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Coming this Summer: Cougar Baseball Camp

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 27-July 1, July 5-8 (4 days), and July 11-15.

This camp will focus on the basic fundamentals of baseball and instill the proper methods to improve and hone each 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. Registration can be done by mail or in person at the Baird using the attached registration form OR online here:

Handout: 2016 Summer Camp Form

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: 

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 



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


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!


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 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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