A recording of the interview conducted on Friday at the studios of Edge Radio 99.3FM, can be found at:
Thank you very much to Edge for their support during the 2013/4 season and for giving us the opportunity to talk about our competition on air.
Announcing that this year's champion team - either Dragons or Athletics - will be presented with a new shield at the end of the Grand Final.
All past winners since the 2007 season will be acknowledged on the shield, and it shall remain in the possession of this year's winning skipper until next year's decider.
Special thanks go to Peter McManus who made the shield by using the old "Minor Premiership" shield from the old TBL days was as a template for the new version.
A representative from Baseball Tasmania has been kindly invited to participate in Edge Radio 99.3FM's "Consuming Sports" program tomorrow at 10am. Edge has been a keen supporter of the Hobart Summer Baseball League in 2013/4 and we are rapt to be given this opportunity to spread the word about our game.
Congratulations to the Dragons Softball team and the Eastern Athletics on making the HSBL Grand Final for season 2013/4.
Semi final 1
An under-strength Sox would have been happy to have only been down 3-0 after the first innings in their game against the Eastern Athletics but eventually, the Athletics's bats pounded them into submission. A seven run bottom of the second innings, highlighted by a two run double by Robbie Devine, set things alight for the Athletics and they were never seriously threatened thereafter. The Sox did have multiple base runners at various times during the game but were unable to get anything going against the fine pitching of Andrew (Sully) Sullivan. Dave Brooks starred in the field for the Sox and Dave Humphries pitched well to hold the Athletics to one run over two innings but other than that, there was not much to cheer about for the Sox. The Athletics now go looking for their third grand final win in a row whilst the two Sox teams will look to put their tumultuous seasons behind them.
Semi final 2
What a game this was!! For the first four innings, this game was a pitchers' battle between Chris Harris of the Dragons and Peter Hubble of the Blue Jays. The Dragons took an early 2-0 lead, courtesy of rbi's by Dan Hughes and Dean Chamberlain, but thereafter, it was slim pickings against the pitching of Hubble. In the meantime, Harris and the wonderful Dragons defence were handcuffing the Jays and even when the Blue Jays did get runners in scoring position, the Dragons were able to get the important outs. The Dragons still led 2-0 going into the top of the sixth innings and it was here that the game was turned on its head. The Jays threatened when Josh Byrne and Steve Millington led off with singles but Pedro Rodriguez turned a great double play and with two out, the Blue Jays looked to have lost their opportunity. However, the Jays were not done, proceeding to load the bases and a single by Steve Harris drove in two runs to tie the game. More drama followed in the bottom of the sixth as Chris Harris led off with a single before an in-the-park home run by skipper Adam De Cotter drove in two runs for the Dragons to reclaim the lead. The elation on De Cotter's face grew as Dean Chamberlain and Michael Blake followed with rbi's and the Dragons led 6-2. Top of the seventh and back came the Blue Jays as Josh Byrne and Steve Millington drove in a run each for the Jays to edge closer. Great catches by the Jays' Ryan Oakley and Dave Coad helped hold the Dragons scoreless in the bottom of the seventh.....which led us into the eventful eighth innings! Mick Hegarty and Steve Harris led off for the Jays with singles and they would come around to score courtesy of Jacob Stump and Peter Hubble, then when Steve Millington drove in two more runs, all of a sudden, the Jays led 8-6. A fired up Dragons side came to bat in the bottom of the eighth with Dan Hughes and Dean Chamberlain leading off with singles. Pedro Rodriguez drove in one run and the jubilation in the Dragons camp was palpable as Phil Swift then doubled in the winning runs. Congratulations to the players of both teams on a wonderful game of baseball.
In order to allow each team the best opportunity to field a full side, the times for Sunday's semi finals have been put back an hour and a half. Amended details for Sunday are as follows:
FIrst semi final 12.00pm: Eastern Athletics V The Sox umpire: Peter Hubble
Second semi final 2.30pm: Dragons Softball V Blue Jays umpire: Nigel O'Brien
If teams are still unable to field full teams, fill ins will be allowed with the following provisos:
1. the fill ins cannot pitch or catch
2. where fill ins are used, only nine players can be shown on the batting sheet. For instance, if a team has seven regulars and three fill ins, only two of the fill ins can be shown on the batting sheet, the third will be a reserve
3. regular team members will be shown on the batting sheet first
4. reserve fill ins will only enter the game in place of an injured player or to replace a player in the field.
The Eastern Athletics will be operating a BBQ and providing liquid refreshments.