Recently the Columbus Cobras expanded by adding four more teams that have come over from the Ohio Sharks. Cobras President/CEO Harry Huskey finalized the details with Sharks President Randy Abrams last week and teams at 12U,14U,16U and 18U have been added and these four age groups will now have two teams each.
This expansion has been talked about for some time and finally it was the right thing to do.
Randy Abrams will coach the 18U team, Steven Phillips the 16U team, Mike McNeely the 14U and Scott Hungerman the 12U.
Overall the Cobras organization which starts it 31st season will field 15 travel teams next year that will all set their sites on winning big nationally.
2015 COLLEGE COMMITMENTS
|Grant Helber||Marietta College|
|Joe McGuinness||Bowling Green University|
|Spencer Pinnick||Ohio Dominican University|
|Doug Smith||Cuyahoga Community College|
|DJ Strapp||Ohio Dominican University|
|Hunter Tome||Cuyahoga Community College|
|Davis Robeson||Rose Hulman Institute of Technology|
|Brady Roesch||Ohio Wesleyan|
2016 COLLEGE COMMITMENTS
|Jeremiah Clarke||University of Toledo|
The U18 won the Beast of the East U19 division on Sunday July 5th. After going undefeated in the round robin and only giving up 2 runs, we were seated 2nd in the championship division. In the semifinal game we played NY Diamond Baseball. Doug Smith pitched a 3 hit shutout we won 4-0. We faced the Ohio Clippers in the final game. We opened up in the top of the first inning with 4 runs which included a 2 run HR from Grant Helber. Grant Helber pitched a one hit shutout and we went on to win 9-0.
The U17 Columbus Cobras won the U18 Ohio Valley Wood Bat Freedom Classic on July 5th. After losing the first pool game, the Columbus Cobras won their next 6 games with the help of solid starting pitchers. In the last 5 games, Adam Rose, Andrew Medley, Brendan Alas, Greg Brown and Luke Miller each pitched complete game gems and gave up a total of 4 runs in the 5 games. The Cobras defeated the Ohio Sharks in the finals 1-0 behind Luke Miller’s dominating pitching performance after giving up the only hit of the game in the first inning.
The Cobras won their first Pastime U18 All American Classic on Memorial Day. The Cobras improved their record to 23-10 with the Ohio Valley Championship.
The Cobras 8U continue their late season hot streak as they take the second game of a double header this past weekend against division rival the Eastside Irish. After dropping the first game 19-11, the scrappy young Cobras fought back and forth against the previous 8-1 Irish. After loading the bases with 2 out in the bottom of the 6th, our young Cobras delivered a game ending 2-run single to earn not only a split for the day but the win kept the Irish from claiming a share of the season division title. This victory called for an Ice Cream trophy!
Making his Major League debut, Braves right hander Matt Wisler was outstanding on Friday against the Mets, as he picked up his first career win. The 22-year-old limited the Mets to one run on six hits over eight brilliant innings. He struck out two and did not issue a walk.
"I honestly felt more calm than I probably should have out there," Wisler said, per MLB.com. "I kept telling myself, 'Don't get too comfortable, because it's going to burn you.'"
The only run the rookie gave up came on an RBI single by Michael Cuddyer in the sixth inning. The last Braves to pitch eight innings in his big-league debut was Hall-of-Famer John Smoltz in 1988, against the Mets, according to the Braves radio network.
Wisler more-than-likely earned himself at least one more start, and he'll take his next turn on Thursday on the road against the Nationals.
Atlanta Braves prospect Matt Wisler will make his major league debut with a start Friday June 19 against the Mets.
Hard-throwing rookie Mike Foltynewicz was sent to Triple-A after struggling in his past three starts
Top Braves pitching prospect Matt Wisler is only 22 and gave up eight hits and seven earned runs in 3 2/3 innings in his most-recent start at Triple-A Gwinnett. So it's not as if it's a certainty that he's ready for the big leagues or that this is the perfect time to bring him up.
That said, team officials are confident Wisler can handle himself, and that he'll be better for it regardless of what happens. The prized right-hander will be brought up from Triple-A and make his major league debut Friday with a start against the Mets in a series opener at Turner Field.
Matt played for the Cobras for 2 seasons and was coached by Harry Huskey
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