NEW CARLISLE- As evident from many of the inflated Earned Run Averages around the Old
Republic Wiffle Ball League, it is no easy task to pitch in a slow-pitch wiffleball league.
However, Matt Serge of South Bend and Tony Koch of Wills Township were able to put
together campaigns on the mound worthy of Cy Young recognition.
Serge narrowly edged out teammate Bob Ellam (2010 AL Cy Young) for this year's honor in
the American League. Ellam put together another fine season on the mound, going 13-5 with
a 7.93 ERA. The left-hander struck out 11 batters in 112 innings pitched.
However, Serge logged a 12-3 record with 4.90 ERA and 9 strikeouts. The Sour Wowers
player/manager won nine consecutive games to start the year. His 9-0 record at the All-Star
Break earned him the starting nod for the American League team even though he was not
officially on the ballot.
Koch, on the other hand, came on strong at the end of the season. The Federalists won 10 of
their last 11 regular season games, in large part because of the arm of Koch. He only pitched
37 innings, but did win all seven of his starts, all of which were complete games. Koch's 3.89
ERA was among the National League leaders.