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2015 Playoff Schedule & Results


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  
             
Round 2

Monday, June 1

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

Tuesday, June 2

6:30 PM seed 1 vs winner of #102 104 Cameron  
             
Round 3

Friday, June 5

7:00 PM winner of #103  vs winner of #104  105 Cameron   


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
M70            
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  
  Saturday, May 30 1:00 PM seed 2 vs seed 3 203 Meadowlands 3  
             
Round 3 Saturday, June 6 10:00 AM winner #202 vs winner of #203  204 Meadowlands 3  

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
M60            
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  
  Saturday, May 30 1:00 PM seed 2 vs seed 7 303 Meadowlands 2  
  Saturday, May 30 10:00 AM seed 3 vs seed 6  304 Maplecrest 2  
  Saturday, May 30 1:00 PM seed 4 vs seed 5 305 Maplecrest 2  
             
Round 3 Tuesday, June 2 6:00 PM winner of #302 vs winner of #305  306 Meadowlands 2  
  Tuesday, June 2 6:00 PM winner of #303  vs winner of #304  307 Meadowlands 4  
             
Round 4 Saturday, June 6  10:00 AM winner of #306 vs winner of #307 308 Meadowlands 2   


Minor Seeds: 

1. Vanessa Pollock
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
Minors            
Round 1 Saturday, May 30 10:00 AM seed 1 vs seed 8 401 Meadowlands 1  
  Saturday, May 30 1:00 PM seed 2 vs seed 7 402 Meadowlands 1  
  Saturday, May 30 10:00 AM seed 3 vs seed 6 403 Meadowlands 4  
  Saturday, May 30 1:00 PM seed 4 vs seed 5 404 Meadowlands 4  
             
Round 2 Wednesday, June 3 6:00 PM winner of #401 vs winner of #404 405 Meadowlands 2  
  Wednesday, June 3 6:00 PM winner of #402 vs winner of #403  406 Meadowlands 4  
             
Round 3

Saturday, June 6 

10:00 AM winner of #405 vs winner of #406  407 Meadowlands 4  

 



SOM Cougars 10U Wins Memorial Day Tournament


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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 Babe Ruth

Enjoy these Babe Ruth photos courtesy of Susan Rogers.





2015 Pitch Hit and Run Results


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Our 11th Annual Pitch Hit & Run 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!



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Baseball Parade was a Big Success


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

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



2015 SCHEDULES and STANDINGS


We use a service called Demosphere to keep track of our baseball schedules and (for the older players) the standings.  You will want to bookmark these links!!

To access the schedules, use this link:  SCHEDULES

To access the standings (for Minors, M60, M70 and Babe Ruth only), use this link: STANDINGS  

After a rain-out, the schedules should be updated within 48-72 hours with the date, time and location of your make-up game.  You are responsible for checking the site.

If you have any difficulties, please let us know at sombaseball@aol.com.

 



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Is my game or practice rained out?


CODE-A-PHONE AND TWITTER
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 www.twitter.com, 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.
 
RESCHEDULING OF GAMES
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.



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What do I do with this iron-on patch??


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Each player will receive an iron-on Cal Ripken or Babe Ruth patch. It should be attached to the LEFT sleeve of his/her uniform. The patch is too thick for heat from an iron to go through the patch to melt the glue; so you must iron from the inside.

Here are some simple instructions:

1. Set iron to highest (cotton) setting. Do not use water or steam.

2. Turn the shirt inside out. (Tip: use a safety pin to attach the patch in the correct position BEFORE turning the uniform inside out).

3. Position the patch on the outside of the left sleeve (which is now on the inside) so that the glue is facing up. Make sure you will end up with the patch in the desired place when you turn it right side out! (Also make sure the patch will not be upside down. Been there, done that.) 

4. Cover with a thin cloth such as a cloth diaper or dishtowel.

5. Press firmly with the iron on the inside of the sleeve (which is now on the outside) for a FULL minute.

6. Let the shirt cool. Make sure all the edges have stuck to the shirt.



9U Cougars win Memorial Day Tournament


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The South Orange Maplewood Cougars 9U team completed a sweep of the Mount Olive Memorial Day Tournament by winning 6 of 6 games, including a scintillating win in the semi-finals against the Peapack Pirates.  Down 11-5 in the bottom of the 6th inning, they made a miraculous rally to tie the game and send it to extra innings.  Nicolas Lorenzo cleared the bases with a long triple, and then came home on a throwing error by the Pirates.  Again, down 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning, the Cougars refused to lose and scored 3 runs to win 14-13.  That win sent them to the Championship game where they beat Kinnelon 11-4 to cap their undefeated weekend.  Congratulations to the boys for their tireless effort, and to all of the coaches and parents who support them.

 

Front row:  Official team mascot Liam Johnson

2nd Row L to R:  Nicolas Lorenzo, Alejandro Lorenzo, Dominic Starzynski, Alex Chibbaro, Jack Kalsched, Jake Gewirtz

3rd Row:  Nick Williams, Brandon Doubek, Matthew Motiwalla, Dylan Sullivan, Zach Johnson, Nico Reyes

4th Row:  JC Lorenzo, Joe Doubek, Head Coach Eddie Starzynski, Rob Chibbaro



Photos from All Star Games


Enjoy these photos from the M60 and M70 All Star Games held on June 4, 2014.

 

M70 All Stars Participants 

M70 All Star Participants 



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M60 All Stars Skills Competition Winners

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



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Coaching and Volunteer Opportunities


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The success of the South Orange Maplewood Baseball Program rests with the many volunteers who help out in a variety of ways. Adult volunteers are needed for all teams to serve as coaches, assistant coaches and team managers as well as scorekeepers and summer baseball coaches (descriptions can be found in the handout). If you are willing and able, please sign up when you register your child!

The necessary volunteer form (for coaches and ANY volunteer) can be downloaded from the link below.  

Coaches need to ALSO fill out the Consent to Background Check, also available at the link below.

PARENT OF A NEW PLAYER? Don’t let inexperience keep you off the field. MANY VOLUNTEERS are needed in coaching and supporting roles for our T-Ball and Rookie Leagues (the more the merrier)! SOM Baseball will offer coaches’ training and instruction to support all our new and returning coaches.

If you have any questions, please come to one of the registration sessions - coaches will be on hand to describe the program in detail.

HEAD COACH – The Head Coach has the primary responsibility of dealing with players and parents.  He/she has final decision in all baseball matters. 

ASSISTANT COACH – An Assistant Coach has the responsibility of helping the Head Coach.  

Coaching volunteers are required to attend the Rutgers S.A.F.E.T.Y. Clinic (one time only) or complete the comparable coaches' certification course offered online by the Babe Ruth organization.  The Rutgers’ course will be offered at the Baird in South Orange in March (date TBD) for all new coaches.  

Questions? Contact Doug Sasfai (Minors, Majors and BR) or Greg Dawkins (T-Ball and Rookie). 

 


Handout: 2015 Coaching and Volunteer Forms

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!    
 
BASEBALL SUBCOMMITTEES:

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 pesimach@aol.com.

COACHES: Team assignment, qualifications and training:  
  T-Ball and Rookie Leagues: Greg Dawkins at gregory.dawkins@gmail.com or 917-328-7457.
      Minor, Major and Babe Ruth Leagues:   Doug Sasfai at dsasfai@verizon.net 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 chris.nomura@gmail.com.

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  pcoleman@southorange.org 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 billfitz44@gmail.com or (973) 378-2517, or Mike Pierre at mpierre218@gmail.com.

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 mcl@fwrv.com or (973) 275-1333.



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Coming this Summer: Cougar Baseball Camp


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It's back!! Cougar Baseball Camp with Coach Chris Henry and his staff of former and current high school and collegiate players.   

This popular summer camp is offered during the weeks of June 29-July 3, July 6-10, and July 13-17.

This camp, for ages 6-12, will focus on the basic fundamentals of baseball and instill the proper methods to improve and hone a player’s skills, all while learning and enjoying this great game. Each camper will be exposed to the following:

• Proper mechanics/techniques of throwing a baseball
• Defensive techniques and strategy
• Fundamentals of the swing
• Mental Aspect of the “Game”
• Baserunning form/techniques
• Pitching, Catching, and Position Player Fundamentals
• Sportsmanship and Rules

Please see the handout for more details and a registration form.


Handout: 2015 Summer Baseball Camp



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