2009 Game Summaries and Box Scores

Opening Day - June 27.....August 22...August 30.....September 6

Plenty of Runs in 2009 Opener. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

June 27th - The mid-summer opener of the 2009 chair baseball season was worth the wait as the two teams combined to blast 11 homeruns in a wild 15-9 game. A pair of players made their career debuts on Saturday - Lee Coakley and Jason Atteberry. Coakley, a highly touted Cubs minor leaguer for most of his baseball career got the call up to the big leagues and made the most of his opportunity. "I just wanted to come in and help the team win," remarked Coakley. Coakley did more than just help his team win - belting 3 homeruns and knocking in a game-high 7 runs on the day and also picking up the win with 4 2/3 effective innings in relief.

Coakley was joined by fellow Chicago native Paul Alf and veteran Patrick Cork with their opponents being Tony Cork, Kevin Ryan and Jason Atteberry. Alf started on the mound for the visitors and gave up a first inning single to Kevin Ryan for the game's first run, but Atteberry surrendered four runs in the top of the third on a 3-run homerun by Coakley and a solo homer from Patrick for a 4-1 lead. The home team received some unlikely power in the bottom of the inning as Tony Cork pulled a homerun down the line in left and Atteberry followed with a 2-run homer just off the glove of Coakley to tie the game at 4 apiece. The long ball continued to plague Alf in the fourth as Kevin Ryan hit a pair of homeruns in the inning for a 7-4 advantage, and Coakley relieved to escape the inning.

Atteberry's defense let him down in the top of the fifth as Coakley hit a towering drive to left that Kevin Ryan couldn't hold onto for a 3-run scoring error and the game was knotted once again at 7-7. Cork and Ryan each added RBI triples in the sixth to make the score 8-8 and Coakley put his team ahead to stay with a 2-run blast in the top of 7th to give his team a 10-8 lead. Coakley hit another 2-run bomb in the 8th and Patrick hit a solo homer and a 2-run homer in the 8th and 9th innings. Kevin Ryan's third homer of the game came in the 8th to finish out the scoring with the visitors taking the game 15-9.

Coakley led the winners by going 5-for-16 with 3 homeruns, 7 RBI and 5 runs scored. Patrick Cork was 8-for-16 with 3 homeruns, 5RBI and 6 runs scored and Paul Alf was 5-for-17 with 4 runs scored. Alf came into the game with a career ERA of 1.88 in 4 career outings, but was touched up for 7 runs in 3 1/3 innings with six of the seven runs coming on homeruns. "I just didn't have my best stuff today," said a frustrated Alf. "Thankfully my team picked me up and we were able to come out on top in the win column." Coakley relieved Alf in the fourth inning and went 4 2/3 innings allowing just 2 runs and six hits to pick up the win. "To only allow a couple of runs on a day like this was impressive," commented teammate Patrick Cork. "Especially with it being his first appearance on the mound." Patrick Cork pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the game.

Kevin Ryan had a career day in the defeat going 7-for-15 with 3 homeruns, 6 RBI and 4 runs scored. Tony Cork was 7-for-15 with a homer and 4 runs scored and Jason Atteberry was 2-for-14 with a homerun and 2 RBI in his debut. Atteberry suffered the loss on the mound going 7 innings and allowing 10 runs (7 earned) on 12 hits. Tony Cork pitched the final 2 innings, allowing 5 runs.

Stats for 6/27/09 

(Paul Alf, Lee Coakley, Patrick Cork) vs. (Tony Cork, Kevin Ryan, Jason Atteberry)

PA/LC/PC 004 031 232 - 15 18 0
TC/KR/JA 103 301 010 - 9 16 1

Hitting
P.Alf 5-17, 4R; L.Coakley 5-16, 3B, 3HR, 7RBI, 5R; P.Cork 8-16, 2 2B, 3B, 3HR, 5RBI, 6R 0-9
T.Cork 7-11, HR, RBI, 4R; K.Ryan 7-15, 3B, 3HR, 6RBI, 4R; J.Atteberry 2-14, 3B, HR, 2RBI, R

Pitching
L.Coakley (W) 4 2/3IP, 2ER, 6H, K; J.Atteberry (L) 7IP, 10R, 7ER, 12H,; P.Alf 3 1/3IP, 7ER, 9H, K; T.Cork 2IP, 5ER, 6H, K; P.Cork IP, 0R, H, K

Defense
Assists:  K.Ryan 2
Errors: K.Ryan 1

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Tomlinson Returns, but Tony Cork Shines on the Mound. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

August 22nd - A gusty wind blowing straight out to center for most of the afternoon didn't seem to bother the pitchers on Saturday as the runs were kept under control for much of the afternoon and a living legend returned to Corklestick Park. Ryan Tomlinson played his first chair baseball game since 2006, but it wasn't a happy homecoming as his team fell by a score of 7-5. Tony Cork was joined by a pair of rookies in Austin Dart and Ryan Parker, and they jumped out to an early lead on an RBI triple from Parker in the second. Patrick Cork followed with a solo homerun in the bottom of the inning to the score at 1-1, but the visitors stretched the lead over the next two innings as Tomlinson struggled to get out of some jams. Dart blasted a 2-run homer to left in the third inning and they were able to tack on three more runs in the fourth thanks to RBI hits from Tony Cork and Parker. Josh Hepner knocked in a run with a double in the bottom of the inning and Tomlinson drove in a run as well to cut the lead to 6-3, and Patrick hit another solo homer in the fifth to close the gap to 6-4. But they were unable to get any closer. Tomlinson settled down in the late innings allowing just one run over the final five frames, but the bats didn't help Tomlinson as the only run they were able to push across was on another solo homer from Patrick in the 9th for the 7-5 final.

After giving up 6 early runs, Tomlinson finished strong in defeat. He allowed 7 runs (5 earned) on 17 hits and struck out 7. Tony Cork picked up the win as he scattered 11 hits over 6 innings of work. He gave up 4 runs and struck out 6. Ryan Parker threw one scoreless inning in relief and Austin Dart picked up the save by pitching the final 2 innings and allowing one run. Tony Cork led the way at the plate going 8-for-15 on the day. He drove in 3 runs and scored 5 times. Ryan Parker was 6-for-14 with 2 RBI and a run scored in his first career game and Austin Dart was 3-for-15 with a 2 run homerun. Tomlinson had a solid day at the dish going 5-for-14 with a pair of doubles and an RBI after his long layoff. Patrick Cork went 7-for-13 with 3 solo homeruns and Josh Hepner was 1-for-14 with an RBI double.

Stats for 8/22/09 

(Tony Cork, Austin Dart, Ryan Parker) vs. (Ryan Tomlinson, Josh Hepner, Patrick Cork)

TC/AD/RP 012 300 100 - 7 17 0
RT/JH/PC 010 210 001 - 5 13 1

Hitting
T.Cork 8-15, 2B, 3B, 3RBI, 5R; A.Dart 3-15, HR, 2RBI, R; R.Parker 6-14, 3B, 2RBI, R
R.Tomlinson 5-14, 2 2B, RBI, R; J.Hepner 1-14, 2B, RBI, R; P.Cork 7-13, 3HR, 3RBI, 3R

Pitching
T.Cork (W) 6 IP, 4ER, 11H, 6K; R.Tomlinson (L) 9IP, 7R, 5ER, 17H, 7K; R.Parker IP, 0R, 2H; A.Dart (S) 2IP, ER, H, K K; P.Cork IP, 0R, H, K

Defense
Assists:  T.Cork 2, R.Tomlinson 1, P.Cork 1, R.Parker 1
Errors: J.Hepner 1

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Woodard Leads Team to 7-Inning Victory. . . . . . . . . .Click Here for Pictures

August 30th - Another game, another venue. After playing nearly 10 years of games at only Corklestick Park, the South Knox High School softball field became the fourth new stadium used in the past two years on Sunday afternoon. "It's always hard to get the measurements right and all of those details, so you never really know what you're going to get," commented Commissioner Patrick Cork. "I think the lines were a little deep today, plus the wind was blowing in, so that led to a low scoring game."

A pair of players made their debuts as Steven Alsobrooks and Kyle Foley took the field for the first time. They were joined by Aaron Zehr and Patrick. Their opponents (Tad Goldman, Luke Yochum and Evan Woodard) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an Evan Woodard solo homerun. Woodard added another solo shot in the fourth for a 2-0 advantage, and held on late after a Patrick Cork homerun cut the lead to 2-1 in the sixth. However, the visitors would get no closer.

Goldman and Foley started for the two teams as Goldman struck out 5 in two innings of work and Foley went 1 1/3 innings, but both were pulled to rapidly rising pitch counts. Luke Yochum lasted just 2/3 innings before being relieved by Woodard who pitched the final 4 1/3 innings to pick up the win. Aaron Zehr relieved Foley and went the final 4 2/3 innings allowed just two solo homers to Woodard and striking out 6, but suffered the loss. Woodard was 2-for-7 with a pair of solo homers, while Goldman was 2-for-8 and Yochum was 1-for-8. Patrick Cork accounted for the only runs for the losing squad going 2-for-6 with a solo homerun. Foley was 1-for-6 in his first career game, Zehr was 1-for-6 and Alsobrooks failed to get a hit goign 0-for-6 but made a leaping catch in right field early in the game.

Stats for 8/30/09 

(Kyle Foley, Aaron Zehr, Steven Alsobrooks, Patrick Cork) vs. (Tad Goldman, Luke Yochum, Evan Woodard)

KF/AZ/SA/PC 000 000 1 - 1 4 0
TG/LY/EW 010 100 X - 2 5 0

Hitting
K.Foley 1-6; A.Zehr 1-6; S.Alsobrooks 0-6; P.Cork 2-6, 2B, HR, RBI, R
T.Goldman 2-8, 2B; L.Yochum 1-8; E.Woodard 2-7, 2HR, 2RBI, 2R

Pitching
E.Woodard (W) 4 1/3 IP, 1ER, 3H, 5K; A.Zehr (L) 4 2/3 IP, 2ER, 4H, 6K; K.Foley 1 1/3IP, 0R, 0H, K; L.Yochum 2/3IP, 0R, 1H, K; T.Goldman 2IP, 0R, H, 5K

Defense
Assists:  none
Errors: none

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Tomlinson Stars in Doubleheader Sweep

September 6th - Living up to his nickname "Captain Clutch", Ryan Tomlinson helped lead his team to a doubleheader sweep on Sunday afternoon at Corklestick Park. Tomlinson, Kevin Ryan and Patrick Cork took aim at the entire Massey family as Ross, Josh and Justin all returned to Robinson for the twin billing. In the first game, Tomlinson flirted with history on the mound while Patrick Cork provided him with the offensive support. After a pair of Josh Massey throwing errors from the mound, Cork powered a 3-run homerun just over the fence down the right field line in the top of the 4th which was more than enough for Tomlinson. After retiring the first six hitters, Tomlinson allowed a soft single in the bottom of the third inning and then retired 15 consecutive batters - allowing just one hit through the first seven innings. A bloop single from Ross Massey started the eighth. Two batters later, Justin Massey drove a double into deep right field and Ross Massey follwed it with an RBI single to cut the lead to 3-1. With one out and runners and 1st and 3rd, Patrick Cork relieved Tomlinson on the hill and escaped the jam and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up the save.

Tomlinson picked up the win allowing one run in 7 1/3 innings on just four hits. Cork picked up the save retiring all five batters he faced on strikeouts. Josh Massey suffered the loss despite a solid outing. He allowed 3 runs (1 earned) on 11 hits over 9 innings of work. Cork led all hitters going 9-for-13 with a double, triple and 3-run homerun. Tomlinson added a pair of hits and scored once. Justin Massey and Ross Massey each had two hits with Ross driving in the only run of the game.

Stats for 9/6/09 Game 1

(Ryan Tomlinson, Kevin Ryan, Patrick Cork) vs. (Justin Massey, Ross Massey, Josh Massey)

RT/KR/PC 000 300 000 - 3 11 0
JM/RM/JM 000 000 010 - 1 4 2

Hitting
R.Tomlinson 2-13, R; K.Ryan 0-13; P.Cork 9-13, 2B, 3B, HR, 3RBI, 2R
Ju.Massey 2-12, 2B; R.Massey 2-11, RBI, R; Jo.Massey 0-11

Pitching
R.Tomlinson (W) 7 1/3 IP, 1ER, 4H, 2K; Jo.Massey (L) 9IP, 3R, 1ER, 11H, 4K; P.Cork (S) 1 2/3IP, 0R, 0H, 5K

Defense
Assists:  R.Tomlinson 1; K.Ryan 1
Errors: Jo.Massey 2

Josh Massey took the hill in the second game of the doubleheader as well, this time taking on Kevin Ryan. After going hitless in the first game, Kevin Ryan blasted a solo shot to right to lead off the second game, but the lead didn't last long as Justin Massey knocked in a run on a single in the top of the 2nd to tie the game 1-1. Ryan knocked in another run in the bottom of the third with an RBI triple, and Tomlinson followed with an RBI single of his own to move the lead to 3-1. The score remained 3-1 into the eighth inning, where once again the Masseys threatened. With runners on second and third with two outs, the Masseys were in position to take advantage of a new rule this season. With two outs and a runner on second, a long single has the potential to score the runner from second. If the initial throw misses, the offense has the option to send the runner from second to the plate and the outfielder gets a second attempt with the throw to get the runner at home. Josh Massey blooped a single in front of Tomlinson in right field and Tomlinson's throw was offline - scoring one run. The Masseys decided to challenge the arm of Tomlinson and send the other runner from second base and force another throw from Tomlinson. However, Tomlinson's second throw was on the money and two-hopped into the chair for a huge outfield assist to keep the game at 3-2. "We were hoping that new rule would add some drama to games this year, and that's really the first time it's had a major impact," said Commissioner Patrick Cork. "It adds some strategy and forces the teams to make some tough decisions - this time it backfired on the Masseys, but I think everyone would agree they had to take that chance at that point late in the game." The drama didn't end there as the home team chose not to use Patrick Cork for the save, but went with Tomlinson instead. Ross Massey lined a single to left to start the inning, but Tomlinson was able to get Justin to ground out and Josh to line out to move one out away from the win. However, Ross lined another ball down the third base line which would have moved runners to 1st and 2nd, but Tomlinson once again came up with a big outfield assist to end the game and pick up just the second save of his career, and first since the opening season in 1998.

Every batter had either 2 or 3 hits in the second game with four different players driving in runs. Josh Massey was 3-for-11 with a triple and RBI, Ross Massey was 3-for-11 with a double and Justin Massey was 2-for-11 with an RBI. Kevin Ryan led the winners with a 3-for-11 game with a homerun and 2 RBI, Tomlinson was 2-for-11 with an RBI and Patrick Cork was 3-for-10 with a double and triple. Kevin Ryan picked up the win going 8 innings and allowing just 2 runs on 6 hits. Tomlinson picked up the save with a scoreless ninth allowing a single. Josh Massey took the loss in game two as well despite another solid outing - 8 innings, 3 runs and 8 hits.

Stats for 9/6/09 Game 2

(Josh Massey, Ross Massey, Justin Massey) vs. (Kevin Ryan, Ryan Tomlinson, Patrick Cork)

JM/RM/JM 010 000 010 - 2 7 0
KR/RT/PC 102 000 00X - 3 8/font> 2

Hitting
Jo.Massey 2-12, 3B, RBI, R; R.Massey 3-11, 2B; Ju.Massey 2-11, RBI, R
K.Ryan 3-11, 3B, HR, 2RBI, 2R; R.Tomlinson 2-11, RBI; P.Cork 3-10, 2B, 3B, R

Pitching
K.Ryan (W) 8 IP, 2ER, 6H, 4K; Jo.Massey (L) 8IP, 3ER, 8H, 4K; R.Tomlinson (S) 1 IP, 0R, 1H

Defense
Assists:  R.Tomlinson 2; P.Cork 2
Errors: R.Tomlinson 1, K.Ryan 1

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