Archive for July 15, 2014

cfd SAINTS II 14U BASEBALL TEAM WINS CARMEL CUP TOURNAMENT

cfd Saints Champs

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

KOKOMO, Ind. – The cfd Saints II 14U baseball team traveled to the Carmel Cup Tournament and played its best baseball of the year. After rolling through pool play with a perfect 3-0 record, the Saints dominated the 10-team field and captured the Cup championship with a 6-0 win over the Fishers Tigers.

“We finally got hot for a weekend and won 6 games in 72 hours,” said Saints manager Brent Owens. “It was a weekend when all three phases were working for us.  Offensively we scored 47 runs, defensively we played some error free games and made several great plays and our pitching staff only gave up nine runs in 36 innings.”

With the No. 1 seed in the knockout round of the tournament, the Saints (21-16-2) topped the Indy Jets 12-2 in the quarterfinals and Zionsville 4-3 in the semi-finals to set up the championship showdown with Fishers.

Kacy Wilson picked-up a pair of wins on the weekend, including a six inning effort against Zionsville. Wilson allowed just three earned runs in nine innings while striking out eight hitters.

Cooper O’Neal pitched nine innings on the weekend including a complete game shut-out against Fishers in the title bout. O’Neal recorded eight strikeouts in the contest.

Ashton Guyer and Grady Davis pitched complete games for victories and Kolten Gifford got a victory against the Jets in the quarterfinals.

“Kacy Wilson got his eighth win on the season and has been a mainstay for us on the mound this year,” said Owens. “And when Cooper O’Neal is on, he is an awesome pitcher.”

Offensively, Gifford led the charge going 9-20 with two doubles and four RBIs over the course of the six games. Jaret Humphrey finished 7-14 with four RBIs while O’Neal also had seven hits, four RBIs and a pair of doubles. Peyton Tracy ripped three doubles among his six hits while knocking home six RBIs. Wilson was 6-12 with three RBIs. Bailey Owens tied for the team lead with six RBIs while ripping five base hits and Chandler LaMott had two doubles among five hits and three RBIs. Rounding out the offense was Davis with four hits and three RBIs, Peyton Johnson with a triple and three singles, Wynn Takacs with a pair of hits and Guyer with two home runs.

“Ashton Guyer crushed a home run that went about 350 feet,” said Owens. “This is a great group of young men and we really represent Western, Taylor, Kokomo and Lewis Cass well; it is a fun group to be around.”

For more information on cfd Saints II baseball, visit the programs website at www.cfdsaintsii.com. The Saints will host tryouts for the 2015 team on Aug. 9 at 2 p.m.  at the cfd Field on Goyer Road. For more information on the tryouts, contact Owens at (765) 438-0635.

KOKOMO NATIVE JOE THATCHER TRADED TO LOS ANGELES ANGELS

Joe Thatcher

LOS ANGELES – On July 5, The Los Angeles Angels acquired left-handed relief pitcher Joe Thatcher and outfielder Tony Campana from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder Zach Borenstein and right-handed pitcher Joey Krehbiel.

Thatcher, a 32 year-old Kokomo High School graduate, has appeared in 37 games this season out of the Arizona bullpen, pitching to a 1-0 record and 2.63 ERA (24 innings pitched, seven earned runs) with 25 strikeouts and three walks. His 8.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season ranks second in the National League behind Clayton Kershaw (9.73).

Thatcher has an active streak of 23 consecutive appearances without walking a batter (13.1 IP, 53 batters faced) which is the longest active streak in the Majors and is a new Diamondbacks franchise record. Since 2007, he ranks third in the Majors in inherited runners scored percentage, having stranded 242 of 300 inherited runners (80.67 percent).

Thatcher was originally signed as a Minor League free agent by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005. He was traded to San Diego on July 25, 2007 and made his big league debut with the Padres the following day. He appeared in 287 games with San Diego from 2007-2013, posting an 8-11 record with one save and a 3.18 ERA (198.1 IP – 70 ER) before being traded to Arizona on July 31, 2013. In 59 career games with the D-backs, Thatcher has gone 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA (33.1 IP – 14 ER). He has held left-handed batters to a .221 batting average against (92/417) for his career. Overall, owns a 9-12 lifetime big league record and a 3.26 ERA (231.2 IP – 84 ER) with 242 strikeouts and 78 walks.

The Kokomo southpaw is currently second in most Major League games played by a KHS graduate. He trails Tom Underwood by 32 games, 379-347.

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Angels and Sports Journal

THE RETURN OF BASILBALL

Basil Mawbey after winning a state championship with Lewis Cass. (Photo courtesy of IUPUI)

Basil Mawbey after winning a state championship with Lewis Cass. (Photo courtesy of IUPUI)

BY DEAN HOCKNEY

KOKOMO, Ind. – Not many coaches have words invented on their behalf that become part of the sports lexicon. But Hall of Fame boys basketball coach Basil Mawbey is one of them. In the world of Hoosier Hysteria, Basilball is a term used to describe defensive pressure that leads to turnover points – and it was coined for the tenacious defense that was taught by Mawbey. After local stops in Kokomo and Lewis Cass, the retired educator will return to the local sidelines this fall as the new boys basketball coach at Taylor High School.

On July 2, Taylor Athletic Director Steve Dishon announced that Mawbey has accepted the position and was scheduled to go before the school board for final approval on July 16.

Mawbey, with his Basilball defense, is one of the most decorated high school basketball coaches to have ever roamed the hardwood in Howard County. Inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, Mawbey has a career record of 675-259 – good for ninth all-time among Indiana boys basketball coaches.

He won a single-class state championship with Connersville in 1983, coached Kokomo to a single-class state runners-up finish in 1989 and a Final Four in 1997, and led Lewis Cass to Class 2A state title in 2003. His 248 wins are third-most in Kokomo history behind fellow Hall of Famers Joe Platt (260) and Carl McNulty (256). He won 75.6 percent of his games at Kokomo (248-80), which is second best all-time to Platt’s 76.5 percent (260-80). And when it comes to defense, his teams hold six of the top 10 spots on the all-time list at Kokomo (45.8 points per game in 1996-1997).

At Lewis Cass, he led the Kings to a 147-42 record in eight seasons. He took over a Cass program that had five consecutive losing seasons and immediately won the 2001 sectional title with a 22-2 record. The Kings were 20-0 the following season but were upset by Taylor in the first round of the sectional. In his third season, the Kings hit pay dirt, running the table at 26-0 before winning the state title 57-48 over Forest Park – it marked only the seventh undefeated state champion team in IHSAA history. He never had a losing season at Cass, and overall, Mawbey went 33 consecutive years with a winning record.

After leaving Cass, he led Broad Ripple for one season and won the 2010 Indianapolis City Tournament title, ending a 24-year draught at the tourney for the Rockets. He retired from active coaching in 2010 and has served as a consultant for several colleges, including Purdue, IUPUI and Gulf Coast University.

Mawbey takes over a Taylor program that was 20-45 in three years under Andy Lewman, who departed after accepting a teaching position at Yorktown High School. The Titans have not had a winning season since Jeff Fisher led the squad to a 12-9 record in 2009-2010 and have had losing seasons in nine of the last 12 campaigns. The Titans have four sectional titles, all in Class 2A (2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006) and under Fisher.