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Thursday, November 1
2013 Postseason Recap

Hours ahead of Hurricane Sandy, the 2012 Fall Ball Playoffs got underway with the first place Harrison Blue Jays taking on the fourth place NJ Marlins. Harrison edged the Marlins by a 2-1 score marking the franchise's fifth consecutive trip to the Fall Championship. The first four came as the Kearny White Sox, under manager Bart Michalski. This is their first as the Blue Jays under new manager Jairo Mendez, although Mendez was in charge at the end of the 2011 campaign. The Sox went 2-2 in those contests.  Both the Blue Jays and the Marlins secured their postseason seedings by tiebreaker. The Jays were in a three-way tie at 8-2 with the Edison Cubs and the Monmouth Thunder. But the NABA tiebreaking system left those teams in 2nd and 3rd respectively. (Thier scheduled playoff game was postponed in advance of Sandy.) The Marlins finished at 3-7 tied with the Point Pleasant Pirates, but advanced due to the fourth tiebreaker - runs allowed in divsion.     

9/23

Angels Sweep Shockers 11-1 and 14-1! Giants in Three 7-9, 11-1, 6-2

 In Old Bridge, the Amboy Angels completed a sweep of the Dunellen Shockers to capture their first League Championship. The Angels finshed the regular season in the East with a 15-6 mark. They then stormed through the postseason with a perfect 6-0 mark, sweeping each postseason series. Perhaps most impressive was the margin of victory by which Matt Manning's squad eliminated the West's 18-2 Shockers, racking up 25 runs to their opponent's 2. Chris Blashfield posted the win in both games, allowing just 2 runs - 1 earned - in 18 innings of work, for an ERA of 0.50.

9/16

On September 16, the Somerville Giants captured their 3rd straight RVNABA "AA" title and record tying 4th overall title, by downing the NJ Cubs two games to one in the best of three Championship Series. The Cubs, took game 1, 9-7 as the Giants would spot the Cubs 9 unearned runs as they unravelled in the 4th inning. The Giants bats came alive and eventually brought the tying run to the plate in the 9th inning, however the Cubs held on for the game 1 win. The Giants, having not lost a playoff game in 3 years were unphased by this loss and came out for game 2 and played almost perfect baseball with solid pitching, solid defense and timely hitting to defeat the Cubs 11-1 and force game 3. In game 3 the Giants continued their timley hitting, played a solid defense and got a well pitched game to take the game 6-2 and win the series.



Sunday, June 17
Hall Hurls No-No

On Sunday, Emmett Hall of the Parsippany Pirates hurled the 20th no-hitter in the RVNABA's twenty year history. His 3-0 gem over the Somerset Mariners was the first nine-inning no-no since 2009 and only the fourth overall. Two 3rd inning walks and an 8th inning error were all that separated him from perfection. Congratulations to Mr. Hall! For the complete list of No-Hitters click here.

Meanwhile, the Giants improved their AA leading record to 6-0. In the East the Twins moved into a first-place tie with the Angels at 7-2. And the Shockers won again to make their West leading record 8-1.



Saturday, March 31
Table of Champions
 Year  AA League Champion
 A League Champion
Fall Ball Champion
 2011  Somerville Giants  South Amboy Pitbulls
 Bulldogs
 2010  Somerville Giants  Edison Cubs
 Kearny White Sox
 2009  NJ Bears  South Amboy Pitbulls
 Edison Cubs
 2008  Paterson Phillies  South River Bombers
 Kearny White Sox
 2007
 NJ Clippers  Middlesex Reds
 Roselle Rangers
 2006  Paterson Phillies  Elizabeth Orioles
 East Brunswick Dodgers
 2005  Irvington Cardinals  South Amboy Yankees
 Liberty Athletics
 2004  Sayreville Giants  Somerset Sundevils
 
 2003  Irvington Cardinals  Carteret Twins
 
 2002  Irvington Cardinals  Fords Pirates
 
 2001  Middlesex Bears  Bridgewater Blue Jays
 
 2000  Middlesex Bears  Old Bridge Cubs
 
 1999  Middlesex Bears    
 1998  Carteret Mustangs    
 1997  Carteret Mustangs    
 1996  Carteret Mariners    
 1995  Carteret Mariners    
 1994  Carteret Mustangs    
 1993  Woodbridge Pirates    
 1992

  no champion

   

 



Monday, November 14
Fall Ball Championship Game Opponents Set - Bulldogs/Sox

For the fourth consecutive year, the Kearny White Sox will be playing for the Fall Ball Title. And they will be facing their fourth opponent. This year it will be the Bulldogs, a new addition to the league.

After postng 1-win seasons in 2006 and 2007, the Sox broke out in 2008 with a 7-3 record before besting the Liberty Athletics in the final. They returned to the 'ship in 2009, only to have the Edison Cubs (Blue Ducks) prevent their repeat. But last year the Sox grabbed the trophy back with a thrilling 14 inning win over the Senators, so now they will attempt the repeat when they meet the Bulldogs next week.

Yesterday the Bulldogs prevented a 2009 rematch when they defeated the Blue Ducks 8-2. Like the Sox, who have never played an RVNABA Spring/Summer season, the Bulldogs only joined us this Fall, and they are looking to make their inaugural season a championship one.



Sunday, July 31
Rules Reminders
A Few Items:

It is a league rule that all starters and eligible substitutes be listed on your lineup card. They are to be listed by first initial, last name and uniform number. They should also be able to identify themselves with a legal document (I.e. driver’s license) if their identity is questioned.

And while it is up to each individual manager whether he will challenge any player(s) on an opposing team, he is within his rights to do so. So managers need to be vigilant. If you don’t like the rule, it can be changed by league vote, but not in mid-season.

 

Protests:

To properly lodge a protest other than an ineligible player protest, the protest needs to be officially acknowledged by the umpires and opposing manager immediately after the play in question takes place and before the next pitch is thrown. Protests should only be made when questioning the implementation or interpretation of a rule, or lack thereof and they should be made in a quiet and professional manner. The protest should be duly noted in the official scorebook. Only if an umpire is unwilling to acknowledge a protest, should the league president be notified.

Eligibility protests - Identity: Questioning a player’s identity must be done at the field. Example: Lineup card says player is J. Smith and you believe he is not. Notify the umpire and opposing manager that J. Smith needs to produce identification. If he cannot, he is not allowed to play.

Eligibility protests – an opposing manager has until 24 hours after the completion of his game to lodge a protest for a team using an ineligible player; ineligible means the player in question has either not registered or not paid his player fee to the league. The eligibility list sent to managers before games is a good indication of who is eligible but it is not the last word since it is possible for a player to register and pay online right up until game time, and because a player’s payment or paper registration might not be recorded right away.

   

And another thing: It is a violation of league policy to do soft toss against the fences at your field. While we’ve been good about this, a reminder never hurts. If you want to have soft toss, buy a net designed for it. Violation of this policy could mean expulsion and/or forfeiture of games.



Sunday, September 18
Phillies Start Championship Series with Heavy Hearts - Drop Game 1 to Giants; Colt 45s, Pitbulls to Meet for A Lg Championship

The AA League Championship began at Newark's Westside Park with the Paterson Phillies hosting the Giants. The Phillies gutted out a best of three victory over the Senators last Sunday, even while they were learning of, and grieving the loss of their teammate, 3rd baseman Rey Garcia. The death of Garcia in a motorcycle accident last Saturday night has left everyone reeling. A still somber Phillie squad dropped game one to the Giants 8-1. Both teams are looking for their third championship.

On Saturday, the Nemesis and Angels met for game 3 of their round one playoffs, and the Angels engineered a ninth inning comeback to take an 8-7 lead before darkness fell. Per league rule, the two were set to meet Sunday morning to complete the game, but the Nemesis conceded early Sunday morning. The Angels were then bested by the Pitbulls in a two game sweep 9-2, and 8-1. The Colt 45's edged out the Dunellen Pirates 7-6 on Saturday to take game one of their division finals. On Sunday, the Pirates evened the series with an 11-8 victory, before the 45's prevailed in the rubber game 10-2 to advance to the Championship. It will mark the Colt 45's first trip there, while their dance partners are returning after a one year sabbatical. In 2009 the Pitbulls represented the West Division when they won the championship. This year they are East Division champs.

 

On behalf of the entire league, we wish to expess our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Rey Garcia of the Paterson Phillies.

FALL BALL UNDERWAY

The Edison Blue Ducks swept the Parsippany Pirates 6-0 and 15-2, in the season opener.

Managers and players may pay Fall Ball team registration fee here:



Saturday, February 19
Eliminate Your Player Registration Fee?

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Get your electric bill and go to http://Viridian.com/RVNABA4GreenerFields . Click on Become a Customer. Then notify the league that you’ve signed and which team you’re on. PSE&G, JCP&L and ACE electric customers can do so now.

Points to consider:

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-Participants benefit from lower energy bills and reduced playing costs

-Green energy benefits the environment

 

 



Sunday, November 7
IT'S WHITE SOX IN 14 INNINGS!! 6-5

Charles Comprelli pitched 7.1 innings of scoreless relief, and in so doing, earned the Kearny White Sox their second Fall Ball Championship in three years. His effort came in relief of Jairo Mendez who allowed five runs in 6.2 innings, and was on the hook until the Sox tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. His brother, John Mendez scored that run from third on Travis Bubet's fielder's choice. From there it was another four plus innings of scoreless ball until Jim Moreis ended it with an rbi single in the bottom of the 14th.

Lost was a solid effort from Senators' starter Mike McTamney - 11ip,2er,8k,6h. It was three unearned runs - two in the seventh and one in the ninth - that undid an otherwise stellar performance.  

Kearny got the scoring started in the third. A two out double from Jairo Mendez plated Comprelli, who had singled and stolen second. That was followed by Leon Johnson's rbi single and the score was 2-0. The Senators answered right back with a three run fourth. Dan Zarilo and R Rivera opened the frame with back to back singles putting runners at the corners. Rivera swiped second. A pop up, an intentional walk, and a strike out later, bases were loaded with two down. But Rich Scran nubbed an infield rbi single. That was followed by a wild pitch which tied the game, before Anthony Duran picked up another infield single to make it 3-2 Senators. Scran was cut down at home on the play attempting to score from second.

No more scoring until the seventh when Scran led off with the game's only homer. Two outs later, Kenny Nieves singled and stole second. He was knocked in by Brady Doyle's rbi single and the score was 5-2. But the Sox scratched out those two unearned runs in the bottom of the frame to make it 5-4. Dom Scaretta led off with a single. Bobby Sansone hit a chopper to first, but Scran's throw to second was wide and pulled the shortstop off the bag, leaving runners at first and second with no outs. A sac bunt from John Mendez and a sac fly from Comprelli brought home Scaretta. Bubet then popped up to third but the ball was dropped and Sansone scored.

 

The Senators got their leadoff hitter to third in the eighth and ninth, but failed to score either runner. With one down in the bottom of the ninth, John Mendez worked a full count walk. Comprelli then laid down a bunt, but McTamney's throw to first was in front of the batter-runner and the first baseman couldn't catch it, as the ball went down the right field line, leaving runners at first and third. Bubet then hit a squibber past the mound. McTamney fielded it and went for the plate, but the throw was high and went past the catcher, tying the score and putting runners at second and third with one out. With the winning run 90 feet away, McTamney stiffened - struck out Johnson and got Moreis on a grounder to short. On to extra innings.

Zarillo led off the Senator tenth by grounding to short. He was called out on a close play, and the Senators' manager, Harry Yunek was ejected after voicing his disagreement with the call. Rivera then singled and stole second. Holquin was called out on strikes for the second out and promptly ejected after confronting the plate umpire. After a walk to Chris O'Connor, Frank Dehart was retired on a fly to right.

McTamney continued for two extra innings, escaping the tenth and eleventh on inning-ending double plays. Jim Bessey relieved him in the twelfth, and retired the first six batters he faced going into fourteenth. The Senators, meanwhile were getting nowhere off Comprelli. Rivera's tenth inning single would prove to be their last hit.

Bessey faced Comprelli leading off the 14th. His soft pop over third was caught on a spectacular diving play by shortstop Kenny Nieves. Bubet grounded out to third, stretching Bessey's string to eight in a row, before a seemingly innoccuous walk was issued to Jairo Mendez. However, Johnson followed that with a stinger that one-hopped the wall sending Mendez to third. Moreis then took an 0-1 pitch to leftfield for a game winning rbi single and the Fall Ball Championship!

 Spring/Summer results:

GIANTS COMPLETE SWEEP OF WHITE SOX; CUBS WIN THRILLER IN 13 INN., 5-4 TO SWEEP RED SOX

AA Game Two at Jannarone Field in Parsippany: After the White Sox tied it at 5-5 with an eighth inning two-run homer, the Giants answered with one very big run in the ninth and made it stand up for a 6-5 win and their second RVNABA AA Championship. 

AA Game One at FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood: Giants defeated the White Sox 4-2.

A League Game One at FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood: Literally minutes after their divisional title game where they defeated the Morris Brewers 16-8, the Red Sox made a trek down to Lakewood where they met the Edison Cubs for game one of the Championship Series. But the Cubs' Ryan Klouser was on, and allowed just one hit over seven innings as the Cubs blanked the Sox 4-0.

A League Game Two at Frank Torpey Complex: It took thirteen innings, but the A league season ended as the Edison Cubs completed a sweep of Riley's Red Sox with a hard-earned 5-4 victory.



Thursday, November 4
WHITE SOX EARN 3RD CONSECUTIVE FALL BALL CHAMPIONSHIP BERTH; WILL FACE SENATORS

The Kearny White Sox defeated the Indians 5-3, then downed the Gravediggers 5-1 to advance to next Sunday's Championship. They will face the Senators who had a first round bye, before they beat the Nemesis in round two.  

In a battle of first place teams, the Kearny White Sox took a pair from the Garden State Senators to finish at 9-1, but the wins didn't come easy. They won 3-2 and 2-1. Meanwhile the Indians dropped two to the Gravediggers in Westfield to round out the regular season.

The Nemesis will face the Beavers in round one this week. The winner will have to travel to play the Senators in round two directly afterward. And after the Redbirds host the Gravediggers and the Sox face the Indians, the winners of those round one contests will meet for round two in Piscataway. The Championship is slated for Nov 7th in South Amboy.

 



Saturday, September 18
Round Two Playoffs

The Giants and Clippers met Saturday morning to complete their suspended game, and the Giants added onto their 6-4 lead to win by a final score of 10-5. They will host the White Sox Sunday morning at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood.

While the White Sox and Giants play Game One of their series, the West Division title will be at stake as the Red Sox and the Brewers meet for the rubber game of their division finals. The Red Sox made game three necessary when they downed the Brewers on Saturday afternoon  by  a 15-5 score. The winner of this contest will have to travel from Clinton to Lakewood to meet the Cubs for Game One of the A League Championship Series.

The Edison Cubs and the White Sox were the first to get their tickets to the big dance stamped. They swept the Angels and NJ Pirates respectively to move on.

The Cubs, meanwhile will host the West winner - either Riley's Red Sox or the Morris Brewers in the A League Championship Series. The Brewers downed the Parsippany Pirates 17-14 on Saturday night to advance from round one.



Wednesday, September 8
Round One Playoffs

Both AA first-place squads - the White Sox and Giants advanced, proving that their deep rosters were up to the task of playing in two post-season series simultaneously. Both swept their fourth-place opponents even as the Giants bested the Sox 2 games to 1 in their championship series for another league. Down south, the Giants will face a familiar foe in the NJ Clippers who swept the Thunder 5-0, 5-4. Except for 2004 and 2009, when the Giants faced the Bears, these two have met for the South division finals every year since 2003. The Giants won in 2006, while the Clippers took the division crown in 2003,'05,'07 and '08. Meanwhile the Sox will have to deal with the NJ Pirates who swept the Cards 5-3, 8-6.

The only series to go three games were in the A League, where it took the first place Cubs all three games to put away the Nemesis 3-8, 13-9, and 9-8. Out West, the Parsippany Pirates and Morris Brewers are tied at a game apiece and will need to play a rubber game. Riley's first-place Red Sox swept the Colt 45's 2-0, 10-6. Back East the Amboy Angels swept a pair from the Mariners 12-1, 11-8 and will face the Cubs in the Division Final.



Saturday, August 28
August 26, 2010

Rich Grabowski once again showed up in a big game as he has made it a habit throughout the years.  Grabowski got the start for the cubs and would not dissapoint!  He would go 5 strong innings and strike out 7 batters, allowing only 1 hit as the Cubs offense took advantage of a very porous Indian defense and some wildness from the pitching.  That coupled with a huge rbi triple from Rick Persico and an RBI double from Matt Gizzi  led to the 12-1 romp and a playoff berth as the 4th seed in the south division. 

Oh No-No, Not Again! Final Week Will Provide Some Drama; Be1Get1 Promo Extended; Fall Ball Registration Available; 

Tom Selementi of the Parsippany Pirates hurled the season's fourth no-hitter - a seven inning, 15-0 shutout of the Central Jersey Reds. The win leaves the Pirates in third in the West. Coming up with two big wins were the Colt 45's who have jumped into fourth, tied with the Middlesex Pirates, but ahead by tiebreaker. The Morris Brewers won big over the Mariners and have a percentage point lead for second place. Meanwhile in the battle of first-place teams, the West's Red Sox prevailed with a 4-0 blanking of the Edison Cubs.

 From the if-they-get-there- they'll-have-earned-it category, the NJ Indians upset the Giants in 12 innings 5-4. The win keeps their playoff hopes alive despite getting no help from the Braves who forfeited to the NJ Cubs. The Tribe will need to win their scheduled game vs the Cardinals and their makeup with the White Sox, and hope that the Sox also defeat the Cubs. An uphill battle but their confidence has to be buoyed by today's effort over the G-men. Those White Sox took a 5-3 decision from the Aguilas today, making the Aguilas chances more dire than the Indians. The Aguilas still have a shot for fourth however, because the NJ Pirates swept a pair from the Lumberjacks. The Pirates moved ahead of the Cards who were idled by the missing Redbirds. The Cards will face the Indians and the Senators next Sunday.

Big week ahead. Get some rest. Playoffs start August 28-29. 



Saturday, August 28
Playoff Preview

Interesting drama added to playoff openers. The first place White Sox and Giants will not only be playing their semi-final games against division rivals - the Lumberjacks and NJ Cubs respectively, but they are also hooked up in a championship series in another league. Aside from causing a major pain in the ass, this also puts the two front-runners to the test as they will each play 4 or 5 games this weekend. So although they come in as obvious favorites, time will tell if they bit off more than they can chew. Some other favorites have expressed concern about their teams' chances this weekend as well. The 2nd and 3rd place matchups promise to be exciting also - Clippers/Thunder and Cards/Pirates.

In the West, the final seed won't be determined until Saturday, and barring a sweep, that first round may extend beyond this weekend. This also has produced a major p.i.a., and a solution to prevent this type of debacle will be aired at the postseason meetings. Meanwhile the Big East matchups feature the first-place Edison Cubs paired with the Nemesis and the Amboy Angels taking on the Somerset Mariners. Riley's 1st Place Red Sox will host the four-seed on Sunday be it the Colt 45's or the Middlesex Pirates, while the Parsippany Pirates and Morris Brewers do battle.



Sunday, August 8
Aug 8,2010

For excitement, look north and west. All AA eyes on the NJ Pirates/Lumberjacks doubleheader at Torpey. The Jax, currently in 4th, could leap to 3rd or fall into a tie for 5th. Out West, the Colt 45/Middesex Pirates makeup game at Thomas Edison could have serious implications on the playoff scenario. The Edison Cubs/Riley's Red Sox matchup also gives us an intersting battle between first place teams.

Apparently August 1st was a Perfect Day for baseball. Not only did Chris Eickhorst pitch a perfect game over the Senators, but the Edison Cubs' Chris Morales was simultaneously tossing his own perfecto over the North Brunswick Wild 22-0. Both games were scheduled seven-inning games shortened to five frames by mercy rule. Both pitchers are named Chris. Both pitchers won a championship in 2009. Coincidence or conspiracy?



Tuesday, August 3
August 1,2010

Chris Eickhorst was perfect as the Giants clinched first with a doubleheader sweep of the Senators.  Eick's perfect game was in the opener. The two losses all but eliminated the Senators from playoff contention and the four seed come down to the Indians, Cubs and Braves. By defeating the Braves, the Indians became masters of their own destiny. If they win out,they're guaranteed a playoff spot. Meanwhile the Clippers took two from the Thunder to almost secure second place. Little Eick came up big with a triple and 2 homers for the Clips.

The Cardinals edged the Aguilas 6-5, but still trail the first place Sox by a game or so. That loss dropped the Aguilas three in the loss column behind the Pirates who were idle and the Jax who got two from the Redbirds.

With a sweep of the Nemesis, the Angels are making a run at the Cubs for tops in the East, but they still need the Cubbies to drop two of their last three. The two losses dropped the Nemesis to fourth, but they and the Mariners are ony jockeying for position - the four playoff teams are already determined.

Out West, the Red Sox are large and in charge, but 2nd through 5th is all up for grabs. Currently the Colts are on the outside by half a game.



Tuesday, July 27
July is History, August's a Mystery

An interesting two weeks to say the least! The playoff picture was starting to clear up after the 19th, but this Sunday's games muddied the waters all over again.

Down South where the Giants rule the roost, the Clippers and Thunder have fallen into a tie again for second. But that four-hole is up for grabs. The Cubs have the slimmest of leads and I do mean thin. Remember that winning percentage is the determiner of standings and that NABA rules count a tie as half-win/half-loss. So the 8-9 Cubs (.471) lead the 7-8-1 Braves (7.5-8.5 comes to .469). Right on their collective asses are the Indians at 7-9 and the Senators at 6-9.  Up North nothing is for certain. The Sox are hanging onto first currently, but the Cards came on strong with a sweep of the Pirates. Meanwhile, the Aguilas dropped a pair to the Jax so fourth is going to be a  contest here too.

Out West Riley's Red Sox are sittin' pretty in first, and the M. Pirates have a hold on second, but 3-4-5 are tight as a .... well, they're tight. In the East, the Cubs unbreakable grasp on first showed some signs of slipping as they lost their second straight, this time to the Nemesis, who hold a .003 percentage point lead on third place over the Mariners.  



Tuesday, July 27
July 12 Headlines

No more breaks. Seven, hopefully uninterrupted, weeks of baseball.

In the A West's Battle of the Bucs, Parsippany edged out Middlesex in consecutive one-run games as they make their move for fourth. The first place Red Sox swept while the Brewers and Colts split. In the East, those Edison Cubbies remained undefeated with a sweep over the M's. And the second place Angels were just able to tame the Wild 3-1 and 4-3.

In the AA South, the Giants took care of the Braves to maintain their 1 1/2 game lead over the Clips who beat the Brewers. A Thunder loss to the NJ Cubs left the Clippers alone in second, as the Thunder dropped a game back. The Cubs and Indian wins coupled with the Braves loss make it a fight for fourth. Up North, the NJ Pirates and the White Sox both won so the Pirates remain a game and a half up there. The Cards still hold onto third despite their one-run loss to the Sox.



Monday, July 12
July 5, 2010

July 5 - The only RVNABA representative at the  Hall of Fame Tournament in Cooperstown, NY was the Parsippany Pirates. The Pirates made it out of pool play in the A Division, capturing the four-seed - beating out the DC Nationals on tie-breaker. Both teams were 1-2, but the Pirates beat the Nationals 10-8 in head to head competition. Unfortunately, Parsippany was ousted in the semi-final round by the #1 seed Broome Dusters  by a 6-2 score. 

Locally...Never mind how the West will be won, Who will win the West? The Middlesex Pirates knocked off the first-place Brewers with a sweep to jump past them, but Riley's Red Sox also swept their double dibble over the Parsippany Pirates to land in first, one game ahead of the M. Pirates. The Beasts of the East - the Edison Cubs retained their blemish-free record and at 12-0, and clinched a playoff spot (barring three forfeits, of course)

 Interleague Intrigue. The battle between AA first place squads (NJ Pirates vs. Somerville Giants) went to the G-men in eleven innings 9-7. The Giants put some space between them and the second-place Thunder who were defeated by the North's second-place White Sox 8-2. The loss dropped the Thunder into a tie with the NJ Clippers - both are 8-2. The South River Braves strengthened their hold on the four spot with a win over the Redbirds while the Cubs fell to the third place Cardinals. The Indians win over the Lumberjacks put them just a 1/2 game behind the Cubs.

 

On deck: A weekend off to celebrate the Fourth of July. Best of luck to teams headed to Cooperstown for the Tournament



Monday, May 31
Memorial Day Weekend

  May 28: As our local league takes the weekend off to honor the Defenders of our Freedom, four of our squads will be in Atlantic City playing the national pastime in the NABA A.C. Tournament. Good luck to the NY/NJ White Sox, Somerville Giants, Monmouth County Thunder and the Irvington Cardinals!

 May 29: After day one of the tourney, the White Sox are 1-0 by virtue of a 4-1 win. The Cardinals are 0-1, dropping a 5-3 decision. And the Giants are 0-0-1 after a 7-7 tie. In the A bracket, the Thunder are sitting pretty at 2-0, winning 6-0 and 7-3.

  May 30: After day 2 of the tourney, the RVNABA is well represented. At 9:00 tomorrow morning, the Thunder will host the Utek Reds in the A bracket Championship. Meanwhile, if the White Sox and Giants can best their 9:00am opponents in the semis, the two squads will face off in the 18 Open Championship. Both teams advanced from pool play undefeated - the only blemish being a Giant 7-7 tie in the opener. The Sox were the only team in the 16 team field to go 3-0. The Giants (2-0-1) edged out the Lumberkings (2-0-1) by one run on tiebreaker to advance. After the two teams alowed 7 runs to each other, the Giants only allowed one more run in their final two games. Good thing because the kings only allowed two. Go RV!

 May 31: 11:00m update - all three RV teams holding late inning leads. 11:45: Thunder Win! Claim A Championship with 2-1 victory. Nick Franke earns MVP honors. White Sox advance to final with 7-5 win. Giants clinging to 6-0 lead in the ninth - likely to meet Sox. 12:15: Giants win 6-1, will face Sox.

White Sox down Giants 9-3 to take tournament crown! Congratulations to the NY/NJ White Sox and the Monmouth County Thunder!



Sunday, April 11
Opening Day 2010

OPENING DAY! The 2010 Season kicks off today at 9:00am in Flemington, Piscataway amd Morris Township.

 It looks like a field of 27 for the 2010 campaign. At present we have 15 in the AA and 12 in A Ball. Room for one more in the North. We will be bidding adieu to several long-time RV'ers. For the first time since 1992, there will be no Bears in the league. Gone too are their 2009 championship opponents, the Phillies, whose first year was 2003.  The A League Champion Pitbulls are going out on top. Also absent will be the A's, Astros, and Dodgers , who joined the league in 2000, 2001 and 2002, respectively.. The Blue Jays (2007) and Gravediggers (2008) will likewise not be fielding teams this year. And where are the Cyclones?

Father Time marches on, but some new blood moves on in. We welcome the following new squads: Parlin Nemesis, Boonton Redbirds, Raritan Brewers, Central Jersey Reds and the North Brunswick Wild. And we welcome back two franchises who went dormant: the NJ Clippers (2003-2008) and the NJ (formerly Old Bridge) Cubs (1998-2003, 2006). Finally a couple of name-changers. Last year's first place Outlaws aren't on the lam -they're now Riley's Red Sox. Those angelic NJ Tigers are now the Amboy Angels. And the courageous South River Bombers will be known as the South River Braves. 



Saturday, May 29
May 23 results

First round of doubleheaders in AA ball started putting some space between teams in the standings, but its still early. Break out the brooms. All sweeps! The Giants' pitching staff continued its mastery with a pair of shutouts, although the message boarders who took the over, got screwed 1-0, 4-0. The Cards welcomed the Lumberjacks to 2010 with a pair of opening day losses. Thunder swiped two from the rival Senators 3-2 in ten inn, and 8-1. Clips swept Tribe. Braves took two from Brew crew. Pirates downed Beavers twice. And the Sox blanked the Redbirds in a single game.

In A ball, the Morris Brewers took care of the Reds. The Red Sox downed the Nemesis. Middlesex Pirates won Wild. South Amboy Angels edged the Colt 45's 2-1. The Edison Cubs stayed undefeated with a victory over the Black Sox. And the Parsippany Pirates and Mariners ended in a 7-7 tie in nine innings minutes before the lights went out at Smith Field.



Sunday, November 22
Cubs Wrest Fall Ball Title from Sox
The 2009 campaign finally came to an end on a chilly, but sunny Sunday morning at John Phillips Park in Old Bridge, with the Edison Cubs relieving the Kearny White Sox of the Fall Ball Title by a score of 2-0. Dave Cimini started and threw seven innings of shutout ball, striking out nine, for the win. Ryan Klouser struck out the side (but not in order) in the eighth and ninth to record the save. For the Sox, Jairo Mendez fired a complete game six-hitter. The Cubs scored the game's only runs in the third when they collected three of those six hits. Cimini's rbi single plated the first run and Ed Meyer brought home the second run with an rbi grounder after fouling off seven pitches. The official scoresheets can be downloaded by clicking on Handout below.

AMERICAN                 NATIONAL  
ROUND 1   RND 2         RND 2   ROUND 1  
Kearny White Sox 7               South River Bombers 6
    White Sox 11       Bombers 1    
Union County Beavers 0               Old Bridge Defenders 4
        White Sox     0 vs Cubs 2        
Montville Dirtbags 5               Edison Cubs 3
    Dirtbags 5       Cubs 5    
Washington Gravediggers 3               NJ Indians 1

 

Previous Fall Ball Championship Results:

2008 - Kearny White Sox 2-0 over Liberty Athletics

2007 - Roselle Rangers 8-6 over NJ Indians

2006 - East Brunswick Dodgers 1-0 over Liberty Athletics

2005 - Liberty Athletics 8-0 over East Brunswick Dodgers



Saturday, March 31
Video Tribute to Neil Napolitano

On the third anniversary of his passing we remember our friend and teammate taken from us too soon. 

To download this tribute to Neil, please click on the link below. 
http://www.mediafire.com/?mfmtzmeoknw


Sunday, November 8
Farewell #24

It is with deep sadness that ...

Sunday, October 11
ITS SHOWTIME IN DOUBLE A; PHILS, BEARS SQUARE OFF THIS AFTERNOON
With no rain in the forecast, the 2009 Spring/Summer season may actually come to a close today. But in a year that has seen numerous delays caused from weather, duplicate field permits, vandalism to field lighting, and the longest game ever in RVNABA history, who knows? With the 3:45 start time, another 18 inning game would pose a problem. The Bears will play host to the Phils at Thompson Park in Monroe. This is the site where the Phillies secured their first RV League Championship, completing a two game sweep of the Giants there in 2006. Today they will be looking for their third title. The Bears, who will be gunning for their fourth, have not played at Thompson before, but their home fields have been closed for the year.

Wednesday, October 7
ITS PITBULLS IN TWO!
After six years of hard work and determination, the ...

Monday, September 21
DIVISION FINALS AND CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES GAMES ONE

 The Division Champs were finally decided on Friday and Saturday. While the Paterson Phillies secured the North last Sunday, the other three divisions were not yet decided. The Middlesex Pirates edged out the Edison Cubs in a ten inning classic 8-7 on Friday night to claim the East title. Saturday saw the South Amboy Pitbulls sweep two from the BBQ Outlaws 7-0, 2-0 and that's how the West was Won. Then the NJ Bears outlasted the Somerville Giants 8-4 Saturday evening to take the South crown.

All this commotion set up our Championship contenders: Pitbulls and Pirates for the A League and Phillies versus Bears for the AA Title.

Chris Bartz nothched a game one win for the Bears. After his defense spotted the Phils a 3-0 lead in the first, Bartz held the Phils until the seventh, while the Bear offense put up a five spot in the second and added four more in the fourth. Brian Kelly added a two run homer in the fifth and the score stood at 11-3. The Phillies came back with four of their own in the seventh, but the Bears answered back with two in the bottom of the frame for the 13-7 final.



Thursday, November 12
Obituary for Neil Napolitano
Neil Louis Napolitano II

Neil Louis Napolitano II, 33, of Old Bridge passed away on Sunday, November 8 at Robert Wood Johnson Univ. Hosp in New Brunswick. Born in Jersey City to Mildred Parisi and Neil S. Napolitano Jr he grew up in Bayonne. He moved to South River before coming to Old Bridge ten years ago. Neil worked as a Facility Technician for Verizon for 12 years. Neil enjoyed sports and coaching soccer in a girls league which he did for five years. He was an "AVID YANKEE FAN" and deeply loved baseball. He played baseball in various leagues and recently won a league championship. He also enjoyed skiing and spending as much time in Lake Placid, NY as possible. Neil shared his love of sports with his children. He would sit and watch hours of baseball and football with them. He loved spending as much time as possible with his children. Neil was a loving person who loved life and enjoyed the company of others, he was truly a people person. Neil would talk to anyone, anywhere, and he would find a friend in everyone. He was truly a loving husband, father and friend.



Neil is survived by his wife of four years Kristen Napolitano of Old Bridge, daughter Victoria Napolitano who is 9, his son Decklin Napolitano who is 3 and unborn baby girl on the way, mother Mildred Parisi and her significant other Patrick Frasco, his father Neil L. Napolitano Jr, a brother and sister in law, Edward Semienick and Loreen, four sisters and a brother in law, Judy Gualtieri and Dennis, Jill Napolitano, Natalie Napolitano, Alexis Kaiser, and two brothers Nicholas and Anthony and a grandmother, Winfred Napolitano, nine neices and nephews, Emily, Michael, J.J., Markie, Courtney, Joseph, Brandon, Kayleigh, and Liam, a sister in law and her husband, Nicole O'Rourke and Brian, two brothers in law, Timothy Ciesielski and fiance Sophia Parracho, Christopher Ciesielski, a mother and father in law Kathleen and James Ciesielski.



Visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 7-9 P.M. and Friday, Nov. 13, from 2-4 & 7-9 P.M. at the Old Bridge Funeral Home, 2350 Route 516, Old Bridge. A funeral mass will be offered on Saturday in St. Thomas the Apostle Church at 9:30 AM. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, donation will be accepted for the education of Neil's children. For information on donations please contact Edward Semienick at 732-742-2958 for details. Online condolences may be sent in Neil's name via


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Thursday, October 15
Postseason Chart

Gm 1: PITBULLS 7  Middlesex PIRATES 4

Gm 2: PITBULLS 5  Middlesex PIRATES 3  

 

 "AA" CHAMPIONSHIP GM 3 SLATED FOR OCT 11

Gm 1: BEARS 13  PHILLIES 7

Gm 2: PHILLIES 4 BEARS 3 18inn

Gm 3: BEARS 10  PHILLIES 9

 

North Division Playoffs North Division Finals AA League Championship South Division Finals South Division Playoffs
August 29-30 Sept 12-13 Sept 20,26-27 Sept 12-13 August 29-30
         
Aguilas(1)       Bears(1)
 2-0 ___Cardinals_____   _____Bears_______  2-1
Cardinals(4)       Thunder(4)
        2-0  Phillies  vs  Bears  2-1  
Phillies(2)       1    -     2   Giants(2)
 2-0 ___Phillies______   _____Giants______  2-0
Lumberjacks(3)       White Sox(3)
         
         
         
         
         
East Division Playoffs East Division Finals A League Championship West Division Finals West Division Playoffs
August 29-30 Sept 12-13 Sept 20,26-27 Sept 12-13 August 29-30
         
M. Pirates(1)       Outlaws(1)
 2-0 ___M.Pirates_____   ____Outlaws______  2-0
Astros(4)       P. Pirates(4)
        2-1 M. Pirates vs Pitbulls       2-0  
Cubs(2)         0     -      2   Pitbulls(2)
 2-0 ____Cubs________   ____Pitbulls_______  2-1
Dodgers(3)       Colt 45's(3)



Sunday, September 20
DIVISION FINALS AND CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES GAMES ONE

 The Division Champs were finally decided on Friday and Saturday. While the Paterson Phillies secured ...

Monday, September 14
PHILS TAKE NORTH, BUT SOUTH, EAST & WEST STILL UP FOR GRABS

The playoffs resumed after a Labor Day Weekend which saw one of the Round One rainouts ...

Tuesday, September 1
Round One 2009 Playoffs (Aug 29-30)

Seven of eight playoff games rained out on Saturday. On Sunday four of the series had to shift fields in order to play. But the AA got all 4 series decided, and the A determined two of their advancing teams.

The Thunder gave the Bears all they could handle in the weekend's only three game series, but the Bears did advance, winning the rubber game 4-3. The Cardinals came back with a 5 run ninth in game two to erase a 6-2 deficit in sweeping Las Aguilas. After an 8-1 first game win, the Giants held off the White Sox in a pitcher's duel 1-0, to secure their sweep. And the Phillies took two handily from the Lumberjacks.  The first-place A League squads both advanced. The Outlaws swept the Parsippany Pirates 14-2 and 15-3. And the Middlesex Pirates eliminated the Astros 12-2 and 11-0. The Cubs and Dodgers only got in one game with the Cubs emerging victorious 5-2. But the Pitbulls and Colt 45's suffered a three game washout at Warren Park.

Hats off to the grounds crews who averted a rainout catastrophe - particularly those of the Monmouth County Thunder, Middlesex Pirates, Paterson Phillies and Sayreville Giants, as well as to the managers who were able to secure alternate fields at the last minute. 



Monday, September 7
Congratulations to the Monmouth County Thunder - Atlantic City Tournament Champions!

Kudos to the Thunder who joined ...

Thursday, April 16
4/16 Welcome Message
With Week One in the books, the season resumes this Sunday after the Easter holiday. A couple of interesting matchups in AA ball may test the mettle of last years championship participants when they go toe to toe with their division arch-rivals: Long time combatants, the Cardinals and Phillies will face off and we'll see if Paterson was adversely affected by the spin-off of Las Aguilas. Down South, the Giants, who have been the Clippers' chief competition for the division crown for six years, will be the first to see if the NJ Bears, who took on the bulk of the Clipper roster, will also take on their winning ways. In the East, the EB Dodgers make their season debut against postseason rivals , the Edison Astros.

Monday, June 29
Lloyd Makes RVNABA History!

John Lloyd threw nine innings of hitless ball yesterday, and in so doing became the first RVNABA player to hurl two no-hitters! Nolan Ryan is feeling the heat. Lloyd's first came on April 20,2008 - a 13-0 shutout over the Bears. Yesterday's 9-1 victory came at the expense of the Monmouth Thunder.

Some fun facts about Llloyd's 2nd no-no:

It was the 15th in league history (since 1992)

It is only the third (or fourth) nine-inning no-hitter (Jay Roman 8/8/04 6-0 SunDevils over Black Sox, and Chris Bott 9/11/05 1-0 S.A.Yankees over White Sox were the others. Most league no-hitters were either scheduled 7-inn games or shortened due to mercy rule. Lloyd's first was 7 inn by mercy rule)

It is the third non-shutout no-hitter (Ken Heard 8/20/00 3-1 A's over Marlins, and Chris DelPreore 5/5/02 12-1 Rockies over Tides were the others)

Lloyd's accomplishments come in consecutive years and for two different clubs. The first was as a member of the eventual 2008 Champion Paterson Phillies. Yesterday's effort was for Las Aguilas in their inaugural year in the league.

 



Monday, November 9
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Saturday, April 4
IT'S PARTY TIME!!!!!!!!!!

Holy Smokes!! Opening Day is tomorrow and I haven't updated the homepage in a month! 26 of our 29 teams open tomorrow and what a difference a few months make!

In AA, last year's championship participants underwent major changes. Scott Jacquish has retired the Clipper name although opponents of the new New Jersey Bears may find something familiar when they play. Our Champion Phillies return but they've spun off another squad - Felix Lantigua's Las Aguilas. Two other additions to the South division include last year's A league Champs - the South River Bombers, and the highly touted NY/NJ White Sox who have held the #1 ranking nationally in the NABA!

New squads in A ball are the BBQ Outlaws under Chris Dolan out west and the NJ Tigers headed by Junior Munoz in the East. Returning under assumed names are the Edison Cubs who combined some Astro defectors and a good portion of the Blue Ducks squad, the Somerset Mariners (formerly the Linden Renegades), and the Washington Gravediggers, last known as the Nationals, who will look to bury (pun shamelessly intended) some opponents in their new digs (pun not intended -really) at Washington Municipal field.

For the last time... Congratulations to our 2008 Champs - the Paterson Phillies (AA), the South River Bombers (A) and the Kearny White Sox (Fall Ball). After tomorrow, the past is in the behind. That is, the past is behind us.



Friday, January 9
Happy New Year!!!
New Year and it's time to plan for the New Season! Many questions to ponder as we prepare for 2009 - our 18th season. What will the big free agent signings be? Will the Phillies and Clippers release their holds on the North and South divisions? How will the Champion Bombers fare in AA? Who's the new team to beat in A Ball? Will we launch a third league? What new teams will be joining the RVNABA? To whom will we be saying Goodbye? How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Only time will tell. Vegas oddsmakers will not put out a line until teams and players have registered in their respective leagues.

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Sunday, November 9
SOX TAKE FALL BALL TITLE! DOWN A's 2-0

Jairo Mendez threw shutout ball for nine innings and knocked in two runs for Kearny as the Sox captured ...

Sunday, November 2
Fall Ball Postseason Has a Wet Start

Only the National Division was able to play on October 26. The first place Edison Blue Ducks and the second place Kearny White Sox both advanced to the division final which will take place next week. Edison triumphed over the Tigers 5-2 while the Sox eliminated the Giants 10-4.

After being rained out last week, both the Tarheels and Knights have conceded round one to their American division opponents. The Indians and Athletics therefore, will square off in the division final on Sunday. 

The Liberty Athletics vaulted into the Championship with a 10-7 victory over the NJ Indians. It is their third title game appearance in four years. For the Kearny White Sox, this marks their first appearance in the big game and signifies a vast improvement for the team which finished last last year.



Sunday, September 21
IT'S PHILLIES IN THREE!!; BOMBERS SWEEP, TAKE A LEAGUE CROWN!

An exciting weekend for the RVNABA! First, Saturday's games:

At Larry Doby ...

Sunday, September 14
Championship Series Under Way

 At FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, the AA Championship Series kicked off at 10:35 am. The NJ Clippers ...

Saturday, September 13
2008 PLAYOFFS ROUND 2


Round Two,



 Giants Blank Clippers 8-0, Then Get Swept 12-2, 15-5 ...


Sunday, August 24
Post Season Underway

Round One  (seed in parentheses)

Brew Crew (4) Edges Bucs(1) 7-6, Bucs Even Series 11-1, Brewers Advance with 4-2 Game 3 Win 

Bombers(1) Sink Dodgers(4) 14-2, Dodgers Rebound 5-4, but Bombers Prevail in Game 3 9-4

Cards(3) Complete Sweep of Mets(2) 2-1, 9-6 

Clippers(1) Veto Senators Twice(4) 8-1, 9-4 

Phils(1) Make Grade, Get A's(4) in Ninth 6-5, A's Return 6-5 Score to Even Series, but Phils Win Rubber 11-5 

River Cats(3) Give Ducks(2) the Bill 16-6, but lose on player eligibility protest - Ducks lead series 1-0, Cats Bounce Back 6-3, Force Game 3, Ducks Lose War ofAttrition - Forfeit 6-5 Lead and Take Forfeit Loss After Player Ejections 

Giants(2) Advance, Sweep Indians(3) 2-0, 9-1 

Pitbulls(2) Move On, Sweep Pirates(3) 11-5, 10-9 

Games 2 and 3 (if nec) of these series continue today



Saturday, August 16
Final Week

With a Wednesday night makeup victory, the South River Bombers clinched first in the A League East Division. The other three playoff spots are up fo grabs, and it will take some split doubleheaders on Sunday to clarify the picture.

In the AA North, the Lumberjacks and A's vie for the last playoff spot. The A's lead but have their work cut out for them with a doubleheader vs. the Phillies. The Lumberjacks will need to sweep the Knights if they are to threaten the A's postseason aspirations.

The West playoff picture is secured although some jockeying for position is still going on. Same goes for the South .



Sunday, January 27
2008 on the Way

It's almost here! After a very successful 2007 season - ultimately most successful for only the Reds and Clippers -  Opening Day 2008 is just 'round the corner. From our preliminary managers' meeting on January 17, it is apparent that the most significant changes this year will be the movement of teams around the league. Some teams, most notably the South Amboy Yankees will not be returning in 2008.

The Yankees, founded by Bill Policastro and most recently managed by Matt Becht, had an impressive run with the RVNABA. After a frustrating inaugural season in the AA, Mr. Policastro entered his squad in single A, where they regrouped, eventually winning a League Championship. They then returned to the AA, where they became a perennial playoff team. Last year they finished fourth in the AA South, but still proved to be the eventual champion Clippers' most difficult opponent in the postseason, losing consecutive one-run games.

With the addition of some new ballclubs, it appears we will return to the full complement of 32 teams, even with the loss of some others. Look for the Nationals, Generals, Thunder and possibly the Marlins in 2008. The A League Champion Reds will move to the AA South along with the East division first place Senators.



Monday, November 10
RANGERS ARE FALL BALL CHAMPS!!

After Frank Peralta fired seven innings of shutout ball to blank the River Cats 3-0, the Roselle Rangers faced ...

Friday, October 31
Indians Win American Division; National Undecided
DJ Cal's NJ Indians stormed up from third place to win the American division in the Fall Ball season. With an 8-0 shutout of the Morris Brewers and a 7-1 win over the Liberty Athletics, the Indians are poised for a championship where they await the winner of the Rangers/River Cats National division final.  That game was postponed amid some controversy with the field permit and will have to be made up prior to the championship game this weekend. The River Cats edged the Thunder in round one 11-9 after a lengthy delay and a field change in the third inning.

Tuesday, October 7
REDS ARE 'A LEAGUE' CHAMPS! CLIPPERS TAKE STATE TITLE!

 The Middlesex Reds completed their improbable storybook season with a Championship  - the first ...

Monday, January 21
REDS FORCE GAME 3, DOWN DODGERS IN TENTH 4-3

After nine and two-thirds innings, and 160 pitches, the old man was not over the hill. In fact he was still ...

Saturday, September 22
Rain Rain, Go Away!
Games two of our championship series were rained out on Saturday. The Clippers' and Phillies' three innings of ball were erased, as was the Clippers three run lead. The Phils entered the bottom of the third, trailing 9-3, but a rally which included a two run homer from Rich Aleman cut the deficit in half  9-6. All for naught. Rain prevented the fourth inning from starting. The two teams are rescheduled for 10:00am at Frank Torpey Athletic Complex in Somerville on Sunday.

 The Reds and Dodgers never even got to the field. Their 4:30 start was cancelled at 1:00 pm. The two teams will try again at 9:00am Sunday in Middlesex. 



Tuesday, September 23
Third Time a Charm for Clippers

 In their third quest for a league championship, the NJ Clippers finally brought home a trophy. Ira Tilton ...

Tuesday, September 16
CLIPPERS, DODGERS DRAW FIRST BLOOD
The NJ Clippers took a 1-0 lead in games with a 5-2 victory over the Paterson Phillies on Sunday. Chris Bartz pitched a complete game for the win. Dave Chaves took the loss.

 In the second game at Lakewood, the East Brunswick Dodgers coasted to a 6-2 win to put them up one game to none. Kevin Coll notched the complete game win, while the Reds' Ted Borsuk was tagged with the loss.



Wednesday, September 10
It's Phillies - Clippers, Reds - Dodgers!!
The Championship series will begin Sunday at Lakewood's FirstEnergy Park. The Clippers will host the Phillies at 10:00 am and the Dodgers will be home against the Reds in the second half of our twin-bill. The higher seed Clippers and Dodgers will be home for games 1 and 3 if necesary. The Reds and Phillies will be home team for game two at Newark's Riverfront Stadium on Saturday September 22.

Our two champion teams will advance to Trenton's Riverfront Park on Saturday September 29 to take on the champions of our Tri-State NABA rivals from South Jersey. 



Wednesday, September 10
Championship Contenders Set for Battle

 And the last team to get their ticket stamped for the big dance is ... the Middlesex Reds! A long time coming for the Reds, who started in the league in 1994 as the Fords Yankees under manager Ron Schendorf. Later known as the Piscataway Yankees, the team changed its name to Middlesex Reds several years ago. Longtime Red/Yankee hurler, Rob Dornick has skippered the team throughout most of its history. Other managers include Ted Borsuk and Mike Masucci. Dornick's squad finished fourth this year, but bested the the first place Brewers in last weekend's best of three series, before eliminating the second place Pirates in three games this weekend. Having lost game two 14-11, the Reds still had enough in the tank to beat the Pirates 16-3 in the series finale.

 The Reds will meet the Dodgers at Lakewood Blue Claw's FirstEnergy Park next Sunday. The Dodgers had to sweep a doubleheader today to make that possible after yesterday's shuout loss to the Astros. They won game two this morning by a 12-4 score to force the rubber game. Manager Mike Matthews drove in the game winner with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Dodgers won 2-1. Former Astro Greg Slavicek threw a complete game for the win. Slavicek threw a game one 1-0 gem last year at Lakewood for the Astros and will likely get the nod next week as well.

Our AA series were both sweeps. Up North the defending champion Phillies put the Cardinals out of contention winning 12-6 on Saturday and 14-8 on Sunday. It must be an odd year, because the Clippers are once again representing the South division. Since 2002, it's been Giants in the even years and Clippers in the odd years. The Clippers swept the Mavericks, winning Saturday 10-4 and again Sunday by a 12-2 score. Clipper, Paul Crivello has been to the championship every odd year since 1999 counting his appearances with the Middlesex Bears.   



Tuesday, September 9
Game 1, Round Two

In Saturday's action, the Reds and Pirates hooked up in a classic. The Reds scored three times in the ninth ...

Saturday, September 6
ONE SEASON WINDING DOWN, ANOTHER BEGINNING
After an exciting round one, the playoffs resume after a break for the Labor Day Weekend on September 8th. Just ...

Wednesday, August 27
Round One Wrap Up

Competition was stiff as the Round One best of three series was full of sterling performances and stunning ...

Tuesday, August 26
Playoffs Under Way!

In round 1, game 1 action we saw some good games.  The winners of game 1 will look to close it out in ...

Monday, August 20
PLAYOFFS SET TO BEGIN SATURDAY

None of the three fifth-place teams looking for a playoff berth were successful  in their bids to move into fourth place on the last day of the season. The White Sox came the closest, losing a 1-0 contest to the Yankees, whom they needed to beat by more than one run to secure a tie and have the tiebreaker. The Colt 45's were ousted by the Pirates 3-1 in ten innings, but the Reds defeated the Black Sox, so a 45's win still ould have left them short. In the North, the Cardinals eliminated the A's on Saturday when they defeated the Lumberjacks in a makeup. The A's fell on Sunday to the first-place Orioles 7-5. This marks the first time the Cardinals have finished other than first since joining the league in 2002 - a record five year run.Your playoff matchups feature the Clippers v Yankees, the Giants v Mavericks, the Brewers v Reds, the  Pirates v Pitbulls, the Senators v Astros, the Bombers v Dodgers, the Orioles v Phillies, and the Cardinals v Lumberjacks. All best of three series begin Saturday at the lower seeds' field. And continue with a second and third game (if necessary) on Sunday at the higher seeds' home  fields. 



Monday, August 13
The Plot Thickens - Season Coming Down to the Wire

As several teams scramble to get in their final games, most are merely jockeying for position - trying for that elusive pole position. But a few are on the outside looking to get in before the door closes. Those three teams are the Colt 45's, the Liberty Athletics and the South Plainfield White Sox. Of those, the Sox have the most control over their own destiny - when they face off againt the Yankees. The Yanks would clinch with a win there, but a loss would put them in a tie with South Plainfield. The other three playoff spots in the South are decided, but the Giants and Clippers have yet to determine who will win the division.

In the North, only the Phillies are mathematicaly guaranteed a playoff spot even though they're currently in third! The Athletics in fifth pace at 11-8, need some help. They either need the Cardinals, Lumberjacks or Orioles to lose out, while they win their two remaining games. Of the three, the Cards have the toughest schedule, having to face the Lumberjacks, the Phillies and the Clippers.

Out West, the Colt 45's need to win their final game against the Pirates and have the Black Sox defeat the Middlesex Reds if they are to advance to the post season. And while the Brewers clinched first place weeks ago, the Pitbulls and Pirates are neck and neck for second.

Meanwhile in the East, the Astros have clinched the fourth and final playoff spot with a sweep of the Dodgers yesterday. But the Senators and Bombers will square off this Sunday to settle the issue of first place.

All in all, there's a lot that could happen  before the regular season ends, and somewhere a tiebreaker is looming to decide some team's fate. After that, it's on to the new playoff format!  And how interesting that's going to be as teams used to playing one or two games a week, find themselves having to go three deep. Could get a little crazy in the RVNABA. 



Saturday, July 21
West Coasts over East 4-1, South Rises over North 5-4
The West all-stars downed the East squad 4-1 in the ALeague All Star Game at Waterfront Park in Trenton. Starter, David Lovejoy of the Brewers pitched six innings for the win. Jason Olexa of the Black Sox picked up the save, with a scoreless ninth. MVP honors went to Jim Clayton (West) of the Colt 45's and Stephen Belford (East) of the Edison Astros.
In the AA All Star Game the South held off the North to win 5-4. Julio Velasquez' two-run bomb in the top of the ninth left the North a run shy of a comeback. Chris Bott of the South Amboy Yankees earned the win, turning in three scoreless innings. Pat Gers of the Giants notched the save, retiring the last batter with the tying run on third and teammate Bill Shaver catching up on a well hit ball to center for the final out. That Shaver seems to catch up to everything, just as Velasquez hits dramatic home runs. Velasquez earned MVP honors for the North and the South MVP award went to Whit Bryant of the Bordentown Mavericks.

Wednesday, May 30
Phillies Defeat Cardinals to Win 1st Ever A.C. Tournament Crown
After dropping the opening game of the NABA Atlantic City Memorial Day Tournament 9 to 5 to the NY Seminoles. ...

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Sunday, August 20
Congratulations to the New Jersey Clippers -- 2006 AA Division Hall of Fame Tournament Champions!!

By virtue of a seventeen inning 7-6 victory in the Championship Game the NJ Clippers
won the NABA Fourth of July tournament in Cooperstown, NY this weekend. According to manager Scott Jacquish, the Clippers tied the game in the late innings. Neither team scored again until the 17th, when UTEK took a 6-4 lead in the top of that inning. The Clippers rallied for three runs in the bottom half to win it. Both teams survived plays at the plate in extra innings en route.
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Senators' Eric Gerstein hurls season's first No-Hitter!


Attention Scorers and Wanna Be Scorers: We need you to come to one of the games this weekend to score the game and be graded on your effort. Those passing the grade will be given game assignments. Those who do not pass will need to attend the scorers meeting in April..


AND HERE IS THE OFFICIAL RVNABA STATS WEBSITE: http://www.mystatsonline.com/rvnaba

PLAY BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Many thanks to those who supported the League's Platelet Drive throughout the Month of February! For those who would like to go on saving lives, we encourage you to keep on donating... Go to http://www.nybloodcenter.org to register(for details, click on News) 2006 promises to be our best season yet. Don't miss it!



Thursday, December 28
Print - Close Window Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 19:15:00 -0500 (EST) From: "NABA - Staff" To: rvnabajam@yahoo.com Subject: NABA Boricua Classic Tournament (Puerto Rico) NABA 2007 Boricua Caribbean Classic Tournament February 23-25, 2007 The NABA 2007 Boricua Caribbean Classic Tournament is set and ready for teams to register for this major event. This year we encourage your team to register as early as possible because slots are limited for this tournament. This tournament will sell out before the deadline so don't hesitate or delay. Make sure your team is registered and one of the lucky ones to visit the sandy beaches of Puerto Rico! DATES: Friday, February 23 - Sunday, February 25, 2007 DIVISIONS: 18AAA, 18AA,18A, 18- Rookie, 28 Rookie, 38 Rookie, (Division will occur if four teams register by the entry fee deadline, extra divisions may be created or merged based on the number of teams entered) FORMAT: "Pool" Play consisting of 3 games, Semi-Final Playoff and Championship PLAYOFFS: Semi-Final games either Saturday evening or Sunday morning. CHAMPIONSHIPS: Sunday, February 25, 2007 Early Registration fee $1495 per team (15 players) ENTRY FEE: Team Fee: $1,495 (If deposit is received before 01/10/07) Team Fee: $1,795 (If team fee is received after 01/10/07) NOTE: No teams will be accepted after February 7, 2007 *Team fee is for 15 players. $75 for each additional player over 15 DEPOSITS: All teams must submit a non- refundable $500.00 deposit to reserve a place in the tournament. The balance of the team fee must be submitted by February 7, 2007. Any team making final payment at check-in will be subjected to a $50.00 late payment fee. All fees must be in money order or cashier check. The NABA also accepts VISA, MASTERCARD and AMERICAN EXPRESS for your convenience. SEND FEES TO: NABA Boricua Tournament, 3609 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Suite 135, Lakewood, Colorado 80235 Our Price: $1495 Learn More If your team is looking for a great tournament and to getting away from the cold weather then this is the place to go. Last year the average temperature was 82, sunny skies players were able to play baseball and then hit the beaches afterwards. The cost for this tournament per player average is $99.00 compared to other non-NABA tournaments ($170-$205 per player). The NABA standards for tournaments will be even more visible in Puerto Rico with Major League Stadiums for most games. Plan your travel and lodging now before rates go up, if you need assistance in travel needs, please contact Hector Garcia at 800-621-6479 to help find what you need. Also remember that passports are NOT NEEDED! When traveling to Puerto Rico from the States. Sincerely, NABA - Staff National Adult Baseball Association email: nabaleague@aol.com voice: 800-621-6479 web: http://www.dugout.org Forward email This email was sent to rvnabajam@yahoo.com, by nabaleague@aol.com Update Profile/Email Address | Instant removal with SafeUnsubscribe™ | Privacy Policy. Powered by National Adult Baseball Association | 3609 S. Wadsworth Blvd. | Suite 135 | Lakewood | CO | 80235

Monday, March 3
Spotlight on Plainfield Knights

Founded 2002

AA League, North Division



Friday, March 7
Spotlight on Middlesex Reds
 

The Middlesex Reds

Founded: 1994

AA League, South Division

Previous name(s): Yankees

Current Manager: Rob Dornick 1996-97, 2000-03, 2005-present

Home Fields: Middlesex High School, Westfield High School

 

Founded by Ron Schendorf in 1994 as the Fords Yankees, the team later moved to Middlesex, and in 2000 changed its name to the Reds, when they merged with the Morris Yankees. Second in league seniority, the Reds brought home their first championship in 2007 in dramatic fashion.

After a one season hiatus in 2006, the Reds came back in 2007 to grab a playoff berth in the final week of the season. They then went on to defeat the first-place Brewers in three games and then the second-place Pirates also in a three game set. That pitted them against the Dodgers in the Championship Series. The Dodgers took game one handily at Lakewood Blue Claws Stadium. But the scrappy Reds, with manager Dornick on the hill, clawed out a ten inning, 4-3 victory at Newark Bears Stadium the following week. One week later, the Reds clinched the Championship on the road at Thompson Park.

In 2008, the Reds go to the AA League, where they look to be the first A League Champions to follow up with an AA Championship.



Tuesday, March 11
Spotlight on Bedminster Cyclones
 

The Bedminster Cyclones 

Founded: 2005

A League, West Division

Previous name(s): none

Current Manager: Charlie Jibilian 2005-present 

Home Fields: J. Malcolm Belcher Fairgrounds, Far Hills, NJ 

 

 

The Cyclones got their start in 2004, when the Bridgewater Blue Jays suddenly went missing about four weeks into the season. Nobody knows for sure what happened to the Jays. Experts have speculated that the team charter vanished over the Bermuda triangle en route from Bridgewater to Carteret. Whatever the cause, a void was opened in the AA schedule. In stepped Charlie Jibilian, a member of the championship Bear teams at the turn of the century (yes, this century).  Jibilian assembled a squad which assumed the Blue Jays’ schedule and finished the 2004 campaign.

The team was renamed the Cyclones and the new franchise began in 2005. Understandably, the hastily assembled Cyclones struggled in AA ball their first few years. Now in the A League West, they look to stabilize and vie for playoff contention in 2008.



Wednesday, March 12
Spotlight on Long Hill Lumberjacks
 

The Long Hill Lumberjacks 

Founded: 2003

AA League, North Division

Previous name(s): none

Current Manager: Jeff Dealaman 2008 

Home Fields: Long Hill Township L.L. Complex 

 

When Brian Cassera founded the Lumberjacks in 2003, he continued the tradition of RVNABA baseball in the Long Hill/Stirling area of Morris County. That continuity had been compromised when it became apparent that the Stirling Hawks (1995-2002) would not be returning for the 2003 campaign. After a 6-12 inaugural season in the A League West, the L’Jacks have been in the playoffs every year. Since 2006, those playoff appearances have been in the North Division of the AA League. In 2007, with a 14-6 record, they missed capturing the division flag by a mere ½ game. Jeff Dealaman takes over as skipper in ’08 and will look to advance his team through the playoffs.



Tuesday, April 1
Spotlight on Mets
 

The Mets

Founded: 2005

AA League, North Division

Previous name(s): Orioles

Current Manager: Joe Lambert 2008 

Home Fields: William Warren County Park, Woodbridge, NJ 

 

Danny Dias piloted the Elizabeth Orioles through their first season in 2005, taking them to the playoffs in the A League's East division. They were eliminated in the first round by the eventual champion S. AmboyYankees. But they came back stronger in 2006, posting a 20-2 record and taking first place in the West. They went on to win the A League Championhip, besting the Astros in three games.

In 2007, they moved to the AA League. There they took the North division title by half a game from the Irvington Cardinals who had finished first every year since 2002. It was the best regular season finish of any A League champion in their first AA season. They were eliminated though, in the first round of the playoffs by the defending champion Phillies.

2008 brings a new name, the Mets, and a new manager, Joe Lambert. Lambert last managed the Somerset Sun Devils in 2004. That team, a one-hit wonder, won the A league championship and disbanded. Lambert, however, took refuge with the S. Amboy Yankees, winning the 2005 A League title, before landing with the Orioles in 2006 and winning that title. He is the first player to be on an A League Champion three consecutive years. Undoubtedly, the Mets will look to cash in on Lambert's winning ways in '08 as they attempt to bring home the AA Championship.



Sunday, April 6
Spotlight on Monmouth Thunder
 

The Monmouth Thunder 

Founded: 2008

AA League, South Division

Previous name(s): none

Current Manager: Danny Franke 2008 

Home Field: Michael J Tighe Field, Freehold, NJ 

Danny Franke's squad comes to us highly touted by the first-place Garden State Senators. This is their first seson of RVNABA ball, but the Thunder were 11-8 in their first season together in GSABL and reached the playoffs. They bring back a good portion of last year's team. Several of these players were members of the 2004 senior league world series champions.

 

The Astros 

Founded: 2008

A League, East

Founded: 2002

Previous Name(s): Lobsters

Current Manager: Larry Vindman 2002-present

Home Field: Thomas Edison Field, Edison, NJ

  
Since amassing 4 wins in their first two seasons, the Astros have been to the post season three of the last four years. From fourth place, they knocked off the first place Senators in the first round each of the last two years. In 2006, they went to the League Championship series, where they won Game One 1-0 at FirstEnergy Park - the sole run scoring on Vlad Vindman's rbi grounder. They dropped game two before taking an eight run lead in game three. Unfortunately, the Orioles erased that lead and took the series 2-1.

Last year the 'Stros missed a return to the Championship, losing game three of the East divison final in the bottom of the ninth to the Dodgers. They look to get back there in 2008.
 

  

On Deck: the Midtown Blue Ducks 



Sunday, September 21

An exciting weekend for the RVNABA! First, Saturday's games:

At Larry Doby ...

Saturday, December 30
MR. NOVEMBER - O'NEILL'S WALK OFF SINGLE BRINGS DODGERS FALL TITLE!


The East Brunswick Dodgers and defending Fall Ball Champion, Liberty Athletics, hooked up for the second straight year in the Fall Championship.
Last year it was the A's slugging their way to a Championship.
This year was quite different as both teams would get tangled in a classic pitchers duel.
Both clubs had many opportunities to score, however each pitcher would somehow escape with no runs allowed for 8 full innings.
It seemed like every inning the A's would get the lead off hitter on and would wind up with 2nd & 3rd, however the Dodgers, behind Greg Slavicek would not waver.
In the bottom of the 9th with the score knotted at 0, Mike Brown would lead off the inning and take one for the team as he would get drilled with a pitch. Dodger manager Mike Matthews opted to lift "Brownie" for a pinch runner. The runner stole second.
With one out, Kevin O'Neill would have a great at bat and loft a pitch down the right field line to score the winning run and bring the Dodgers and Manager Mike Matthews their first Championship.
Matthews was quoted after the game as saying "It feels good to be the bride for once, that bridesmade stuff was getting old"
With the win, the Dodgers not only get a rare, one of kind Raritan Valley NABA Championship trophy, they also get to enter next fall for free.


2005 in Review
CARDS FINISH # 1 in the NATION!

The Irvington Cardinals put another notch in their belt as they claimed the overall #1 ranking in the NABA National Rankings.  The # 2 team wasn't even close as the Cardinals clearly distanced themselves from the competition and was the clear cut National Champion.  
The Cardinals had one of the best seasons the NABA has ever seen from one team as they won their League Championship, Cooperstown Championship and the World Championship.  
After losing the 2004 title game, the Cardinals set out on a mission to reclaim what they had owned for nine straight seasons.....a League Championship and to Finally win a World Championship....the # 1 ranking was the icing on the cake.....

by the way......MISSION COMPLETE!!!!!!!!!

The Raritan Valley NABA League, Teams & Players could not be more proud to have the World Champion and # 1 ranked team in the country representing our league on the National & World Level.  It is validation to everyone that baseball in the Raritan Valley is fundamentally sound and at a high competitive level.
Once again Congratulations to the IRVINGTON CARDINALS.


LIBERTY A's FALL BALL CHAMPS!

The Liberty Athletics defeated the East Brunswick Dodgers 8-0 at Clinton's Gebhardt Field on Sunday November 6. 

The Dodgers and Athletics earned hard fought round two victories. 
The Dodgers earned their trip by defeating a very tough Bordentown Maverick team 7-5.  The Athletics came from behind and defeated a very tenacious Elizabeth Orioles team.


IRVINGTON CARDINALS
WORLD CHAMPIONS!

The Irvington Cardinals have won the 2005 NABA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES in Phoenix, Arizona.
They are the first ever Raritan Valley team to bring this honor back to our league.
Details of all games are posted on the Cardinals website.


YANKEES WIN...THE YANKEES WIN!!!

The South Amboy Yankees are the 2005 "A" League Champions!
Yankees defeat White Sox in best of three series 2-1.
Recap will follow!

DEJA - VELASQUEZ!!!!

CARDINALS BRING TITLE BACK TO BIRDCAGE

In dramatic fashion, the Irvington Cardinals have captured their third RVNABA Championship Title. And for the second time in three years, it was Julio Velasquez stealing a championship from the New Jersey Clippers with a game winning home run. In 2003, it was a three run eighth inning homer that cancelled a 7-5 Clipper lead in the championship game in Lakewood. This Sunday it was a bottom of the ninth grand slam, in the third game of the best of three championship series, that turned a 9-6 Clipper lead into a 10-9 Cardinal Championship.

"A" League Championship
CHRIS BOTT FIRES NO HITTER AS YANKS WIN 1-0!! 




Monday, October 26


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Sunday, September 25
AA PLAYOFFS