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.
Stephen Gussler is in his 16th year as the Thomas Worthington High School baseball coach and now in his fifth year battling colon cancer. Coach Gussler is also a former Cobra. He is one of us!
The second annual GussStrong golf outing will be held on Saturday, June 22 at the beautiful Oakhaven Golf Club in Delaware, Ohio. Registration begins at 1pm with a boxed lunch followed by a 2pm shotgun start of the 4-person scramble. A dinner in honor of Coach Gussler will start at approximately 7pm in conjunction with awards, a silent auction and raffle.
If you do not wish to golf, you can attend the dinner. Last year's event filled up extremely fast, a testament to the amount of lives Coach Gussler has impacted.
Anyone who would like to play, volunteer or participate in any way can get more information at GussStrongGolf.com.
The 9U Cobras had a roller coaster week. They lost against the Columbus Sharks-Silver Wednesday night in the last inning 15-16. Up by 5 runs in the 5th, the Sharks scored 6 runs in the bottom half of the 5th. The 6th inning was not played due to darkness. Multiple Cobras had two or more hits. Tyler Lumbard suffered his first Cobra loss of the season.
Over the weekend, the 9U Cobras went 3-1 in the Coaches Against MM tournament held at Berliner Park losing in the semi-finals. On Saturday, they opened pool play with a 11-3 win against the Cincinnati Stix & 18-5 win against the Lancaster Surge. Danny Collier picked up the win against the Stix & Kaleb Schaffer picked up the win against the Surge. Going 2-0 in pool play earned them the #2 seed.
On Sunday, they opened up bracket play against the Tri-County Timberwolves. Down in the 6th inning, Kaleb Schaffer knocked in the winning run, scoring Danny Collier (who knocked in CJ Holt to tie the game) to win the game 10-9. In the semi-final, Tyler Lumbard would pick up his second loss of the season, as the Sharks jumped up early & it was too big of a deficit to overcome. Too many mistakes early on opened up the flood gates for a hot hitting Sharks team, as they would pick up the win 14-8 to move on & win the finals.