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2018 Fall Instructional Program




SOM Fall Baseball is under the direction of Coach Chris Henry. Chris is a certified Personal Trainer, High School Baseball Coach, and full time baseball instructor. Assistant instructors will include local High School varsity players and collegiate players. Questions about fall ball can be directed to Coach Henry at

Players will meet once-a-week on Mondays for five weeks, beginning September 17th. 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. All sessions will be held on Meadowland Park field #3. Two sessions will be offered:

Session I: 4:00-5:00 pm, Mondays, September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15* 
Session II: 5:15-6:15 pm, Mondays, September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15*

*Potential Rain Date: October 22

The SOM Baseball "Fall Training" program includes a significant instructional component. Focus is on the development of basic fundamentals and the improvement of player 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
  • players making the transition to 50/70 in the spring will be introduced to new rules for the larger field

Players may register for Tuesday and/or Thursday group sessions. Sessions will begin the week of September 23rd and will be 1 hour and 45 minutes. Enrollment will be limited to 20 players. Each week, warm-ups and skills practice will be followed by live game play.  All sessions will take place on Meadowlands Park #3. NO RAINOUTS! In the event or bad weather, sessions will be held indoors in the batting cages behind the Baird. Indoors, players will be able to work on defensive and pitching drills as well as hitting stations and simulated game play.

Grades 3-4 Sessions: 4:00-5:45pm Tuesdays and/or Thursdays
Grades 5-6 Sessions: 6:00-7:45pm Tuesdays and/or Thursdays

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

Handout: 2018 Fall Ball

2017 Flemington 3
Come to a 19th Century Baseball Game at Cameron Field!

Calling all baseball-lovers and history-buffs: South Orange Recreation and the Historic Preservation Commission are presenting a 19th century baseball game on Cameron Field on Saturday, September 15. The event is free and all are welcome.

The opening ceremony will take place 12:00 pm with team introductions to follow. Part game, part show, part history lesson and ALL FUN, the Flemington Neshanock team is coming to town to play the South Orange Villagers in bare-handed baseball, wearing period uniforms and using rules from the 19th century. The Villagers team is made up of local players, some of whom you may know. The event will include a recitation of 'Casey at the Bat' and a short history lesson celebrating the game. There will be a concession stand at the field selling hot dogs, popcorn and more.

Come on out to the ball game!

2018 Pitch Hit & Run Results!


2018 Results of 14th Annual Pitch Hit & Run Competition

Congratulations to all the winners! A special thanks to the Columbia High School Baseball Program and the support of Coach Whalen and their players for helping run the event!

7/8 Year Olds
Overall Winner: Riley Sanders
Hitting Winner: Henry Leonard 
Running Winner: Riley Sanders

9/10 Year Olds
Overall Winner: Gavin Lubomski 
Pitching Winners: Sam Bastardo, Marcus Heinnickel, Nathan Linzer, Gavin Lubomski, and Miles Simon 
Hitting Winner: Gavin Lubomski 
Running Winner: Sam Bastardo

11/12 Year Olds
Overall Winner: Trent Jenks
Pitching Winner: Gerald Browne 
Hitting Winner: Trent Jenks
Running Winner: Trent Jenks 

2018 Playoff Schedule & Results

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

Babe Ruth Seeds: 

1. Wilber's Painting
2. Springfield
3. Taylor Oil Co.
4. Bass Family Chiropractic
5. Couto DeFranco, CPAs
6. FTI Consulting

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Babe Ruth            
Round 1 Wednesday, June 6 5:30 pm seed 3 vs seed 6 101 Cameron Taylor Oil
  Wednesday, June 6  8:00 pm seed 4 vs seed 5 102  Cameron Bass Family Chiropractic


Round 2 Friday, June 8 5:30 pm seed 2 vs winner of #101 (Taylor Oil) 103 Cameron Springfield
  Friday, June 8 8:00 pm seed 1 vs winner of #102 (Bass Family Chiropractic) 104  Cameron Bass Family Chiropractic


Round 3 

Tuesday, June 12

7:00 pm
8:00 pm
winner of #103 (Springfield) vs winner of #104 (Bass Family Chiropractic) 105 Cameron BASS FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC

2018 BR Champions

 M70 Seeds: 

1. Beacon Jewelers of Maplewood
2. Bunny's
3. Taylor Oil Co.
4. adMarketplace

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Round 1

Wednesday, June 6

6:30 pm

seed 1 vs. seed 4  201  Meadowlands 3 Beacon Jewelers
  Wednesday, June 6 6:00 pm seed 2 vs. seed 3  202  Meadowlands 1 Taylor Oil
Round 2 Friday, June 8 6:30 pm winner of #201 (Beacon Jewelers) vs winner of #202 (Taylor Oil  203  Meadowlands 3 BEACON JEWELERS

2018 M70 Champions

M60 Seeds: 

1. Village Service Center
3. Burger King Maplewood
4. adMarketplace
5. Village Barbers
6. More Cowbell
7. Maplewood Rotary
8. United Energy Consultants
9. Clyde Analytics
10. Pollock Properties

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Round 1

Thursday, June 7 

6:00 pm  seed 8 vs seed 9 301 Meadowlands 1 Clyde Analytics
  Thursday, June 7 6:00 pm seed 7 vs seed 10 302 Meadowlands 2 Pollock Properties
Round 2 Saturday, June 9 9:30 am seed 1 vs winner of #301 (Clyde Analytics 303 Meadowlands 1 Village Service Center
  Saturday, June 9 12:00 pm seed 2 vs winner of #302 (Pollock Properties) 304 Meadowlands 1 WBGO
  Saturday, June 9 2:30 pm seed 3 vs seed 6  305 Meadowlands 1 Burger King
  Saturday, June 9 9:30 am seed 4 vs seed 5 306 Meadowlands 2 Village Barbers
Round 3

Tuesday, June 12

6:00 pm
6:15 pm
winner of #303 (Village Service Center) vs winner of #306 (Village Barbers) 307

Meadowlands 2

Village Barbers

Tuesday, June 12

6:00 pm winner of #304 (WBGO) vs winner of #305 (Burger King) 308

Meadowlands 4

Burger King
Round 4 Friday, June 15 6:30 pm winner of #307 (Village Barbers) vs winner of #308 (Burger King) 309 Meadowlands 3  BURGER KING

2018 M60 Champs - Burger King


Minor Seeds: 

1. Maplewood Tree Experts
2. Gerald L. Gonsalves Family Dentistry
3. Village Trattoria
4. Northern NJ Eye Institute
5. South Orange Chiropractic
6. Modern Auto Body
7. Roman Gourmet
8. D&J Landscape
9. Rena Spangler: Making it Home

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Round 1

Thursday, June 7 

6:00 pm  seed 8 vs seed 9 401 Meadowlands 4 Rena Spangler
Round 2 Saturday, June 9 9:30 am seed 1 vs winner of #401 (Rena Spangler) 402 Meadowlands 4 Maplewood Tree Experts
  Saturday, June 9 12:00 pm seed 2 vs seed 7 403 Meadowlands 4 Dr. Gonsalves
  Saturday, June 9 2:30 pm seed 3 vs seed 6  404 Meadowlands 4 Modern Auto Body
  Saturday, June 9 12:00 pm seed 4 vs seed 5 405 Meadowlands 2 Northern NJ Eye Institute
Round 3

Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14 (continuation)

6:00 pm winner of #402 (Maplewood Tree Experts) vs winner of #405 (Northern NJ Eye Institute) 406

Meadowlands 2

Maplewood Tree Experts

Wednesday, June 13

6:00 pm winner of #403 (Dr. Gonsalves) vs winner of #404 (Modern Auto Body) 407

Meadowlands 4

Dr. Gonsalves
Round 4 Friday, June 15 6:00 pm winner of #406 (Maplewood Tree Experts) vs winner of #407 (Dr. Gonsalves 408 Meadowlands 4  DR. GONSALVES

2018 Minors Champions 


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Baseball Committee Opportunities

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 Mark Calveric.

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 Mark Hall.

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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