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Thursday, October 5
Cobalts CHAMPIONS...Win the TRIPLE CROWN
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CRC, NABF, and Roy Hobbs!
Shannon Morgan and Paully Krause combined in an exciting 9-7 Cincinnati Roy Hobbs Championship Game. Tom Taylor, Mike Hatfield, and Todd Taylor (HR) all collected 3 hits in the victory...the 45th Cobalt win of the season.

By Winning the Roy Hobbs Title, the CRC Championship, and the NABF Regional Tournament Championship, the Cobalts have done what no other team in Cincinnati Amateur (Semi Pro) Baseball has ever done!!!

Congrats to ALL current and former Cobalts who have been part of the family for these past 20 years...you all deserve this place in Cincinnati Baseball history!

Appreciate both Young and Ol' Balts who made this year a special season.

Now let's go win that RING in Florida!



Tuesday, August 8
NABF Regional Tournament FINAL...Cobalts CHAMPS!
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The Cobalts finish the Round Robin Tournament with a 3-1 Record. This gave us the Championship birth because in head-to-head play versus the Stogies, the Cobalts won by a score of 3-1.

Final Standings:
Cobalts:   3-1
Stogies:   3-1
Chiefs:    2-2
Cheviot:   2-2
Meridians: 0-4

Friday (8/11)...Cobalts 10 Chiefs 4
The Cobalts took on the youthful and energetic Chiefs who had a solid season. The Cobalts jumped out early and scored runs in the first 4 innings which gave Shannon Morgan enough breathing room to continue his streak of incredible pitching in big games. Hitting was spread around with some big hits coming from Mike Hatfield, Frank Arnold, Brandon Beyerlein, and Steve Stigler.

Saturday (8/12)...Cobalts 3 Stogies 1
Paully Krause took his sore aarrrrmm to the hill and threw a 4 hit GEM against the always tough Stogies. Jess Bechard's solo HR was the game sealer. This was the 2nd straight victory in Tournament Play over the rival Blue Note Stogie Squad.

Saturday (8/12)...Cheviot 2 Cobalts 1
Mikey Taylor threw tough into the 6th inning but Jeff Saunders recorded his second straight win against the Cobalts allowing just one run.

Sunday (8/13)....Cobalts 6 Meridians 0
Cobalts needed a shutout to guarantee the tie-breaker potential and still had Wags and Becker yet to throw. So, they threw a shutout. An early 5 run 1st inning was all the Cobalts needed to put this one away.

Congrats to all the CRC League Champion Teams and best of luck in the 18+ Roy Hobbs World Series this coming week.


Sunday, October 29
Cobalt Train Runs Out of Steam....Finishes 3rd Place in World Series
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Bronze Medal Better than No Medal
Taking the field for the 9th time in 6 days, the Cobalts spotted Pittsburgh an eight run early lead and couldn't come back, finally falling 11-6 in the Semi Final Championship Game.

Cobalts limped into this one with blown hammies, quads, calfs, roto-cuffs, and a bit short-handed but never gave up.

Brian Akers once again lead the offense and his .435 Tournament Batting Average won him the Team's MVP Award...Akes, as usual, left it all out on the field and played almost all 81 innings in center field.

Thanks to all Cobalts for a great run and fun trip to our seventh World Series.appreciate everyone's committment to the cause!


Friday, October 27
Cobalts Send Home Mud Cats, Jet Box, and Suds
Roy Hobbs
Winning their 5th Game of the World Series the Cobalts are still alive and one of only 3 Teams remaining in the 2-and-out Tournament.

Shannon Morgan returned to dominating form throwing 9 inning complete game Victory over the Murfreesboro Mudcats 3-1.

Keith Becker went 8 strong in the Win versus Jet Box. Mikey Taylor gets the save. Stiggy's 3-run HR and Bo's 3-run Triple sealed the big Win over the #1 seeded Box.

NEXT came our old friends, The Cincinnati Suds. Funny the two teams should meet again for the 5th time this season...In a typically exciting Suds/Cobalt Game, the 'Balts pulled out a 5-4 Victory. Dave Prosser went 8 for the Win. Mike Bailey gets the save. Hitting came from Todd Taylor, Stiggy, Mikey Taylor, and another Suicide Squeeze by Captain Bo scored Mulves from third.

Two more Wins on Saturday will deliver the RING! We face Pittsburgh at 1:45 and then if Win, face Akron A's at 7:30 in City of Palms Stadium (site of our 3A Championship).


Saturday, August 5
Cobalts YOUR Cincinnati CRC City CHAMPIONS !!!
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CITY CHAMPIONS AGAIN !!!
A long Friday night ended in a split with the CRC's Final 2 Teams: Cheviot and the Cobalts.

In Game #1, Jeff Saunders worked hard to get out of jams and the Cobalts left 10 men stranded in a 3-1 Loss. Good news was Mike Wagner threw well but Cobalts just couldn't get the big hit.

In Game #2, Coach turned to Ol' Red, Shannon Morgan and he proceeded to throw ANOTHER shutout in a convincing 6-0 Win. That win sent the Series Championship to a Game #3 played Saturday afternoon.

In the Championship Game, the Cobalts scored 2 in the first on clutch two out hits from Mike Hatfield and Steve Stigler. Then added a 3rd run in the 2nd inning with ANOTHER Suicide Squeeze play executed perfectly by Captain Bo Stineman. Pat "young stud" O'Brien caught every Tourney Game and is worthy of mention as a game-changer both behind the dish and at the plate. He hit a bases loaded triple to seal the deal.

From there it was all Paully Krause whose arm was sore from the beginning but nutted up a complete game gem!

Cobalts will have played 9 games in 6 days as the grind of tournaments overlaps with Roy Hobbs League play. Combined with 2am nights, there may be a few Cobalts looking for jobs and new spouses...I appreciate the efforts boys! Great Tourney!

NOW ON TO THE NABF REGIONAL where a familiar cast of locals lay in wait for the tired 'Balts.

First game is Thursday night at Roselawn 8:30 vs. Chiefs


Tuesday, March 14
CoBALTS Accept Bid to the "Battle on the Banks"
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A very tough tournament has been organized by the host Louisville Stallions for this Memorial Day Weekend. The CoBALTS will square off against the Kentucky Commonwealth's 3 toughest teams in Louisville on Sunday, May 28th and Monday, May 29th.

The round-robin format includes:
Cincinnati Cobalts
Louisville Stallions
Tradewater Pirates
Western KY Rattlers

4 games in two days will be a nice early test to see if the new-look CoBALTS have what it takes. Gear-up for another CoBALT Road-trip!


Check our Memorial Day competitors' Web Sites by clicking on logos below.


Saturday, April 8
Q Makes it Thru Brain Surgery
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He Never Was a Pretty Thing
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On a serious note...John "Q" Christmann, an Original Cobalt of 20 years, has been struggling the past several years with vertigo, naseau, and head-aches only to find out the cause was a tumor of the brain. Good news is that it is not cancerous AND he is recovering from surgery this past Friday.

Obviously, a great relief to all family and friends, especially his wife and two young sons.

Please keep your thoughts and prayers aimed towards Q's quick recovery so that he may once again claim his title as "fastest man on the team" and prowl the outfield in his #23.

Get well soon, RedMan!


Q23

Sunday, April 23
CoBALT Squad at Full Strength - Roll Over Royals 18-2
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Locked & Loaded in '06
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The optimism and high expectations going into '06 were delivered in Game #1 with a strong 18-2 victory over the Cincinnati Royals.

The Royals, who were last year's National League champs, jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead. But then it was all Cobalts.

Home Runs from Wags (3-3) and Captain Bo (2-4) lead the hit parade with help from Akes and his lob wedge (3-4, 2,2Bs). Pitching was dominant with Shannon Morgan getting the Win. Paully and Wags each also threw 2 scoreless innings.

So far so good!    Next up: Cincinnati Astros (Sunday 30th at McNick 9AM)


Sunday, April 30
Cobalts Sit on Lead, Beat Suds 8-6
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'Balts sat on lead and almost got burned
After jumping out to an 8-1 lead, the Cobalts sat on it like a "front-wiper" to post their 2nd Victory of the season. Shannon Morgan held the Suds to only 2 runs in 6 innings and then it got interesting in the 9th. Stiggy gets the Save, PJ Eilerman posts two nice innings in a "hold" situation.

Hits came from many 'Balts spread throughout the potent line-up. Tom Taylor and Jess Bechard provided defensive web gems that kept the Suds at bay.

NEXT:
Wednesday (May 10th) at 7:00pm (be at field 6:00pm)

Versus: Bulls at Crosley in Blue Ash

Uniform: same as game 1&2 (gray pants, navy jersey, gold sleeves, navy hat,sox,belts)




Saturday, May 20
Cobalts Win by the Skin of their Teeth: 3-2 over Rangers
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Win by Skin of our Teeth
Shannon Morgan and Keith Becker combine for 10 strikeouts in a rain shortened 5 inning victory.

The Cobalts collected over 10 hits but mustered only 3 runs...Richie Ayala 2-3, 2runs, Stiggy 2-2, 2RBI. also collecting 2 hits apiece were Bo, Akes, and Spriggs Monster.

Cobalts sit at 3-0 in young 2006 season.
Next up: Cheviot Patriots at McNick, Sun. 9:30 AM (wear the same blue jerseys).


Monday, May 22
KHat Plunked for Peeking, Cobalts Explode over Patriots 15-3
Khat Peeking?
Wonder what KHat saw?
Ken Hatfield has been catching all his life and knows what happens to "Peeping Toms." So when the Patriots pitcher wrongfully accused and plunked KHat for peeking at signs, things got interesting...bottom line: Cobalts Win 15-3.

Paully "pink eye" Krause gets the Win with help from Shannon Morgan and El Vic-a-tor Carreon.

Hitters were many led by Tom Taylor and Brian Akers going yard.

Your Cincinnati Cobalts now stand 4-0 in 2006.

Next up: Bulls at Crosley Field under the lights, Weds. 8:30pm.



Thursday, May 25
Arnold "Longshanks" Goes Gold Glove in Win over Bulls, 7-4
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Shanks Was Golden in LF
Under the lights of Crosley Field, the Cobalts beat the Bulls 7-4 behind Keith Becker's 8 strikeouts, 0 runs, in 4 innings. Brian Akers gets the Save with two scorless ininngs of work as well as 2 hits, 2 runs, and 2 RBIs.

But the story of the night was the outstanding left field play of one Frank Longshanks Arnold..."Shanks" usually lives behind the plate but Wednesday night he took his mit, his poor eyesight, and his rabbits foot out to left field and dazzled the Bulls hitters with several great catches.

Cobalts now stand at 5-0 going into the Battle of the Banks Tournament in Louisville, KY.

You can bet the studs from the Commonwealth are loooking to beat-up the Buckeye Boys from Natti in the 2 day round robin being played at Derby City...First test of the combined Cobalt Squad featuring both young and slightly "mature" roster players.

Sunday: vs. Louisville Stallions 2:00pm at Derby City, Second Game also versus Stallions immediately following

Monday: Tradewater Pirates 12noon followed by West KY Rattlers at Derby City


Tuesday, May 30
Cobalts Win 3 of 4 in Louisville "Battle on the Banks"
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Franky, Stiggy, and Daddy Hat celebrate 3 Wins
The Cobalts took their act on the road over the Memorial Day weekend playing in the Battle on the Banks Tournament at Derby City.

In Game #1, Shannon Morgan took the pill and threw a gem going all 7 in a 4-2 Win over the Louisville Stallions. Steve Stigler (2-3 with a 2 RBI double) led the offense with two hits each from Akers, Stineman, and Todd Taylor.

In Game #2, Paully Krause went 4 scoreless to get the Win. He was aided by a "hump-it-up" scoreless relief inning from Shannon Morgan and then 2 scoreless from Mike Taylor in the 6-0 shutout victory over the Louisville Stallions. Morgan also thought the 95 degree, 100% humidity day was a good time to catch the last 2 innings...not bad for a freckled 31 year old party machine.

Game #3 had a slightly hung-over travel squad of Cobalts come out flat against a tough, young, and sober squad from Tradewater...heck, most weren't old enough to buy beer anyway. But no excuses, the Pirates took it to the Cobalts 9-3 for our first loss of the season.

Game #4 was a gut check as the sun beat down the old 'Balts and added throbs to the heads of the young new Party 'Balts but Keith Becker went 5 strong innings in a 5-3 Win over the Western KY Rattlers. The Snakes were also a fine young team with plenty of spirit until the end...always a good idea to get out of the dugout and shake hands boys!!! But that spirit may have been dampered by the great relief work of 45 year old El Vic-a-tor Carreon who pitched thru bad hammies with 2 scoreless innings - atta boy Vic! Offense was led by Tom Taylor 4-4 with 3 RBIs.

In addition to Morgan's animal performance on day #1, worthy of mention was the great play in all 4 games of second baseman Todd Taylor who hit, fielded, and ran the bases leading the team to 3 nice wins.


Thursday, June 1
Cobalts Chow on Ranger's Pitching in 14-3 Win
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The boys lined up at the bat-rack and made a short night of it in a 5 inning Win over the Rangers.

PJ Eilerman gets his first Victory of the season going the distance, striking out 4 and giving up only 6 hits.

Tom Taylor (3-3), Captain Bo (3-3), Wags (2/3 3RBI), Daddy Hat (2/2 2RBI), and Jesse Bechard (2/3 3RBI) led the Feeding Frenzy.

Cobalts now stand at 9-1 in 2006 with a tough test versus Montgomery Inn tonight at beautiful Hille Park 6:30pm.


Monday, June 5
Cobalts Pad the Stat Book with 18-0 Win over Brew Crew
Padding
Cobalts just a bunch of Bra Stuffers?
The Cobalts got done early enough for noon mass in a lopsided 18-0 Win over the short-handed Brew Crew this past Sunday.

Tim Klanke solved his fear of metal bats and went 3/4 with 5 RBIs and an HR. Mike Hatfield added his own HR with 3 RBI's (thanks to Stiggy). Glen "Deputy Deuce" Hock went 3/4, Todd Taylor 3/4, Stiggy 3/3, and even Wags snuck a high-chopper hit in before the day was done.

Wags went the shortened distance but still managed to strikeout 10 Brew Crew hitters and giving up just one hit.

Tougher week coming:
Weds 6:30pm: Yankees at Sycamore HS (RH 28+ wood bat)
Thurs 6:30 pm: Cheviot Patriots at Roselawn #2 (CRC 18+ wood)
Fri 6:30 pm: Blue Note Stogies at Roselawn #2 (CRC 18+ wood)

Cobalts now stand at 10-1


Thursday, June 8
Paully Super Again! Crushes Yankees 9-1
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Paully Packin' Somethin'
Paully Krause continues to "pack the steal" as he throws a 3 hit, 8 strikeout, complete game victory over the Yankees Wednesday night.

Wags brought the lumber as he goes 2/3 with a double and 3 RBIs. Boo and Bo also combine for 2 RBIs each with 2/3 nights.

The Cobalts scored early and often in this one and never looked back.

Next up: Cheviot (Thurs) and Stogies (Fri) should make for some good games. Come on out to Roselawn Park and enjoy a Natural Lite with the boys...both games are 6:30pm start times.

Your 2006 Cobalts are now 11-1   


Friday, June 9
Morgan Throws 2-Hitter in Win over Cheviot Patriots
CrazyRedHead
Morgan Works-out with 30 ouncers
The Crazy RedHead pumped it up again as Shannon Morgan stifled Cheviot bats to only 2 hits in a 2-0 Victory.

The Patriots threw their own tough redhead, Jeff Saunders, who also threw a nice game keeping the Cobalts down to only one real rally but it proved to be enough.

Mikey "Lit'l T" Taylor came up big with the two out hit scoring the only 2 runs. The rest of the Cobalts scattered 9 hits but couldn't plate any further runs (well, except for that one run that Hock scored but was negated due to umpire insanity).

Anyway, Cobalts take the hard fought Win and suit up again tonight versus the Stogies (6:30 at Roselawn).

Your 2006 Cobalts improve to 12-1


Footnote to #3: I think he REALLY was trying to hurt your skull...Hey Batter Batter!


Saturday, June 10
Stogies Bloody Cobalts' Noses in 5-1 Loss
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Stogies draw 1st blood
The Cobalts came back after a nice win with a big fat yawn...and paid for it.

The always tough Stogies put a pre-pubesent left-hander on the hill who worked out of early jams and then the 'Balts allowed him to go on cruise-control.

Rocky Curnayn acconted for the lone Cobalt run with a solo (jaeger) bomb to left.

Not much really to talk about in this one except that maybe a little bloody nose will help wake up the Cobalts and avoid more sleepwalking into CRC League Games.

Record stands at 12-2


Sunday, June 18
Cobalt's New Canadian Hoser Helps in Two Victories
Canadian Hoser
Cobalt's Like dem Hosers
Jess Bechard (an illegal baseball alien from Canada) helped lead the Cobalts to 2 CRC victories this week.

In Thursday night's victory, Shannon Morgan stifled a Swinger squad that was led mostly by the home-plate ump who took the hill in their first inning and did damage to KHat's batting average. Bottom line: Cobalts 5, Swingers 1

Friday night's gig went 11 innings with Mike Taylor throwing a strong 6 2/3 innings against a powerful Cheviot Squad that included many guys who looked like Suds. Then, Brian "hump it up" Akers took over and held down the Patriots in relief for 2 1/3 innings. Fianlly, Patrick O'Brien (who still wishes he had his Uncle TR's power) scored the go ahead run in the 11th.

That's when the Canadian Stallion, Bechard stepped up and took the pill, bounced a few up to the plate but somehow got 3 outs and the Save.

Cobalts now stand 14-2.


Monday, June 19
Becker Too Sexy for Rangers in 12-2 Undressing
BeckerAtFreedom
Right Said Keith
Keith Becker threw a 14 strikeout complete game Sunday versus the Rangers in Win #15 for the Cobalts.

But the real story this Father's Day was Beck's 2 at-bats that resulted in 4 RBIs, 1 HR and 1 Double.

Tom Taylor also added to his impressive totals with a 3-4 day and 3 RBIs.

Johnny Mederer, yes YOUR #13, also had 2 hits as did fellow Roof Man, Akes.

Cobalts now stand at 15-2.


Thursday, June 22
Deuce Delivers Da Goods in 2-1 Victory over Cubs
Deuce
Semi Nude the theme this year?
Glen "Deuce" Hock delivered when needed with a 2 RBI single in the 3rd inning Wednesday night versus the Cubs.

Shannon Morgan made those 2 stand-up as he pitches another complete game gem allowing just 4 Cubs hits.

The game might have ended in under 60 minutes had the Cubs pitcher been able to break the speed limit with his pitches but gravity has a way of playing funny games with moon-balls. Just thankful Stiggy took the night off!

Didn't matter. Cobalts win their 16th of the year.


Saturday, June 24
Paully Bedazzles Devil Dogs with a No Hitter, Cobalts Win 3-0
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Paully Liked What He Saw
Paul Krause threw his second lifetime Cobalt No-No Friday night versus the Devil Dogs. Paully faced a total of 22 batters in the victory with the lone runner reaching on an error.

Big Paul was virtually untouchable with some of the old zip and the patented slider coming from the 3rd base line.

Jess Bechard once again led the offense with 2 RBI. One from a Solo Blast over the high right field wall...in a hurry. The 3rd run came on a Frank Arnold single scoring Mike Taylor.

Cobalts improve to 17-2 and face a tough Astro Team on Sunday

(wear Old Gold jersey, white pants, navy hat and sleeves)


Monday, June 26
Cobalts UGLY in 15-14 Loss to Cincinnati Astros
Ugly
Happens when you're parking lot watching
Giving up 9 UN-EARNED runs in the first 4 innings Sunday doomed the Cobalts to their 3rd loss of the season.

Stiggy took the hill and pitched well for 7 innings but the patch-work defense (Vic in left and Coach on 1B...enough said) couldn't help from giving the Astros 4-5 outs an inning.

A semi-valiant offensive come-back fell one hit short of a victory but that's what you get when you have 15 of your 25 man roster missing.

Back at it this week with tough games coming:

Weds: 6:30pm at Ryle High School vs. White Sox
Thurs: 6:30pm at Roselawn #2 vs. Cincinnati Force
Fri: 6:30pm at Roselawn #1 vs. Blue Note Stogies


Thursday, June 29
Cobalts Find the Field then Take Care of White Sox 10-0
car jump
PJ flew in from Hamil-tucky
Ryle High School is not on the way to anywhere (except Diesel and Mick's Crittenden, KY homes) but enough Cobalts barely made it to the field on-time to take care of the Roy Hobb's National League leading White Sox 10-0.

Akes took the hill in the first throwing a perfect 1-2-3 inning and then Shannon Morgan threw the rest giving up only 3 hits for the Win.

Jess Bechard was 3-4 with a first inning HR that set the table for the route.

Akes, Captain Bo, and Richie Ayala all added 3 hits each. Morgan also was 2-3 at the plate.

Next up: The Cincinnati Force at Roselawn tonight (Thurs) at 6:30
(wear white pants, gold jersey, navy hat, navy sleeves)

Cobalts now stand at 18-3


Thursday, June 29
Becker Shut-outs Cincinnati Force College Boys in 5-0 Win
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I'd drink too if Beck plunked me
Keith Becker goes the distance scattering 4 hits in 7 innings to record the Cobalts 19th Victory. Beck was a little wound-up for this one and brought several pitches well over 90 tonight.

The Cobalt offense was distributed throughout the line-up with big hits driving in runs in 3 different innings.

Pat O'Brien, Richie Ayala, Zack Schmidt, Brando Beyerlein, and Todd Taylor all knocked in runs.

We wish The Force and their coach, tournament Cobalt Scott McVey, best of luck as they will represent Cincinnati in the NABF College World Series in Toledo.

Next up for 19-3 Cobalts: BLUE NOTE STOGIES, PART II. Bring the Natch's and your 'Balt Fan Gear to Roselawn Park Friday night 6:30
(uniform: gray pants, navy jersey, gold sleeves, gold hat)


Sunday, July 2
Stogie's Blow Bad Smoke, Down Cobalts 7-2
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We Stinky!
The Stogies put their young lefty back up on the hill and he took care of the Cobalts for the second time this year.

Stogies have accounted for 2 of the total 4 losses this year, all on Friday night games when the boys in blue and gold look like we have somewhere else to be.

Hand it to the Stogies, as usual, they are a team to be reckoned with in the CRC.



Thursday, July 6
Cobalts Feeling Rocky Mountain High After Throwing 1 Hitter
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It was medicinal only
Mike Wagner and Jeff "Scrote" Dietz combined for a 1 Hitter in a Wednesday night victory over the Rockies 10-0.

Richie Ayala, Mike Hatfield, and Deuce Hock all collected multi-Hit games.

Deuce was also the Hit King with a double and walk-off single ending the Rockies pain.

Next up: Cincinnati Challenge (8:30 thurs. at Roselawn) and Cheviot (6:30 friday at Roselawn)


Friday, July 7
Cobalts Beat by Cincinnati Challenge 3-2
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but we looked good before!
The Cobalts had almost as pretty a line-up as they can put on paper but it didn't matter as the Cincinnati Challenge did just enough to put the 5th loss of the season on us.

Shannon Morgan held the Challenge to only 3 hits but combined with a couple errors and a walk-that-haunts, he gets the tough loss - his first of the season.

Tom Taylor seemed to be the only Cobalt with a wood bat that worked more than once this Thursday night. But hats off to the Challenge starter who took the pill and shoved it up our canals...Another example of how strong CRC Baseball is!

Tonight is Cheviot - who is looking for revenge times 4...hope we bring a little more muscle and less fluff to this one.


Friday, July 7
Cobalts Win 1-0 over Cheviot in Friday Night Fantastic Game
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Brando Stole the Show...and yes, he was SAFE!
The Cobalts and Cheviot Patriots dueled late into the game with neither pitcher (Cobalt Keith Becker and Cheviot Aaron Moll) giving an inch.

Then in the bottom half of the sixth, the Cobalt's Brandon Beyerlein reached 3rd base with 2 outs. On the second pitch, Brando safely stole home which turned out to be the decisive and only run.

Keith Becker could not have been stronger against a very tough Cheviot line-up. He was helped by some great pickin' over at 1st base from veteran Captain Bo Stineman.

The Cobalts win their 21st game of the season in the exciting Cobalt fashion that has been a trademark for 20 years.

Next up: Royals at Xavier Univ. 9am Sunday


Monday, July 10
Deuce and Ike Lead Cobalts Over Royals 14-5
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Ike Likes the Red Ones - they're HOT
Paul Krause and PJ Eilerman combine for the Win on the hill but Mike "Ike" Browning (5-5) and Glen "Deuce" Hock (4-5) do the damage at the plate.

Cobalts pounded out 25 hits on the spacious grounds of Xavier University with one of the 25 leaving the yard and bouncing over Victory Parkway...that came off the bat of one Robert Boo Rachel who returned to the Cobalts line-up after a long leave of absence.

Also returning to "heavy duty" was Mike Hatfield who gobbled up several well hit aluminum bat shots down to first base in his first field work of the year.

Overall the Cobalts stand 22-5.


Monday, July 10
Cobalt's Coming Attractions and First Half Review
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Only Laid a few Eggs in First Half
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22-5 at the All Star Break might feel good to some but truthfully, a lot has been left on the table for the Cobalts in this 2006 campaign.

In reviewing the losses, we can see many missed opportunities but all were against quality opponents. Two losses to the Stogies is kinda tough to swallow but we have at least 3 more games against the newly tooled Stogie bunch. The loss to Tradewater KY Pirates was tough until you look at their 27-1 season record and #3 National Ranking...

Anyway, overall I'd call the first half a success. New additions to the team have all been positive. And things could be much worse given that many of us are playing day-in-day-out together for the first season.

Now looking forward, here are some key dates to mark on your Cobalt calendars:

* July 30 - Aug 5th: The CRC City Championship Tournament

* Aug 10 - Aug 13th: The NABF Regional Tournament

* Aug 17 - Aug 20th: The NABF World Series (Louisville)

* Aug 23 - Sept 27th: The Roy Hobbs City Championships (played on Wed/Sun)

* Oct 21 - Oct 29th: The Roy Hobbs World Series in Ft. Myers Beach, FL


Thursday, July 13
Cincinnati Baseball Washed Out
TsunamiMnster
Monster in there?
Two days of rain have washed away ball diamonds all across the Tri-State area leaving Semi Pro baseball players with nothing to do but spend time with family

Try again Friday night:
6:30pm at Roselawn vs. Devil Dogs (wear blue jersey, gray pants, gold sleeves & hat)


Saturday, July 15
Lit'l T Handles Devil Dogs 7-1 while Old Staffers look on
MickandDiesel
Mick and Diesel ask Wags, "what you got?"
Mikey Taylor (Lit'l T) looked strong in 6 innings of CRC work Friday night. Giving up just one run and a handful of hits, he kept the Devil Dogs off balance all night with the help of his battery-mate Shannon Morgan.

The offense was helped by several key Devil Dog miscues but Glen Deuce Hock stayed hot (2-2) and Mike Hatfield coerced a couple RBIs to help the Cobalts cruise to a 7-1 victory...their 23rd of the season. Nick-o Fristch also created havok on the basepaths helping drive home 2 runs.

Several Highlights on the night:
* Former Cobalt Staff Aces Mick and Diesel came out to the park and enjoyed cheap beer while passing judgement on the world from the bleachers.
* Shannon "Gamer" Morgan donned the plate tools for the first time this year and looked solid - as long as the ball wasn't popped up.
* Mike Hatfield proved he hangs out too much in Norwood bars by dominating the Shuffleboard table.

Next up: Cincinnati Suds Bishop Fenwick in Middletown (10am Sunday) wearing gold jerseys.


Sunday, July 16
Long Ball and Morgan All Cobalts Need to Beat Suds 5-3
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kinda looks like that with shirt off
Shannon Morgan once again proved his incredible ability to hump it up in big games by going all 9 innings in a 5-3 Cobalt victory.

This is Morgan's second victory of the season over the tough Cincinnati Suds team.

The Cobalts' bats were working it deep on this day as 3 HRs accounted for all 5 Cobalt runs. Jess Bechard got things going with a solo BOMB that might still be in orbit. Then Ricardo Ayala went deep in the 4th with another solo shot.

The huge hit of the game came in the 9th with the scored tied at 2-2 and Tom Taylor drove one deep over the left field fence to give the Cobalts a 3 run lead.

Then Morgan dug deep and talked Coach into letting him finish...which he did in usual fashion.

Cobalts are now 24-5 on the season with a tough stretch of games coming up as CRC ball heats up.


Wednesday, July 19
Dog Days Bite Cobalts
DogDays
we played like toothless old men
In Thursday late night action, the Bulldogs of Cincinnati out hustled, out ran, out chirped and chattered their way to a 3-2 victory over the Cobalts.

Cobalt bats were squelched by a another kid several birthdays away from legal Natural Lites.

Cobalts played like a dog despite Keith Becker throwing a 3 hitter.

The loss leaves the Cobalts at 24-6 on the season


Saturday, July 22
Cobalts Get Clutch Again in 5-3 Win over Stogies
Bulging
M.Hat thinks something popped
Shannon Morgan did what he always does, goes out and gives you a chance to win. This night, he gives up only one earned run against the hard hiting Stogies and earned another big victory for the Cobalts.

After tossing the ball around the field and spotting the Stogies a 2-0 lead, the Cobalts battled back with big RBI hits coming from Pat O'Brien, Ricardo Ayala, and Mike Big Daddy Hatfield whose game-winner came after a freak arm blow-out.

On a 3-1 pitch, Daddy Hat swung thru a fastball and felt something pop...it was only his entire elbow blowing out of his skin. But, as old veterans do, M. Hat drove the next pitch into right center scoring 2 with two outs.

Thanks to the Umps who hung thru an hour plus of a lightning delay to allow this game to get played...good job boys.

Next up: Roy Hobbs action vs. Cheviot Patriots 9am Sun. at West Hi.


Monday, July 24
Cobalts Swing Heavy Metal in 20-9 Win over Cheviot
akesMetal
Akes can still wango-tango
After spotting the Cheviot Patriots a 5-0 lead, PJ Eilerman settled down to throw 7 decent innings to get the Win. El Vic-a-tor Carreon closed it down with a scoreless final 2 looking strong in another key hold situation.

Playing on perhaps the nicest amateur field in the Tri State area (new West Hi), the Cobalts matched early metal blasts with the Patriots.

Then Brian Akers lead two mid-inning rallies with gapper doubles knocking in 2 baserunners each.

The Win over the Patriots is the 5th this year thanks to both teams pulling double-duty in two leagues this year...round #6 comes this Friday.


Wednesday, July 26
CRC City Championship Tournament FINAL
The CRC has not hosted a City Tournament for some 5 plus years but a return to this annual rite of passage brings back memories of past glory (and agony).

The 24 Teams competing in the CRC in 2006 have raised the level of play to new a level. Young first year teams have beaten old veteran squads and some old veteran squads have re-tooled and become stronger than ever.

All should make for a GREAT City Championship Tournament...You can download the brackets from the file attached below this article but i will attempt to update games as results are available here on the site:

Saturday (8/6)
Championship: Cobalts 9   Cheviot 0

Friday (8/5)
Game#20: Cobalts 6 Cheviot 0
Game#19: Cheviot 3 Cobalts 1

Thursday (8/4)
Game#17: Stogies vs. Cobalts.......Cobalts
Game#18: Bulldogs vs. Cheviot......Cheviot

Tuesday (8/2)
Game#13: Stogies vs. Arsenal........Stogies
Game#14: Game Day vs. Cobalts.......Cobalts
Game#15: Meridians vs. Bulldogs.....Bulldogs
Game#16: Chiefs vs. Cheviot.........Cheviot

Monday (8/1)
Game#9: Alpha Tau vs. Stogies..................Stogies
Game#10: Montgomery Inn vs. Game Day............Game Day
Game#11: All Stars vs. Meridians................Meridians
Game#12: Cheviot Patriots vs. Devil Dogs........Cheviot

Sunday (7/30)
Game#1: Alpha Tau vs. Delhi Degen....Alpha Tau
Game#2: Aces vs. Game Day...........Game Day
Game#3: C&C Allstars vs. Shockers...C&C All Stars
Game#4: Devil Dogs vs. Bombers......Devil Dogs
Game#5: Arsenal vs. Black Sox.......Arsenal
Game#6: Cobalts vs. Colonels........Cobalts
Game#7: Bulldogs vs. Seminoles......Bulldogs
Game#8: Chiefs vs. Yorkville........Chiefs

Winners on Sunday advance to second round versus seeded teams (seeding done by total "win points" across all days played in CRC)

Handout: CRC City Tourney 06

Friday, July 28
Wags Throws Shutout in 18-0 Win over Mariners
Wags
Wags still has his wiggle
Mike Wagner has been fighting a sore arm all year but everything looked fine in a thrashing of the Mariners Wednesday night.

Jess Bechard once again lead the offense with 4 hits including a Grand Slam.

The victory was the 27th win for the Cobalts in 2006.


Sunday, July 30
Cobalts Beat Astros 7-3 in Roy Hobbs Battle
MonsterHeat
Monster sees ball real good
The 1st and 2nd place teams in the Cincinnati Roy Hobbs League suited up in the Sunday morning steam with the Cobalts coming out on top.

Paully Krause was once again a Stud going all 9 innings and working out of multiple jams. He struck out 8 batters in logging the big Win for the Cobalts who are now 17-1 in Roy Hobbs play.

Mike Wagner had the big hit of the morning with a 2 out 2 RBI double.

The Cobalts are now into uncharted territory as we try to balance the Roy Hobbs regular season schedule and the CRC City Tournament and NABF Regional...should make for some fun.

Also: Monster is Back !!!


Sunday, July 30
Cobalts Beat Colonels 5-1 in Game #1 of City Championship
Taylor Boys
Taylor Boys got it going on
Mikey Taylor settled into a nice rhythem and allowed only 3 hits to a talented Colonels team (featuring former 'Balt Tony Schaffner).

Throwing the last 3 innings without allowing a hit, Lit'l T looked strong.

Big Brothers Tom and Todd Taylor lead the offense by scoring 3 of the 5 Cobalt runs.

Mike Wagner again was big with the RBIs knocking in 2.

Next up in the Championship Tourney: Winner of Aces and Montgomery Inn Tuesday night at 6:30pm @ Roselawn (wear gold jersey).


Wednesday, August 2
Cobalts Silence Game Day Cafe in 12-0 Victory
gotgame
we had a short one!
What started as a nice little tournament game turned into a bit of a trash-talking SmackDown with young "dudes" thinking they were going to teach the Old Cobalts a lesson. What happened in the next hour was:

Shannon Morgan chuckled and threw a shutout.
Tom Taylor swatted the flea off his hip and went 3-4.
Pat O'Brien knocked a 2 run HR into the next zip code.
Nick Fritsch knocked in 3 RBIs with a double.
Jess Bechard showed off for Mom & Pop with 3 doubles.

Cobalts enjoy frosty adult beverages after only 74 minutes of work...and to the Game Day Cafe Kid's credit, they displayed good sportsmanship once the game was decided.

Next up: Wednesday Roy Hobbs vs. Orioles at Ryle HS

Next up CRC Tourney: Thursday night- Blue Note Stogies in Final 4


Thursday, August 3
Cobalts Clean-Up Orioles 13-1
birdpoop
Monster got pooped on
In a Roy Hobbs league game squeezed into the middle of Tournament Week, the Cobalts showed up strong and avoided any let-downs with a 13-1 trashing of the Orioles.

With PJ Eilerman throwing well, the game was never really in doubt, except when 1st Baseman Monster Spriggs allowed an Oriole baserunner to dupe past him which cost us a run.

While some think the ump may have missed the call, many fans for the Orioles danced with delight and laughed at poor Monster. Then they turned on their "sound system" mockingly playing Air Supply music.

Next up: Back to Tournament Work vs. Stogies tonight at 7pm at Roselawn.


Thursday, August 3
Cobalts Pull Old Tricks in 6-3 Win over Stogies
Suicide
Akes sure can Squeeze
The Cobalts Advanced to the CRC City Championship Finals last night with a good win over the always tough Stogies.

Mikey Taylor was forced into an Emergency Start and kept the Stogies scoreless thru 2 innings of work. The Cobalts then struck with a couple of runs using an old favorite, the Suicicide Squeeze (much to Stogie coach Doug Gundrum's delight).

The Squeeze was executed perfectly by Samurai Akers who fended off the forehead aimed fastball laying down a perfect bunt.

From there, the Cobalts gave the pill to Keith Becker who didn't get loose for a couple of innings (it must have been the pants) but kept the Stogies to 3 un-earned runs for the Victory.

The entire line-up contributed from top to bottom. Tom Taylor was 2-4 with a big RBI double that put the Cobalts ahead for good.

The Win puts the Cobalts in the City Finals with the Cheviot Patriots in a Best 2 Out of 3 Championship.
It could be all decided tonight with a double-header beginning at 6:30 at Roselawn.


Monday, August 7
Monster Gets the Win in 13-3 Victory over Brew Crew
MonsterNews
save a horse, ride a monster
Back to Roy Hobbs League action as the Brew Crew blew into McNicholas with upset on their minds.

El Vic-a-tor Carreon pitched well going into the 6th but then another "cat-mating scream" ended his outing with bad hammies. So Monster Spriggs was wheeled out to the mound and promptly shut down the Crew.

And, his teammates started to find some holes and ultimately got the Monster his first Win of 2006.

More Roy Hobbs action Wednesday night at Crosley Field (8:30) vs. Royals (wear gray pants, navy jersey, gold sleeves and gold hat).


Thursday, August 10
Cobalts Soil Themselves in 9-8 loss to Royals
SoiledSelves
Sorry TR
On the Eve before NABF Regionals, the Cobalts hoped to sneak a win out of Roy Hobbs league play and almost succeeded.

Blowing an 8-4 lead going into the last inning, the Cobalts dropped their 8th loss of the season. To their credit, The Royals and their CF played inspired ball.

File this one under the heading: " $&!# Happens "


Monday, August 14
NABF World Series....Cobalts Finish 1-3
NABF
After winning the CRC City Championship and NABF Regionals, the Cobalts headed to Louisville to play 9 other Regional Champions from across the United States.

The Opening game versus the powerful Jet Box from Detroit had the stiff Cobalts dropping a 12-2 game. Errors and lack of clutch hitting against a tough pitcher were the story.

In game two the Cobalts got their act together and played good defense behind the always spectacular Shannon Morgan. Clutch hitting by Steve Stigler and Mike Hatfield brought home the winning run in the 9th for a 3-2 Victory.

Game 3 against the host team Louisville River Rats started rough and stayed rough in a 9-3 loss. The heat, humidity, and blown hammies and calves started to take it's toll against a very solid young River Rat squad.

Game 4 was the heartbreaker as Keith Becker threw 8 shutout innings and Frank Arnold hit and scored the go ahead in the 9th only to see it erased by a 2 run rally in the bottom half as the Cobalts dropped to the Latin American Florida Cardenals 2-1.



Thursday, August 31
Cobalts Finish Roy Hobbs League Play in 1st Place
Roy Hobbs
With a 22-2 record and two wins over the rival Cincinnati Suds Team, the Cobalts finish as the #1 seed going into the League Tournament.

Recent victories include wins over the Astros (Morgan gets the win) and the Bulls (Wags gets the win).

The Cincinnati Roy Hobbs Tournament will begin next week. It is a 2 and Out tourney that will be played primarily on Wednesdays and Sundays.



Friday, September 1
Cincinnati Roy Hobbs Tournament
RumbleBalts
we tough enough???...nice shirt Deuce
The Cobalts will try to make it a clean sweep of the Queen City after first winning the CRC City Tournament, then the NABF Regional, the Roy Hobbs Regular Season, and now the Roy Hobbs Cincinnati League Tournament Championship.

The Tournament continues this Sunday with the following Upper Bracket seedings and pairings:

#1 Cobalts vs. #5 Bulls>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Cobalts
#2 Suds versus #3 Astros>>>>>>>>>>>>> Astros

#1 Cobalts vs. #8 Brew Crew..........Cobalts
#4 Patriots vs. #5 Bulls.............Bulls
#3 Astros vs. # 6 Royals..............Astro
#2 Suds vs. #7 Rangers................Suds

The games are nine innings and it is a "2 and Out" Tournament format. It may also be our last games ever played with aluminum bats as the league looks to make a permanent switch to all wood.

Go 'Balts !!!


Monday, September 18
Cobalts Win But Another Pitcher Voted Off Roy Hobbs Island
Morgan Hatch
He Hate You because you're proud
view full size
The Cobalts remain Undefeated in the 2006 Cincinnati Roy Hobbs Tournament with a 16-11 Victory over the previously undefeated Astros.

The Win was costly though, as the already short-handed Cobalt Staff (No Monster, Becker, or El-Vicator due to innings played ruling) lost Shannon Morgan for next game after a "misunderstanding" with the home plate "umpire".

Tom Taylor lead the game off with an HR and the Cobalts went on to build a 9-1 lead. But the Astros battled back to take back the lead until Paully Krause came in to retire 9 of 10 last batters while the offense re-sparked scoring 16 total.

Now the Cobalts wait while the other 3 teams remaining (Bulls, Suds, and Astros) battle it out to play the 2 and Out final round(s).

Another Tourney, More Drama....but we're such nice guys!


Thursday, October 12
WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE
tiki2
Back to the Tiki Hut - one more time!
Here we go again....Cobalts need to wash them jerseys and pack the bags for another Ft. Meyer Beach visit to the Roy Hobbs World Series (Oct 21-29).

The first four seeding round games have been posted for the 4A Level:

Sunday 3:00 PM at Lee County Stadium vs. Pittsburgh
Monday 1:45 PM at Lee Cnty #5 vs. Jet Box
Monday 6:00 PM at City Palms Stadium vs. Minn. Bandits
Tuesday 10 AM at Lee Cnty #2 vs. Murfeesboro Mudcats

"Two-and-Out" 8 Team 4A Tournament begins on Thursday morning.

Nothing would be sweeter then a RING to top of this Triple Crown Season!!!


Saturday, April 8
Get Ready...2006 Season is Here!
RH05vic
Lady's Man says, "Spruce-up 'Balts"
view full size
OPENING DAY is set: Sunday April 23, at McNick (9AM) versus Royals.

The Roy Hobbs Schedule has been finalized with the next two months shaping up like:

Sunday April 23 vs. Royals at McN 9am
Sunday April 30 vs. Astros at McN 9am
Sunday May 7th vs. Suds at Midland 9:30am
Weds. May 10th vs. Bulls at Crosley 7pm
Sunday May 14th NO GAME (Buy Mom somethin' nice!)
Weds. May 17th vs. Rangers at Crosley 6:15pm
Sunday May 21st vs. Cheviot at McN 9:30am
Weds. May 24th vs. Bulls at Crosley 8:30pm

(all games above are aluminum bats because they are American Division League Games)

Get ready for CoBALT Season #20...YeeHaa !!!


Tuesday, November 21
Cobalts Wrap-up 2006 Championship Year
Accomplishments during this 50 WIN YEAR were many:

NABF Regional Champions

CRC City Champions

Roy Hobbs League Champions

Roy Hobbs World Series Bronze Medal

.355 Combined Team Batting Average

2.05 Combined Staff ERA

4,100 Natural Lites Consumed

Thanks to all "Triple Crown" Cobalts who contributed to a great year!!!

Download the file below to see the Full 2006 Season's Stats.


06NABFteam
Handout: 2006 Combined Stats

   
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