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Cincinnati CoBALTS
Cincinnati, Ohio

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It's Official!

After many hours of negotiations (at Hooters), the Cincinnati Super Team has now been formed:
the Cincinnati CoBALTS and Cincinnati Hilltoppers are combining full-time - playing as the CoBALTS in 2006.

For several years, the combo package has worked smoothly, yielding several tournament victories including the Roy Hobbs Cincinnati Title and AAA World Series title. Now, the combination will suit up full time, playing in several leagues, and travelling to several different tournaments and World Series events.

The regular season schedule will include Roy Hobbs League Play, CRC League Play, Invitational Weekend Tournaments, and Qualifications for NABF, NABA, RHWS National Tournaments.

The CoBALTS would like to express their gratitude and respect to the Hilltoppers Organization (including Dave Meyers and Ron Reiger) who helped bring this marriage of two long-time squads together. we look forward to continuing on the Cincinnati Baseball Legacy.

Only question yet to be answered is: wether this new Team is Sem-i Pro or Sem-e Pro? Whichever, we know it's not anything close to "Recreational".

Ice up the Natural Lites. The boys from Natti are gearing up in 2006 !!!

CoBALTS "Looking for a Little Respect" Win 8-3
CoBALTS Comfortable as "Under-Dogs"
The CoBALTS added to their "quality wins" for 2004 with an impressive 8-3 victory over a tough Montgomery Inn team Wednesday night. That leaves the CoBALTS 13-5 on the season.

Shannon Morgan again was the CoBALT stopper, going all 7 and giving up only 6 hits. Spriggs Monster and Boo Rachel found their RBI swings again in leading the offense. Johnny Mulves also provided a spark with his consecutive steals of 3rd and Homeplate.

Tonight - NATIONALLY RANKED Hilltoppers in Game 2 for the Quatman Trophy: 8:30, Roselawn (wear Gold).

Cobalts Win Again Over Hilltoppers, 5-2
Just Participating Is Winning
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The CoBALT pitching staff and defense held off the Nationally Ranked Hilltopper Hitters to take a 2 game lead in the head-to-head annual Quatman Trophy competition.

Starter Keith Becker got rudely tossed by the ump (along with Coach) in the 3rd which left the mound to the "Ever Ready" Shannon Morgan who was coming off 13 hours rest after pitching 7 complete in the Montgomery Inn victory. Shannon "humped it up" and got the win after allowing only 1 run in three innings. TR O'Brien got the save. TR's save was aided by the leather flashed in centerfield by Cal Battle.

CoBALTS move to 14-5 for the season and we are proud to just try real hard.


CoBALTS Might be Getting Healthy - or Just at the Pharmacy
Don't Worry - Be Happy !
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Wether it was:
a) the threat of an all pitcher batting order
b) the re-found love in Spriggs Monster's life
c) the spark generated by Cal Battle at lead-off
d) or, Jason Giuste's chant of "Bo Who?"

It doesn't matter - the CoBALTS looked healthy again against Jeff's Pharmacy in a 10-1 convincing victory.

Paul Krause got his 3rd Win of the season in a dominating performance - Striking out 10. The offense was lead by Captain Bo, Cal Battle, and The Monster.

CoBALTS now stand 15-5 and would like to say "hello" to all the fans, including Ace, who have stuck by them thru thick and thin.

Cobalts Must be Facing Cy Young - Now 11-5
Cy might be Burgy's real Dad
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Midland Warriors were the latest team to resurrect Cy Young from his grave to hold the Cobalts down in a 2-1 loss that wasted Steve Stigler's 7 inning gutty pitching performance.

Paul Krause got the Win in a rain shortened 2-0 Win over the Receptions squad. Joe Spriggs Monster was cleaning-up the dishes on the offense.

Cobalts need to find the sticks or Coach is going to install the "All Pitchers" line-up to break the scoring slump...
TR, get loose!

Stingers Fear "The Becker"
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Cobalts got an easy win (7-0) over the fearful Stingers. Keith Becker gets his second victory.

Cobalts stand at 12-5 as they move into another challenging week:

Weds: MONTGOMERY INN, 6:30 Roselawn - wear blue
Thurs: HILLTOPPERS, 8:30 Roselawn - wear gold
Fri: Jeff's Pharmacy, 8:30 Hille - wear blue

After 1 Month, Cobalts Stand 10-4
10-4 good buddy...ain't gonna cut it!
Beating the Cincinnati Mustangs 8-7 but dropping to the hard hitting Cheviot Patriots last week have the Cobalts 10-4 overall after one full month of play.

The Cheviot game was indicitive of all 4 losses this year as the Cobalts just keep searching for that BIG hit with runners in scoring position. Hats off to the Patriots who are 11-1 and looking strong.

In the Mustang win, new-comers Jimmy Mullinex and Tony Shaffner combined on the hill for the victory.

Next up:
Weds: Receptions, Hille 6:30, (wear blue)
Thur: Midland, Hille 6:30, (gold)
Fri: Stingers, Hille 6:30, (blue)

Morgan the Magician Dazzles College Stars
They Don't Teach that Stuff in College
Shannon Morgan came up HUGE again for the Cobalts in a 2-1 Complete Game victory over the Cincinnati Stars.

The Stars are a perenial NABF College World Series powerhouse but were held to only 2 hits by the "magical stuff" of Morgan. The scoring for the Cobalts was all thanks to catcher John Ruebel and his second inning smash triple scoring Spriggs Monster from first.

Cobalts now stand at 9-3 but face another tough challenge tonight against the ranked Cheviot Patriots (Roselawn, 8:30, wear blue).

2004 Pre-Season: Cobalts Ranked 7th
Ohio: Where THE BEST Baseball is played!
Check out the Ohio Adult Baseball Association Pre-Season Rankings by clicking on Ohio Logo. Add the site to your "Favorites" and check out what's going on with Semi Pro Baseball around the State.

The Cobalts are ranked 7th in 2004 based on last year's strength of schedule in the CRC, AABC, NABF, and Roy Hobbs World Series. 36 Victories didn't hurt either.

Also, the NSPBA has picked the Cobalts as a team to watch in 2004.

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July 4th Tourney - SCHEDULE & RULES
4th of July
All American Classic
<<<< Click below on "Handout" for Schedule >>>>

In what has developed into a true Tri State Classic, the following "Top Notch" Squads have paid fees to play in the All American July 4th Tournament:


Cobalts, Midland Warriors, Blue Note Stogies, Team Cleveland (fka Mosquitoes), Cleveland Stone Bulls, Louisville Strikers, Cincinnati Force, Cheviot Patriots, The Hilltoppers, and Yorkville, Indiana.

"Best of the Best" in the Tri State are coming to the 'Natti for July 4th with Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky all representing!

Attached in the Handout (Microsoft Word Document) are the details for "The All American Classic" being held in Cincinnati at Roselawn Park over the July 4th Holiday Weekend.

The Tournament will be hosted by the Cincinnati Cobalts and Midland Warriors. Teams competing at a high level of play (ages 18+) are welcome.

******** CLICK HERE for Schedule, Format, and Rules *************

Handout: July 4th Schedule & Rules

MORE...Armed and Dangerous !
Hehhh-hehhh, did he say "Scrote?"
The Cincinnati Cobalts have been known throughout their 15 year history as having one of the strongest Pitching Staffs in Southwest Ohio.

Well, year 16 should be NO DIFFERENT given the addition of Nate Zetler to the Cobalt Staff. Nate comes to the Cobalts via the Florence Freedom of the Pioneer Professional Baseball League where he was a key starting pitcher.

And, Keith Becker has joined the Cobalts after taking off a year to bulk-up and improve on his already "ridiculous" heat.

Zetler and Becker make for nice additions to a Cobalt Staff that already includes: Paul Krause, Shannon Morgan, Victor Carreon, Shane Schirmer, and Mick & Scrote.

CoBALTS Give Freedom No Scare - But Have Fun

Scrote Gives Old-'Balts Just What They Need

Morgan and Monster Pump It Up

Saunders continues his Dominance over CoBALTS

CoBALTS Win in Extra Innings versus the Reds

CoBALTS to Play the Florence Freedom, Pro Team

Enough Celebrating - Get Ready for 2005

04 RH WS All
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More Championship Photos
04 RH WS Girls
Lit'l Stiggy, Mrs. Stiggy, Mrs. Coach, and Mrs. Wags (tba)
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CoBALTS Win one for their Fans !!!

04 rh ws bill
Bill and Kay
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More World Series Pics
04 RH Doug
Dougy gets ready to fire one at Coach
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04 RH Rocky
Rocky and Glen like their new Party Hats
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Stranding Runners Leads to Split Decision
Cobalts Stranded an Island Full
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The Cobalts went "Gilligan" on themselves by stranding 7 base runners in 3 critical innings thus falling to the Cleveland Bulls 6-3. Shannon Morgan, the Cobalt starter, was again strong in 4 innings and deserved a better fate. Shane Schirmer pitched well in relief.

In Game 2 the Cobalts came back to give Jimmy Mullinex his first Cobalt victory by beating the Dayton Braves 12-8. Strong middle relief from Jason Frisch and a solid offensive day from Aaron Schweitzer and Steve Stigler helped secure the win.

Next up: Quatman Trophy Game 1 Wednesday versus Hilltoppers (6:30 Roselawn - gold uniforms)

Field Directions for Memorial Day Tourney
Mem Day Flag
Miamisburg HS: (Saturday Games)

75 North (43 miles from Downtown Cincy) to Exit 44 (Miamisburg/Centerville). Turn left off exit and go 1 mile, turn left onto S. Gehart Church Rd. Then go 1/2 mile and turn right onto Melvo Rd. (Miamisburg High School is 1860 Melvo Rd.)

Springboro HS (Sunday Game(s))

75 North (21 miles from Downtown) to Exit 38 (Franklin/Springboro). Turn right off exit onto W. Central Avenue. Go 1.9 miles to right onto S. Main Street. Go 1.4 miles to Springboro High School (address: 1675 S. Main St.)

Cobalts Consider Growing Rice
Rain Still Sucks
Thanks to the constant Cambodia-like weather in the Tri State this Spring, the Cobalts tried to hitch up a couple of their more stout fellas (we know who they are) to a plow and grow rice on what used to be ball fields. The unfortunate incident (pictured left) created quite a stir with the locals at Roselawn Park.

FRIDAY NIGHT CANCELLED ALSO! (makes 3 in a row and 6 out of 8 games)

Good Game Gone Wrong
Coach shouldn't post these articles right after a tough loss
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The Cobalts ruined a terrific outing by Keith Becker (2 hits 7 innings) losing to the Ohio Woodpeckers in the Sunday Semi Final Game of the Memorial Day Tournament.

Boo Rachel put the Cobalts up 3-1 in the 8th inning with a 3 run blast but the bullpen did not answer the call giving up a final loss of 6-4.

Earlier Tournament action: the Cobalts defeated the Hilliard Indians (4 to 3) and Dayton Angels (7-0 forfeit) after losing a 4-3 game to the Columbus Sharks.

So...Cobalts stand a disappointing 8-3 and Coach is still looking to shake this Evil Tournament Hex before he gauges his eyes out.

Next up:
WEDS: Cincy Stars 8:30 Roselawn (wear gold)
Thur: Cheviot Patriots 8:30 Roselawn (wear blue)
Fri: Mustangs 8:30 Roselawn (wear gold)

CoBALTS Win Double-Header, Now 6-1
Natches were Icy Cold after 2 W's
Shannon Morgan and Jason Fritsch combined in Game 1 Friday night to blank the Barons 9-0.

In Game 2 the Paul Krause and Sean Aichele combo was too much for the TS Bulls in an 8-2 Win.

Going "Yard" was the Spriggs Monster versus the Barons. Dougy and Mulves added multiple doubles to seal the deal.

Nick-o Fritsch stole 2nd/3rd/Home on 3 straight pitches versus the Bulls to "put a fork" into the rambunctious Bulls coaches and fans. Defensive gems turned in from Capt. Bo Stineman and Aaron Schweitzer.

Next up: Weds. 6:30 at Roselawn wearing Gold versus Cincy Challenge.

Cobalt's Pitcher Gets International Attention
Grand Forks International Baseball, home of the elite GFI Labor Day Tournament in British Columbia, has acknowledged Keith Becker's outstanding Week 1 pitching effort.

The Cobalts have verbally committed their intentions to participate in this year's GFI, which ranks at the top of Semi Pro Baseball Tournaments. Click on the logo for more info.


Rain Stops Cobalts and Hilltoppers - Part II
Nate looked tired anyway
4 innings into another classic, the storms came blowing in to wash-out Quatman Trophy Game II. So, we'll wait until June 17th for the re-match.

Next up: Klosterman's (Thursday, 6:30 Roselawn, wear Blue)

Cobalt Pitchers Blank the Hilltoppers 6-0
Becker works out
Game #1 of the much coveted Quatman Trophy goes to the Cobalts after Wednesday night's victory.

Keith Becker struck-out the first 11 batters he faced and gave up one hit in 4 innings of work for the Cobalts. Shannon Morgan finished the final three innings giving up only 2 hits and also striking out three.

The awesome pitching performance inspired the Cobalt bats with timely hitting and moving runners over lead by Nick Fritsch, Doug Michelsen, Todd Hiler and Johnny Mulvey whose 2 out, bases loaded double in the seventh iced the win.

Cobalts back at it tonight against TS Bulls (8:30 Hille, wear navy jersey, red lids, red sox, gray pants, navy belt).

Cobalts Dispatch the TS Bulls 15-4
Shane Schirmer gets the Win against the TS Bulls in a late night cicada-emergence game at Hille on Thursday.

Hitting for the Cobalts was almost everyone: Jason Giuste kept his perfect 1.000 On-Base-Average, Scrote hit a questionable 2 RBI single, and TR O'Brien - well, he struck out.

Sean Aichele and Tony Shaffner (both new staff additions) were perfect in relief.

Next up: Stogies Friday night at 8:30, Hille (wear Gold uni gear)

Rain Stops the Cobalts & Stogies
Fans got wet at Hille Stadium
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Four innings into a 1-1 Titanic Struggle, the rain shut down an old fashion pitcher's dual. Paul Krause looked in mid-season form for the Cobalts. Stiggy and Timmy Klanke combined for the 1 run scored.

Cobalts' record stands still at 4-1 on the season.

Next Up: Weds. 6:30 Hille: Hilltoppers Part II (wear Gold again)

Cobalts Go "Old School" in 11-1 Win Over Rangers

CoBALTS End Skid with Bats...Beat Orioles 25-8

Cobalt Ale and Stiggy Too Much for Brew Crew

CoBALT Starters Must Have Been Abducted

Cobalts Crash - Lose 3 Straight

THE GIUSTE Carries Cobalts Over Bulls 15-10

Red Sox Take Cobalts...Again

Paully Gets the Win and the Save vs. Reds

Suds 2 Much...Cobalts Play Like Chumps

"Jumbo" Infield Helps Cobalts Over Rangers 17-5

Paully Buckles Knees in 10-2 Playoff Win Over Red Sox

Cobalts Ride Hit Parade to 20-7 Playoff Win over Astros

Cobalts Take Care of Their Business, Beat Suds 15-7

Despite warnings from old superstitious pitchers, The Cobalts busted out the new uniforms and became Tournament Champions.

Keith Becker dominated from the beginning, striking out 12 Suds in an 8-3 Cobalt Championship victory over the always tough Cincinnati Suds.

Tom Taylor was 4-4 with two 2Bs and 4 Runs scored. Dougy Michelsen was also 4-4 with an HR and 4 RBIs. Scrote dominated the basepaths again with 2 stolen bases and a "run ran in"

The Cobalts add another jewel to their growing crown of recent championships including the 2004 CRC Regular Season Title, 2004 AAA World Series Title, and now the 2005 Cincinati Roy Hobbs Tournament Championship.

Great job to all Cobalts. Every single player contributed to the victory...Now on to Fort Myers for another title!

Saunders Leads Suds over Cobalts to force a Game #2

CoBALTS Unmask The Rangers 13-6

CoBALTS Take Down Orioles 12-1

Sea Monster Swamps Mariners in 19-2 CoBALT Victory

Arnold Goes Wild in 7-4 Cobalt Victory over the Bulls

CoBALTS Stay Hot with the Wood Bats, Beat C-Hawks 13-3

Thanks to Cheviot Patriots
Hats off to the Cheviot Patriots and their coach, Tim Oakes, for the use of Memorial Field and good solid competition in our first action of 2004.

Cobalts looked comfortable using the wood sticks (W, 10-5) highlighted by Joe Spriggs Monster going deep into the left field screen and Boo Rachel going 4-5 (2 doubles). Strong pitching from Shannon Morgan, Shane Schirmer, Keith Becker, and the Stiggs&Spriggs combo.

Cheviot Patriots are looking for any and all basebal veterans to join them in a Memorial Day Event. Check out their web site as Tim Oakes leads both the team and the facility back to prominence:

CoBALTS Win Another Big One - Beat Blue Note Stogies 6-3
1st year pitcher Tony Shaffner drove his record to 3-0 on the season going 4 innings on 1 day day's rest to beat the long-time rival and defending City Champions Blue Note Stogies.

Rookie pitcher Jimmy Mullinex (2 inning "hold") and Shane Schirmer (save) showed CoBALT Heart in holding back the Stogie's rallies.

Frank Arnold (3 RBI's) lead the offense that featured excellent batmanship including 2 suicide squeezes (Nick Fritsch & Tim Klanke).

CoBALTS now 17-6 with some great wins under their belt including 5 against State and Nationally ranked squads...The Heart is Still Beating!

16-5 and Feelin Fine - Right Dougy?
Dougy Had Something Stuck in His Spine
CoBALTS welcomed back their 12 year veteran 3rd baseman Wednesday night, Doug Michelsen, who is back after 4 weeks of spinal therapy and lead the CoBALTS to a 6-0 Win over the Crosley Sports squad.

Ruptured disk or not, didn't seem to bother neither his hitting (2-3. with 3 RBI's) nor his post-gaming (3 ML's, 3 Natches). Doug is now batting .585 on the season and looks to keep getting stronger.

Sean Aichel was impressive in the start and gets the Win. Tony Shaffner worked a very strong 3 innings in relief to seal the shutout.

Other highlights: Joe Spriggs Monster barely avoided ambulatory care during a scary moment at the plate (depicted here).

Fred Flint
Monster Fell Down - Went BOOM!
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bc flag
Well, nothing like a few Wins to get your confidence up - so the CoBALTS have officially accepted the Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament invitation (Sept 1 - 6).

Check out the Tournament web site: by clicking on their logo. (even a little news article on the CoBALTS recent re-discovery of their bats)

CoBALTS will be the first Ohio team to be represented in the British Columbia Classic. Wish the boys well as they travel across the globe spreading CoBALT Goodwill wherever they go... "WOW!"

CoBALTS Lay an Egg against Meridians
Chick eggs
No excuses! CoBALTS went thru the motions, ran into a tough pitcher, squeaked out two hits, and got their butts handed to them on a Thursday night by the Meridians. CoBALTS now 16-6.

Tonight: Roselawn 6:30 versus Stogies (wear Gold)

Bring it "ALL" CoBALTS or just stay home!

CoBALT's Need Only One Hit in 1-0 Win Over Cincy Challenge
Spinal Tap
Sean Goes to Eleven (K's)
Sean Aichel shows that this one does "go to 11" as he strikes out 7 in a row and eleven overall in another great CoBALT Win Wednesday night.

The Challenge is a talented Collegiate Team that falls to 10-4 on the season. Their pitchers held the CoBALTS to a whopping 1 hit but it was Sprigg Monster's game-winning RBI double in the 1st inning scoring the speedy Nick Fritsch.

Defensively, Cal Battle made another 395 foot blast look like a "cha-cha-chia." And Boo Rachel played a flawless "emergency" shortstop as they helped keep Aichel's shutout intact. CoBALTS are now 18-6.

Next up: Cincy Challenge Again: Roselawn 8:30, wear gold

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Tournament Champions - Cleveland Mosquitoes!
National Division                         American Division
Team Cleveland (Mosquitoes)                Blue Note Stogies
Louisville Strikers                        Yorkville, IN        
Cheviot Patriots                           Cincinnati Force
Cincinnati Cobalts                         Cincinnati Hilltoppers
Midland Warriors                           Cleveland Stone Bulls

                  *********   RESULTS ***********

Friday (July 2)
Yorkville vs. Force (Force Wins 3-1)
Stogies vs. Bulls (Stogies Win 2-0)

Midland vs. Hilltoppers (Midland Wins 5-4)
Mosquitoes vs. Midland (Mosquitoes Win 11-1)

Cobalts vs. Cheviot (Cobalts Win 3-1)
Strikers vs. Cobalts (Strikers Win 7-3)

Saturday (July 3)
Bulls vs. Force (Bulls Win 9-7)
Force vs. Hilltoppers (Toppers Win 6-2)
Hilltoppers vs. Strikers (Strikers Win 5-4)
Strikers vs. Cheviot (Strikers Win 10-9)

Cobalts vs. Midland (Midland Wins 2-1)
Yorkville vs. Bulls (Bulls Win 14-4)
Mosquitoes vs. Yorkville (Mosquitoes Win 6-3)
Stogies vs. Mosquitoes (Mosquitoes Win 12-1)
Cheviot vs. Stogies (Stogies Win 7-5)

Sunday (July 4)
Roselawn #1                1 PM        Seed #1 National vs. Seed #2 American

Mosquitoes vs. Bulls (Mosquitoes Win 6-1)

Roselawn #2                1 PM        Seed #1 American vs. Seed #2 National

Stogies vs. Strikers (Strikers Win 9-4)

Roselawn #2                3:30 PM        Championship

Cleveland Mosquitoes Win over Louisville Strikers


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2004 Regular Season Home Stretch
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The 20-8 CoBALTS reached the "Twenty-Win" plateau for the 6th straight year and now enter the critical last two weeks of CRC play. Several challenging games remain, leading into both the AABC State and NABF Regional Tournaments.

This week:

Weds (7/7) Yorkville 8:30 Roselawn - wear gold (TEAM PICTURE NIGHT)
Thurs (7/8) Hilltoppers Part III 8:30 Hille - wear blue
Fri (7/9) Mustangs 6:30 Roselawn - wear gold

CoBALTS Give Morgan Support in 6-1 Win Over Yorkville
Capt Marogan
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The boyz found their bats and Shannon Morgan pitched his 5th Complete Game Win of the season in a nice win over a solid Yorkville squad on Wednesday night.

Sean Aichel lead the offense (3-3, 3 RBI) along with two perfect execution of hit-and-runs by Cal Battle. Bo Stineman added 3 hits and Johnny Mederer put-down the 75th sacrifice bunt of his long illustrious Cobalt career.

Post-game shinnanigans were lead by Monster Spriggs who has played in all but one Cobalt game in 2004 (So Says THE Giust).

CoBALTS now 21-8 with Toppers up tommorrow night!

CoBALTS 3-0 for 2004 vs. Hilltoppers - Take Quatman Trophy
Trophy? We don't need no stinking trophies!
The CoBALTS Keith Becker (4-0) threw another complete game Win versus the Hilltoppers Thursday night. The 5-4 victory gave the un-ranked CoBALTS 3 wins over their long-time rival Hilltoppers (24th in USA).

Catcher John Rubel got things started with a 2-run BLAST in the 3rd inning and the CoBALTS never looked back (well, maybe a little in the ugly 7th).

The 22-8 CoBALTS know that their long-time foes, The Toppers, will be waiting for revenge in both the AABC and NABF Tournaments - always great games!

CoBALTS Now 23-8 after Gelding the Mustangs 11-1
11-1 ouch !
Paul Krause and Jeff Dietz combine for the 2 hitter in a route of the Cincinnati Mustangs. The old CoBALT magic must have been working as Scrote recorded 0 BB's and 0 HBP's. Maybe it was having Ol' Captain Bo back behind the dish for the first time in 13 years...

Offensive highlights: Pitchers were on a Hit Parade with Tony Shaffner, Sean Aichel, Paully, and Scrote all driving in runs.

Also of Note: Spriggs Monster played "weather-man" missing his first game and his chance to be the Cobalt Iron Man - THE Giust said, "told ya so!"

Monster was Missing

College Stars Say "No Mas" - No Game Wednesday
no mas
Would have "Sugar Ray-ed" them anyway
The Cincinnati Stars worked the CRC Schedulers hard this pre-season to beef up their competition. So, what happens? They cancel on the team that beats them in previous CRC play: The CoBALTS.

Therefore, No Game this Wednesday.

Take the wives and girlfriends out to dinner instead, because the upcoming AABC and NABF Tournaments will put a bit of strain on the ol' home life.

Next up:
Thursday 8:30 Hille vs. Meridians (wear gold)
Friday 6:30 Hille vs. Cheviot (wear blue)

Paully "Sweetcorn" Krause Too Much For Meridians
Paully threw another gem for the "Balts as they improve to 24-8 overall and 20-4 in CRC League play with a win over a tough Meridian squad 5-1.

Many contributed to the offensive effort including Captain Bo, Cal Battle, Nicky Fritsch, Jimmy Mullinex, and the 2 base stealing Spriggs Monster (even a swipe of third base).

Next up Cheviot in the CRC Finale at Hille, 6:30 wear blue.

Dougy Overcomes Ruptured Spine - Cobalts Win Over Cheviot
The Heart of #12 Drives the 'Balts
Doug Michelsen's 3-3 night, including a wood bat 401' blast to center, sealed a Cobalt 14-8 victory over the rival Cheviot squad. The win gives the Cobalts 2 of 3 victories versus the Patriots who are always tough, especially with pitcher Aaron Moll on the hill.

Sean Aichele went the distance in a gutty performance that required working out of jams all night - sometimes due to hole-in-glove-itis disease from the Cobalt defense men.

The Cobalts now stand at 25-8 Overall, and their 21-4 CRC League Record gives them their first Regular Season Championship since 1997.

CoBALTS Regular Season CRC Champions!!!
cobalt champs
The Cincinnati CoBALTS have sealed a #1 seed in the AABC Tournament and are crowned CRC Regular Season Champs with a 21-4 in_league record and stand 25-8 Overall.

Riding the strength of their deepest pitching staff ever and consistent defensive play, the CoBALTS were able to win the tight games against the toughest competition.

2004 displayed perhaps the strongest CRC competition in over a decade with top level play from local College teams (Midland, Stars, Force, and Challenge) Traditional Powerhouses (Hilltoppers, Stogies, Cheviot, and Montgomery Inn) and Emerging Contenders (Yorkville, Meridians, and Hurricanes).

But 2004 will not be complete for the 'Balts without a significant AABC/NABF Tournament run - A World Series would be nice...

Check out the great pub the CoBALTS received and State Rankings on the Ohio Semi-Pro Web site by clicking on the logo ....

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Freedom Stadium sight of CoBALTS vs. Reds
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Thanks to Q-Jones, the CoBALTS played another game in a top-notch facility, this time on Sunday, August 22nd versus the Cincinnati Reds of the Roy Hobbs League. The CoBALTs hung onto a 6-5 win with Paul Krause getting the "w" and Brian Akers went 4-5 with 2 triples.

More importantly, Rob Lambert's Reds squad helped the CoBALTS knock a little rust off in getting ready for Canada.

The Florence Fredom Stadium (Champion Windows Field) is located on Freedom Boulevard just off St. Rt. 42 at the Florence/Union exit (off of I-75). Park on the 1st base side of stadium - nearest to the highway).

Horses Still in Stable but CoBALTS Done in NABF
left in stable
stuck at the firehouse
Despite a pitching staff that was championship caliber, the CoBALT's bats proved to be too weak to get the job done. In Game 2 versus Montgomery Inn, Shannon Morgan deserved better than one stinking run.

In Game 3, the defense, solid all year long, went sour in a loss to the Hilltoppers - Aichel also deserved better. Becker and Krause never got to the hill, and the Coach has another year to stew over "what ifs" ...but CONGRATS to the Montgomery Inners!

Louisville Stallions Visit the CoBALTS
Wednesday (Roselawn 7PM, wear gold) the Louisville Stallions blow into the 'Natti for a 9 inning extravaganza with the CoBALTS.

The Stallions are a perennial powerhouse in the tough Double I League that includes top level talent such as the Tradewater Pirates and Evansville Outlaws.

The Cobalts' bats fell asleep again and the Stallions won 7-0. Keith Becker and Shawn Aichele held the Stallions scoreless but the middle relief broke down which didn't matter as the 'Balts plate nothing in nine. Hats off to the classy Stalions and their Coach, Charlie White. We wish them well in their upcoming NASPB World Series.

AABC Tournament Finished but Not Complete
Rain has ended the 13 Team AABC State Tournament. Two Semi Final games were suspended on Friday night and rain continued into Saturday forcing a suspension of the Tournament.

SUNDAY Results:
Cheviot vs. Champion AllStars (Cheviot 7, Champions 4)
Cobalts vs. Swingers (Swingers 3, Cobalts 1, 10 inn)
Stogies vs. Yorkville (Stogies 1, Yorkville 0)
Hilltoppers vs. Hurricanes (Toppers 9, Canes, 0)
Montgomery Inn vs. Force (Force 5, Montgmry 3)
Cincy Stars vs. Meridians (Stars 1, Meridians 0)
Midland (bye)

TUESDAY Results:
Stogies 3, Cheviot 2
Hilltoppers 5, Force 2
Stars 4, Midland 3
Cobalts 5, Champion 1
Yorkville 7, Hurricanes 1
Meridians 5, Montgomery Inn 4

Cobalts 1, Yorkville 0
Stogies 8, Swingers 1
Stars 3, Hilltoppers 1
Meridians 7, Cheviot 4
Force 1, Midland 0

Cobalts (bye)
Stars 4, Stogies 0
Force 5, Meridians 1
Hilltoppers 7, Swingers 1

FRIDAY Pairings (games suspended):
Cobalts vs. Stars (Cobalts Winning 2-0 in 4th)
Toppers vs. Stogies (Toppers Winning 3-0 in 4th)
Force (bye)

Morgan and CoBALTS Win Pitching Duel in 9
Knuckle Curve
Shannon's Knuckle-Curve was Dancing
Shannon Morgan came up LARGE again for the Cobalts in an unbelievable 9 inning, 9 strikeout shutout 1-0 Win over Yorkville in Game 3 of the AABC. Hats off to the Yorkville Team and their pitcher who fought tooth-and-nail in the "Titanic Struggle."

Solid leather flashed by Doug Michelsen, RJ Niemer, and Aaron Schweitzer helped preserve the shutout. Offensive highlights came in the 9th when Aaron Schweitzer lead off with a hit and was moved to 3rd base on Steve Stigler's knock to right. Then the old double-steal brought home the winning run when Schweitzy found the plate with a tremendous slide around the tag at home.

CoBALTS now stand at 27-10 on the season.

Next up: Roselawn, 6:30 PM Friday night versus Stars (wear blue)
Double-header if WIN.

CoBALTS Bounce Back in AABC
Yukon Cornelius
Cobalts bounce like a Bumble
After experiencing a Major Malfunction on Sunday, the Cobalts come back to win a big game over the Champion Allstars 5-1. Keith Becker goes all 7 giving up only 1 hit and no earned runs. Nick-o Fritsch and Aaron Schweitzer were the spark-plugs while Dougy Michelsen and Stiggy came up with big RBI 2-out hits (something kinda new of late for the 'Balts).

Cobalts now stand 1-1 in the AABC and 26-10 overall after tonight's win and Sunday's loss to Swingers. In that X-File loss, Paul Krause threw 10 great innings before it all fell apart in a 3-1 extra inning loss. Cobalts stranded a total of 15 baserunners (MALFUNCTION)

Next up: Wednesday: Yorkville, 6:30 at Hille, wear Blue

CoBALTS' Win Stopped Short by Rain
4 Way Trophy
Quad Champions of AABC State?
Shawn Aichele was "perfect" into the 4th inning against the Cincinnati Stars in the Semi Finals of the AABC. The CoBALTS went up 2-0 in a third inning rally started by the hot hitting Aaron Schweitzer.

The AABC State Tournament is declared "finished" due to rain with the final 4 teams declared "Quad-Co-Champs" (I made that up but sounds good).

Next Up: Weds. night: NABF Regional Tournament (time/opponent TBD)

Montgomery Inn Wins NABF Regional
Congrats to Steve Imhoff and the Montgomery Inn squad for a terrific run through the NABF Regional Tournament. Beating the Stogies, Cobalts, Yorkville, and Hilltoppers, they earned the right to represent the CRC in Louisville's NABF World Series.

All Games at Roselawn Park


Cobalts 7, Swingers 0
Montgomery Inn 2 Stogies 0
Yorkville 5 Hilltoppers 1

Montgomery Inn 2. Cobalts 1
Hilltoppers 6, Stogies 1 (Stogies eliminated)
Yorkville 7, Swingers 0 (Swingers eliminated)

Montgomery Inn 3 Yorkville 1
Hilltoppers 7, Cobalts 4
Hilltoppers 9, Yorkville 4

Hilltoppers 20, Montgomery Inn 2
Montgomery Inn 8, Hilltoppers 2 (Montgomery Inn NABF Champions)

CoBALT Nation Growing...Again
Dietz Twins
Twins at 3 weeks for Easter...Elle is the one wearing the Dress
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Due to the ever-expanding Cobalt Family, we've now added a new section to the "Cobalt Pics."

Welcome Baby Coach James Patrick and Baby Coachette Danielle to the Cobalt Family. The Dietz Twins are doing well but don't believe in sleeping at night yet.

Jay and Elle will be prowling the Cobalt bleachers this coming Summer - making sure their Dad keeps those runners going around third.

Outrigger (and the Tiki Bar) Survive Hurricane Charlie
Tiki Bar
Tough Little Hut
Put your fears to rest, the Outrigger LIVES and The Tiki Hut is expected to be back up running by September 1st. They'll have plenty of time to get ready for the CoBALTS blowing into Ft. Myers for the World Series (Oct 30 - Nov 7).

The area was hard hit but all the staff are fine as well are the fields and stadiums used during the Roy Hobbs World Series.

Players and Fans should be checking on airfares NOW! There are some great prices, even on direct flights.

CoBALT Golf Outing A Big Success!
THANK YOU to all 57 golfers who made the annual fund-drive a success!

Great times were had by all and we appreciate the support of those loyal players, friends, and family who came out to support the Cobalt cause. We couldn't do it without you - Coach and Mrs. Coach are DEEPLY grateful.

For those who missed it - "bummer for you"

CoBALTS Close in Canada But Like They Say...
Only Counts in Horseshoes and Handgrenades!

Overcoming last minute roster defections, 12 hour travel days, close encounters with pop-up campers, and lack of cell phone reception, a merry band of 11 CoBALT players headed deep into the Kootenay Rocky Mountains to play a little baseball over the Labor Day weekend.

Keith Becker immediatley had the CoBALTS feeling "groovy" with a Game 1 Win over Spokane, WA throwing a 1 hitter (a bunt single).

Game 2 versus eventual Tourney Champion San Diego was one of missed opportunities. Losing 6-4, the CoBALTS had many chances to notch a "W" but came up short. Stranded runners were again the downfall.

Game 3 was the back-breaker with Shannon Morgan virtually un-hittable thru 6 innings, the CoBALTS opened the door with 3 errors in the 7th to allow Portland a 4-2 lead. A CoBALT rally in the bottom of the 7th crashed and burned in a heart-wrenching 4-3 loss that cannot be described here (go to for complete game summaries).

Overall, the CoBALTS (by far the oldest team at the tourney) represented Cincinnati as well as 11 fellas could have - even winning over some of the local Grand Forks fans.

CoBALTS would like to thank Gerry Foster and his staff at the Grand Forks International. A well run, top level tournament that all teams should be lucky enough to experience.

As for the CoBALTS - we'll be prepping for the Roy Hobbs World Series (Oct 30 - Nov 7) this Fall while Coach will be evaluating the player personnel. I'll be basing roster decisions on the kind of TEAM spirit the CoBALTS were founded upon 17 years ago.

'Balts waiting to take the field
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Cobalts in Grand Forks
KB throws a 1-Hitter vs. Spokane
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Boo and TT anchor the left side of Infield
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photo by Wags
Grand Forks Scenery
Safe from Nuclear Attack up there

GFI 2008
Boo's Fishin' Hole

World Series Pictures of the Week
RH04 Scrote
Scrote on the hill vs. Kenmore Orioles
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Just to keep the "Glow" burning from the World Series Championship, I'll be updating pictures on a weekly basis...Happy 2005!

Click on the thumbnail pictures to see full size.

RH04 Todd
Todd Hiler looks hard vs. Atlanta
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Congrats to ALL OHIO Selections
Check out the Ohio Baseball Web Site:

CoBALT Pitchers Shannon Morgan and Keith Becker received Honors as well as Roy Hobbs CoBALT and full-time Hilltopper, Tom "TT" Taylor (1st Team All Ohio Shortstop).

Also receiving Honors from the CRC were Hilltoppers Nate Bouldin (P) and Brandon Beyerlein (OF).

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More World Series "Pictures of the Week"
RH04 Wags
Barely Walking Wounded: Wags and Scotty take the field vs. Atlanta
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RH04 Frank
Stiggy Let's Franky know Cobalts Score Again Easily
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More World Series Pics of the Week
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Captain Bo Readies for Game Winning Double vs. Atlanta
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RH WS 04 Shan
Shannon Delivers with TT and B-Rabbit fielding
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2004 Roy Hobbs AAA Champs
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Total TEAM Effort Delivers CoBALT Championship
In the 6 Victories it took to capture the AAA Roy Hobbs World Series Title, ALL 19 Cobalts and fans contributed heavily. Here are a few of the highlights as I remember them:
* Akes' leadership by example at the top of the order and in Centerfield
* Todd Hiler's incredible clutch RBI's and glove work despite a broken finger
* Stiggy once again being THE Hitting Machine and Gutty Pitcher
* Spriggs Monster catching 16 innings on Championship Day - MVP!
* Wags throwing a No-Hitter thru 7 innings with a torn calf muscle
* Rocky hitting bombs - and setting the record for Jaeger-Bombs
* Scott McVey hitting Gapper after Gapper despite being "shot from the grassy knoll"
* Frank "Beam & Coke" Arnold being Mr. Clutch at the plate and shooting the Thunder runner to end the Semi Final Game
* Mike Prosser's 3-3, 3RBI's to help seal the Kenmore Victory
* Scrote Dietz's undying commitment to the Cobalts giving us mound and baserunning help during the toughest of times
* Dougy Michelsen and Tom Taylor flying thru the night to save the day - and playing like champs at the plate and in the field
* Dave Prosser humping it 3 times on the mound for his new buddies from 'Natti - a TOTAL class act
* Glen Hock's great Save versus Utah and B-Rabbit in Left Field and on the bases
* Vic "Fantasy" Carreon returning to form in two great pitching outings and overcoming a chronic hammy
* John Q Christmann holding up the outfield and stealing bases despite water-head
* Captain Bo holding up the infield and driving in the game winner versus UTEK
* Shannon "Mr. November" Morgan taking the pill knowing he's going to be the hero - and delivering, AGAIN
* Mrs. Coach getting players from the Airport, to Sign-in, to the Game and anywhere else they needed to be - despite being pregnant with Dietz Twins. Thank you Honey!

I want to thank all my teammates for a fantastic trip and for giving up their bodies for the Cobalt Cause. A Championship I'll NEVER forget!!!


Roy Hobbs
Shannon Morgan gets the win allowing only 1 earned run in a hit parade win, 17-7 over the Kenmore Orioles.

Scott McVey (4-5, triple and 2 doubles) and Rocky Curnayn (3-5, three doubles) led the offensive jugernaut.

Next up: Monday Double Header versus Atlanta and Charlotte.

Here Come YOUR Cincinnati CoBALTS !
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One Last Time?
Ft. Myers once again plays host to the CoBALTS.

But with age sneaking up on some of the boys, expanding families, job demands increasing, and Mrs. Coach cooking twins in the oven, there is a hightened sense of urgency for the CoBALTS this year !

The 2004 Squad is ready to make a run at the 4A Title and includes a great group of guys with championship experience:

* Capt. Bo Stineman (1B)
* Monster Spriggs (1B/DH)
* Todd Hiler (2B/SS)
* Tom Taylor (SS)
* Scott McVey (2b/3B)
* Doug Michelsen (3B)
* Frank Arnold (C/OF)
* Rocky Curnayn (C)
* Steve Stigler (OF/P)
* Bran Akers (OF/P)
* Mike Wagner (OF/P)
* Q Christmann (OF/PR)
* Shannon Morgan (P/2b)
* Glenn Hock (P/OF)
* Scrote Dietz (P/OF)
* Victor Carreon (P)
* Dave Prosser (P)
* Mike Prosser (OF)

"Coach" thanks the 2004 Squad and the CoBALTS who have gone before them for their dedication and commitment. Time to bring home the GOLD !!!

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CoBALTS 3A World Series CHAMPIONS !!!
Roy Hobbs
The CoBALTS finished 2004 with a bang as they defeated the Chicago Giants 8-4 and claimed the Roy Hobbs 3A Crown.

Shannon Morgan took the hill in hopes of going 3, maybe 4 innings. Instead he pumps it up again and goes all 9 in a complete game Win to lead the CoBALTS to Victory. Shannon pitched in 4 games in 6 days, threw 21 innings, 2 Wins and 1 Save - WOW !!!

The CoBALTS wasted no time in jumping on the Giant pitcher scoring 3 runs in the first inning that quieted the normally "excitable" Chicago squad. Then by adding a run in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th and playing incredible defense the 'Balts looked like they were in the driver seat.

But as always, DRAMA...
After Chicago Giant 2 run rallies in the 6th and 7th making it a close 6-4 game, the CoBALTS stepped up and scored two runs in the ninth behind Steve Stigler's double. Stiggy was 4-4 with 4 RBI's topping off his 15 hit tournament.

CoBALTS Outlast Point Thunder in Semi Finals
Roy Hobbs
The Cincy boys out hit the Jersey boys in an 11-9 Win for the CoBALTS.

Steve Stigler humped it for 6 plus innings on the mound with clutch Save and Hold pitching from Dave Prosser and Shannon Morgan.

Scott McVee returned to his hot hitting going 4-4 with 4 RBI's and Steve Stigler went 3-5 with 3 RBI's. Dougy Michelsen added 3 hits and 3 RBI's.

The Win sends the CoBALTS to the Championship Game versus the powerful Chicago Giants in the City of Palms Stadium - home of the improbable World Champion Boston Red Sox.

Big Win Over UTEK Sends CoBALTS to Semi Finals
Roy Hobbs
In an exciting come-from-behind game the CoBALTS showed clutch hitting and fielding to Win 11-9 on Friday morning.

Shannon Morgan gave it all for 6 innings and Dave Prosser got the Win in relief. Todd Hiler was 4-4 with three clutch RBI's. Steve Stigler was 4-5, 3 runs scored. And in the 9th, it was Tom Taylor setting the table with a lead off double and Bo Stineman sealed the deal with a two-out, 2 RBI double.

Two more games to Win the Championship - starting at 10 AM Saturday.

CoBALTS Win Seeding Game
Roy Hobbs
Fresh Troops arrive just in time here in Ft. Myers to help the CoBALTS get a crucial Win versus Utah Mets (12-8). Dougy Michelsen and Tommy Taylor arrived after midnight and gave the battered squad a badly needed injection of fresh legs, arms, fingers, etc.

Tom Taylor lead the offense with a 2 run Homer and a double. Frank Arnold also recovered from his "ailment" to go 4-4 with 4 RBI's.

Vic Carreon goes 6 innings in the Win. A gutty 106 pitch performance and was then picked-up by Glen Hock's 3 innings for the Save.

The Win gives the CoBALTS a seeded BYE in the 3A Tournament starting today: 10 AM versus old nemesis UTEK at the City of Palms Stadium.

CoBALTS Stand at 2-1 Going into Tuesday
Roy Hobbs
Mike Wagner goes 8 1/3 (7 innings of no-hit) versus the Atlanta Orioles in a 4-3 Monday AM Win. Brian Akers gets the Save. Steve Stigler (2-3, two run HR) leads the offense along with Rocky Curnayn (4-4).

Wags' dominance on the mound was all the more impressive given his torn calf muscle that has severely hobbled our 4-hole hitter and starting pitcher.

In the afternoon game, versus defending champions Charlotte Kings, the CoBALTS let down defensively and couldn't find the clutch hit in a 6-0 loss. Starter Dave Prosser kept the 'Balts close and Vic Carreon was strong in relief: 3 innings and 0 runs.

Critical Game today: versus 2002 Champions Akron A's (1:45 PM).

Akron A's Too Much for Short-Handed CoBALTS
Roy Hobbs
With a patch-work line-up and 4 missing players, the CoBALTS hung with the powerful Akron A's for 5 innings.

But blown hamstrings (Scott McVey), torn calf muscles (Wags), dislocated fingers (Todd Hiler), pinched nerves (Rocky), Jim Beam's revenge (Franky), torn knee ligaments (Mike Prosser), and pitching ace no-shows (KB) was too much to overcome.

CoBALTS stand at 2-2 and need to win Thursday's seeding round game to stay at the 3A Level.

The unprecedented rash of injuries has been hard to handle but the 'Balts who are left standing will make every effort to bring home a championship.

CoBALTS to Play 3 Champions in First 4 Games
Well, if the 'Balts were ever going to win one of these Tournament gigs, the time would be NOW!

The Opening Round includes 3 Games versus former or defending Champions:

Sunday, Oct. 31 vs. Kenmore Orioles 1:45 @ 5Plex #2

Monday, Nov. 1 vs. Atlanta Orioles 10 AM @ City of Palms Stadium
Monday, Nov. 1 vs. Charlotte Kings 1:45 @ 5Plex #1

Tuesday, Nov. 2 vs. Akron A's 1:45 @ City of Palms Practice Field

Cobalts Finish 3rd Overall in Roy Hobbs World Series
Roy Hobbs
Bronze Medals better than No Medals
After Hurricane Wilma forced a 7-Game-in-4-Day schedule, the Cobalts posted an impressive 5-2 record in the AAAA Bracket of the Roy Hoobs World Series...Good enough to win a Bronze Medal.

Wins over New Jersey UTEK, Naples RS Walsh Landscaping, Chattanooga Kodak Reds, Atlanta Orioles, and Toledo Harry Young Builders.

Losses came to eventual champions Charlotte Kings and the re-match against Harry Young.

Tom Taylor was named MVP after averaging more than 2 hits per game and playing great defense at SS despite a sore knee.

Some Highlights of a great Tournament:

* Lanai Kai Cold Showers
* Akes' Winning the Beach Ball Toss at the Lanai Kai
* Coach dominating No Limit Hold'em at the Lanai Kai
* Saturday night stabbings outside Willy's room at the Lanai Kai
* Disturbing Dave Prosser's Love-Swing on the top of the Lanai Kai
* Bo parking the Lit'l Boy Bomb at the Lanai Kai
* Rocky crashing the gates of the Lanai Kai
* Cat Girl over-serving Vic at the Lanai Kai (I'm sawing my steak)
* Doug and Keith chatting late night at the Lanai Kai
* White Chocolate breakin' it down at the Lanai Kai
* Glen being trapped in Mrs. Coach's car after going AWOL at the Lanai Kai
* The smell of bar stench in the morning at the Lanai Kai
* Jason and Dougy's 6 Waffle House meals across from the Lanai Kai

Appreciate the efforts of all the Cobalts who kept with the program and made it down to Ft. Myers despite the 2 seperate delays in schedules. We could easily have bagged the entire thing but we showed the true meaning of "Teammates" by all getting down there and finishing with a strong 3rd place.

As always, I thanks each and every Cobalt and their families...looking forward to 2006!!!

World Series Photos
White Guys Playing Cards or Holloween Ghosts?
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Cobalt T-Shirts Now Available!

Dayton Classic Details
The 28 and older Cobalt Squad heads north to Dayton this Saturday (27th) for a Triple Header beginning at 1:30 Howell Field. Everyone needs to arrive at 12:30.

Directions to Howell:
Take I75 North to Main St. (Rt. 48), go left off exit (heading north on Main), go several miles and take Right onto Ridge Ave. Take Ridge across Riverside Drive and across bridge. Look for Howell Field on right.

Second Game at 4:00 is scheduled at Kettering Field 3 (last year's location). Third game at 7:00 is back at Howell.

Directions to Kettering 3:
Same as Howell above except take right onto Helena Street (well before Ridge), across bridge make right into Kettering Complex. Field #3 is last on left.

Winners play again Sunday, 10AM. If want to stay overnight: Holiday Inn on Wagner Ford Rd. (last yr. location). Rooms available at $79 (ask for Cobalts "Great Rate"). Phone (937) 278-4871.


Cobalt's Dayton Schedule
Sat (4/27)
1:30 versus Cincinnati Suds
4:30 versus Dayton Braves
7:15 versus Detroit
Sun (4/28)
10:00 Semi Finals
12:30 Championship

CoBALTS Clean-up Cardinals
Bird Bath
With an impressive 11-1 win over the Cardinals, the Cobalts move to 3-0 on the season. Bobby Crooks in Relief gets the "W" and Lit'l Balt Klanke goes large for the first time this year.

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28+ Memorial Classic Schedule
All Games Roselawn:
Saturday 1PM vs. Davis & Assoc. (Cleveland)
Saturday 4PM vs. Black Sox (Akron)
Sunday 10AM vs. Wash. Monuments (D.C.)
Sunday 3:30 vs. Semi Finals (if qualify)
Monday 10AM vs. Championship (if qualify)

New CoBALTS and Barry Retires
2002 has brought some exciting additions to the CoBALTS. Coming on board are long-time CoBALT nemesis Steve Stigler and Joe Spriggs. Their championship experience may just be the final ingredient to winning a World Series. We also welcome the 6'7" Power Foward/Pitcher, Zach Wieber who looks to strike fear into batters this year.
Barry Martin, one of the top hitters in the league and core member of the CoBALT Family, has decided to retire. We'll hold off the jersey retirement ceremony until Coach gets done trying to sell Barry back part-time...

CoBALTS Win 2002 Opener
The CoBALTS show early season character coming from behind to beat a tough Montgomery Inn team 6-5 in the opener. Shannon Morgan starts 2002 as he ended his undefeated season a year ago, with an impressive pitching performance. Clutch hitting throughout the lineup was capped by Tim Klanke's game winning shot in the 6th.

2002 Schedule Set (Revised 5/22)
The CoBALTS' 2002 complete schedule is available by clicking on "2002 Schedules" on the toolbar to the left, or for printout by just downloading this Word File to your PC.
(Please re-print if downloaded before 5/22)

Handout: 2002 Schedule

CoBALTS Win, Now 2-0
Joe Dirt
Joe Mullet
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Vic and Shane, former Falcons pitchers, combine to give the 'Balts their second win in as many tries in 2002 with a 6-2 victory over The Mullets. Hitting was sporadic with 11 men left on base, but Nick Frisch was on base 4 of 4 times with 3 runs scored.

CoBALTS Ranked 8th in Ohio
8 Bouncing
The latest Semi Pro Baseball Rankings are in and the Cobalts are currently ranked 8th in the state and moving up in the Regional Polls. As the 2002 season nears the mid-point, the CoBALTS head into the meat of the schedule facing traditional rivals Blue Note Stogies and Hilltoppers (#3 in Ohio) all in the next 9 days. Check out the Semi Pro site and rankings:

CoBALTS Cooking in 2002
Despite the usual rainout madness that has plagued the league these past two years, the CoBALTS have managed to start strong this season. Just a few of the big wins include CRC powers Montgomery Inn and Panel Barn, Memorial Day victories over 4 Roy Hobbs opponents including Akron, Cleveland and Connecticut squads.

The CoBALTS will play host to both the NABF and AABC Regional Tournaments this year and look poised to make a run at a World Series title in 2002. Combining the ingredients of experienced pitching, strong defense, and the blend of youth's speed and veteran power, the CoBALTS again are a potent force in the Midwest.

Off Season News
It's been a busy Off-Season for the CoBALTS. The following is a brief list of some "happenings" and events of the Winter:

* Diesel is Fixin' to Get Hitched. Ken Diesel McManus buys the ring and seals the deal. Giddy Up #21!

* Shane Schirmer comes back to Cincinnati to be a full-time CoBALT. Welcome home Shane!

* Greg Myers lands a new job. Bummer it's in Maryland. Good luck Ostrich!

* Franky totals his truck in a head-on but is seen that night at happy hour. God Bless seats belts!

* Mick swears he has retired due to arm issues. But we know he'll be back if UK makes it to the NIT. (not a lock there).

* Most importantly: A big ol' thank the Lord for justice being served as our lifelong buddy Jeff Sears is cleared of all charges in the witch hunt of Clermont County. Toby lives!!!

Quatman Trophy Not to be in 2003

Cobalts NABF Run Ends After Rain Delay

Cobalts Blanked by Stogies in 3rd Round of NABF

Cobalts Win First 2 in NABF Regional

CoBALT Golf Outing: October 11th

Spriggs Takes Morgan in 40 Yard "Dash"

Cobalts Restart the Engines - Split with Woodpeckers

Cobalts Win Again, Now 2-1 in World Series
Beating the Nashville Thunder 5-3 on Tuesday, The Cobalts stand at 2-1 overalll, in good position to qualify for the 4A Playoffs.

Cobalts 5, Thunder 3
Shannon Morgan kept the Thunder off balance for 7 strong innings. Jeff Dietz and Steve Stigler then closed the door for the Win.
Highlights: Doug Michelsen 3-5 (3 RBI), Todd Hiler 2-3, Frank Arnold 2-3, Shannon Morgan allowed only 6 hits.

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SOLID on the Corners with Doug and Mick
Cobalts 1-1 on First Day - Stiggy Going LARGE
Day 1 of the Roy Hobbs World Series:

Pittsburgh 11, Cobalts 7
First Game jitters and a little rust from 3 month layoff.
Highlights: Steve Stigler 4-5 (HR), Craig Wilhoit 3-4 (3 RBI)

Cobalts 6, Elyria Decca Pools 1
Solid defense, Great Pitching, and well executed situational hitting
Highlights: Steve Stigler 3-4 (HR), Tim Klanke 2-3 (2 SB),
Dave Bauer 9 innings Complete Game, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

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Cobalts in 4 Stadium Games

Cobalts Go to Final 4 in Class AAA
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Get Ready for the Final 4
Lead by Co-MVPs Steve Stigler (.607 BA, 2 HR, 11 innings Pitched, 1 Save) and Shannon Morgan (3 Wins, 22 innings Pitched, 1.23 ERA) the Cincinnati Cobalts made the Final 4 of Class AAA in the Roy Hobbs World Series by Winning 5 Games Overall.

With Wins over Elyria Decca Black Sox, Nashville Thunder, Minneapolis Millers, Utah Mets, and Cincinnati Reds, the Cobalts finally bowed out to a strong Naples Florida team on Saturday: 6-3.

The 5 Wins bring the Cobalts' final 2003 record to 36-16 (most ever wins in 15 year history).

Thanks to all the players, fans, and families who made the 2003 trip to Ft. Myers another huge success:

C: Ken Hatfield and Frank Arnold
1B: Mick Pardee, Jeff Christmann
2B: Craig Wilhoit
SS: Todd Hiler
3B: Doug Michelsen
OF: Steve Stigler, Brian Akers, Tim Klanke, John Mulvey, Glen Hock
SH: Burgess Doan
P: Shannon Morgan, Vic Carreon, Dave Bauer and Jeff Dietz

Look for World Series Stats to be posted within the week.

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Morgan in inning 15
2003 World Series Highlights
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Roomies and Old Cobalts
Just a few of Coach's observation and highlights at this year's WS:

* Stiggy should get heart pains more often: hitting .607, 2 HR, WOW!

* Shannon can do all the chattering he wants after 3 Complete Game Wins - 2 in ONE DAY !!

* Mickey's BACK! Even talking about new pants for '04

* 2000 MVP Frank Arnold can still "represent" (.615 OBA, 9 RBI)

* Dougy hits the quietest .410 you'll never hear about (and only 1 error in a full 81 innings at 3rd base)

* My brother "Scrote" is crazier than I thought - flying down twice at 3 AM to be there if the Cobalts needed (atta boy JD)   

* Thank you Lord for prayers answered for our boy Spriggsy

* It's just too damn weird taking the field without Capt. Bo (much better timing needed on the conception next time #10)

* We need more "10 RBI Guys" like Hatfield and Hiler

* Willy is still funny just before his body shuts down

* "Situational Hitter" Burgy can be on my roster anytime

* I've got to get more sleep on these trips if I'm going to still be around doing this for Timmy Lit'l Balt's boy in 18 years

* Thanks to Mrs. Coach who allows all this nonsense to continue - 15 crazy years of Cobalting !!!

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Final 4 Team of AAA
2003 World Series Photos - Ft. Myers, FLA
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Cobalt's Loyal Ladies

03 RH WS Huddle
"Win One for Spriggsy and Captain Bo"

Cobalts Ready for Ft. Myers World Series
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Cobalts Ready for Beach-wear!
In a 9 inning thriller played in Dayton Sunday, the Cobalts battled back against the Ohio Woodpeckers to Win 4-3 in the final game before the Roy Hobbs WS in Ft. Myers Beach.

The pitching staff looked ready for the upcoming World Series with Glenn Hock, Brian Akers, Joe Spriggs, Steve Stigler, and Mick Pardee (yes, THAT Mick Pardee) combining to give up 0 earned runs.

Stars of the game: Joe Spriggs (pitching, hitting, and 3rd base goal-keeping) and Mick Pardee who started off the 9th inning rally with a base hit. Mick then sucked it up to close out the game on the hill for the first time in 2 years.

NEXT: Practice Thursday Oct. 23rd at Roselawn: 5:30 start 'till dark

Cobalt Golf Outing A Big Hit !
Thanks to the 50+ golfers who participated in the 2003 Cobalt Golf Outing last Saturday. A sunny, 70 degree day (and free Bud) made the day perfect. To quote Mr. Martin Sr. "Great day, great eats, and great people."

Proceeds will help the Cobalts again compete in the Roy Hobbs World Series Nov 1-9.

THANK YOU for your support!!!

World Series Schedule Set
Roy Hobbs
The Cobalts open the Roy Hobbs World Series against the 2002 Elite Division Champions, Pittsburgh! The Cobalts played the defending champs tough last year in a 6-4 late inning loss. This year's game will be at the City of Palms Stadium (Boston Red Sox).

The entire schedule can be found at

Opening 4 Games for the Cobalts (field in parenthesis):
10 AM vs. Pittsburgh (CPS) and 1:45 vs. Decca Pool Back Sox (5Plex3)
1:45 vs. New Jersey White Sox (TP2)
1:45 vs. Nashville Thunder (Terry Park Stadium


Tiki 2002
Tiki Bar, Sunshine, Ocean, and oh yeah- Baseball

2004 Cobalt Season In-Motion
The Hot Stove League has been busy already this Winter with a few significant developments coming to CRC Baseball in 2004:

* Wood Bats!!! Say good-bye to the aluminum. Both the AABC and NABF Tournaments will be Wood Only. Therefore, the CRC Regular Season will be entirely Wood!

* Cobalts will be Co-hosting the first annual July 4th Tri State Classic. The 3-day Tourney will be an Open Invitational that will feature the top teams in the Midwest at the Roselawn Park (new Riverfront Stadium seating has been installed).

More details to come but it's time to get back into the cages and the gym! The Ohio 7th ranked Cobalts look to 2004 as another 30+ Win Season with a little more hardware for the Cobalt Lounge's Trophy Corner. GGGGGetty-upp!

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Gilly Home for Holidays
Long-time Cobalt Outfielder, Mike "Gilly" gave a few friends a thrill with a tailgating visit over the Holidays. Gilly was only home for 2 weeks but the Cobalt gossip is that he wants to go back to personally interogate Saddam.

All the Cobalts pray for Gilly's safe return in 2004 and THANK HIM for protecting our freedoms (including playing ball).

Veterans Re-sign with Cobalts
Longtime veterans and key cogs in the CoBALT Machine have re-upped for another tour of duty in 2003:

3B: Doug Michelsen, 2B: Jim Burkhardt, 1B: Bo Stineman, Mike Barbieri, C: Frank Arnold, OF: Tim Klanke, Aaron Schweitzer, John Mulvey, Nick Frisch, John Mederer

Still in negotiations: P: Jeff Dietz, Shane Schirmer, Mick Pardee, Ken McManus, Inf: Barry Martin, OF: Q Christmann   

2003 Roster Shaping Up
CoBALTS have been busy this Winter, securing new roster members and welcoming back key CoBALT veterans:

We welcome Mike Harris. A former Ohio St. Buckeye, Mike has been in the Yankee organization for several years but has decided to "step up" to the CoBALTS (and get married, get a day job, etc.)
We look forward to Mike adding strength to our middle infield and hitting in the top 3rd of the lineup. Mike joins 2nd year standouts Steve Stigler and Joe Spriggs and 3rd year star shortstop Todd Hiler as examples of CoBALT continuing improvements...Welcome aboard Mike!

We are excited to have Paul Krause returning to the rotation. Paul dominated the CRC in the mid-late '90s leading the Cobalts to many key victories. In joining a healthy TR O'Brien, a stronger Shannon Morgan, and perfect game thrower Vic Carreon, the CoBALTS look to again have one of the strongest staffs in Ohio.

Andrew Dietchel will be making a comeback with the CoBALTS. Dietch's strong outfield arm and high on-base average will be nice to have back in a CoBALT uniform.

Along with our "core" CoBALT squad, the 2003 Season looks like one for the record books.

Jimmy Jam Retires
At the ripe old age of 25, Jimmy B. has decided to hang up the spikes and chase smaller balls...with dimples.

Jim has been a key member of the CoBALTS infield and batting order over the past 5 years. We'll miss him but wish him well in his quest for The Green Jacket. Hit 'em straight, Jimmy!

Highlights of Upcoming 2003 Season

Wags Goes Pro, Again
Cobalt Wags in 2002 Roy Hobbs
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Mike Wagner, Cobalts' Roy Hobbs MVP and Hilltopper outfielder, has signed with the Florence Freedom Professional Baseball Team. The same team the Cobalts will play against this Spring and managed by Chris Sabo. Wags originally signed with the SD Padres after playing for Michigan State.

We give congrats to Wags for still pursuing the dream but we and the 'Toppers will miss him this coming year.

Good luck Wags!!!

Hall of Fame Honors
TR O'Brien
Congrats to TR O'Brien, the 9 year veteran Cobalt Ace, who was inducted into the McNicholas High School Hall of Fame. TR was All City in 2 sports and Ohio Player of the Year 1988. He still holds many pitching records both at McNick and Xavier University.

He joins Craig Wilhoit, Cobalt middle infielder, in the McNick Hall of Fame. Willy was All City in 3 Sports and Ohio Player of the Year (basketball) in 1991. Willy now holds the league record for most hits while under the Budweiser influence.


CoBALTS Celebrate 15 Years with New Look
To celebrate playing 15 years of Semi Pro Baseball as a Team, the CoBALTS have anounced the "new look" designs ...

CoBALTS Win 3 in Dayton

Georgetown College Directions: Staurday, May 10
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1:00 PM First Game Start versus Lexington Dixie AllStars.
3:30 PM Second Game versus Evansville Outlaws

I-75 South to exit 126, take a right off the ramp on to Cherry Blossom Way. Continue on Cherry Blossom (bypass) to the 5th stop light at Lemons Mill Road. Take a right on Lemons Mill Road and go less than a mile on the right and you will see the stadium. (There are signs to the stadium on the bypass).

Founders Field
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Directions to Hamilton: Founder's Field
From Cincinnati:
I-75 North to Route 129 West
(becomes High Street in Hamilton)
Left on Martin Luther King Boulevard
(first street after underpass)
Right on Knightsbridge Drive
Left on Peck Boulevard
Miami Hamilton is ½ mile on the right

CoBALTS Win CRC Opener

CoBALTS Chew-up the Sharks

CoBALTS Use Lumber to Beat Bulls

2003 Schedule Available for Download
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Click for a downloadable 2003 Cobalt Schedule (Word Docmnt)
Handout: 2003 Schedule

CoBALTS Struggle with Last-Inning Losses

CoBALTS Ranked 24th in USA

Pro Warm-ups
CoBALTS Hold Their Own vs. Professional Team
Vic Goes 1-2-3
In a "Split-squad" practice game, the CoBALT's Pitching Staff held the Florence Freedom Frontier League Team to only One Earned Run.

The game was played at Foundation Field in Hamilton using Wood Bats and some shared players in an effort to allow the Freedom Team to make final roster decisions for their 2003 season.

Throwing scoreless innings were Paul Krause, Victor Carreon, and TR O'Brien.

With the Freedom's new Head Coach, Tom Browning, the CoBALTS look forward to a late season "regulation game" where the stakes are for real. Until then, we wish the Freedom success in their first year in the Frontier League.

Wags Gets Revenge

CoBALTS Hear the Wake-up Call...Win 2

CoBALTS Over Hilltoppers in Another Classic: 1-0

All Pistons Firing in 5-2 Win Over Mt. Saint Joe

CoBALTS Win Again with Money Pitching

CoBALTS Fall to Blue Note Stogies 1-0

CoBALTS Go Extra to Defeat Yorkville

Cobalts Duel to a Split with Hilltoppers
Dueling Swordfight
Vic Carreon threw a 6 2/3 innings gem and the CoBALTS' bats woke up in a 9-7 thrilling win last Thursday. Schweitz, Todd, Bo, Spriggsey and Bif led the charge offensively while Dougy Michelesen turned in a "Brooks Robinson like" effort at 3rd base.

Unfortunately, the combination of the bats falling asleep again and poor late game defense gave the Hilltoppers one back on Friday. Rookie, Dan Dorsey, pitched well in the defeat.

Upcoming: a tough Meridian squad on Wednesday at Caldwell Park.

CoBALTS Ranked 6th in State
The CoBALTS' bats are coming alive just as Tournament Time is here, beating up on the Meridian squad for a 12-2 ...

Vic is Mr. PERFECT !!!
Vic Carreon, the CoBALTS' "Ladies Man," threw a PERFECT GAME on Thursday July 18th, 2002, leading the Cobalts to ...

TODD HILER (SS, Bats R, Throws R)

Batting over .500 for the season, Todd has stepped-up when called upon. He has filled the roll of both lead-off man and RBI producer as well as anchoring the defense with stellar plays at shortstop. In only his second year as a Cobalt, Todd has become a team leader.

Meet the Cobalts first half MVP:
#11, Todd Hiler.   

All Star by Smash Mouth

Upcoming KILLER Games
Panel Barn (Weds, the 3rd at 8:30 Hille), The Falcons (Monday, the 8th at 6:30 McNicholas), and back-to-back Hilltoppers (Thursday&Friday 11-12th at Roselawn) headline a killer mid-season test for the CoBALTS. After this stretch, we'll know how ready the 2002 squad is to make a World Series run...See you at the park!

Roy Hobbs
CoBALTS to World Series
Tiki 2002
The Cincinnati CoBALTS head to Ft. Myers, FLA November 2nd to compete in the Roy Hobbs World Series. This year, the CoBALTs are up against the Top 8 Teams in North America in the Elite Division (+25yrs)

The seeding games are scheduled:
Sunday 3rd vs. Border City Brewers (Canada)
Sunday night vs. Troy Jet Box
Monday night vs. Pittsburgh
Tuesday 5th vs. New Jersey

Thursday begins the "2 and out" tournament. Check out all the scores daily at the Roy Hobbs web site.

Thanks to all who participated in this year's Cobalt Golf Outing. Your support made this World Series appearance possible.

Outrigger is Cobalt's home-base

Rough Start for Cobalts
In an Opening Day nail-biter the Cobalts blew a 4-1 lead and the bats when cold after the 6th inning in a 6-4 loss to Border City Brewers (last year's World Series runner up).

The second game was less exciting as Jet Box (Detroit) put an 11-1 hurting on the 'Balts.

Many Anheuser-Busch products dulled the pain as the Cobalts prepare to try again tonight vs. Pittsburgh.

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Roy Hobbs '02 Squad
Elite Division Definetly "Elite"
Boyz 02
The Cobalts 2002 Roy Hobbs World Series came to an end Friday with a 9-4 loss to defending champions, the Akron A's.

Mike Wagner was voted MVP, after pitching 10 innings, gaining the victory over New Jersey, and leading all offensive stats with a .725 On-Base Average and 2 homers.

The Cobalts competed against the "best of the best" this year and proved themselves as a worthy contender (coming close to beating this year's champions, Pittsburgh 8-6). Cobalts played excellent defense against the Elite Division's superior offensive power which helped keep the Cobalts close in every game.

Highlights included:
* Mike Wagner's overall performance
* Doug Michelsen's incredible defense at 3rd
* Todd Hiler and Tom Taylor's 6 double plays
* Tim Klanke's bomb off former major leaguer Don Carmen (Reds/Phillies)
* Brian Akers sacrificing his body for the cause
* Glen Hock's "stand-up routine"
* Willy, just being Willy

Thanks to ALL Cobalts and their friends and families for another great trip!

Tim RH02

Fans 02
More Florida '02 Pics to Come!

Pete &Bo

Stigg's Starts Sports Equipment Empire
CoBALT's right fielder and 3 hole hitter, Steve Stigler is proud to announce the founding of Stiggy's Sport Shack. Check out his web site and bring him all your sports "stuff" needs.

Friday, December 27
CoBALTS to Play Spuds' Team May 21st
Semi-Pro vs. Pro
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CoBalt co-founder and former Cobalt left fielder, Chris "Spuds" Sabo has confirmed a Wednesday, May 21st scheduled game pitting his new Florence Frontier League Team, the Florence Freedom, versus the Cincinnati CoBALTS at Founder's Field on the campus of Miami University at Hamilton.

Sabo, NL Rookie of the Year, 2-time MLB Allstar, 1990 World Series Champion, and honorary Uecker, will be managing the new Florence Freedom franchise against the CoBALTS who he helped establish in 1988. Spuds also briefly played for the CoBALTS in 1995.

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Florence Freedom
Handout: Florence Frontier League 1

2002 Gets Underway
We kick off the 2002 season this coming Sunday (April 21st) against the Dayton Braves in a double header beginning at 1 PM. Game will be at Wright State University. Be at the field no later than 12 NOON!(directions below)

From the South
I-75 north to I-675 north
I-675 north to North Fairfield Road (Exit 17). Follow sign for North Fairfield Road (not WSU)
Turn left on North Fairfield Road, travel approximately 1/2 mile to Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn left on Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn right at the second traffic light onto University Blvd.
Follow the signs to the Visitor's Parking Lot

From the East or West
I-70 to I-675 south
I-675 south to North Fairfield Road (Exit 17)
Turn right on North Fairfield Road, travel approximately 1/2 mile to Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn left on Colonel Glenn Highway
Turn right at the second traffic light onto University Blvd.
Follow the signs to the Visitor's Parking Lot

Schedule Set for Opening Week
The Cobalts begin the 2002 Regular Season Campaign Wednesday the 15th at Caldwell Field (only play two games there this year) versus Montgomery Inn at 6:30PM.

Thursday 8:30 at Hille versus the Mullets, then Friday versus Tim's Team at Roselawn #1 at 8:30Pm.

Full season will be posted under "Schedule" section of this web site in next few days.

Cobalts Salute our Very Own Serving the Country

Cobalts Win 20th for Fifth Straight Year

Cobalts Capture Outlaws in Game 2

CoBALTS Feast on Receptions Squad

CoBALTS Take Down the Cincinnati Stars 6-2

Cobalts Build Steam on the Last Train to Yorkville

Cobalts Let One Slip Away 3-2

Paully Tosses a No-No for AABC Tourney Win

Hilltoppers Get Revenge
In a practice game scheduled to benefit both teams' hopes of an AABC Championship, the Hilltoppers came ready to revenge the earlier loss. The CoBALTS were handed a good dose of humble pie as they did everything except catch, throw, and hit the ball.

Fall Season Starting
Tow Truck
Thanks to STI Towing and Repair of Walton KY (859-485-1234) for sponsoring our Fall Season that begins Sept. 9th thru Oct. 21st. All Cobalts are invited to play in these Sunday, 7 inning games. STI has provided new shirts and caps for the Fall Season. Please check the "Schedule" and "Calendar" sections after 9/4 for times and locations.

Cobalts 2A Runner-Ups at Roy Hobbs
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Unfinished Biz
The Cobalts went into the 2001 Roy Hobbs World Series with a mission: show the "Over 30" Baseball Community what Cincinnati Baseball is all about. With a second place finish (in only our second year going to Ft. Myers) we did just that.

Victories were recorded over the Minnesota Saints, Tennessee Naturals, Akron Diamondbacks, Knoxville Royals (2A Defending Champs), and the New Jersey Tissue Boys.

Outstanding performances were turned in by many Cobalts during the 8 game tournament but it was the TOTAL TEAM that delivered the Silver Medals. Just a few highlights were:

Pitching Leaders: T.R. O'Brien and Vic Carreon (2 Wins each, ERA's below 2.00), Shane Schirmer (1 Win, 4 games pitched), Dave Bauer (2 starts, 19 gutty innings), Jeff Dietz and Mick Pardee (multiple saves and holds).

Offensive Leaders: Team MVP Rob Stineman, Todd Hiler, Jeff Christmann, Barry Martin, Tim Klanke and John Mulvey.

Defensive Gems: Frank Arnold, John Christmann, Doug Michelsen, and Mike Barbieri

Special Note: Game Winning Offensive and Defensive contributions from Brian Akers and Ken Hatfield were key to the Cobalt's success. Thanks Hilltoppers.

Great Tournament Everyone (including our Fans!) But finishing second still leaves us with Unfinished Business...

Golden Boy

Handout: 2001 Roy Hobbs

Roy Hobbs
CoBALTS Headed for World Series
Flights and reservations are set as the 2001 CoBALTS prepare for another visit to the Roy Hobbs World Series in Ft. Myers, FLA. The first four games are set and are highlighted by 2 games in the Terry Park Stadium where Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb played their minor league games. Check the schedule for opponents and times. Look forward to seeing everyone there. Be safe!

CoBALTS Beating the Pants Off Competition
Everyone (except Coach) got into the act last week to post two big wins over the Eastside Allstars and the Redwings. Winning pitchers Charlie Dieruff and Greg Meyers were helped by timely hitting as the CoBALTS move to 13-1. With the State Tournament only a week away, the CobALTS will need to keep the momentum up. Tonight, the up-and-coming Anderson A's look to upset a slightly overconfident CoBALT squad.

CoBALTS Explode in Season Finale
Overcoming a two run deficit, the CoBALTS once again proved that they are "the team to beat" in Cincinnati winning 5-3 over the Anderson A's. For the ninth straight game a CoBALT (Doug "Laser" Michelsen) has gone deep to help seal a victory. Shannon Morgan finished the season a perfect 6-0. Greg Meyers gets the save.

Cobalts 10-1 After Win Over Reds
The Cobalt Machine again ground down their opponent holding off the Reds to post an 8-4 win Friday night. Power generated by Doug Michelsen and Todd Hiler, speed provided by John Mulvey, and pitching out of jams by Vic Carreon, Scrote, and T.R. O'Brien was the winning recipe. Next up: Montgomery Inn on Wednesday.

Coach Leaves Squad
In the heat of a championship run, Coach is packing up and going to Key West. He says the trip is to scout out new talent for the boys. He leaves the squad in the capable hands of Bo Stineman. Be good 'Balts. Coach will be back soon!

CoBALTS Keep on Rollin'
Cobalts Big Mo
Continuing to pick up momentum for the State Tournament, the CoBALT "Big Rig" used defense, pitching and power to roll-over the tough Montgomery Inn squad 9-0. Pitching another gem was Shannon Morgan (7 inning shutout for his 6th straight victory). The infield turned 3 double plays to help end Montgomery Inn rallies. Lil'Balt Tim Klanke went deep twice (and got Frank plunked) for the second time this year.
CoBALTS now stand at 11-1 on the season.

Strong Season Comes to an End
Posting a 17-3-1 record, the CoBALTS finished as runner-ups in the State AABC Tournament this weekend. Victories over the Harrison Logans (10-0), Dayton Rebels (5-4), and Blue Note Stogies (11-8) were highlighted with many great individual performances particularly T.R. O'Brien (3 games pitched, 2 Wins, 1 Hold) and Nick Fritsch ( 10 for 15, with an OBA of .722). Despite losing to the Blue Note Stogies in the Championship Round in a 4-3 nail-biter, the CoBALTS did take the season series versus the Stogies, 2 of 3 games. These were the Stogies' only losses of the season.

This One Goes to Eleven
11 games and counting unplayed due to rainouts. It's getting old Pete Delkus.

Staff ERA is still 0.00 !
After 5 games, the CoBALT pitching staff has combined to give up a total of only 6 runs, ALL UNEARNED! Led by starters Shannon Morgan (4-0) and Victor Carreon (1-0) with help from long time staff aces T.R. O'Brien and Mick Pardee and newcomers Charlie Dieruf and Greg Meyers, the CoBALT's arms are carrying the team.   

CoBALTS Beat Stogies 3-2
A bottom of the 7th suicide squeeze by Tim Klanke scored Todd Hiler (3-3, 2runs) to lift the CoBALTS over the Blue Note Stogies. Overcoming 5 fielding errors and a few baserunning blunders, the CoBALTS break a personal four game jinx against the Blue Note Stogies. Shannon Morgan was again dominating going all 7 with no earned runs. The malted beverages after the game tasted oh-so-sweet!

Redwings and CoBALTS Play for Practice
Due to a scheduling SNAFU by the Umpire Association this game was played as a practice. Then before the 5th inning could be completed, rain dumped on the CoBALTS. Net Result: No Game Stats are counted! (including the two bombs hit off Bobby and Scrote).

Down Goes Mick
Mick Pardee, starting his first game of the season Wednesday, left the game in the 1st inning after experiencing extreme shoulder pain. Team doctor, Brad Parker, diagnosed the problem on the field and gave this commentary: "He's screwed!" Pardee vows to return quickly and said he was going to the Diesel House of Meds to continue on with his career. More, as the story develops.

CoBALTS Beat the Improved Reds
Despite striking out 8 times in only six innings, the CoBALTS held off the vastly improved Reds 5 - 1. Barry Martin crushed his first dinger of the year in the first inning with Nick Fritsch aboard. Newcomer Greg Meyers gets the win and Charlie Dieruf gets the save. Next up: Royals at Roselawn.

CoBALTS Dodge Bullet
After jumping out to a 7-0 lead on the Cardinals, the CoBALTS fell asleep. We woke up to a 12-8 deficit going into the sixth but in time to score 8 runs in the last inning for a 17-12 win. T.R. O'Brien left his crying kids on the sideline to shut down the Cardinals for 2 2/3 innings and got the Win. Barry Martin and Lit'l 'Balt Tim Klanke (2) went large for the CoBALTS. Reigning MVP Bobby Crooks took one for the team when he sacrificed his ailing arm to give T.R. time to warm up. Bob knew he'd be taking a chance on being "done" for the year, but he realized the 'Balts needed him and gave us what he had. The unusually poor defense kept him on the hill far too long, and he finally had to remove himself from the game. Hopefully, with a few weeks rest, Bob can return healthy, as he is the most versatile player we have. Up next: Cheviot and the 'Toppers!

CoBALTS Lose a Tough One
Leading 5-2 with two outs in the top of the 7th inning, the CoBALTS couldn't hold the lead as Tim's Team gets revenge for an earlier 3-0 loss. The CobALTS fought back in the bottom of the inning: Nick Fritsch lead off with a walk and Barry Martin followed with a frozen rope off the left-center field wall. Two perfect relays nailed the speedy Nick at the plate. Barry's shot missed being a "walk-off" dinger by 14 inches. Charlie Dieruf gets the first loss. A dejected Brad Parker was heard after the game as saying, "Beers at Pelican Reef?"

World Series Stats Finally In (see Handout)
Shannon Morgan and Steve Stigler shared MVP Awards
Handout: Roy Hobbs '03 Stats

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