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2014 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. NJ Amateur Baseball League
2. Orioles
3. Freshwater Films
4. SO Disposal Trashers
5. Laz Parking
6. Dodgers

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
             
Babe Ruth            
Round 1   BYE seed 1 and seed 2       
  Friday June 6 6:30 PM seed 3 vs seed 6 101 Cameron Dodgers
  Friday June 6 5:30 PM seed 4 vs seed 5 102 Memorial Large Laz Parking
             
Round 2

Monday June 9

Wednesday June 11 

6:30 PM seed 1 vs winner of # 102 (Laz Parking) 103 Cameron  NJ Amateur Baseball League
 

Monday June 9

Wednesday June 11 

5:30 PM seed 2 vs winner of # 101 (Dodgers) 104 Memorial Large Dodgers 
             
Round 3

Friday June 13

Tuesday June 17 

7:00 PM winner 103 (NJ Amateur Baseball League) vs winner 104 (Dodgers) 105 Cameron  NJ AMATEUR BASEBALL LEAGUE 


M70 Seeds:

1. Kasdan Construction
2. New Maplewood Deli
3. Maplewood Stationers
4. Olivetree Homes
5. Ricalton's
6. Bunny's 

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
M70            
Round 1   BYE seeds 1 and seed 2       
  Saturday June 7 9:30 AM seed 3 vs seed 6 201 Meadowlands 3 Bunny's 
  Saturday June 7 12 noon seed 4 vs seed 5 202 Meadowlands 3 Ricalton's
             
Round 2 Tuesday June 10 6:00pm seed 1 vs winner of 202 (Ricalton's) 203 Meadowlands 1 Kasdan Construction 
  Tuesday June 10 6:00pm seed 2 vs winner of 201 (Bunny's) 204 Meadowlands 3 Bunny's
             
Round 3

Friday June 13

Tuesday June 17 

7:00 PM

6:00 PM 

winner 203 (Kasdan Construction) vs winner 204 (Bunny's) 205 Meadowlands 3 BUNNY'S 

M60 Seeds:

1. Ridge Tire
2. Bass Family Chiropractic
3. Laz Parking
4. SOMA Skin & Laser
5. Park Wood Diner
6. Travelhost
7. Stony's
8. Taylor Oil Co.

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
M60            
Round 1 Saturday June 7 2:30 PM seed 1 vs seed 8 301 Meadowlands 1 Ridge Tire
  Saturday June 7 2:30 PM seed 3 vs seed 6 302 Meadowlands 2 Travelhost
  Saturday June 7 12 noon seed 2 vs seed 7 303 Meadowlands 4 Bass Family Chiropractic
  Saturday June 7 2:30 PM seed 4 vs seed 5 304 Meadowlands 4 SOMA Skin & Laser 
             
Round 2 Tuesday June 10 6:00pm winner of 301 (Ridge Tire) vs 304 (SOMA Skin & Laser) 305 Meadowlands 2 Ridge Tire 
  Tuesday June 10 6:00pm winner of 302 (Travelhost) vs 303 (Bass Family Chiropractic) 306 Meadowlands 4 Bass Family Chiropractic
             
Round 3

Friday June 13

Tuesday June 17 

6:00pm

 

winner 305 (Ridge Tire) vs winner 306 (Bass Family Chiropractic) 307

Meadowlands 2

Meadowlands 4 

RIDGE TIRE 


Minor Seeds:

1. Twin City
2. D&J Landscape
3. Mark Murphy's Music
4. Wilber's Painting
5. Taylor Oil Co.
6. Roman Gourmet  
7. Kids Docs
8. 4 Elbows
9. Village Barbers 

Playoffs Date Time   Game # Field Winner
Minors            
Round 1 Friday June 6 6:00pm seed 8 vs seed 9 401 Meadowlands 4 4 Elbows
             
Round 2 Saturday June 7 9:30 AM seed 1 vs winner of game 401 (4 Elbows) 402 Meadowlands 4 Twin City
  Saturday June 7 9:30 AM seed 2 vs seed 7 403 Meadowlands 1 D&J Landscape
  Saturday June 7 9:30 AM seed 3 vs seed 6 404 Meadowlands 2 Roman Gourmet 
  Saturday June 7 12 noon seed 4 vs seed 5 405 Meadowlands 2 Taylor Oil Co. 
             
Round 3 Tuesday June 10 6:00pm winner of 402 (Twin City) vs 405 (Taylor Oil Co.) 406 Maplecrest 1 Twin City
  Tuesday June 10 6:00pm winner of 403 (D&J Landscape) vs 404 (Roman Gourmet) 407 Maplecrest 2 D&J Landscape
             
Round 4

Friday June 13

Saturday June 14 

6:00pm 2:00pm winner 406 (Twin City) vs winner 407 (D&J Landscape) 408 Meadowlands 4 D&J LANDSCAPE

 



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

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



2014 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.

NOTE: T-Ball and Rookie teams have no names yet. We are still forming teams and assigning names! 



2014 Pitch Hit and Run Results


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Despite the rain Saturday night, our 10th Annual Pitch Hit & Run went off without a hitch.

Thanks go out to the Columbia High School Baseball team for helping run the event.

The winners are eligible to compete at the Sectional Competition at the Mendham Borough Park on May 17th.

Group 7/8

Overall Winner - Evan Greenblatt
Pitching - Evan Greenblatt & Raymond Stein
Hitting - Eric Donaty
Running - Jalen Jame

Group 9/10

Overall Winner - Michael Ballou
Pitching - Michael Ballou & Luke Nomura
Hitting - Sam Nomura
Running - Dominick Starzynski

Group 11/12

Overall Winner - Marlowe Iorio
Pitching - Marlowe Iorio
Hitting - Marlowe Iorio
Running - Marlowe Iorio

Group 13/14

Overall Winner - Will Nomura
Pitching - Will Nomura
Hitting - Will Nomura
Running - Will Nomura

 

Congratulations to all the winners.



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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.



Group Batting Practice Offered


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Group batting practice/instruction for SOM Baseball players will be offered at The Baird with instructor Chris Henry. All sessions are one hour. The fee is $10 per session. Enrollment will be limited to 12 players per session.

Registration begins January 2nd at The Baird and online at www.thebaird.org. Players can register for individual or multiple sessions.  

TUESDAY session times are as follows:

Age 9* (Minors), 5:00-6:00 pm
Ages 10-11* (Majors 60), 6:15-7:15 pm
Ages 12-15* (M70/Babe Ruth), 7:30-8:30 pm

SATURDAY session times are as follows:

Age 9* (Minors), 2:00-3:00 pm
Ages 10-12* (Majors 60 & M70), 3:15-4:15 pm

*All ages as of April 30, 2014 (Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth eligibility date)



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Handout: 2014 Group BP Sessions

Coming this Summer: Cougar Baseball Camp


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It's back!! Cougar Baseball Camp with Coach Joe Fischetti and 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 30-July 3 (4 days), July 7-11, and July 14-18.

This camp, for ages 6-14, will not only focus on the basic fundamentals of baseball, but instill the methods to improve and hone a player’s skills. Each camper will be exposed to the following:

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

Every player will be analyzed and evaluated during instruction and games.

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


Handout: 2014 Summer Camp



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



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. 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 on Wednesday, March 19 from 7-10 pm for all new coaches.

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 in South Orange in March (date TBD) for all new coaches.

 



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Handout: 2014 Coaching and Volunteer Form

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: Matt Lefferts at mcl@fwrv.com or (973) 275-1333. 
      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 (973) 378-7754 x 2237 or pcoleman@southorange.org.

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

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 (973) 378-2517 or billfitz44@gmail.com 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 Bill Krais.



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