League finals reach fever pitch

By David Searle*

OH, what an end to the 2015/16 Hobart Summer Baseball League (HSBL) we are having.

First though, let’s congratulate the Dragons who grabbed the minor premiership after defeating the Banjos Orioles 10-5 on Sunday 14 February. They have been the pace setters for the entire season, losing only one match and showing that when challenged, they can lift another notch to overcome their opponents. Congratulations to Adam de Cotter, Brendan Adams and their teammates.

Congratulations must also go to the Banjos Orioles who have made the finals in their first season and will play the Hotel Soho Hobart Blue Jays in the first semi-final on 28 February.

The Orioles have shown they can match it with the best and have been superbly led by their skipper, Chris Chalker.

The Dragons’ opponent in the second semi-final on 28 February had not been determined at the time of writing. After eight straight losses, the Eastern Athletics clicked as a team to overwhelm the Blue Jays 13-4 and in so doing, went ahead of the Northern White Sox on percentage for the last finals’ spot. Fortunately, the Sox have a game in hand and on Thursday 18 February played the Banjos Orioles. The equation was simple: win and they are in the finals, lose and they can look forward to 2016/17!

The grand final will be played this Sunday (6 March) between the winners of the semi-finals held on 28 February. Check our website (www.baseballtasmania.com) and Baseball Tasmania Facebook page for details.

The grand final will be played out over nine innings, commencing at 1pm. Prior to this, at approximately 10 am, the semi finals’ losers will play off for third and then the HSBL will conduct its first Home Run Derby where two members from each team will see how many times they can hit the ball out of the park!

Saturday 5 March sees the final round of games in the inaugural season of the Batter Up T-ball league at Corrie Jones Park. Get along to watch the future of softball and baseball as enthusiastic children charge around the bases. Games commence at 9.30 am. Congratulations to Nigel O’Brien, Evelyn Seabourne, Laurie Newman, Helen McDonald, Jared Rush, Fiona Don, Andrew Sullivan and Jesse Warburg on a successful season. For further information about next season, please contact Nigel at batteruptball@gmail.com.

Baseball does not end with the HSBL Grand Final as, for the second season running, Baseball Tasmania has entered two teams in this year’s Victorian Masters Baseball Carnival, which is being held in Ballarat from 18-20 March inclusive.

Last year’s victorious over-45 side has moved up to the over-50 competition and will be looking for a repeat performance against tougher opposition. The over-35s will be wiser for last year’s experience and have secured the services of Richie Law and Linton Burgess, which will make them even stronger than they were last year. Regular updates of the games will be provided via our Facebook page and website.

 

*David Searle is the president of Baseball Tasmania

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