Blunt, 1987 baseball team inducted into Cobden Hall of Fame

Former Cobden High School basketball player Harold Blunt and the 1987 Appleknocker baseball team were inducted into the Cobden school’s Hall of Fame prior to the basketball game between Cobden and Goreville on Friday, Jan. 25.

Blunt, a 1989 Cobden graduate, finished with a career high 1,800 points. He was selected to the South Egyptian All-Conference team for three years and was an all-state honorable mention selection.

The 1987 Cobden baseball team finished the season with 38 consecutive wins before losing its final game in the state tournament championship game. The team finished with a 38-1 record.

The team won all-conference honors and earned Class 1A regional and sectional championships. The Appleknockers also hosted and won their own invitational tournament.

Four players earned all-conference honors and three were All-South selections.

The team had a .357 batting average, with the pitchers posting an earned run average of 2.54. The Appleknockers averaged 10 runs a game. Cobden only had 89 outs in 385 times at bat. They had 83 stolen bases out of 86 attempts.

The pitching staff averaged eight strikeouts a game. 

The team hit 39 home runs with three players hitting three or more.

Six players went on to play collegiate baseball and two were named all-state: Gene Vaughn and Eric Chilman.

Team member Janseen Hand went on to play professional baseball.

Long time Cobden baseball coach Blayne Smith was the head coach. Other players on the squad included Tim Basler, Chuck Marks, Robbie Furlow, Mike Dammerman, Gregory Inman, Doug Cutrell, John Fox, Mike Holly, Garrett Betts, Dale Greenwood, Ben Middleton, Barry Gray, Brian Stewart, Chris Chapman, Darrin Duty, Chris Basler, Chris Garver and Phillip Wright.

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