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WWL Playoffs: Day 3

posted Aug 20, 2014, 8:46 AM by Washburn Wiffle   [ updated Aug 20, 2014, 9:20 AM ]


World Series MVP Jordan Shelton of the Oatka Quackers



By: Jordan Shelton, WWL reporter

    The #3 Oatka Quackers and the #2 Washburn Workhorses met yet again in the 2014 WWL World Series.  Since 2012, both teams have reached the finals with the Quackers winning the past two titles.  The series was full of competitive action and exciting plays.  Game one was a pitchers duel between Mike Anderson and Regis Pollard.  Both pitchers allowed only 7 hits and struck out 30 batters in 6 innings of work.  The game remained scoreless going into the bottom of the 6th.  Pollard would lead off the inning with a walk, and Cody Hammond would push him to third after a ground out to the right side.  Jordan Shelton would be the next batter and with a full count he would pull the ball to the right side.  Sean Ancker was able to peg him out, but it didn't matter.  Pollard would come across on the play and the Quackers would take game one by a score of 1-0. 

    Game two was just as exciting and intense as game one.  The Workhorses would get two runs in the first inning off Cody Hammond, as he struggled walking six batters in the frame. The Quackers would respond in the 3rd with five runs, thanks to a three run blast by Shelton.  The score would remain that way until the end, as the Quackers won 5-2 winning their third title in league history.  Hammond would earn the win, allowing just 3 hits while striking out 16.  Shelton would finish the day 3-8 with a triple, home run, and 4 RBIs. Eli Beard had an impressive pitching performance as he struck out 15 for the Workhorses in the loss. 

    Jordan Shelton earned MVP honors.  He finished the series 5 of 13 with four extra base hits, batting in 5 of the 6 runs in the series.

WWL Playoffs: Day 2

posted Aug 20, 2014, 7:56 AM by Washburn Wiffle

By: Jordan Shelton, WWL reporter

    It was Game two in the East Ave Divisional game and it was all Oatka.  The Quackers out hit the top-seeded Hamilton Heat 14 to 2 as they would cruise to the 17-2 win through four.   Regis Pollard would have an all-around solid game as he threw a one-hitter with 8Ks through three innings.  From the plate, Pollard went 7-7, with 3 HR and 10 RBIs.  Jordan Shelton added 2 HRs of his own and 7 RBIs.   A Jake Kocher double and Steve Gaffney single would be the only two hits for the Heat.  Darren McGuire would come in to pitch the final inning for the Quackers, allowing only one hit and ending the Heat's impressive season.  The Oatka Quackers would advance to the 2014 World Series for the fourth consecutive season, seeking their third title in a row.

    In the Main St. Division, the #5 Burnwash Bombers were scheduled to face the #4 Mumford Suns in the first game of the Divisional Series.  However, the Suns were a no-show and failed to field a team for the game.  The league was not informed that the Suns could not make it, so the Bombers would get the forfeit win and advance.

    The Bombers would next face the #2 Washburn Workhorses in a three game series to determine who would meet the Quackers in the World Series.  In game one, the Workhorses would overcome an 8-1 deficit to win 10-9.  Mike Anderson went 5-8 with a double, HR, and 6 RBIs, while striking out 10 from the mound.  Sean Ancker also added a HR for the Workhorses. For the Bombers, Jake Landowski went 3-7 with a triple and 5 RBI.  Chris Terborg added 4 Ks from the mound in the losing effort.

In game two, the Workhorses jumped out to an early 9-1 lead and never looked back as they went on to win 23-3.  Chris Wilson led the Workhorses offense by going 7-7 with 8 RBI.  Anderson went 4-6 with 10 RBIs.  Anderson and Wilson each hit 2 doubles and 2 HR in the elimination game.  Eli Beard struck out 7 on the mound and added a HR at the plate.  Landowski and Matt Heins each had a HR for the Burnwash Bombers.  The Workhorses would advance to the 2014 World Series for the third time in four years.

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posted Aug 12, 2014, 11:32 AM by Washburn Wiffle   [ updated Aug 12, 2014, 11:34 AM ]


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WWL Playoffs: Day 1

posted Aug 8, 2014, 8:02 AM by Washburn Wiffle   [ updated Aug 8, 2014, 8:58 AM ]

By: Jordan Shelton, WWL reporter

    It’s playoff time in the Washburn Wiffleball League.  The #6 seeded Tenant Terrapins would take on the #3 seeded Oatka Quackers in the East Avenue Divisional Game.  Regis Pollard and the Oatka Quackers proved their dominance as the Quackers would mercy the Terrapins 12-0 in 5 innings.  Pollard would earn the win as he threw a two-hitter with 15 Ks.  At the plate, Jordan Shelton went 3-9 with 7 RBIs.  Darren McGuire also added a HR and 3 RBIs for the Quackers offense.  John LaFarnara would earn the loss, but still struck out 8 batters.  Alex Hall had both hits for the Terrapins offense.  The Oatka Quackers would advance to play the Hamilton Heat in the East Ave Divisional Championship Series.     

    The #3 Oatka Quackers and the top seeded Hamilton Heat met next in the first of their three game series, in which the winner advances to the World Series.  The game was scoreless through four innings until Jordan Shelton hit back to back home runs to make the score 4-0.  The score would remain that way until the end, as Shelton finished the day 5-7 with 4 RBIs.  Regis Pollard added 4 hits for the Quackers, while Jon Cappotelli led the Heat with 5 hits.  Cody Hammond and Steve Gaffney both pitched complete games for their squads and combined for 27 strikeouts.   The Hamilton Heat left 10 batters on base, 5 of which were in scoring position.   The Quackers take a 1-0 lead in the series and game two will be played this Sunday at 12:00 pm. 

    The #5 Burnwash Bombers and #4 Mumford Suns will also play Sunday in the Main Street Divisional Game.  The winner will advance to play the #2 Washburn Workhorses in the Main St. Divisional Championship Series.  For a complete list of game times, visit the WWL Schedule.

NWLA: Greatest Announcer Ever

posted Aug 6, 2014, 10:13 AM by Washburn Wiffle   [ updated Aug 6, 2014, 10:23 AM ]

    
    Throughout the NWLA tournament player’s names were announced for each at bat as their individual walk up music was played in the background.  It was a nice touch and made you feel like you were sort of a big deal.  But no announcer at the tournament did his job better than Ervin Ross.

    Ervin Ross randomly found out about the position on Craigslist and didn’t even know wiffleball was a “thing”.  You may even wonder why the guy, who has his own IMDb page and appeared in the popular TV show Parks and Recreation, was even at a wiffleball tournament anyway.  But he was there, and it was awesome.  He brought enthusiasm and excitement to each at bat, and also added a lot of humor that kept everyone interested in the games. 

The WWL had the privilege of having Ervin announce the majority of their games, but we weren't the only ones who loved him.  Leagues from all over went to twitter to thank Ervin for a job well done.  He was a ton of fun, a great guy, and just another reason why to love the national tournament.  Thanks for a lot of fun Ervin and we hope to see you back next year.   



2014 Awards

posted Jul 23, 2014, 1:54 PM by Washburn Wiffle   [ updated Jul 23, 2014, 1:55 PM ]

The WWL announced the 2014 Award winners on their Facebook page yesterday.  The winners were selected by the Commissioner's Office, Managers, and Assistant Managers.  One member declined to vote.  The winners can be viewed below:

























2014 Pizza Land Home Run Derby

posted Jul 23, 2014, 1:47 PM by Washburn Wiffle   [ updated Jul 23, 2014, 1:49 PM ]



2014 Participants

Jordan Shelton
Regis Pollard
Mike Anderson
 Jon Cappotelli
Mike Anderson
Oatka Quackers
9 Home Runs
Oatka Quackers
9 Home Runs
 Washburn Workhorses
8 Home Runs
 Hamilton Heat
7 Home Runs

Joe Cappotelli
Jake Landowski
John LaFarnara
 Adam Pratt
Hamilton Heat
7 Home Runs
Burnwash Bombers
7 Home Runs
 Tenant Terrapins
4 Home Runs
**62 Fan Votes**
 Mumford Suns
5 Home Runs
**48 Fan Votes**


The Pizza Land Home Run Derby will take place Sunday, July 27 at Washburn Park.  The Derby will begin at 2pm, with the All-Star Game immediately following. 

2014 All-Star Selections

posted Jul 23, 2014, 1:30 PM by Washburn Wiffle   [ updated Jul 23, 2014, 1:48 PM ]



The 2014 WWL All-Stars were announced via Facebook earlier this afternoon.  The players representing each league are as follows (clockwise, starting top left):  Eli Beard, Regis Pollard, Matt Heins, Joe Cappotelli, Jordan Shelton, Adam Pratt, Chris Terborg, Jon Cappotelli, John LaFarnara, Mike Anderson, Steve Gaffney, and Jake Landowski

Each player was voted in by the managers and WWL staff.  The All-Star Game will be held following the Pizza Land Home Run Derby on Sunday, July 27 at Washburn Park.

A Closer Look at the 2014 WWL Warriors

posted Jul 15, 2014, 8:36 AM by Washburn Wiffle   [ updated Jul 17, 2014, 7:39 AM ]

By: Jordan Shelton, WWL reporter

    The NWLA Tournament hosts some of the best wiffleball talent from across the states and it is almost time for the WWL to return.  The team had to sit a year out due to an unexpected tragedy which led to the team losing some close friends, but the Warriors are back and hungrier than ever.

    The WWL Warriors had a pretty successful first tournament back in 2012.  They finished second in the tournament in batting average at .307.  This year’s team is returning four of the six players who made the trip in 2012, as well as adding an additional two players to make a total of 8 roster spots. 

   


Regis Pollard will be appearing in his second national tournament.  In 2012, he led the tournament in batting with an impressive .536 average. He also had success on the mound as he posted a 2-0 record with a 4.39 ERA, and striking out 24 of the 65 batters he faced.     This year in the WWL he is having another great year as he is batting .662 with 9 HR and 48 RBIs.  He proves to be the best pitcher in the league with a 1.86 ERA and 75 Ks.  Regis is the captain of the squad and he has big expectations this year with this new group making the trip.  Regis will also represent the WWL in the Home Run Derby.


  



Jordan Shelton will be making his second appearance in the national tournament.  In 2012, he started off in a slump striking out his first 4 at bats, but still managed to end the tournament batting .313.  For the WWL, Shelton is batting a career low .513, but still manages to be in the top three in RBIs (48) and HRs (9). 





Sean Ancker returns to Ohio after having a successful tournament from the plate and mound in 2012.  He was the only pitcher in 2012 to post a no-hitter vs the eventual champions, OCWA Freaky Franchise.  He ended that game with 12 Ks.  Overall, Ancker proves to be a threat from the mound and the plate as he hit .300 nationally.  For the WWL, Ancker is batting .515 with 2 HRs and 17 RBIs.  Ancker will serve as a relief pitcher this year for 2014.




Mike Anderson is the last player who will be returning to Ohio from 2012.  From the plate, he managed to hit .232 but he has high expectations this year because he is having a breakout year for the WWL.  Anderson leads the league in AVG (.727), RBI (51), and is third in the league in HR (8).  He has improved on his pitching since 2012.  Nationally, he posted a 0-1 record as he recorded 7 strikeouts however he has proven himself to be a dominant pitcher in the WWL.  This year in 28.2 innings, he has 64 strikeouts and a 5-2 record.  Mike will represent the WWL in the All-Star Game as he was selected to play for the Gold All Stars.





Cody Hammond is the first newcomer to make the trip to Ohio in 2014.  The third member of the Oatka Quackers: “Quack Attack”, he is batting .433 with 5 HRs and 33 RBIs.  Early on in the season he was struggling from the mound, but it appears he has found his groove.  He held his opponents to a combined total of 7 runs and 27 Ks in his last two appearances at the mound, 14 of those against the #2 nationally ranked Hamilton Heat.





Eli Beard is another newcomer to the Warriors.  This is his fourth year in the league as he plays alongside with Ancker and Anderson.  In the league, he is hitting .494 with 7 HRs, 39 RBIs, and also has the second most doubles with 6. He has the ability to throw strikes and will be called upon in relief for the tournament if anyone gets in trouble.





Adam Pratt is a member of the Mumford Suns and will provide a spark to this year’s WWL Warriors.  This is his second year in the WWL as he is coming off his Rookie of the Year award last season.  He is the ace of the Suns as he has a 3-0 record with 44 Ks.  He is most known for his pitching, but don’t underestimate what he can bring to the table from the plate.  He has a .500 AVG with 5 HRs and 35 RBIs.  Pratt will serve as the teams closer and will certainly take other teams in the NWLA Tournament by surprise.


 



John LaFarnara is the final new member to make the trip to Ohio.  He is the first member from the Tenant Terrapins to be selected to the team.  In his first season, LaFarnara is the heart and soul of the 0-12 Terrapins.  He posted a .412 average with 4 HRs and 17 RBIs. He has a repertoire of pitches from the hill and has a total of 24 Ks on the season.  Even though he was placed on a struggling team, don’t miscalculate his skills.  He will be called upon in relief for the team.

 

   

    The Warriors are a little bitter from 2012, as they believe they could have had a better finish than fourth.  They are eager from having to take a year off and this new, revamped group is undoubtedly better than the team put together in previous years.  Watch out for them and we can’t wait to see you in Ohio! 

League Rejects Trade Sending LaFarnara to Suns

posted Jul 11, 2014, 10:56 AM by Washburn Wiffle   [ updated Jul 11, 2014, 11:05 AM ]


John LaFarnara is a rookie this season and is a member of the WWL Warriors National Team

A block-buster trade that would have made John LaFarnara and Adam Pratt teammates in Mumford was rejected Friday afternoon by the Washburn Wiffleball League.  The Tenant Terrapins had agreed to send LaFarnara, the highly sought-after rookie, to the Suns late Wednesday afternoon for pitcher Trevor Swan

The Commissioner's office did not immediately make a decision, but there was conversation among Commissioner Pollard and Suns manager JT Williams over the past few days.

The league office officially announced this afternoon that it had vetoed the trade, despite the agreement between both teams.  The Commissioner was contacted for an explanation. 

"To start, this was not my decision.  I consulted league officials and managers to help determine the validity of this trade and to come to a fair consensus," explained Pollard.  "The league does not have any official rule regarding a trade deadline.  However, it does require teams to submit their final roster before their last regular season game," (Rule 2.06).  "Since the Terrapins have finished their regular season with LaFarnara a member of their roster, he is listed under their playoff roster which would make him ineligible to play for another team.  Despite this rule, I still wanted to consult other league members to make the right decision and I believe we did just that."

The Terrapins finished the season 0-12 and in last place, while the Suns currently sit in second place in the Main St. Division.  The Commissioner was asked if he thought this deal was being made to strengthen the Suns and he undoubtedly said yes.  "There is no question they want to beef up their roster for a playoff push and I think that's smart, but unfortunately a little too late," stated Pollard.  "What we don't want to see happening is these last second deals before the playoffs that change the integrity of teams, and we will be looking into what it can do to establish a more clear trade deadline."
 

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