Welcome to the new Baseball Tasmania website!

10th September 2014

League information

In 2007, after a fifteen year hiatus, a baseball competition returned to Hobart under the banner of Baseball Tasmania. The competition continued under this name until the 2013/4 season when the competition was renamed the Hobart Summer Baseball League, with Baseball Tasmania the governing body.

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A New Beginning:

Mercury June 13th 2007

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RIP Phil Hughes

Sincere condolences to his family and friends. It is a very sad day.

Blue Jays fly home with Hotel Soho sponsorship!

The Blue Jays, through Baseball Tasmania, are proud to announce that they have secured sponsorship from Hotel Soho for the 2014/15 season. Promotion of Hotel Soho will appear at all Blue Jays' games, on the website and in any media relevant to the Jays. Whilst the sponsorship is directly linked to the Jays, the league has an opportunity to gain benefits through this. Each paid member of Baseball Tasmania will receive a Hotel Soho membership card which entitles them to discounts for food, drinks etc, details of which will be provided to team managers in due course. Thank you to Grant and Nigel from Hotel Soho for their support and to Zac Shutt of the Jays for his hard work in securing the sponsorship. http://www.hotelsoho.com.au/ David

Junior baseball....the future of our game!

Baseball Tasmania is looking to the future! ...

If you are passionate about the sport of baseball, and would like to see kids playing our great game, then read on.

We are putting together a sub-committee to investigate re-establishing junior baseball and T-Ball in Hobart. As such we are looking for expressions of interest from suitable people who want to have input into getting this off the ground. Ultimately, we are looking at having some junior baseball and T-Ball being played in late 2015. Note: you do not need to be a baseball player to be involved.

Email us at baseballtasmania@yahoo.com by 30th November if you would like to be considered for this role.

David Searle (President) and Nigel O’Brien (Junior Development) 

Present and the future....

The 2014/15 HSBL season has gotten off to a wonderful start, albeit with some glitches along the way which hopefully will be resolved at the committee meeting on Monday evening. Thank you to all the players participating in this season's competition as it is your dedication and enthusiasm which has helped make the games so exciting to both watch and to participate in.

Special thanks go to the team managers who, with expanded squads this season, have had the unenviable task of juggling players so that everyone gets a fair go. Of course, the enjoyment of the games is also helped by the members who dedicate their time to umpiring and scoring and the league extends our thanks to these members as well.

Special thanks must also go to Peter Hubble for organising and conducting the activities for our training nights and to David Bailey for his support. Players who have attended the training nights have said how much they have enjoyed them and this is down to Peter's experience, dedication and willingness to help improve players' skills. 

This season, we have seen many younger players join our ranks and whilst this is great for our immediate future, our long term future depends on introducing the game of baseball, whether it be in the form of t-ball or junior baseball, to those under the age of 15 yrs. To this end, we are inviting people, and not necessarily from a baseball or softball background, to contact us to advise in what capacity they are willing to help. 

As part of this move to introduce our sport to juniors, we will be conducting t-ball activities for ages 4 to 9 at Cornelian Bay this Sunday from 2pm to 3pm (more details are shown in a post below).

David

Supporting our neighbours; the State Championships of the Open Softball Women.

On December 6th and 7th, the State Championships of the Open Softball Women will be played at Prince of Wales Bay.

There will be teams competing from Launceston and Ulverstone as well as three teams from Southern Tasmania. One of the southern teams will be the Special Olympics team which recently won a silver medal at the National Special Olympics in Melbourne. Former Athletics' player, Jordan Edwards, is a member of this team and the team is coached by his father, a stalwart of baseball in Hobart, Dave Edwards who is also a fomer Athletics' player.

There will be a night game on the Saturday with the bar and kiosk operating throughout the championship. If you can, get along and support the softball; exciting games are guaranteed. The championship will not impact on our games on the Sunday, other than there will be more vehicular and pedestrian traffic than normal. A roster for the games will be added shortly.

Thanks to Laurie Newman for providing this information. David

T-ball sessions are back!!

At the end of last season, our Junior Development Officer Nigel O'Brien, conducted some easy going t-ball sessions for children aged 4-9 years. These proved to be very popular and are returning for the new season, the first session to be held on Sunday 30th November. The sessions include basic stuff such as running around the bases, hitting off a tee, throwing etc. To round off the fun afternoon, it has been suggested grabbing an ice cream at the nearby Boathouse kiosk!! 

Details:

When: Sunday 30th November 2014

Where: southern end of Cornelian Bay near the gravel car park

Time:   2pm to 3pm

Please keep an eye on our Facebook page or the website for any variations on these details, particularly with regards the weather.

David

Scott Bacon invites you......

Baseball Tasmania members are invited to attend a Community Xmas BBQ to be held on Friday 12th December 2014.

Venue: 353 Main Road Glenorchy

Time:   12.30 pm to 3.30 pm

If any members would like to attend, please let me know by Friday 5th December. David

 

The week ahead.......

 

Thursday 27th November 2014:     Dragons V Blue Jays    5.45 pm to 7.45 pm

Sunday 30th November 2014:       T-ball sessions at Cornelian Bay 2 pm to 3 pm

Monday 1st December 2014        Committee meeting Soho Hotel 7.30pm

Tuesday 2nd Decemeber 2014     Optional training  6pm to 7.30pm

Wednesday 3rd December 2014   Blue Jays V Eastern Athletics  5.45pm to 7.45pm

Thursday 4th December 2014       Dragons V Northern White Sox 5.45pm to 7.45pm

 

Australian Baseball Federation Membership

In response to our registration of players, the ABF has today issued confirmation of each player's membership. This confirmation email provides important information including a benefits' program. Some players neglected to provide email addresses so their confirmation email have been sent to Baseball Tasmania. If you did not receive notification, please let me know. David

35 and Over Masters team

From Friday March 27th to Sunday March 29th 2015, inclusive, the Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival will be held in Ballarat.

Next year, we will not only be sending a 45yrs and over side but also a 35yrs and over side. From my own experience, this is a wonderful sporting event in which to participate and an opportunity to represent your state.

In order to be eligible to participate in the carnival in this age group, you need to be 35 yrs old as at 31st December 2015 AND be a paid member of Baseball Tasmania.

If you are interested in being a member of this team, please contact Chris Chalker (Northern White Sox) on 0407 579 039. David

Match report: Northern White Sox V Athletics November 26th

A scoreline of 8-0 would indicate the Eastern Athletics had a comprehensive victory over the Northern White Sox but in reality, the good pitching by Sox pitchers, Matt Cashman, David He and David Humphries was let down by some defensive lapses of which the Athletics took advantage. Having said that, the Sox were unable to generate any offence against the great pitching of Sully and Justin Robins and whereas Athletics bats found gaps, Sox bats found only players. The other feature of the Athletics' game was the solid defence highlighted by third baseman, Hamish Maitland. Andrew "Sully" Sullivan scored three runs for the victors and Grant Stump drove in two runs. Thanks to Dave Coad for umpiring and to Jared Rush for scoring. David

Match report: Eastern Athletics V Dragons 19th November 2014

 

Innings

1

2

3

4

5

Total

Hits

Dragons

1

3

1

4

7

16

14

Eastern Athletics

7

1

0

0

2

10

8

 

When Brenton West drove in two runs for the Athletics to cap off a seven run first innings, things looked bleak for the Dragons but behind four innings of solid pitching from Brendan Adams, they gradually overhauled the Athletics to win 16-10.

The Dragons began their fightback in the second innings with the consistent Rhys Watts driving in two runs in the top of the innings and the appearance of Brendan Adams on the pitching mound for the bottom of the innings. Adams would pitch four innings of three run ball with nine strikeouts as he overpowered the Athletics' batters. A seven run fifth innings capped off the Dragons' comeback with walks and a two run single by Paul Johns, proving critical. David Bailey was the only batter who had multiple hits for the Athletics though Nigel O'Brien and Brenton West drove in three and two runs respectively.

For the Dragons, it was a team effort with Watts (2 for 2) with 2 walks and 3 rbi's; Harris (3 for 4) with a home run and 6 rbi's and Paul Johns (2 for 4) with 3 rbi's, the prime movers.

Thanks to Dave Coad for umpiring and to Norm Johns for scoring.

News headlines

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Cleats (footwear) and left hander's gloves now available

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Sinclair's Health & Fitness has just announced arrival of cleats and left hander's gloves

Match photos

27/10/2014

Photos available in gallery of opening round and round two game between Blue Jays and Dragons

Member login

09/10/2014

Access to "member only" items and updating personal information

New member info & membership fee payments

09/10/2014

"Join now" option under "new member info"

Masters team news

07/10/2014

Developments on proposed Tassie over 35 Master team for next year's Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival in Ballarat

Baseball pants for sale

05/10/2014

Pair of size 36 baseball pants available 

Baseball gear discounts

09/09/2014

10% discount on baseball gear to Baseball Tasmania members

HSBL Grand Final 2013/14

Left to right, Aaron Mann, drives in a run for the Athletics; Dragons skipper Adam de Cotter celebrates with Michael Blake, as the latter connects with a two run homer; Richard Benoit drives in the first run for the Athletics, and Shane Davies watches on as Dean Chamberlain pitches for the Dragons. More photos in the gallery.

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Baseball Tasmania EFT details

Account: Baseball Tasmania

BSB: 037-001

Account number: 481722

 

2013/14 Premiers: Eastern Athletics

2013/14 Premiers: Eastern Athletics

L to R (back) Steve Lovegrove, Aaron Mann, Brenton West, Stuart Smith, John Langenberg, Robbie Devine

L to R (front) Brett Szymanski, Richard Benoit, Andrew (Sully) Sullivan (c), Nigel O'Brien, Grant Stump

Upcoming games

(first named team is home team and will occupy the third base dugout)

Wednesday 26th November

5.45 pm to 7.45 pm   Northern White Sox V Eastern Athletics

Thursday 27th November

5.45 pm to 7.45 pm   Dragons V Blue Jays

Wednesday 3rd December

5.45 pm to 7.45 pm   Blue Jays V Eastern Athletics

Thursday 4th December

5.45 pm to 7.45 pm  Dragons V Northern White Sox

Current ladder

After eight rounds.....

 

 

W

L

Pct

GB

For

Against

Dragons

4

4

0.500

-

80

68

Eastern Athletics

4

4

0.500

-

74

72

Blue Jays

4

4

0.500

-

63

61

Northern White Sox

4

4

0.500

-

55

70

 

 

 

 

 

Statistically minded

For those statistically minded, after round 7 the leaders are:

Batting average top 5 (minimum of 10 plate appearances)
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Steve Harris (Blue Jays)        0.769

Matt Cashman (White Sox)   0.667

Rhys Watts (Dragons)          0.667

Patrick Miller (White Sox)     0.625

David Bailey (Athletics)         0.625

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Home run leader:
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Patrick Miller (Sox) 2
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Walks leaders:
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Zac Shutt 8
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Runs scored:
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Richard Benoit (Athletics) 12

Rhys Watts (Dragons)      11
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On base percentage leaders (minium 10 plate appearances) (these are a bit rubbery as I don't have all the "sacrifice" figures)

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Steve Harris (Blue Jays)        0.8235

Rhys Watts (Dragons)           0.7647

Matt Cashman (White Sox)    0.7000

Patrick Miller (White Sox)      0.7000

David Bailey (Athletics)          0.7000

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RBI (runs batted in) leaders

Chris Chalker (White Sox)  11

Steve Lovegrove (Athletics) 10

Chris Harris (Dragons)        10

Richard Benoit (Athletics)    8

Ryan Oakley (Blue Jays)     7

 

Special thanks must go to Norm Johns and Jared Rush as these stats would not be possible without their devoted time to scoring our games.


David

Back to where we belong!

Opening Day Hobart Summer Baseball League 2014/15

Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Ground

Socially Speaking

This section is for the promotion of social events being conducted round Hobart. Anyone wishing to promote an event, please contact us. David.