Veteran Lommel, Youngster Garrison Added
Tools of the Game boosted its depth for the 2016 season with the additions of veteran pitcher Lee Lommel and infielder Scott Garrison. Lommel has been around the game for a long time at 44 years of age, but has been absent from the tournament scene for the past 6 seasons. He is savvy and reinvigorated for the 2016 season, and willing to take the mound at any time. Lommel was a part of a very strong Longshots team a decade ago with coach Denim Blevins. Scott Garrison is a 23 year old infielder that played mostly shortstop on league night in 2015. He has good speed and a good backside shot to right field. Scott projects to compete for playing time at all positions as a top "utility guy." Both of these players spent the 2015 season with Neighborhood Boyz.
Major Stat Update
After many hours of bookkeeping, the team Stats have been updated through the 2014 season. The "single season" leaders have been updated, as well as the "All Time Leaders." The All Time Leaders include all career stats for the player, whether they played on the team for one season or 5 seasons.
Another change I have made is expanding the leader board. The All Time Stats will now feature the "Top 10" in franchise history, as opposed to the "Top 5" we have used in the past. I feel that after 7 seasons, we have a lot of guys who have put up impressive numbers, and deserve some credit.
There were a couple of stats that really jumped out at me. . . . .
Jon Gaffney - 41 HR in 2014 (New team record)
Corey Riddell - .615 Career Average taking over 1st
Bobby Fahey - 649 Career Runs
Congrats to all and enjoy!!!
WSM Wins USSSA Round Robin
Game #1: WSM 14, 2 In The Pink 4
Game #2: WSM 12, Belly's 11 (8 innings)
Bobby Fahey: .667 (6/9), 3 runs, 1 rbi
Matt May: .555 (5/9), 3 runs, 2 rbis
Corey Riddell: .500 (4/8), 3 runs, 10 rbis, 2 homers
Jon Gaffney: .857 (6/7), 5 runs, 2 rbi, 2 homers
Steve Poling: .714 (5/7), 1 run
Brian Kelly: .429 (3/7), 2 runs, 1 rbi
Adam Huddleston: .333 (2/6), 1 rbi
Justin Curry: .429 (3/7), 1 run, 2 rbis
Brett Redwine: .571 (4/7), 2 runs, 1 rbi
Neil Rininger: .857 (6/7), 3 runs, 1 rbi
Kenny Ball: .429 (3/7), 2 runs, 2 rbis
Errors: Bobby 2, Adam 1, Justin 1
Pitching: Matt 2-0, no walks allowed
WSM Sweeps WSL Tourney at Kenton Lakes
1st Game: vs Showtime (E) 18-13 Win.
2nd Game: vs D&S (E) 22-20 Win
3rd Game: vs Got Beef (D) 19-18 Win.
Adam Huddleston .500 (6/12), 3 runs, 6 rbis
Jeremy Blevins .643 (9/14), 8 runs, 4 rbis, 1 homer
Corey Riddell .643 (9/14), 9 runs, 14 rbis, 4 homers
Jon Gaffney .714 (10/14), 7 runs, 8 rbis, 2 homers
Chuck Dennis .571 (8/14), 4 runs, 4 rbis, 1 homer
Brian Kelly .714 (10/14), 5 runs, 3 rbis
Brett Redwine .462 (6/13), 2 runs, 2 rbis
Shawn Lynam .769 (10/13), 6 runs, 2 rbis
Justin Curry .667 (8/12), 7 runs, 5 rbis
Ian Thorpe .583 (7/12), 5 runs, 5 rbis
Errors: Brett 7, Chuck 2, Jeremy 1, Justin 1
Pitching: Corey 3-0
2015 Tournament Schedule
WSL "D" Bash for Cash (March 13-15)
WSL Points RR (March 14th)
USSSA Round Robin (March 19th)
GSL D MOJO Moneyball (March 27-29)
WSL D Iron Man (April 25-26)
FSA Freedomfest (May 9-10)
USSSA D City Slam (May 22-25)
FSA Battle for Freedom (June 20-21)
WSL D State (July 11-12)
B Metro (July 23rd-Aug 1st)
Open Metro (July 23rd-Aug 1st)
FSA King of the Midwest (August 15-16)
WSL Last Chance (August 29-30)
WSL World Championships (Sept 11-13) Panama City Beach!
2014 Tournament Schedule
March 15-16, WSL Bash 4 Cash, Rivershore
March 23rd, GSL RR, River City
April 11th, GSL RR, River City West
May 3rd, Sharks Cash Fundraiser, Central Turners
May 24, USSSA D City Slam, Mid America Ballyard
May 31st-June 1st, TBD
June 7-8, GSL, River City West
June 28-29, TBD
July 4th, GSL, River City
July 19-20th, TBD
July 25-Aug 3, Metro, River City West
August 30th, TBD
September 5-7, WSL Worlds, Panama City Beach
September 20-21, GSL Worlds, Berliner Fields, Columbus Ohio
WSM Gets First Tourney Win in GSL Debut
March 25th, 2014
WSM recovered from a rough opening week to secure its first tournament win of 2014 on March 25th at River City. This tournament also marked the teams first time competing under the newly formed GSL sanctioning committee.
The first game WSM jumped out the gates early dropping 10, 10, and 6 runs in the first 3 innings versus local Kentucky team Carlisle and Finch. This proved to be plenty of runs as WSM dispatched of Carlisle and Finch in 3.5 innings by a tune of 26-6. Jon Gaffney, Denim Blevins, TJ Powell, Steve Poling, Neil Rininger, and Justin Curry led a dynamic offense by all going a perfect 4/4 at the plate. TJ also notched his first pitching win of the season.
The second game of the tournament proved to be the most challenging, as Boxer Express jumped out to an 8 run lead in the third inning on WSM. WSM then responded with their biggest inning of the year in the bottom of the third inning to steal the momentum back in the game. A sixteen run explosion in the 3rd turned an 8 run deficit into an 8 run cushion. The offensive stars of this game were Garrett Penz going 5/5 with 5 rbis, and Steve Poling continued his hot stick with a 4/5 performance including 6 rbis.
The two prior wins left WSM controlling its own destiny heading into the final game. The team proved to be very much up to the challenge, jumping out early and thrashing the Bud Heavy All Stars 15-2 in 5 innings. Jon Gaffney led the offense with a pair of homeruns, and TJ Powell remained a perfect 3-0 on the hill, also registering his first game without issuing a walk.
Overall, the tournament proved to be a good experience for the team. For winning the tournament, WSM received a future free tournament at River City.
The team's 6th Annual "3 on 3 Basketball" Tournament will be played on Saturday night, February 22nd. Cost will be $75 per team, with half of the money going back into the pot to pay the winners. We will have an "upper" and "lower" divisions, paying the winner of each. Teams typically carry 3-5 players for this event. The format is "2 losses and you're out." Games are half court, to 15 by 1's and 2's. Offense calls fouls, alternate possession. NO "make it take it."
We will also be having a cornhole tournament and Drink n Drown at the event. Cornhole cost is $20 per team, with half going into pot to payout winners. The Drink n Drown is $10 "all you can drink" keg beer.
We will also being doing "Split the Pot" and raffling off some liquor. Bring your friends and family. Hope to see everybody there! :)
Saturday, January 18th
Noon til 1 Batting Tunnel
Miami Lakes (Cleves)
I cant believe it's only 2 months til the season kicks off, starting on Saturday March 15th. It's time to start whipping the team into shape. We have all the attributes to have a great 2014 season. Here's a look at the roster.
Coach- Denim Blevins #5
P- Matt May #13
P- Chris Schaiper #15
Infield- Neil Rininger #33
Infield- Jason Ramey #11
Infield- Justin Curry #4
Infield- Corey Riddell #18
Infield- Chuck Dennis #25
Infield- Wally Herbert #1
Outfield- Adam Huddleson #12
Outfield- Shawn Lynam #69
Outfield- Ian Thorpe #23
Outfield- Jonathon Gaffney #24
Outfield- Bobby Fahey #9
Outfield- Jeremy Blevins #3
Outfield- Garrett Penz #22
And of course, we can't forget. . . . .
Stat Man- Dennis Blevins #57
We will be looking to play leagues at Rumpke ballpark on Wednesday nights. We will once again be playing about 2 tournaments per month over the course of the season. Season will conclude in style with a trip to WSL Worlds in Panama City Beach, September 5th to 7th!!! :-)
WSM Finishes 9th Place In Worlds
In WSM's 4th trip to Panama City for Worlds, the team got off to it's best start. The good luck started with gettingou a first round bye, setting the team into the top 32. A tough come from behind over a Tennessee team set the team into the prestigious "Sweet 16." A hard fought win over local rival No Excuses put the team on break until Saturday night, and in the top 8 of the winners. A pair of Saturday night losses dropped the team to a disappointing 9th place finish. While it wasn't as good as it could have been, the 9th place finish is the best in team history.
Bobby Fahey .467 (7/15), 2 runs, rbi
Jeremy Blevins .500 (7/14), 4 runs, 2 rbis
Ryan Richmond .333 (5/15), 2 runs
John Richmond .533 (8/15), 6 runs, 2 rbis
Matt May .533 (8/15), 5 runs, 2 rbis
Denim Blevins .643 (9/14), 1 run, 5 rbis
Shawn Lynam .231 (3/13), 1 run, 2 rbis
Justin Curry .417 (5/12), 5 runs, 3 rbis
Larry Fagin .800 (8/10), 2 runs, 2 rbis
Neil Rininger .273 (3/11), 1 run, 4 rbis
Ian Thorpe 7 runs
Kevin Cain 1GP
Joe Fahey DNP
Sean Fahey DNP
Rob Cain DNP
Reloaded For 2013 season
This will be my fifth year running this team. I couldn't have done it without YOU guys!
Our 2013 coaching staff should be the strongest it has ever been. Matt May returns for a second year on the team, and first year as coach. Matt is known for kis knowledge of rules and being an excellent 3rd base coach. Chris Schaiper rejoins the team after a 1 year hiatus, and joins the coaching staff for the first time. Chris has been around the game for a long time, knows a ton about the game, and is as passionate as anyone. He's also one of the best "bat guys" around. My Dad, Dennis Blevins, returns for a 5th year on the coaching staff. He is known for being the best "stat man" in the city.
The 2013 pitching situation is also the strongest and deepest in team history. Matt May returns for a second season as the teams pitcher. He posted a stellar 33-13 record in 2012 after being picked up in May. He led the team to a Runner Up C Metro and is known for his ASA/WSL pitching. Chris Schaiper returns to the team in 2013, boasting a franchise record 91 career wins. Chris was the 2011 Bash for Cash MVP, leading the team to 1st place amongst a 47 team field. Chris also led the team to 2nd in the 2011 Kentucky State tourney, and is known for his USSSA pitching. Corey Riddell is the only player in team history to pitch in every season. Corey is known for being left handed and throwin "ASA style." George Hogg debuts with the team in 2013. He has formerly pitched for EMR, Fatty Pattys, and other solid teams. George is known for his fakes and USSSA pitching.
We really have some speed in the outfield. Jeremy (22) and Bobby (23) have been roaming out there for years and continue to get better every year. They are 2 of the fastest guys on the team every season. The 2013 season will be Bobby's first time being "the man" in centerfield, as Chuck moves to the infield. Jesse Akers (24) joins the team from Chain Reaction. He was "All City" 2nd team in USSSA E during the 2011 season. Shawn Lynam comes back after a hiatus from softball. Shawn played for the Eagles in Indiana, and has a good arm. Ian Thorpe returns from a 3 year venture in South Carolina to rejuvenate his softball career. Ian is a lefty with speed and a solid arm.
The infield is definitely the trickiest one to figure out. There are quite a few very good veterans who can play multiple positions. Bringing Chuck Dennis in full time from the outfield should be a big help. Corey Riddell can play any spot well, especially in a 5 man. Mike Earls in a verstatile addition from Thickskin. Mike has excellent speed and range. George Hogg is the teams elder statesman at 41 years, but he is also one of the most versatile defensive players. Matt May is another veteran who can play around the infield. Of course, I am a 1st baseman or catcher at heart myself. Figuring out how to mix these veterans is one of the more challenging preseason aspects.
I'm thankful to have all of you guys on the team this year! Let's have an awesome season!!!
Here is an early sketch of our 2012 softball schedule. Things are subject to change, and there could be some additions as we get through the fundraisers (3on3 and Drink n Drown).
Panama City Beach (2011 Worlds)
Going to Panama City Beach each September is the cultivation of an entire season's hard work. For a group of guys who started hitting the batting cages and playing indoor softball in January, nothing in the season is more important. Stack on top of that a 1-2 record in 2010 Worlds, and a 27th place finish amongst 45 teams, and you have a very hungry club.
Jeremy Blevins 1.000 (3/3), 3 runs, 1 rbi
Rick Petrosky 1.000 (1/1), 1 rbi
Jeff Kaiser .708 (17/24), 8 runs, 6 rbis
Corey Riddell .607 (17/28), 12 rbis, 9 runs
John Richmond .586 (17/29), 8 runs, 4 rbis
Brandon Schaiper .560 (14/25), 9 runs, 2 rbis
Denim Blevins .545 (6/11), 2 runs, 2 rbis
Chuck Dennis .517 (15/29), 8 runs, 12 rbis
Chris Schaiper .500 (15/30), 5 runs, 9 rbis
Bryan Peace .500 (12/24), 7 runs, 4 rbis
James Kasee .478 (11/23), 6 runs, 3 rbis
Bobby Fahey .467 (14/30), 10 runs, 9 rbis
Mikey Clayton .467 (7/15), 6 runs, 4 rbis
Dennis Blevins, PR
Great Job Team!!!
Bash For Cash Winners!!!!!!
First Place of 47 teams
Bobby: 1.000 (6/6), 2 runs, 2 doubles
Denim: .706 (12/17), 9 runs, 10 rbis, 2 doubles
Neil: .700 (14/20), 8 runs, 8 rbis, 3 doubles, ALL TOURNAMENT
Brandon: .696 (16/23), 6 runs, 9 rbis, 2 doubles, triple, ALL TOURNAMENT
Jeremy: .692 (18/26), 11 runs, 5 rbis, 4 doubles, homer, ALL TOURNAMENT
Corey: .652 (15/23), 7 runs, 10 rbis, 5 doubles, 2 triples, ALL TOURNAMENT
Bryan: .619 (13/21), 5 runs, 8 rbis
Rick: .577 (15/26), 12 runs, 10 rbis, 4 doubles, triple, homer, ALL TOURNAMENT
Chris: .565 (13/23), 3 runs, 4 rbis, 4 doubles, MVP
Chuck: .523 (11/21),9 runs, 5 rbis, 4 doubles, triple
James: .500 (9/18), 4 runs, 6 rbis, 2 doubles
Curtis: .500 (5/10), 2 runs, 6 rbis
Wally: .300 (3/10), 1 run, 4 rbis, double
TJ: .000 (0/0), 7 Runs
Chris 6-0 pitching
Bryan 1-0 pitching
Bischoff Sweeps Tourney
Pastime "D" Round Robin Results
Bischoff Finishes 5th of 48 in 2010 Bash For Cash
Nationals Results (Columbus, Ohio)
Bischoff Wins 4th ASA Tourney Of Year
Bischoff rebounded from a tough Metro loss, to win the Consolation division. Bischoff ran through a competitive field, knocking off BMF, Secret Service, and TBA in route to the win. The most imprssive win was a "mercy rule" win over a very game Secret Service team. This tourney was the biggest win thus far in the season.
ASA Round Robin Results
In the first ASA tourney of the year, Bischoff Realty proved to be inconsistent. Perhaps the toughest team in the field was beaten (Team Lite), but two winnable games were let go. Ryan pitched very well in the 2 games he started, including throwing a shutout vs Team Lite. He is now 5-1 as the starting pitcher. The tone was set in a negative fashion in the 1st game, with minimal helping. Of course, Bischoff was missing 3 hitters for that game (Mike, Phil, Ron.) The team played good defense for the most part though. Here are the leaders. . . . .
1. Ryan/Neil 3
3. Kyle/Chuck/Phil/Denim/Jarrett 2
1. Chuck/Denim/Matt 3
1. Phil .667 (4/6)
2. Corey .625 (5/8)
3. Matt .600 (3/5)
Westside Rumble Results
Playing shorthanded (No Corey, Chuck or Jarrett), and with 3 players going to the wrong park, Bischoff never got rolling in this tournament. Two winnable games were dropped to Tan Shack and Dirty Dozen, and it was "2 and barbeque" so to speak. Here were the team leaders. . . .
1. Denim 2/Mike B. 2
3. Kyle/Neil/Wally 1
1. Denim/Neil/Phil 2
1. Phil .667 (4/6)
2. Kyle .500 (4/8), Neil .500 (3/6)
City Slam Results
The 2009 "D" City Slam was quite the competitive field. The team was playing shorthanded, missing 2b Kyle Richmond. In the "seeding round robin", Bischoff had an up and down time, but ended up with the #2 seed in the pool. Had Bischoff been able to hold on in the heartbreaking JJC 9-8 in 9 innings, they would have won the pool. Lowlight of the round robin was a loss to a very beatable Cincy Warriors team, and the highlight was a mind boggling 21 run 1st inning vs Local 212.
Now it was on to the 2 and out. In the opening game was a rematch from earlier in the season against HOEC Masonry. For the 2nd time in as many tries, Bischoff was able to beat them by Mercy Rule. Bischoff advances in the winners bracket to face EMR. After jumping out to an early 4-0 lead over the veteran #1 seeded EMR, the bats went cold. Not to mention, all momentum was lost for the game win 1B Corey Riddell had to leave the game with an ankle injury. EMR won this in 5 innings, 19-9. Bischoff now heads to the losers bracket, where they square off with Covington Moose. It was very humid, the ball wouldn't fly, and Bischoff won a "baseball style" game 6-3. Bischoff advances in the losers bracket to face Spangler's Cafe. After sitting at the park for 12 hours, including a 3 hour pregame rain delay, Bischoff came out very flat. A whopping 6 errors led to 12-5 loss. This wrapped up Bischoff's 2009 City Slam. Although disappointing to not advance further, finishing in the upper half was a step in the right direction. Here were the tourney leaders. . . .
1. Denim 11
2. Chuck 9
3. Mike B 8
1. Mike B 15
2. Phil 9
3. Corey/Jarrett 8
1. Phil .684 (13/19)
2. Ron .625 (10/16)
3. Denim .600 (15/25), Mike B .600 (15/25)
City Slam Warm Up Results
Bischoff came out strong in the opener, scoring its biggest win of the season to date, knocking off local favorite Black Sheep/Cincy Impact by a score of 14-8. After cruising through 6 1/2 innings of the 2nd game, Bischoff allowed 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th to lose to Vengence. A 12-2 loss to Auto Express concluded a day or ups and downs.
Here are the hitting leaders. . .
1. Denim/Jeremy/Kyle/Mike 4
1. Denim 7
2. Mike 6
3. Chuck/Phil 3
1. Mikey .667 (4/6)
2. Denim .545 (6/11)
3. Kyle .500 (4/8)
Now the team must look forward to the real City Slam. With Kyle missing the whole tourney, and Ron missing Saturday, we will need everyone to step their game up!!!
Bischoff Realty Earns National Birth in "Big D"
After getting beaten by M&S Drywall to open the "Big D", things weren't looking great for Bischoff Realty. In the second game Bischoff blew a late lead to drop a game to a tough Queen City Acoustical team. In the final game of the seeding round robin, the bats came to life in a dominate 18-2 win over HOEH Masonry, representing our biggest differential win of the season. In the one and out portion , Bischoff received a 1st round bye. Cincy Blazers emerged as the challengers, but Bischoff was able to win it 9-8 in extra innings! This win assures the franchise of playing in the 2009 D State and National Tournaments.
Here are the tourney leaders. . . . .
Mike .625 (5/8)
Matt .571 (4/7)
Phil .538 (7/13)
Nice job guys, now its time to look forward to the City Slam!
In their 2009 Expressway debut, Bischoff Realty took 2 out of 3 games to obtain 2nd place. Here are the team leaders. . . . .
1. Denim 6
2. Chuck/Corey 5
1. Corey 7
2. Phil 5
3. Chuck/Jeremy/Mike/Jarrett 3
1. Jarrett .857 (6/7)
2. Corey .700 (7/10)
3. Matt .636 (7/11)
Metro Qualifier Results
Here were the team leaders for the tourney. . .
1. Bobby/Ryan 4
3. Denim/Matt/Phil 3
1. Denim 6
2. Phil 4
3. Ryan/Kyle 3
1. Jeremy .857 (6/7)
2. Ryan .777 (7/9)
3. Kyle .714 (5/7)
Once again, good tourney guys, that was probably the best we have played yet.
Bash For Cash Results
Here are the teams leaders for the "Bash For Cash". . . .
1. Chuck 6
2. Kyle 5
3. Denim 4
1. Denim 8
2. Mike 6
3. Phil/Ryan 5
1. Ryan .750 (9/12)
2. Denim .733 (11/15)
3. Bobby .600 (3/5)
Let's put this one behind us, and welcome Corey back in the next tourney!
Round Robin Warm Up Results
1. Chuck/Denim 6
3. Jeremy 4
1. Phil 8
2. Mike 5
3. Neil/Denim 4
1. Denim .636
2. Bobby .625
3. Mike/Ryan .600
All in all, it was the perfect "warm up" tourney. I can't wait til next week, when the real fun begins! Good job everybody :)