The 12u Columbus Cobras won the USSSA King of Swing Tournament this past weekend (April 5/6). The team went 5-0 for the weekend, scored 32 runs, and only allowed 8 runs to cross the plate. The team displayed great pitching, sound defense and timely hitting, but our team effort and hard work was the winning quality!
The 10U Cobras opened their season this past weekend in Cincinnati playing in the USSSA Hatfield and McCoy tournament at Flash fields. The tournament featured a strong group of teams from Southern Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Michigan. The Cobras played their first pool play game Saturday at 8am with temperatures in the low 40’s. After 4 innings of play, the Cobras were leading the Cincinnati Stix-National 10-2 when the game was called due to rain and cold. The rest of the pool play games were cancelled due to heavy rains and the tournament went directly into bracket play on Sunday.
The Cobras first bracket game on Sunday was a rematch with the Cincinnati Stix-National. It was a close well played game. The Cobras trailed 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth with two outs when Preston Todd hit a ball to the outfield fence for a triple and Jackson Sobel followed with a line drive single to tie the game at 4-4. The Stix scored a run in the top of the sixth to take a 5-4 lead. Trailing by a run in the bottom of the sixth, CJ Holt led off with a single. After stealing second, CJ scored on a long double by Tyler Lumbard. With no outs and the winning run on second base, Colton Bartoe laid down a perfect bunt and Tyler was able to score on the bunt all the way from second base to give the Cobras the 6-5 walk off win. Jackson Ware got the win in relief of Logan Moore who pitched 5 strong innings.
In the semi-final game the Cobras matched up with the Ohio Force who were coming off a 9-0 victory in their first bracket play game. The Cobras jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed winning the game 8-0 in 4 innings. Cobra’s pitcher TJ White dominated the Force going all 4 innings and allowing only 1 hit which was a bunt single. Tyler Lumbard had 4 RBI’s including a bases loaded double.
In the tournament championship game the Cobras matched-up with the Cincinnati Riverbats. The Cobras jumped out to an early 5-1 lead with timely hitting including balls hit off the fence by both TJ White and Carter James and solid pitching by Jackson Ware. The Riverbats rallied to close the score to 5-4 but the Cobras extended their lead when Danny Collier hit a clutch 2-out 2-run single to extend the lead to 7-4 in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The Riverbats rallied again and tied the game at 8-8 in the top of the 6th to set-up a dramatic finish in the bottom of the 6th. The Cobras loaded the bases with no outs on a walk, two stolen bases and two intentional walks and the Riverbats brought in their ace who proceeded to strike out the next two Cobras hitters. With two-outs, the bases loaded and the score tied 8-8, CJ Holt hit an 0-1 pitch off the leftfield fence to score Danny Collier with the winning run to give the Cobras the dramatic 9-8 walk off victory. TJ White got the win in relief of Jackson Ware.
Congratulations to the 10U Cobras for opening their season with a tournament championship!
Vice President Clark Huskey recently had his jersey #41 retired for his outstanding efforts as a coach and Board of Director of the Columbus Cobras for over 25 years.#41 joins #10 also retired in 1995 in honor of President/CEO Harry Huskey for his long time outstanding efforts on and off the field. These numbers will no longer be worn by anyone in the organization.
Clark has lead his teams to three National titles and has been instrumental in helping many young athletes advance to the college and professional levels. His knowledge of the game put him atop of his peers.
We congratulate Clark for his long time efforts with the Columbus Cobras Baseball Association.
Clark has since retired from coaching but has organized the Cobras college age group in it's first season this summer. This team bring back former Cobras that are currently playing in college and want to stay sharp in the summer. Clark also has taken up umpiring and in his first year has reached the college ranks and is becoming one of the best in the State of Ohio.
Below are photos of President/CEO Harry Huskey presenting Clark with his retired jersey and the Executive Board of the Cobras pictured also.
In the past week the 12U Cobras competed in the Baseball Youth Nationals in Elizabethtown, KY. Pool play started on Saturday June 22nd. The Cobras went 5-0 in pool play beating teams from Illinois, Tennessee, Texas, Florida and Michigan. In pool play they outscored their opponents 39-6 to earn the 3 seed for bracket play.
Bracket play was when things got crazy for the Cobras. In the quarterfinals they had to face the Peachtree Bats out of Atlanta, GA. Both teams battled throughout the game to overcome great pitching. The Cobras had to overcome a 2 run deficit to win the game on a walk off base-hit from Anthony Welsh to put them into the semi finals against the Gunners from South Texas.
In the semifinals the Gunners jumped out to a 3 run lead in the 1st inning when a Gunner hit a 3 Run HR. The Cobras battled back as the visiting team to hold a 7-6 lead in the top of the 6th. In the 6th with 2 outs Drew Salinas reached base on an error to give the Cobras a much needed base runner to try and get insurance runs. The next batter Ryan Callahan made the team from Texas pay for that error as he hit a 2 Run HR to extend the Cobras lead to 9-6. The final ended up being 9-7 so the insurance runs were HUGE.
The Championship game was held later in the night when the Cobras met up with the host team the Baseball Youth Elite from Kentucky. Once again the Cobras had to battle back from a 2 run deficit. With the Cobras being the visiting team, going into the top of the 2nd inning and the Kentucky team's "ACE" on the mound the Cobras answered the 2 run deficit by exploding for 6 runs. 4 of the runs coming with 2 outs as Nick Kendig, Nick Salyer, Cameron Jenkins, Zack Mon each had 2 out RBI hits to cap the inning. After taking the lead a tired Nick Salyer pitched with HEART for the next 3 innings and left the game with a 7-4 lead. Ryan Callahan then came in to shut the door to earn a 2 inning save and kick start a celebration to be remembered forever for this group of 12 year olds.