Kokomo CFD Knights management will be meeting with sponsors and talking with players in the upcoming days to decide the team’s fate for next year. It has already been decided that the team will still be around but the course of direction for the organization is still unknown. The two main leagues in Indiana are the Midwest Prospects Baseball League (MPBL), featuring most of Indiana’s elite teams and the Indianapolis Adult Baseball League (IABL) that the Knights tried out in their inaugural season.
The IABL is ruled by the Indianapolis Stallions, a team that is arguably the top team in the state year in and year out. The Indianapolis Hurricanes and Indy Dodgers also fight for league supremacy every year. After an unsuccessful year in the league last season, the Knights would have to enlist for reinstatement to play in the IABL. The MPBL is arguably the top league in the state. A collegiate/semi-pro level league, the MPBL features most of Indiana’s top teams such as the South Bend Senators, Lafayette Lumberjacks, Warsaw Indians and more. If the Knights are formed of mainly collegiate players again in 2008, the MPBL would seem like the best choice of league. The league plays a larger, more compact schedule than the IABL, and is built for younger teams while the IABL is built for older teams with less available time. These are just two of the options that are out there for the Knights.
A few more options are being considered and it is likely the Knights will make a decision within the next month or two. The Knights finished the 2007 season with a 16-5 loss to the Kokomo Braves. The squad had an 11-18 overall record and a 4-14 league record.
Note: The Knights website will undergo a few changes over the off season. As of now a new header has been added to give the site a more professional look and the site has been set to a specific size rather than always adapting to the screen. This gives more options on what can be done with the site without things overlapping or lining up incorrectly. Keep tuned in to the site to get all the latest information.
Braves Claim Close Game With Knights
August 18, 2007
The CFD Knights traveled to play the Braves Friday night in the teams third meeting of the season. The Knights beat the Braves 14-2 at their home field, CFD Investments Stadium in Highland Park, in a games shortened by the a mercy rule. The Braves came back to claim and 7-5 win on June 10th and made it two straight with a 6-2 win tonight. The Knights got out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Ryan Moore would hit in Ben Zachary from third but the Braves would answer back in the bottom of the second when Eric Rusie would score on a pass ball. They would tally three more runs in the fourth when Steve Owens, Rusie, Cory Peabody, and Warren Beal all recorded singles. The Knights fought back to bring the score to 4-2 in the sixth Moore picked up his second RBI scoring Caleb Abbott but they couldn't get the extra lift to take the lead and the Braves pulled away with the 6-2 win.
Jacob Schwartz (1-3) pitched a complete game scattering nine hits while fanning seven and walking just two. Despite pitching an excellent game Schwartz picked up the loss. Matt Matheis picked up his second win against the Knights this season and improved to 3-3 for the Braves.
Moore led the Knights with a 2-for-4 performance including the two RBI's, a triple, and also reached on an error in the first. Caleb "Big Country" Abbott, in his first game back from several weeks on the injured list, added two hits and scored a run.
Kokomo will try to get back on track Sunday when they finish the season series with the Braves at Hummel Park. Gametime is 3:30 PM and Jeff Trueblood (4-3) is scheduled to start on the mound for the Knights.
Big Country Reactivated and Ready For Business
August 14, 2007
Caleb Abbott, better known by his nickname Big Country, will be on the field this weekend when the CFD Knights go head-to-head with the Kokomo Braves. Abbott has been out for the a few weeks healing from a knee injury that kept him from walking for several days and slowly recovered. He is back up and moving now and ready to play. Today Abbott spoke with Manager Robbie Pattengale on the phone and both agreed it is time for Abbott to return to the Knight's active roster. Through five games this season "Big Country" has posted a .421 on-base percentage and is a solid defensive first baseman who can scoop up anything in the dirt and his 6'5 body makes him a big target for the other infielders. "We are glad to have Country back. He will be a big piece of the puzzle for our team and for us to get back on track." Abbott has also proven himself to be a solid short relief pitcher that uses a one-finger fastball that slices in at right handed hitters; but he has yet to hit the mound this season and it is unlikely he will see time on the hill in the near future because of the knee injury. The Knights next game is Friday night at Hummel Park in Plainfield. Kokomo takes on the Braves in a game that carries a 7:00 PM start time.
Wooley Lands In Different Independent League
July 26, 2007
Written by Bryan Gaskins of the Kokomo Tribune -Robbie Wooley has experienced his share of highs and lows during his professional career. This week brought another ride on the roller-coaster of emotions.
“I wasn’t really sure what to think,” Wooley said of his initial reaction to the trade. “First off, I didn’t know if I wanted to drive all the way to Sioux City, Iowa, to play baseball, but then I realized that it was a job for me and it was a starting spot. They said I was going to get a chance to pitch a lot. And, I knew there was only a month left in the season, so I went ahead and took my chances.”
The Miners informed Wooley of the trade Monday afternoon. He returned home to Kokomo that night, grabbed about five hours of sleep and then hit the road on Tuesday. He drove 101/2 hours and arrived at Lewis & ClarkExplorersPark in time to make a relief appearance against the St. Joe Blacksnakes. He worked 11/3 innings to cap off a whirlwind stretch. The Blacksnakes won 5-4 in 14 innings.
“I felt very comfortable on the mound,” he said. “There were not nearly as many people in the stands [compared to Miners’ games], but the fans seem to be into the game a little more which is cool.
“I feel like I am going to have a lot of fun with this team. There are a lot of good guys on the team.”
The Explorers led the North Division through Tuesday’s games with a 13-6 record.
“From what I’ve been told, this league is better than the Frontier League because there are older, more experienced players,” said Wooley, a former Milwaukee Brewers farmhand.
The Explorers plan on using Wooley as a starter. He is scheduled to make his first start for the club Friday against the St. Paul Saints in the second game of a three-game series at St. Paul. Wooley noted the Explorers carry fewer pitchers than his former team, which means he will have the opportunity to pitch more innings.
Wooley went 4-2 with a 3.51 ERA in 10 appearances for Southern Illinois. He worked 511/3 innings, allowed 45 hits and 33 walks and struck out 42. He earned a spot in the Frontier League all-star game, which was played on July 11 in Florence, Ky.
Knights Fall To Senators, A's
July 22, 2007
The Kokomo CFD Knights struggled this weekend and fell to 11-13 on the season and 4-9 in league play. The squad traveled down to South Bend with wood bats on Saturday for a doubleheader at Jenkins Stadium on the BethelCollege campus. The state’s top team and nationally ranked South Bend Senators (29-5) pulled through a hard fought battle and came out in front 2-0 in the first game. Kreigh Hirschy (2-2) threw a solid game throwing six innings with four strikeouts and four walks while giving up just five hits.
In the second game the Knights fell to the Senators, this time 6-0. The game was a lot closer than the run differential tells. The Knights used solid pitching and defense to stay in the game. The squad made just one error during the doubleheader. At the plate the Knights were led by Dustin Jenkins who had a 2-for-3 performance and stolen a base. Jason Pattengale followed him with a double and two stolen bases. He also got hit by a pitch.
On Sunday the CFD Knights played the Indianapolis A’s in Indianapolis. The A’s defeated the Knights by an 8-3 score. Jeff Trueblood (2-3) suffered the loss but the National League All-Star threw well. He fanned 11 and gave up just 3 hits but was doomed by walks and the Knights defense having a bad day. At the plate Ben Zachary led the Knights with three hits, a run, a hit-by-pitch, and two stolen bases. Robbie Pattengale was 2-for-2 with a walk, a run, and a double. Jason Pattengale pitched in two hits and an RBI and Aaron Ringley also recorded a base knock and a walk.
The Knights will take a break and return to action after the all-star festivities next weekend. Jeff Trueblood will be playing in for the National League in the game. “We were shorthanded and had a tough weekend. We were looking to pull above .500 this weekend but things didn’t go as planned but we are looking at ways to get back on track and finish our first season strong. We have a goal to finish above .500 and have a good showing in the IABL playoffs.” Said Manager Robbie Pattengale. The Knights return to action Sunday, August 5th with a doubleheader against the Indianapolis Astros. Game one starts at 12:30 PM.
Jeff Trueblood And Ryan Moore Selected To NL All-Stars
July 19, 2007
Kokomo CFD Knights catcher Ryan Moore and starting pitcher Jeff Trueblood have been selected to the 2007 IABL National League All-Stars. Ryan Moore, who gained the NAIA Gold Glove Award last month, added to his list of accolades in 2007. Moore leads the IABL with an outstanding .800 batting average in league play. He has 13 RBI’s and scored 11 runs with 16 hits in just 20 at-bats. He also holds a .800 on-base percentage and a 1.200 slugging percentage in league play. “Ryan just stays hot. People keep saying his bats going to calm down soon, he can’t keep this up forever; but he just keeps going up there and keeps getting hits.” said Manager Robbie Pattengale. Moore is also one of the best defensive catchers in the league. He will be out of the town the weekend of the All-Star festivities but was honored he was picked for the event.
CFD Knights starting pitcher Jeff Trueblood was also elected to the National League squad. Trueblood has proven himself the ace of the Knights staff over the past few weeks. He brings an upper-80s fastball and some off speed pitches to keep hitters off balance. “Jeff is a huge arm for us. He has a good fastball but what really makes him succeed is keeping hitters off balance. When he mixes his pitches up like he did last Sunday the hitters just aren’t sure what’s coming in.” Pattengale said. Trueblood has thrown 20 innings during league play and has struck out 24 hitters and given up 18 hits. He holds a 1-2 record and a 4.05 ERA. Overall this season Trueblood has thrown 31 innings and has 42 strikeouts while walking 23 with a 2-2 record. Trueblood was originally selected as the National League Alternate but Knights General Manager Robbie Pattengale was contacted later by league officials and told Trueblood was on the team.
The Kokomo CFD Knights used an excellent combined performance by three of their pitchers and a perfect day at the plate for Ryan Moore to pull out a big win for the team and improve to 9-9 overall and 4-6 in league play. Knight pitchers Jeff Trueblood (2-1), Robbie Pattengale, and Matt Burthay combined to throw a five hitter with 12 strikeouts while walking five. The win was a big win for the Knights, who had lost three straight league games. "That was a big win for us." said player/Manager Robbie Pattengale. "We was able to use our pitching well and go three deep during the game. We kept Jeff down to 72 pitches and I only threw 45." The Knights would top the Indianapolis Astros 6-3.
Kokomo got on the board in the top of the fourth and never looked back. Joe Branch drew a walk to lead off the inning and Burthay would follow him with an RBI double before Moore would blast his two-run shot over the left field fence. In the sixth after the Astros would battle back to make the score 3-2, Aaron Ringley would reach first after a throwing error by the Astros shortstop and Moore would again make them pay by hitting an RBI double to make the score 4-2. In the ninth the CFD Knights would strike one final time when Moore would lead the game off with a single and Dustin Jenkins would drive him in with a double two pitches later. Jenkins would later score when Trueblood hit him in.
At the plate Moore led the Knights with his 4-for-4 day that included three RBI, his first homerun of the season, two runs and a double. Burthay would pitch in two hits of his own including an RBI double and a run. Jenkins would add an RBI double and score as well. Trueblood would start and pick up the win on the mound. He threw five innings and struck out eight while walking just two. He gave up only three hits and lowerd his season ERA to 1.12. Robbie Pattengale would come in for middle relief and throw three innings allowing two hits and fanning three while walking two. Burthay would then come in to finish the Astros off in the ninth.
Kokomo improved to 9-9 on the season and will be on the road all next weekend. Friday the team travels to Indianapolis to play the division leading Indianapolis Hurricanes in a game that will carry a 7:00 PM start time. Then on Saturday they travel to Bethel College for a doubleheader with the Indiana Semi-Pro Baseball Association's second ranked team in the Northwest Patriots. Then on Sunday it's back to Indy on Sunday for a 3:30 PM game to finish off the series with the Canes.