10th September 2014
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.
A New Beginning:
Mercury June 13th 2007
A good, appreciative crowd was on hand at Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Ground for the first round of the Hobart Summer Baseball League season for 2014/15.
Big hitting was the order of the day and it began in the first game between the Blue Jays and the Northern White Sox.
The Sox boast a very strong batting line-up on paper and the Blue Jays soon experienced it first hand as the Sox powered to an 11-1 lead going into the bottom of the fourth innings. Two home runs by Patrick Miller and a grand slam by Chris Chalker, combined with solid pitching by David He, had the Sox off to a great start.
However, once He left the game in the bottom of the fourth, the Blue Jays began chipping away at the lead, scoring five and three runs in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively. Unfortunately, while the Jays were scoring runs, so did the Sox and they held on for a comfortable victory, 16-9.
The eagerly awaited replay of last season’s Grand Final between the Eastern Athletics and the Dragons proved to be a thriller as the teams took turns at leading the game. Both teams were missing key players due to off season injuries but the contest between them was no less intense and showed that both teams will still be forces to be reckoned with this season.
The Athletics took an early 3-0 lead but with a home run by first year player, Kay Hong, the Dragons rallied to lead 6-3 going into the bottom of the third. A grand slam home run by Richard Benoit in the bottom of the third saw the Athletics regain the lead but it was short lived as the Dragons scored two in the top of the fourth. Aaron Mann connected for his first home run of the season to tie the game going into the top of the fifth but the Dragons, with another debutant, Jonathan Park hitting a home run, countered with three runs to take an 11-8 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. Pitching depth could be an issue for all teams this season and it showed here as a Dragons’ pitching change saw the Athletics pound out seven runs in the bottom of the sixth. The never-say-die Dragons would add two more in the top of the seventh but ultimately fall short to lose 15-13.
A great start to the season!
Thank you to the umpires, scorers, BBQ operators and the appreciative crowd.
To ensure players are covered by the Australian Baseball Federation Insurance, it is a requirement that each player pay $50 of their registration BEFORE participating in a game of baseball. The league has a duty of care to its members therefore if the $50 is not paid, you are not covered therefore we cannot allow you to play.
To avoid the registration process encroaching upon your warm up time, it is requested that players print off a registration form from the website (under "forms" in "new member info") and that you arrive at the ground at least 45 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time of your game. David
With the forecast of rain today, I would like to highlight the league's policy towards wet weather and whether a game either commences or continues.
Under the league's playing conditions (found under "new member info" above),
7. a) WET WEATHER. A game cannot commence if it is raining at the scheduled start time. In the event of wet weather during roster games, it will be at the umpire’s discretion as to play stopping and re-starting. Umpires are to make every effort to ensure that legal games (i.e. 65 minutes) are completed, without compromising player safety.
7. b) WET WEATHER PRIOR TO A GAME COMMENCING. If there has been heavy or consistent rain falling in the region of the ground on the day of a game, a member of the League Executive may “abandon” a game at least TWO (2) HOURS prior to the scheduled start time. Furthermore, if the Team Managers and umpire, upon seeing the ground, agree there is too much water on the ground to play a safe game, then the umpire will “call” the game off.
NOTE: Roster Matches which are washed out or abandoned will result in a 9-9 draw, and equal points awarded.
If a game is cancelled, then notification will be posted on our Facebook page and the website as soon as practical after the decision is made. We appreciate that with Hobart's weather, conditions can improve dramatically in the two hour period leading up to the game but the chances are that if there has been constant rain, the ground will not be fit to play on. The two hour notification also takes into account those members who have to travel distance to the games and/or have to make arrangements for child minding etc. David
TEAMS FOR THE OPENING ROUND ON SUNDAY
10.30 am to 12.30 pm Blue Jays V Northern White Sox Umpire Grant Stump
1.00 pm to 3.00 pm Eastern Athletics V Dragons Umpire: Steve Harris
Please check "team news" for teams for Sunday's Opening Round. Some teams have been changed to balance numbers and to allocate new members who attended this evening's Open Day.
People who were unable to attend the Open Days but who would still like to play baseball, are also welcome and will be allocated to teams on the day. These players would still be required to complete a registration form and pay the $50 insurance/ABF component of their fees prior to playing.
It would be appreciated if players could be at the ground to warm up and to register at least 45 minutes prior to each game.
I am pleased to report that we are making progress with regards to uniforms for the Blue Jays, Eastern Athletics and Northern White Sox. Mock ups are currently being made by Allsports Attire and should be available for viewing shortly. Unfortunately, once our order is submitted, it will possibly be a further five weeks before the uniforms arrive but I will do my best to speed up the process. In the team lists, I have indicated with an * those members for whom I have uniform sizes. I will have the uniform samples at the games on Sunday for those members who have not tried them on but I have also attached a sizing chart sent by Allsports for those who would like to advise me in advance.
The league will be selling the uniform tops to Baseball Tasmania/ABF members for $40. I am holding monies paid by members last season so if there are any queries, please let me know. David
This season's roster (shown above in fixtures) will consist of 21 rounds, as much about being able to incorporate Sunday games as it is about ensuring members get value for money with regards the number of games available to be played.
All games will be played at Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Ground with the season commencing on Sunday 19th October with two games and ending with the Grand Final on Sunday 1st March.
The majority of weekday games will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays with games commencing earlier at 5.45 pm and finishing later, weather and light permitting, at 7.45 pm.
There are some important details to note:
At the committee meeting held on Monday 6th October 2014, the following decisions were made in relation to the HSBL 2014/15 season:
The fees for 2014/15 will be as follows:
$185 for seniors and $130 for those members who are under 18, full time students or unemployed. We appreciate this is an increase in last season's fees but this has been necessary to cover increased costs for ground rental and to ensure that the league can provide improved facilities going forward.
To ensure a member is registered with Australian Baseball Federation and therefore covered by their insurance, an amount of $50 off their total fee must be paid before they participate in their first roster game.
Once again, we will have a draw whereby a member can have all their fee refunded if they have paid their fee, in full, by 9th November 2014
Please note: We still have the option of paying an amount per game but these amounts have increased for the 2014/15 season to $15 for seniors and $10 for under 18 etc.
Other important information:
The team lists for each team competing in the HSBL 2014/15 season are shown under their respective team news item above. The teams have been formed based on those existing players who have contacted us and those new players who attended our Open Days, but are by no means complete. If there are any existing players who have not indicated their continued participation or any new players who would like to give our great game a go, please don't hesitate to contact us.
If team managers know of any returning players whose names were not passed on to us, please let me know so I can update accordingly.
New uniforms will be ordered over the next couple of days but given the time of year, they may take a while to reach us. In the meantime, it would be appreciated if team members would wear a top representative of the main colours of their team ie
Eastern Athletics: green
Dragons: traditional uniform
Blue Jays: blue
Northern White Sox: black
Please note: At the present time, there are not enough players to warrant the presence of a fifth team AND not risk a repeat of the issues which confronted us at the end of the 2013/14 season. Accordingly, the members who played for the Red Sox last season and who have indicated their wish to continue on this season, have been allocated to the White Sox team.
The aim of the league is to have an even competition where all members have the same opportunities to play the game of baseball. To achieve this aim, it may be necessary to invite players to change teams and we hope that players would understand that any moves would be for the better of the competition and through that, increase their enjoyment of the game.
If there are any concerns regarding the teams, please contact us.
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Very good turnout for second Open Day!
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New stock of baseball gear arrived at Sinclair's
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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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
(first named team is home team and will occupy the third base dugout)
Tuesday 21st October
5.45 pm to 7.45 pm Northern White Sox V Eastern Ahtletics
Wednesday 22nd October
5.45 pm to 7.45 pm Dragons V Blue Jays
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the local stage production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" by Mainstage Theatre
Venue: Peacock Theatre
Dates: 23rd October to 2nd November