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2015 Fall Ball


Registration for Fall Baseball begins on August 1.


Fall Baseball is under the direction of Chris Henry. Chris is a High School Baseball Coach and Certified Personal Trainer. Assistant instructors will include former and current High School players. Questions? Contact Coach Henry at

Players will meet once-a-week on Mondays for six weeks, beginning September 21. Each session will consist of warm ups, throwing drills, an offensive and defensive “drill of the day” and a game that will make practice fun. Two sessions will be offered:

Session I: Meadowland #3, 4:00-5:15 pm, Mondays, September 21, 18, October 5, 12, 19, 26
Session II: Meadowland #3, 5:30-6:45 pm, Mondays, September 21, 18, October 5, 12, 19, 26
*Potential Rain Date: November 2


Beginning the week of September 6, players will meet twice-a-week, on Wednesday OR Thursday AND Saturday*. Players will register for a group session that will consist of no more than 12 players. These groups will practice as a “team” during the weekday session and then play together in a game on Saturdays. All practices will be played in Meadowland Park, field #3. Saturday games will be played in Meadowland Park. Download the handout for specific dates and times.


The fall baseball program includes a significant instructional component. Focus will be on the basic fundamentals of baseball and aim to improve and hone a player’s skills. Players will be exposed to:

  • proper throwing mechanics

  • defensive techniques, fundamentals of the swing

  • mental aspect of the game

  • base running

  • pitching, catching and/or position play

  • sportsmanship and rules

This fall baseball program will run for six weeks, beginning the week of September 6. PLEASE NOTE: Weekday sessions will NOT be rained out—practices will be held in the batting cages. Saturday games WILL be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

Registration begins August 1. REGISTER EARLY TO GET YOUR FIRST CHOICE OF SESSIONS! All sessions will be limited to no more than 12 players.

The REGISTRATION FORM and Scheduling Information can be downloaded in the attached handout.

Handout: 2015 Fall Baseball

New Screen on Meadowlands 3!


SOM Cougars 10U Wins Memorial Day Tournament


SOM Cougars 10U Red captures Second Straight Memorial Day Tournament Championship 

The South Orange-Maplewood 10U Red team participated in the Bridgewater Memorial Day baseball tournament, winning five games in three days to capture their second straight Memorial Day tournament championship. The Cougars used stellar defense and a barrage of hits to outscore opponents 45-16 over five games. This is the second straight Memorial Day tournament championship for the Cougars after going 6-0 in 2014 to capture the Mt. Olive Memorial Day Tournament Championship. The Cougars are 11-0 in Memorial Day tournaments over the past two years.

Pictured are:

Front Row Kneeling: Nick Lorenzo, Alex Chibbaro, Alejandro Lorenzo, Jack Kalsched, Sibling Liam Johnson, Sibling Sadie Gewirtz, Dominick Starzynski, Sibling Talia Gewirtz.

Second Row Standing: Nico Reyes, Matthew Motiwalla, Jake Gewirtz, Nick Williams, Charlie Herley, Brandon Doubek, Zachary Johnson.

Third Row Standing: Coach Ben Reyes, Coach Rob Chibbaro, Coach Eddie Starzynski, Coach JC Lorenzo, Coach Joe Doubek, Sibling Zach Doubek. 

2015 Playoff and All Star Photos

2015 Playoff Schedule & Results

Babe Ruth champions, photo by Susan Rogers

The playoff schedule for Babe Ruth, M70, M60, and Minors is posted below.

Once the playoffs begin, all teams should be prepared to play any day of the week. Games postponed due to weather/field conditions will be rescheduled on the first available date.

Babe Ruth Seeds: 

1. Freshwater Films
2. JBA Titans
3. Kid Docs
4. Parkwood Diner
5. Cubs
6. Nationals

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Babe Ruth            
Round 1   BYE seed 1 and seed 2       
  Friday, May 29 6:30 PM seed 3 vs seed 6 101 Cameron Nationals
  Saturday, May 30 10:00 AM seed 4 vs seed 5 102 Cameron Cubs
Round 2

Monday, June 1

Wednesday, June 3 

6:30 PM seed 2 vs winner of #101 (Nationals) 103 Cameron  JBA Titans

Tuesday, June 2

Thursday, June 4 

6:30 PM seed 1 vs winner of #102 (Cubs) 104 Cameron Freshwater Films
Round 3

Friday, June 5

Monday, June 8 

7:00 PM

6:30 PM 

winner of #103 (JBA Titans)  vs winner of #104 (Freshwater Films) 105 Cameron  Champion: FRESHWATER FILMS 

M70 Seeds: 

1. LAZ Parking
2. Taylor Oil Co.
3. FTI Consulting
4. Wilber's Painting
5. Bunny's 

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Round 1 Wednesday, May 27 6:30 PM seed 4 vs seed 5  201 Meadowlands 3 Bunny's
Round 2 Saturday, May 30 10:00 AM seed 1 vs winner of #201 (Bunny's) 202 Meadowlands 3 LAZ Parking
  Saturday, May 30 1:00 PM seed 2 vs seed 3 203 Meadowlands 3 FTI Consulting
Round 3

Saturday, June 6

Monday, June 8 

10:00 AM

6:30 PM 

winner #202 (LAZ Parking) vs winner of #203 (FTI Consulting) 204

Meadowlands 3

Champion: LAZ PARKING 

M60 Seeds: 
  1. Twin City
  2. Maplewood Tree Experts
  3. Bass Family Chiropractic
  4. Ricalton’s
  5. NJABL
  6. Wilber’s Painting
  7. SOMA Skin & Laser
  8. South Orange Disposal Trashers
  9. Village Barbers

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Round 1 Friday, May 29 6:00 PM  seed 8 vs seed 9  301 Meadowlands 2 Village Barbers
Round 2 Saturday, May 30 10:00 AM seed 1 vs winner of #301 (Village Barbers) 302 Meadowlands 2 Twin City
  Saturday, May 30 1:00 PM seed 2 vs seed 7 303 Meadowlands 2 SOMA Skin & Laser
  Saturday, May 30 10:00 AM seed 3 vs seed 6  304 Maplecrest 2 Bass Family Chiropractic
  Saturday, May 30 1:00 PM seed 4 vs seed 5 305 Maplecrest 2 NJABL
Round 3

Tuesday, June 2

Wednesday, June 3 

6:00 PM winner of #302 (Twin City) vs winner of #305 (NJABL 306

Meadowlands 2

Meadowlands 1 

Twin City

Tuesday, June 2

Wednesday, June 3 

6:00 PM winner of #303 (SOMA Skin & Laser) vs winner of #304 (Bass Family Chiropractic) 307

Meadowlands 4

Meadowlands 3 

SOMA Skin & Laser 
Round 4 Saturday, June 6  10:00 AM winner of #306 (Twin City) vs winner of #307 (SOMA Skin & Laser) 308 Meadowlands 2  Champion:

Minor Seeds: 

1. Keller Williams
2. Taylor Oil
3. Roman Gourmet
4. Ridge Tire
5. Game Night NJ
6. D&J Landscape
7. Maplewood VFW
8. United Energy Consultants 

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Round 1 Saturday, May 30 10:00 AM seed 1 vs seed 8 401 Meadowlands 1 Keller Williams
  Saturday, May 30 1:00 PM seed 2 vs seed 7 402 Meadowlands 1 Taylor Oil
  Saturday, May 30 10:00 AM seed 3 vs seed 6 403 Meadowlands 4 D&J Landscape
  Saturday, May 30 1:00 PM seed 4 vs seed 5 404 Meadowlands 4 Game Night NJ
Round 2 Wednesday, June 3 6:00 PM winner of #401 (Keller Williams) vs winner of #404 (Game Night NJ) 405 Meadowlands 2 Keller Williams
  Wednesday, June 3 6:00 PM winner of #402 (Taylor Oil) vs winner of #403 (D&J Landscape) 406 Meadowlands 4 Taylor Oil
Round 3

Saturday, June 6 

Monday, June 8 

10:00 AM

6:00 PM 

winner of #405 (Keller Williams) vs winner of #406 (Taylor Oil) 407 Meadowlands 4 Champion: KELLER WILLIAMS 


2015 Pitch Hit and Run Results


Our 11th Annual Pitch Hit & Run event went off without a hitch.

We would like to thank Coaches Fischetti and Becht and the entire Columbia High School Baseball team for their help in running the event.

The winners are eligible to compete at the Sectional Competition - time and place to be determined


7/8 Year Olds
Overall Winner:  Raymond Stein
Pitching Winner:  Raymond Stein
Hitting Winner:  Alex Mandell
Running Winner:  Raymond Stein

9/10 Year Olds
Overall Winner:  Max Gigante
Pitching Winner:  Max Gigante & Evan Greenblatt
Hitting Winner:  Eric Donaty
Running Winner:  Walter Beneteau

11/12 Year Olds
Overall Winner:  Ian Cohen
Pitching Winner:  Ian Cohen & Ryan Donaty
Hitting Winner:  Ian Cohen
Running Winner:  Ian Cohen

Congratulations to all the winners!


Baseball Parade was a Big Success

The baseball/softball parade on May 3 was a huge hit!

Thanks to for letting us use their video on our site. 

2015 Babe Ruth

Enjoy these Babe Ruth photos courtesy of Susan Rogers.


Is my game or practice rained out?

If the weather or field conditions are in question, there are 2 ways you can be informed:

1)     Call the code-a-phone at 973-762-0748. If there is no announcement for the current day, activities are on as scheduled.

2)     Set up a “twitter” account to receive notifications. To do so, go to, create a free account, and follow  “SOrangeRec”.  Again, if you receive NO notice, all activities are on as scheduled.

You can also get updates sent to your cell phone without a Twitter account.  Just send a text message that says "Follow SOrangeRec" (without the quotes) to 40404 and you will start receiving tweets from us on your device. 
As a rule we ONLY POST CHANGES in the schedule on the code-a-phone or via Twitter. We will NOT post affirmative messages (i.e. “Games WILL be played). Therefore, if the message you hear on the code-a-phone is from a prior date, the current day’s activities will proceed as scheduled.

The Recreation Department will try to post weather-related cancellations/changes as early as possible for weeknight games. However, it is not always possible or desirable to call games early in the day. The right kind of weather and some maintenance work can sometimes significantly alter the outlook. Fields that look unplayable at noon may be ready to play on by late in the day.

On weekends, we make every effort to post any changes in the schedule by 8:30 am or as necessary if conditions change throughout the day.
The league will reschedule any games that are canceled due to bad weather or poor field conditions. The Demosphere schedule will be updated accordingly so please be sure to check regularly for updates and changes to the schedules.

Please click here to send an email to South Orange Maplewood Baseball.

Baseball Committee Opportunities

The South Orange Maplewood Baseball Organization is divided into several subcommittees which meet year-round, working with the Recreation Departments, constantly reviewing and improving the baseball program.  New volunteers are always needed.  Please pick an area (or areas) where you would like to participate and contact the committee chair by email or telephone to find out when/where they will be meeting.  ACT NOW!!  Your kids thank you for your help!    

REGISTRATION AND PUBLICITY: Responsible for organizing registration, keeping track of registration names and forms, placing articles in News Record, Gaslight, web site, getting flyers to schools. Contact Les LeAndre at (973) 763-2948.

UMPIRES: Responsible for recruitment, training and scheduling of umpires. Contact Chip Nolet at

COACHES: Team assignment, qualifications and training:  
  T-Ball and Rookie Leagues: Greg Dawkins at or 917-328-7457.
      Minor, Major and Babe Ruth Leagues:   Doug Sasfai at or (973) 275-0914.

PLAYER & COACHES’ TRAINING: Responsible for planning and scheduling of training and instructional clinics/seminars for development of players and coaches. Contact Chris Nomura at

TRYOUTS AND TEAM SELECTION: Responsible for designing the tryouts and subsequent drafts for the Minors, Majors and Babe Ruth divisions and the team formation for the younger divisions. Contact Chris Coreschi.

GAME AND FACILITY SCHEDULES: Responsible for preparing the master schedule for the fields and facilities and scheduling make up games. Contact Patti Coleman at or (973) 378-7754 x 2237.

RULES: Responsible for reviewing and publicizing league rules and working to resolve any conflicts that arise. Contact Ed Matthews at Ed Matthews or 973-714-9399.

SPORTSMANSHIP: Responsible for addressing Code of Conduct issues, sportmanship issues and team/player and coach conflicts. Contact Bob Hugel.

FACILITY MAINTENANCE: Responsible for working with public works and the recreation department to improve the facilities. Also organize Parent work weekends. Contact Bill Fitzsimmons at or (973) 378-2517, or Mike Pierre at

FUNDRAISING: Co-Chairs: Dan Fleetwood (917-292-8028) and Chris Henry.

PARADE: Contact Scott Lewis.

SUMMER PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Responsible for Summer League calendar, teams, coaches, etc. Contact Matt Lefferts at or (973) 275-1333.


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