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10th September 2014

2014/15 HSBL Grand Final: Northern White Sox 7 defeated Dragons 2

Northern White Sox HSBL 2014/15 Champions

The Northern White Sox took out the 2014/15 Hubble Edwards Shield by defeating the Dragons 7-2 in today's Grand Final.

In front of a huge crowd of vocal spectators, the Northern White Sox held the strong Dragons' batting lineup in check with great pitching by Matt Cashman and Chris Chalker and wonderful defence.

Things looked ominous early on for the Sox as they left the bases loaded in the first innings without scoring a run. Fortunately, they were able to restrict the Dragons to just one run in their half of the innings, Paul Johns driving in Chris Harris for the lone run. 

The strong point for the Sox all through the season has been that they bat 1 thru 10, 11 , 12, 13 and today this proved invaluable. In the top of the second, Dave Brooks drove in Dave Humphries for the tying run then he was driven in by Steven Fry for the go ahead run. 

Matt Cashman continued to pitch well and held the Dragons scoreless in the bottom of the second. Brendan Adams was pitching well for the Dragons but when Patrick Miller connected for a two run home run in the top of the third, the Sox had taken a handy 4-1 lead. 

The Sox tacked on another run in the top of the fourth and it was bottom half of this innings where the game had a pivotal moment which proved crucial in the ultimate outcome of the game. The Dragons finally got hold of Cashman and with runners on second and third with no-one out, looked certain to score, if not one run than many more. Cashman has been one of the Sox' outstanding performers throughout the year and he showed it here as he cooly got three outs without allowing any runs, a morale boosting effort for his team.

Another two runs in the top of the fifth gave the Sox a 7-1 lead but once again, the Dragons had runners on base but were only able to score one run as Chris Chalker came on to end a threat. With Paul Johns pitching very well, the Sox found base hits hard to come by but the Dragons were unable to get anything going against Chris Chalker and when Dave Brooks took a catch in the outfield off Shane Davies, the Sox were champions.

Thanks to Peter Hubble (plate), Dave Coad (1st) and Nigel O'Brien (3rd) for umpiring and to Norm Johns for scoring.

After the match, the Hubble Edwards shield was presented to the Northern White Sox and the inaugural President's Medal for best player in the final, was awarded to Patrick Miller of the White Sox.

For the Sox, Patrick Miller had two hits from two at bats with a home run and Dave Humphries 2 from 3. 

For the Dragons, Chris Harris had 2 from 4.

Thank you to Tas Keno for your generous donation which allowed us to buy new bats and no doubt inspired the Sox to victory.

Victorious Sox side:

Manager: Dave Humphries

David Brooks, Matt Cashman, Chris Chalker, Chris Cooper, Matthew Drumm, Mathew Fox, Steven Fry, David He, Andrew Kennedy, Paul McIntyre, Peter McManus, Patrick Miller, Casey Moore, Alex Naylor, Shaun Newbon, Sory Samake, David Searle

 

 

David 1/3/2015

 

Still waving......take four!

This morning I participated in a five minute pre-recorded interview with Penny from Heart 107.3FM and this will be aired each half hour between 6am and 9am tomorrow, Tuesday 3rd March.

David 2/3/2015

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Yes, back by popular demand, Andrew "Sully" Sullivan hits the waves again. Today, at approx 11.15 am, Sully will be on ABC 936's Grandstand program talking baseball! Go Sully!

David 28/2/2015

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Tomorrow at 10 am, Chris Chalker from the Northern White Sox will be on air live with Rod Hunt in Edge Radio 99.3FM's Consuming Sports' show. Thank you Chris for volunteering.

To hear Chris' interview click here and click on February 27th: Edge Radio 99.3FM

David 26/2/2015

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Consuming Sports on Edge Radio 99.3 FM has been a big supporter of Baseball Tasmania over the last two seasons. Rod Hunt is inviting a couple of players to participate in a radio interview at the studio at 10am this Friday. I cannot attend but if there is anyone keen and available to participate, please let me know. 

David 23/2/2015

Masters' teams fundraiser Saturday 14th March

On Saturday 14th March, the Masters teams will be holding a fundraising BBQ at Moonah Bunnings from 8.30 am to approx 4 pm. Whilst we have some volunteers already, we are looking for anyone else who may be able to spare just an hour of their time to help out. If you can help, please contact Chris Chalker on 0407 579 039. 

Thank you

David 3/3/2015

Congratulations to the Dragons

Congratulations to the Dragons who, with their 10-6 victory over the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays tonight, claimed their first minor premiership in the HSBL. 

David 5/2/2015

Getting ready....for the big game!

Hotel Soho Blue Jays dugout their new uniforms for 2015...as did the Sox and Athletics

The new look teams, photos courtesy of Naomi Searle (11/1/2015) (c) Steve Lovegrove steals second for the Eastern Athletics (r) Shaun Newbon drives in a run in the Northern White Sox' five run first innings against the Eastern Athletics (r) Dragons' Adam de Cotter ready for action in their game against the Blue Jays (below) Brad Howlett at bat for the Hotel Soho Blue Jays David 16/1/15

Kennedy Bros Painters, proud sponsors of the Tasmanian Masters Baseball Teams in 2015

Andrew Kennedy at play and work http://www.kbpainting.com.au/

Dragons V Eastern Athletics 21st January 2015

Dragons defeated Eastern Athletics 12-8 in tonight's game. Brenton West hits two run home run for Athletics; Dan Hughes hits out for the Dragons, Gregorio Marrero pitching in relief for the Dragons, Rhys Watts connects for the Dragons Thank you to all those players who paid fees or made payment arrangements. David 21/1/15

Batting the numbers around with Tas Keno & the Northern White Sox

On behalf of the Northern White Sox, I would like to thank Tas Keno for their very generous donation to the team and Matt Drumm for all his work with discussions, purchases etc. We look forward to continuing discussions during the off season.

David 19/2/2015

HSBL Semi final 2014/15 Northern White Sox V Eastern Athletics

In a thrilling game, watched by a good crowd, the Northern White Sox advanced to next Sunday's Grand Final against the Dragons with an 11-10 victory over the Eastern Athletics.

Conditions were very trying with temperatures in the low 30's and things began ominously for the Sox as the Athletics took advantage of some indifferent defence to score five runs in the top of the first innings. For the next three innings, Matt Cashman and his defence kept the Athletics in check as the offence slowly but surely clawed their way back into the game. A four run third innings gave the Sox the lead, the big hit coming via a double by David Searle which scored two runs and when they added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, Steven Fry providing the big hit here to drive in two runs, the Sox lead 9-5. The Athletics were not the reigning premiers for nothing and back they stormed with a five run top of the fifth to reclaim the lead 10-9, Grant Stump driving in two of those runs. With two runners on, the Athletics were threatening even more runs but up stepped Chris Chalker to pitch the Sox out of danger. Bottom of the fifth and when Chalker drove in Patrick Miller, the scores were tied then a double by Dave Humphries drove in pinch runner, Cashman, the lead was back with the Sox. A two out walk to Brenton West gave the Athletics hope but Chalker got the final out to send the Sox to their first Grand Final in a number of years.

For the Sox, Cashman went 2 from 2; Miller 2 from 2; Humphries 2 from 2 and Fry 2 from 2, whilst for the Athletics, Jesse Warburg went 2 from 4,; Steve Lovegrove 2 from 4; Nigel O'Brien 2 from 3 and Hamish Maitland 2 from 3. 

Thanks to all the participants in what were oppresive conditons, to the crowd who cheered each team on, to the scorer, Jared Rush and to the umpires, Peter Hubble (plate), Jason Featherstone (1st) and Michael Hegarty (3rd).

David 23/2/2015

T-ball

As the baseball season is nearing its conclusion, there will be no further T-Ball sessions for the time being. Thanks to all the kids and parents who have come along and participated throughout the year.

In conjunction with the Sthn Tas Softball Association, we hope to announce some exciting developments soon about a new T-Ball roster for next summer….so stay tuned.

Nigel 23/2/2015

Team fill-ins

Despite the expanded rosters for each team, at this time of the year there can be many players unable to play due to work and family commitments. As has been the case for the past two seasons, fill-ins for teams will be allowed but the following rules need to be adhered to:

  1. The fill-ins must be placed last in the batting order
  2. The fill-ins are not allowed to catch or pitch
  3. If the fill-in is a new player to the league, they must complete a registration form and pay the upfront fee of $50 before they can play. This is a safety precaution to ensure they are covered by the ABF insurance.

David    3/12/2014

Hobart Summer Baseball League Presentation Night and Dinner

The inaugural HSBL Presentation Night and Dinner will be held on Saturday 14th March 2015 and is open to all Baseball Tasmania members and their families. In order to arrange the appropriate location within the venue and to arrange catering, it is important that you inform your team manager if you attending as soon as possible, if not before 14th February.

Please note, it is not necessary for members to have a meal to attend the presentation, we just need to know numbers of who is dining, who is not, so we can finalise the venue and arrange seating.

Details:

Venue: Hotel Soho (exact location dependent upon numbers)

Time: 6.30 pm for 7 pm start

Cost: $30 per person which covers finger food as starters and a choice of the following for main course:

                         24 hour slow braised beef ribs, sweet potato purée, wilted spinach and pan jús

                         Crispy skin salmon fillet, champ potato, broccolini and pesto cream

                         Roast chicken breast filled with ham and cheese, braised cabbage and mustard sauce

                         Oven baked spinach and ricotta cannelloni

Drinks will be at discounted prices.

Dress: Casual

David 3/2/2015

Congratulations Southern Tasmanian Softball Association

Congratulations to Southern Tasmanian Softball Association on their ground dedication to Corrie Jones today. Congratulations must also go to Jane Brooks on being awarded Life Membership. David 7/2/2015

Ground and training updates

Prince of Wales Bay Recreation Ground update:

After discussions with the GCC this morning, I have been advised that the fence at the southern end of our ground will be removed next week, barring any unforeseen circumstances. The new part of the ground will then be prepared so that we can use the full playing surface for our Grand Final on Sunday 1st March.

Training:

Last Tuesday was our final open training night for the season. Assuming we do not have to play the semi final, next Wednesday (25th) the ground is booked so that those teams competing in the Grand Final can use the ground for training if they so wish.

During March, each Wednesday has been booked for training by the two teams competing in the Victorian Masters Carnival in Ballarat at the end of March. Training times are from 6 pm to 7.30 pm.

David 19/2/2015

 

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) 

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 14/11/2014

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Baseball Tasmania EFT details

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David 5/2/2015

Northern White Sox HSBL 2014/15 Champions

Northern White Sox: HSBL Premiers 2014/15 Back (L to R) Matt Drumm, Peter McManus, Steven Fry, David Brooks, Casey Moore, Patrick Miller, Mathew Fox, David Searle, Chris Chalker Front (L to R) Andrew Kennedy, David Humphries (manager), Chris Cooper, Matt Cashman Absent: David He, Paul McIntyre, Shaun Newbon, Alex Naylor, Sory Samake (photo credit: Naomi)

Upcoming games: Victorian Masters Carnival

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

 

Current ladder

Final standings for season 2014/15.

 

Wins

Losses

Ties

Pct

Games behind

For

Against

Difference

Dragons

13.5

6.5

1

0.675

-

211

163

48

Northern White Sox

11.5

8.5

3

0.575

2

189

172

17

Eastern Athletics

8

12

2

0.400

5.5

159

201

-42

Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays

7

13

2

0.350

6.5

146

170

-24

 

To explain:

  • for each game washed out, the teams receive 1/2 win and 1/2 loss with a tied score of 9-9

Statistically minded

Stats after round sixteen games:

(please note, for the sake of at least some surprise for the Presentation Night to be held in March, I will not be posting any further stats)

Batting average:
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Matt Cashman (White Sox) (22 hits/35 at bats) 0.629
Rhys Watts (Dragons) (15/24) 0.625
Brendan Adams (Dragons) (22/36) 0.611
Mathew Fox (White Sox) (12/20) 0.600
David Bailey (Athletics) (11/20) 0.550
Steve Harris (Blue Jays) (17/31) 0.548
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Runs batted in (rbi's)
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Shane Davies (Dragons) 20
Steve Lovegrove (Athletics) 17
David Searle (White Sox) 16
Evan Toms (Blue Jays) 15
Paul Johns (Dragons) 14
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Walks
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David Searle (White Sox) 12
Richard Benoit (Athletics) 11
Zac Shutt (Blue Jays) 10
Peter Hubble (Blue Jays) 10
Chris Chalker (White Sox) 9
Ryan Oakley (Blue Jays) 9
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Runs 
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Brendan Adams (Dragons) 23
Richard Benoit (Athletics) 20
Andrew Sullivan (Athletics) 19
Jason Featherstone (Dragons) 19
Rhys Watts (Dragons) 17
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David

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 31/1/2015

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.