork 1, K.Barmes 1
Errors: I.Salters 1

Game 2 - Game two lasted just six innings due to time constraints, but there was plenty of offense. Kale Barmes and Patrick Cork started on the mound and Barmes was the victim of some shaky defense early in the game. In the top of the 2nd inning, Cork hit a deep fly ball to right field that Evan Woodard bobbled and failed to haul in just past the homerun line. The four-base error gave the visitors an early 1-0 lead. They would tack on in the third as they strung together 5 hits in the inning including RBI singles from Hackney and Yochum and an RBI double from Cork to push the lead to 4-0. Barmes left after four innings having allowed four runs, but only two were earned. Isaac Salters relieved and Cork homered just inside the foul line in left to push the lead to 5-0 in the fifth and they tacked on three more in the sixth thanks to a 2-run shot from Hackney and another RBI single from Yochum.

Meanwhile, the home team could never get going offensively. After a pair of first inning singles from Salters, they recorded just one more hit over the final five innings and failed to score in the 8-0 shutout. Cork was 5-for-11 with a double, triple and homerun. He drove in 2 and scored 4 runs. Hackney was 2-for-11 with a homerun and 3 RBI and Yochum was 4-for-10 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Cork picked up the win with six shutout innings allowing just three hits and recording six strikeouts. Barmes took the loss giving up 4 runs (2 earned) in 4 innings on six hits.

For the day, Patrick Cork led all hitters with 11 hits in 23 at bats, including 2 homeruns, 4 RBI and 6 runs scored. Hackney was 7-for-24 with a pair of triples, a homerun, 4 RBI and 4 runs scored. Salters had a solid day at the plate batting almost exclusively left-handed going 6-for-19 with a pair of solo homeruns.

Stats for 7/4/08 - Game 2 

(Donnie Hackney, Patrick Cork, Luke Yochum) vs. (Isaac Salters, Kale Barmes, Evan Woodard)

DH/PC/LY 013 013 xxx - 8 11 0
IS/KB/EW 000 000 xxx - 0 3 2

D.Hackney 2-11, HR, 3RBI, 2R; P.Cork 5-11, 2B, 3B, HR, 2RBI, 4R; L.Yochum 4-10, 2RBI, 2R
I.Salters 2-7; K.Barmes 1-7; E.Woodard 0-7

P.Cork (W) 6IP, 0R, 3H, 4K; K.Barmes (L) 4IP, 4R, 2ER, 6H, 2K; I.Salters 2IP, 3ER, 5H, 0K

Assists:  I.Salters 2, D.Hackney 1
Errors: E.Woodard 2

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Rare Tripleheader Concludes Busy Holiday Weekend

July 6th - After a 4th of July doubleheader on Friday, the holiday weekend ended with a tripleheader on Sunday afternoon. For the second straight time, chair baseball made its debut in a new park - this time at Lester Square Park near downtown Vincennes. "We played in the country setting at Ouabache Trails, and now we've made our debut in town as we continue to showcase our sport all over the area," stated commissioner Patrick Cork. With three teams of three, each team played a pair of 7-inning games. In game one, Donnie Hackney and Kale Barmes squared off on the mound and Hackney helped his own cause in the bottom of the second with a solo homerun. The home team tacked on four more in the fourth inning on a solo homer from Luke Yochum, a 2-run shot from Hackney and a solo homer from Evan Barmes to move the lead to 5-0. The only drama left was Hackney's attempt at a 7-inning no-hitter which he carried through 5 1/3 innings until Justin McGiffen singled for the first hit of the game. Kale Barmes followed with an RBI triple and later added a solo homer in th 7th for the final score of 5-2.

Hackney led the way on the mound and at the plate as he picked up the win . He allowed just one run on 2 hits and also went 5-for-9 with two homeruns and 3 RBI. Evan Barmes aided the winners with a 4-for-10 game with a homerun and 2 runs scored. Kale Barmes suffered the loss allowing 5 runs in six innings of work.

Stats for 7/6/08 - Game 1 

(Aaron Zehr, Justin McGiffen, Kale Barmes) vs. (Evan Barmes, Luke Yochum, Donnie Hackney)

AZ/JM/KB 000 001 1XX - 2 3 0
EB/LY/DH 010 400 XXX - 5 10 0

A.Zehr 0-8; J.McGiffen 1-8, R; K.Barmes 2-8, 3B, HR, 2RBI, R
E.Barmes 4-10, HR, RBI, 2R; L.Yochum 1-10, HR, RBI, R; D.Hackney 5-9, 3B, 2HR, 3RBI, 2R

D.Hackney (W) 6IP, ER, 2H, 4K; K.Barmes (L) 6IP, 5ER, 10H, 8K; E.Barmes IP, ER, H, 2K

Assists:  D.Hackney 1
Errors: none

Game 2 - Game two became a four-inning affair as the bats of the visitors were hot from the opening pitch. The breeze out to center grew stronger as the afternoon wore on, as the runs came early and often. Aaron Zehr and Evan Woodard took the hill for their teams and Woodard was staked to an early lead in only the third start of his career. An error allowed the top of the first to continue and Patrick Cork took advantage by hitting a 3-run homerun for the first runs of the game. The bats exploded in the second as Evan Woodard homered for the first time this year to lead off the inning and then blasted the first grand slam of his career later in the inning. A Patrick Cork solo homerun concluded the six-run inning and gave Woodard a 9-0 advantage. Woodard homered for the third straight at bat in the third and Cork added a 2-run homer in the fourth as the game was called after just 4 innings with a 12-0 score.

Woodard picked up the win allowing just 2 hits in 4 innings of work. Aaron Zehr suffered the loss giving up 10 runs (7 earned) in 1 2/3 innings. Woodard was the star at the plate finishing 6-for-9 with 3 homeruns, 6 RBI and 6 runs scored. Cork added 4 hits in 8 at bats including 3 homeruns, 6 RBI and 5 runs scored. Hannah Yochum made her chair baseball debut and was 2-for-8.

Stats for 7/6/08 - Game 2 

(Evan Woodard, Patrick Cork, Hannah Yochum) vs. (Justin McGiffen, Kale Barmes, Aaron Zehr)

DH/PC/LY 361 2XX xxx - 12 12 0
JM/KB/AZ 000 0XX xxx - 0 3 1

E.Woodard 6-9, 3HR, 6RBI, 6R; P.Cork 4-8, 3HR, 6RBI, 5R; H.Yochum 2-8, R
J.McGiffen 1-6; K.Barmes 1-6; A.Zehr 1-6

E.Woodard (W) 4IP, 0R, 3H, 3K; A.Zehr (L) 1 2/3IP, 10R, 7ER, 8H; J.McGiffen 2 1/3IP, 2ER, 4H, K

Assists:  none
Errors: A.Zehr 1

Game 3 - The tripleheader was capped off by a thrilling matchup pitting the winners of the first two games of the day. History was made as Hannah Yochum became the first female to pitch in a chair baseball game. Not only did Yochum pitch, she pitched very well taming the opposing offense for most of the game. Patrick Cork gave Yochum a 1-0 lead with a solo homerun off of Evan Barmes in the bottom of the first and Yochum helped her own cause with a solo homerun just inside the foul line in right. It was the first homerun by a female in chair baseball history and Yochum had a 2-0 lead through three innings. With one out and nobody on, Yochum made her first mistake of the game as she dropped a pop up hit by Donnie Hackney. The error extended the inning and Hackney later came up with two outs and two on and blasted a 3-run homer to center to give his team a 3-2 advantage. Evan Woodard relieved Yochum in the sixth and also committed an error that extended the inning setting the stage for Luke Yochum's grand slam to center. Evan Barmes followed with a solo shot of his own and suddenly the lead had grown to 8-2. However, the home team failed to give in as they rallied in the bottom of the inning with 5 runs of their own on a 2-run homer from Patrick and a 3-run bomb from Woodard to bring the game to 8-7 heading into the seventh. Woodard nearly capped off the wild comeback as he pulled a Donnie Hackney pitch way out to left, but the ball hooked just inside the foul pole for a long strike. Hackney escaped the jam to record the save in the 8-7 win.

Hannah Yochum suffered the loss despite not allowing an earned run in 5 innings. She allowed 3 unearned runs on 4 hits and struck out 5. Evan Barmes picked up the win going 5 1/3 innings and giving up 6 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits. Hackney picked up the save going the final 1 2/3 innings and giving up just one run. Everyone was involved in the offense as all six players homered in the game. Hackney, Luke Yochum and Barmes each went 3-for-10. Yochum had a grand slam, Hackney a 3-run homer and Barmes a solo homerun. Cork was 5-for-11 with 2 homeruns and 3 RBI in the loss. Woodard added a 3-run homer and Yochum hit a solo homerun to account for the rest of the runs.

Amazingly, the three games had a total of 34 runs scored and 33 of them were as a result of homeruns. The only run batted in on the day that did not come on a homerun was an RBI triple from Kale Barmes in the first game of the day. Of the 46 combined hits on the day, 18 were homeruns. Some may think Lester Square is a bandbox after looking at the totals, but with the wind blowing out and the temperature up around 90 degrees, it wouldn't have mattered where the game was played; there were going to be plenty of runs scored. Totals for the day were: Aaron Zehr 1-for-14; Justin McGiffen 2-for-14; Kale Barmes 3-for-14, homerun, 2RBI; Evan Barmes 7-for-20, 2 HR, 2 RBI; Luke Yochum 4-for-20, 2 HR, 5 RBI; Donnie Hackney 8-for-19, 3HR, 6 RBI, 6 runs; Evan Woodard 8-for-21, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 9 runs; Patrick Cork 9-for-19, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 8 runs; Hannah Yochum 4-for-19, HR, RBI, 2 runs.

Stats for 7/6/08 - Game 3 

(Donnie Hackney, Luke Yochum, Evan Barmes) vs. (Evan Woodard, Patrick Cork, Hannah Yochum)

DH/LY/EB 000 305 0xx - 8 9 1
EW/PC/HY 101 005 0xx - 7 9 2

D.Hackney 3-9, HR, 3RBI, 4R; L.Yochum 3-9, HR, 4RBI, 2R; E.Barmes 3-10, HR, RBI, 2R
E.Woodard 2-12, HR, 3RBI, 3R; P.Cork 5-11, 2B, 2HR, 3RBI, 3R; H.Yochum 2-11, HR, RBI, R

E.Barmes (W) 5 1/3IP, 6R, 5ER, 6H, 6K; H.Yochum (L) 5IP, 3R, 0ER, 4H, 5K; D.Hackney (S) 1 2/3IP, ER, 3H, 4K; P.Cork IP, 0R, 0H, 3K

Assists:  E.Barmes 1, P.Cork 1
Errors: H.Yochum 1, E.Barmes 1, E.Woodard 1

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Costly Errors Lead to Blowout Win

August 24th - A bizarre chair baseball season continued on Sunday with what may be the last action of the year. The games have been few and far between this year, but there has been plenty of action when the teams have taken the field. Sunday was only the sixth game of the year, and defensive mistakes led to a one-sided victory. It also marked the first game in chair baseball history that was played at two different locations - with the first three innings being played at Lester Square Park and the final two innings being played at the Cub League fiel in Vincennes.

Evan Woodard and Kale Barmes opened the game on the mound, and Barmes's defense let him down in the top of the 2nd. With two outs and one runner on, Patrick Cork drove a ball into the playground in deep left field. Evan Barmes appeared to have the ball in his glove, but lost control when he stepped into the gravel area of the playground for what turned into a 2-run error. "It was a tough play, but I need to make that catch," said Barmes. "I had the ball in my glove but couldn't hold on." The shaky defense continued in the top of the third inning when Kale Barmes missed a short throw in front of home plate. Later in the inning, the wind played a major factor as it began blowing harder in from left field. A trio of balls hit by Patrick Cork, Evan Woodard and Luke Yochum were knocked down by the wind leading to several extra hits that could have been prevented. Cork finished the inning with 3 runs batted in on a single and double and Yochum had an RBI double that pushed the lead to 7-0. Evan Barmes knocked in a run in the bottom of the third to make the score 7-1, but they stranded two runners and couldn't cut into the lead.

The game moved to the Cub League field after the third and Conner Barmes took over on the mound, and allowed a two-run homer to Patrick Cork that tipped off the end of the glove of Evan Barmes in deep center to make the score 9-1. Woodard escaped the fourth and fifth innings as the game was stopped short due to time constraints at 9-1. "Our defense let us down today," said Kale Barmes. "We only had two errors, but we had too many misplyaed balls that gave them extra outs."

Evan Woodard picked up his second win of the year allowing just one run on 6 hits in five innings of work. Kale Barmes took the loss allowing 7 runs in three innings, but only one of the runs was earned. Patrick Cork led all hitters with a 5-for-9 afternoon with a homerun and 5 RBI. Woodard was 3-for-9 and Yochum was 2-for-8 with two RBI. All three Barmes brothers talled a pair of hits on the day with Evan driving in the only run of the day.

Stats for 8/24/08 

(Evan Woodard, Patrick Cork, Luke Yochum) vs. (Evan Barmes, Conner Barmes, Kale Barmes)

AZ/DH/EW 025 20X XXX - 9 10 0
EB/CB/KB 001 00X XXX - 1 6 2

E.Woodard 3-9, 3R; P.Cork 5-9, 2 2B, HR, 5RBI, 4R; L.Yochum 2-8, 2B, 2RBI, 2R
E.Barmes 2-7, RBI, R; C.Barmes 2-7; K.Barmes 2-6, 3B, R

E.Woodard (W) 5IP, 1ER, 6H, K; K.Barmes (L) 3IP, 7R, 1ER, 7H, 2K; C.Barmes 2IP, 2ER, 3H, 3K

Assists:  C.Barmes 1, E.Woodard
Errors: E.Woodard 1, K. Barmes 1

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