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NWLA Tournament Pitching Opponents

By: Spencer Bogad


The SWBL Cardinals have been competing in the NWLA Tournament since it's beginning. Over the years, the Saint Louis wifflers have competed against some of the finest competition that this special game has to offer.


We wondered: "Who are the best pitchers that WE have hit against in a NWLA Tournament game over the years?"


This article takes a dive into that very question, ranking each pitcher we faced over the last five NWLA Tournaments (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020). The ranking will only look at the stats of the pitcher from the year we faced, said pitcher. For example, this article will not mention Tyler Flakne from 2020, because we did not face him in 2020, we faced him in 2017. Get the idea? Also, not every pitcher we have ever faced is in this article, only the ones that we graded as "Great Pitchers".


18.) 2020 - Chandler Phillips (WSEM) Game: 4 IP, 6 SO, 2 ER; Tournament: 11 IP, 24 SO, 5.45 ERA


17.) 2017 - David Ayers (KWL) Game: 5 IP, 6 SO, 4 ER; Tournament: 10 IP, 17 SO, 3.60 ERA

16.) 2018 - Kyle Von Schleusingen (AWAA) 6 IP, 14 SO, 5 ER; Tournament: 19 IP, 42 SO 3.47 ERA

15.) 2020 - Chris Sarnowski (MAW) Game: 4 IP, 11 SO, 4 ER; Tournament: 4 IP, 11 SO, 4.00 ERA

14.) 2020 - Ryan Bush (OCWA) Game: 6 IP, 16 SO, 2 ER; Tournament: 12 IP, 29 SO, 2.50 ERA

13.) 2017 - Matt Butrym (HFWL) Game: 3 IP, 9 SO, 3 ER; Tournament: 10 IP, 26 SO, 3.60 ERA

12.) 2016 - Ryan Bush (OCWA) Game: 6 IP, 14 SO, 1 ER; Tournament: 12 IP, 27 SO, 1.50 ERA

11.) 2020 - Alec Buchman (CCW) Game: 6 IP, 14 SO, 1 ER; Tournament: 11 IP, 25 SO, 0.55 ERA

10.) 2016 - Chris Roeder (OCWA) Game: 6 IP, 12 SO, 1 ER; Tournament: 12 IP, 22 SO, 1.00 ERA

9.) 2016 - Brett Detmar (LWA) Game: 4 IP, 10 SO, 0 ER; Tournament: 10 IP, 20 SO, 0.60 ERA

8.) 2020 - Mike Hogan (KWL) Game: 7 IP, 10 SO, 3 ER; Tournament: 16 IP, 27 SO, 1.12 ERA

7.) 2016 - Stephen farkas (WSEM) Game: 6 IP, 13 SO, 2 ER; Tournament: 14 IP, 31 SO, 1.29 ERA

6.) 2019 - Mike Speek jr (CCW) Game: 15 IP, 29 SO, 1 ER; Tournament: 20 IP, 42 SO, 0.30 ERA

5.) 2019 - Ryan Bush (OCWA) Game: 6 IP, 16 SO, 1 ER; Tournament: 20 IP, 54 SO, 0.30 ERA

4.) 2018 Ryan Bush (OCWA) Game: 6 IP, 15 SO, 0 ER (No Hitter); Tournament: 14 IP, 36 SO, 0.00 ERA

3.) 2017 - Stephen Farkas (2nd Time) (WSEM) Game: 6 IP, 14 SO, 0 ER; Tournament: 22 IP, 53 SO, 0.27 ERA

2.) 2017 - Stephen Farkas (1st Time) (WSEM) Game: 10 IP, 23 SO, 0 ER; Tournament: 22 IP, 53 SO, 0.27 ERA

1.) 2019 - Kyle Von Schleusingen (AWAA) Game: 6 IP, 17 SO, 0 ER (No Hitter); Tournament: 19 IP, 51 SO, 0.63 ERA


A few notes:

- Matt Butrym from 2017 was dominant. His 3 ER allowed were due to an injury in the 4th inning. He stayed in the game, walked 3, then pulled himself. The relief pitcher allowed the runners to score.

- The Cardinals lost a game in which they scored 5 runs on K Von in 2018. Yikes.

- 2019 K Von was unanimously the most dominant pitcher the cardinals have ever faced. The cardinals put 1 ball in play. He only walked 2 batters.

- Mike Speek Jr used the most “craftiness” the Cardinals have seen. Not the fastest pitcher, or the most movement on his pitches, but one of the highest pitcher IQ. He used off speed in a way we hadn’t seen before.

- Cardinals are a combined : 1 & 10 when facing K Von, Bush or Farkas.


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