Arlington Senior Babe Ruth: ASBR News

Thursday, March 6
ASBR 2014 Spring League Group Practice Information - UPDATED!!

Arlington Senior Babe Ruth family -

Registration for the 2014 spring Arlington Senior Babe Ruth (ASBR) season continues. All 13-15 year-olds should sign up now to be included on a team.

Due to the recent snow, we have had to adjust the dates and times for the clinics. Below is an outline of the schedule moving forward. We hope to see everyone at the upcoming clinics.

13 year-olds (Prep league)

The clinic has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 15 from 2:45 pm-5 pm at Barcroft 6 (the 90 foot diamond). All players should attend this clinic on Saturday the 15th.

We hope to form teams and let players know team placement by Monday, March 17 with practices beginning on Wednesday, March 19. Teams will practice once during the week and once on Saturdays each week until games begin on April 5.

14 and 15 year-old non-high school players (Alliance league)

All 14 and 15 year-old players who are not playing high school ball should attend the clinic this Sunday, March 9 from 6-8 pm at Barcroft 6. Teams will be formed next week and players notified by Thursday, March 13. The first team practices will be held Saturday, March 15 orSunday, March 16 - your coach will call you by March 13.

If you are unable to attend the clinic, please make sure you are officially registered by visiting our website at http://www.sportssignup.com/Arlington-Senior-Babe-Ruth-Online-Registration.start

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mike Krulfeld at coachk22207@yahoo.com

Thanks

Mike Krulfeld

President, Arlington Senior Babe Ruth

 



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Monday, January 13
Spring 2014 Registration Now Open!
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Great News! The 2014 baseball season will soon be here and registration is now open for our 13-year-old Prep league and our 14 to 15-year-old Alliance and American leagues! On behalf of the officers and coaches of Arlington Senior Babe Ruth Baseball, I hope you have had a restful and productive off-season, and are ready to play some baseball. We would like to especially welcome all 13-year-olds to Arlington Senior Babe Ruth. Arlington Senior Babe Ruth Baseball incorporates players from both the Arlington Little League and Arlington Cal Ripken programs. It is the only open enrollment baseball program in the county for 13-year-old players.

All 13 year-old players participate in the Prep League – a program that has successfully transitioned players to the larger field for decades. The season begins in March with open practices (March 8), followed by the formation of teams, and then team practices. Teams practice two times a week until early April, when league play begins. League play usually involves two games per week plus a week day practice until early June, followed by a league championship tournament. It is a core principle of Arlington Senior Babe Ruth to field balanced teams to ensure fair and competitive games.

The regular season experience, along with the opportunity to participate in a competitive and comprehensive all-star post-season, enables all players to receive instruction from experienced coaches, improve their skills and continue playing baseball with and against friends. 

District and Travel All-Star teams for all players who are interested are selected in early June. The all-star season runs from mid June through July with weekday practices and weekend tournaments.  Those players wishing to be on the district all-star team will be expected to commit to practices and tournaments from mid June through at least mid July. 

For the 14 to 15-year-old players, there are two different leagues. The Alliance League is for players who are not participating in a school baseball program. This league begins with practices in early March. Games will start in early April. League play usually involves two games per week through early June, followed by a league championship tournament. All-Star teams are selected in early June, and All-Star play extends through late July.

The American League is designed for players who participate in their high school baseball programs and commences at the conclusion of the high school season. There are no practices in this league with games beginning in mid-May. League play involves two to three games per week through late June, and is followed by a league championship tournament. All-Star teams are selected in June and an extensive all-star season extends through the end of July.

We request that players register as soon as possible. Doing so will greatly assist our program in planning for the upcoming season by enabling us to more accurately estimate the number of teams we will field, and our corresponding uniform, equipment, field and volunteer needs. The registration fee for the spring 2014 season is $155. This fee includes a County imposed $8 per player charge. To help defray league expenses you may also include a tax deductible contribution with your registration fee.

ASBR's prefered method of registration is to use our new on-line registration and payment system. Please click here or on the clipboard above to begin the on-line registration process.   If you would rather register the traditional way, you can download the registration forms here.

The 2014 season promises to be better than ever. Along with all our coaches and volunteers, I look forward to your participation. If you have any questions please email us at asbrwebmaster@yahoo.com. Thank you for your interest.

Sincerely,

Michael Krulfeld, President, ASBR



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Friday, September 20
Fall Ball 2013 - Schedule
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Fall ball is underway.  Find the schedule by team for each league by clicking the links below.

Prep Schedule by Team

Senior Schedule by Team 



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Tuesday, August 6
ASBR 2013 Fall League Registration Now Open
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Welcome to another exciting Fall Ball season! We especially want to welcome all rising 13-year-old players from Arlington Little League and Arlington Babe Ruth (Cal Ripken League) who are moving up to the regulation diamond. We also wish to extend a warm greeting to all those returning players who have helped make our league such a success in the past.

Fall Ball teams will be formed into two leagues. The 13-14 League includes rising 13 and 14 year olds who will turn those ages on or before April 30, 2014. The 15-18 League includes rising 15–18 year olds who will turn those ages on or before April 30, 2014.

The Arlington Senior Babe Ruth Baseball fall season will open with clinics on Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th, 2013 for all rising 13 and 14 year olds. Schedule information on the clinics will be available soon. There will be no clinics for the 15 - 18 year old group.

Games for both leagues are scheduled to begin on Saturday, September 14th. Games will continue with one game during the week and one on the weekend through the week of October 31st.

Fall Ball registration is $65 and includes a fee of $8.00 for the county imposed capital improvement field fund. Financial assistance is available upon request. 

ASBR's prefered method of registration is to use our new on-line registration and payment system. Please click here to begin the on-line registration process. If you would rather register the traditional way, you can download the registration forms here.

The schedule during the first weekend for the 13-14 League follows:

Saturday, September 7

Rising 13s, last names A-L, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Barcroft 6

Rising 13s, last names M-Z, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Barcroft 6

Rising 14s, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Quincy #1 (W/L)

Sunday, September 8

Rising 13s and 14s, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Barcroft 6

There will be no clinics for the 15-18 League.

Teams will be formed for both leagues during the week of September 10th, with coaches notifying their players during that week of their first games on Saturday, September 14th.

We are looking forward to seeing you and to having a great fall ball season. Please join us for a fun and rewarding experience. If you have any questions about the Prep League, please call me at (703) 533-0748. If you have questions about the Senior League, please call Chris Valtin, Senior League Commissioner at (703) 338-2582 email to asbrwebmaster@yahoo.com. Thank you for your interest.

Sincerely,

Alan Schneider

President, Arlington Senior Babe Ruth Baseball

Commissioner ASBR Fall Prep League



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Tuesday, July 16

Virginia Baseball Club

“Building Skills and Confidence since 1992”

Armando Rios' Small Group Advanced Hitting Clinic

Advanced Skills Baseball Camps

ONLY 9 PLAYERS CAN PARTICIPATE!

Armando Rios, former LSU Tiger (two-time national champion) and 7-year MLB player, will be providing a Small-Group Instructional Hitting Clinic at: VBC Merrifield Indoor Training Center on July 17 and 18, 2:30-4:30pm.

Coach Rios is widely recognized as one of the top hitting instructors in baseball. He is currently an instructor with Major League Baseball International and head coach for Puerto Rico 17-18 yr. team. Rios played center field for Louisiana State University in 1991 and 1993, when the Tigers won the College World Series, each time beating Wichita State in the championship game. In the 1991 finale, Rios hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give LSU a 4-1 lead en route to a 6-3 victory. In 1994 he was the Puerto Rico Pro Winter League ROOKIE of the Year. Armando was the 1998 AAA Minor League Player of the Year and first reached the majors in 1998 with the San Francisco Giants, spending part of four seasons with them before moving to the Pittsburgh Pirates (2001-02) and Chicago White Sox (2003). He was a three-time Caribbean Series Batting Champion and six-time Caribbean All-Star.

At the clinic players will receive individualized instruction from Rios as well as plenty of repetitions during the four hour training clinic. Coach Rios will be assisted by Coach Mike Murray and one other instructor.

Limit 9 players. VBC Member Cost $76.50, Non-Member $85 REGISTER TODAY!

Advanced Skills Baseball Camps The Advanced skills camps are designed for the highly motivated players who want to focus on improving specific skills. Players are grouped by age. Individual attention is provided to each player. The camps are staffed by experienced high school coaches and college players. Each camp is 4 days. The ratio is 6:1 or less.

Pitcher-Catcher Camp (ages 10-15)

Infielder/Hitting Camp (ages 10-15)

High School Wood Bat Game Camp (ages 13-18)

Advanced Skill Camp Locations: Arlington and VBC Merrifield

More information... Register today

We look forward to seeing you this summer1

 Mike Murray, VBC General Manager Logan Leach, VBC Assistant Manager Virginia Baseball Club

questions@goVBC.com 703-698-5599

VBC Merrifield: 2719 Dorr Ave. Fairfax, VA 22031 



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Tuesday, June 4
All Star Tryout Dates for 13U District and Travel Teams
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All Star tryouts for the 13u District and travel teams will be held on 2 days. Please try to make both days.

The tryout times, dates, and fields are:

June 9 (Sunday) WL 6:30-8:30

June 14 (Friday) Yorktown/Greenbrier 6 – 8

Our first tournaments will be held on June 29 and 30. Each team will be participating in at least 4 tournaments and will be practicing daily except Fridays and Sunday’s

District Team Schedule

June 9 and 14 tryouts
June 20 practice
June 22-23 Practices
June 29-30 Upper Chesapeake
July 4-7 Rockville
July 11-15 Districts
July 20-21 States or Cove Creek

Travel Team Schedule

June 9 and 14 tryouts
June 20 practice
June 22-23 Practices
June 29-30 Rockville
July 4-7 Annapolis
July 11-15 Bethesda
July 20-21 Howard County or Coves Creek



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All Star Tryout Dates for 14s and 15s

 

All-star tryouts for the 14 and 15 year old district tournament teams will be held on June 2 and June 9 as follows. All players interested in trying out for one of these teams must attend both tryouts or contact the head coach. The head coach for the 14 year-old team is Andrew Shreeve (atshreeve@gmail.com) and the 15 year-old team head coach is Michael Krulfeld (michael.krulfeld@apsva.us).

14 year-old tryout schedule

Sunday, June 2 Barcroft 7-9 pm
Sunday, June 9 Yorktown/Greenbrier 7-9 pm

15 year-old tryout schedule

Sunday, June 2 Yorktown/Greenbrier 7:30-9:30 pm
Sunday, June 9 Barcroft 7-9 pm

Both teams will begin practices the following week with summer schedules as follows. All players should come to the June 2nd tryout with information on any days they will miss during the summer. While missing a day here or there will likely not impact making the district teams, week-long absences will be considered in selecting the final teams.

14 year-old team

June 16 Possible practice TBD
June 20 Evening practice
June 22-23 Tournament Virginia Sports Complex
June 24-27 Evening practices
June 28-30 Tournament Charlottesville
July 1-3 Evening practices
July 4-7 Tournament Rockville
July 8-10 Evening practices
July 11-14 Tournament - District 13 Babe Ruth
July 15-17 Evening practices
July 18-23 Tournament - State Babe Ruth

15 year-old team

June 16 Practice early morning 9:30-11:15 am
June 21 Evening practice
June 22-23 Tournament Virginia Sports Complex
June 24-27 Evening practices
June 28-30 Tournament Upper Chesapeake, MD
July 1-3 Evening practices
July 4-7 Tournament Red Bank, NJ
July 8-10 Evening practices
July 11-14 Tournament - District 13 Babe Ruth
July 15-17 Evening practices
July 18-23 Tournament - State Babe Ruth or Cove Creek

Please feel free to contact the appropriate coach with any questions.

Thank you,

 Mike Krulfeld Andrew Shreeve

 



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Wednesday, April 3
2013 14 and 15-Year Old American League Season Begins May 11
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The 2013 Arlington Senior Babe Ruth American League season is scheduled to begin on May 11, following the conclusion of the high school baseball season, and will wrap up on June 19 with the championship game. Players eligible for the American League are those individuals who are 14 or 15 years old as of April 30, 2013 and play on a high school varsity or junior varsity spring season team (baseball, crew, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, or track) this year. We expect to have four teams in the American League with each team scheduled to play 15 games.

A team of 14-year-olds and a team of 15-year-olds will participate in competitive local tournaments over Memorial Day weekend. There will be a 14-year-old District Team and a 15-year-old District Team. Tryouts for these two District Teams will be held in June. Beginning in late June and continuing through late July, these 14-year-old and 15-year-old District Teams will play in the Senior Babe Ruth District Tournament and other competitive tournaments in the Mid-Atlantic Region. We are very pleased that Arlington Senior Babe Ruth has been selected to host the District XIII 15-year-old Senior Babe Ruth District Tournament this year. Andrew Shreve and Mike Krulfeld will manage the 14-year-old and 15-year-old District Teams.

We urge players to register as soon as possible so that we can finalize the team rosters. The registration fee for the 2013 regular season is $145, with financial assistance available upon request. You can register and pay on-line. Please click here to begin the on-line registration process. You can also register by downloading the registration and medical consent forms here.

I look forward to watching some high-level, competitive baseball in the Arlington Senior Babe Ruth American League this year. If you have any questions or wish to inquire about financial assistance, please contact me at tdowdell@fulbright.com or (703) 346-5969.

See you on the diamond.

Tom Dowdell
American League Commissioner
Arlington Senior Babe Ruth League



Monday, March 11
ASBR Spring 2013 Senior League Registration Now Open

Dear 16-18 Year Old Baseball Player:

Arlington Senior Babe Ruth Baseball invites all 16-18 year olds to play baseball in our Senior League this Spring. This includes players born on January 1, 1994 through April 30, 1997. All players are eligible and encouraged to play, regardless of skill level.

We typically field two to four Arlington teams in our Senior League, depending on registrations. In addition, McLean – Great Falls usually participates in our Senior League.

Games will begin on Saturday, May 11. Teams will play two to three games per week. We plan to schedule about 14 games. The season ends in late June. There is no practice in the Senior League.

For the more competitive players, there are two additional opportunities. First, during the regular season, we plan to field a travel team that will play other Senior Babe Ruth teams in the area. Games will be played throughout Northern Virginia every Sunday of the season. Second, following the regular season in July, we plan to field an all star team and enter the 16-18 District Tournament. You must play in our regular house league to be eligible for these competitive teams. If you are interested, make sure you indicate this on our registration form.

Because our season planning is completely dependent on registrations, we ask you to register immediately. Doing so will greatly help plan the upcoming Senior League season.

To play in the Senior League, please register at:

http://www.sportssignup.com/Arlington-Senior-Babe-Ruth-Online-Registration.start

We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Valtin, Commissioner, Senior League at (703) 338-2582 or chris.valtin@gmail.com.

Play Ball!

Alan Schneider

President Arlington Senior Babe Ruth Baseball



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Thursday, March 7
Opening of Spring Training Pushed Back
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Registered Senior Babe Ruth Player -

Due to the inclement weather and the current conditions of the baseball fields, ASBR has decided to delay the start of practices until next week. Teams are in the process of being formed and all players should receive word from their coach by this weekend about practice times and locations for next week. Practices will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week in the evening.

If you have any questions in the interim, please contact Mike Krulfeld at coachk22207@yahoo.com

Thanks

ASBR League Officials



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Tuesday, February 19
ASBR Letter to Prep and Alliance League Players
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Dear Senior Babe Ruth Player, Parent, and Coaches:

The 2013 Spring Senior Babe Ruth season is rapidly approaching. I strongly urge all players to register right now. If you have already registered, please continue reading this letter as it contains important information on future dates leading up to the beginning of the season.

Two leagues will start in March: the Prep League, consisting of all players who are 13-years-old, and the Alliance League, for 14- and 15-year-olds who are not playing on a high school team. The American League, for 14/15-year olds who are playing on a high school team, will begin in early-May.

UPCOMING EVENTS

All players should plan to attend the following group practice sessions which will officially kick off the spring 2013 Arlington Senior Babe Ruth season.

Saturday, March 2, 2013 – Group Practice

All Prep (13 year-old players)

Last Names begin with A-L: 9:00 am – 10:30 am at Barcroft 5 (soccer field next to parking garage at Bacroft complex) 

Last Names begin with M-Z: 10:30 am – Noon at Barcroft 5 (soccer field next to parking garage at Bacroft complex)

All Alliance (14/15-year-old players who are not on high school team) 5 pm – 7 pm at Barcroft 6 (turf baseball field)

Also, on Saturday, March 2, Arlington County and George Washington University will hold the grand opening of the Barcroft 6 turf baseball field. The ceremony will be at 11:30 am and the first pitch of GWU’s home opener takes place at 1 pm. All ASBR players are invited to attend.

Sunday, March 3, 2013 – Group Practice

Prep Pitchers (13-year-old players wishing to be considered as a pitcher):  4:00 – 6:00 pm at Barcroft 6 (turf baseball field)

If you cannot attend the practice for which you are scheduled based on your last name, please attend the other session if possible. Inclement Weather: Please call the Recreation Department’s Inclement Weather Hotline at 703-228-4715 on the day of the event to learn if the above schedule has been changed or cancelled.

Sincerely,

Alan Schneider President, Arlington Senior Babe Ruth Baseball



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Fall Ball Schedule
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Fall ball is underway.  Find the full fall schedule for the Prep and Senior leagues at the link.

 

Fall 2012 Schedule 



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Sunday, August 12
Registration for ASBR Fall 2012 Baseball Now Open!
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Fall Ball is approaching! The Arlington Senior Babe Ruth Baseball 2012 fall season will open with clinics on Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th.

We especially want to welcome all rising 13-year-old players from Arlington Little League and Arlington Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken League who are moving up to the regulation diamond.

Fall ball teams will be formed into two leagues. The 13-14 League includes rising 13 and 14 year olds who will turn those ages on or before April 30, 2013. The 15-18 League includes rising 15-18 year olds who will turn those ages on or before April 30, 2013.

Games for both leagues are scheduled to begin on Saturday, September 15th. Games will continue with one game during the week and one on the weekend through the weekend of October 31st. Due to the shortage of fields and the abbreviated fall ball season there will be limited opportunities for team practices during the fall.

Fall ball registration is $60 which includes a fee of $8 for the county imposed capital improvement field fund. Financial assistance is available upon request.

We request that all players register as soon as possible by mail or on-line. You may register at the clinics for your age group on September 8 and 9 (15s-18s may also drop off registrations at these clinics). Click here to register on-line, or click on the following to download a copy of our Registration and Consent for Treatment Forms. At this point we are looking for parents to help as coaches for our fall ball teams and to help with our clinics to be held on September 8 and 9. Please e-mail me at alan.schneider@fcc.gov if you are interested in serving as a coach and/or assisting at the clinics.

The schedule during the first weekend for the 13 - 14 League follows:

Saturday, September 8th

9:30 am - 11:30 am @ Yorktown/Greenbrier 3 -- Rising 13-year-olds last names A-L

12:30 pm - 2:30 am @ Yorktown/Greenbrier 3 -- Rising 13-year-olds last names M-Z

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm @ Barcroft 6 -- All Rising 14 year-olds

Sunday, September 9th

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm @ Barcroft 6 -- All Rising 13 & 14 year-olds

There will be no clinics for the 15-18 League.

Teams will be formed for both leagues during the week of September 10, with coaches notifying their players during that week of their first games on Saturday, September 15th.

We are looking forward to seeing you and to having a great fall ball season. Please join us for a fun and rewarding experience. If you have any questions about the Prep League, please call me at (703) 533-0748. If you have questions about the Senior League, please call Chris Valtin, Senior League Commissioner at (703) 338-2582 or send an email to asbrwebmaster@yahoo.com. 

Sincerely,
Alan Schneider
President, Arlington Senior Babe Ruth Baseball
Commissioner ASBR Fall Prep League



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Tuesday, July 24
ASBR 14U All-Star Team Wins State Championship!
ASBR's 14u All-Star team went 4 - 0 to win the Virginia State Championship. Read all about it here in the Arlington Sun Gazette.

ASBR's 15u All-Star team took third in the state tourney. You can read about it here.


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Monday, July 23
ASBR 14u and 15u Find Success in State Tournaments

ASBR continues it's post season success.  Reported in the Arlington Sun-Gazette:

Monday, July 23rd

Sunday, July 22nd

Saturday, July 21st

Friday, July 20th

Click the links below for the VA state tournament brackets:

14u VA State Tournament Bracket

15u VA State Tournament Bracket



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Tuesday, July 17
ASBR 14U All-Star Team Wins District 13 Championship
14u All Stars

Standing (L to R): Coach Andrew Shreeve, Harry Spitz, Arthur Speck, Parker Denny, Teddy Herbert, Alex Saenz, Quinn Montante, James Levenberg, Daniel Bowler, Coach Greg Wigton, Coach Brooks Valtin
Front (L to R): Daniel McCreedy, Tanner Patton, Will Burgess, Miles Dulman, JJ Ricchetti, TR Sheehy
Not Pictured: Andrew Lewis 

 

 ASBR's 14u All-Star team is headed to States.  Check out the following news reports for details.

Clarendon.patch.com

Arlington Sun Gazette



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Tuesday, July 3
ASBR in the News!

ASBR has been highlighted in a short article in the Arlington Sun-Gazette. Check it out here.

 



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Sunday, June 24
Timber Rattlers 2012 ASBR Prep Champions
2012 Prep Champs Rattlers

The Manning & Murray Timber Rattlers earned the 2012 Prep League Championship on June 18th at Barcroft Field before an excited crowd by coming from behind to win 4-3 over the tough 1st Commonwealth Bank of Virginia Bulls. The championship match up was set up after the Manning & Murray Timber Rattlers beat the Jimmy John’s Knights, 6-1, and the Bulls overcame the BuckRealtors.com Scrappers, 8-2, in the semi-finals.

Brendan Hemstreet started on the mound for the Timber Rattlers and Gavin Anderson started for the Bulls. The Bulls jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning as the Bulls took advantage of a 2-RBI base hit by Jim Bardo. The Timber Rattlers struck back in the bottom of the first to cut the lead to 3-2 after a 2-RBI single by Chandler Mouw. The pitching, lead by strong outings by Hemstreet and Anderson, as well as excellent defense prevented any additional runs in the second and third innings. Timber Rattler Foster Gray led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single. After advancing to third base, Gray stole home on a passed ball to tie the game at 3-3. Alec Glasser took over on the mound for the Bulls in the fifth inning and did not allow any base runners in the fifth and sixth innings. Zack Allen took over the pitching duties for the Timber Rattlers in the sixth inning, allowing only one base runner in the sixth and seven innings. Timber Rattler Gray led off the bottom of the seventh with another single. After Mouw reached first base, Zack Allen executed a sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third. Hemstreet was then intentionally walked to load the bases. Richard Wright worked the count to full, and then drew a walk to move the score to 4-3 for the Timber Rattlers win. After the game, Richard Wright observed: “We were almost the same team, equally as good as the other.”

The Timber Rattlers were lead by coaches Al Schneider and Bart Gray. Max and Eric Glasser managed the Bulls. The Hurley Write Muckdogs, Better Lawn Service Owlz, and Falls Church Foot & Ankle Grasshoppers also competed in the 2012 Prep League season and tournament.



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Sunday, June 24
Astros 2012 ASBR Alliance Champions
2012 Alliance Champs Astros
The Potomac Custom Builders Astros beat the ArrowineNationals on June 18th at Quincy Park to win the Alliance League Tournament Championship. Two days before, theNationals narrowly lost 8-7 to the Astros in a match-up between the twoundefeated teams in the winners’ bracket. The Nationals fought back through the losers’bracket, beating the Italian Store A’s 15-6 to set up the rematch against the Astros. The Astros were led by JJRicchetti, Mike Rozynski, and James Carroll.

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Tuesday, June 26
Rosenthal Jaguar Orioles American Division Champs
O's American League Champs

The Rosenthal Jaguar Orioles met the Italian Store Rangers in the American League Championship Game Thursday night, June 21, before packed stands at Greenbrier Park. The Orioles blew into the game by beating the Federal Lock & Key Astros in the semi-finals; the Rangers by overcoming the Sanctus Sports Therapy Nationals.

The Orioles burst out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first with big hits from Andrew Long, Jeff Contantz, and Will Burgess. Powered by a deep pitching staff – Tyler Spicer, Ronnie Fecso, Chris Seymour, Nathan Broffman, Long, and Contantz, toed the rubber for the Orioles -- and a RBI double from Fecso, the O's took a 5-4 lead going into the bottom of the 7th. With help from slick-fielding Chris Seymour, Nathan Broffman closed out the game and the championship for the Orioles. The Orioles pitching staff was led by Patrick Girard and Quinn Montante. Nate Jones and Danny McCreedy powered the Rangers offense with hits.

The Orioles were lead by coaches Mark Murray and Taylor Triggs. Mike Krulfeld and Andrew Shreeve skippered the Rangers.



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Alliance opening day
Sunday, April 22

State Senator Barbara Favola of Arlington threw out the ceremonial first pitch of the ASBR Alliance League season at Greenbrier Park on Saturday, April 21st, prior to the Alliance League game between the Better Sports Club Rangers and the Jhoon Rhee Tae Kwon Do Marlins. Pictured above with Senator Favola, from left to right, are Rex Birgisson, Blade Aliu, and Henry Bramham of the Rangers, and Michael Timpane, Michael Dewhirst, and Brandon Timpane of the Marlins.

In the crisply played contest, the Marlins came from behind and held on to win 9-7 in six innings. The Marlins were led by Emory Myers, who had a two-RBI double to tie the game in the bottom of the third at 4-4, and who made three key defensive plays at third base to help hold off the Rangers. The Marlin's Jordan Whalley-Hill launched a bases clearing double to take the lead, 7-4, in the fourth inning. Micheal Dewhirst, Cormal O'Donovan, and Mike Hewitt also pounded doubles. Whalley-Hill and Brandon Timpane toed the rubber for the Marlins. Southpaw Michael Timpane dampened the Rangers' rally in the sixth and final inning. For the Rangers, Quinn Montante rocketed two doubles, and Danny McCreedy earned three RBIs on a triple and a single. Montante and Matt Friedman shared the pitching duties for the Rangers.



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Tuesday, April 24
ASBR Pitching Clinic, Saturday, April 28, 2012

On Saturday, April 28, from Noon to 1:00pm at the Yorktown High School baseball field, Elías Sosa Martínez will hold a pitching clinic for Arlington Senior Babe Ruth League pitchers and other interested players. All youth baseball players and the public are invited and welcome to attend

Elías Sosa Martínez (born June 10, 1950 in La Vega, Dominican Republic), is a former right-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball.

Elias Sosa is now the Coordinator for Latin America, Major League Baseball International. He acts as an envoy and does coaching seminars for coaches and youth in Latin America. He also works with local Baseball Federations and with the U.S. Embassies to bring baseball instruction along with a positive message to the youth, parents and baseball communities.

He was signed by the San Francisco Giants as an amateur free agent on March 4, 1968. He played for the Giants (1972-1974), St. Louis Cardinals (1975), Atlanta Braves (1975-1976), Los Angeles Dodgers (1976-1977), Oakland Athletics (1978), Montreal Expos (1979-1981), Detroit Tigers (1982), and San Diego Padres (1983).

Sosa was used almost exclusively in relief during his 12-year MLB career. He appeared in 601 games, just three as a starter, and performed as both a closer and a long man. He had several excellent seasons in the big leagues. He twice had an earned run average below 2.00 (1977 and 1979), and in his rookie year, 1973, he won 10 games, saved 18, and pitched in 71 games, all of which would become career highs.

Also of note in 1973, he saved nine of teammate Ron Bryant's major league-leading 24 wins, including #20 . He finished in the American League or National League TOP TEN four times for games pitched and games finished, three times for saves, and once for winning percentage.

Other career highlights include:

3 scoreless innings to earn a save against the Philadelphia Phillies (June 2, 1973)

won games on two consecutive days vs. the Atlanta Braves, pitching a combined 4 scoreless innings with 4 strikeouts, no walks, and giving up just one hit (September 1 and 2, 1973)

4 scoreless innings to earn a save against the Cincinnati Reds (July 26, 1974)

4 innings, allowing just one run (unearned), to earn a save against the San Francisco Giants (May 23, 1976)

4.1 scoreless innings, with a career-high 6 strikeouts, for a no decision vs. the San Diego Padres (July 10, 1977)

3 perfect innings to earn a save against the Toronto Blue Jays (May 2, 1978)

4 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, to earn a save against the San Diego Padres (July 15, 1979)

Sosa did not get taken deep too often, giving up just 64 home runs, or one for every 14.1 innings pitched. But one of those home runs became quite famous, for it was the second home run of three hit by Reggie Jackson of the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series.

For his career, he finished with 59 wins, 51 losses, 83 saves, 330 games finished, and an ERA of 3.32.

In 1989 he played for the St. Petersburg Pelicans of the Senior Professional Baseball Association.



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Monday, March 19
ASBR Senior League (16 - 18) Registration Open!
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Dear 16-18 Year Old Baseball Player:

Arlington Senior Babe Ruth Baseball invites all 16-18 year olds to play baseball in our Senior League this Spring.

This includes players born on January 1, 1993 through April 30, 1996. All players are eligible to play, regardless of skill level.

Initially, we will hold group practices every Saturday:

Date
Field
Time
Saturday, April 14
Yorktown
5:00 to 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 21
Yorktown
4:30 to 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 28
W-L
4:30 to 6:30 pm
Saturday, May 5
Yorktown
5:00 to 7:00 pm

Games will begin on Saturday, May 12. Teams will play two to three games per week. The season ends in late June. Once games begin, there will be no practice.

We request that players register as soon as possible. Doing so will greatly assist our program in planning for the upcoming season by allowing us to more accurately estimate the number of teams we will field, and our corresponding uniform, equipment, field and volunteer needs. The registration fee for the spring 2012 season is $145. This fee includes a County imposed $8 per player charge. To help defray league expenses you may also include a tax deductible contribution with your registration fee.

ASBR continues to use on-line registration and payment available to you! Please click here to begin the on-line registration process.  When you register on line, please remember to download the medical release form and bring it with you to the league’s preseason clinics. If you would rather register the traditional way, you can download registration and medical release forms here.

We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Valtin, Commissioner, Senior League at (703) 338-2582 or christopher.valtin@fitchratings.com.

Play Ball!

Alan Schneider President



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Friday, March 16
Spring Training Underway
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Spring training is underway for the Prep and Alliance leagues.  The updated practice schedule for the Prep league till April 5th is:   

 Saturday, March 31st (all at Kenmore)

Harris - 1:00 - 2:15
Open - 2:15 - 3:30
Schnieder - 3:30 - 4:45
Open - 4:45 - 6:00
Open - 6:00 - 7:15

Monday, April 2nd

Open - Barcroft 6 6:00 - 7:30 
Hurley & Schneider - Barcroft 6 7:30 - 9:00

Tuesday, April 3rd 

Andrukonis  - Barcroft 6 7:30 - 9:00

Wednesday, April 4th

Connole - Barcroft 6 7:00 - 8:15 
Open - Barcroft 6 8:15 - 9:30

Thursday, April 5th

Open - Barcroft 6 6:00 - 7:30 
Open - Barcroft 6 7:30 - 9:00

 Let's hope the weather stays spring like, as it's time to play ball!  Don't forget to call the Arlington County weather line at 703/228-4715 before heading to practice for the latest field information.

 

 



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Thursday, March 1
ASBR Letter to Prep and Alliance League Players
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Dear Senior Babe Ruth Player, Parent, and Coaches

The 2012 Spring Senior Babe Ruth season is rapidly approaching. I strongly urge all players to register as soon possible (click the On-Line Registration link in the left hand menu). Two leagues will start in March: the Prep League consists of all players who are 13-year-olds, and the Alliance League is for players who are 14- and 15-year olds who are not playing on a high school team. The American League, which is for 14- and 15-year olds who are playing on a high school team, will begin in early-May. The Senior League, for 16-18 year-olds will begin in mid-May after the high school baseball season is over.

  All players for the Prep and Alliance leagues should plan to attend the following group practice sessions, which officially kick off the Spring 2012 Arlington Senior Babe Ruth season.

 Saturday, March 10th - Group Practice

All Prep (13 year-old players)

13-year-olds Last Names begin with A-L at 9:00 - 10:45 a.m. at Kenmore (indoors)

13-year-olds Last Names begin with M-Z at 11:15 - 1:00 p.m. at Kenmore (indoors)

All Alliance (14/15 players NOT on high school team) 3:00 - 5:00 at Quincy (W/L)

(Please arrive 15 minutes before session.)

 

Sunday, March 11th – Group Practice

All Prep (13-year-old players):

  13-year-olds Last Names begin with A-L at 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at Quincy (W & L)   

13-year-olds Last Names begin with M-Z at 2:45 - 4:15 p.m. at Quincy (W & L)

All Alliance (14/15 players NOT on high school team) 2:00 - 4:00 at Greenbrier (Yorktown)

(Alliance practice ONLY if rained out on Saturday)

 If you cannot attend the practice for which you are scheduled based on your last name please attend the other session if possible.

Inclement Weather: Remember to call the Recreation Department's Inclement Weather # 703-228-4715 to learn whether any of the outdoor practice days mentioned in this letter have been canceled!

The 2012 season promises to be better than ever. Along with all our coaches and volunteers, I look forward to your participation. If you have any questions, please send us an email at asbrwebmaster@yahoo.com.

Sincerely,

Al Schneider, President
Arlington Senior Babe Ruth Baseball

 



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Monday, January 4
Winter Baseball Skills Development Opportunities

Dear coaches, players, and parents: Although winter is now upon us the opportunities for learning and playing baseball are seasonalless. To enhance your own skills and understanding of the game and that of your children we invite you to take advantage of two upcoming coaches clinics and 2 upcoming players clinics.  Please click on the links below to get details about all of these exciting opportunities.

GW Coaches Clinic (free): January 21, 2012

Babe Ruth Coaches Clinic: February 18, 2012

GW Players Clinics: January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 2012

Virginia Baseball Club Players Clinics



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Thursday, June 9
Prep and Alliance Tournament Brackets
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The Prep and Alliance Leagues season ending double-elimination tournaments start this Sunday, June 11th. Click on the links below for tournament seedings, schedule and results:

Prep Brackets

 

Alliance Brackets



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Alliance Champions Crowned
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County Board Member Walter Tejada threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

It was a great ASBR Alliance day which began with the completion of the rain postponed game from Friday night. The Italian Store Marlins defeated the Arlington Better Sports Club Nationals to earn a berth in the Championship game at Barcroft #6. The Championship game began with a ceremonial first pitch from The Honorable J. Walter Tejada of the Arlington County Board. It was rumored that Mr Tejada's fastball was once timed at 91 miles per hour!! (Mr. Tejada (second from left) posed with the Rangers' Ethan Greenhaus, the Marlins' Daniel Scholl, and ASBR Board Member Casey Triggs.) The first pitch was received by the Fiore & Levine Ranger's catcher Ethan Greenhaus with both teams lined up along the 1st & 3rd base lines. After the National Anthem was played, with the U.S. flag being held at the pitcher's mound by one of the Ranger's mothers, the Alliance Championship game began.

The Championship Game was a very well played game that was tied at 2-2 through 5 innings. The Fiore & Levine Rangers prevailed with the victory in 7 innings of play.

The medal ceremony for the Alliance Champion Fiore & Levine Rangers and the Alliance Runner-up Italian Store Marlins took place immediately following the game, along the 1st & third base lines. The Marlins Head Coach Ed Rozynski presented the medals to the Alliance Tourney Runner-up Marlins & Rangers head Coach Tom McNulty to the Alliance Tourney Champion Rangers. The regular season was completed with a pizza party, courtesy of the Alliance Rangers & Alliance Marlins parents, & a sheet cake courtesy of ASBR Alliance League.

A great day was had by all players, coaches & parents. Thanks to all the Alliance Coaches & Assistant Coaches. It was a great Alliance season, which is only possible with the help and cooperation of many unsung heroes.

Bob Furlong, ASBR Alliance Commissioner



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Prep League Champion
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County Board Member Mary Hynes threw made a great ceremonial first pitch at the Prep League Championship Games between the 1st Commonwealth Bank of Virginia River Dogs and Falls Church Foot & Ankle Center Bees. Joining Ms. Hynes are the River Dogs' J.J. Ricchetti and the Bees' Sam Veroneau, along with ASBR Board Members Casey Triggs (left) and Bill Murray (right).The Bees won an exciting two-day, nine-inning first game, which was suspended overnight due to lightening. The River Dogs ended up taking the Championship in the second game.

 

 



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Monday, April 5
Spring '11 Senior League Registration Now Open!
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Dear 16-18 Year Old Baseball Player:
Arlington Senior Babe Ruth Baseball invites 16-18 year old players to play baseball in our Senior League. This includes players born after January 1, 1992 and prior to April 30, 1995.

All 16-18 year old players are eligible to play in the Senior League, regardless of whether they are on a high school team. In fact, minimum play rules and snake batting orders ensure equal playing opportunity for all.

 Initially, beginning after the public school spring break, we will hold two group practices per week. These practices will be held on April 27, April 30, May 5, May 7, and May 14.

Games will begin Sunday, May 15. Following the regular season, there will be a league tournament. The tournament will conclude in late June.

The registration fee for the spring 2011 season is $135, and you can register and pay on-line. Please click here to begin the on-line registration process. If you would rather register the old-fashioned way, you can download registration and medical release forms here.

Please - we urge you to register as soon as possible. Doing so will greatly help us to plan for the upcoming season.

We look forward to your participation. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Valtin, Commissioner, Senior League at (703) 338-2582 or christopher.valtin@fitchratings.com.

 

Play Ball!

 Alan Schneider, President
Arlington Senior Babe Ruth Baseball

 



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Tuesday, April 5
Spring Season Opening Day Draws Near!
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Spring Baseball is upon us! The Arlington Senior Babe Ruth spring season will open on Saturday, April 9th with games in our Prep and Alliance leagues.  We especially want to welcome all rising 13-year-old players, from Arlington Little League and Arlington Babe Ruth Cal Ripken, who are moving up to the regulation diamond. The American and Senior league seasons will begin in mid-May. 

 Schedules will soon be added to the web site and you will be able to find them on the bottom of this page and on each team's individual web page.



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Friday, March 11
Prep and Alliance Practices Canceled
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There will be no practices on any of the baseball fields this weekend with the possible exception Barcroft #6 on late Sunday afternoon.  Please check with the Arlington County weather line (703) 228-4715 for updates.



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Tuesday, February 22
Latest Babe Ruth Bat Rule Changes

Please click here for the latest Babe Ruth bat rule changes.  For a list of the approved composite bats for 2011, please click here.

 



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Saturday, March 27
Field Use and Batting Cage Update
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Arlington County has closed all diamond fields for today, Saturday, March 27 and that information is reflected on the inclement weather tape at 703/228-4715. However, I have cleared it with the county to let us use the batting cages at each of the fields, information which is not on today's recorded message. Therefore please send an e-mail or phone your players that your practices are on time as scheduled but that they will be limited to batting cage use only. Under no circumstances are any players or coaches to go on the fields.

 

 



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Tuesday, July 13
13u All Star Team District Champs!

ASBR's 13u All Star team won the District VII championship by defeating Vienna in the if game. They advance to compete in the state tournament in Victoria, Virginia, July 22-27.

Congratulations to Coaches Greg Wigton and JD Slaughter and the entire team.

 

 
Backrow (L to R): Coach Slaughter, James Carroll, James Mellin, Hunter Gray, John Brown, Lucas Dolan, Andrew Long, Coach Wigton
Frontrow (L to R): Jeffrey Constantz, Graeme Fineman, Nathan Jones, Christopher Seymour, Jeffrey Kruger, David Moeller
Not Pictured: Johnny Bowman, Michael Rozynski


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Wednesday, February 25
ASBR's 16u Travel Team Gives Back

ASBR's 16u travel is involved is several community service projects during the spring/summer of '09 as part of an effort to give back to the Arlington community which has supported our team over the past year. The team, which won the 15 year-old Virginia State Championship last summer, consists of 13 ASBR 16 year-olds and will play a 30 game combined Babe Ruth/travel schedule this upcoming summer.

http://www.ahcinc.org/documents/FebruaryNewsBriefs.pdf

 



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Monday, July 21
State Champs times 2!!!
Arlington's 16U team finished the State tournament with a perfect 3 - 0 record and come home as State champs! Congrats to coach Tim Edwards and the whole 16U team. Click here for the Arlington Sun Gazette newpaper article on the State tournament. They now head to the 16U Southeast Regional Tournament, held this year in Vienna, VA. Arlington starts play Thursday the 24th against Lumber County, NC at 7:30pm at Waters field. Click here for a link to the Regional bracket. Best of luck in the Regionals!

16U State Champs

 

Not to be outdone, the 15U team finished the State tournament in Manassas, beating Glen Allen 2 - 0 on Tuesday, July 22nd for the championship. That finished a perfect 5 and 0 run through the tournament. Dean Johnson pitched a complete game and got great defense from the whole team, especially Brooks Valtin who made two great plays to lead the 15's to the victory. Click here for the Arlington Sun Gazette newspaper article about the tournament. Click here for a link the final 15U State tournament bracket. The 15's now head to Florida and the Southeast Regionals. Best of luck to coach Mike Krulfeld and the whole 15U team!

15U State Champs



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Tuesday, July 8
ASBR District Team Schedules
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ASBR is sending six teams to districts this summer, 13U, 14U, 15U, 14/15U Alliance, 16U and 18U. 

The 16U district team won it's district by defeating Northern Fairfax twice on Monday, July 7th at Chantilly H.S.  They play in the State tournament starting July 16th in Brunswick, VA.  Click here for the State tournament bracket.

 Click here for district tournament brackets for the other teams.

 GO ARLINGTON!



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Monday, July 28
14/15U Alliance All-Stars District Champs!

The 14/15U Alliance team finished it's district tournament as champions!  Click here for the Arlington Sun Gazette news article about the team. Congratulations to Coach Rick Boyle and the whole 14/15U Alliance team!



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Monday, September 19
ASBR Coach Lou Serpa Dies
Louis J. Serpa (age 56) died on Saturday, September 17, 2005 at Holy Cross Hospital. Friends may call at the Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA on Wednesday, September 21, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. where services will be held on Thursday, September 22, at 11 a.m. Interment Columbia Gardens Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Arlington Senior Babe Ruth Baseball, P.O. Box 50113, Arlington, VA 22205.





Sunday, June 10
Alliance and Albrittain and Surdyk Prep League Tournaments
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The Alliance League season ending double-elimination tournament was completed on Wednesday, June 20th with the Pirates taking home the post season trophies. Click below for the tournament bracket and schedule. Congrats to all on a great season!

Alliance Tournament Bracket

The Albrittain and Surdyk Prep league season ending single elimination tournament was completed on Saturday, June 16th with the Durham Bulls taking home the post season tourney crown. Click below for the tournament bracket and schedule. Congrats to the Bulls and all the rest of the Prep league teams for a great season!

Albrittain and Surdyk Prep Tournament Bracket




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Friday, October 1
Sunday Clinics Planned

Fall Ball is traditionally a period of games and no practices. This is primarily due to the lack of fields and practice times. I would like to conduct some group practices on Sunday afternoons starting this Sunday, October 3, for all interested players to attend. This would be in lieu of requests for individual team practices. To this end I have reserved the Virginia Highlands Field # 4 from 3:30 - 5:00 for a pitching and catcher's clinic. All players and coaches who would like to attend this clinic are welcome.

Sorry for the short notice, but the more games I've observed and the more coaches I have talked to convinced me that this clinic will help improve the overall caliber of play in our fall ball program. I will also be reserving fields for additonal Sunday afternoon practices throughout the season and will send you the details early next week.

At this point I am the only one working the clinic, so if any of the other coaches or league officials are free to help that would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Alan Schneider President, Arlington Senior Babe Ruth Baseball 



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