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2016 Fall Ball




Fall Baseball is under the direction of Chris Henry. Chris is a high school baseball coach and full time baseball instructor. Assistant instructors will include former and current high school players. Questions? Contact Coach Henry at

Players will meet once-a-week on Mondays for five weeks, beginning September 12. 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, 4:00-5:00 pm
Session II: Meadowland #3, 5:15-6:15 pm

Beginning the week of September 12, players will meet twice-a-week, on Wednesdays OR Thursdays AND Saturday. Players will register for a group session that will consist of no more than 10-12 players. These groups will practice as a “team” during the weekday session and then play together in a game on Saturdays.

All practices and games will be played in Meadowland Park, field #3. Saturday games will be played in Meadowland Park. Grades 3-4 will play at 9:00 am and Grades 5-6 will play at 11:00 am. 


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 five weeks for Grades 1-2 and six weeks for Grades 3-6.

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

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.


Handout: 2016 Fall Ball

2016 8U Summer Team

8U Travel Team wins Tournament, Advances to States

The South Orange/Maplewood 8U Travel baseball team wrapped up the 8U District 12 Cal Ripken Tournament with a 4-2 victory in Tuesday night’s championship game against Chatham.

The State Championships begin July 15 in Hazlet, NJ.

Read more here: 


11U Cougars Capture Third Straight Memorial Day Tournament

The 11U Red South Orange-Maplewood Cougars Travel baseball team kicked off their summer season by winning their third straight Memorial Day tournament championship. This year the team participated in the Mount Olive Memorial Day tournament, and in a span of 4 days, finished with a record of 4-1-1 including two victories on Memorial Day to capture the title.

In the final game of the tournament, the championship game, the young cougars were able to avenge their only loss of the weekend by stunning Wayne PAL in a comeback that had all attention of the tournament on their game. Down 7-3 heading into the top of the Fifth inning, the cougars would “seize the moment” and rally off 11 runs taking a 14-7 lead into the sixth inning and never looking back. Using timely hitting, precise base running, and a stellar defense, the cougars once again made their mark on the Memorial Day weekend.

The team will begin summer league play the week of June 13, and will also participate in the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken League district tournament beginning June 25 in Westfield.

For those who wish to meet the boys or offer congratulations, on the morning of June 11, the team will be conducting a bake sale fundraiser in Maplewood and South Orange Villages to support a trip to Cooperstown in the summer of 2017.


Front Row Kneeling: Nick Lorenzo, Nico Reyes, Alejandro Lorenzo, Dominick Starzynski, Alex Chibbaro, Jack Kalsched

Middle Row Standing: Brandon Doubek, Jake Gewirtz, Matthew Motiwalla, Charlie Herley, Zach Johnson, Nick Williams

Back Row Standing: Coach Ben Reyes, Coach Joe Doubek, Coach Eddie Starzynski, Coach JC Lorenzo, Coach Rob Chibbaro

Friday, June 17

2016 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. Maplewood Tree Experts
2. SO Disposal Trashers 
3. Springfield
4. Kids Docs
5. Laz Parking

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Babe Ruth            
Round 1 Friday, June 3 6:30 pm seed 4 vs seed 5 101 Cameron Kids Docs 
Round 2 Monday, June 6 6:30 pm seed 2 vs seed 3 102 Cameron SO Disposal Trashers
  Tuesday, June 7 6:30 pm seed 1 vs winner of #101 (Kids Docs) 103  Cameron Maplewood Tree Experts 


Round 3 

Friday, June 10

7:00 pm winner of #102 (SO DISPOSAL TRASHERS) vs winner of #103 (MAPLEWOOD TREE EXPERTS) 104 Cameron SO DISPOSAL TRASHERS 

M70 Seeds: 

1. Taylor Oil Co.
2. Wilber's Painting
3. Bass Family Chiropractic
4. Twin City
5. Maplewood Meineke
6. Bunny's

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Round 1 BYE    seed 1 and seed 2      

Saturday, June 4

Wednesday, June 1 

 10:00 am

 6:30 pm 

 seed 3 vs. seed 6  201  Meadowlands 3 Bass Family Chiropractic 
  Saturday, June 4  1:00 pm  seed 4 vs. seed 5  202  Meadowlands 3 Maplewood Meineke 
Round 2 Tuesday, June 7  6:30 pm  seed 2 vs winner of #201 (Bass Family Chiropractic  203  Meadowlands 3 Wilber's Painting 
  Tuesday, June 7  6:00 pm  seed 1 vs winner of #202 (Maplewood Meineke)  204  Meadowlands 1 Maplewood Meineke 
Round 3

Friday, June 10

 6:30 pm  winner of #203 (WILBER'S PAINTING) vs winner of #204 (MAPLEWOOD MEINEKE)  205

Meadowlands 3


M60 Seeds: 
1. South Orange Police
2. Parkwood Diner
3. Taylor Oil Co.
4. Olivetree Homes
5. SOMA Skin & Laser
6. the Vanessa Pollack Team at KW 
7. Mark Murphy's Music
8. South Orange Fire
9. Village Barbers

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Round 1

Wednesday, June 1

Thursday, June 2 

6:00 pm  seed 8 vs seed 9 301 Meadowlands 2 South Orange Fire
Round 2 Saturday, June 4 10:00 am seed 1 vs winner of #301 (South Orange Fire 302 Meadowlands 2 South Orange Fire 
  Saturday, June 4 1:00 pm seed 2 vs seed 7 303 Meadowlands 2 Parkwood Diner 
  Saturday, June 4 10:00 am seed 3 vs seed 6  304 Maplecrest 2 Taylor Oil Co. 
  Saturday, June 4 1:00 pm seed 4 vs seed 5 305 Maplecrest 2 Olivetree Homes
Round 3

Tuesday, June 7

6:00 pm winner of #302 (South Orange Fire) vs winner of #305 (Olivetree Homes) 306

Maplecrest 1

South Orange Fire 

Tuesday, June 7

6:00 pm winner of #303 (Parkwood Diner) vs winner of #304 (Taylor Oil Co.) 307

Maplecrest 2

Taylor Oil Co. 
Round 4 Friday, June 10 6:00 pm winner of #306 (SOUTH ORANGE FIRE) vs winner of #307 (TAYLOR OIL CO. 308 Meadowlands 2  TAYLOR OIL CO. 

Minor Seeds: 

1. Beacon Jewelers 
2. Watchung Pediatrics of Millburn 
3. adMarketplace 
4. The Vanessa Pollock Team at KW 
5. Homeowners Hub Homers 
6. FTI Consulting
7. WBGO Jazz 88.3FM
8. United Energy Consulting

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Round 1 Saturday, June 4 10:00 am seed 1 vs seed 8 401 Meadowlands 1 Beacon Jewelers 
  Saturday, June 4 1:00 pm seed 2 vs seed 7 402 Meadowlands 1 Watchung Pediatrics of Millburn
  Saturday, June 4 10:00 am seed 3 vs seed 6 403 Meadowlands 4 adMarketplace
  Saturday, June 4 1:00 pm seed 4 vs seed 5 404 Meadowlands 4 Homeowners Hub Homers
Round 2 Tuesday, June 7 6:00 pm winner of #401 (Beacon Jewelers) vs winner of #404 (Homeowners Hub Homers) 405 Meadowlands 2 Beacon Jewelers
  Tuesday, June 7 6:00 pm winner of #402 (Watchung Pediatrics of Millburn) vs winner of #403 (adMarketplace 406 Meadowlands 4 adMarketplace 
Round 3

Friday, June 10

6:00 pm

winner of #405 (BEACON JEWELERS)vs winner of #406 (adMARKETPLACE) 407 Meadowlands 4 BEACON JEWELERS 



2016 Pitch Hit and Run Results

Our 12th Annual Pitch Hit & Run event went off without a hitch.

We would like to thank members of the 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:  Adam Carlucci
Pitching Winner:  Logan Barnett & Adam Carlucci
Hitting Winner:  Adam Carlucci
Running Winner:  Adam Carlucci

9/10 Year Olds
Overall Winner:  Jared Carlucci
Pitching Winner:  Eric Donaty & Jared Carlucci
Hitting Winner:  Trent Jenks
Running Winner:  Henry Cooper

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

13/14 Year Olds
Overall Winner:  Jeff Greenblatt
Pitching Winner:  Jeff Greenblatt
Hitting Winner:  Jeff Greenblatt
Running Winner:  Jeff Greenblatt

Congratulations to all the winners!

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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 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.

UMPIRES: Responsible for recruitment, training and scheduling of umpires. Contact Matt Greenblatt.

COACHES: Team assignment, qualifications and training. Contact Doug Sasfai.
  T-Ball and Rookie League Commissioner: Contact Greg Dawkins.

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

PLAYER EVALUATIONS/DRAFT: 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 Lou Lombardi and Dave Maitlin.

GAME AND FACILITY SCHEDULES: Responsible for preparing the master schedule for the fields and facilities and scheduling make up games. Contact Patti Coleman.

RULES: Responsible for reviewing and publicizing league rules and working to resolve any conflicts that arise. Contact Ed Matthews.

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

FACILITIES: Responsible for working with public works and the recreation department to improve the facilities. Also organize Parent work weekends. Contact Mike Pierre.

FUNDRAISING: Contact Jerry Donaty.

SPECIAL EVENTS: Contact Rob Chibbaro.

SUMMER PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Responsible for Summer League calendar, teams, coaches, etc. Contact Matt Lefferts.


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